Spring is on the way…

by Helen on February 13, 2011

Yes, it’s official, here in South Devon we have more snowdrops than we can count … great drifts of them across verges, banks and fields … I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many.  There are daffodils in full bloom, little splashes of sunshine on a grey day like today.  We have catkins festooning the hedgerows and all around my house the sparrows are fussing and squabbling, checking out every nook and cranny to reserve the best places once nest-building commences in earnest.  Even the rooks up by the old farmhouse are as noisy as can be, though I haven’t seen any spring lambs yet. 
The little family above are looking very spring-like too.  They’re all destined for my stall at the next Nostalgic Mix Fair in Totnes, on Saturday 26th March.  They’re waiting in a row to have their tails added (well, not the elephant, but he’s just keeping the others company!).  Although I don’t have primroses in bloom in my garden just yet, my cup, which last spring held a hyacinth bulb, is this year home to a pale yellow beauty …
And April’s magazine is well underway too.  In addition to guest tutorials and vintage patterns it will include three original Bustle & Sew patterns.  Just recently I’ve become very interested in the use of vintage illustration in embroidery design, and have also been rediscovering those iconic mid-20th century fabrics that were such a feature of my childhood.  I’ve combined the two to bring you two slightly different Bustle & Sew patterns.  One is a tea cosy …
… and the other is destined to be a cushion panel ….
Though it’s still a bit of a work in progress!!  Only 10 days till the next issue … better get stitching!!

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

KC'sCourt! February 13, 2011 at 5:43 pm

All looks exiciting and lovely
Julie xxxxxxxx


Laura February 14, 2011 at 12:28 am

Spring… sigh… we've still got a couple feet of snow here (Canada).


Annie xx TheFeltFairy February 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Happy Valentines Day to My Lovely Bloggy Sweetheart! Love Annie ♥*:•.♥


Shirley February 14, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Love the makes for the fair. The bunny's cherry sprigged dress is so cute.
kind regards,


Terri February 14, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Your site is so lovely, and bursting with creativity!
All your projects look so beautiful.


Little Green Doll February 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I love this combination of vintage illustration in embroidery designs and mid-20th century fabrics.


Patty February 13, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Hi. I'm opening an Etsy Store as a fundraiser for our next adoption. I'd love to feature you little elephant & asking for your permission. No pressure, just checking. :) Thank you! :)

Our blog is http://www.ourghanaadoption.blogspot.com


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