At last .. the sun is shining brightly in a clear blue sky and I have hung my washing on the line at the end of the garden for the first time this year. The air is warm and the breeze is gentle and, with lots of squabbling and squawking, the jackdaw family have returned to the nesting holes at the back of my house. Could spring possibly have arrived I wonder? But, whether the warmer weather is here to stay, or (most probably) not, we’re making the most of this lovely sunny weather while it lasts.
We enjoyed a lovely walk up the bridleway toward Stokenham this morning. Look – no mud!! And also look – isn’t Daisy grown up? It’s hard to remember what a tiny fuzzy little creature she used to be ….
Not so very long ago! I’ve been enjoying some spring stitching too with projects for the April magazine. I’m in the middle of sewing the binding onto my Woodland Alphabet Quilt – and hope to be able to show you the finished quilt very soon. But I took a little break from binding to complete ny Running Hare softie ….
I sometimes see brown hares in the fields above France Farm when I take Ben and Daisy to their favourite kennels, and I’ve been planning to make a hare softie for some time now. I’ve mounted him on the base of a carved bird (the actual bird was damaged so I removed the base and painted it white) and decorated it with ribbon and ric-rac braid.
Four wooden buttons secure his powerful legs (great for running and leaping) and a tiny dark brown button completes his nose. He’s found a home on the table next to my laptop with one of the last of my beautiful camellia flowers – the bright pink is nearly over now – but the smaller, deeper pink camellia is just coming into bloom, so I shall have flowers for my vases for a while yet.
It’s such a dreary day outside today. It’s cold and grey and muddy … a fine rain has been falling the whole day long and the hilltops are shrouded in mist. Even the newfies were happy to come indoors after their walk and they’re both now curled up nice and snug on their beds. It’s the kind of day when I have to remind myself that yes, the nights are shortening, there are snowdrops in the hedgerows and spring will soon be here – the kind of day for thinking pink! So I treated myself to a beautiful bunch of (mainly) pink flowers from the Farm Shop …
Perfect for my Emma Bridgewater vase. And I finished the last bunny for my “Making Money Making” series starting in the February issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine ….
Rosie is trying to snaffle the set of three bunnies for her Easter decorations. But she’s definitely not having my lovely bunny cushion made from the same template – he looks perfectly at home in my hallway ….
Lots of cheerful pinkness!! And I also decided upon a lovely pink background for the cover of the February issue …..
It may be grey outside, but spring is definitely on the way indoors! The February issue is published on Thursday 30th January – CLICK HERE to learn more.
Publication day for the February issue of the Bustle & Sew e-Magazine is drawing closer and I’m busy working on the last project to be included. It’s not a traditional sort of pattern …. I’ve started a new series of articles for the magazine “Making Money Making” and I wanted to show how simple shapes can be used in a variety of ways to give great results that are sure to be popular at craft fairs and online. (I don’t at all mind people selling items they personally have made using my patterns, providing they credit Bustle & Sew with the design). I’ve chosen a basic sitting bunny shape and so far have worked it into four easy (and saleable) projects. There’s a set of three bunnies that would make a great Easter decoration ….
Perhaps a larger bunny with gusset for a novelty cushion? Or why not applique the bunny template to a patchwork base for a more traditional look….
And of course it’s always useful to have a little help when you’re trying to take photos ….
Especially when you don’t want dog hair everywhere! Thanks for your help Daisy, I don’t know how I’d manage without you – a little of your help goes a very long way indeed!
I’m just working on the final bunny idea for this month’s issue – I’m all out of time – but I may include another couple of ideas in the March issue. Here’s the final work in progress …..
Exactly the same template, but much much smaller with a border of spring flowers. The bunny project and the first article in my new series about making to sell will be in the February issue of the Bustle & Sew e-Magazine – it’s out next week, so not too long to wait!
I’m so excited! Rosie and Dan are coming down this weekend and I’ve been busy in the kitchen all afternoon. Rosie is a bit of a chocaholic so we have loads of chocolatey goodies, as well as some savoury delights to enjoy too. And I’ve finished this month’s magazine as well – with SIX Bustle & Sew projects for you to enjoy ….
I can’t decide which one’s my favourite! These patterns are all in the September Magazine which will be published next week. But meanwhile, as I’m feeling so very excited at seeing the happy couple and enjoying a whole weekend of wedding chatter, I thought I’d share the bliss by giving away a free pattern – my little “Grandmother’s Bunny”. You can spot her in the top right-hand corner of the image above, and here she is a bit larger …
Isn’t she pretty? And (with a little bit of tweaking from me), so modern-looking. Why, you might wonder, have I called her Grandmother’s Bunny? Well, unbelievably this transfer is from an embroidery magazine dated 1933! So she’s 80 years old – definitely old enough to be a grandma! Just CLICK HERE to download your free Grandmother’s Bunny pattern – and I do hope you’ll enjoy stitching her.