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Someone’s missing …..

by Helen on July 7, 2014

Today we went down to South Milton Sands.  I had some forgotten bits and pieces (including two unopened bottles of champagne – woo hoo!) to pick up from The Barn after the wedding reception, and thought it would be nice to fit in a trip to the beach as well.  The beach was stunning as always, and not at all busy as we were there quite early.  I say we … but someone was missing …..

There was no playing at speedboats – “that’s no fun by yourself” thought Daisy …

And no charging in and out of the waves.  Just a wistful gazing out to sea, hoping her big brother would somehow miraculously appear.  We both missed the big furry one – and he’s not home yet :(

This is because Ben is spending the day at the vet for a couple of minor operations.  His eyes have been very red and itchy and he’s suffered a series of infections – apparently as he’s got older his eyes have become baggier (I can so relate to this!) and his bottom eyelashes are turning inwards irritating his eye.  Luckily this is a minor procedure and the problem can easily be corrected.  But poor Ben is also having a big back tooth extracted – it has cracked and decay has set in.  He has been very quiet for the past few weeks, and although he hasn’t shown any sensitivity in that area I think it is causing him some discomfort.  So he’s going to be very sore when he returns home and Miss Daisy will need to be gentle and considerate until he’s feeling better.

So to take my mind off poor Ben, I decided to assemble the first project for the August issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – and began by painting a hoop (something I promised myself I wouldn’t do again for quite some time after we painted nearly a hundred for the wedding!).  Then after binding the bottom part and inserting my embroidery it fitted beautifully snuggly as a lid for one of the Ikea jars left over from the wedding sweet table ….

Useful as well as beautiful (to paraphrase William Morris!).  And it’s sitting on some of the blocks for my new quilt.  I might need to go and piece some more now to occupy myself whilst waiting for the vet to call and tell me it’s time to pick up Ben, who will need a lot of tlc over the next few days.  The pattern for my button jar top, as well as instructions for assembling it into a well-fitting jar lid, will be in the August issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.

 

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Rosie Paws and Sparkle Reindeer

by Helen on November 16, 2013

I sometimes feel as though I’m running on the spot when it comes to Christmas presents.  I love to give handmade gifts to my family and, as well as sewing, I enjoy knitting too.  

I’ve knitted for Rosie since before she was born(!), all kinds of jumpers, cardigans, hats and scarves, and even now she tells me there’s nothing like some hand-knitted paw-covers to cheer her day.  So when I found a lovely pattern called Cathy Rose Mitts from Sandra Paul  (she features them on her blog here)  I felt sure Rosie would appreciate discovering them under the tree this Christmas.

They don’t take much yarn, so I uncovered some I had leftover  from an earlier project, and set to work.  It’s a great little pattern and I was delighted with the results.  So delighted in fact, that I kept them on the chest in my bedroom where I could gaze at them in satisfaction.  But, as my mum always used to say, “Pride goes before a fall.”  And because I was proud of my work and enjoyed looking at them – I forgot to hide them before Rosie came to stay.  She spotted them and loved them too!

Rosie Paws

Put them on …. and took them away with her!  So now I am back to the beginning again.  I have another idea for Miss Rosie, but this time I’m keeping my work well under wraps.  Rosie is a major snaffler of my work and on her last visit as well as these little mittens, my Baby Owls Draught Excluder found its way into her car and home to Bristol with her…. 

Owls Draught Excluder

 But she won’t be allowed to snaffle my latest pattern for the Bustle & Sew Magazine – my Sparkle Reindeer!

Sparkle Reindeer

 Some easy applique, vintage buttons and LED battery-operated Christmas lights – cool to the touch and with the bulbs poked through holes in the fabric/board – these really are sparkle reindeer!

Sparkle Reindeer

 It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas here at Coombe Leigh – and the December Magazine is shaping up to be a very festive issue indeed! 

Sparkle Reindeer

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I know Christmas (whisper that word!) is still a little way off – although approaching very fast!  But, for me at least, October is the time I begin to think about Christmas stitching and I’ve been very busy with Christmas projects here at Bustle & Sew.  I’ve already mentioned Robert the Red Nose Reindeer, and this morning I’m pleased to announce that my Christmas Tree-O is finished!

Christmas Tree-O(!)

 I don’t have room in my workroom for a conventional tree so I’ve designed a trio of hoops – would you like to see?

Christmas Tree-O(!)

 … that together form a cheerful applique tree decorated with ric-rac braid, felt and a lovely selection of vintage buttons from my Grandma’s button tin.  And best of all, it hangs on the wall so no space needed at all!  Here it’s laid out on the sofa in my workroom, but I’ll take some proper photos when the light is better outside ….

Christmas Tree-O(!)

  Patterns for both Robert the Red Nose Reindeer and the Christmas Tree-O will be in the November issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine

Robins in Love

 This won’t be published until the end of this month – so if you’re in the mood for some a little easy Christmas stitching before then, you might enjoy my Robins in Love design from a couple of years ago showing nine fat robins – two of whom only have eyes for each other! If you’d like the free pattern for Robins in Love, then please just CLICK HERE to download. 

Christmas Tree-O(!)

 Meanwhile – enjoy the rest of your weekend, whatever you’re doing (we’re off for another lovely walk this afternoon!).

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