daisy and ben

Summer seems to have fled!

by Helen on August 19, 2014

Today I finally disassembled the wedding rose arch – summer seems to have fled – the evenings are drawing in and it’s sooo chilly in the mornings.  But it’s still only August and I’m not ready for autumn yet!  Most of the fields have now been cut and we’re enjoying the freedom of roaming across the stubble before they’re ploughed again later in the year.  It’s fun to walk along the hedgerows ….


A fresh new perspective on “our” woods as now we can walk around the perimeter on the other side of the hedge.  And sometimes it’s fun to run and play among the enormous bales of straw – the newfies that is – and you can see how happy Ben is now his eyes are healed and his tooth is no longer there to hurt him ….

 There are autumnal flowers from my garden in my lovely mother-of-the-bride Emma Bridgewater jug ….


Poppies around the edges of the newly cut fields ….


And on my latest Pinterest board too (yes, I’ve been playing again!)


But surely summer can’t be over yet – after all it’s still warm enough for swimming!




Here’s a quick peek at the cover of the July magazine – nice and early this month as I’ve finished it already (need to concentrate on THE BIG DAY from now on).My jam jar decorating is coming along nicely – a coat of chalk paint and some fabric scraps transforms a plain jar into something really rather pretty ….

And not that I’m excited of course (eek!)  but I’ve hung my wedding bunting in the kitchen already …..

Of course Daisy made it into the photo again. I don’t know where Ben was, snoozing in the hall I expect as weddings are far too girly for him.  They’re off to their favourite kennels next week safely out of the way. I won’t have any time to spare for them over the wedding period and Rosie (although she loves them loads) quite understandably doesn’t want her beautiful wedding dress covered with black newfie fluff!  I’m sure they won’t mind though, they always have a lovely time with their “Auntie” Gillian.

The July issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine is published on Thursday 26 June.



Out and about again!

by Helen on January 19, 2014

YIPPEEEE!!  Stitches out – and now I am officially mobile again.  My knee still feels a bit stiff and sore, but so much better than it was.  I think any remaining tenderness is due to the operation and will disappear in time – as long as that naughty Miss Daisy doesn’t knock me over again, or I take a tumble on some of the incredibly slippery mud we seem to specialise in at this time of year.  I’ve bought myself a nice walking pole to help in the mud and have threatened her ladyship that if she’s bad I’ll poke her with the pointed end – not that she cares – not one little bit!  (she knows I’d never really do such a thing) 

Our first walk together for nearly two weeks was around the woods, and during the first 10 minutes Daisy managed to (1) fall in the stream (2) become helplessly entangled in brambles and (3) cover herself and their friends’ mum in mud …

Teddy is a labrador who lurves Daisy (although he has been neutered) but Daisy only wants to play.  They’re both about the same age and there’s not too much difference in size (Daisy is a small newfie), so they have huge fun romping around while Ben and Rosie (the little springer spaniel) are a bit older and much more dignified!  At last the rain has stopped and the skies were blue with just a few puffy clouds …

And I was delighted to see the hazel catkins lining the path along the sides of the woods….

The days are slowly but steadily growing a little longer now – and whilst it’s still winter, there’s a definite feeling that spring is not too far around the corner – both inside and out!!  The baby daffodils on my table are just coming into bloom (though the ones outside are just fat green spikes) ..

And love is in the air … the jackdaw family have returned and are busy laying claim to the nesting holes in the back of my house.  The February issue of the Bustle & Sew e-Magazine has a springlike feel too.  The pattern for the lovebirds (above) is included – a lovely make for Valentine’s day – as are these bunnies …..

They’re part of my new series of articles “Making Money Making” – some help and advice for those wishing to make to sell over the coming months as the craft fair season gets underway again.  These bunnies would be a lovely easy make for any Easter Fairs – and I’ve some ideas for different things you can do with the basic bunny shape.  All this and much more will be in the February 2014 issue of the Bustle & Sew e-Magazine published on Thursday 30th.  If you’d like to learn more, then please just CLICK HERE.


A Lovely Weekend

by Helen on March 10, 2013

This Sunday here in the UK (I know it’s different in the US) is Mothering Sunday – and I have been completely spoiled all day.  Sadly Rosie and her boyfriend Dan have gone home to Bristol now, but Rosie made sure I enjoyed all my favourite things – and took some photos for me to show you too ….

We went to the garden centre and saw some beautiful spring flowers- so cheerful and bright on a cold, wet and very grey day here in south Devon 

Garden Centre

 We had lunch too – and a much improved Ben enjoyed all the attention he received from passers-by (Daisy was asleep under the table)

Garden Centre

 There was lots of mother and daughter togetherness and love …..

Garden Centre

 I am so lucky to have such a kind and caring daughter.  

Later on Rosie took some more photos for me … some little softies for next month’s magazine (I’ll show you a bit later this week) and also my new Pin Cushion Mice.  I first uploaded this free pattern more than two years ago, and I’d been feeling for a while that it was time to revise and update both instructions and photos.

Pin Cushion Mice

So I have!  And if you’d like the free Pin Cushion Mouse pattern, just CLICK HERE to download the pdf file.

Finally ….. remember Daisy’s competition in my last post?  The answers are Ben A, D, E and Daisy B, C, F –  well done Monika!