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Thought for the day ….

by Helen on April 16, 2014

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A lovely start to the day..

by Helen on April 8, 2014

I woke up this morning feeling happy and energised – the sun was shining!!  It’s amazing how much difference this makes!  I leapt out of bed(!) and was instantly inspired to finish arranging my collection of vintage schoolroom posters.  I inherited these from my Mum who was an infant school teacher for many years and I think my workroom wall is the perfect place to display them …..

It’s all looking very cheerful, although I don’t think I’ll ever be a minimalist and that organised chaos is probably the best I can hope for!  Then, even before breakfast, I sewed a little of my new top – the first dressmaking project I’ve undertaken for many years…..

I’ve chosen a pretty Rose & Hubble floral print and the pink gingham is the facings.    I discovered a lovely easy pattern – the Esme Top from Sew Liberated which I thought would be perfect to begin with.   All this early morning work made me feel hungry though, so I switched off my sewing machine and headed downstairs for breakfast……

I do find that I need plenty of energy at the beginning of the day – those naughty newfies take a lot of looking after!  But pre-wedding diet plans dictate that although pancakes are fine (cooked in non-stick pan without oil) golden syrup and/or Nutella definitely isn’t.  So it’s lemon juice, no sugar for me!  

But not for my furry friend!  Sorry Miss Daisy, no tasty scraps for you this morning!  Now I’m hoping the sunny weather will continue – I have plans for rose planting later on ….

So Rosie can walk under an archway of roses on her wedding morning – which isn’t too far off now – and there’s still so much to do.  It’s a good thing I am feeling energetic this morning!

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Daisy makes me laugh!

by Helen on April 1, 2014

I have had a busy sort of a morning today.  When Rosie and Dan moved into their new house, amongst other things I gave them the sofa from my workroom.  This has left a big space and so I’ve been sorting and rearranging – in between beginning the May issue of the Magazine and continuing wedding preparations.  

I have finally(!) learned how to thread my overlocker and am now knee deep in napkin making – from some lovely vintage fabric offcuts I was given by an elderly lady who comes to our Pensioners’ Lunch Club.  She used to do a lot of dressmaking and knows how much I love textiles ….

There’s a selection of lovely Liberty prints amongst them that I think will make beautiful napkins – and we’re planning to use the scraps to make tiny bags of confetti, so every little piece will be used – they’re far too nice to waste.  My French Hens (pattern available here) are sitting on top of the currently very small stack of completed napkins – I’ve stitched nine and “only” have another seventy-one to go!!  But I was quite distracted by the postman’s knock and the arrival of the April issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – in paperback form ….

Always an exciting moment!  I’m listing the paperback magazine on Amazon every month now and the April issue is now available to purchase on both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.  I positioned the magazine carefully on my crochet blanket to photograph for you – then sat down, camera still in hand, to have a flick through its pages.  

When – Daisy did make me laugh!  She clearly heard the camera and her furry black head popped up out of nowhere – with an expression that seemed to say …..

“Here I am!  I’m just so pretty! Photograph Me, ME, MEEEEEEE!!!”  

She just can’t stand not being the centre of attention – but oh, she did make me laugh – and of course I did photograph her!

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Busy in the garden

by Helen on March 29, 2014

Now the April issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine has been safely sent out to all my lovely subscribers, I have a little spare time – and so it’s time to begin preparations for our wedding wildflower garden at the front of Coombe Leigh …

Here’s my house – this picture was taken last February so there’s nothing to see in the garden at all (it was a cold, late spring last year).  But this June there will be a garland of roses on the front door (possibly even a rose archway over the gate) and the flower beds will be filled with wild flowers – daisies, love in the mist, and lots more too.  I don’t know exactly what as my friend Jacqui (Flapdoodledesigns) is a very keen and expert gardener who has taken charge of the project.  At the moment she’s busy raising lots of baby seedlings to plant very soon indeed ….

And this is how Jacqui’s garden looked last summer …..

So I’m feeling very confident – at least for the front garden!  We had hoped to have wildflowers at the back too – but – there’s a large black furry problem!  Having watched everyone hard at work preparing the beds at the front earlier this week – young Miss Daisy decided to “help” too.  She’s not allowed in the front – so obviously decided to make an extra effort in the back garden …..

Oh dear … I’m not sure that wild flowers will survive her efforts – we’ll have to think of something else.  She looks so pleased and proud of herself though, it’s hard to be cross.  

Thanks for all your help Miss Daisy!

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