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Snoozing in the summerhouse

by Helen on July 23, 2014

Thank you so much to everyone who left kind supportive comments for Ben.  He hasn’t been out and about too much this week as it’s been far too hot for the Newfies.  We’ve been walking very early (5.30 am!) in the mornings when it’s cooler and both he and Daisy have been snoozing the rest of their days away in the shade of the summerhouse.  That is to say, I think they’re snoozing….

Though they would probably argue that they are simply supervising their human who’s hard at work.  I beg to differ ….

They look pretty snoozy (is there such a word?) to me!  And while they were slumbering I have been busy photographing this month’s projects for the Magazine .

There’s my Jar for Buttons, Flanders Poppies Cushion, Embroidered Love heart, True Beauty Peacock and Emily & Arthur the two little bunnies.  And there’s lots more to enjoy too in the August issue – the full preview will be coming soon.

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A summer’s afternoon …..

by Helen on July 19, 2014

The weather has turned hot and sultry – there was thunder again last night which nearly drowned out the sound of Daisy’s snoring.  She is not at all afraid of thunder, no – her worst fear is being left alone – quite alone that is, with neither her Big Bro nor I close at hand to cater to her every whim!  She had to be brave yesterday however.  I simply had to leave her home by herself for an hour while I took Ben to the vet  to have his stitches out as it was far too hot for her to wait safely in the car during his appointment.  Everything went well for Ben at the vet’s since as well as being highly skilled, our vet is very kind and patient, understanding that on such a hot afternoon a heavily-coated and slightly stressed large dog needed quite a few breaks during the lengthy procedure.

Today has been much more the sort of day the Newfies love as, after their early morning walk, we’ve spent most of our time in the summerhouse ….

Here’s a very relaxed and cheerful Ben!  His eyes are still rather sore and swollen, but our vet assures me they will improve a lot over the next week or so.  And notice the untidy muddle on the table behind him!  This is what happens when somebody (me) with the attention span of a butterfly decides to spend a hot summer’s afternoon working outside.

On the table you mght spot no fewer than three projects for the August issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.  There’s the lid for my button jar, together with the DMC colour chart to help me write up the pattern.  Then there’s my Poppies applique (more about that in a minute) and my current handstitching, as well as a half-drunk cup of tea, several magazines, the house phone, and more.  But back to the poppies applique ……

It is of course the centenary of the beginning of the First World War next month and, as all my grandparents’ lives were affected by this conflict, I wanted to create a design to remember that generation.  I wanted this design to be simple, but light and airy – reflecting my grandparents’ hope for the future rather than brooding on the horrors of war.  To achieve this I chose bright colours and have combined sewing techniques that my grandmothers might have used as well as modern ideas.  The poppies’ stems are all chain stitch, and the centres French knots whilst the petals are felt and freestyle machine applique.  I think it has all come together  well, and I’m planning make the finished panel into a cushion cover that will have pride of place on my living room sofa – well out of that naughty Miss Daisy’s reach.

And thinking of that furry whirlwind – I began this post with Daisy so it seems nice and tidy (unlike my summerhouse table!) to finish with her too……

 

“MUUUUMMMMMMM!!! I’m sooooooo bored with all this sewing!  When can we GO TO THE BEACH???”

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But before I announce the winner of my “Bloom & Grow” kit giveaway I’d like to thank everyone who entered for all their great comments and suggestions.  I’ll certainly be acting on them, and so am planning two kits in the autumn (just in time for Christmas stitching/gifting) – a softie and an embroidery – details to follow in the not too distant future.  Thank you also to everyone who left such kind comments about my Lovebirds Hoop for Rosie and Dan – I’d like to reply to you all individually, but I’m so sorry – time is running out on me with only 5 clear days left until THE BIG DAY.

And so, without futher ado – I am pleased to announce that the winner of my Bloom and Grow kit is comment number 131 – that’s Julie.  I’ve emailed you already and will send your kit as soon as I have your posting details.  And once again, thank you so much to everyone who entered.  Meanwhile I’ll leave you with a preview of the July magazine that’s out on Thursday – with two embroidery designs – including a new Rosie & Bear pattern.  I’m  beginning a new series of Rosie & Bear designs inspired by fairytales – and the Princess and the Pea will be the first in this new series.

 

If anyone has any suggestions for future fairytales featuring the naughty pair, then please do leave a comment below – I’d love to hear your ideas.  Red Riding Hood is a possibility I’m considering, and also Rapunzel – but I’m open to any suggestions, thank you xxx

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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.

 

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