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Roses all around the house ….

by Helen on March 9, 2014

Or … I’m still loving my vintage Sanderson fabric!  I think I mentioned a little while ago that I had the most amazing find while shopping in Kingsbridge – 3 1/2 yards of Sanderson roses fabric for just £5!!  It was the end of a roll and I found it in a small family-owned shop on Fore Street amongst lots of other bits and pieces – I think they’d been clearing out their storeroom.  I used it to line the blind in my kitchen and added a narrow border either side.  It’s quite discreet inside, but looks lovely from outdoors.  I didn’t take a photo outside (sorry) – but here’s a picture of the finished blind looking down the kitchen towards the back door …

It’s a simple Roman blind, and I was able to reuse all the fittings.  The most expensive part was the pink check fabric from Susie Watson at £25 per metre – but my bargain fabric and re-using the fittings meant my blind was still very affordable!  On the windowsill is possibly the last of my wonderful pink camellia flowers.  They have been wonderful this spring, but sadly are now coming to an end..

After finishing my blind, I still had well over a metre (about a yard and a half) of my Sanderson fabric left, so I decided to take spring into my front room and make a simple patchwork cloth for my table using a combination of my favourite Susie Watson fabrics as well as the Sanderson roses…

I included some sage green squares as I wanted the tablecloth to work well with the green wallpaper in the front room…..

I’m quite pleased with the result.  I think that incorporating similar fabrics into both rooms brings them together, helping them flow into each other harmoniously.  I don’t have curtains in the front room as the window still has the old shutters, so the tablecloth isn’t “fighting” with any other bold patterns.  

And finally – back to the kitchen – where two sleepy newfies are settling down for their post-walk afternoon nap – hopefully they’ve left room for me to clamber onto the sofa behind that snoozy Miss Daisy!

Back soon with my finished Alphabet Quilt – thanks for the suggestions – and I hope you’ll approve of my choice of border.

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Has spring arrived?

by Helen on March 8, 2014

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.  

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Hippos and roses – a day of two halves

by Helen on February 27, 2014

Yesterday was crisp and sparkling, so I decided to take the Newfies up to Blackdown Rings – an Iron Age Hill fort just north of Loddiswell – about 20 minutes from home.  The views from the top are stunning, you can see for miles and miles… 

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 Though Ben and Daisy quickly lose interest – they’re eager to hurry along to their favourite part of this walk…  Soon after their invasion in 1066 the Normans built a motte and bailey castle on top of the old iron age earthworks and although all traces of their building have long since vanished (it would have been a wooden structure) a whole series of pits and hollows remain …..

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 Which in the winter months fill with clear, fresh peaty rainwater.  THIS is what the Newfies adore.  

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I think Daisy in particular has been watching too many nature programmes!  I am sure she’s pretending to be a hippo – and of course she isn’t content with swimming around once, but has to go back and do it all over again just to make sure I’m watching her!  

And yes, that is a brisk and bitter wind you can hear throughout this video – very sorry about that!  It was just a bit chilly down in the shelter of our village, but very cold indeed up on Blackdown Rings with a bitter north-westerly blowing straight from Dartmoor!  I was very pleased to return home, and begin work on the new blind for my kitchen window.  I’m redecorating, as you know, in honour of Rosie & Dan’s wedding.  My Cornishware jars look very pleased with their newly refurbished home ….

Kitchen redec well under way!

When I went into Kingsbridge to purchase header tape and blind cord for my blind, I was delighted to find 3 1/2 yards of vintage Sanderson fabric – the same that my parents had for their bedroom curtains way back in time!  And for just £5!  So I snapped it up – it works brilliantly with my pink gingham ….

Kitchen redec well under way!

I’m using it for a trim down the sides – and also for the lining – my blind will look just as pretty from the outside as in.  It’s still a work in progress, but I’ll be sure to show you when it’s done.

Kitchen redec well under way!

Perfect to show off on Rosie’s wedding day!

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Cold on the beach today

by Helen on January 28, 2014

Brrr .. it was a bit chilly here this morning!  Yes, I know that it’s not really cold here – certainly when compared to the Arctic temperatures the USA has been enduring – but we hardly ever even get a frost down here in Devon, so we’re a bit wussy about the cold.  On days like today it’s good to linger in bed just a little while longer, especially when I’m working on such a pretty project ….

… little bunny Valentines – from the same template I used for the projects in this month’s Bustle & Sew Magazine

My little bunny Valentines are destined for a giveaway – coming very soon to this blog and the Bustle & Sew Facebook page …watch out for details!  But I’m never allowed to linger in bed for very long – the Newfies are always keen to get out, especially as I’d promised them that we’d go to the beach today.  It was very cold at Lannacombe, though nice and sunny and we had the beach to ourselves ….

Rosie loves Lannacombe beach, so she was very much in my thoughts as I walked with the dogs – and then I realised …..

Only 5 months until her wedding day!! Eeeek!! There’s still so much to plan and do – I simply don’t know where the time is running away to!

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