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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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Miss Daisy misbehaves (again!)

by Helen on May 12, 2014

Sometimes living with two Newfies can be a little frustrating (although I do of course love them very much).  They are a breed renowned for their bonding with and love for their humans, and certainly my two are are most reluctant to leave my side.  If they anticipate my being in one place for a little while then, with much huffing and puffing they will park themselves in the most inconvenient spot simply so they can be as close to me as possible …..

Which is very lovely of them, but it does mean that getting up to make a cup of tea is a major achievement, necessitating amazing gymnastic feats on my part to clamber over them.  But now Daisy has taken this attachment to new extremes…

Yes, a sight never before seen on the internet (and most unlikely to ever be seen again), me in the bath closely monitored by Miss Daisy who knows very well that she is not supposed to be upstairs.  I forgot to close the bathroom door and this was the result.  I had a nice new magazine on my iPad and had settled down for a lovely soak in my deliciously fragranced Lush bubbles when a black furry face appeared over the side of the bath. So I had to get out, wrap myself in a towel and send the naughty puppy downstairs again where a totally horrified Ben (who is by far the best behaved of the two) had to be reassured that he was a good dog and Daisy’s naughtiness was in no way his fault.  Then by the time I returned my bubbles were vanishing fast and my bath water was growing chilly.  Ah well ….

But unlike my bath which turned out to be a bit of a disaster, my sewing has been going well this week.  I’ve started another – yes another(!) – Esme top from the pattern by Sew Liberated.  I love this pattern – it goes together really well, is easy to wear and suits my body shape.  This time I’ve chosen a lovely splashy roses print…..

Just the cuffs left to add and the bottom hem to turn up.  I am sure that wearing this top will definitely get me in the mood for visiting the wedding florist with Rosie this weekend!  And I used some of the scraps in my next project for the June issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine – my Summertime Picnic Blanket …

Here’s the top nearly finished – just the borders to add.  I used lots of lovely soft pastels to try to achieve an effect reminiscent of handmade paper when combined into simple patchwork, then added Gershwin’s famous song title.  Perfect for balmy summer days ahead!

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Such a shame….

by Helen on May 4, 2014

This morning I headed off to a car boot sale held in aid of Chillington Community Association.  It was held in a lovely spot, a farmer had allowed the use of his field overlooking the creek, the sun was shining and everyone was feeling very cheerful.  As it was a local sale it was a chance to meet with friends and neighbours, compare gardening notes, exchange gossip and, in my case, be the subject of a great deal of teasing about whether my baby roses would manage to grow enough to cover my rose arch in time for THE BIG DAY!   

Then I headed off for a browse around the stalls.  They were mostly offering children’s clothes and toys, games and sporting equipment, but tucked away in a corner I discoverd one lady with just a few vintage textiles including this beautiful embroidered table cloth ……

And some crochet lace that will be perfect for wedding decorations.  The cloth measures around 48″ square and is beautifully stitched with a flower spray at each corner in lovely soft colours.  It has clearly at one time been very much loved and treasured – look at this beautiful darn….

But I purchased it for just 50p!  (around 84 US cents).  So much work – and so little valued – such a shame!  But it has a new, very appreciative, home with me now, and will be brought out regularly over the summer months for tea in the garden.  And it made a lovely background to show you my “Bloom and Grow” embroidery – a project for the June magazine….

I have a little of this lovely floral fabric left over and am thinking of offering a limited edition of kits for this pattern next month.  The kit would include the floral fabric pre-printed ready to stitch and all the floss required.  All you’d need to provide would be the hoop for framing.  Please do let me know if you think you might be interested as I only have enough of this fabric for around half-a-dozen kits.  The price would be £15 ($25)  inclusive of postage (worldwide).   There’s no committment at this stage – I’d just like to find out if there is any potential interest.

And finally I’ll you with this slightly blurry picture …..

The current craze for selfies has reached the Newfies here in Devon!!  

 

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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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