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After the rain ….

by Helen on April 3, 2014

Well I wish it was AFTER the rain!  Today we have had one of those very special English West Country days.  We have had light rain, heavy rain, drizzle, mizzle and mist!  So perhaps it’s a good sort of day to show you my first project for the May issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine ……

Although as I carefully brushed off the newfie hair before photographing my project I was tempted to rework it with the caption “there will always be dog hair on my embroidery!”  I don’t know how it happens but there is always a sprinkling of black fluff on all my work, though I’m very careful to keep Ben & Daisy away from my sewing and they’re never allowed in my workroom.  Does anyone else have this problem?  And if so, what do you find to be the most effective method of hair removal?  I’d love to hear from other similarly afflicted pet-loving stitchers!  

But never mind … it might be grey and rainy outside, but there’s a lovely sunshine-y feeling indoors as the wedding napkin project is progressing well ….

I’m so loving my overlocker (serger)!  And in a burst of ambition I’ve added confetti bags to my list of wedding creations – lots of overlocking going on here too.  This batch of little bags (measuring just 4″ across) are waiting for their drawstrings …..

Less than three months to go now until I am officially grown up – becoming a mother-in-law.  Eeek!  

 

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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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Daisy’s First Christmas

by Helen on December 28, 2013

Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words – and this one, I think, says it all …..

Daisy's first Christmas!Daisy had a wonderful Christmas and is eagerly anticipating next year when she can do it all over again!

 

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Ben’s near-death experience!

by Helen on December 22, 2013

While I was away in Dubai having a wonderful time, Ben and Daisy went off to stay in their favourite kennels, where as usual, they ran straight inside waving their tails with pleasure, hardly even stopping to say farewell.  And it’s true that I hardly gave them a thought while I was away, knowing that they were safe and happy with their “Auntie Gillian.”  I went up the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building), drove through the Arabian desert in a fleet of 4 x 4′s and even had a henna tattoo (strictly temporary!)  I had a wonderful time ….

Dubai Dec 2013But the day after I returned when I went to collect my two furry friends, I was greeted by a very sober Gillian who told me Ben had been so very ill she ‘d had to call the emergency vet because she was worried she might lose him.  

He wouldn’t move, not even the slightest wag of his tail, and hardly reacted to anything at all.  So blood tests were taken, medication administered and much love given.  She didn’t call me as there would have been absolutely nothing I could have done from so very far away.  Luckily with all the care and attention he received he’s now pretty much made a full recovery.  The feeling is that he must have picked up and eaten something very bad indeed – as Daisy was absolutely fine.  Poor Ben –  after his experience with the stones you’d think he would have learned not to eat stuff – but then although he’s much loved, and (in his opinion at least!) very strong and brave – he really isn’t the cleverest of dogs!

Summer's Day LoveheartI’ve been keeping a very close eye on him for the last few days, whilst finishing off my final project for the January 2014 Magazine….

Summer's Day Loveheart A crewel love heart – beautiful spring and summer blossoms encircled by a very famous quotation from one of Shakespeare’s sonnets “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”   Summer seems a long way off for us, but it is after all summer in the southern hemisphere – and I did have a little taste of summer in Dubai!  But I won’t be heading off on holiday again and leaving Ben behind for a while – I don’t know how Daisy and I would manage without him.  I know that one day he won’t be here any more …. but not for a long time yet I hope.  Just DON’T EAT ANYTHING when you’re out and about Master Benjamin!!

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