Bunnies and Penguins

by Helen on August 1, 2014

Following on from my earlier post, I am delighted to report that Tilly is a lovely little baby dog – who absolutely adores the present Daisy chose so carefully for her …..

She’s coming to visit this weekend.  I do hope that she likes the Newfies and isn’t afraid of their great size.  I’ll be sure to let you know how it all goes.  One thing that did go smoothly and successfully – at the very first attempt(!) – this month was uploading the August issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.

I sent it out to all my lovely subscribers yesterday, so if that’s you and you haven’t received your copy then please do contact me soonest so I can sort out whatever has gone wonky this end.  And… as everything worked first time when uploading I had a bit of spare time yesterday.  Did I use that time to (a) tackle the rather large and precariously balanced stack of ironing that’s awaiting my attention (b) head outside to wage war on the bindweed that’s threatening to smother my rather lovely pink rambling rose or (c) play around with Pinterest and put together a rabbit themed board in honour of Emily and Arthur from this month’s issue?  I think perhaps you can guess the answer …..

Welcome to my Run Rabbit Run! Board.

I particularly like the rabbit crochet cushion and think it would look lovely on my sofa this winter.   I’m not very good at crochet, though Rosie is – I wonder if I could persuade her …….



I was going to tell you, but …..

by Helen on July 29, 2014

I was going to tell you all about one of our favourite activities … picnics on the beach.  I was going to show you some of our favourite picnic finds this summer.  But that will have to wait for another post as I simply MUST introduce you to our newest team member ….

Just nine weeks old, and already fully IT-literate, meet ….

TILLY!!  Rosie and Dan’s new puppy.  She’s a little Goldendoodle (Golden Retriever crossed with a poodle) who joined their family at the weekend.  Daisy and Ben haven’t met her yet, but I’m sure they’ll love her.  They have gifts for her … Ben (who is rather greedy) will be presenting her with a jar of doggie chocs, and Daisy is giving a slightly grubby preloved penguin softie.  It was supposed to be a new penguin softie, but ….

After spending a long time helping me to choose the “best” toy in the petshop, she stole it from my shopping bag when we returned home and was later discovered in her favourite spot under the honeysuckle mouthing on it gently.  But I’m sure Tilly will still love it!


Daisy’s Birthday Pawty

by Helen on November 10, 2013

Yesterday was a very special day – it was Miss Daisy’s first birthday, and Rosie, her number one fan, decided that we should mark the occasion with a canine birthday pawty!  They spent the morning baking …

Daisy's Birthday Pawty

….a  whole pile of crunchy peanut butter treats, as well as a doggy birthday cake …

Daisy's BirthdayBefore long it was time for the birthday girl to put on her pawty hat ….

Daisy's Birthday

As her special guest was about to arrive – the extremely handsome Lionel ..

Daisy's Birthday Pawty

Whilst the youngsters played and the humans chatted  (Daisy was sure Lionel was laughing at her hat!), Ben just wanted to sample the cake …Daisy's Birthday Pawty

 Not long to wait Ben!  Light the candle and join in the singing .. Happy Birthday Miss Daisy, Happy Birthday to you.


 But all too soon the pawty came to an end and it was time for Lionel to go home. Everyone, especially Daisy, had a wonderful time.

Daisy's Birthday PawtyHappy first birthday, Daisy.  We hope you had a pawfect day!!



Flapdoodledesigns – Seed Packet Giveaway

by Helen on August 2, 2013

This morning, we went to the beach at Strete Gate for our early walk and I was struck by how quickly the year is progressing.  It seems only a little while ago, rather than two or three months, that the beach was in full bloom ….

Strete Gate (2)

 Today the early summer flowers had all gone…

Strete Gate August 2013

Leaving behind a tangle of seedheads ….

Strete Gate August 2013

 Perfect for becoming stuck to furry coats!  This means lots of brushing when we return home from walks at this time of the year as grass seeds in particular if left in the coat can work their way into the skin and cause painful problems.

Now is the time for collecting seeds for next year, and my friend Jacqui who’s a keen gardener, as well as talented illustrator (Flapdoodledesigns) has created a lovely little collection of printable seed packets – perfect for keeping seeds safely – and great if you’re planning to share your harvest as gifts or swops ….

And she’s very kindly sharing one of these designs with Bustle & Sew readers – absolutely free!  Just CLICK HERE to download your free Cornishware mug seed packet printable (with full instructions for assembly).   If you’d like the full set, then they’re available to purchase from Jacqui’s Etsy Shop.  

 And finally …  Rosie snapped this picture of me assembling the homemade sausage rolls for my party.  

Me and my helper!

 I had no idea she was taking it!  But I simply had to share – don’t you just love the way my “helper” is licking her lips in hopeful anticipation?!