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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.

But – I’m really sorry – August is the last month you’ll be able to subscribe for the current price of $6.50, so if you had been considering subscribing, please don’t delay.  From the September issue the rate for new subscribers will be $7.50.  If you’re already a subscriber, then don’t worry – your existing rate will remain unchanged forever.

Just CLICK HERE if you’d like to learn more and subscribe.

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Every Monday afternoon …

by Helen on July 15, 2014

Every Monday afternoon I say farewell to my two furry friends and head off into Kingsbridge for an afternoon session as a volunteer at the Oxfam Bookshop.  I really enjoy these sessions as I meet lots of interesting people – many visitors to the area drop in to pick up new holiday reading as well as locals who almost treat the shop as a library – returning a bag of books for resale before choosing more.  I also enjoy browsing through the books myself and usually come home with two or three (at least!).

This week I thought I’d share one of my finds with you – it’s a Country Living Book entitled “Country Colour Combinations.”  My edition is a bit faded along the spine and dates to 2003.  As the cover makes the rather ambitious claim “classic colour schemes that never fail” I was very interested to see what was inside as most interior books become very dated …

The photography is stunning – as you’d expect from Country Living, and the colour schemes still look attractive, though there were one or two pictures that did look a little dated.  I loved the way the schemes were named – after all, who wouldn’t enjoy “chestnut and copper beech”, “rosehip and crab apple” or “rockpool and driftwood?”  And what’s not to like about “raspberries and cream,” “strawberry, apple & mint,” or “lilac & primrose?”  All the schemes were grouped into palettes, and my very favouritest one was of course “sun, sea, and sky …”

… including “sky & sunshine,” “shell, sky & sunset” and “storm cloud and sea spray”.  This book is still available to purchase from Amazon, though I was surprised to discover that although the cover and title are identical, the author name has been changed from Caroline Atkins on my 2003 copy to Kate Butcher on the current edition.  How odd – I wonder why?

But I haven’t just been lazing around in the summer house idly flicking through my “new” books.  Oh no, a major relocation exercise has taken place here at Coombe Leigh.  Rosie’s wedding arch was getting a little blown about at the front of the house – it’s quite exposed facing the prevalent south-westerlies, so it’s now been moved to the back ….

And made quite a lot taller with the addition of its legs!  The silk roses still look nice around the top and the sweet peas smell wonderful as we brush past them.  In typical country fashion I use the back door much more than the front so I’m really enjoying having the arch where I’ll see it every day.

And I’ve also been busy with new projects for the August Bustle & Sew Magazine….

These little bunnies are waiting for some clothes.  The girl has cute little red shoes and will wear the same dress as Mabel Fox, whilst I’m planning some dungarees for her brother.  The embroidered heart is also for the magazine and is waiting to be added to a project.  Rosie’s wedding may be over, but there’s still no shortage of activities to keep me busy, including a bit of painting – ably assisted by that mischievous Miss Daisy ….

What can I say?!

And to finish, I’m delighted to report Ben is recovering well now.  He’s back at the vet on Friday to have his stitches out, whilst his tooth extraction doesn’t seem to have affected his ability to hoover up his food at teatime -it’s nice to see him back to his old self again!

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My new toy – and a new pattern as well

by Helen on March 14, 2014

I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few days perched on my lovely pink chair giving happy little sighs of contentment as I gaze around my cheerfully redecorated kitchen.  But today all that changed as I was totally distracted by the arrival of ….

a new toy!  Yes, I am now the proud possessor of an overlocker (or serger) and have spent most of this afternoon playing  practising how to use it.  I’ve been thinking about investing in one for some time, and now have the perfect excuse – it’s going to play a major role in Rosie & Dan’s wedding invitations.  I can’t reveal any more at present, although I am very impatient to tell all about them and will be sure to let you know when they’re done!

As well as playing with my new overlocker, I’ve been writing up another pattern for the April issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.  This month’s issue welcomes in the spring, which of course brings the start of the gardening season (for those of us who are fair weather gardeners anyway!).  My friend Jacqui (Flapdoodledesigns) is a very keen gardener and “Digging the Allotment” is based on one of her drawings …

This would be a great beginner’s project as it only uses back stitch and would make a lovely gift for a keen gardener.  If you like Jacqui’s work, then you’ll love her Facebook page where you’ll find lots more of her lovely work – please do pop over and say “hello” if you have a moment.  And finally ….

Can you ever have too many bunnies at Easter?  I’m updating and revising one of my older patterns for the April Magazine.  Hopefully soon I’ll be back with some photos of my Woodland Alphabet Quilt to show (which is also going to be in the April issue).  It’s all finished – and quilted too – but I’m really struggling with photographing it.  Rosie’s here this weekend and perhaps she’ll be able to help me as she’s much better with a camera than I am.  Fingers crossed!

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And the winner is ….

by Helen on February 7, 2014

Before announcing the winner of my Valentine Bunnies giveaway, I’d like to thank everybody who entered.  The weather here has been so grey and stormy, but I’ve felt so cheerful reading all your lovely comments and dreaming of warmer days to come ….

Rather like my naughty Miss Daisy – seen here snoring gently after a morning’s play with her best friend Lionel.  I’m sorry I don’t have a prize for everyone – I so much wish I did.  But after working the random number generator I’m pleased to announce the winner is comment number 3 – that’s Kathleen Robertson.  Well done Kathleen and as soon as you send me your postal details your prize will be on its way to you!  There’s still a chance to win my completed Valentine Bunnies stitchery over on my Facebook page though …..

Just CLICK HERE to pop across and enter.  

And finally a quick peek at another project coming in the March issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine

Hope you like it!

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