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.
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…
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 …..
Which in the winter months fill with clear, fresh peaty rainwater. THIS is what the Newfies adore.
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 ….
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 ….
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.
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 …..
I sometimes feel as though I’m running on the spot when it comes to Christmas presents. I love to give handmade gifts to my family and, as well as sewing, I enjoy knitting too.
I’ve knitted for Rosie since before she was born(!), all kinds of jumpers, cardigans, hats and scarves, and even now she tells me there’s nothing like some hand-knitted paw-covers to cheer her day. So when I found a lovely pattern called Cathy Rose Mitts from Sandra Paul (she features them on her blog here) I felt sure Rosie would appreciate discovering them under the tree this Christmas.
They don’t take much yarn, so I uncovered some I had leftover from an earlier project, and set to work. It’s a great little pattern and I was delighted with the results. So delighted in fact, that I kept them on the chest in my bedroom where I could gaze at them in satisfaction. But, as my mum always used to say, “Pride goes before a fall.” And because I was proud of my work and enjoyed looking at them – I forgot to hide them before Rosie came to stay. She spotted them and loved them too!
Put them on …. and took them away with her! So now I am back to the beginning again. I have another idea for Miss Rosie, but this time I’m keeping my work well under wraps. Rosie is a major snaffler of my work and on her last visit as well as these little mittens, my Baby Owls Draught Excluder found its way into her car and home to Bristol with her….
But she won’t be allowed to snaffle my latest pattern for the Bustle & Sew Magazine – my Sparkle Reindeer!
Some easy applique, vintage buttons and LED battery-operated Christmas lights – cool to the touch and with the bulbs poked through holes in the fabric/board – these really are sparkle reindeer!
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas here at Coombe Leigh – and the December Magazine is shaping up to be a very festive issue indeed!