Coastal themes – pots and fishes

by Helen on June 5, 2013

I have noticed over the past few days that all the magazines on the news stands in our local shop seem to be adopting a coastal theme for July.  After some discussion though, Rosie and I are both agreed that our favourite season for the beach is actually late autumn/early winter when the crowds have gone, the weather (usually!) isn’t too bad and our furry companions can charge around at top speed without fear of frightening or accidentally colliding with anyone!  Indeed I tend to avoid our beaches in July and August as they are not relaxing places to be when accompanied by two naughty newfies!

Dartmouth Pottery

But after seeing all those seaside-y magazine covers I thought I’d make a small attempt at a coastal theme  myself –  so here is the view of my bedside table this morning – with my lucky new purchase – a 1950’s Dartmouth Pottery coffee pot – complete with seagull!  It’s just 9″ tall and is the perfect size to hold two lovely cups of coffee, meaning I don’t have to go downstairs, navigating past Ben’s snoring form, and avoiding Daisy’s attempts to get me to play (not at 6 am Daisy, no!) when I want a second cup of coffee before feeling ready to face the day.  Bliss!  

Dartmouth Pottery closed down long ago, and though the buildings still stand at the head of the creek, (at the centre of the image above) they have been converted into flats.   But it’s nice to think of my little coffee pot returning so close to where it began its life.

And, continuing the coastal theme,  I’ve just finished making my Stripey Fishes applique – a free pattern for newsletter readers …

Stripey Fishes

Stitch n flip, freestyle machine applique and a great way to use up scraps (I love working with scraps).  I haven’t written up the pattern yet, but will do so over the next few days and send it out to free newsletter readers at the weekend.

Stripey Fishes

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A morning of mishaps – and a new pattern

by Helen on December 17, 2012

I had a wonderful birthday!  After leaving Ben at his favourite kennels, I hopped on the train to Bristol to spend the weekend being spoiled by all my family.  I was taken out for lunch (twice!), went shopping and saw the Hobbit – in a VIP seat with chocolate fudge icecream!  I really enjoyed the Hobbit, and was pleased we opted for the 3D version.  Rosie and I were a little concerned that some viewers had reported experiencing motion sickness, but luckily this didn’t happen to either of us.  


Then on Sunday came my official birthday lunch – here I am being serenaded by some very handsome and charming Italian waiters.  It was great fun!  

But today I have come down to earth with a (literal!) bump!  Having been away all weekend I thought I’d better catch up with emails, so whilst lying in bed lifted up my iPad to view my in-box – and promptly dropped it on my face!  Ouch, ouch and double ouch!  (I now have a nasty cut on my lip and a bruise on my cheek.)   Still in some discomfort, I felt sure that a lovely cup of coffee would help me feel better, but when I flipped the landing light switch, the bulb blew and fused all the lights.  Having restored power and switched the lights back on I simply cannot understand how, when filling the kettle, I managed to knock a china bowl off the drainer and onto the slate kitchen floor where of course it smashed into smithereens!  Clearly being a year older has affected my co-ordination – and not for the better!  So I am going to stay away from anything fragile for the rest of the day!  But as my teacups applique panel for next month’s magazine is not breakable, I felt confident that I would be able to photograph it without mishap – and here it is …..

Tea Cups Applique

A great project for using up scraps of fabric – and also for the less experienced in this technique as the stitching is all quite straightforward.  Hope you like it!