What a lovely weekend!

by Helen on September 29, 2013

Goodness, what a whirlwind weekend …. so much laughter and fun – and so much accomplished too!  I simply don’t know where the time has gone – it’s a good thing that magazine publication day was last week as, until now, I haven’t so much as even looked at my laptop all weekend!  

On Saturday Rosie and I visited the Vintage Fairs at Guildhall – there was a special wedding area as well as the main fair.  Such a lovely morning.  So much free cake! Can you see the chocolate cupcakes below ….

Yes, the little mini, incredibly chocolatey ones in the bottom left hand corner with glitter.  They were for sampling.  Oh yes.  It would have been so rude to refuse. And so we didn’t.  They tasted absolutely scrumptious.  The lady’s details went into Rosie’s bag for future reference, so I’m sorry I can’t tell you the name of her company as Rosie’s bag has now returned home with her.  But if anyone does want to know, then please do contact me and I’ll ask Rosie to send on the details.  

We also discovered an extremely talented and clever magician who did the most amazing things with a pack of playing cards – I so wish that I’d been able to take a picture of the incredulous expression on Rosie’s face when the cards in her hand magically transformed into quite different cards….

Wedding Fair

And at intervals for the rest of the day she was heard to mutter “How did he do that?  How did he do that? How did he do that”  So the very clever magician has been booked for the wedding party and we’re hoping that family and friends will be just as amazed and entertained as we were.   

Making Teacup Candles

Then today we started on our vintage teacup candle project.  We have found some really pretty cups and, after consulting Martha Stewart’s tutorial, we felt ready to begin ….. 

teacupcandlesfair 026After some very technical manoeuvring with tape, wicks and lolly sticks (invaluable help from Dan here) and lots of juggling with hot wax and old pyrex bowls, we felt very pleased with the results ….

teacupcandlesfair 078

 Then, as the newfies had been very good and patient while we worked, we all headed off to Lannacombe beach where there was paddling…

Lannacombe Beach High Tide

Lots and lots of sand …..

Lannacombe Beach

 And silly games to play with seaweed ….

What a lovely weekend!

Lannacombe Beach High Tide



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!