Sometimes it’s hard to decide what I’d like to blog about – when life has picked up pace and so much has been crammed into a few short days – and now is one of those times. Should I tell you about the tremendous thunderstorm we had here? The lights went out, the roof leaked and the flagstones were covered with enormous hailstones (which enchanted my furry friends when they went outside to investigate after the storm had passed)….
Or I could tell you about our wedding preparations .. Rosie and I spent a long time working on the invitations and maps on Saturday afternoon. At last they’re finished to both our satisfactions and we’re eagerly anticipating their return from the printers very soon indeed ….
Then there’s my new Woodland Alphabet Quilt. It’s destined to be a gift for friends who have just learned they’ll be bringing home a new baby boy very soon. They’ve been waiting for adoption for quite some time and so I wanted to make a special present. It’s still very much a work in progress, but here’s a quick snap of the first few blocks….
Not the best picture I’m afraid – I snapped it very quickly with my phone. But I’ll take more photographs as I go along, and the finished project will be in the April issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine. Which sort of leads me onto my final piece of news … the March issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine is now available in paperback form from Amazon …..
CLICK HERE to see it on Amazon.co.uk and
CLICK HERE for the magazine on Amazon.com
Brrr .. it was a bit chilly here this morning! Yes, I know that it’s not really cold here – certainly when compared to the Arctic temperatures the USA has been enduring – but we hardly ever even get a frost down here in Devon, so we’re a bit wussy about the cold. On days like today it’s good to linger in bed just a little while longer, especially when I’m working on such a pretty project ….
… little bunny Valentines – from the same template I used for the projects in this month’s Bustle & Sew Magazine.
My little bunny Valentines are destined for a giveaway – coming very soon to this blog and the Bustle & Sew Facebook page …watch out for details! But I’m never allowed to linger in bed for very long – the Newfies are always keen to get out, especially as I’d promised them that we’d go to the beach today. It was very cold at Lannacombe, though nice and sunny and we had the beach to ourselves ….
Rosie loves Lannacombe beach, so she was very much in my thoughts as I walked with the dogs – and then I realised …..
Only 5 months until her wedding day!! Eeeek!! There’s still so much to plan and do – I simply don’t know where the time is running away to!
I am still taking it easy, though my knee feels so much better already. Ben and Daisy are home now, and doing their best to persuade me to venture into the great outdoors. We did manage a short walk together, just along the road this morning, but friends are coming to give them “proper” walks for the rest of this week until I have my stitches out. It’s so grey and muddy outside, it’s no hardship to cosy up on the sofa in my workroom and bask in the very pink glow of my new rug from IKEA (a treat to myself last time I visited Rosie in Bristol)…..
And enjoy some hand stitching – I have plenty of wedding projects to be getting on with! I think I’ve made enough little mice now ….
(from my Pincushion Mouse pattern on the free patterns page) They are a very mischievous collection who are partying among the jars Rosie’s collected for her sweet table. I’m also busy embroidering guest names for the place settings – to be matched with lovely pastel floral fabrics and mounted in small hoops …
Only 60 more to go!! But luckily I have a new little friend to keep me company – look who’s perching on my sewing machine …
A little lovebird – I think he’s looking for his sweetheart – another handstitching project for me!
The lovebird pattern will be in the February issue of the Bustle & Sew e-Magazine. There’s beginning to be a bit of a romantic theme developing – but then it is Valentine’s Day next month.
Phew! I feel as though my feet haven’t touched the ground for the last few days, there’s been so much going on here in Devon! Rosie’s wedding preparations are gathering pace, and on Friday Jacqui and I set off to test the map she’s drawing to help guests navigate from the church to the reception. It’s only about 7 miles – but through our twisty Devon Lanes, so not as straightforward as you might think. The reception venue is a lovely old barn set in the countryside at South Milton, overlooking the sea below ….
With simply wonderful views and we’re hoping the weather will be kind to us on the day! After we’d checked the accuracy of her map, Jacqui and I decided to take the dogs down to the beach below – South Milton Sands which is owned and managed by the National Trust. It’s a beautiful spot…
Of course the newfies took to the waves, but without their friend. Young Lionel is not a swimmer and remained further up the beach rootling around in some (very) smelly seaweed …
Here’s Daisy pretending to be a speedboat, whilst Ben prefers a more sedate approach …
The water was so clear. Afterwards we all adjourned to the little cafe at the top of the beach for a nice warming cuppa (it was chillier than it looks in the photos!)
Then home, for a bit of baking in preparation for Rosie & Dan’s arrival. I made one of their favourites ….
Millionaire’s shortbread. I wonder how many calories there are in this tray?!?! It’s probably best not to think about it!
Then, after a busy Saturday spent showing Dan’s parents around the area (they live in the north of England and don’t know Devon at all), on Sunday we all headed off to a huge wedding fair in Exeter. Rosie and Dan wanted to book a photobooth for the reception – a whole new concept for us oldies – so we simply had to try it out …….
What do you think?!!!