Settling in and a new design

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks here as we settle into life at Station House.  There’s lots to do as the house was previously lived in by an elderly lady who hadn’t been able to do much in the way of maintenance and gardening for quite a few years.  Having said that, the (rather overgrown) garden is a haven for wildlife, I have spotted quite a few species of garden bird as well as pheasants and rabbits in the field next door.  Although there are no flowers remaining at this time of year and most of the deciduous trees and shrubs are now devoid of leaves, there’s still a little colour to be found along the hedges.  Yesterday I took my scissors and went out to see what I could find….

And was delighted to return with a good selection of berries, rose hips, ivy and evergreen.  Almost a Christmas display!  It turns out that Rufus is almost as keen to have his photo taken as Daisy, considering himself to be the most handsome labrador pup in the whole of Somerset, if not the whole of England…

Handsome or not (and I rather think he is, though I am biased of course) he is definitely a very mischievous pup who delights into getting into all kinds of mischief.  He particularly enjoys delicately removing strands of floss from my tin with his sharp front teeth, then tossing them across the room before attempting to suck them down – rather as though he was eating spaghetti.  I’m sure this can’t be very good for him and am trying to be tidier when I work, though sometimes I do still forget I’m afraid.

This week I’ve been working on a design for the December Magazine – not a Christmas design – but a collection of house plants in lush greens – so nice to work with greens whilst everything is stark and bare outside.  This design’s all about texture…

And I’ve used a variety of different stitches for the plants and their containers.  I’m always slightly nervous when working on a coloured background in case the design doesn’t look quite as I envisaged when I soak away the Sulky Sticky Fabri Solvy – so fingers crossed this one will be OK!

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