Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Happy Easter

 We are just beginning our easter break here........we have plenty of flowers and chocolate eggs to give (and some fabric eggs to just look pretty) and of course some bunnies............
 ............here is this year's easter bunny, her name is lolly and she has just hopped home from an exciting time being featured in april's crafts beautiful magazine, and even being the cover girl.....
 ..............she is joining the other bunnies here, and is already a big favourite with daisy who knows each one by name and chooses different ones to play with on each visit here ...she has her own bunny, candy, at home too :)....................
 ................i made some fabric eggs a while ago, just for fun and because i love making old patterns with new fabrics and seeing how they turn out......oldies but goodies :)..........
 .............i seem to be collecting white pottery bunny egg cups..........
 ................half a dozen fabric eggs........china chickens looking a bit puzzled..............
 ...............we have also made (and already eaten) a batch of easter biscuits in the shapes of bunnies, eggs and chicks............i am going to make some more for our party on sunday.............
 ...........i love the pretty cookie cutters too, and store them in my new little drawstring bag.......
 ..............we have new bunny mugs for our morning tea..............i bought these and showed them to my daughter sarah......she had already bought the same ones :).............
 ...............this week i have been finishing three work projects, including a christmas one......(i am used to working out of season so luckily it doesn't seem strange any more).......i needed to get the projects made so i can fit in the writing and instructions over the next two weeks between family times..........
..............i have been out in the garden with my flowery patterned secateurs picking flowers for the easter decorating , and of course filling the big white bucket with tulips from my specially planted tulip cutting patch.....though i still feel a bit guilty actually cutting them.............they last ages in the house and look lovely indoors.............
 ..............my easter crochet project.........a granny stripe for my daughter rosie to match a quilt i made her a long time ago from amy butler fabrics in lovely fresh pinks and greens......it is for the sofa in their cottage conservatory.............i have also promised to make a grey stripy ripple for their sitting room........i have more small crochet things i want to make too and hope to fit them in soon........
..............thank you for visiting me here in my little blog space, lovely readers.......it is always a pleasure to have your visits and to read your sweet comments.......i wish you all a very happy easter, with sunshine, flowers and some special treats too.................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Home and Garden

 It's been a busy week here in my home and garden, what with working on some new design projects, having a crochet crush, tidying up for easter visits, finding the easter decorations, gardening,and watching for the ducks to arrive to dabble in our new pond..........
 ..............this pretty house applique is part of my crafts beautiful magazine project in the may issue....
 ..........there is also a cross stitched house for a spring-like new home card............
 ...........this week my sewing room is filled with patchwork and crochet...............
 ...............the blanket here is my work in progress autumn blanket, which i decided to finish by adding a few more granny squares and a border.......it is not actually finished yet, but nearly is......
 ..............the colours seemed to match the chickens which i'd got out for the easter decorating......

 .............and the tulips in my special tulip cutting patch this year are a mix of lilac pinks, yellows, peachy pinks, and very bright orangey reds...............
 .............i managed to snap some pictures of our visiting ducks, mr and mrs mallard.......they swam for a long time round and round the pond and slept side by side next to it for even longer.........at the weekend we added some more pond plants but i haven't taken pictures of those yet.........
 ...............the tulips are looking very bright and sturdy here but the heavy rain was making the shorter red ones bow over onto the soil, so i had to pick those and bring them inside yesterday.......
 .............indoors, in the warmth, they opened up their petals to become big blowsy flowers......
 .............i have lots of new easter makes and some baking to do, and some easter baskets to fill......next week i will spend some time with my little grandchildren which i am so looking forward to.............luckily i have found the beatrix potter easter egg hunt signs from last year as they want to use them again :)......we are having a family party on easter sunday so everyone can join in................
...............thank you for your visit, lovely readers...........it is always a pleasure to know you are here, and of course i lOvE reading your comments very much :)...............wishing you a happy week with lots of sunshine, flowers and time to craft, wherever you may be...............back soon xxxxxxxxx

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Sowing Season....... and a Winner!

 Happy April everyone!.........the new month - as the old rhyme says -  really is bringing the primrose sweet and scattering daisies at our feet and i have a flower packed post today :).........
 .............all the daffodils and narcissus are flowering in our garden this week and there are lots in jugs and other containers around the house too.........as well as lots of flowery fabrics like the ones in this finished hexie cushion made with gorgeous, colourful pam kitty picnic fabrics............
 ...............the cushion will look perfect on the painted garden bench this summer............
 ............i may just have to make a few more too though my next project is going to be a flowery quilt..........and i began a new granny stripe crochet blanket requested by one of my dearies at the weekend.....
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 ............the bellis daisies have been a real pleasure to have in my sewing room over the past couple of weeks, such a cheery little flower shape and pretty colour................
 ..............the hexie cushion on the rocking chair, a nice and simple painted chair looks lovely with a patchwork cushion, i think..................
 
 ............some of our garden daffodils in full bloom.......this week i am sowing seeds and weeding the tulip patch which has begun to flower and as soon as more flowers are open it will be time for a photoshoot......a family of newts have moved in to the completed garden pond and last week two big ducks (mr and mrs mallard)  arrived to inspect it but didn't stay long, just had a paddle and a little rest...........
 ...............i love browsing through garden books and catalogues, including vintage ones, at this time of year especially........love all the ideas to try, and tips from gardening friends too..............

 ...............i was a very lucky mother this weekend and had lots of gorgeous gifts from my dear girls for mother's day............lovely things which will be appearing in my photos for quite some time :).......
 .............and speaking of gifts.......it is now time to announce the winner of my recent springtime giveaway.............the random number generator had to be used this time as there were a lot of entries (too many for a hat).....thank you so much to all those who took part and for your very kind comments..........and the winner is..........farmgirl sam...........congratulations, sam, and if you would email me your address i will send your parcel of gifts straight to you :)......................
 ...............i am busy working on some patchwork projects this week, so will be returning to the cutting table in a moment or two.........i'm creating a magazine commission as well as a new quilt for me so all the fabrics  neatly stacked in the fabric cupboard will soon be scattered far and wide while i choose the patches.............love it.....though not so much folding them all back up again later..........
..............thank you, lovely readers, for visiting me here and for your lovely comments which i do appreciate so much..............i hope you have a happy sunny week with plenty of flowers and crafts to enjoy..................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxooooooooooooxxxxxxxxxx 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Flowers and Crochet

 I am sharing two of my favourite things here today......as it says in the title, flowers and crochet :).....but first i must say a huge thank you to everyone who has entered my springtime giveaway on my previous post (open till march 31 if you would still like to put your name in the draw)...............i have so enjoyed reading your lovely comments, and finding some new bloggers to visit too........my pastel ripple blanket is finished and has been photographed........
.............and i have been loving having jugs of spring flowers in my studio and sewing room while i work this week ...............
..............the weather has been sunny, rainy, bright, but most of all chilly with a mean east wind.....
 ...........i finished off this ripple by sewing on a bobble trim, like i did with the bright ripple stripe i made last spring, but this time i used white bobbles which blend in with the last white stripes.......
 ............i have been working on my secret projects.......(all magazine commissions which will pop up eventually here)..........some of the projects involve paper crafts and scrapbook techniques which i so love to play with sometimes............my desk is covered with crafts materials and ready for a big tidy up now......................
 ..............here is the pastel ripple hanging on the potting shed door..............and some of my chalks...
 ...............i notice i seem to have used a lot of the pink one :)................
 ............... sweet pink hyacinths from the garden......i plant the potted hyacinths and other bulbs outside after they flower in the house each year and now have quite a collection outdoors each spring.......below are pink primula from outside daisy's pre-school.............and some soft new yarn....
 .................and a new persephone book..............i am not sure yet what i will make with this gorgeous new yarn, at the moment i am just enjoying having it there looking delicious.............
 ...............the little crate is handy to put a project in and pile up the yarn in too......i am always moving my crafty stuff about depending on where i want to work on it and also in an effort not to take over the whole house with it ;)..............
 ..............i keep sewing things on a tray (which is often in my photographs) and that is easy to lift onto a higher table away from small children's hands.......scissors and pins and needles are always in use around here........
                              ................one of my favourite spring flowers is the bellis daisy..............
                         .............i love to mix the garden flowers together with pretty china.....
..............and as this post has so many flowers, i had to have at least one blossom-against-blue sky shot, and here it is..............blissful cherry blossom on some small trees in the old village churchyard....if you stand right underneath the sky looks full of flowers.................thank you for visiting me here in my little blog space, lovely readers, and for your sweet comments........i wish you a happy sunny week with flowers and crafts to enjoy wherever you may be.........back soon xxxxxxxx

                                   *****my springtime giveaway is open until monday march 31*****