Sunday, 27 June 2010

Snip Snip Whizz

Well the week went by so quickly and already I haven't told you about so many things!
I'll start with what has been keeping me busy in the workroom.... snip snip snip....
400 squares, at least 35 different patterns from the 1930's onwards.....
I needed 256 squares for a  Random Squares Patchwork Throw  but ended up cutting 400 before I was happy with the colours....Pieced and piled and numbered in rows.....
Finally the stitching could begin..... stripping....
 Ironing open dozens of seams as I went along....
Backed with pretty vintage Laura Ashley spriggs and a vintage rosy sheet for binding....
A brief glimpse before it was parceled off to it's new owner... oh this one was very hard to part with!
But I had other things to keep me busy! I was off to Voewood for the weekend, to enjoy the house and gardens, to meet up with friends and generally have a lovely, lovely time! It's not a bad way to earn a living is it?
The weather was very unkind. Indra had the gardens looking stunning and all the roses were doing their best but the wind and rain made it very hard for many of the stall holders to set up but set up they did and in the garden cloisters they put on a lovely display...
All manner of yumminess on one side including wonderful Robin Glass....and on the other side Faded Splendour were there with their lovely vintage clothes and fabrics...
and Emma set up with her eye for beauty in simplicity....
 ....she also joined me for a lovely warm up meal in the evening - all we wanted was a glass of wine and a warming bowl of risotto and we found just that! Perfect! And where was I?
More stalls this way.....
Down into the little Garden Gallery.... Oh lucky me! Out of the cold wind with Noo and Josie...
A blissful cosy corner, good company and a weekend of sitting and stitching and meeting customers new and old. I have recently been asked a lot about embroidery classes. A new project to consider in the Autumn perhaps? I have started to collect names so if  you're interested do drop me an email and I'll keep in touch once the long summer holiday is past. So much to fit in between now and then and it's only 2 weeks away!
To pass the time whilst chatting and stitching I also took to folding butterflies... I'm enjoying Origami at the moment. It helps me to relax and occupies my mind... especially when I can't work out how to complete a fold!!
Musical butterflies seemed particularly appropriate at Voewood. As a child we were often cared for by a Great Great Aunt who produced wonderful hats and toys using just old newspapers... I have never lost the sense of magic as a fold finally comes together.... How wonderful to discover a new species like this!
... settled on Josie's heart....
Another was enjoying Indra's beautiful flower arrangement....
Can you tell I got carried away? Once I master a new fold I just keep going... something from nothing. It always delights me to see what appears from the sheet of paper.
And it delights me to turn old bits and pieces of fabric into something to be treasured for years to come. Lots of magic here this week...
I hope you have a magical week ahead. Summer does seem to have arrived at last and today I am off to enjoy the sunshine!  Another busy week ahead in the workroom but the week gets off to a lovely start meeting Mrs Bun to do what we do best.... a Pick 'n' Mix Planning Lunch!! t.xx

Friday, 11 June 2010

All of a flutter!

Oh such divine cupcakes! 
But first a bit of thrifting happiness - adorable mini knitting needles (I know Mrs Bun, I know!)
some yummy glass and, ooh look, more needles!
A few of these lovelies came along with me to Little Vintage Lover in the time warp village of Heydon...
Such a beautiful and unspoilt little corner of Norfolk ...
I made sure I was there very early this year, all set up and ready to shop!
A few of my treasures on display...
Mrs Bun next door making her bit of wall look delicious! 
my favourite button lady had her enticing wares...
I brought home a few treasures....
This adorable little button makes me very happy!
More plastic here.... I do so love these earrings....
Adding to the rather barmy looking selection on offer in my jewellery box...not sure I'll ever attend the right occasion for some of these!!
Can't help buying them even so! More yummy plastic here...
nicely at home in the workroom jelly pot basket!
It makes me happy using jelly moulds for all sorts of paraphernalia as I work...
Back to shopping - sherbert glass - Oh how I love sherbert glass (my own definition again -just like Iced Gem and Utility China! Feel free to put me right!)! This set of 6 tall tumblers is going to see lots of use for long, cold cocktails this summer! I feel another flickr group coming on! Do join in!
 Another little jug to join the others on the windowcill....
 Not sure quite how all this got here - it's all hidden away in the utility room so nothing to do with me!
And this darling little nursery mug which reminds me of our dragonfly hunt over half term...
Which brings me neatly back to those adorable buns! Zoe excelled herself this time. Spangly butterflies...
 And whilst we're on wildlife and nature I am delighted to say the tadpoles finally frogged (is that a verb?!) and the smelly tank is back in the garden where it bothers me far less! Once the tails fell off they suddenly became quite cute!
Cute but I still prefer those buns!
I'm busy busy with a commission this week (which I can't share with you yet as it's a surprise prezzie... so exciting!) and then only one more week until Voewood! I am SO excited. So many of my lovely vintage and crafty friends will be there. It's going to be a beautiful, sunny weekend! Must go... snip snip snip! t.x

Friday, 4 June 2010

It's the little things.

A luscious green glass bowl and a jolly box of tissues which greet me each morning in the shower room just to make me smile....
Meeting bloggy friends and finding that our children have so much in common that they become immediate best friends and cannot bear to be parted at the end of the day! 
  
Watching the beautiful boy awestruck and hanging on every word of one of his heroes and me feeling happy that this kind of hero will teach him only good things...
So many good things that money can't buy and then, to top it all, I remembered to open my lovely giveaway prize from lovely Penny...What a surprise this was and what a bundle of delight was hiding inside...
 
So much pink loveliness! 
I am in love with the texture and colour of the little bag...
and OH! another pink rosie brooch for me! Perfect perfection! Thank-you Penny!!
As it's the holidays we had a lovely day planned with Mrs Bun and the little Buns..... but sadly this happened completely out of the blue.....
It never ceases to amaze me how quickly little people can become very poorly and I cannot imagine ever being less than terrified by it... Thankfully the recovery can be just as speedy...
... today was a new day, the sun was shining, the garden is getting it's summer clothes on and the beautiful boy and I spent a dreamy day with his wildlife hero again. This time at another outstanding nature reserve. Eleven species of Dragonfly in 3 hours (including the rare Norfolk Hawker), Marsh Harriers, a Hobby, Grass snake, 5 different butterflies including the beautiful boy's first up close and clear sighting of the breath-taking Swallowtail. Magical. Little things. t.xxx