Saturday, 27 May 2017

Lavender, roses and thunder storms

We have been having a mini heat wave in the UK but as normal Saturday morning brought a hum dinger of a thunderstorm and rain. Always love how it smells and feels after rain though as when it has been hot seems to freshen everything up. Even the birds seem louder and we have plenty of those singing in the trees from 4am, lol.

Makes this week:

Knitted bodice baby dress, this has been on my needles for some time and finally finished, think that the vintage style rose bud fabric is perfect for the cable and moss stitch bodice.

Still on a knitting binge and lavender ladies , these are so cute and fun to make. This is 'Freda' more styles coming soon.

With all this knitting have had a relaxing week, plus staying cool by an open window. Sometimes moving away from my machines is a good thing.

Until next time

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Gardening time

Well now that Spring has really sprung the garden had to be dealt with, always looks tired after the winter months. Have created a new bed and with the turfs made a shady rockery under a tree. DH has worked hard doing all the manual bits whilst I did the designing.

Not been idle of the creating front a bracelet in Swarovski pearls and crystals to compliment the bluebird collection. Dainty for the summer

More beautiful weather this week and more long walks down by the mill and the river

Nothing better early in the morning when the only company is the wildlife and other dog walkers.

Have a good week

Friday, 5 May 2017

The final piece

Finally got there and the last piece for the bluebird collection is off my machines.

Clutch bag

The blossoms have Swarovski hot fix crystals in the centres, think goes well with the glittery fabric.

Seven pieces in this collection and although seemed to take an age to complete happy I finally got there. Added to my shop at Carolee Crafts.

Next project? either wedding or baby, not sure which. Currently knitting a bodice in moss stitch with a cable pattern,  which will have a fabric skirt. So maybe the baby/toddler items should be next. Decisions, decisions...........

Have a great weekend folks

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Bluebirds continue

Been an odd week, cold winds, sunshine, sleet and hail. Heating came on as so cold just hopes the warm up happens for this coming week.

Been working hard in the garden, the shady rockery is not quite finished but getting there. You come out of the garden centre laden with plants get home and find still need more, an expensive business but fun.

More of the bluebirds this time make up bags and a larger coaster. Have a quilted pillow design still to do, then think time to move onto something different.

When de-cluttering found an ith bag that I had started but that was it, needed lining and a frame, got that finished as well.

Have got my new journal out and working on a Wedding Collection plus makes to stock in my baby boutique.

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Until next week, have fun

Sunday, 23 April 2017


by Wings:

Late at night when the wind is still
I'll come flying through your door,
And you'll know what love is for.
I'm a bluebird, I'm a bluebird
I'm a bluebird, I'm a bluebird

Been working on a new collection this time incorporating bluebirds, love these little birds. They match the handbag tissue covers from last week.

Key Fob

Glasses Case


Happy with what I have accomplished this week, had been ready to make a couple of make up cases to compliment but realised that I did not have long enough zips. With making zipped items in the hoop on the embroidery machine, the zip has to be a lot longer to avoid the needle  hitting the stoppers of the zip pull. Consequently needed 8" and only had 6". Oh well more on that next week, I hope.

My new raised shady rockery bed is comping along well, got the large rocks need some large pebbles now to go round the edges, to ensure no earth cascades onto the lawn. Then the plants. Have plenty of small pebbles but none large enough for my plan. More expense at the garden centre, ll. Thank goodness have a £10 loyalty voucher to spend, this garden malarky can be very hurtful to the debit card.

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Same place, same time next week, have fun

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter

Well did you gets lots of Easter Eggs? I am not that into chocolate so only DH to worry about and he prefers the Lindt mini eggs and that is what he got. Give me a bag of crisps any day over chocolate.

Busy in the garden this week digging out a new bed, using the turfs, as Monty Don, to start a shady rockery under a tree. Looks a bit odd at the moment as no stones or plants in either the bed or the rockery. Hopefully after a trip to the garden centre next week that should all be sorted. Our cherry tree is out though, love this tree as right in front of my sewing room window and casts a beautiful pink glow.

Sewing? well Teriann (US Stitch designer) has done some new designs this week bluebird tissue case, love this and a matching key holder still to do.

Not much else done this week on the sewing front. Check out the other blogs at Handmade Monday

Until next week......

Sunday, 9 April 2017

A beautiful week

Another Monday has arrived am sure these weeks are getting shorter as only seems 5 minutes ago. 

Well what have I done this week? did get some makes done for my new collection a cabbage rose clutch bag, made in white cotton with a hint of glitter.

A Swarovski pearl bracelet.

The rest of the time de-cluttering my stock area and workroom, all done now and looks so much better, can actually see the floor lol. Even have a desk to work at if I feel like it or for wrapping and packing orders. So good to be organised.

Had to take a pic of one of the front flower beds, so pretty with the primulas and tulips out. Lee weeded the bed and have some gaps for the bedding plants in a few weeks.

Off to frame up my new cross stitch design which I got for Christmas, this is ideal for those long summer days in the garden under the wisteria and roses. The colours worry me a bit as all look the same but hope to finish by Christmas.

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Until next week, have a good Easter.