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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

New season, new garland

The weather may not be all it's supposed to be for Spring, but it does feel different out there now.  There's a warmth to the sun at last.  Now if the wind, storms, hail and ice would just say a final goodbye.....
But Spring it is, and all seasons should be celebrated. It was a difficult choice of medium; the sewing is not happening just now, knitting and crochet not hitting the spot for some reason.  No, it would have to be a simple paper and scissors job. And what could be more fun than that!
Looking through the workroom I decided to just see what was there, and what was shouting 'Pick Me!; three things shouted loudest:
Papers from the wonderful Cambridge Imprint; ideas from the practically perfect book of  Ings Things and stickers from the Book For Paper Lovers from Flow Magazine.  The result looks like this:





So now there is a Spring garland above the desk, and I have to say, it's making me feel just a tad happy! The hardest part of the whole project was the turquoise wool cord - I could have done with the help of a couple of pairs of small hands!  Why envelopes? Letters full of hope, kind thoughts and beautiful memories.  What's not to love?

P xx

Friday, 25 March 2016

Books, ideas, gardening

The beauty of books - lots of ideas in one place, and there each time you pick up the book.  In truth, some ideas disappear and others seem to pop out in front of you when you'd not seen them the last time you picked up that book!
Just now, there seem to be lots of books in my field of vision; some great, some not so much. But I'm loving them all. It's a wee bit exciting when there's a small germ of an idea just sitting there at the back of your mind.  Waiting and watching to see if it develops into something viable.  
Along with the books there is an awful lot of bread baking going on, yet it doesn't seem to be a bit of bother these days.  A few months ago one of the things I read about was centred on the thought - what's the least I want to do? - and for me, right then, it was being able to bake and eat homemade bread.
At first there seems to be so much planning, organising, and if I'm honest, lots of late night baking! Now, there's a rhythm to it all; having started a new loaf it's time to mix a new one.  Mix it and let it prove while doing other stuff, come back to it when making the dinner and bake it while eating dinner. Let it stand to cool early evening, then wrap and it's ready for the next day.
I know as well as anyone that just because it's working right here, right now, does not mean that it will carry on.  Life is like that though, and that's ok.
As for the garden, well, isn't that a joy these days?! A few seeds are growing on the windowsill - not nearly as many as in a few years ago, but enough to make it worthwhile and hopefully produce enough cornflowers and cosmos to fill all the gaps around the garden. And both those flowers are long lasting and and around until the first frosts. 
Image result for cosmos flower

All of which means that life is pretty darned good right now, so maybe it's time to tackle that box of personal stuff sitting in my car boot.  It has been there for about three weeks now.  All of it belonging to my sister.  I know there's a photo of the both of us together as bridesmaids when we were about nine, somewhere in the box, and if I could just put my hand into the depths without actually looking at anything else, well of course I would.  But it's not possible, so sorting through it all is the only way to go. Hey ho, that's ok.  I can do this.

P x

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

A new bag

A reversible new bag at that!  Although the pattern basket has lots of bag templates, I really wanted something a little different to do.  After a quick trawl of pinterest, this is what I made:





I didn't want to use the hortensia label; that time has passed, but I did want to try this sort of label placement. Hey ho.
One completed bag and a proper pricing exercise done too.  You'd think I'd done this before.......

P x

Saturday, 5 March 2016

My day in colours

Sometimes it just comes straight out of the blue. Sometimes it can be so hard to focus on a blogpost.  Thankfully this is one of the former! Of course, as always, it's down to the planning; if I'm going to continue writing a blog, then I need images to go with it.  So now the camera is always in the bag.  Ta daah! Hardly rocket science, but often it's the simplest of things that can get in the way of doing stuff.
A bit like running out of thread when all you want to do is sew.








As you can possibly tell, today I'm loving the blues, pinks and yellows.

P x