Summer Garden

I dropped my camera a week ago (AHHH!!) and it was so badly damaged that I had to go out and buy a new one. At the weekend  I went out into the garden and had a practice with all the different settings.

Daisies in the lawn

Remember we rent our house – hence the poorly maintained lawn we inherited.

Pot of colour by the bench at the front door

This pot sits by the bench and lounger right outside the front door. It is a great place to sit because the sun is on this spot most of the day.

Hydrangea's

I have picked some of the bright pink flower heads and have them on the coffee table in the lounge, they look so pretty.

Hydrangea

I love the mix of the pink and the blue.

Marjoram

And finally the bees are loving the flowering marjoram at the moment.

Most of the garden is made up of evergreen shrubs so there is little colour, but these few splashes of colour really make you realise that it is summer and it is beautiful.

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Quilt Block

You may remember that I am part of this quilting bee. This was block number 5 on someone’s quilt. I haven’t done triangles before and realise now that I really need more practice to get them lined up right because the centre square is a little off. I think it gives the block ‘character’. I hope the recipient doesn’t mind! 

 

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In other news I have finally added more items to the shop. Please go check it out!

The Mini Quilt

Well folks here it is. I’m afraid my photography skills are pretty limited, and, as they (whoever they are) always say, it really does look better in real life.

So what do you think?

Mini quilt

I have never hand quilted anything before and there were a few injuries on the way. My husband asked it I needed “one of those things you have to stop all the finger pricking”, but I’m afraid no thimble covers the whole hand does it?  

Any way, I love my little cup cakes and when I can find my mini pegs I will put it on it’s little wire hanger and place it in my sewing room.

Hearts

Well, we had a lovely holiday in the sun. It was good to be back in Dubai, the weather was stunning, the hotel was gorgeous and we ate like kings. I managed to catch up with lots of old friends which was wonderful, so all in all a perfect week away. 

Felt heart

I made these two felt hearts for the daughters of one of my good friends in Dubai. They are 5 and 3 and are such sweet little girls. My two children had a ball playing with them, and are already asking when we can see them again! I wish I could say it could be today, but alas back to normality and school for us today.

Felt heart

 

Until next time…..

A little W.I.P

A wip

Above is a sneaky peak of something I have been working on. I was inspired by this: 

for Emily by nanaCompany.

It was made by the lovely Amy, she is a very talented lady and she has an etsy shop here.

I have done most of the applique work on mine and I am going to do some hand quilting, which is another new thing for me to try so you may not get to see the finished result for a little while. But that’s OK, isn’t it? 

Napkins

Pile of napkins

Remember this Cath Kidston fabric? Well I said that was probably going to make napkins with it and that is exactly what I did.

I found a great tutorial on Film in the Fridge’s blog.

The size of the napkin is quite small, but they are perfect to use at breakfast or with morning tea or coffee. (Served with cake of course)

I think the ric rac really finishes them off well, but you could of course leave that off, and just have a plain reversible napkin.

Close up of napkin

Pretty little bunting

bunting

As you know my daughter loves pink (so do I), plus I love Cath Kidston as you saw yesterday. So what could be more perfect than pretty pink bunting incorporating some CK and Tilda fabric.

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My daughter’s bed and the bunting in situ, it really looks delightful.

bunting

It was super easy to make, I just cute 2 triangles for each flag with pinking shears, sewed around the edges, then attached some binding. Job done.

bunting

Until next time………

Fabric covered notebook

 

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I bought a boring black note book the other day and knew I could cheer it up with some of my Cath Kidston scraps. It looks so pretty sitting on my bedside table waiting for random thoughts and ideas to be jotted down on it’s pages. I always seem to have those project ideas in bed and then by morning have forgotten them – well now I won’t!

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Until next time……

My Dancing Queen

I had to show you a picture of this. It’s my daughter dancing in her new trousers. She loves them because “they have swooshy skirts at the bottom”!! She wore them until bedtime last night, I managed to persuade her to take them off in bed and at 6.00am she danced into my bedroom announcing that she was wearing her swooshy trousers again. A success don’t you think?

Dancing Daughter