Sunday, 22 June 2014

Beside the Sea

My favourite projects are those that evolve while I am working on them.
This is one of them.

I am rather fond of seagulls (I know I'm in the minority!) and wanted to do a machine embroidery incorporating a seagull. 
It started out just as a seagull on a patchwork background
that I was going to put in a frame. 
But then I thought it needed a bit of texture so I added the crochet lace.
It looked a bit bare on the right hand side so I added some beach huts
and because everything looks better with buttons on (in my opinion) I added some buttons, it still seemed to be lacking something so I sewed the red running stitch, and then because I had some embroidery floss still in the needle, I added the X's!
After adding all that texture it seemed a shame to put the picture behind glass so I changed it into a wall hanging.
I rather like it, it seems just right for the current weather conditions 
 Mr B and myself have a week off work so I'm getting into the holiday mood!

Hope you are all enjoying sunshine wherever you are.
Thanks for visiting

Friday, 20 June 2014

Thank you

Just popping by to say thanks for your comments about my last post. What a lovely lot you are, I am so grateful for your kind words.
Writing the post and your response has helped me enormously.
Again, thank you.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

A Little Blue....

Dear Friends,
Thought I'd just pop in to let you know why I have not been visiting and commenting on your blogs.
I am coming to terms with the loss of my adorable sewing buddy
He was such a funny and sweet dog who never really grew up - it took him almost his entire life to learn how to say please/shake a paw! He used to follow me around, he loved company and was always with me when I was at home.
He loved nothing more than someone to cuddle up with
We only had him seven years and that doesn't seem long enough. Then again, we could have had him 17 years and it wouldn't have been long enough...

Missing him LOTS!

Back soon

Sunday, 8 June 2014


I was so looking forward to having a weekend of pottering around doing very little, and that's exactly what I did! The furthest I went was to the herb nursery and Hobbycraft.
Then it was a weekend of a bit of planting, a bit of making and a bit of sorting through magazines for recycling (always takes a long time as I have to look at them again just to make sure it's OK to ditch them!)
This free motion embroidery is a trial run, just to see how it turned out. I'm pleased with the design but think I'll put a border on. This one is not good enough to sell so I'll display it in my craft room for a while.
Do you remember I showed you my decanter that I bought in the charity shop recently? 
This is what I did with it
I take no credit for this idea as I saw it somewhere on the internet (unfortunately I can't remember where). I'm waiting for Mr B to drill a hole in the glass for the wire to go through so that I can put the stopper back in. I spent more time watching this than the TV the other night as it looks so fab!!
Hope you all had a lovely and relaxing weekend.
Thanks for visiting

Monday, 2 June 2014

Floral Fringe Fair

Yesterday Mr B, myself and Youngest Boy had a lovely day out to this fair close to where we live.
I'd heard a lot about this fair but it was my first visit and it certainly lived up to expectations...
It is in a beautiful location and the weather was gorgeous, a bit hazy at times but warm.
The fair included vintage stalls, vintage transport, plants, handmade stalls and lots of local food stalls. We all really enjoyed it and I can't wait for next year!!!


This is the view we had when eating our picnic lunch, bought at the fair

and this is my favourite purchase of the day
I'm going to make a herb garden in it.
Although I worked on Saturday I had such a lovely weekend that I'm still feeling very relaxed - I just hope I don't forget to go in to work later!
How was your weekend?
Thanks for visiting