Monday, 24 August 2015

August Makes

 My summer brights throw is one of the projects i finished this august and it was a pleasure to make with its simple granny stripes and warm colours that remind me of summer flowers and fruits.....
 ...............and colourful striped sticks of seaside rock too................
 ..........most of the crochet was done at home and i finished the border when we were away at the seaside.............
 ............the yarn is all stylecraft special dk except for two of the greens...the bright one is from king cole and the softer one is a dolly mixture one by patons.............the border is a few rows of single crochet in colours from the main blanket............it is a lovely little throw to use, especially for children and babies to have tucked round them...................


 ............some nice sustenance is always need during crochet and other crafting sessions don't you find?................below is little miss molly showing off her amazing new summer hair cut.......
 ..............the hydrangeas are in full bloom here and i love being able to make a really quick and colourful flower arrangement with a few snips of the secateurs and a pretty jug............
 .................the next august make i would like to show you is my project in the new issue of crafts beautiful magazine.............(it is actually the october issue that is on the newsstands now).........
 ...............i made a set of three dotty bears which can be gifted individually...............
 ..............or made into a pretty garland to decorate a playroom or nursery............
 ..............you can find out more about the magazine and download patterns on the crafts beautiful website here...............
...............wishing you all a happy last few days of august.............thank you for visiting me here dear readers and for taking the time to leave such sweet comments.............back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 17 August 2015

Beside the Seaside

 Here we are home from the seaside again............and lolly wore her striped sun dress for a lot of the time as we had some bright sunny days...........lots of sea breezes too, exciting for the sailing......
 ...............we love to stay in beaumaris, it is such a pretty little town and the colourful cottages looked prettier than ever this year.............


............this year we had baby rhys with us for the first time, and molly the dog too........they both seemed to enjoy their first visit very much :)..........i loved spending time with my daughters and their families as well as watching my hb sail his boat in the menai straits regatta............
 .................we spent some time on the beach, collecting shells and looking for sea glass........charlie found me a special piece to keep for always :).............daisy found some little pebbles that we are going to paint bees on next week............below is baby rhys's first bucket and spade set....
 ............i love the bright colours of seaside toys..........and i love the wide blue skies at the coast....
 .............i sewed some of this seaside flowers hexie quilt while staying here a few years ago......this time i was working on my lucky dip quilt which i showed here last time, and also i finished the border on my summer throw.....will show you that in a post very soon ........
 .............i had a lovely time visiting the janet bell gallery and met up with lovely janet herself......and she took me to see her light and airy studio where i had a sneak peek at some of her new work....janet is creating some gorgeous new flower paintings ready for the *happiness exhibition* at the gallery opening on 19 September and featuring many other wonderful artists too..........find out more here......
 ...............i love the colours and freshness of janet's style, whatever subject she is painting.....
 ...............i came away with some treats :)........and now i have some treats for one of my lovely readers too, as it is time to announce the winner of my little lucky dip giveaway......i gathered together the following for my little holiday souvenir package.....three of janet's gorgeous seaside cards, a shell shaped china dish, three tiny soaps in nautical paper with a handmade decoration, some blue seed beads in a tiny bottle and a handful of real seashells.............
 ................and the winner is: christine barnsley of patchwork allsorts.......congratulations, christine, and if you would like to email me your address i will send your gifts to you :).......
..............thank you to every one who visits me here, and for the lovely comments too........it is always a pleasure to hear from you dear readers.........wishing you a happy sunny week with lots of crafty inspirations........back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 3 August 2015

Lucky Dip

 This week i have been working on a new quilt with a bright and fresh nautical theme.......
 .............it is called LuCkY DiP just because that was the name that popped into my head when i began putting the fabrics together.................i used lots of bonnie and camille *daysail* fabrics from some sweet charm packs that i've hoarded for a while, together with plenty of other fabrics from my sewing cupboard stash..............
 ...............i cut some octagon shapes and joined them together with little red squares............

 ...............there are some nice text printed fabrics in the daysail collection, and i have also added in some lovely postage patterned *ava* by windham fabrics which makes me think of seaside postcards :)............
 ................i am really enjoying sewing this new quilt and will be taking it with me to the seaside next week along with my (almost finished) crochet summer throw................
 ...............we are going to the sunny isle of angelsey as usual at this time of year, as mister p always sails in the menai straits regatta...........we have the family to stay and meet up with lots of friends too so it is a good time each year.................
 ..............as i will be taking a little blog break next week i thought it would be nice to offer my lovely blog readers a little summer GiVeAwAy..........it is a sort of lucky dip mystery giveaway.........
 ...............i am planning to bring you a present back from my holiday at the seaside.........of course, i don't know what it will be yet ;)............but i will be thinking of you dear readers while i am away and choosing things for a lucky dip surprise package..............just leave me a comment on this post if you would like to enter the lucky dip giveaway and i will announce the winner when i get back.........you don't have to be a follower, and anyone can enter from anywhere in the world (but please make sure you include an email address if you don't have a blog, so i can let you know if you win).............the giveaway will close on sunday august 16................
 ..................below is a little picture of where we will be going..............the little card shows a painting  called *beaumaris beach*  by the wonderfully talented janet bell whose gallery is in beaumaris and i am so looking forward to visiting there too, just as i do every year........... i always find something lovely there...............
..............thank you for your visits and sweet comments, it is such a pleasure to hear from you, dear readers............wishing you a happy august with lots of sunny days and crafty inspirations.........good luck in the lucky dip :)...................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxooooooooooooooxxxxxxxx

Monday, 27 July 2015

Lavender Sugar

 Here is the little hexagon quilt i was sewing together a few weeks ago.........the colours remind me of sugared almonds..............the mini quilt can be used for display, or as a table mat..........
 ................or as a doll's bed quilt............this little thrifted bed was given to me and i was happy to add a pink bed to the toy collection :)............
 ...............just needed a bunny to try it out..........and here is lavender bunny..............
 .............the fabrics are from lakehouse dry goods and are a lovely mix of florals and text prints....
 ..............here is the quilt back, featuring one of my most favourite fabrics which i have quite possibly shown you here before ;).................
 ............last month, on our little holiday, we visited cotswold lavender at broadway, and had a lovely walk through the beautiful lavender fields.........there is a pretty cafĂ© and shop there too, filled with lavender products...............i bought a few gifts there...........
 ...............including some lavender sugar............i use this to sprinkle on fruit and to bake in scones.....do you use lavender sugar in any of your cooking?..............
 ..............i found these little jars on a shopping trip with my daughter a while ago.....they are lovely to store dried lavender in, as well as the lavender sugar....the little scoop is perfect to use........they make nice presents too, and you can be creative with labels and tags..................
 ...............below is some of the lavender i dried last summer.........at the moment our garden is soaking wet after a day of almost constant rain so it will be a while before i will be harvesting this year's lavender......there is a slight lightening of the sky now and a possible gleam of sunlight at last.....
 .............i had a lovely surprise last week when i won a 'secret' giveaway on my friend vivienne's blog......(a random comment is chosen from the comments section to be a winner without the readers knowing there is a giveaway)....such a fun idea.......and i was the lucky winner of these beautiful treats below.......i really love them all, especially the gorgeous flower made by vivienne, whose crochet is so skilful and beautiful........do go and visit her blog, green rabbit designs and see for yourself, if you haven't already, you will love it.............thank you so much, dear vivienne x.......
 ...............here are some sweet peas on a sunny afternoon before the rain came......
 ..............here is lavender, the sugar bunny, with her own jar of lavender to enjoy......the bunny pattern can be found in my pretty patchwork gifts book here...............
 ............and here is a little garden view also taken before it became rain drenched........but things are improving and there is definitely a ray of sunshine coming through my studio window now as i type this............
..................thank you for visiting my little blog space, dear readers, and for taking the time to leave me such lovely comments, it is always a pleasure to see you here and to hear from you too..........wishing you a happy week, with lots of crafty inspirations and plenty of sunny days.............back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx