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

Monday, 20 July 2015

Summer Brights

 With all the sunshine we have been having and the flowers and fruits we are enjoying at the moment, i have been inspired by bright summery colours this week.......
 ..................i began to crochet a small summer throw using a mix of bright fresh colours.......
 .............all warm shades like summer fruits, with a few shades of green for contrast......
 ..............i have picked lots of flowers to have on my work table, on my desk and in fact dotted all round the house...........lots of sweet peas which are finally flowering beautifully after a very slow start........still lots of small palest pink roses too and of course big white daisies............

 ...............besides crocheting this week, i finished off a little project using some of my lovely lecien fabrics.............a mix of flower sugar and modern basics..........
 ...............i made some paper pieced shapes for a chrysanthemum.............
 ................this time, instead of applying it to a piece of fabric as i did with the recent cushion i showed you, i stitched a fabric backing to the chrysanthemum shape,  turned it right side out, took out the paper pieces and stuffed it with polyester toy filling, then closed the final side and there it was, a 3d flowery pincushion.....
 ..............i found a nice spotty green fabric covered button to sew in the centre...........
 .................it is always fun to make a quick project to finish while you are sewing and crocheting some larger ones............
 .................i bought the usual mixed pots of sweetpea plants for our garden again this year, and even they have turned out to be brighter than usual...............
 .............i never tire of their delicious scent and their gorgeous colourful petals...........
 ............i have planted some in the ground and some in a big terracotta pot.......
 .............some other news to tell you is that i have (at long last) got a facebook page........if you are on facebook too it would be wonderful if you would pop over and like it :).....the link is the pink fb badge on my sidebar...............i look forward to discovering lots of you on fb now too :)............of course i  really LoVe blogging and the blog community over here and will still be here as usual...............
.............off to do a bit more of my crochet throw now, and have a nice cup of tea.........thank you for visiting me here, dear readers, and for all your kind and interesting comments too.........wishing you a bright and happy summer week with lots of crafty inspirations........back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 13 July 2015

Strawberry Season

 We have had a lot of sunny, summery days over the past week or two, when i took these photos.....
 ..........this morning it was cool and grey and rainy, but that is how the garden likes it sometimes, and i know the sunny days will be back soon........we have been enjoying strawberry season here.....
 ..............picking them, and eating them.......daisy prefers eating strawberries and other fruits to eating sweets........i like to put them in this pretty vintage bowl that we found in grannie's attic...............
 ...............as well as real strawberries being much enjoyed, i have been working very hard at every spare moment on my strawberry stars quilt top...........when the end is in sight with a big project like this i begin to speed up with the piecing and the sewing.......
 .............i always feel inspired when the quilt top begins to drape when i put it down, and take on the feel and look of a quilt...........so many different effects as the fabrics fall randomly next to each other........
 ..............last week i just needed to make a few more pink patterned stars and sew them on, then add a few joining hexagons......this week i am adding the side joining pieces and the small border, and then it will be time to choose the backing and binding fabric and get it quilted.....i made the strawberry stars quilt from the star quilt pattern which is in my new book, due to be published in october......the templates for the quilt and the pieces which straighten and join the edges are all included and the good news is that all the templates in this book are full size so no need to enlarge them :)........
 ...............here is a peek at the pretty cover............i believe that the book is available for pre order now on amazon.....
 ............i will tell you more about *modern vintage gifts* and show some projects when i receive my   advance copy....... the pages are looking so pretty, thanks to the wonderful design team at david and charles publishers.............the whole process of making a book is very exciting to me :).....
 ..............out into the flowery garden now, to see my favourite roses in bloom...........
 ..............this bush is growing big and rambling now and is and ready for a bit of a trim, which i will do when it has finished flowering..............the roses here are under planted with cranesbill....i love the combination.............and so do the bees and butterflies.................
 .............below are some of my birthday flowers............beautiful peonies with lots of other pretty pinks and purple flowers, including some gorgeous clematis, and alchemilla mollis foliage.......mister p is a good flower chooser ;).................
 ............one afternoon each week i collect my sweet grandchildren charlie and daisy from school and they come home with me for tea and to play...........if the weather is nice we sit out at the garden table for drinks and a snack and talk about our day...........i love having this time with them as they are growing so fast and the same is true for their little cousin, baby rhys.......we saw him the past two weekends, and he can 'talk' a lot now, and eat pureed vegetables and fruit from a tiny spoon..........he is so cute with his chubby little limbs, beaming smiles and peachy, downy head..............
.................this week as well as doing my quilt i am working on a design for 2016......yes, that far off, it sounds like a date waaaay into the future..........i am also making a project for another magazine feature a little closer in time......so, keeping busy, but still enjoying the hazy days of summer......i hope you are too, dear readers, and want to say thank you for visiting me, following me and for taking the time to leave such kind comments..........wishing you all a wonderful week................back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxoooooooooooooooooxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx