Saturday, 31 May 2014

Mad dogs & Englishwomen stitching in the midday sun

Finally an opportunity to do a little stitching outside in the sun, a lovely breeze keeping the midges away. Only 7 pics this post, I'm giving you a rest after last time ;)

 This mug was given to me as a present by my Youngest a couple of years ago, he has no idea how touched I was!

 I made up some 'patches' to work on with a bit of tv of an evening, just stitching along, no pattern.

 The idea is to one day put them all together as part of a big piece. Not sure how big, but I've a way to go & my exhibition is in 6 weeks! The feather above is from an owl - I was given a bag full from some naturalists down the road here who found it already dead & thought of me ;)

 All together; a suggestion

 I made a piece to shape into a heart. I've been working with so much color lately it seems I needed a change!

 While sitting outside today I was admiring my Wisteria. A tricky plant to get for a windy place but it was for my 50th & it's only taken nearly 4 years but I had at least 3 racemes this year for the first time!

 & all those delicious tendrils to tie in to the top of the pergola at the back of the house, too. Here's to more stitching al dente ;)

Saturday, 10 May 2014

The Wedding & some blog buddies

Ok, I've got about 24 wedding pics but you don't have to look at them all! Just skim thru admiring the bag & fascinator I've been banging on about for so long (you're all very patient ;)

First, as love is in the air (even the most cynical would love a good wedding!) I made a couple of hearts from the Peacock Fabric enclosing wonderful smelling lavender grown in the south of France by a friend - too wet here ;( .

 did I show you my purse, the one that justified spending so much time on the fascinator & bag that were just for ME?



The day after The Wedding was just lovely, too. The DH noticed a leaflet in the hotel about the Great Dixter garden - you've probably been but I only ever saw it on Gardeners' World & it wasn't even on my radar. So in the morning we spent a happy hour walking around the most beautiful spring garden I've ever seen - sorry, haven't sorted the pics yet, 'cept this one

then in the afternoon my patient DH took me to Brighton to meet two Blog Buddies, Isobel of Threadnoodle & Alison of Fibre Frenzi Alison had a space for her work in one of the Brighton Open House weekends so we met there & then had coffee & cake, of course ;) I've been talking to these girls at our blogs for years so it was amazing to finally meet them.

Isobel back left & Alison right, as you probably know ;) You can see my Wedding Cuff here, it spent it's time at the wedding hiding under my sleeve, tll the evening when it came out for a boogie! So great to meet up & look what Isobel made my day with!

I'm delighted, thank you! Ready for action ;) I was so glad to catch up with Heloise too, giving me a lovely bag of felt to play wit ...(which I haven't photographed yet, sorry)

I can't believe that I had one of the best weddings ever & a chance to meet great blogging friends & go to a wonderful garden all in one weekend. So lucky.

So here are the Photographs, a small taster, honest! Just enjoy, I did.

 8am swim!
still waiting

my parents

 my bro, cuz & his gf
 my sil

 boys, eh?

 Fiji cake

 ooh, harsh sunlight, just to show you the fascinator!
 The Bag ;)
 How long will it be before I stop going misty eyed?