Saturday, 28 July 2012
Sunday, 15 July 2012
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Mum has been making a few comments about my lack of updates so before the tumbleweeds start breezing through this blog I'll tell you what I've been up to.
This was the old fence ready to be broken up and put in the skip:
Basically sound, just not suitable for two dog-owning neighbours.
Hmmmmm. Can I really allow all that good wood to be thrown in the skip?
(and not give the fence guys any more money!)
Friday, 4 May 2012
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Made from charity shop shirts and castoffs from my husband's wardrobe (whether he was aware of it or not. )
I'm sure I'd worked out a better pattern for the squares, but I'm afraid I just took them as they came out of the pile and sewed them together.
How the Quilt Got Its Name
It is meant for the beach, oh best beloved, and as British beaches are very often covered in pebbles, I thought it would be a good idea to double the filling, you know, make it more comfy.
After I had (with great difficulty) quilted it all together, I realised it hadn't been such a good idea and bravely decided to unpick it all. Yes, unpick all the quilting stitches.
I put a DVD on one Sunday afternoon and spent the duration unpicking.
The film was The Shawshank Redemption so that is how the quilt got its name.
The Shawshank Redemption quilt
(and I must say I was very glad to have a visual diversion during some of the more brutal parts of the film.)
Now I have the quilting bug but I want to learn to do it properly.
I'd seen some Japanese quilting which I liked a lot so I ordered this book from Amazon
Not only is it full of beautiful things to make with Japanese fabric it also had a picture and instructions for this beautiful quilt
Quite by chance I then discovered a quilting supply shop not so very far from where I live and today I went there.
An Aladdin's cave of fabric.
I bought this
And I've signed up for quilting classes. I begin at the end of April and the Japanese quilt is the one I'm going to make.
Monday, 12 March 2012
Dead may tree where I wanted to plant a lilac shrub.
one saw and
a bit of female muscle later...
A little help from Elsie (not)...
and the may tree was out of the ground.
Am SO looking forward to a nice long bubble bath.
Monday, 5 March 2012
We had a nasty meeting with a neighbour on Saturday morning.
Elsie and I were returning from our walk around the reservoir when she stopped to have a good sniff at a garden wall.
The owner of the house came flying out shouting how dare I let my dog foul outside his house?
I told him she was just sniffing but he didn't believe me and came out to check. When he realised I was telling the truth he just turned his back on me and returned to the house shouting 'I'm fed up with you dog owners messing up my property'.
No apology or anything.
I hope he is actually a nice man so that he spent the rest of the weekend feeling guilty about how he behaved because it certainly soured my day.
Monday, 27 February 2012
Saturday, 25 February 2012
Tuesday 21st February was my birthday. I had a lovely day.
I feel a bit nervous about using it. Only because it's new and I've got to read the instruction book. Not that I'm lazy or anything.
My son sent me this yummy card:
and reminisced about us reading the Mr. Men book 'Mr. Perfect' who had a party with lots of perfect cup cakes. Son is at uni now. I miss him.
I think it was because it had a 'skirt' design which gave it a feminine look in a very male dominated show (Go Lady P! Go TinTin! Go Grandma!)
Then the floral birthday kicked in.
Some magic beans from BF Tammy:
This gorgeous bouquet was waiting for me when I got back from the school run and is now filling the hall with a wonderful floral scent.
My MiL gave me some birthday money which I spent in my favourite shop, Wilkinsons:
I thought I would really miss Woolworths when it closed down, but Wilkinsons has more than replaced it.
I find the quiet trundle she makes as I turn the handle very therapeutic.