Monday, 13 March 2017

Happy Tally

Tally, our Labrador, is 12 this year and starting to slow up. She is getting more fussy about her walks and is most definitely bored of going on the same old loops from our house. If you are lucky, she will follow you out of the garden and down the road but she stops and sniffs at every opportunity and it takes half an hour to go 100 meters!
Sometimes she just sits down at the gate and looks at you as if to say,
 "I'd rather not if that's ok".

In desperation I got out a map of the local area and looked for some local footpaths that would be new and a bit more interesting. This morning we ventured over some fields..

walking Tally
down a slope..
 
walking Tally
past some boats..

walking Tally
and ended up by an estuary..

walking Tally
and hey presto....happy Tally.

walking Tally
 
In the process we are finding some lovely new walks and seeing parts of the countryside that we would never have explored like this without her.

My sewing is a bit thin on the ground at the moment, I cant seem to decide what next.
It's not really a problem as there is plenty to do in the garden. I have a plan for this little bunch of willow canes..

 WIP- willow sticks

and the evenings are busy working slowly on my Moorland blanket..
 
WIP- Moorland blanket
 
And I have a plan for this little fellow..
 
WIP- planning a yarnbomb
 
but will share more later!

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Carried away with key fobs

key fobs
 
I got a bit carried away with these little key fobs
but even if they don't all find keys the mini lavender bags will hang very nicely
off a coat hanger or two.

stack of mini cushions
 
They are like a mini cushion stack
and are brightening up yet another cloudy, blustery, wet day here in Cornwall...
 
tomato seedlings
 
as are these little beauties which are some tomato seedlings
potted on and sitting in the widow.
Half are cherry toms and the others are Coeur de Boeuf
which are the big gnarly looking ones you get in France.
I got some seeds last year in a French supermarket and thought I would give them a go.
 They are going to need a heck of a lot more sunshine than they are getting at the moment though to stand a chance of producing these.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Another very blustery day

WIP 

My Moorland Blanket is coming along slowly and I am now on part 3.

I lam loving the pinky purpley heather colours
and they go rather nicely with this little patch of wild cyclamen in the garden don't you think?
 
WIP

The wavy pattern of this blanket produces a lovely dense feel to it which is nice and warm to sit under on these cold evenings. I can't wait to see what Lucy does for the edging because that is often my favourite bit.
 
I have also been finishing up this quilt, started a while ago now and blogged here.
 
Quilt
 
The background is made up of 10" squares of recycled shirt fabrics.
The applique design was very much inspired by the quilt called Summer Chelsea by Pauline Smith in the book Kaffe Quilts Again. I have added some felt circles to the centre of some of the flowers and used embroidery to embellish them. The leaves are also felt.
 
Quilt
 

I really like the simplicity of Pauline's flower design and also the stripy stems.
 
Quilt
 
It is very blustery here today with lots of clouds scooting through at regular intervals,
so I am afraid the photos aren't great but at least I had a helper
to hold it up when it kept blowing off the hedge! 

Patchwork key fob or just a very small lavender bag!
 
And finally two little patchwork key fobs or mini lavender bags (just two and a half inch squares).
My way of using up a few treasured scraps while watching a film.
I wish you could smell them too.
xx