Monday, 29 June 2015

Summer Notes

A round up of early summer in pictures......

A holiday

 A sunny week in north Pembrokeshire in lovely converted coach house with two foot stone walls and poppy red shutters.

 St. Davids Cathedral in the smallest city in the UK....the cathedral and old Palace are sited below the town so your first glimpse is looking down at them,  and to visit you go down lots of steps

 days of walking, visiting beaches, small towns and generally exploring and having a relaxing time

The charity shops in Pembrokeshire were very reasonably priced, and I bought a load of this beautiful green china, actually two different makes and designs but they match perfectly.

A trip to a Fair

Back in May I had a trip with a friend to the Decorative Living Fair at Eridge and came home with some lovely stuff!

 some gorgeous vintage French provencal fabric that had covered a screen

 a beautiful antique Belgian mangle cloth

and some beautiful vintage wooden spools and some recycled sari yarn....cant wait to have a go with this using the wooden crochet hooks I bought too!

Cross stitch and embroidery

I stitched some little cross stitched lavender filled key rings 

embroidered some simple heart hangers using vintage pre-printed embroidery linen

and made a cross stitch bookmark 

In the shop

 I made lots of mini bunting made from fabric scraps that I save

and some full sized bunting from vintage fabric sheets

added lots more vintage embroidered linens

 and made a cushion made from a t-shirt...hope to make lots more of these

I now have a little area with childrens aprons, bags and cushions

In the Garden

 the summer jasmine is prolific this year and so strongly scented... its lovely to step out of the back door and smell its fragrance

 the front garden is colourful with yellow loosestrife, campanula glomerata, cistus and erigerons, lavender and geraniums....these photos were taken a few weeks ago before the loosestife was fully out.

some pretty flowering annuals waiting to go in pots and hanging baskets


I finally made up some cushions from crochet squares I made a few years ago!

I don't know where the last two months have gone!

Wishing you all happy, sunny and creative days!!

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

A Birthday and Emmetts

Hello everyone and thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post.

I've been busy out and about these last couple of weeks and the highlight was my daughters 20th Birthday and a day out which included a trip to Emmetts, a National Trust garden high up in the  Weald of Kent near Chartwell, Churchill's former home.

It was a gloriously sunny day with blue sky, and even though the bluebells were barely out there were plenty of colourful blooms. The magnolias and camellias were beautiful and in full flower, and other blossom trees were flowering as were a few early rhodedendrons and azaleas.

The Birthday Girl!

Since our sunny day out the bluebells have come on and are now almost fully out in the woods nearby.

I've been very busy with The Loft Room since I last posted, and have been making a few new things for my space there.

I've made some vintage floral linen bags which I've lined with red polka dot fabric.

 I've hand embroidered some little key fobs

And I've hand stitched some little lavender sachets..... this one from vintage feedsacks

This one hand embroidered with a little Kensitas silk flower on it sent to me by a lovely FB friend Jayne. Between 1933 and 1934 Kensitas included a silk flower with each pack of cigarettes and they are now very collectable. Jayne thought of me as she had one with a Gillyflower on it, the old fashioned name for pinks, which is where I got my name from (as well as being a Gilly!) and she very kindly sent me that flower along with some others. I made this for her as a thankyou.

Vintage barkcloth lavender sachet....

And another vintage feedsack lavender filled sachet.

 I've also set up a Blog for The Loft Room where we can post about our courses, fairs, events and new makes, so do pop over and check it out here and if you'd like to follow what we're up to then you can follow us on Bloglovin' or by email notification.

We are also on Facebook here, so please come and check out our page and give us a like!

It's in its infancy at the moment so a bit short on photos and a bit rough around the edges, but it would be lovely to have some familiar and friendly faces as followers!

I still haven't got round to catching up with you all on your blogs so please forgive me for my absence.

Hope this horrible weather clears up for the Bank Holiday weekend, its pouring with rain here as I type, and dark, cold and miserable.

 Have a great weekend whatever the weather!