Monday, 23 January 2017

Chilly Days

As I raise the blinds and open the curtains revealing yet another frosted white winter scene, I so long for the warmer days of Spring.

The hoar frosts are beautiful to look at with the skeletal branches of trees and shrubs beautifully draped in a silvery white rime, but I am tired of scraping thick ice off the car, slipping in the icy lanes as I walk the dog, trudging through the fields and orchards on iced mud. The pond we pass in the orchard is thickly covered with ice, and we've discovered the fun of skimming stones across the frozen water to see how far they slide and to try to break the ice with them (as yet unachieved!)

It took an age to break the ice on the small fish pond in our garden at the weekend (strong man hubby had to take over) as it was strange to see the fish swimming below the thick ice, seemingly happy enough, but I thought being trapped beneath ice couldn't be good for them.

At the moment life is busy and I seem to be out all the time when I long to be cosied up in the warm house. Today is a rare day at home and I'm taking the opportunity to write a blog post as I was shocked to see I haven't posted since the summer!

I had a few commissions in the run up to Christmas including making this bunting and a piped cushion for a nursery.

The pretty little floral fabric is a Liberty lawn. It is left over from the sashes of the bridesmaids dresses of the person for whom I was making the items. She wanted it to be incorporated into the bunting and cushion with yellows and pinks.

I've made a few little lavender hearts and sachets......

And I've been doing a bit of crocheting too on these cold nights

I've just finished joining these granny squares together for a cushion front and loving the little pops of colour! Used up some yarn from my stash in some favourite colours so it was an economical and guilt-free project. The next project is already on the go, but I mustn't neglect to actually finish this by putting a back on it or it'll end up in the ever growing pile of unfinished projects!

This is the next project already started!

I'm looking forward to catching up with you all over the next few weeks, and here's
wishing you all a very belated Happy New Year!


  1. Its always a joy to visit and see your inspirational makes. Love the bunting.

  2. Your home is so lovely and you make it so with all of your homespun creations. Very inviting and cozy :)

  3. Gorgeous makes Gill, that armchair with the crochet cushion looks so welcoming, the perfect spot to curl up with a book I think. Love the colours of the new project as well, it's always lovely to start something new isn't it. I'm wishing you and yours a very happy New Year too. A treat to see a post from you. CJ xx

  4. I love your crocheted granny squares I keep thinking I would like to crotchet again. I have balls of cotton left over from cardigans and want to make something blanket-like with them.

  5. I love that you have lots on the go, it keeps everything surprising I think. The liberty fabric is stunning. Love from Jo x

  6. Lovely to see what you have been up to and making! So beautiful as your things always are. The liberty fabric and bunting are beautiful aren't they, what a lovely way to use that special fabric.

  7. Oh, i love the bunting and the granny's! The Liberty fabric is lovely!

  8. So lovely to see you again Gill! Your makes and fabrics are all gorgeous that bunting will look! Keep cosy and have a happy week.
    Helen xox

  9. Hello Gill, lovely to see you back! Love all your descriptive writing about the weather! Love all your pretty makes. I have recently started blogging again too, I found I missed it! Much love to you, Linda xx

  10. Hello Gill,
    Where does the time go? I am happy you have posted again. I love all your projects. The liberty fabrics are so beautiful and when I am in London I love visiting their store to get lost in the colours and patterns. It will be wonderful to get working in the garden again, that I look forward to also


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Gill x