Saturday, 18 October 2014

Destash! Vintage fabric for sale

I'm having a bit of a sort out of my fabric cupboard(s).

I've put a few pieces for sale over on ebay.

This is an ongoing destash project, so keep your eyes peeled for more listings from me.

Any questions, give me a shout!

vintage cabbage rose fabric in olive green, cornflower blue & yellow 60s 70s

vintage retro floral print fabric cobalt blue, green and pink 60s 70s 80" long

vintage spirograph graphic print fabric yellow brown 60s 70s 68" long

Monday, 13 October 2014

Dr Seuss vintage fabric embroidered wall art

Recently, I've been working on a number of hand-sewn pieces featuring quotes I love.

This piece features the Dr Seuss quote:

“You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”

We love Dr Seuss in this house. His books are inspirational to children and adults alike.

One of our absolute favourites to read together is 'Oh the Places You'll Go'.

It's great for inspiring children and teaching them about both the ups and downs that life can throw at you...

"Step with care and great tact and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)


So... be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea, you're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So...get on your way!"

Friday, 3 October 2014

Breathless at Brent Knoll

One of the upsides of moving back to my home town is that I can take my daughter to all the places I enjoyed going to as a child.

One of those places is Brent Knoll on the Somerset Levels. It is quite a unique hill. Anyone travelling on the M5 to Devon and Cornwall may have spotted it as they pass Weston-super-Mare and travel further into the South West. It looms up out of a landscape which is predominantly flat (well, they aren't called the levels for nothing). It is 449 ft above sea level and once you've got to the top, there are 360 degree views all around you.

It's no wonder you find the remains of a hill fort up there, you could see your enemy approaching from all directions. For many years it has been used as a vantage point. Bronze age, Iron age and Roman troops have used Brent Knoll as a safe place to keep an eye on the surrounding land.

These days it is one of the best places to see jaw-dropping views of the beautiful countryside and coastline we're lucky enough to have on our doorstep.

From the top you can see the coast of South Wales, the hills of Exmoor, the edge of the Quantocks, the Mendip hills, Cheddar Gorge and far off in the distance, Glastonbury Tor.

But before you get to see these views, you have to put in some leg work.

I haven't been to Brent Knoll since I was a child and I'd forgotten how steep it was. My heart sank when we got to the foot of the hill. I thought my daughter would complain all the way up. How wrong I was. She stormed on ahead of my husband and I. She was completely caught up in the task of getting to the top.

There's nothing like a climb up a steep hill to make you feel unfit. Whilst my daughter took the climb in her stride, we were puffing and panting up the path behind her. I felt like my heart was going to burst out my chest at one point.

But once you get to the top, you are completely rewarded for your efforts.

My daughter stood at the edge with her arms flung out on either side of her and shouted "this is amazing!"

And who can argue with that?

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Autumn is coming

It's that time of year again.

The leaves are changing from green to orange, brown & red.

The last time we went to the park, it was literally raining conkers onto the playground.

My daughter and her friends gathered armfuls of these shiny beauties.

At the moment, it's still incredibly warm & sunny for Autumn-time in the UK.

I know I shouldn't, but I almost hanker for colder weather...I love my Winter clothes, my boots, my jumpers, my ridiculously large collection of fabric scarves, the comfort food...pies & roasts and I love hibernating at home on the dark evenings.

Ask me again in a few months time when we've had a dose of dreary UK weather & I'll be yearning for Spring & Summer again...

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Double choc muffins

It's been a baking kind of day.

I love making cakes with my daughter.

She loves mixing, cracking eggs, weighing things out, eating the raw cake mixture (bit naughty with the raw egg and all, but I ate it when I was little and I'm ok...sort of).

These little beauties are double-choc muffins.

The muffin mixture has cocoa powder in and you place a block of milk chocolate in the middle of the mixture when it's spooned into the cases.

This means that when the cakes are cooked, you get a gooey chocolate bit in the middle when you bite into them.

What's not to love?

This recipe was taken from Kids in the Kitchen by Sarah Lewis

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Happy Cat Waving embroidered wall art

Back in July I blogged about the handmade, personalised Birthday present I made for my niece. I created a hand embroidered cushion using a picture she had drawn when she was a little girl.

I was so pleased with the result, I made another one for myself. This time I didn't make a cushion, I made a piece of wall art.

I had recently bought a staple gun and thought this would be the perfect project to try it out on. Using the same image, I hand embroidered another 'Happy Cat Waving" motif onto a piece of plain calico and then stretched it over a canvas frame. I then attached the calico using the staple gun.

I'm really happy with the final look and I'm pretty much obsessed with using my staple gun to make more wall art in the near future!

Monday, 8 September 2014

Reasons to be cheerful

My last blog post was a bit sad.

I was really struggling with my little girl starting school.

As it turns out, she's coped really well and I've coped better than I thought I would. She seems to be relishing this new stage in her life.

So I've decided to focus on the positives.

Reasons to be cheerful:

* The weather has been beautiful over the past few days.

* We spent the weekend camping at Woodlands in Devon. We had a blast. The water slides gave me a much-needed adrenaline rush & perked me up no end.

* Sleeping in the tent next to my daughter and looking at her beautiful face whilst she slept.

* Listening to owls too-wooing whilst we lay under canvas.

* Mowing the lawn today and smelling fresh cut of the best smells ever.

* Drinking tea on our bench in the September sunshine.

* Looking forward to seeing my girl at the end of the school day. I'm so proud of her & how well she is coping with school.

* Picking the last of the ripening home-grown tomatoes...I wait all Summer for this moment, nothing beats home-grown tomatoes. The photos you see here feature my Grandmother's crimson read, vintage Pyrex dish. I love this bright red dish, goes to show that Pyrex doesn't just have to be plain glass!

I'm linking up with the @Manneskjur "How does your garden grow" blog link #HDYGG


I'm also linking up with Vintage Bliss Tuesdays


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