Archive for January, 2009


January 27th, 2009 | Crochet and Knitting | 9 Comments

Wrist warmers? Arm cosies? What do you call them exactly? Anyway, my orange things are finished! The free pattern can be found here and they are a quick, easy-ish knit (decreasing every 6 rows, thumb gusset, K2 P2 rib and a 10 row cable repeat). I wish I had had enough yarn to make them slightly […]


January 26th, 2009 | Other | 2 Comments

We went to see some exotic butterflies in the tropical greenhouse at Wisley yesterday. Which was a rather lovely way to spend a dreary, rainy Sunday.  Tony took some great photos as you can see.   On Saturday I taught a workshop for the Market Square Quilters, Newbury. I know some of the girls read this so, thank you for […]

Wool Dress

January 23rd, 2009 | Other, Sewing | 6 Comments

I bought this dull woollen dress from the charity shop just for the fabric. But then I tried it on and it sort of fits. It’s not remotely flattering though.  So, now I’ve decided to try a spot of customising. I’m thinking something like this Audrey Hepburn vintage coat dress. Please don’t ask me how… And if all fails, […]


January 19th, 2009 | Home | 5 Comments

Once again, Ali has given me something to write about. Thank you. Apparently, there is a ‘what’s on your bedside table’ tag going round (it started here) so I’ve joined in. Now, just so you know: our bedroom is on our ‘things which desperately need to be done which we can’t afford to do yet’ list.  We have bare […]

Border 3a

January 16th, 2009 | Patchwork and quilting | 4 Comments

I seem to be having a ‘finally getting round to it’ week. Because yesterday, I finally managed to get border 3a onto my medallion quilt. Making me only 6 borders behind? And of course, those borders will just keep getting bigger and bigger. But who’s really counting? I will finish it (in my own sweet […]

Getting round to it

January 15th, 2009 | sewing machine drawing | 6 Comments

Over Christmas as Tony and I tidied up the kitchen (again) we suddenly realised that we still had child locks on all our cupboards. Our youngest child? 4 years old and out at school all day…  Why, exactly had it taken us so long to notice? Similarly, a few days ago I realised that I hadn’t drawn any patches for my shop […]

Coast Moodboard

January 14th, 2009 | Drawing and Painting, Other | 3 Comments

I’ve been working on this moodboard for a few days now. Gathering bits from all over the house, magazines, the internet, the library  and then slowly choosing and discarding and arranging them and after a little while,    amongst all the buttons and threads and cuttings you know that you’ve found it. Inspiration.      

Lovely Surprise

January 12th, 2009 | Patchwork and quilting | 5 Comments

I remember giving a lady and her sister one of my jointed dog patterns (only available here or from me in person) at the Festival of Quilts last year. And how they had decided to make a quilt using it for their elderly mother. Anyway, I had a nice time talking to them and they popped back to […]

New baby

January 10th, 2009 | Home | 4 Comments

We had a lovely treat today: elevenses with good friends and their new baby boy. How cute are his fingers? I must say, that I do love to see a tiny baby tenderly held in a man’s arms. A gentleman.   My boys were less than interested. I have been very skittish this week, unable to settle to anything […]

The Red Dress

January 3rd, 2009 | Sewing | 16 Comments

Happy New Year! I trust you all made the most of the holidays and having done so, are now (like me) ready for things to get back to normal. I have been looking back at last year’s resolutions and am pleased to say that I have (for the most part) kept them. I could do more exercise and […]