April 2010


This week has been spent mostly pottering around the garden.
Tidying up, moving things around and planting some new additions to the borders.

Enjoying the pretty blooms in the mostly good weather.

Not forgetting the greenhouse where everything is coming on in leaps and bounds.

We’re even beginning to enjoy the fruits (well, the herbs and salad leaves anyway) of my labour!

It’s amazing too how quickly the trees fill out with their shiny new leaves.

Of course I was very ably assisted by my two garden helpers, Archie and Ginger ! 🙂

On the creative front this week I’ve been working on some new corsages using vintage style colours, lace and pearls.
So we’ll see how they develop.

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend everyone! 🙂

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 I have now opened my Folksy shop!
This is something I have wanted to do for a little while now and I’m happy that I have eventually got it up and going, with thanks yet again to my son.
My bags and corsages were one of the main reasons for starting my blog and so it was a natural progression to get a shop up and running.

Three new bags have been completed and added to my little shop.
I’ve always wanted a little shop and now I’ve got one. 🙂
I hope to add some new corsages soon as well.

I have been very lucky in that I have been able to sell my bags and corsages through Ballydougan Pottery, which is a lovely pottery, restaurant and craft shop very close to where I live.
I have done very well with my sales at the pottery and I will of course still be selling there.
The Folksy shop will just give me another outlet.

You can find the shop here or by clicking on the Folksy badge on the sidebar.
There isn’t a lot in the shop window just yet or indeed on the shelves but hopefully they’ll fill up soon!!!

How pretty is the blossom at the moment especially on a beautiful day like this.
The sky is so quiet (we get quite a few flights overhead bound for Belfast International Airport), that the only sounds to be heard in the garden are the bird-song and the buzzing of the bees around the cherry blossom.
The sky is so blue today and not a vapour trail in sight.
Although from a purely personal and selfish point of view, I do hope the volcanic ash cloud moves on soon as we are due to fly somewhere very “Nice” in three weeks!
And I really do want to go!!!
In the meantime I’ll just enjoy my garden and all this pretty blossom. 🙂

I love the potential of a packet of seeds.
All that new life waiting to happen.
Tiny little grains that can produce the most wonderful plants.
I planted the seeds from these packets a few weeks ago and they are now beginning to appear through the compost.

We’re looking forward to enjoying all these new little flowers and vegetables in the weeks ahead. 🙂

Thought I’d show you some of my new bits and pieces today.
Firstly are the gifts that the Easter Bunny brought to me.
A beautiful jug from my favourite shop, Avoca.
The jug had some caramel eggs inside which sadly I can’t show you as I’ve eaten them!!
There was also a large bar of wholenut chocolate from the Easter Bunny but alas it’s also gone!
I was also very fortunate to receive a lovely Japanese crochet book, how clever is that Easter Bunny!

These Japanese crochet books have become very popular and they’re popping up all over the place in blogland.
There are some beautiful designs in this book and hopefully I’ll be able to work out the charts as my Japanese isn’t wonderful! 🙂
I have it on good authority that the Easter Bunny got the book from here, in case you’re interested in purchasing one for yourself.

Finally I want to show you the lovely fabric that I ordered from Saints and Pinners.
It arrived all wrapped up like a beautiful little present!

I’m always on the look-out for new fabric for the lining in my little bags.
I found the link for this supplier on Beth’s lovely blog, The Linen Cat and they have a lovely selection of fabrics.
So many in fact it’s hard to choose and to be honest restrain yourself, however I decided on the two above.
Now all I need to do is to start making some things as I’ve been a bit slow on the creative front this week.
Too much chocolate, perhaps!!! 🙂

Just thought I’d show you the corsages that I made for the craft shop for Easter.

I used Gedifra Fiorista Fino yarn.
I like the way the space dyed yarn makes each corsage individual.
I then use coordinating fabric to cover buttons for the flower centres.

Wishing you all a happy, sunshine, flower and chocolate filled Easter !!! 🙂