June 2010

Enjoying the garden this sunny Saturday afternoon with a copy of this months Country Home and Interiors, a mug of tea and the company of a really good friend.

Have a lovely weekend! 🙂

Albert Einstein is quoted as having said “if the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live”!
Now he was a pretty clever guy so perhaps we should pay attention to his words.
If they were his words that is, as some say he never actually said that!
Well whether he said it or not, or whether it is actually true, I think we should look after them anyway (just in case)!
There is evidence to suggest that the population of bees is on the decline.
So maybe we should all do our little bit to help the bees out!

This plant, a type of buddleia, which is growing in my garden is covered in bees.
There is so much noise from the buzzing it’s like watching a World Cup football match!!

It’s great to watch and to listen to them.
So whether Einstein was right or wrong or whether he said it or not….
It’s good to be doing it for the bees!! 🙂

I hope if you’re reading this, you like flowers because this blog post is full of them!
I adore them and it’s great being able to spend time out in the garden enjoying them.
The weather here today is lovely and the forecast is looking good for the week ahead, so lots more garden time to come. 🙂

The sweetpeas are just beginning to come out so looking forward to having vases of them in the house during the summer.

The summer bedding has all been planted in the various pots, planters, window boxes and beds.
We’ve got geraniums, bizzy lizzies, marigolds, lobeilia, allysum, begonias, salvia, verbena, petunias and pansies.
We’ve also got a variety of daisies which I really love! 🙂

The azalea is in bloom at the moment, it’s a shame it lasts such a short time.

Then there are the lupins!
Boy, do I love the lupins!!

Some blooms in the greenhouse too.
This little cactus lives in the greenhouse and it seems to like that very much because for the past two years it has produced flowers something it never did when it lived in the house.
The greenhouse must be closer to its natural conditions.
Last year it produced one flower but this year it produced two.
The really sad thing is that the flowers only last for one day and then they die.
Such a shame as they are so beautiful!

There are also some flowers of the crochet variety too!!
Crocheted in lots of bright summer colours.

These little flowers have already been picked and set off to Ballydougan Pottery.

Wherever you are I hope you’re enjoying some flowers too, everyone should !! 🙂

This is the final year fashion collection of my daughter who graduates this year from the University of Ulster with a Bachelor of Design with First Class Honours and a Diploma in Industrial Studies with Commendation!
Do I sound proud?
Well thats because I am, extremely so!!

Last night we attended the end of year open night at the university where the students all had stands displaying their work.

Her collection “Babushka” was Russian inspired focusing on the architecture of St Basil’s Cathedral, Faberge Eggs and Russian Dolls.
Using machine knitwear, silks, jersey, denim and leather she made four complete outfits.

Last night everyone could view the students inspiration, their design drawings (which are little pieces of art in themselves), their samples right through to the finished garments.
The work was amazing!

There is an enormous amount of skill and time involved in the making of these collections, which I can personally vouch for having witnessed it close up!

However hard work pays off and the garments looked sensational made up in luscious fabrics.

Last Friday we attended the end of year fashion show and it was great to see the garments on human bodies!

The models brought the clothes to “life” and it was all very exciting.

This was Lyndsey taking her bow (rather reluctantly, I have to say) at the end of the show!
I have to thank my husband for the photos used in this post as I was too busy clapping to take any!!
It has been a very exciting few days from finding out her result last Thursday to the fashion show on Friday and then last nights end of year show.
We’re now looking forward to her graduation on 30th June.

To Lyndsey I would just like to say, well done sweetheart you have worked so hard and so deserve your First Class result!!!
We are all so very proud of you! xxx 🙂

Oh dear, I seem to have way too many projects on the hook and needles at the moment.
Don’t know how that happened! 🙂
Well actually I do, I’m impatient to see how something’s going to look knitted/crocheted so I decide to do just a little bit just to see.

The above photo is of a bag I was inspired to make by a punnet of strawberries!
I adore strawberries and I really am having fun with this bag.
Need to get on with it though!

These little circles were started when I was on holiday but I’m afraid they have been overlooked ever since I have returned.
They are going to be trimmed with white and turned into squares – eventually!!
They will then become a little blanket which I hope to use in the garden, this summer (fingers crossed).

A couple of weeks ago I attended a workshop in the Glen Gallery, a lovely little craft shop in Co Antrim ( sorry no link as they don’t have a website unfortunately).
The workshop was being taken by designer Debbie Abrahams.
I’ve been to quite a few of Debbie’s workshops in the Glen Gallery and they are always a great day out!
The workshop was knitting lace in the round and the project was a little bag.
Of course you never get your project finished on the day but I still haven’t got my bag finished as I’ve been distracted by other things ever since!

When I was in my local yarn shop the other day ( no real need to be in there as I really didn’t need any yarn) I noticed this new yarn from Patons called Batik.
Naturally a ball of it had to come home with me.
Each ball is made up of a number of colours and comes with a free scarf pattern.
Of course I had to see what it looked like knitted up!!

I’ve been building up a collection of cotton/linen/bamboo yarns for my corsages.
There are quite a few yummy colours in my basket now.
When I came back from holidays the craft shop had sold out of my corsages, so I need to get some more made.

So I really need to settle myself down and get all of these projects finished.
It’s just that the weather is so lovely and there’s so much that needs doing in the garden that I seem to spend more time out there at the minute.
But hopefully I’ll be able to post about some finished items really soon!! 🙂