September 2010

Following on from my last post I thought we could have some more sunflowers. I absolutely adore sunflowers so you’ll just have to indulge me! The little butterfly was so good at posing for me in the photo above, how brilliant is the colour of these flowers. They make you feel good just by looking at them! 🙂

When I was thinking about this post I realised how many sunflower inspired items I have around the house.

These are just a few things I had to hand. People buy me gifts with sunflowers on them because they know I love them !

I have quite a collection of sunflower fabrics too! They got me thinking about what a nice lining they would make for a sunflower bag, which would then of course need some sunflowers to decorate it! So I set about crocheting some sunflowers. The large one is from Nicky Epstein’s Crocheted Flowers but it turned out too big for a bag, so I crocheted some smaller ones in my own design. Now all I need to do is make the bag!!

I hope the sunflowers have brought a little bit of brightness to your day!
Have a great week everyone and before I go we’ll have just one more photo!!! 🙂

The sunflowers have bloomed, eventually and quite beautiful they are too!

The winter bedding has been well established.

The birds’ winter treats are ready and waiting.

The strawberry leaves have changed colour after giving up their fruit.

The sycamore leaves are starting to fall (my husband will be pleased!!)

The nasturtiums are hanging on until the first frosts.

The tulips are waiting to be planted so we have something pretty to look at in the spring (now there’s a nice thought, spring!)

I have resisted for so long but even I have to admit autumn is here. It’s not that I don’t like autumn, it’s just I like summer better!! It can be very beautiful with all it’s glorious colours. Let’s hope that it is bright and clear and dry so we all can enjoy it!

Have a lovely autumnal weekend !!! 🙂

I’ve spent some of the rather wet weekend doing a bit of crochet. Not sure what all these little pieces will become, some corsages, some maybe added to bags, we’ll have to wait and see. They have all been made from the same ball of yarn, it’s Kingcole Riot which is 30% wool/70% acrylic. It has a lovely feel and you get quite a good stretch of colour before it changes. There are quite a few different shades in it, I like this one as the colours are quite suitable for this time of year, dare I say the word, autumnal (I’m getting there!!). Although the weather here this morning is warm and sunny I have to admit I now can see the change in the season happening.

Now, I’ve been tagged by the lovely Lisette from HandMaid Liset and I have been asked to answer the following questions.

4 things in my bag. (sorry this is going to be very boring, nothing exciting in there)
– purse
– umbrella
– mobile phone
– tissues

4 things in my desk drawer.
– don’t have a desk!

4 favourite things in my bedroom.
– photos of my son and daughter.
– my rabbit soft toys.
– stash of yarn!!!
– my jewellery.

4 nice things at this moment.
– happy and healthy family!
– sun is shining as I write this.
– my home grown tomatoes.
– new yarns and fabric.

4 songs that keep popping into my head. (not sure if my answers are meant to be songs of the moment or my all time favourites)
– Raspberry Beret ~ Prince.
– Chocolate ~ Snow Patrol. (all Snow Patrol songs if I’m honest)
– Dog Days Are Over ~ Florence + the Machine.
– New York ~ Paloma Faith. (I could keep going I love lots of music)

4 things you didn’t know about me.
– I was awarded a Blue Peter badge.
– I’m married 29 years.
– I have brown eyes.
– I worked in a bank and left to become a mother and never went back(thank goodness for motherhood!).

Now I’m supposed to tag 4 more people but as I always do with awards/tags I’m going to offer it to anyone on my blogroll or indeed anyone reading this as I don’t want to single out 4 blogs. So please feel free to pick it up if you want to! Thanks again to Lisette for thinking about me!

Have a great week everyone!!! 🙂

Just thought I would share some of my new books with you. The above three were all birthday presents.
The Orla Kiely book(from my husband) is great. It’s so interesting reading all about her life and how she got to where she is today and the patterns and photographs inside are wonderful. She obviously grew up in the same era as me, as so many of the retro patterns are so familiar to me, I’m sure we had wallpaper and curtains like that when I was a child!
Nigella Lawson’s ‘Kitchen’ (from my kids) is delicious and I’ve tried out the Guinness Gingerbread and the Sweet and Salty Crunch Nut Bars and both were yummy! I’m looking forward to the television programme.
The third book in the photo is Knitted Cakes (thanks Emily) and as the title suggests it has 20 delicious cakes to knit, so I’m looking forward to having some fun with that.

This book arrived today, it’s Mr Marshal’s Flower Book. Now it’s no secret that I love flowers and plants and I also love botanical drawings so this little book is a delight. It has the most beautiful drawings set out in the seasons.

Alexander Marshal lived from 1620 to 1682. So these drawings were made almost 400 years ago. They really are wonderful!

Now for the fabric part of this post. This little lot arrived in the post a few days ago, I ordered them from M is for Make. I just love the colours in these fabrics, not sure what I’m going to do with them yet but I am enjoying just looking at them for now, until I decide!

Not sure what to expect weatherwise this coming weekend but if I can’t enjoy the great outdoors at least I’ve got enough reading material and material of the other sort to keep me busy!!

Have a great weekend whatever you get up to, indoors or out! 🙂

Why Fruit Salad corsages? Well it’s just that they remind me so much of Fruit Salad chews. They’re the bright pink and orange colours of the raspberry and pineapple chews! I don’t eat Fruit Salad chews any more being vegetarian as they contain beef gelatine which is of course a no-no for vegetarians. Shame they have to put gelatine in chews, there’s bound to be something else they can use instead other than boiled up animal bits!!!

You’ll notice my little posy in the photos also in Fruit Salad colours. Sadly that’s the last of my sweet pea! 😦 Bit by bit the summer flowers are coming to an end.

Anyhow I hope you like my little Fruit Salad corsages, they’re a little bit of brightness on increasingly less bright days!

There’s bound to be an alternative to beef gelatine, come on Fruit Salad people think of the vegetarians!!!!

I can’t believe it’s time to change the plants in the window boxes again! Time to get all the little pansies, violas and cylamen planted so that I have something pretty to look out at through the dark months.

It really seems no time since the summer bedding was in bloom in the same window boxes…..

…..and it definitely does not seem that long from I planted the primulas for the spring and blogged about it here.

Where has this year gone to ????

I always think pansies and violas look like little faces, so pretty. 🙂 It’s just as well I got my gardening done yesterday as the weekend weather forecast doesn’t sound too good. Maybe they have got it wrong, let’s hope so!
Have a great weekend anyway whatever the weather !! 🙂

Well today’s my birthday and I’m another year older. That’s not bothering me though as in my head I’m still somewhere between 18 and 25 and life’s too short to worry about things like that. Birthday’s are great anyway as they always bring lots of lovely presents and today has been no exception. 🙂 I’ll be spending the evening with my family, what more could I ask for!

I’d just like to thank all my family and friends for all the lovely gifts! They really are all appreciated! 🙂

Hi folks, well we have returned from our trip to London and what a great time we had visiting, shopping and eating!

I think my favourite part of the whole trip was the visit to the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace. They were absolutely magnificent! I have to admit to being a complete royalist. I love the grandeur, the pomp and ceremony and Buckingham Palace did not disappoint, it was wonderful! After the tour you can enjoy something to eat in the cafe and then have a walk through the gardens before leaving.

Good to see Her Majesty also likes duck egg blue! 🙂

We also visited the Victoria and Albert Museum, there’s always plenty to see here and never enough time to see it all.
The V&A had a Beatrix Potter exhibition and it was lovely to see her original drawings of Peter Rabbit and friends.

Of course some shopping had to be done and although I didn’t go mad in Oxford Street as I don’t see the point in going into shops I can get at home, I did however visit those that I can only visit when I’m in London.

It’s always nice to see the traditional and the historic and London has lots of that!!

On our final day we took one of the Thames River boats out to Greenwich to visit the Royal Greenwich Observatory. It was very interesting and of course I like all the other visitors had to stand on zero longitude, where all time begins.

The boat trip was great as you see a completely different view of the city.

It was very enjoyable trip, it’s a brilliant city with so much to do and see. We had the most beautiful weather as you can see from the lovely blue sky in my photographs which of course added to the enjoyment.
I’m now looking forward to the next time we visit! 🙂