Sunday, 31 May 2015


After making 4 patchwork cushions for outside during January to April this year, I decided to use the material scraps to TRY and make a patchwork throw, also for outside.
I've 'problemated' over its design and construction for weeks making several grid drawings and copious notes during that time. However, despite all this attention, bringing both design and material together is not proving easy.
I took my ideas away with me recently and managed to cut a few bits of fabric but, needing to make 12 x 12" blocks, this is going to take some time. Today, I decided to bite the bullet and sew 2 of my blocks.
This is my first attempt, and the one below is my second,
I hope to make 2 similar blocks times 6 in order to end up with 12, these are the first of #1 design.

Sunday, 24 May 2015


For me the most difficult part of having a perennial garden is 'patience'. It's quite alarming to see everything die back at the end of the growing season but so delightful to watch it all spring back to life again starting in Spring. This is my first time of seeing that happen.
These photos were taken on 21 December 2014 to show how it looked on the first day of winter.
and the above 2 photos show it on 21 March 2015 when Spring had sprung. Another month to go before Summer but this is how it looks today.
I am so happy with it and it's a delight to sit out there when the sun shines.


Today would have been our Toby's 25th birthday. I'm running out of photos now to use in his albums but there are just a few that I still can play with, this being one.
The page is simple and to be honest, quite rushed today. It's not that I think any less of Toby, rather more a lack of time as I'm still catching up following our recent trip away. We still take Toby with us, albeit in his little box and I know some will think that foolish, but it's just something we do.

Thursday, 21 May 2015


I'm back home after a trip south to see my friend Sylvia. She is doing well despite having a long journey in front of her to get feeling back into her fingers, but believe me when I tell you she has a firm grip! It was wonderful to see her and quite emotional because of what she has gone through, but she is being so well cared for by her hubby that I am confident she will get there.
My garden is coming on in leaps and bounds too and it seems I have only lost about 3 plants. Hopefully, I will be able to show a few photos in a day or so after I've finished planting all the new plants I bought while away.
In the meantime, it is time for a new front door wreath so I've just had a little play and made this,
The colours are warming, I just wish the weather was!!!

Sunday, 3 May 2015

12 TAGS OF 2015 - MAY

It's tag time again. all the details for Tim's May tag can be found here. It took me all this morning to make my tag in between sneezing, coughing, runny nose etc. I have a bad dose of rhinitis which has plagued me since last November and despite medication, just will not go away. Anyway, I did my best with the stash I had and came up with this.
Everything I used is Tim's except the photo and the hesian. There is such a lot going on and it wasn't at all difficult but it turned into a fabulous tag once more.