Thursday, 29 April 2010

Abnormal Behaviour

Neil is always saying I'm not normal and he could be right. At 7.30 this morning I found myself in the kitchen making a rhubarb crumble and that is definitely not normal behaviour for me.

The baby quilt for the raffle is finished and has been delivered. Barbara is holding it up for me, I did manage to get a photo of her after a lot of persuading.

I am very grateful for her help, between us we have made a lovely quilt.

The move went okay (for house moves) it would appear that nothing got broken. There are some things missing but I'm sure it's just a case of finding the right box. I think the removal men got bored half way through, even though the boxes were labelled according to the rooms they were to be delivered to most of them have ended up in the conservatory in no particular order. Still that's what bank holidays are for - sorting through boxes.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

I Forgot

In my rush to show you the lovely cakes yesterday I forgot to show you these gorgeous little books. They were very kindly made for me by Gina. The covers are made from a carrier bag which had been used to carry home some purchases from Easton Walled Gardens. Think I need to go back and get another bag.

I love books especially handmade ones.

The pages in the one that ties up are removable, very practical.

If you are like me and love handmade books or would just like to attend a workshop with Gina she will be at Art and Stitch on 24th April for a book making workshop.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Blog Swap

This swap was inspired by silver pebble . Silver pebble has been swapping skills and I arranged to swap one of my little bags for some of Gina's lovely cakes. Three pieces have already disappeared and it wasn't me.

Gina did bring some of this to class today for us all to try a piece and I can tell you it tastes as lovely as it looks. Thank you Gina.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Pretty Things

Now I'm sure by now you all know that I don't like to cook so you may be wondering why I've taken a photo of two mixing bowls. They were yesterdays purchase from Tescos, no they weren't on my shopping list they just looked pretty so I bought them. I'm sure I'll use them some time if only to make some Rice Krispie chocolate cakes.

Here's something else that wasn't on my shopping list. I bought it for Steph, it's a Tea Caddy.
Steph has come to stay for the week because Nick has gone away on a course. It couldn't have worked out better for me because we are moving house on Friday and she has been a great help with the packing, which isn't finished.
Okay I know I said I wouldn't but I have. I've started another quilt, it's Attic Window and is a christmas present. The fabrics are very pretty, not ones I'd use in a quilt for myself but perfect for Neil's mum. She is a very keen gardener.

This is another two bags in the making which I am hoping to finish today.

Tomorrow I have got a meeting of my City and Guild's course. Iv'e had an email from teacher requesting a tutorial ohhh!
I haven't got time to move house.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Hard At Work

I've been as busy as a bee so far this week.

On Friday I was asked to donate a raffle prize for the maternity hospital and it was one of those conversations when you hear the words come out of your mouth but can't quite get them back in quick enough and there it is, too late you've said it. Oh yes of course was my reply, I'll make you a baby quilt.

And this is it, the picture doesn't do it justice but I'm very pleased with it. I used a charm pack and it went together so quickly that I managed to get the quilt top made on Tuesday. It's going to be a joint effort with my good friend Barbara. Yesterday we got it layered up and basted and Barbara has very kindly taken it home to quilt and then I will finish it off with the binding.

I also managed to make the fourth bag from the Honey Bun strips on Tuesday. I love these bags they are so pretty.

I haven't been sleeping too well lately so I have taken up bedtime reading, I can't remember the last time I actually read a book I'm always looking at them.
This is the book I'm reading. I love William Morris, if I could go back in time it would be to see him. He's my all time hero next to Neil of course who is the most important man in my life.

It's a great book, not so much about William but more about the house as the tittle suggests but there are some glimpses into family life.

I have been given two lovely pictures by my niece Willow. I promised to bring them to work and put them on the wall and I thought I would share them with you as well.

Thank you to you all for your kind wishes I am feeling better now.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

HoneyBun Bag

I'm back and on steroids. A couple of weeks ago I went down with sinusitus which was really bad. I had a course of antibiotics but it didn't get better but worse. So bad in fact that I got lost on my way to work one day. I had real trouble concentrating, even struggling to put a sentence together. I have had to have a second course of antibiotics and a course of steroids, it had got so bad it was causing problems with my asthma. Thankfully I can now say I am starting to get better.

I have managed to get some sewing done.
These little bags are lovely to make. They are made from a Honey Bun and you get four bags from one roll so they aren't expensive either. I've just got one more to make.

Because I was poorly I missed a meeting of my City and Guilds group (not good) but I have still done some work on my hanging and progress has been made.
This is the first of the three panels, also the largest and it's finally finished.

This is the second one and I have made good progress with it not long and this one will be finished with one more to go.

This is how they look together. It's such a relief to see it starting to come together I was getting very despondent- even thinking about giving up. Anyway I shall plod on.

I have got a lot of catching up to do, emails and blogposts I have missed. I have been informed that one blogger has been doing a lot of cooking.

Pam has been on holiday for the week, some where nice and warm but I will let her tell you all about it. She will be back tomorrow and I'll be so glad, I've really missed her.