Saturday, 28 June 2008
Friday, 27 June 2008
There were swallows swooping and diving catching insects all along this shore, but my camera skills are no match for them. This is one of many entrances to Poyll Dooey Nature Reserve. (Poyll means pool, I can find no translation of the word Dooey, I suspect it is a miss pronunciation of someones name, Dooeys Pool? A lot of the area was mashy and much of it remains that way as it is low lying, there are many tiny streams and seeps as well as a pool.)
Farther along the path you walk under the trees, here I was surrounded by birds singing. Then the path opens up a little
As I continued along the path my way is scented by beautiful Honey Suckle,
The footpath opens out into a large area of about 2 acres, some areas are mowed to make green paths amid the wilder areas. There are signs dotted about telling the visitor what wildlife to look out for.
There are beautiful views to the south.
And this little guy seemed at ease and not at all concerned about my presence, in fact he posed for the camera.
There are larger open areas for children to play, with tables for picnics.
Nature is left to deal with things in her own time, with fallen trees left to do their own thing.
There are many native and non native species of trees. Here an Elder is surrounded by a sea of wild flowers and nettles, I gathered my Elder flowers from a more accessible tree right beside the path.
As I said, today is overcast and a little cool, but I saw bees a plenty, black birds, ring necked doves and a plethora of tiny birds, probably finches. I saw only one butterfly, but on other days I've seen many. There are frogs in the pond, bunnies on the lawns, rowan trees, cherry trees, wild forget me nots, ragged Robin flowers and Scarlett Pimpernels. Everywhere was green and beautiful.
Thursday, 26 June 2008
Right, back to the nice things in life, yesterday afternoon I did very little to be honest, I sat watching a movie while I stitched this little beauty. I just adore dragonflies, there is something very magical about them.
I wish I'd thought to add some sparkly thread to this one but never mind, he's done now. I'm not sure what I'll do with him, I think he may fly onto a little bag.
Do you remember some time ago one of my service users was leaving and having a big sort out before she left? Well this almost complete cross stitch is one I inherited from her. It was filthy, goodness only knows how it got into the mess it was in. Yesterday I left it soaking in a little soapy water and managed to get most of the dirt off, there is just one tiny stain left, right in the middle at the bottom. (You can see it on this pic.) I'm hoping that my framer will be able to hide it for me.
This one is so close to finished I just have to do it. Problem is the chart is in tatters! Though I did manage to photocopy the relevant area, there are one or two spots I'll have to guess at, hopefully when I get to them it will be clear what thread I need to use. Speaking of threads, yep, you guessed it, no threads either, but there is a list of the Anchor numbers so I'm off out to purchase those this morning.
Now I'm spoiled for choice, to stitch my Endangered Babies, or the Dressing Table Bear?
Have a happy day.
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
Then added a second border around three sides, before settling down and quilting the inner portion. I tidied those threads before going to bed last night.
This morning I have completed the quilting around the outside. Next up I'll be putting a skirt onto three sides and the binding. I'm not going to do that until tomorrow though, my neck and my shoulders are complaining! It was hard work getting this lot though my little sewing machine.
I'm off to cross stitch for a couple of hours now, maybe there is a movie on.
Have a good day.
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
Many of you suggested the totally scrappy look and just randomly placing the blocks and John suggested of a sort of zigzag effect which I tried out, and I quite like that, but the longer I look at it, the more changes I make. I warned you, my mind just can't cope with random.
Here and there I see too many blues, or too many strawberries together or two sets of the same HST in a row or column, you get the picture?
I've reshuffled it twice already! Now I'm toying with a new idea for the lay out. This morning while having a root through the fabric and bedding rails in the Hospice shop next door I came accross these two sheets. The perfect shade of blue to use as a back for Strawberry Lemonade.
Now however I have other ideas, what if I were to remove a whole row and put in a border between the HSTs and the Bento Boxes, then another around the outside of the whole thing. The reason I suggest removing a row is because my batting is wide enough to accept borders, but sadly not long enough and as it is also from next door it's an odd weight which I can't garuntee to match in order to extend it. I'm off to play some more, I have enough of the blue stuff to make a skirt if I can get the top to just the right size.
I managed it though. It still gapes a bit under her arms, but she is happy.
Her brother heard the camera in action and had to get in on the fun.
Then the other brother turned up and well.....
It all went down hill from there really.
Here's a peek at one of the pairs of trousers she produced and asked me to turn up. The beaded design runs down the whole length of both legs. I really should have another go at getting her to do her own repairs and alterations, but last time she tried it all ended in tears, I think perhaps it's skipped a generation.
She watches me sewing any manner of items, cross stitch, embroidery, repairs, with or without the machine, but when she tries? Birds nests! Which disintegrate the first time she wears what ever it was she sewed. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, my grand mother can sew beautifully, but my mother can't and I seem to remember Gran saying her grand mother taught her to sew, maybe there's something in my skipping a generation theory.
On a quilty note, thanks for all your input on my last post, as it is at the moment the pinwheels are winning. How ever John at Quilt Dad (Yes John, your input is always welcome, I'll have to remember to be more politically correct in future.) did give me a new idea to play with which may work better than any of my ideas, especially as Lynda pointed out, I'll need an odd number of blocks! I'll have a play about later today and see what I get. Look out for more photos.
This morning on my walk, instead of full steam ahead I'll be wandering along a different route in search of Elderflowers, I've had requests for Elderflower Champagne. A very refreshing and tasty drink on a hot summers day, be careful though, it can pack a punch! Each batch will be slightly different as the yeast occurs naturally in the flowers and some have more than others, so some batches will produce more alcohol and fizz than others.
Saturday, 21 June 2008
Number one? Pinwheels.
Number Two? A bit more random.
Time I let you in on some plans, I think these HSTs will be making up the body of the top, they will be surrounded with the Bento Boxes. The batting I picked up in the charity shop will be in this one, now I just need to find something to back it with.
I managed to find time to do a little cross stitching this week, but not enough to show off. Maybe I'll have a picture in the next couple of days, I'm off to stitch some on it this evening.
Hope your weather is better than mine.
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
For ages I linked to other blogs from 'my favorites', or for a short while a blogroll here on my blog, but it was frustrating clicking on everyone everytime only to find that some had not posted since last week, or last month!
For a while now I've been using Bloglines, which was easier and saved time as it told me who had updated, (well some of the time it did) but as that imports the posts I got lazy about leaving comments and was wondering what other options were available when up pops blogger with this latest toy! Fantastic.
There are 4-5 different options with regard to how you want it to look, and it then opens the link in a new window directly onto the blog page. Ideal for just clicking on the comments button. Sooooo.....Hopefully I should get better at commenting now!
Thank you to the clever bods at Blogger!
I didn't do any sewing today, I was too busy with my new toy!
Moya has finished another ballet quilt though. Pictures of that next time.
There is a selection of note and post cards as well as some gift tag size cards. Lots of flowers and of course some chooks and chicks.
Thank you Tracey, they are delighful, and well worth the wait.