Happy St. David's Day! - Dewi Sant in Welsh
The first of March already, and a glimpse of my latest make with my two lovely calendars - pretty flowered one by Claire Leggett and the photography one showing Malvern Hills by Che. I was inspired to make this little shopper bag when I saw Tracy's make on her 'Mad about bags' blog.
The picture above is from last years' google doodle. I just love the idea of the red dragon having tea with a little welsh lady in traditional dress; a story in the making.
Now, back to my sewing make. . . .
The seaside shopper. Although its still winter here, it is St.David's day, and you always have to take something from the sea back with you, in my case some pretty seaside fabric.
Front view of the bag ... sandy linen from my stash, patches from the main promenade fabric, deck-chair striped ribbons for the window picture frame. The strap is from an old yoga strap that has been lying around. Back view ... the main fabric - my Mumbles memento - you will just have to imagine the shells, pebbles, bucket and spade. I also have to give a mention to B. who was with me when I bought the material, has brewed up while I was sewing and brought me back the striped ribbons.
Having a tidy up of the sewing boxes. The last photo of a sweet sewing basket was a Christmas present from Sean and Lucy. I have left the label on 'sewing basket perfect for avid sewers'; I have basket under false pretences - but I do love to sew.
Started a little patchwork something with bits from the bag lining and main fabric. I still have some left. What should I make next do you think?
Had it been a tad milder we would have driven westwards to Rhossili - you can see a photo of Worms Head, Rhossili on my calendar (post at the beginning of February). But wisely decided to return eastwards to the more sheltered Landland Bay with a café and newly painted green beach huts.
Tennis courts out of view behind the beach huts, and beyond Langland Manor, which used to be a convalescent home for the Welsh miners. now apartments.
I can't resist finding love stones, and happy to find one as we are about to leave the beach. Last photo taken as we approach the car park. A lovely image to say farewell to Langland and the Mumbles until next visit.
But, I will show you my material in my next post!
Caswell Bay. Enjoying the clear sunny skies. Visitors having a coffee and a bite to eat.
Walking their dogs on the beach, as it is out of season.
House above the beach where the helicopter is parked! What fabulous views.
Gulls on the beach but the oystercatchers are down on the golf links today.
B and I took a short trip to the Mumbles last week, and walked - and walked - whilst the sun was shining. The first walk, after a cooked breakfast, was over the headland from Rotherslade, looking back across to Langland, over to Bracelet Bay. I love island coastlines; despite a bracing wind the bright yellow gorse gleaming, unmoved, as if to say, 'Spring is on its way'.
After refreshment, on again, down to the pier, and past the old lifeboat station (the new one is just opposite)
Along the promenade where the path is split for walkers and cyclists into Oystermouth - Oystermouth Castle just in the distance, where there are magnificent views across Swansea Bay.
Couldn't pass The Red House Quilting shop - bought a small piece of 'seaside promenade' material. The assistant pictured said 'You do know it's not of the Mumbles'. But it will now be the Mumbles to me. When I think of something to make I will show you.
Hope you all enjoyed Valentine's Day yesterday.
Back in January I joined 'Send a little Love Swap' kindly hosted by Tracy of www.madaboutbagsuk.blogspot.com Mad about Bags blog. I was paired up with Fiona from www.christalscreations.blogspot.com. The idea was to send items to include a heart, something red, something handmade and something delicious: get to know a bit about your partner and send your package to them by Valentines Day. Our packages arrived in good time; Fiona and I agreed to wait until Valentine's Day to open our packages. Yesterday I had an exciting time opening up my fabulous surprises. . . . .
All these treasures were wrapped in red tissue paper or these sweet stripped bags with little notes attached to each one. Something red was a heavenly, cranberry zest, scented Yankee candle. Something delicious - a handmade white chocolate heart - almost too pretty to eat. Fiona made this lovely brightly coloured jazzy heart pot holder; the back of the heart picks up the orange from the front . . . I love the contrasting turquoise border. Fiona has included some of her gorgeous handmade jewellery: a beautiful frosted white and blue glass beaded bracelet with matching earrings - I have been spoilt. And, not forgetting two pairs of purple thermal socks (I love purple and so does Fiona's young son who chose them) attached with such a sweet touching note saying 'something to keep you warm on those walks with your camera'. So thoughtful, and sent with a card of a beautiful Moon Daisy.
I love them all.
Thank you so much Fiona, and Tracy for setting this up. I am so blessed. xxx
Below are photos of my own makes for the swap. I really enjoyed making them, knowing that Fiona loves sewing. The pattern for the cross stitch needle book, pincushion and sewing fob are from Helen Philipps Book 'Simple Sewn Gifts'.
Snowdrops abound and are always out on Candlemas Day 2nd February - that is half way between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox or 'Imbolc' the pagan celtic celebrated on 1st February, its pagan name. Snowdrops are sometimes known as candlemas bells. This delightful snowdrop photo was on 'The Little Café on the Square, Kington' facebook page. The café is a memory café for people with dementia and their carers; it is also open to the public. The lavender hearts above are ones I have made for the café.
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