For my son's girlfriend Becky I wanted to make something crafty. After the time it took me to make a cot quilt I needed to make something quite quickly in a day. I have a pack of pegs that I hadn't got round to using having intended to make as Christmas angel decorations. I have a lovely peg doll with a liberty print dress that I had given to my mother years ago, which in turn had come back to me.....that doll had a skirt of lavender, and was a scissor keep .I thought I would use that model for Becky's present. Fiddly but worked quite well, as the little doll seems to be dressing up for the occasion.
Here she is complete with pink and blue scissors with a little cat at the top. Pink tissue paper to wrap.
I thought I would catch a photo of one of the dwarf Irises in the garden as they are nearly over with for another year. They remind me of when I lived in Lancashire. Irises were more plentiful in the garden, grown between lavender bushes; the colour glowed brightly, as the scent of lavender filled the air. That victorian house had stained glass panes with purple Irises at the top half of old sash windows. I also like the fact that the name Iris comes from a Greek word meaning "rainbow", because the petals are made up of so many different colours.
For me meditation is a process of looking and absorbing what I see and bringing it into full consciousness. Meditation's purpose is initially to help develop clarity and detachment. This enables me to stand back and look at my emotions without entanglement, and gain some insight into them.
I saw this person early in the morning through my front window through the gate to the walk beyond practising tai chai, this has become a common sighting and as I sit and look there is almost a pantheistic quality about the man, his graceful strong movements that blend with the wave and rustle of the branches and leaves with the wind in the trees. It provided a calmness and encouraged me to keep up my own daily yoga practice.
"Practice, practice,...all is coming!" K.Pattabi Jois
Buddy's quilt is complete at last.
A little cross stitch date and name to acknowledge his arrival a few weeks ago.
Hanging on the line after washing to give that lovely clean fresh smell and to give that homely crumpled look ....also, a photo opportunity!
And the on the reverse a sleeve for hanging on Buddy's wall as requested by Buddy's Mum .....the polka dot sleeve ends matching the border ,as I hadn't quite enough matching ocean boat material. Polka dots for Buddy's Mum, who loves them. .......... and my personal label in cross stitch at the bottom.
appliqued boats above, pattern from the fabric design applied with bonda web and edged with blanket stitch.
A little cross stitch to finish.
B. and I visited our latest addition to the family recently, another great nephew.... our cute and newest little Buddy. Last Saturday I had the pleasure of babysitting him and having lots of cuddles.
For the past month I have been sewing a cot quilt for him, which is nearly finished. As it's summer it has nautical sea side theme. Below is the partial project .Next week I hope to display the completed quilt.
I have a weekly walk around the Lugg Meadows and along the river; a kind of personal meditation to clear away the cobwebs and free myself of unnecessary stress stuff. Feeling gratitude, taking stock and have cause to rejoice as two more personal milestones have been reached. Two weeks ago I had my last check up as a breast cancer outpatient and have been discharged and given leave to finish my medication after five and a half years. Renton Unit at Hereford and Cheltenham Hospitals. I am indebted to the consultant surgeon, oncologist, staff and volunteers at the Macmillan Renton Unit for their skill and unceasing dedication to all their patients. I know they must be exhausted fighting for basic resources in the NHS at the moment; they richly deserve every support.
We have had some glorious sunny filled days this last week and walks in the long Lugg meadow have been filled with heavy scents of countless blooms and rippling birdsong. My youngest son just caught through long grasses, buttercups and dandelion clocks. He had and his girlfriend had accompanied me Sunday morning on my weekly walk down the meadow flats down to the Lugg River, taking advantage of the fine day to take photos of their own.
A joyous blue sky morning with a field full of buttercups to herald the beginning of summer. Humming bees, fluttering butterflies and birdsong filling the trees and hedgerows around the meadow's edge.
a sweet bag filled with chocolate for my dear little great niece Winnie, inspired by Helen Philipps. The cross stitch and many more gifts and designs can be found in her book, " Simply Sewn Gifts"
this one, another Helen Philipps inspired cross stitch comes from a 'Crafts Beautiful Magazine', sampler chart book produced to mark the 200th issue. The eggs and chicks are part of a much larger sampler but these were quite enough for a beginner like me. I used this pretty design as the centrepiece to a cushion for a nursery chair in my great nephew's room that my niece had requested. It was a pleasure to make.
The welcome cushion complete, with my first attempt at mitred
corners on the front, and a trendy alphabet design on the back complete with 'pillow slip' opening and three matching buttons.
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