Watching the charity race, waiting to cross the road to the promenade opposite Blackpool Tower. Lovely sunny day. Blue sky reflected in a blue sea. Top of the tower, people enjoying the sunshine, open top heritage tram passing by.
And always a surprise, Blackpool town has some of the loveliest planting in unlikely places; beautiful white Irises. Xx
An early morning walk on the road, Bodenham, Herefordshire; fields too wet and grass too long for a little one without his wellies. Lovely to see all the vegetation coming into bloom. And love pictures of old barns.
Perfect day at my gorgeous cousin's wedding at Munstone House, Herefordshire . . . The framed keepsake I made for Poppy and James. The design from the lovely Helen Philipps book; I mostly used Helen's suggested subtle thread shades, just changing a tiny pop of red for the names and hearts.
A bit of May makery - a broach for my dear friend's 70th birthday - Moon Daisy or Moon Penny, or, Oxe-eye Daisy. An idea from pintrest or instagram. I haven't found the image again so this is my take. The silk petals are frayed, a centre of golden yellow french knots, a couched pipe cleaner stem and broach pin. The back is silk covering a piece of felt, painted, stitched with running stitches.
Here are moon daisies and cornflowers from a village garden in Bodenham, Herefordshire.
Apple Store, Scorton, Preston celebrating Liz's birthday with a vintage tea and walk. Liz sporting her top I made for her. Swifts on the weather vein. Remains of black and white building, love the basket keeping the sash window open, Shadow belongs to Liz' husband Pete on the jetty by the lake.
A very happy Easter to you all. Another bunny made, this time for my great-niece Annie who is two years and four months, just the right age to have a bunny to cuddle. Bunny Ears is made from a dusky pink soft velour. I've been calling this one 'Bunny Ears', because of the pretty fabric used, for the inner ears, and for the bunny bags for collecting eggs - a few chocolate ones already inside. The small one was for Annie and then I made two more for her big sisters Winnie and Greta. . . .
Winnie and Greta also had another bag each, Greta the ocean themed one from my last post and Winnie this one. I love this panda design; its lined with spotty fabric and has a matching button from an old cardigan. So pleased when an old button is just the right item. . . . .
. . . . . . the children came with their dad, my nephew Stuart, last weekend, whilst their Mum was enjoying a much deserved Spa nearby, and were given their Easter goodies then as we were so pleased to see them and it was a very cold windy day, much too cold to be outside. . . .
. . . . . . . Today, so different, blue sky hot and sunny if a bit hazy out at sea - so an Easter visit to the beach, fishermen out, dog walkers, children playing, boats and hand-gliders. Pebbles and shells, and a mermaid's purse( the black fish egg shell in the bottom picture).
I started quilting this in February after finding clothes items made with sumptuous Asian fabric in a charity box, adding fabric from my own stash. Result, this small bag, quilting, patchwork, adding a covered button, handle and magnetic clasp. . . . . The clasps were bought at 'Mrs. Johnson's Emporium', Blackpool - a sewing/knitting/ haberdashery shop near South Shore. A lovely old fashioned shop with old-world interior shelving and knitted mice in the window. The clasps were in a large jar and the half dozen I bought transferred to a small paper bag. The assistant said, " We're going back to the old ways and getting rid of all those small plastic bags and containers". .. 'Hurray!' I said. . . .
I couldn't resist, this royal blue which had been a small top. It wasn't until I started to unpick seams at home I noticed a tiny pocket that had a beautiful blue shiny piece of matching jewellery inside. I wonder if anyone realised it had been left there. Another bag make, adding a thin velvet ribbon to hide the seam at the bottom, sewing the sparkly jewel to the closing flap.
As the stormy winter weather had returned, retreating indoors, more sewing: Tabards for a friend no photos as they are basically squares of material - maybe later if she lets me photograph her wearing them. ..and, another bag using up some left over fabric; I've used the same pattern in various sizes for years, small bags, peg bags, large totes. This child's bag, Ocean design, spotted red lining, handle and covered button and a looped tie. I enjoyed making this one; the Ocean fabric is very summery, and the red with white spots gives an all year round appeal.
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