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samedi 16 mars 2019

Friday Night Sew In

Many thanks to Wendy for hosting our monthly get together.
I am in UK at the moment so have been reunited with the Persian Tiles Blanket that I started crocheting while I was here last summer.
On Friday evening I started a new tile and this is as far as I got

Good work for one evening and I was pleased with my progress.

mardi 12 mars 2019

Catching up

It's now a week since we returned home from Spain and March is starting to zip through already! So time for a catch up on what I have been doing.

The Pansy Scissor Keeper that I stitched in Spain is now complete - I forgot to pack any stuffing so it had to be completed when we arrived home.

This was a kit from Sue Hawkins Needleworks and as with all her kits the instructions were clear and easy to follow, plenty of thread and a gorgeous colour combination. Very happy with this.

While we were away I bought some yarn and started crocheting squares to combine into a blanket. I had lots of fun trawling the internet looking for free granny square patterns - some simple some more complicated. Most of them were written with US crochet instructions which it took me while to come to terms with! So here are all the blocks I made while away.

This project has now been stored away until our next trip. Ooops! Just noticed that my heart is upside down in the picture!

Since our return I have started a new cross stitch project - sorry, I don't seem to have any pictures - and been working on the next round, brown rose, of my 1797 revisited quilt.

This #weebrawbag was completed in January as a birthday gift which has now been gifted.

It is a while since I have made a postcard so I have really enjoyed designing and embroidering this card for a special friend. It just needs ends sewing in and then it can be posted on it's way.

It has been fascinating to watch how the garden has changed over the last week with so much early spring colour around now. So I will end with a few pictures from the garden.

samedi 16 février 2019

Friday Night Sew In time again

Joining up once again with Wendy and friends for our monthly sewing evening.

Since my last post I have gone as far as I can with my scissor keeper as I forgot to pack any stuffing!

So I bought some yarn for a new crochet project. I plan to make all different squares and then put them together to make a blanket. These are the squares I have completed so far

and this is the square I crocheted yesterday for FNSI.

I am returning to the shop next week sometime to see if they have the same yarn in a dark grey or black for putting the squares together. I have been trawling the internet looking for different squares to make and have learnt lots of interesting new techniques and had to come to grips with US crochet terminology!

Many thanks for getting us all together again Wendy - you can see what everyone else got up to here

Earlier this week we visited Sorbas, a small town inland from us. The town itself is a typical Spanish hill town with narrow streets and a few little shops tucked away behind curtained doors. Our noses led us to the bakery!
However there is also a pottery there which we found very interesting. Do click on the link here to see a picture of one of the two rooms that were cram packed with pots in all shapes and sizes.
Needless to say we were tempted! Philip fell for the shape of this jug plus it's 'Pisces' decoration.
And I loved the colour of this bowl.
Sorbas is near Tabernas - we did not visit but it was the centre for filming spaghetti westerns back in the 60's as the desert scenery was perfect.

We also found a layby with this amazing view across to the coast.
We also visited Mojacar Pueblo this week. This is a very touristy hill town full of what Philip calls 'trinket' shops! However there are some pretty streets away from the shops and it too has an amzing view.

We finished our morning with a delicious 'fish and chip' lunch on the waterfront at Garrucha.
Well done if you made it this far! Hope everyone had a great FNSI.

vendredi 1 février 2019

Friday Night with Friends

Lovely to be joining up with friends around the world for the evening. We are in Spain again for our annual winter dose of vitamin D!

I have been working on the Pansy Scissor Keeper kit that I bought after Christmas.

This is how far I had got to.

Today I have finished the stitching and made the tassel and cord.

Now I need to make it up.

I feel so fortunate to be here in sunny Spain especially when I hear from friends with sub zero temperatures or flooding and family with snow and ice.

We have spent the last couple of weeks visiting favourite places up and down the coast from here, Philip has joined the local bowls club and we have been out birdwatching and seen a few treats.

The best place I know to sit for a coffee and tostada (toasted baguette with freshly grated tomato and lots of drizzled olive oil).

A lovely day for a paddle!

Nice things to collect from the beach.

There seem to be lots more flowers around this year.

Beautiful deserted beaches.

This is part of the complex we are staying in - sadly not warm enough to swim! But there are lots of lovely  shapes and patterns to play with for designs.

Definitely the best manhole cover I have seen in a long time.

Hope you made it through all those pictures and I look forward to seeing what everyone got up to this evening.

mercredi 9 janvier 2019

More catching up!

Whilst I was away we celebrated my Mother's 90th birthday! This picture shows four generations of our family having

This lovely kit came my way over Christmas - I am looking forward to making it up.

Another kit I am looking forward to working on is this scissor fob which I purchased along with the scissors with some of my Christmas money.

Sue Hawkins has such gorgeous kits it's difficult to choose which to buy!

Well now it is time to get down to some New Year sewing. The RSC colour for this month is red and I need to decide on what I am going to make this year. Plus I have a mystery block to complete ready for next week when my little patchwork group meet. Itching to get back to my 1797 hexies too.

Happy stitching everyone.

mardi 8 janvier 2019

Another New Year!

It's nearly a month since my last post. During that time we have been to UK to visit friends and family over Christmas and New Year. I hope that you all enjoyed Christmas and I wish you all a

A new year means a new journal and this year I have decided to combine my sewing journal with my day to day 'to do' lists etc. I purchased a cheap bullet journal last year and had some fun making a cover for it.

I made a large piece of embellished felt ( you can see my method here ) and used a DMTV travel journal tutorial, adapting it to my own needs.

We spent the weekend before New Year in Bristol and visited the Clifton suspension bridge. I have driven over this stunning bridge several times, so on this occasion it was good to spend some time walking over it and looking around the visitor centre.

There were several competitions to choose the design for the bridge during the early 1800's and Isambard Kingdom Brunel's design was eventually chosen. However the bridge you see above, although his design, was modified by the eventual builders. The bridge was opened in 1864, after Brunel's death.

The bridge is a toll bridge and self funding.

There are lovely views - if it is not foggy and grey!

Good to be out for a walk.

Another lovely visit during our trip was to Hestercombe Gardens near Taunton. Another grey day but even in winter the gardens are beautiful and with a small person in our group the Christmas garden trail was worth doing for it's chocolate reward!

The Witches hut is a favourite stopping place ..

I love the way this tree has pushed its way though the back of the hut and produced some beautiful catkins.

Well I think that is enough for one post - more tomorrow!