Monday, 25 May 2015

Goldcrest

A very cheeky chappie came a knocking...


 Can you see him peering in at my window?

I love my little birds, I know too little about them, but I do know I have plenty of different ones in my garden. I have a 'menage a quatre' with some robins, they all get along at present, and no, it is not Mum Dad and offspring, they are all fully adults, and appear to be friends.
I have the usual variety of tits, sparrows, blackbird and thrush (mistle thrush as well as song thrush- have you heard the racket the mistle thrush makes? ), and sometimes see wrens.


Until yesterday I had never seen a goldcrest. A few days ago my DH told me a small bird had been at the window, sort of grey but a yellow stripe on it's head- well, what else could it be? I was only sort of cross because he had seen it, and not me. Until my little friend here came entertaining at the window.

He spent all morning and a good bit of the afternoon in the end, every time I thought he had gone, he was back again!

Sorry, the pictures are not wonderful, but he was seldom still, and the first ones are taken through glass.. Later he happily allowed me within 10 feet of him, but I have cropped the images, and blown them up, so they are grainy..

Amn't I lucky?

Friday, 22 May 2015

To wonk again...

A second wonky house is born, I am not sure it has wonked as much as it should... did you know the verb 'to wonk'? It is definitely in my version of English now....
some of those lines look rather more straight and regular to me, but I did try to wonk them, honest!











































And here are the two together, very different to each other, and I trust their recipient will enjoy the wonk I have managed.

I also was lucky enough to get up earlier this week to a double rainbow. It was especially beautiful, with the brighter one displaying an extra band of colours on the inside curve. Sadly this does not come out on my inept photos, but still a rainbow is a magical thing in our all too mundane world.

Monday, 18 May 2015

madness awaits...

The Bee! the fat Stash Brit Bee has got off the ground again!
This time it is Made Barefoot, who has sent some pretty background fabrics and asked for Wonky houses... One door, one window, a chimney and then... anything goes!

In common with a few others I find a slight lack of inner wonk.. but I am making an extra house as well, and it will need to be wonky...
So here goes, House number one


Yes, it will need trimming a little, but I am leaving it a tad big, to give room for maneuver when it reaches it's destination.. It can be left slightly long or short depending whether someone else's house is a tad big or small...
 and I sort of followed the sewing chick's tutorial to get there..  She is very good and explains  about trying to keep the grain right even though we are wonking it up! If you get my drift there...

So, another one to go yet.. I shall show all when it becomes!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

made or finished in April


 Just considering what I have achieved in April, and actually, I have done more than I had realised!


This beach bag commission
 a Dumpling from Keyka Lou,









one of my machine mounted pincushions, both these for my bag swap partner,
















and the bag!




















and two T shirts for myself. These are both the same Burda pattern, though I messed with the neckline on the second one, and the sleeve- Love it! One of the best things is the quality of the fabric.. I blanched at the price, these were jerseys at £12.00 a metre, but they have sewn up a dream, and wash easily, and dry on the maiden, and best of all, do not appear to need ironing! And yes, a metre does make a T shirt... my children tell me that £12 for a T shirt is actually not expensive....

Watch out Goldhawk Road- I may be back!

Belatedly joining Fresh sewing day! one day I may get my act together, but then, I was out of the country on the correct day!































The trees...

I had an amazing long weekend in Bonn!
The timing for this was crucial, but I did not know this when I went. You see, I am very used to our British customs, and it was lovely to see something different in a different city.

Explain.

On May the first- may day morning, when the fair British maidens go out to wash their faces in the dew, to ensure a good complexion for the following year, young Bonn maidens are eagerly looking out of their doors and windows hoping to see a tree!  Not just any tree, but a birch tree, bedecked with ribbons, set up overnight by their boyfriend, or occasionally, trees by their would-be boyfriends!

So, on May the first, walking round Bonn, you see...



































 I think this is a lovely custom, though I am sorry for the trees, which have been cut off and will wilt and die over the month, but the trees are very pretty.


As well as that I had an amazing time being taken great care of by my dear friend, and her daughter, and monopolising her sewing machine, so that she hardly got a look in, I got fed and entertained, and we had laughter and chatting and whatever... It was good!

Thank you for my long weekend! and for letting me see this lovely custom.

Interesting though- a similar tradition holds in parts or Ireland, but there the May bush is more a community thing, for the luck of the local area..

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Done, and done!

I finished the requested bag...
 Effective for a beach bag...
 and a simple back, with magnetic catch pocket,















and those useful pockets inside.


You can get a towel, the sun lotion, your sunglasses and your book in there, and still have room for a bottle of water, and any other little essentials..







so, having done that one, I thought I could proceed with another of my summer tops... I copied the neckline from a t shirt I already have, and I widened those sleeves a little, a bit more airy, in the hope of warmer weather!

So, now all I need is that warmer weather!

Sunday, 26 April 2015

For fun

I have had a bag request, for a beach bag... so I have come up with this, so far..
 two pretty beach huts,




















and a towel and umbrella, to shade one from the sun...














so it is making some progress, slowly.

Pincushion winner

And we rolled a die earlier on, and there will be a pincushion to attach to the machine, coming your way Barbara!

I will message you privately.

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If you are living in the UK, and fancy a little bee, please get in touch. The commitment is to one block per month, You send out approximately one fat quarter's worth of fabric, and give directions as to what you want made. Your bee mates will add to what you have sent, from stash, and try to fulfill ( and generally exceed) your wildest dreams...and post it back by the end of the month...

Want to see what we have done last year? have a wee look here, and you will see lots of things...

In the last 12 months these are some of the blocks I have made for the bee:










































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