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October 2013

carol singers

Carol singers etsy

just a quick post to say that I have listed my little carol singers as a pattern in my etsy shop

Carol singers close etsy

it's a super simple pattern as it's really just backstitch but it takes a while (well it took me a while!!) to fill everything in.  It might look nice just outlined too, I haven't tried that yet.  The girls are designed to fit into a 5" hoop with the idea that they could be framed in it.  But of course you could stitch them any where!

For English shoppers this pattern is also in my folksy shop

I know it's only October but I know stitchers like to start stitching early and it's a lovely thing to do on a cold autumn evening.


witchy goings on

Witch hat

I have been having fun with floss blending on my newest witchy pattern.  I needed to break the black up so there was some definition.  So her hat is a strand of grey blended with a strand of black and her hair is a strand of white blended with a strand of black.  Her hair is inspired by Ann Bancroft's hair in mrs Robinson (I've always wanted black and white hair!!)

Witch cat

and of course she has a little black and grey cat sitting on the end of her broom!

Witch stockings

and of course her stockings are stripey

Witch broom

and her broom bristles just had to have a little sparkle, I'm pretty sure they wouldn't fly without the sparkle!

Witch with watermark

and all inspired by finding (in the depths of my scrap basket) just enough of my favourite out of print black and cream fabric to make two witchy dresses

So for any last minute hallowe'en stitchers out there the pattern is listed in my etsy shop


a romantic and windswept day off

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we have just finished reading Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier so yesterday we took the day off and headed to Bodmin Moor to retrace the steps of the wicked Vicar of Altarnun and the poor kidnapped Mary Yellan

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we climbed Rough Tor (admittedly the weather was a little less 'atmospheric' than it was in the book!)

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and we looked down from the top over the moor, it was utterly stunning and surprisingly refreshing to be wind swept for the day

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and lots and lots of wonderful mushrooms/toadstools

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absolutely everywhere

perfect fairy habitation 

off to sketch some mushroomy fairy worlds I think 


it's been a while!


Oh my! I really don't know where the time goes sometimes, I blink and it's been two weeks since my last post.

This time of year has a tendency to get a little hectic.  We start trying to create a routine after the long summer months, not the easiest of tasks.  And  we start to spend time with home ed friends again, learning together.  On top of that christmas commissions start creeping in and I have a million ideas that I don't have time to get down on paper!  And finally we are out enjoying the autumn any time it's not raining.  Autumn is a wonderful time in Cornwall, a little less busy and hot so we can walk further and such beautiful colours on the moors.   I will have to take a camera out with us!

I know that all this will calm down, our routine will settle and there will be time for everything but right now it's hard to imagine.

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I have managed to finish a new pattern and I'm rather fond of these two little girls.  It started with a skipping rope


and then a hula hoop came along.  I did ask my facebook followers how many of us can still hula, it turns out I'm not the only one who is put to shame by a young daughter!

Hula skip collage

all of this along with gorgeous liberty phoebe fabric made me very happy.

I love playground games and still have hopscotch and blind man's buff spinning round in my head.

These designs are for 4" hoops and make perfect pocket money purses, reminding me of  the days when we saved up for a skipping rope or a hula hoop, or even a pogo stick!

I find it impossible to think about christmas themes at this time of year, I hate to wish away the autumn, it's my favourite season.

I won't leave it so long next time

and I hope you're all enjoying the season, whichever it may be.