I put the shed aside last week but I've had time to pick it up again this weekend


my favourite part of the process is choosing the colours

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this weekend, due to bad weather, I have had quite a bit of stitching time

The crew

but this morning we dropped the new home educated crew of the Hardiesse at the quayside.  Do they look a little nervous

On their way

this is them motoring off to their home until tomorrow night

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Teague, Annis and their friends are crewing on this beautiful ship right now as I write this.  I hope they''re enjoying it!

Mystery flower

and we saw these lovely delicate flowers after we had dropped them off.  No-one knew what they were.  I am hoping one of my lovely readers might have an idea.  They were growing on a bank of grass and there were lots of them.  I hope you've had a lovely weekend too


bank holiday weekending

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Oh my goodness but it feels like spring finally!!

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there were flowers everywhere at Cot Valley where we went for our bank holiday picnic

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it was so busy we had to perch along the cliff path

and I admit there may have been a little bit of a chill wind later on

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but we saw our most favourite thing to see, in fact we saw three... choughs.  They must have been nesting nearby as they stayed with us all afternoon.  Of course that didn't mean we could get a good photo but honestly it is a chough!

I hope you had a lovely weekend too



Drawings book

I managed to get a little bit of sketching done this weekend.  I think this is the first drawing I've done in a couple of weeks!  There has been so much stitching to do recently that I've had no time at all for drawing, so it was nice to get back to sketching


Fox detail

it's been a busy time just recently, with lots of lovely commissions to make.  So I decided to take a break by stitching up someone else's patterns just for a change.  I needed a pattern for a toiletries bag for one of my commissions so I decided to make up a version for my daughter first to test the pattern.

I used this gorgeous embroidery pattern from penguin and fish.  The colour choice was Annis's and I was a little unsure about a blue fox but actually I love it!

Fox bag

this is the bag (as yet unlined).  I bought the pattern from Napkitten pattern on Etsy, she is happy for people to sell small numbers of items made up from her patterns so it's perfect.  I have adapted it slightly, once by mistake when I missed off one of the zip pulls (which I thought Annis wouldn't notice but she did!) and also deliberately as I don't need the pockets.  The pattern is a dream to follow and even though I was a little nervous about how complicated it might be it was actually very simple (I worked slowly with it!)

Side bag

this is the side with the zip pull!


I also treated myself to some sublime stitching floss which I have yet to try out.  I ordered the mingles by mistake (I don't know where my head is at this week!) I meant to order flowerbox but they are lovely just the same.  I can't wait to use them but I will have to because I am working on a Jane Austen design for a bag that needs delicate pinks and lavenders, my favourites.


and finally a bit of questionable photography (I didn't want to unframe them so the glass is reflecting badly!)  My lovely man brought three beautiful and tiny jaquard loom embroidered pictures from the carboot sale for me 


there is also a snowdrop that I gave up trying to photograph.  The little flowers are actually embroidered cigarette cards.  When I'm feeling braver I will unframe them and photograph without the glass.

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and dog walking of course!  what would a weekend be without dog walking?

I hope you've all had a lovely weekend with stitching and sunshine