Friday, 10 April 2015

Stitching....














 



    

...happy...mischievous...smart...beautiful...brilliant...
...a treasure...


The days just before Easter were really dark in our corner...so much so that I even had to put the fairy lights on in the workroom to take pics of my quilt strips hanging over the coat hangers on the magic cupboard....192 squares...16 pretty strips of 12 ...ready to be joined for my quilt top...

    

Having thought hard about which fabric to use for the border I finally decided on the print you can see in the top photograph and below (with a really pretty plaster pink base...one of my most favourite shades)....and an aqua shade to make the binding ...yesterday afternoon I pieced together the backing fabric too (the fine stripe pink above)...and ordered the wadding (batting) after much decision making as I'm using a new variation...which means I'm ready to make my quilt sandwich just as soon as it arrives! (one lovely daughter has made a claim so no time to hang around :) )

I'm also planning to make a daisy themed crochet cushion too making use of more yarn leftovers...I think I'll make the final round of each square white...It does seem a long time since I last picked up my hook as I've been doing so much knitting and it's lovely to be crocheting again in quiet moments...


...and may I introduce you to Daisy?...
...our little pup who we brought home from our local rescue centre at just 8 weeks old in January (pictured above sitting under my table while I  sew) ...she's a little bichon/schnauzer cross and was part of an unwanted litter and we feel very lucky indeed to have her...you'll be seeing much more of her I'm sure as she loves spending time in my workroom and sitting outside the doors on the decking in the sunshine...she's very curious about the flower pots, birds, butterflies and bees...


Back soon



Happy Weekend All

    






Wednesday, 25 March 2015

This week....







































...the sudden burst of sunshine and a blue sky over recent days has inspired me.... 
...to finally begin my new quilt which will hopefully be ready for the summer months...something to enjoy between yarny projects...I love the zingy fresh colours...192 pretty squares (overlapped here to fit on my work table!) ...a simple quilt with a deep border using a mix of charm packs and fabric oddments from the magic cupboard including a few more plains, some vintage scraps and a handful of extra white squaresThey've been organised and numbered and are now ready for the machine. Quilts are wonderfully easy to care for, aren't they? Ours are constantly in use and can be washed, dried and back on all the beds in no time at all...no ironing required...I love them...decorative but completely practical too...

 ♥ 


The beautiful orchid at the top was a gift from my girls on Mother's Day along with my pretty card ...they spoiled me completely by cooking 
a truly delicious meal of Beef Wellington followed by Peanut Butter and Jelly Brownies with Ice Cream from one of Jamie's recipe books...sooo lovely!

...it really was a perfect day and I was counting my blessings...x



Hope you're having a wonderful week

with sunshine in your corner
(it's a lovely sunny morning here again ;) )



x Back soon x





Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Stars....




I'm still loving the pretty winter flowering bulbs which
have been happily blooming all around my workroom 
and this one was a particularly lovely surprise 
as I was expecting white flowers
(instead little bursts of pink stars magically appeared)
(Chrystal in her 'Starry' pinafore)

As winter approaches its end
it's been more than just a bit on the cold side here over
the last couple of weeks with even the odd flurry of snowflakes
and so I've enjoyed working on this little pattern while 
keeping warm....made using gorgeous Shetland wool...
...happy in my crafty zone...

☆  'Starry Doll Pinafore'  
Knitting Pattern

Custom made for a 13 - 14" Tearoom Yarn Doll
(a simple colourwork project which doesn't take long to knit)
will be available on Etsy in the next few days!
(followed by Ravelry and also here on the blog)


...and thank you Teresa!
I received this pretty little crochet heart 
along with a beautifully handwritten note in the post 
from lovely blog friend Teresa 
who...as many of you know...lives a long way away in 
simply stunning Oregon
 (and who is also a wonderful artist and jewellery maker x)


(If you'd like to make your own little heart
you can download the crochet pattern free here 
on Teresa's lovely heartwarming blog x)

(and my little heart is going to have it's own very special place here on my shelves)

 Doll Kits...
There will be more kits available here soon
and if you happen to be visiting
Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2015 
14th - 15th March

(he's a handsome fellow...don't you think?)

the very wonderful
Jamieson's of Shetland 

will have more kits available
for all the TEAROOM Yarn Dolls on their stand
(and lots of other woolly loveliness to tempt you too x)

...and you can find lots more information about the festival 



...time to go...
...hope you have a wonderful new week...
...wherever you may be...

x back soon x



♥ ♥ 





Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Whoosh...


...and it's February....
now how did that happen?
Unlike many...it would seem...
...I do love the month of January...
...a whole new year stretching out ahead...
...soooo many possibilities...a time to make plans...
and it always flies by too quickly



...and I'm definitely loving bringing home 
pots of pretty winter flowering bulbs
to brighten up the new shelves in my workroom
(lots of reorganising going on at the moment too ;) )
The snow on the roof just a few days ago created a 
soft, luminous light which was just beautiful in here 



...and as you can see at the top there
for anyone who has asked about the doll kits...
the Doll Kit Shop is open again....hurrah!
lots of lovely yarn adorning the shelves




The only doll not available at the moment 
is Molly (top right) as two of her shades have completely sold out
but her kit should be ready again in the next week or so
and I'll update the page when that happens...

(Update...'Molly' Doll Kits are now available again here)


I hope you've had a great start to 2015
It's definitely lovely to 'open the doors' here again 

A big thank you to everyone who visits

I've lots of blog reading to catch up on 
(I'm feeling more than a little bit like the 'White Rabbit ;) )
so definitely looking forward to putting my feet up and visiting friends
.....see you very shortly... x

I 'll also be back soon with knitting news
and more.....Ah, yes......


Until then

  Take care  

oXoXoXo







Sunday, 28 December 2014

Merry and Bright....


Happy Holidays
and best wishes for a wonderful
   2015  

My workroom has been twinkling brightly over recent days 
and today I'm looking forward to some relaxing time 
sitting right there by the tree with my knitting needles
...Oh yes...and with a cup of good cheer too... x

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...but first... 
I must show you my Xmas card from the
which I look forward to receiving every year
from a lovely customer and her own beautiful retired
greyhounds Millie and Tom who I know bring so much joy x


It's becoming a little tradition here 
to add my link over the festive season
(and you can find more about the Trust's wonderful work here)

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(Ashley's Yule Log from one of Nigella's books was delicious... :-) )

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...and I'll be back in the New Year
to share lots of new projects...
...thank you to everyone for your cards and kind messages...
and for visiting my corner of Blogland through 2014 x

...until then....take care...

...enjoy the magic...


❇ ❇ x