Friday 14 September 2012


♥ ...and a very good morning to you...
A quick post this windy Friday morning
as my laptop is sadly about to give up on me 
and so after struggling all week
she is to be admitted for a little restorative care later today!.....
building blocks...
I've been trying to get everything into some order
 just in case I'm without it for more than a couple of days
(although I see a nice excuse for a quiet pause, don't you think ?
......well, as long as it isn't for too long!)
Above are my 24 completed blocks using my gorgeous  jelly roll
Vintage modern
All are sitting in a deliciously pretty pile waiting to be sewn together
...a perfect moment to take a break.....
I'm planning on some serious knitting time next week
pretty flowers...
this time sitting right outside my workroom window 
and the cause of my constant day dreaming........(I really must stop it!)
but they do look so happy dancing in the breeze!
Commonly known as 'Beard Tongue'
but I prefer to think of them as
'Penstemon Hewells Pink'
(definitely so much more fitting in my opinion!)
most important...
I really do have to say a huge thank you too.....
to my lovely blog friend Jane of
....for my most beautiful bag charm...
which I was so lucky to win in Jane's recent lovely Giveaway
and whiich is now decorating my old vintage knitting bag...
(it always reappears with the arrival of Autumn!)
I was doing a happy dance when I heard the news!
Jane said that she felt it was 'me' ..and how right she is...
I love the colours of the beautiful beads and the addition of the 
pretty, crafty charms makes it very special to me....
If you haven't visited Jane's lovely and entertaining blog's the link..
You're bound to fall in love with Jane's gorgeous cat, Billy
such a handsome and distinguished young fellow!
It's always such a treat for me to visit
....and here 's Jane's ETSY shop link too
where you can buy her beautiful handmade 
jewellery and cards...

 and finally....
a little pic from Ashley's arrival in beautiful Madrid...
After a bit of a stressful week looking for accommodation....
she is now settled and beginning her great adventure...
though she hasn't yet started at the university.
We do miss our beautiful girl already
(but we are learning all about the wonders of 'Skype'
and surprisingly I'm even growing to like that really is something!)

See you next week for some fun!
the newly named
'  Autumn Giveaway'
.......will begin ...
as soon as my current  technical problems are solved...
Phew.....I've managed to get to the end..

Why are computers so awkward at times?

Take care

P.S An update on Lady P from my previous post...
She'seems to be making friends with hubby
 and spending more time at home, I'm happy to say..
I think Vivienne had it spot on!



  1. I do hope it won't take long for your laptop to be fixed, till then have a fun knitting and sewing! :)
    The bag charm is just lovely, perfect for a knitting bag..
    Isn't skpe great, I don't know where I would be without. I use it all the time to talk to my parents back in Canada, makes the huge distance between us seem a little shorter.
    Have a nice weekend x

  2. It's nice to have a bit of a break but an extended one is not..I had a long break as my computer packed up at the end of last year and I didn't get a new one until about six weeks ago and it was far too long. I hope yours is fixed easily.


    Oh our computers.....we get so attached to them because they connect US ALL, and a day or week without access to each others' worlds is tough! I will miss you. What fantastic pictures here! Ashley is going to LOVE Madrid, I hope!

    We too are starting to get those windy days with bright blue skies and cooler temperatures. ENJOY THIS FABULOUS SEASON! Anita

  4. That bag charm is beautiful Susan and suits you perfectly. I can't wait to see the finished patchwork! xx

  5. them....hate them.....can't be without them.....hope it's soon restored!!!
    I have quite a few penstemons in my garden.....they are so pretty....and that one of yours is such a delicate colour as well.
    Your patchwork is looking so pretty as well.

  6. What can say! Computers ~ it's a love/hate thing isn't it!
    Hope you're not away for too long Susan.
    Love your pretty patchwork and pretty flowers and lucky you winning Janes gorgeous bag charm. :)
    So glad your lovely girl is settling in to Spanish life!
    And how happy am I to hear that Mr & Mrs P are making progress with their making up! ;)
    Have a wonderful weekend Susan,
    Vivienne x

  7. Lovely pictures, Susan....I so enjoyed this post! The quilt blocks are looking gorgeous, such pretty fabrics. Your bag charm is so lovely! And I'm so glad that Ashley is settling down in Madrid...once she starts uni she will really feel at home and have a wonderful time! I hope your computer is soon sorted out, but in the meantime enjoy all the extra crafting time you'll have! Looking forward to seeing your lovely new knitting :)
    Happy weekend!
    Helen x

  8. Happy weekend Susann! Lovely post and good to see you again. Have been lazy on blogging lately - so many things to do and on my mind. You soft sweet colors are ever so relaxing and fun!

  9. It's so annoying when computers don't want to play along with us, isn't it?
    Your quilt blocks are looking very lovely - beautiful colours!!!
    Have a super weekend.....

  10. You are most welcome Susan. I have a brief access to the internet from my wonderful holiday in Rhodes this evening. We return next Wednesday . The bag charm was so very you and made with my very best wishes. Speak soon and sending you some of this gorgeous sunshine. Jane x

    1. Thank you again really is so lovely...Hope you are having a wonderful break...We really do need you to send some of your sunshine over to us today. It's very dark here and quite cool too!...x

  11. Dearest Susan!

    How kind of you to come visit me though you are having a bit of trouble on your computer! THANK YOU! The sun is shining, but there is a chill in the air that is exciting! SPARKLE MY DEAR! Anita

  12. Congratulations on winning the bag charm, it's very pretty. I bought an owl one very recently from Jane and it's currently hanging on one of my knitting bags. It looks really good.

  13. Congrats on winning Jane's gorgeous bag charm! I also won one and it's in a place of honor on my handbag I use everyday. I use it as a zipper pull. I love all your colors and fabrics!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  14. Congratulations on winning Jane's awesome bag charm !
    Have a happy weekend
    Ella xxxx

  15. I do hope you're back online soon ... apart from anything else I'd love to see more of that quilt! Loving what I can see :)

  16. Hi Susan, I've just found your lovely blog through 519 Beech. I've just rediscovered knitting recently. You are so clever designing patterns. My favourite craft is patchwork/quilting but I also crochet and make enamelled jewellery. I would love to see you over at my blog if you get a minute. Maggie xx

    1. Thank you so much Maggie...I'm coming over to visit you shortly!...x

  17. Oh hurray Ashley! You made it through - in my opinion/experience - the most stressful week of the whole year abroad. Well done to your daughter for getting her accommodation sorted out, Susan and well done to you for allowing yourself to daydream; SO much more beneficial than fretting!

    I hope the weather in your world is as sunny as it is here today.

    Warmest wishes,


  18. Gorgeous bag charm. Those beads are really scrumptious. Can it really be autumn and time to get on with some serious knitting once again? Let's delay a little longer shall we as stitching is such fun!!! Eli x

  19. Lovely, chatty blog as usual - I really enjoy reading it..!!
    I'm doing some 'blog catch-up' today (Sunday) as I spent last week preparing for a craft fair & completing orders. That & work too - will I ever learn - lol.
    Hope your laptop recovers - they can be such a pain when they decide to play up & we become so reliant on them. Heyho, that's the modern age for you.....
    Looking forward to reading your next blog & the giveaway.
    Jo. xx

  20. Hello there

    Good for Ashley! sorting out accommodation in Madrid is no mean feat! She is so going to have a wonderful time there is so much to do in Madrid and the Uni community is one of the best. Its about 2 hours car drive away from Alicante where I live.
    I've popped into Jane's blog at your suggestion and her shop and very glad I did she has some lovely things there just asking to be bought!!

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

    1. She has just got to go to El Prado Museum and if she gets a chance and time to get out of Madrid to thats a Medieval Medieval that if the footballs on you can't get a taxi after 8pm LOL!

      A x

  21. Hello Susan Just popped back to say thanks for your sweet comment, and I'm so glad your little gift arrived safely :) Hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Helen x

  22. Hi Susan,
    I loved visiting your marvelous blog.LOVE your Tearoom mice! I'm your newest follower.
    Have a look at my blog I’ll be so glad.

    Hugs from Portugal
    Ana Love Craft

    1. Thank you so much Ana!....I shall come to visit you now...x

  23. It's good to step away from the laptop for a little break, just as long as it isn't too long! Hope you got the computer all fixed and sorted out :-)

    The quilt squares are so pretty, I look forward to seeing what you get up to with the knitting too!

    love Lori xxx

  24. I just found your blog and I must tell you that I am in LOVE!!!
    It is just so gorgeous, I love you photos and the way you write...I am also a keen knitter so I love seeing other people's gorgeous creations...oh, I am so glad that I stumbled upon this lovely spot on the internet!
    Have a happy week,
    Sarah xoxo

  25. Thank you so much Sarah!...I'm going to come over and visit you now....x

  26. oooh i so love your blog, so pretty! i'm your newest follower! loving all the photos and creations you make, i must say i agree with computer, i have a prob with my laptop even as i'm typing this, the screen seems to playing up..urghh..i hope urs will be fixed soon! i definitely will come by often to your blog!

    x susan

  27. Morning dear one and happy autumn...everything looks lovely in your home. Happy knitting...and creating and hope your daughter is having a wonderful time. xoxo HUgs

  28. Hi there - I just hopped over from Chantille Fleur to discover your lovely blog and have enjoyed peeking in on all your gorgeous makes. Happy to be your newest follower :-)
    Have a good weekend!

    1. Thank you so much Gilly!...I'm coming over to visit you now...xx

  29. Just had to pop back in today and wish you a wonderful cozy weekend my friend.

  30. Darling Susan,

    I see you came to visit me and it is so nice to see you! Rain you say, is tumbling down chez toi? Here, our fall weather is unseasonably warm, but PLEASANT! We just came in from being out to admire all the colors of the trees!

    I wish you a cozy evening with a cup of tea, dreaming of beautiful things to make....Be well dear, Anita

  31. I just discovered your blog.
    that pretty fabrics and compositions
    I am amazed
    is all beautiful
    Congratulations from Spain