The Big Garden Birdwatch

One of the things I love about working from home is being able to interact with the garden birds. We put out food and try to keep our garden wildlife-friendly – with a big, deep hedge between us and the other half of our semi, and shrubby bushes and trees in both the back and front garden gardens. So I need no encouragement to take an hour to watch and count the birds for the Big Garden Birdwatch.

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In honour of the birdwatch I made a couple of 3″ embroidery hoop stitched pictures of black caps on Kaffe Fassett backgrounds (the female has a ginger cap, rather than a black one).

blackcap male
Mr Black Cap
Mr and Mrs Blackcap
Mr and Mrs Black Cap

I am looking forward to sewing a flock of bird art!

a week off…well sort of

I have done a little work this week, but I cannot share that just yet. Pretty much Mark and I have had a week off. We did some work in the garden (which is looking lovely, if I do say so myself)…

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more garden photos

It was my birthday this week and although a hip and knee arthritis exercise and pain management class might not be everyone’s favourite way to spend their birthday, it was pretty good…and dinner at The Circus restaurant in the evening was totally awsome!

We also had day trips:

Bradford-on-Avon

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more Bradford-on-Avon photos

 

Westonbirt Arboretum

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more Westonbirt photos

 

Bristol Zoo

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more Bristol Zoo photos

 

Tomorrow normal programming resumes…getting ready for my stall at the Larkhall Festival on Saturday.

 

 

Happy New Year!

A little early you may think, to be wishing everyone a happy new year, but my online shop is now closed and I will not be around next week. The house is all clean and tidy awaiting our kind and lovely house/cat sitters, the bags are packed and the seaside awaits! I am hoping for icy, blustery walks with wild seas…but no flooding please! I may have to bore you with a photo or two when I get back.

Edit: Oh dear – just had a flood warning from the Environment Agency for West Bay. It doesn’t look like the drive down would be very safe and the forecast is for rain all week, so we have decided to stay here…I will go now and reopen my Etsy shop. We will make the most of it – after all Bath is a pretty nice place to be anyway – perhaps dinner out and maybe the Hobbit at the cinema.

Talking of photos, I often get my sewing inspiration from the photos I take of gardens and birds and bugs…and seascapes of course. This morning I woke to a world white with frost and was out at first light with my camera. I thought you might like to see some of my shots…

windchimes
windchimes
frosty leaves
frosty leaves
frosty leaf detail
frosty leaf detail
sunlight on a bed of leaves (really must clear these up!)
sunlight on a bed of leaves (really must clear these up!)
early morning sunlight on frost
early morning sunlight on frost
Rio the cat
Rio the cat
playful Rio
playful Rio
the frost sent Rio a little crazy
the frost sent Rio a little crazy
sunlight on the windchimes
sunlight on the windchimes
sunlight catching the frost as it melts
sunlight catching the frost as it melts
geranium veins
geranium veins
bug house
I can see you!
I can see you!
frosty seed heads
frosty seed heads
frost on the sage
frost on the sage
sunlight and frost on the windchimes that hang from one of our apple trees
sunlight and frost on the windchimes that hang from one of our apple trees

Now I had every intention of stopping here, but as I uploaded the images from camera, Max the cat decided he would fit in the small box on the table beside me. My phone was to hand and I recorded his valiant attempts…! I guess I am not the only one who needs to diet in the new year.

cat in a box...well almost
cat in a box…well almost

I hope everyone has a fun new year’s eve and a happy, healthy and creative 2014.

ta dah!

Just a quick post – the lovely people at Making magazine chose my dalek pincushions as the winning entry for this week’s Monday Makes! I have been getting Making for a little while now (since Sue in my old office recommended it) and have sneakily been waiting for a good subscription offer. Last month’s issue offered a huge bundle of sewing goodies; really useful things like shears and pinking shears and a number of large reels of extra strong thread and…well you get the picture…so I took the plunge and took out a subscription (you don’t need to subscribe to enter the weekly competition on Facebook). I have entered a few things in the weekly competition on the Making Facebook page and was really delighted to win this week. I know it’s just a weekly Facebook competition, but it means a lot to me!

While I am here, I have made a few more things:

Christmas cards with robins…

robin Christmas card
robin Christmas card

I like the way the fabric frays a little around the edges; rather like feathers I think.

robin detail
robin detail

 

glove cats and dogs (not in the shop, as I can’t CE mark them as have not yet been able to track down reasonably priced gloves with EN71-3 dye data – if anyone knows of a suitable manufacturer, do let me know!)…

glove cats and dogs
glove cats and dogs

and a couple more linen zip pouch bags with round trees and little bird buttons…

green tree, red birds
green tree, red birds
green tree, white birds
green tree, white birds

 

I also made a child’s apron with a flower pot pocket and a white daisy growing out of it – will take photos tomorrow.