some like it hot…

Some like it hot…and some don’t. I am one of the latter. Don’t get me wrong, I like sunshine as much as the next (wo)man; I just don’t like it hot. Give me a cold, icy day with blue skies and sunshine and long Winter shadows and I am as happy as a pig inĀ  muck. Once the temperature gets much above 20C, I start to wilt and with temperatures at the moment closer to 30C, I turn in to the wicked witch of the west country – bad attitude and cries of “I’m melting, I’m melting!”

Everything is taking me longer than usual, but I have been surprised to find that keeping making things takes my mind off the far too hot weather and reduces my whingeing. So I have been quite busy…

1) a herd of seahorses. Actually, ‘herd’ is far too dull a word for seahorses. I understand they move through water through the undulation of their dorsal fin, so I reckon the collective noun should be an undulation of seahorses. What do you think?

an undulation of seahorses
an undulation of seahorses

I think I will add ribbon loops to the seahorses so they can be hung in wardrobes or from doorhandles. Good idea?

2) I have also returned to the granny’s flower garden patchwork we did with Scrapiana at the Bath WI craft workshop. I sew the little hexagons made from Liberty of London lawn by hand which means I can sit in the living room with Mark and nod and smile as he tells me what England has to do to beat Australia at cricket (I understand cricket about as well as I understand Mandarin). At the workshop we sewed together seven hexagons (I used some of Scrapiana’s Kaffe Fassett fabric) which back home I turned in to a pincushion. I use it all the time, and thought it might be something other people might like too. This one I backed with my favourite sage green cotton with white polka dots (it came from a Bath pop-up shop, and I will be very sad once it has all been used up).

Liberty lawn granny's flower garden pincushion
Liberty lawn granny’s flower garden pincushion

3) while I had the Liberty fabric to hand, I decided to make a little pencil case too…

Liberty lawn pencil case
Liberty lawn pencil case

 

4) …and to add another piece of granny’s flower garden patchwork to a larger bag (for make-up or, in my case, sewing machine bobbins). I love this purple fabric, printed with script and highlights of twinkling gold. Don’t try telling me that ‘all that glisters is not gold’, I am a total magpie for anything sparkly.

granny's flower garden make-up purse
granny’s flower garden make-up purse

 

Determined to open my shop this week

Now then, I am determined to sew my heart out Monday and Tuesday and then spend Wednesday and Thursday (and maybe Friday) working out prices and postage and taking product photos so I can open an Etsy.com shop at the end of the week! I think it only right to celebrate with a giveaway; just need to decide what…

 

little things please little minds

I remember when I was a small child being told that little things please little minds. If this is true, I suspect I must have a very tiny mind indeed. Not only am I fascinated by the little bugs and bees in the garden and the birds that hop around outside the window as I work, but today i have spent a very happy hour or so making mini candles in sea shells!

lavender sea horse and sea shell candles
lavender sea horse and sea shell candles

Today has been one of those days when I have bounced around with more of a spring in my step than Tigger himself. Strange really, as I started the day at the dentist. For two years I have been going back to Chepstow for dental checkups, and I decided it was a better use of my time to go to Mark’s dentist in Bath (Charlotte St Dental Practice, if anyone is looking for a good dentist in Bath). Today was my first visit and not only were the dentist and his nurse really nice, but also my teeth apparently are in very good condition…and they even offered to put my Deerey Me card/flyers in their reception!

From the dentist I popped in to East and got a load of goodies in the sale – real bargains! (two linen skirts, a silk top, a linen cardigan/shrug type thing and a linen dress…go me!). I was very proud of myself as I looked in the mirror and thought…’oh that looks nice’. Not,’nice dress, maybe if I can lose a pound or two it might look ok’ and not ‘you stupid woman, go find a navy potato sack of a dress immediately’…it’s an improvement.

From East I popped in to the Green Street House to book a facial and eyebrow threading as a pre-golden wedding anniversary treat for Mark’s mum (and booked myself eyelash tinting at the same time). A combination of nice ladies on reception, a bit of pampering to look forward to and sunshine before the day got too hot all worked together to put me in a very good mood. So when I got home, I took out my new green milk pan and a bag of old candles.

I have been trawling charity shops for weeks for a milk pan to use to melt candle wax and in the end gave up and bought a new one…and it’s green!

new green pan
new green pan

I looked in to buying wax from craft shops, but it’s really expensive and Mark has quite a stash of unused candles, so I thought that if the pan cannot be upcycled, at least the candle wax can be!

I heated some water in another pan, put the wax in the green pan and popped the green pan in the water; watching it attentively while it melted.

makeshift double-boiler
makeshift double-boiler

It took a bit of practice pouring the wax in to the shells, but I have to say I am rather pleased with the result.

mini candle in a seashell
mini candle in a seashell
shell candles
shell candles
she sells sea shells on the sea shore
she sells sea shells on the sea shore

The little candles will not burn for long, but I think they make a nice little extra to pop in with the lavender sea horses.

 

 

 

 

 

oh I do like to be beside the sea

I decided to make use of my lovely jar of lavender flowers and some beautiful Liberty lawn (from http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/RoseFabric) to make a seahorse lavender bag.

liberty lawn lavender seahorse
liberty lawn lavender seahorse

I will package the seahorse with some shells…and have every intention of making some mini candles in seashells.

seahorse wrapped with shells
seahorse wrapped with shells