Saturday, 20 May 2017

sometimes we need a little help to realise how lucky we are.....

Yesterday I met to a lovely lady in the Gallery, who was an embroidery teacher from Australia.
I was chatting about sewing/embroidery courses I had done,
when she said something that made me stop and think.
'you are very lucky to have access to so many wonderful courses and Museums this side of the world'
Now I have been to Oz and it is a beautiful country, but I think I know what she means.
The wealth of history we have on our door step is truly amazing.
I have shared the links to the Gobelin Tapestry Workshop, West Dean and Lesage embroidery school, all of which I have been lucky enough to visit or attend courses in.  The last image is the Aubusson Tapestry Museum, definitely on my wish list!
Gobelin Factory



These beautiful places are just the tip of the ice-burg, the amount of museum, chateaux, castles and other historic building that allow us to view some truly amazing historical textiles is incredible.  
But I do think when in we live in Europe ( I mean the continent not the EU!) we can get a bit blaze about the treasures we are surrounded by and sometimes we need a stranger to remind us.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

loving our flag


I was having a tidy up at the gallery the other day and I realised just how much embroidery silks and bits of aida I have.  The aida are the off cuts from making up the cross stitch kits that we sell, but often when stitchers are down sizing, they very kindly give us the remains from their horde, and this is how most of the silks have come my way. 
I need to start using them!

Now I love our flag with the crosses of St George and William the Conqueror combined, but the colours (red, white and yellow) aren't soft.  And the silk colours that I have are, almost Autumnal. 
So I am stitching cross stitch hearts with the image of our flag
but each one in a different colour combination. 
The first one (above) flew out of the shop with in a day.  I took that as a good sign! 
So the second one (below) is nearly finished.


and I already have the colours sorted for the third.
They do take along time, but its the sort of thing I do while chatting to our visitors.
So no idea at all how regularly they will be appearing, so if you see one grab it!


Sunday, 30 April 2017

Lampwork ideas, oooh exciting!

 Just a quick post today, 
I am so excited, I love lamp work beads, but they are certainly way beyond, my capability at making!!!!! Then I stumbled across a blog
post that gave me a brilliant idea of making my own at of thread, fabric and beads.
am thrilled with how they turned out and my mind is now buzzing with loads of ideas of how else I can use these beauties....... 
....promise to do a post on how to make them some time soon,
ok sorry must go now.  Happy Bank Holiday

Sunday, 23 April 2017

every cloud

Those of you who know me, know to say I am clumsy is an understatement!  
Well a few weeks ago I surpassed even my self, we left the house to go and meet some old friend, 
and I managed to fall over my own feet (wearing flats) right out side the house......knee was a mess, 
but annoyingly so were my jeans.  And I live in my jeans, 
but I also value them as they are hard to find when you need 34 inch leg. 
So I was very very cross with my self. 
It was a brilliant night even with an ooozy bloody knee (sorry). 
And the next day I thought can I save my jeans. 
So I trimmed the hole, and raided my stash of denim.  I have never binned any old jeans,
 I have always though I could do something with them, maybe a large picnic blanket, 
(but I must have about twenty old pairs).
I found a good stripey piece from an old pair of M&S jeans, when I had worn them they made me feel like I was wearing pajamas!  But they were perfect for a star.
I cut the star a little larger so there was enough to turn under, 
it's then pinned over the hole and hand stitched it into place.
and ta-dah.
Really pleased with how it turned out, I think its really given these jeans a new lease of life.
Though when I am looking down it does look like a star fish has attached itself to my knee!
So every cloud does have a silver lining,
oh and knee has know healed so I am back in the sea swimming again, heaven.

Friday, 7 April 2017

watching Liberty

My watch seems to be suffering....

The actual watch bit is fine, but the strap has given up the ghost, now its a cheap watch but when I went to replace the strap it was going to cost £35 and be sent away. The watch only cost £70!
Thinking cap on.

So I made one!


Using some left over Liberty lawn with the strap long enough that I can tie it round my wrist.

I have stitched the strap, but might try doing it with tiny press studs then I can change my strap with my outfit and with the season.

ends need tucking in though...
Really pleased with how this has turned out, think I actually prefer it to the original.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Green house girls

This winter my friend Claire and I have made it our mission to walk all the Green Lanes in Guernsey and yesterday we headed down one towards the south coast that neither of us had done before.  In an island this small it is amazing how often that can happen!  Well this lane ran along side an old green house, now sadly there are alot of empty ones here, but that wasnt the case, but it did take us by surprise.

It was full of cows!  Neither of us had ever seen that before, but what a sensible idea, it would be toasty warm in there over winter, the cows had loads of space, and it was only a short walk down the grassy lane to the cliff top fields. Cow Heaven.


Thank you Claire for taking the photos on her phone as I had left mine in the car.
What is the strangest thing you have seen a green house being used for?  And you can have wedding reception - sorry!  That's what Chris and I did ;-)

Sunday, 19 March 2017

The squares are coming together......

 Well in January 2015 I started my use-it-up quilt
and now I have all sixteen squares of my quilt done, and so have started to sew them together in strips of four. And the first row is done.
 Now just need too do the other three, then sew them all together, then do the boarder, then the wadding and the backing.......
....then I will be finished!
Hopefully this wont take another two years????

Thursday, 16 March 2017

shell mirrors

Last week I was in the OGH as smart local hotel meeting a friend for coffee, oh and just a mention they do fabulous posh afternoon teas!  After wards I was wondering through the hotels and came across this amazing wall, I hadn't seen it before, I was impressed.
The mirrored wall was covered in beautiful Victorian Shell frames and pictures. I love this combination of antique and modern.
Had to go back and get a close up. Like them alot, they are up there with the glasss jelly fish

Saturday, 4 March 2017

March swim done, a pretty perfect morning!

Woke this morning to sunshine when the forecast had promised us rain. 
So it seemed criminal to stay inside. 
 By 9, we were out of the house and heading down to 
La Valette bathing pools, admiring the yacht race zipping past us.

There was a bigger swell than I expected and the tide was high,
 so the ladie's pool was not a choice, 
children's pool was calmer,
 but with the walls all under water, the waves were going in all directions!
So I took the right hand steps and tackled the art of walking into the water over pebbles and managing to look slightly elegant, actually an impossible task!
 But I was in,
 and I must say it was a good swim, not a long swim at all, 
but it made you feel alive, all your senses are awakened and that with the sunshine was brilliant.
So March swim is done, 
but I dont think that will be the only time this month, 
it is definitely starting to feel more pleasurable.....

.........even if the sea is still only 9 degrees celsius(48F)....

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The wild animals of Cardiff!

 We have just had a fantastic weekend in Wales catching up with Chris's brother which was lovely, quality family time, which was great.
We also got to explore Cardiff, city I had never spent time in before.  The castle is very impressive almost feels abit like a film set, well actually it has been a film set a few times,
 Dr Who, Game of Thrones etc.
But the thing that really wowed me was The Animal Wall that runs from the castle round the park.  Its so unusual, its beautiful.  
The wall was commissioned by the 3rd Marquess of Bute and the idea was put forward by the Victorian Architect William. But sadly he died before seeing it started.  It was the architect William Frame and sculptor Thomas Nicholls who finally brought the animals to life.
 There were nine animals originally which were completed in by 1892. 
These are easy to identify as they have glass eyes!






 Six more were added in the 1920s when the wall was extended, like this Beaver, 
and they dont have glass eyes!


Unusual, beautiful and surprising, I loved these, thank you Cardiff!!

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Sussex Pond Pudding

Sorry, ment to do this last weekend.
I had been reading a book on English food, and saw a Sussex Pond Pudding, 
now I had heard about this, but had never tasted it.  
The book said it was perfect for those who don't like their puddings too sweet.  And for once I had all the ingredients in the house. 
 The basic idea of this is a steamed suet pudding, with a filling of butter, sugar and......
two whole lemons! 
The suet pasty isnt sweetened, but the filled combine to form a gorgeous, sweet, sharp, buttery, lemony sauce that oozes into the pasty.
It is delicious,but dont serve it to a friend with a very sweet tooth, it wont be their cup of tea!
Also next time I will serve it with thick Guernsey cream.......