Saturday 25 January 2014

More fun !

                                I,m having such fun doing these daft birdies !

Another big storm forecast for tomorrow and it is not looking good for rest of the week either . . . more heavy rain then turning very cold . We are cancelling our trip to Charmouth till better weather .
 Bringing in logs for the wood burner , gathering fir cones and kindling .
Our new sweep , has done a superb job of laying new Cornish Slate hearth , re placing flue and refitting the wood burning stove and cleaning the chimney and climbing up onto the roof and checking it is all done thoroughly  and put a camera down it to check and show us that it is clean and safe...and fixed the new cowl on top with two strong straps  so it doesn't come off in the gales and keeps the rain and the crows out . And never was there such a clean and tidy sweep !
   Thanks Sir Sweep A lot ! You did a great job !  Sir Sweep A lot is in Helston Helston Penzance and surrounding areas .
Thanks also to Expertrees Ltd who did such a great job on our trees ( massive pine trees) ..and their link is also in the Helston Mullion Lizard area . They really know and care about trees . Thanks Tom !
 So now I,m sorting through my seeds and making plans for my garden ... I have brought in a tray of pelargonium cuttings to be sure they get through this next cold snap , I ,m pleased with them ,about 9 of them have taken root .... and I still have the original one in the greenhouse.
    Cheerio for now , keep safe and warm in this cold weather and dont forget to feed the birds  xxx

Thursday 23 January 2014

Brown Paper Bag Embroidery

While storms rage , rivers burst their banks , homes flood and mountainous waves crash around our beautiful Cornish coast.....I cant  stand hearing about it any more..and creep away into my cave to sleep ....  and read my favourite old embroidery books ....and stitch......and look at all your lovely gardening and crafting and embroidery blogs .
Leeks , onions , kale , parsely , sleeping rhubarb....thats about it up in the veg garden .
We noticed the first snowdrops as we drove through Nantithet  last weekend .
I,m still worn out from not been dancing .
 So yes , just trying to keep warm ...stitching in my fingerless gloves : )
 Look at that green thread ... that has to be my favourite colour .

Here is not a very good picture of the stormy seas at Poldhu Cove , Mullion.
The reason it is not a very good picture , is because I am actually taking it from a safe distance ,through the window of our car.....cosy  ,  safe and warm ...with the car heater blowing nice and warm all around me : ) ......( and a hot  Cornish pasty on my lap )

I am really enjoying this project , those bright ,n cheerful colours making me feel better .
 I,m going fossil hunting in a couple of weeks time , Charmouth .....cant wait !  Waterproofs at the ready....I know ....keep away from those cliffs !
 I,m taking this embroidery along to work on ,back at the cottage ,cosy in front of the fire , in the evenings . I,ll let you know if we find any dinosaurs when I get back .

Thanks for visiting my journal and for your lovely comments x

Ready to stitch !


The Brown Paper Bag Pillow

I,ve just crept out of hibernation to wish you all a very happy new year and show you what I,m up to at the moment.
The weather has been dreadful and the light is very gloomy ( how I feel too in the winter months )so apologies for the poor picture quality.
 Earlier last year my good little friend gave my husband a book in a brown paper bag ...He was very pleased with his book ....a golf book.......lets not talk about golf please.............. I was pleased with the bag !
   I knew instantly that I just had to make an embroidered pillow for my chair with it !
This is what those Perle cotton balls were waiting for !
  What you can see in the picture above is me using a transfer pencil for the first time ...ironing board covered in newspaper , my precious cream linen twill and the pattern which I,ve blown up to about double the size .

I,m told that it is a paper bag from the Usborne Books company ...what a lovely, cheeky, cheerful design ! I,d love to know who designed it or where it came from ...anyone ?