Tuesday 29 September 2015
Sunday 20 September 2015
I keep reading about the predictions for this winter to be one of the coldest in the UK since 1962/3, which is a bit worrying, especially as half my garden is full of pots. I always protect them, but if this winter turns out to be as predicted, I may have to utilise my shed more.
I am going to enjoy the autumn as much as I can in the meantime. Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, apples, crumbles, cakes and pies, as well as the lovely autumn flowers and leaf colours. I hope those of you sharing the seasons with the UK will enjoy it too.
A big welcome to my new followers - it is lovely to see you and I hope you will enjoy my blog.
Sunday 13 September 2015
Back in January, my friend Maria visited from Canada and we went to Stamford. You can read about it here. While we were there, we went to a very nice interiors/haberdashery shop and Maria saw some material printed with a London map, which she absolutely loved. I bought a metre of the material and rashly promised to make her a doorstop, for her birthday in July, which I would send to Canada. I did some research in books and on the internet. I was looking for a pattern which had velcro on the base, and a handle and I ended up feeling a bit like the Prince looking for his Princess in the story of 'The Princess and the Pea'...one was too small, one had a zip, one didn't have a handle, one was a pyramid shape...you get the idea. Eventually, I found the perfect one for me! If you'd like to have a go yourself, it's here. I liked the jokey way the tutorial was written and can say that it was easy to follow and surprisingly easy to make. I practised first by making a lining from calico, which was a separate cube placed inside the main one, for ease of filling.
Look, here it is! I made this! As you can tell, I am pretty pleased with myself.