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Ah the best laid plans and all, huh!  I am in the throes of writing a tutorial on pinwheels and squares within squares.  It was to be all done and dusted by the end of the weekend and posted here for my mum, for any of you dear readers who are interested, and for me [...]

a cosy easter table

Apr
2013
02

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Such a lovely Easter Sunday breakfast.  The sky was still leaden and dark with the occasional misty sprinkle of rain.  But in our kitchen, all was golden and warm and fragrant. I just LOVE setting the Easter table.  I wake up early, turn on the lamps, make a pot of tea, heat the coffee machine, [...]

felted easter eggs

Apr
2013
01

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Friday morning dawned grey and quiet.  Just as it should be.  Family consensus … a day spent together, crafting, listening, watching, sharing. Me?  I made Easter Eggs.  The non-edible variety.  Inspired by the terribly sweet, cheerfully coloured and decorated candy eggs that were popular when I was little.  The ones that broke your teeth.  And [...]

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 if you would like to share your ~loveliness found~ moments from this week … & I would so love it if you did … please leave them in the comments or share a link to your place! ~ and still I stitch, one little red figure after another, first band finished, second started, feeling rather [...]

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Still reading, still note taking, still writing, still practicing.  There may not be time for quilts and pottering and furniture and dolls … but there’s always time for bread.  And call me corny, but watching that dough rise never ceases to delight me.  Sprinkling the top of that soft, taut mass with flour then sinking [...]

red

Jan
2013
01

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… the colour of love & happiness … of my favourite foods, my favourite sunsets, my favourite fabrics … of my newly received and much loved sandals, sunglasses and kettle (thank you sweet indulgent family :-) … symbolising,  on this first day of the year, a new year filled with love, happy times and  the [...]

posted by on applique, christmas, cushions, embroidery, festivals, sewing

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Do you remember my Waldorf inspired St. Lucia from a few years back?  Thanks to the lovely Carrie over at Parenting Passageway and Pinterest it seems a lot of folk do :-) However – I didn’t ever get around to making a portrait of St. Lucia for myself.  The original was part of a seasonal [...]

celebrating spring

Sep
2012
04

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There’s some serious landscaping happening on the season’s table.  As you can see, it has taken the residents of mushroom cottage quite by surprise.  However, I’m sure they’ll be thrilled with the final result! It began with a duck.  I have several books of patterns for felt animals and have seen felt ducks for sale [...]

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Saturday’s birthday stitchfest also produced a very sweet little kindle cover – Julian’s birthday present.  The cover that is, not the kindle … that came a long time ago. I used a beautifully thick, stiff, pure wool felt from Winterwood – they use it primarily for building houses and toadstools etc.  It sure makes for [...]

a birthday banner

Feb
2012
23

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Amazed it’s taken me this many years of banner-loving to make a birthday banner.  Last weekend was such a lovely slow, stitchy, at-home weekend. Abby and I set up on the dining table, stitching a birthday present for Julian and needle felting for quiet, chatty hours.  In between all this, a birthday banner was perfectly [...]

v is for valentine

Feb
2012
14

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Something about the word Valentine makes me think of acrostic poems … is that what they are called?  Those funny poems we write in primary school where each line starts with the next letter in the title, in this case Valentine. Since I haven’t managed to finish my wee Valentine’s cross stitch – man! after [...]

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‘Tis another almost forgotten Feast Day today – Candlemas.   A celebration of Jesus’ presentation at the temple following Mary’s purification.  And the candles? Symbolic of old Simon’s dream (resident of the temple) – that in which the heavens declared the babe Jesus to be the light of the world.  And so, folks in later [...]