Saturday, 8 March 2014
New books and a DVD.
A fluffy pink tiara, a St Helena oven glove, yummy smellies and French wine.
Impromptu lunch with a friend.
Swimming in the sea.
Spaghetti and home made pesto for tea.
An evening out with the girls.
And beautiful cakes made by my beautiful friend.
Lovely highlights of a lovely day.
PS Did you see what she did with the flowers and the buttons made of sugar? Squeeeee!
Thursday, 6 March 2014
Monday, 3 March 2014
I have been an admirer of the work of Cathy from Potter Jotter for some time, and when I get back to blighty I shall definitely be speaking to Santa or the Birthday Fairy about her. She has just announced that she has moved to a new blog and has brought out some new products which are gorgeous. AND there is a giveaway.
Pop over and say Hi...
Pop over and say Hi...
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
A few months ago I acquired this dress at a clothes swap. It is a perfect fit and I love the retro shape. I feel a little like the queen when I put it on! It is her kind of shape.
I love love love the collar and the covered buttons.
And the faux pockets.
I am not so keen on the holes, snags, wobbly stitching in clashing thread and weird sixties plastic fabric.
It has been hand made which I love!
But not very well, which I do not love.
So, my plan is to unpick it and use it as a pattern to remake it in fabric made of natural fibres. I am very excited about it even though it will probably be too warm to wear for quite a while. I have even started to wonder if I can make those faux pockets into real pockets. I love dresses with pockets.
I shall reuse the zip in tribute to the original maker, but I hope I can pick out thread that matches my chosen fabric!
Monday, 24 February 2014
Happy Monday to you all! Now, can you keep a secret? I thought so. Come a little closer, I have something to show you...
So, I am making a little something for someone special in St Helena, as a thank you when we leave in a few months' time. I am pretty sure she doesn't read this though (lets hope not) so I thought it was probably safe to let you have a peek...
I started with a few offcuts and repurposed bits and pieces,
then I hunted through my shoebox full of tiny scraps,
applied bond-a-web and some swift work with the scissors and I was on my way...
The main creativity is in the stitching. And I am LOVING the stitching!
I thought it would take me weeks, but I am loving it so much I can't put it down! Off to do another stitch or two before picking up the Smalls from school.
Thursday, 20 February 2014
Today it is grey and drizzly here. It is still a pleasant 22C and I am definitely not complaining. The (mostly) lovely weather here is something I am going to miss once we return to Blighty. But sometimes (only sometimes) I do have a hankering for a scarf or a tweedy cordy booty moment. I am indulging such a moment today by wearing jeans (I can hear the sharp intakes of breath at such shocking news). And actually I have to confess to being slightly warm!
|Upcycled drawer from the tip, |
now home to lettuce seedlings.
When we got back from our hols in the UK in November we were greeted by very sad pots on the veranda containing mostly sticks. Almost immediately I hurt my back and couldn't sort them out.
Just after Christmas I finally cracked. I was so fed up of looking at those poor dead things that I wasn't using the veranda at all. Now, we are lucky enough to have a lovely big living space here but with three noisy Smalls it can all get a bit loud, and having an alternative space to retreat to is lovely. I found I was shutting myself in my bedroom. Enough was enough.
|Nasturtiums grow everywhere like weeds here. |
I love them!
I enlisted help with the lifting in the form of J and the Smalls, and pulled out all those sticks and replanted the few things that were worth keeping. I topped up the pots with fresh compost and liberally sprinkled seeds about the place. Some swift work with a broom and a tidy of the chairs and table and a great improvement had been made in really very little time.
A few weeks later it is far from perfect, but I have a pleasant place to retreat to when it all gets too much.
It is amazing how a few pots of colour can alter my frame of mind.
|Aquilegia grow every on my garden at |
home and these are a lovely reminder.
Speaking of frames of mind, a friend of mine who also happens to be one of the doctors on the island took me in hand the other day, and prescribed me some antibiotics. He decided that I had been battling some sort of infection in my sinuses, without much improvement, for far too long. Four days in and I am starting to feel better. My sanity and ability to deal with little hiccoughs in life are returning. In short, I hadn't completely realised how rotten I felt.
|Buds on my tomato plants.|
Now, can you keep a secret? I have started a very special project for a very special person. It will be a thank you for someone here when we leave in a few months. I wanted to have plenty of time to work on it so I thought I better start now. I am really very excited about it, but I am not sure whether I should show you...
Maybe a little sneaky peak next time.