31/12/2015 § Leave a comment
I’m not going to do a full round up of 2015 – I’ve made quilts, made commission quilts, been out and about to new venues, built a new studio, renovated our home and landscaped the garden! The renovation works are still underway but not for too much longer.
My motto for 2015 ‘Onwards and upwards – I’m heading for the light’ was appropriate for the whole year and I mentally revisited it quite regularly.
I’m yet to decide on 2016’s motto – but I am making a New Year Resolution (which is something I never usually do). Having moved what seems like a ton of fabric and sorted out a ton more …
“I’m not going to buy any fabric for the first 6 months of 2016”
(unless a quilt order specifically requires something that I don’t have)
There … it’s in print so I’ll have to stick to it!
I’m going to start the year with a bloggy photoshoot of the newly renovated rooms (or most of them) and I may start tomorrow with my new studio.
Best wishes to all my family, friends, readers and customers
~~~ Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy 2016 ~~~
26/12/2015 § 4 Comments
Earlier on in December, the boys and I journeyed west to celebrate Dad’s 90th birthday. I’d organised a tea party in a local hotel and invited his younger brother, my cousins and then all we had to do was turn up. I almost had a proper Mary Poppins moment with those balloons – it was blowing a gale when I collected them and with them all stuffed into a huge plastic bag, I really did almost take off! C, my daughter, had the dreaded lurgy and was really disappointed to miss the party.
The cake was baked in my old kitchen and iced as the kitchen was dismantled around me (to make way for the new kitchen, before Christmas). There were party bags and cakes galore, stories and memories to be treasured for ever. I’m going to make a photo book for Dad, as a reminder of his special day.
Here’s a sneaky peek at my new kitchen – grouting, cupboard door painting, pipes to be boxed in and a whole lot of sorting out and decorating still to do – ah well, got to keep busy!
Happy Days and Happy Birthday Memories
02/10/2015 § 19 Comments
I’ve come away to spend some time by the sea and the collies and I have been blessed with the most amazing week of weather – high tides, sunshine, fishing boats and beach walks, wide blue skies and magical sunsets …
A quilt has been finished – I sat outside overlooking the harbour whilst hand-stitching the binding and then promptly took the quilt for a walk up onto the coastal path, for a late afternoon photoshoot …
and I’m hoping to link up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday later on today. The quilt is a commission and perfectly captures the colours of the waves, sky, sails, white horses and seagulls.
Walks along the coastal path every day have meant that precious memories have been revisited and laid peacefully to rest …
there’s no better place to be.
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28/06/2015 § 8 Comments
Many, many years ago growing up in rural west Wales, my first boyfriend was the farmer’s youngest son from over the field. His mother was a real matriarch – 4 strong boys she raised – she was ambitious and scary and loved me like a daughter.
She ran the farmhouse like clockwork – and knew all that was happening on every inch of the farm. Pet lambs followed her into the huge cool kitchen, with its dark flagstone floor and black coal-fired range that blasted out heat even on the hottest summer day. Dogs were chased out of the kitchen with the broom – as were the hens. The boys devoured everything she cooked – and she was an awesome cook. Mostly it was good, straightforward food – nothing fancy, but lots of it. Beef, eggs, potatoes, veg from the garden and fruit from the hedgerows and kitchen garden. But when there were visitors or a fete at the village hall, she always produced the most amazing sponge cakes. I remember her telling me her secret – WEIGH THE EGGS!
Well, she left her kitchen and her sons some years ago when she was well into her 80’s. I think there was a little part of her that still loved me, at least that what she said when I last spoke to her, but I never got over the feeling that she never forgave me for marrying someone else and producing his amazing children instead of her own grandchildren. She was in tears one night, when we were visiting the village on holiday and my little brood had won some prizes in the local village fete – she sniffed into her hankie whilst sitting next to my mother and said “your grand-children should have been ours to share”! Oh dear. That’s life, I suppose and some things aren’t meant to be.
I remembered her today when I saw the little collection of eggs that Flora’s been laying over the past few days. I’ve had a dreadful lurgy/flu-like bug and haven’t been up to doing or cooking anything much. Truth to say – I’ve spent a few days in bed with a temperature and feeling very wobbly. Feeling a bit chirpier this morning, I decided to make a sponge and I followed Mrs P’s advice from all those years ago – I weighed the eggs!
Three eggs came in at 5 oz (I have imperial weights on my old scales still, which is fine because everything had to weigh the same) – butter, flour and sugar. A spoonful of freshly boiled water after mixing, to relax the mixture and WOW – a perfect sponge …
Oh, it was lovely – still is (I haven’t eaten all of it)! I know it won’t last long once my sons J1 and J2 descend tomorrow. Thank you Mrs P – I’ll always love you a little bit too, and that youngest son of yours, and your secret for the perfect sponge. Thanks too, to Flora for producing the most amazing eggs!
14/02/2015 § 8 Comments
It’s wonderful to be in love, or to have been loved, to give love, to feel love …
We often gave each other hearts – Himself and me. They were dotted around the house hanging here and there from a cupboard or hook so I decided, after decorating the bedroom that I’d like to group them together.
I rescued a silver birch branch from a local wood and on the grey feature wall in my calm and tranquil room, I gathered them together with a couple of special photographs and now I have a Wall of Hearts. The woodland theme brings me peace and the gentle fairy lights woven around white twigs, with one of my fairy light lanterns, create the softest light.
Wishing you all a LOVEly day … on Valentine’s Day.
26/09/2014 § 2 Comments
and more expertly ridden by my daughter …
I had an amazing day out yesterday, with the pretty Welsh cob shared by my daughter. What a wonderful little horse. With curry comb in hand and polo mints in pocket, I relived all of my youth and happiest days, messing around at the stables and finally having a walk and trot around the school myself. I never thought I’d ride again but once in the saddle, that magical view of the world between a horse’s ears, completely made my day.
Thank you, Thank you – C & S xxx
10/04/2014 § 6 Comments
there’s lots going on at the moment with celebrations and concerns in equal measure!
Let’s celebrate first with a week in Cornwall ::
It’s our 30th wedding anniversary on 14th April and we’ve decided to spend the whole month of April enjoying trips and jaunts around and about. We gasped as we caught our first glimpse of Porthleven harbour – still no boats. Earlier in the year, winter storms smashed the huge wooden baulks leaving boats unprotected in the inner harbour. Ten sank in the storm and the remaining fishing fleet and pleasure boats were still on land, up on their chocks in the boatyard and harbourside. Hopefully by now, they’re all bobbing about in the harbour enjoying some Spring sunshine.
The Napoleonic cannon still on the edge of the seawall since the waves moved it.
Then Cardiff for a few days …
A wonderful couple of days in Cardiff, at the St David’s Hotel overlooking Cardiff Bay. We boat tripped up the river, instead of catching a bus into the city centre. I shopped till I dropped and we had an amazing time!
We had decided not to buy each other anniversary presents, but to wait until something grabbed both of us. The art deco Smiths clock did! We loved it as soon as we saw it, high up on a shelf in a new vintage shop in Wellfield Road, Cardiff. Now it has pride of place on our mantlepiece, to commemorate our 30 years of marriage.
I then tripped off to Wales, to see Dad – the boys in tow!
Now we’ve an anniversary meal with all 3 of our children to look forward to this weekend and I’m planning a few surprises so will maybe share with you next week, after I’ve surprised them!
I’ve quilt commissions and fairs to plan for but, like a huge dark cloud over 28th April, my wonderful husband is having yet another major operation. Let’s hope the cloud of concern is quickly replaced by a silver lining and lightning recovery.