13/04/2015 § 3 Comments
latest quilts, now in stock in my Quilt Store …
just click on a photo to go to the individual listing with details about the fabrics, dimensions and lots more photos of each quilt
08/04/2015 § 2 Comments
Buds are bursting and bulbs are blooming – it’s quite amazingly beautiful.
All is well here but I’ve rather lost my blogging voice and Flora is currently building herself a nest, so is busily occupied on other matters!
I hope to show you some quilts that I’m working on sometime soon.
Enjoy the Spring … whatever you’re up to
12/01/2015 § 8 Comments
I’ve just popped in to let you know about a giveway – no particular reason, it’s Monday, it’s January – and I have a spare calendar! I guess also a Thank You for being out there in the blogland and staying in touch.
Adaliza Patchwork Quilts
2015 desk calendar
***** GIVEAWAY *****
Every month has a photo of my patchwork quilts from last year – you can see most of them in various past posts – Siesta, Love Nest, Luxor, Summer Meadow and Coast – to name but a few. All my own photos of quilts, taken on location by the sea, in holiday houses and here at home.
Open to all followers – so to enter :: follow along, if you’re not already following and leave a comment on this post. Open to readers worldwide. Closing date Saturday 17 January 2015 – midday GMT.
11/01/2015 § 1 Comment
Mother Duck has been busy all day today. She popped down to open up my little duck-house this morning then later on this afternoon, I was cuddled (not all that willingly) and fed a little treat of mealworms sprinkled on my water bowl (I gobbled those up very willingly), and then she was off again with a can of spray paint in her paws. Or is it just Belle and Misty who have paws? I get a bit confused about these things sometimes!
Here’s what she’s been up to today …
Here it is all lit up and sparkly …
And Mother Duck has also been playing with some beads …
but I’m not sure what she’s been sewing yet. Belle said she spent an hour or so doing some patchwork upstairs in her sewing studio so watch this space.
Belle and Misty have been really tired this afternoon since they returned from a long walk up at St Catherine’s Hill, near Winchester. Misty said it was a really steep walk up to the top and Belle says she had to pull Mother Duck all the way up! Apparently the views from up there are awesome and then Mother Duck and son J1 walked back to Winchester where the collies were treated to some nibbles from their brunch at Maison Blanc in the High Street. Lucky collies!
It’s definitely been a busy day up at the house and now that it’s just getting dark, I’m all tucked up in my duck-house, with my evening meal of chopped grapes, mealworms and chicken feed – yum, yum!
Quackers for now …
09/01/2015 § 5 Comments
Hello – I’m popping by
to relieve Flora of blogging duties for the day!
I’ve loved hearing from so many of you, via comments and emails, that you like hearing from Flora – she really is a remarkable little Puddleduck and has found her quacky blogging voice as well as her way around the keyboard with ease! I’ve been very happy to hand over to her.
However, today I thought I’d pop by to say Thank You and Hello and to let you in on something that I’ve been working on. Blame the Interior Design Challenge back numbers that I found on an obscure TV channel just before Christmas. My daughter *C* has banned me from watching future episodes! I just loved the way the designrs attacked everything with glue and staple guns and transformed mundane pieces of furniture and lights along the way. My first ventures were the 2 chairs – the little Ercol rocker and the French style chair with subsequently reupholstered footstool …
Then the lamps followed, as Flora has already shared with you in her previous post. Whether my motto for the year ‘Onwards and Upwards – I’m heading for the light’ is already having a great influence on my life I’m not sure, but suffice to say that light fittings and lamps have been quaking at my approach!
The kitchen light was definitely due for the ‘treatment’. In the kitchen itself, 3 spotlights are usefully angled towards the worktops and breakfast bar but over the dining table, a large ikea pendant gondola light has been hanging like a spaceship, for the past 10 years. I decided to do something unadventurous with the light fitting itself – I just removed a huge glass oval spaceship dome and left the gondola looking rather bare and far too bright when lit up (I’m a great fan of soft, subtle lighting). As I strolled around town one day before Christmas, I’d stopped to admire and take a snap of a window display in a dress shop …
Wow – ideas started popping into my head and THEN … shortly after Christmas, I was passing down the High Street once again and it was being dismantled! The lovely window dresser promised me the wave frames, and I merrily marched through Winchester with my trophy – gathering some very strange looks along the way!
I didn’t want ribbons, and one set of 3 frames was hastily resprayed in cherry red (to match that new kitchen lamp)! Then, thanks to another window display of beads and crystal trims from about 6 years ago, that’s been boxed up and awaiting a bright idea, I set to work. I ran up a bit of bunting – as you do; threaded tiny baubles and hearts; invested in wire cutters and rawl plugs, screws and glue sticks and off I went. It took quite a few days but here’s the result and I love it. I’ve called it …
The Festival of Light and Love ceiling light!
It’s so incredibly pretty – sort of whimsical and enchanted and it sparkles all day long even when the light isn’t on as it reflects light from the little lamps and fairy lights that adorn various tables and shelves.
Do you like it? I’m just about to switch on the kitchen lights now, as dusk falls and Flora’s supper needs to be prepared. She’ll be back to blog for you very soon.
Lots of love
03/01/2015 § Leave a comment
what’s happening indoors today, but Mother Duck appears to be on a bit of a mission. She was all about early this morning, in her wellies in the rain and flurried through giving my little duck-house it’s morning clean. I’ll have a word with Belle later to see what she’s been up to and whether we
can get some photos of her latest projects!
13/07/2014 § Leave a comment
If you happened to enquire about a sports-themed quilt in Alton on Saturday, and left your email address, I’ve been unable to contact you via email so thought I’d leave a note here so you can make contact with me.
My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are a few of the fabrics that I’ve found that might be suitable for your grandson:
Alton was wonderful, as ever yesterday. For those of you who may not be local, Alton is a bright, vibrant market town in Hampshire with many independent stores. Weekly markets are held on Tuesdays but once a month, on the 2nd Saturday to be precise, the top of the High Street is closed to allow the Farmers’ Market to come to town. So many amazing stalls with cakes and preserves, pies and quiches, butchers and bakers and plantsmen (and women) lining the streets under their colourful stripy canopies.
On the same day as the Farmers’ Markets, the Alton Lions organise the Craft and Makers Market, providing gazebos for those without their own, though many of us roll up with the whole cha bang – gazebo, bunting, tables and stands and of course, our stock. It’s a long day for me and hard work setting up and taking down but yesterday the sun was shining and the crowds were out. I met some wonderful people to chat to as well as friendly fellow stall-holders. It’s a great starter market for ‘proper’ makers (Carole is very strict about everything on the stall having been ‘made’ – absolutely no bought in goods allowed). If you’re a maker in Hampshire or thereabouts and would like to dip your toe into the pond of selling direct to your customers, then why not give it a go. There’s a website and application form here.
In the meantime, if you’re the lady who enquired about a sports-themed quilt for your grandson, then do get in touch as I can’t contact you. Or if you’re not ‘that’ lady but would like to commission a quilt, then pop an email into my inbox and I’ll be happy to discuss a bespoke quilt for you. I’ll be closing my book for commissions in mid-September this year, to allow myself time to build up my stock for the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market. Yes – I’m planning it already and will need lots of stock as I have a stall in the prestigious British Crafts Village section of the market by the ice-rink. Can’t wait!
Enjoy your week – I’m off to cut out some more quilts!
31/05/2014 § 6 Comments
it’s on tomorrow
10 am- 4 pm
free parking in Winchester all day
a hundred stalls – full of goodies
I’ll be there, back in the saddle again. I can’t wait.
Do say Hi if you see my Adaliza banner displayed on my stall
I’ll be on the High Street by Boots or thereabouts with lots of traditional patchwork quilts and beautiful pincushions all ready to be snapped up.
I’ve been having a turn out and there are lots of bargains tomorrow too as
I’m selling off some stock lines that I no longer make, so pop along and snap up a bargain!
Please keep everything crossed for some sunshine to celebrate the first day of June – that’s summer isn’t it??
09/02/2014 § 6 Comments
I’ve decided …
to open the Adaliza Quilt store!
It’s not going to be stocked out – just 3 or 4 quilts at a time. I set up Folksy years ago and haven’t ever used it but with a bit more time to myself, I’ve decided to give it a go. Wish me luck!
I’m hoping to list the first quilts this week – pop over and see what you think.
Stay warm and dry – it seems that the conveyor belt of low pressure systems is still with us this week so we’re in for more rain and gales. If you want to see some dramatic pictures of storms in the UK over the last week – look here. Our favourite seaside village in Cornwall – Porthleven – caught the brunt of the storm, with 6 boats sinking in the harbour as the harbour defences were smashed. There are photos & video links of amazing waves battering the clock tower, beach and port.
Dearest Porthleven – hopefully the worst of the storms are now over .
We’re thinking of all our friends in the village.
18/06/2012 § 6 Comments
for the summer!
Last summer, I posted this little picture for my signing-off post (here)!
A little earlier this year than last, I’m feeling like a bit of a break. Work is still very busy in the last few weeks of term (work, being my full-time teaching job at a sixth-form college); planning for Dolly-vanning in the summer vacation; checking and creating stock for the final fairs of the summer (one more to go in Alton on 14 July) – before all the excitement and build-up of Autumn and dare I say, Christmas; and some serious sorting out and organising in my studio to embark on.
So I may pop back with an occasional photo but the plan is to take a break, clear my head, wind down, enjoy life and …
see you all in September!
Have a lovely summer …