Vintage comfort …

02/03/2012 § 2 Comments

It’s the first Vintage & Retro Market in Winchester this Sunday and I’ve been getting ready …

Ooh, I wish the sun would come out and shine on this amazing gold cushion – it positively shimmers and glimmers in the light.  It’s so dull here this afternoon.  We were spoilt by the sunshine in Wales last weekend, and here earlier in the week.  I even pruned the Dublin Bay rose bush!

The forecast for Sunday is not good.  That’s the only problem with being in an outside venue, although our stalls are all set up and very sturdy, so we keep quite cosy, all huddled together in Winchester’s High Street.

I’ve made a pair of the gold brocade and patchwork cushions and another cushion with a sentiment that makes me smile – the light had faded by the time I’d finished it this afternoon, so you’ll have to wait for a picture tomorrow!  It’s quite different and makes use of the Elna embroidery machine – which I only use for text!  So there’s a clue!

And …

do your fingers get burned whenever you pick up a take-away coffee?  Mine do!  So I’ll carry one of these in my handbag from now on, to protect my fingers – and to keep my drink hotter for longer!  Jolly Coffee Cup Cosies – what do you think?

And …

Mrs Nosey Quackyknickers was intrigued by the coffee cup cosies, all lined up on the little table at the bottom of the garden.  She had a big stretch up to see what they were, and then had a quick peck!  She’s so funny and has become ‘guardian of the garden’

This afternoon, I laughed and laughed as she marched up from the flower bed where she’d been having a nap, when a cheeky pigeon landed on the patio and was pecking for scraps in her feed dish.  She strutted up, with her beak tucked in close to her chest and all her feathers puffed out – she looked SO funny – in a proper huff!  Poor pigeon flew off, in panic at this spectacle!  Flora was so pleased with herself and broke into a HUGE   Q U A C K   Q U A C K   Q U A C K in triumph!  She’s developing into a real character this year.

Although the gardens need rain, maybe we could keep everything crossed that the downpours don’t last all day on Sunday – please!

Adaliza x


Sofa surfing …

05/02/2012 § 16 Comments

These collies of ours are getting way too spoilt …

Belle has always been a mountaineer and loves to sit – on look-out – on the top of the cushions on our old sofa.  Last night they were both cuddled up on it – for extra warmth presumably!  I turned my back for 5 minutes earlier on this afternoon and Misty had decided to keep my place warm for me, whilst keeping a watchful eye on the progress I’m making on the Gypsy Rose blanket!  I think she knew I wasn’t best pleased!

Today was Flora’s first sight of snow (click on the photo to take you to more photos in previous post)

Friday finally arrived and I set of to set up my first Gallery Show (again, click on the photo to see how it all turned out) …

And to round off the day, I finally got to grips with the Magimix that I bought for Christmas – excuses, excuses – but I’ve been busy quilting!

Anyway, for supper tonight there’s a chicken & leek & lentil casserole with potato dauphinoise – all veggies chopped and sliced in less than a minute – what a super time-saver this machine is!

Do stop by Wendy’s Handmade Monday to see what everyone’s been making. I will try to leave a few more comments on other’s blogs this week but last week – excuses, excuses – I was busy quilting!

Have a lovely week and enjoy the white stuff if it’s still around …

Adaliza x

PS I reckon that with a fair wind there’ll be a Gypsy Rose Blanket Tah-da moment tomorrow!

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