Wednesday, 28 July 2010

We all need bunting and a knitted cushion!

Thought would show you this years grapes.....not bad eh! might be edible!!!!!!!!! Tried them last year ohhhhhh! sour.Thought I would show you my bunting, actually as you can see I'm not very picture taking savvy, but it is all oilcloth Cath Kidston, florals/spots and the like. I wanted to make some myself but when I cam across a seller making these for £10 and theres 15 flags...only problem is the ends furl up in the wind, any ideas? Only place to put it around the spa

Ok you may or may not know that I knit knit and knit, always have a project or two on the needles and my latest is this sample cushion. I used Rowan Cotton Glace 5 different colours and for those in the knitting world know, went and sourced my patterns from Ravelry knitting community. 9 squares 2 weeks later ta da!!!!!....a part besequined (erm is that a word?) ah well....cushion...I love the jewelled colours, you see thats my problem. I love pastels for things and then drawn to these gorgeous colourways. Actually don't laugh the knitted bottom left square is supposed to be a cup of coffee, but I stupidly put it on upside down and inside out.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Deck chair makeover and other....

Who needs fully functional touring sites, when your motorhome is self sufficient for 2 days and you can camp on school playing fields. These campers arrived at the school playing field which my house backs onto.....they belong to the Motorcaravaners Club and spent two days here. Wonderful idea, small fee for using field and profits go to the school.
But onto the more interesting part. Well I was looking at online shops the other day, and came across a deckchair that they had repainted and covered for the princely sum of £98.00!!!! eeeeeekkkkk.....I thought they must be having a laugh. So off I went to my shed where my long forgotten grotty old deckchair has been languishing for the last couple of years. Stupidly I didn't take a before piccy, was too excited with doing the makeover. Anyhows it was dark wood with navy and sky blue stripes running through the material. Well off I went to Laura Ashley sale and there waiting for me at £11.00 per metre (being half price in their sale) was just the woven upholstery fabrice I needed, pale ecru/cream/moss green/most beautiful grey. Did my heart miss I beat as I spied this material, was there enough left on the roll...oh yes oh yes!....honestly what else can get a girl with a love of flowers more excited. So home it came. Next a trip to Homebase, aha everything seemed to be falling into place, first pot of eggshell I saw Laura Ashley Country White, phew and just two tins one quickly was grabbed by me. I covered the existing deck chair material for strength. So for the princely sum of £12.99 for paint and £9.90 for material (oh yes! there was a further 10% off at till......all done for the price of £22.89. Am I pleased, you bet cha!!!!! ttfn x

Wednesday, 21 July 2010


I know...have been such a absent blogger but things have been very hectic over the last few months and even though I have been busy, sewing and making and knitting....there has been a sadness in my life my darling Mum passed away on the 27th June at from senile dementia. She had it for nearly 7 years and has been a slow painful process watching her deteriorate over the time. The last 9 months she had been in a Nursing Home where Dad would go and sit with her from 1pm until about 6pm every day......he would feed her N Sure and play her their favourite classical pieces of music, he would sit and sing to her, constantly stroking her hair, kissing her cheeks, his love and devotion unfailing. I had been to see her on the Sunday morning when the Matron said "we think this is the beginning of the end"....I went into her room and she was looking so pretty but so frail slightly propped up on the pillows, the nurses had combed her hair so it laid out on the pillow. She had rapid breathing, I tarried a while and managed to keep my emotions in check, we left after a while thinking that how things stood maybe another few days. I spoke to Matron on the way out and asked her "how long"....she replied "my dear if I had a pound for everytime someone had asked me that question I would be a millionaire.

So home I went which is about 20 mins drive and hubby had a lovely BBQ that afternoon and I was just washing up when the telephone went just brother was on the line telling me to get over to the Nursing Home very quick, and that he said he didn't think Mum had long to go.....I stupidly asked him how many respirations she was having, honest to goodness what an absolute dimass question, but I had my methodical hat on. So we raced over all the way I was telling my darling Mummy I was coming and for her to wait for me....we duly arrived at the Nursing Home, where my 2 brothers met me outside her room and told me I was too late, they she had passed ten mins beforehand. I looked at their faces which were full of tears, I couldn't believe it, I remember just dropping my bag to the floor pushing past them and stood looking at my Mum....then like I was watching myself I just ran over and lent over her bed, cuddling crying and asking her "I told you to wait for me Mum, why didn't you wait, why didn't you wait"......she was still of body temp to touch. I all of a sudden stood back and realized that "Oh my goodness, you've really passed away" was like a bolt. We stayed for a while and then privately said our goodbyes. I miss her like crazy I'm so sad that Mum had dementia and hadn't known me for years, it would have been lovely to have taken her out and about to garden centres, we used to be great friends as Mum and daughter, lots of things in of home/family/cooking/knitting.......but I still have lots of memories to treasure and comfort me.
To my darling Mum, forever in my you. xxxxxxxxxxxxxx