Tuesday 27 January 2015

Planning The Garden

Its that time of year again, time for planning the garden.  Reviewing notes made from last year and browsing garden magazines and books for inspiration.

We have a subscription for Grow Your Own magazine, the gift that keeps on giving from our daughter.  With that each month there is a free gift of seeds, so to that end we plan to use some of the seeds we already have and then add some plugs later on to ensure we get what we want.

I definitely want to establish a better and more varied herb garden and then hang them to dry for the winter months.  Now that we know what seeds we have available it makes it easier to make a plan and draw out the beds.
I still managed a couple of hours on the picnic throw and work on it is slow but steady.

My Grandson Wilbur is getting ready to go into his big boy bed and to that end has asked for a quilt for his bed.  He wants a Mickey Mouse themed bedroom, so my daughter has sent off for some fabric samples.  In the meantime I have sorted out some possibilities that would go with it.  I love spending time in the craft room sorting through fabric remembering the story behind each piece.

What fun and a great way to spend some time.  What do you do to whittle away a couple of hours?
See you soon.

Saturday 24 January 2015

Patchwork Picnic Throw Progress

The mornings are getting colder at the moment but we have been lucky and still not had snow, which is a blessing.  We have however had some beautiful sunrises creating some beautiful shadows and shafts of light through the windows.
Progress on the picnic throw is steady,  with the top now all stitched together.

I am still pleased with the overall effect and the colours, so time to pull out the tacking stitches and the paper templates.

At this stage I did give it a helping hand by ironing it.

Exciting, time to make the quilt sandwich and pin the three layers together.  That took a little fiddling about to get it even.  My tip is to always start in the middle and work your way outwards.

I used some bright yellow fabric for the backing to make it really sing of warmer times.  I am quite pleased with the overall effect.  I intend to baste/tack it before I start to quilt it all together.  A very rustic way of doing a quilt but one that I am happy with.
I had some lovely mail this morning from the new Mr and Mrs, a lovely card to thank us, what a wonderful keepsake.

What lovely stationery and such a beautiful photograph.  I am always amazed by modern technology and what is available these days.
Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments on the wedding, it was so lovely to share it with you all.  I think a nice cup of tea is in order.  Hope you are all having a good weekend.
See you soon.

Wednesday 21 January 2015

The Final Chapter

The final chapter of wedding photographs,  a wonderful fairy tale beginning to a long and happy marriage.  Once again apologies for a top heavy picture post but the photographs speak for themselves.
How excited was this little man, he was so thrilled to see everyone...

Introducing myself...I am the one with the rather swanky big hat. 

My three wonderful daughters, I could not be more proud of them.
Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did.  A beautiful day with some wonderful memories, even the weather was kind to us.  I really do feel blessed and thankful.
See you soon.

Finishing Touches

The professional wedding photographs are back.  What a talented lady she was, she captured some beautiful tender moments and gave us back some wonderful memories to treasure of a beautiful day.  To that end I am sharing the finishing touches with you today, a year of some very crafty moments culminating in the day of a lifetime for my beautiful daughter and new husband.  My apologies in advance for the picture heavy post.

Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did.  I will be back tomorrow with the final chapter.  I am so excited to get started with a wonderful scrapbook to capture the essence of the day.
See you soon.