Vintage Cool!

Vintage Cool!

Our 7 month old niece is coming to visit this weekend.  She is bringing her parents too.  But I was asked to see if we could find a high chair for her use whilst she is staying as this might be one thing too many for their car. So this beauty c1973 has been retrieved … Continue reading

Cornish Day Out

Cornish Day Out

I do live in a very beautiful corner of the UK but since moving to Cornwall in 2008 we have experienced a run of miserable summers, culminating in the mother of all wet and cold summers that I have ever known.  In addition to which this past winter has been rather cold and dark too. … Continue reading

House of Cards

House of Cards

Receiving a friend’s change of address card through the post prompted me to work on a New Home card using the machine applique technique. All I can say is that houses are SO much easier than Cathedrals! I made two and sewed directly on to the card, so didn’t have any of the problems that … Continue reading

The Blind Leading the Blind

The Blind Leading the Blind

When I move into a new house I immediately set up a little ‘to do’ list and inevitably find myself finally working through the same list by the time I come to sell the property.  But then again, as my family and friends will testify, this is the 5th house that I have bought and … Continue reading

Meet Paul, Our New Pet

Meet Paul, Our New Pet

I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to our new pet, Paul. I admit he doesn’t look like your usual pet and it’s probably a bit odd to keep a pet in a jar, but there you go, according to Mr Hollywood he is to be treated as a pet. If you hadn’t … Continue reading

Free Hand Machine Embroidery

Free Hand Machine Embroidery

When setting myself a new project I never seem to start small but rather tend to launch in ambitiously large.  So when attempting to have a go at free hand machine embroidery (as I now discover it is called), I don’t settle for something simple like a house (square, small, simple), oh no, I have … Continue reading

Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday

A bit late but… As my mother died when I was 20 I always find Mothering Sunday a little bit difficult.  In the past I have usually spent the day by myself and used the time to reflect back.  I acknowledge that at times things could get a bit tense between us and one of … Continue reading

Baking Bread

Baking Bread

One urban myth that I have never seen, done myself or been aware of others doing is that of having freshly baked bread in the kitchen when prospective purchasers come to view your house.  Has anyone ever seriously done this?  Did it work? I have to admit that if I was viewing a house and … Continue reading

Applique – any advice.

Applique – any advice.

For various reasons that I won’t go into at the minute I am attempting to applique Truro Cathedral, but am running into a few problems. Fortunately the people at the Cathedral have produced a child-friendly cartoon style picture of the building which I am using as my template (less windows and a lot simpler than … Continue reading

A Litter of Puppies

A Litter of Puppies

Over the weekend I (with some help from the lovely Matthew) made a litter of puppies.  About three years ago we acquired Peter Puppy from a craft fair in Brecon, he is a rather handsome doorstop and soon found a home in front of our TV where he was much admired by our friends. Being of … Continue reading