Saturday, 30 August 2014

OPAM August

"For there is no friend like a sister..."
Christina Rossetti

Only one project finished this month but it was a special one 
for my sister who has now been in my life for half a century!

xxxxx Happy Birthday Karyn xxxxx


Monday, 25 August 2014

another year gone by...

'Inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened.'
Terry Pratchett

Hasn't the time flown! 

Since posting last I have had a birthday and although I was spoilt rotten, suddenly I felt very very old and it has taken a couple of weeks to accept that I am no longer the young siren I once was.   (well...never was, if I'm honest) This was underlined by an unexpected glimpse in a shop window - who was that old woman looking back at me? I gave up looking in mirrors some time ago, so for a while it was puzzling.  Was she my twin, separated at birth but obviously having led a hard life and allowed herself to go to pot... 

Oh vanity!

Anyway I'm ready to rejoin the world and wanted to share this stunning/gorgeous/superb/amazing/incredible gift I received from the very talented Fiona!

How awesome. 

I can't believe the work she put into it and how beautiful it is. Not only does it have her wonderful mini quilting (look at those tiny feathers!) but countless hand sewn beads.

Every time I look at it I am blown away.

Actually it contributed to my lack of bloggy posts because what can you say about something so breathtakingly lovely. I spent the first few days just staring at it and trialling it in different spots around the cottage. Fiona's orders were that I use it but is it likely that I would put it at risk in my rather casual (messy) home?! So as suits a quilt, albeit such a small one, it is hanging in my bedroom and I just love it!

As said I was very spoilt, especially with chocolate and flowers. 
(oops, the chocolate seems to have been eaten)

Age may have caught me but with the blessings of good friends and loving family who can really complain.


Sunday, 3 August 2014


'He took his vorpal sword in hand...'

'Twas brillig... and a friend visited for tea and chat.

Bravely she fought the beasts at the gate, passed the overgrown thorny briars, wading through a river of unraked leaves beside the swamp. With relief she escaped to the relative safety of the castle entrance only to do the same daring trip in reverse an hour later...

It was time to tackle the front garden!

'One, two! One, two! And through and through
  The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!'

First the contorted roses, then the shadowing hedge. The twin lavender beasts were tamed (possibly one was slain) and the scurrying leaves turned to mulch.

The bird bath cleaned of green and grey slime and the surrounding fence returned to fairytale white

And the exhausted gardener slept...

(Lewis Carroll)


Saturday, 2 August 2014


'Stay is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary'
Amos Bronson Alcott

Welcome August! 
This month will be 'Finish Projects Month' and '31 Days of Decluttering' so when I take my scheduled leave in September, I can do so with a carefree heart.

With renewed joy I pulled out my mouse pincushion from The Birdhouse and, staying up 'til mdnight with fresh enthusiasm, got all sides finished and stitched together.

What a treat it is sewing with friends!
Thank you Cheryll and I love jam and coconut slice.

Off  to visit now...