Saturday, 30 May 2015

Trees, eggs, blossom & letters

I think this sums up the month of May to me.
I had a lovely day out in Derbyshire with my friend from Moonstruckcreations
This tiny planet photo was taken at Caudwell Mill, close to Bakewell, which we also visited.
I found a farmer with Quails eggs for sale, have you tried them, they are delicious.
And what's more, he's prepared to incubate and let me have half a dozen real quails later this year. They have a fairly short laying season, but are laying 8 days after they hatch! And if you handle them enough they soon become tame. We really can't wait.
I love all the blossom around at this time of year, this is in the hedge of my garden, I think it may be Hawthorn, though I'm sure those who are more knowledgeable than me will soon let me know if I'm wrong.
And finally, a little doodle I did to brighten up a dull, wet morning. I love typography :)
See you soon 

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Baking day

I love Sundays for baking.
My Mum used to spend Sunday mornings baking for the week ahead.
That is, if she wasn't out and about on her travels.
Today, I have been trying to make the ultimate scone!
Lots of research, one or two recipes combined, resulted in a fine batch of plain scones. I made 8, they are huge, I can easily make 10 from the amount of ingredients.
Then I saw an amazing recipe for rose apple pies.
I just had to give this a go.
I didn't have all the right ingredients, so I made you do.
I haven't tasted these yet, but if they taste as nice as they look, I shall retry with big rosy red apples!
And why am I doing this, well, in a couple of weeks time I shall be doing the catering at a craft fair!
The thing is, firstly we shall get fat, and secondly, by the time I have finished practising, we will have eaten any profits!!!!

I love the aqualegia that had opened whilst we were away in Yorkshire.
Sue xxx

Tuesday, 5 May 2015


Back in Yorkshire again :)
This time I took my new camera to take tiny planet photos of the minster
I love this one with the archway in it as well

Going down an alleyway, we discovered this old ruin of a church.
I do love the dilapidated look!

We happened to go when the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race was going through, we didn't know! We had chosen to go as it was a colder day.
We had the most fantastic meal in the goji cafe. Well worth the visit for that, but moving around York itself was virtually impossible with crowds and barriers and blocked of roads.... We ended up getting quite cold, as we needed to step inside shops to warm up!

Another day we went to one of my favourite seaside places. This is a real gem of a place, a lovely little town, a long sandy and pebbly beach and a funicular to get you down the cliff to the beach.
We found some amazing pebbles and fossils, soaked up the atmosphere and sun, and when the breeze turned cooler, headed back up the cliff. What a climb.... Because by now the funicular had closed for the day!
Many thanks to my wonderful friend for letting me stay again :)

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Happy Birthday Hermione

Hope you have a wonderful day with lots of cake....and presents...

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

I feel very fortunate to have won 1st prize at the weekend with my textile clock
Which was made to sit on a mantlepiece 
And also with my crown in the special theme embroidery catorgory, 
This was held at the Uttoxeter race course, at the British Quilt and Stitch village.
Where I had a super day out on Sunday with my wonderful friend from Moonstruckcreations, and her lovely daughter.
What a fantastic show, we both came home laden down with goodies and projects, and our purses much lighter!
Sue x

Saturday, 25 April 2015


Red apple, pepper and thread
Orange in the middle of a daffodil, with pollen
Yellow, daffodil in my garden
Green, new leaves this spring
Blue, bluebell against a blue ceramic garden pot
Indigo, jeans
Violet, the flowers from an honesty plant.

I have had had fun this week, taking photos of the colours of the rainbow, day by day.

Have a great weekend, whatever you may be doing. 
I'm looking forward to a day out at the quilt show in Uttoxeter :) with a good friend :)
Sue xxx

Friday, 17 April 2015

Textile journal

Good morning everyone.
Do you like my new textile journal?
It is only A5 size, and again, layers of various fabrics all sewn together with
 free machine embroidery, 
using variegated thread
Including hand dyed cotton,
And a couple of layers of two tone organza.

I have coiled some fabric up to make a button and used an elastic to hold the front and back together
I have made a page marker, and put another coil on the end of this
And down the side is yet another coil for a pen or pencil.
I have put flaps inside so that the notebook or sketchpad can be replaced once it is full.
I didn't time how long this took me to make, but hours and hours, a good working day!
I made an A6 one in about half the time!
I really love it though, I think for once the hours spent sewing were worth while!
Sue x

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

35 years!

Our anniversry
Wow, where did that time go?
I received lots of gifts yesterday including my favourite pink roses
And some amazing Baclava, the best, all the way from Jordon,
Not for our anniversary, but one of many beautiful gifts from a friend who was on holiday. So kind.
It was a beautiful sunshiny day, the daisies are back growing in the lawn
The daffs blooming beautifully in our garden
And the tulips.
Continuing with my work, another treasure casket
And a bowl.
See you soon

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Textile treasures

I was photographing some of my textile work recently,
Some old and some new,
I was quite pleased with the way the images turned out

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Bradgate Park, Leicestershire

In the warm sunshine, ancient trees, ruins of Lady Jane Grey, Queen for 9 days, Leicestershire's seaside! 
And so, so, so busy yesterday, even the overspill carparks couldn't cope with the amount of visitors.
I have only once used the reserve car parks and that was a very long time ago...
Amazingly, my photos don't show the hoards of people out enjoy the weather!