Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Holiday hand stitching



How has your Christmas been?

I have been having a nice time embellishing my tea cosies.

In the past I have done all the hand sewing and then made up the tea cosy

But this time I made them up and then added the rest.

This way I can keep adding as much as I like........

Not sure if I'm finished yet.


Saturday, December 17, 2016

So what have I been doing?


I sold this quilt...


We hardly had time to get to know one another.

Sad and happy.


And I have been getting ready for Christmas:

putting up some decorations,


and making cards.

I drew them myself with my new fountain pen.

That's the one I did last year.

I bought the blank cards because I just love the recyclable envelopes.

Hmm what next?


Friday, December 2, 2016


Much has happened while I have been stitching away on this quilt.....

or so they tell me.

I have pinned my new quilt to an old quilt as I have not yet decided which way is up.

That is, I have not sewn on the hanging sleeve

so you can see the quilt behind it, almost.

This beautiful blue fabric is from old japanese futon covers.

It has a linen-like feel but has a really dense colour don't you think?


Friday, November 25, 2016

Still stitching

In spite of the many distractions

I have been peacefully stitching....

and I am almost done.


Not sure which way is up though.

I love these blues.

The fabric is from old (or not so old) japanese futon covers.

You like?


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

What were you thinking?

I suppose you were thinking that life for me has been one long holiday.
I have been back home for some time but in recovery mode.
I have been  sewing though.

The blocks have stacked up.
And soon I will join them all up....

Saturday, November 12, 2016

India 6: people

You know when you are doing the touristy thing,

trying to take photos, waiting for a clear shot

and someone always photobombs it?

Well, since I have been trying my hand at drawing and watercolour I welcome them!









I think a few people add context, don't you?


Monday, October 31, 2016

India 5: the step well

This trip was pretty full on!
It is so nice to lay your head down at night and sleep all night.

I can't find "the step well" on our itinerary but I do recall the suggestion that we make a short detour.

It was so worth it.
Located between Jaipur and Bharatpur it was one of the most memorable sights of our trip.

The Chand Baori is a step well built over a thousand years ago and is one of the largest in the world.

It is not easy to find apparently, one of the hidden secrets of India.

Friday, October 28, 2016

India 4: Taking a train

And then there was the day we took a local train.

The plan was to board a local train for a 2 hour journey and I must admit the idea had me worried.....

no air conditioning, crowded, who knows?


Well there was no need to fear. It was not crowded, there were fans, a few locals and I was colour coordinated!

And meeting the locals was fun.



And when was the last time you hung our the train door?