Thursday, 30 April 2015

At the park

 Hello this fine Thursday, friends!

Linking again with TexWis Girl at Good Fences

This past Monday I was in town and went into the park for a walk. It was threatening rain but I still managed to visit the ducks in their pond and was rewarded by seeing the ducklings!  Sorry the photos are poor as I only had my phone camera.  The picture above is the original Victorian gatehouse with a new picket fence painted green.

I still liked the image with the fence reflection in the pond!

Momma Duck watching her brood, but the little one seems to be trying to squeeze out under the fence!

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Little Bear Blue...for Mother's Day

 Can you believe April is fast coming to a close and May will be here on Friday? Time is flying by and the weather has me confused! One day it is sunny and warm, the next blowing a gale with sleet and hail storms.

So I've just had to bunker down in my craft nest and stitch some precious things for Mother's Day.

This is little bear blue made from a pattern by Brenda Gervais at Country Stitches. It's a little dinky ted made from flannel. so soft and sweet!

 Cute little buttons down the front of her dress which is reproduction Civil War fabric.

She's even carrying a ditty bag with matching cross stitch flower and there's some Sweet Annie tucked in it.

Also finished a pretty pink pinked.  So sweet and simple with a posy of primroses on it.

To add extra detail I put on a vintage pin and buttons to match.

Find them in my Etsy shop.

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Navan Fort & Good Fences

 Welcome this fine Thursday! I am pleased to be linking again with TexWisGirl and Good Fences.

A few weekends ago we went to visit one of the oldest and most legendary sites of the ancient rulers of Ireland in a place called Navan in County Armagh.  There is a reconstructed roundhouse, which is believed to be typical of homes back in the 7th century.

It is very interesting and the guides dress and act the part of ancient Irish warriors which the kids love, but what caught my attention were the fences. Amazing!

 This is a hazel branch wicker fence

Isn't the roof of the house an awesome thatch construction? You can see the replica shields the warriors would use.

 Inside the fence palisades, they kept their animals and grew some vegetables.

This was their war chariot!

I love how the outer fence looks like sharpened pencils! 
All told, it was a great place to visit!

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Pitcher Perfect!

 I saw this great idea in a UK embroidery and stitch magazine and just had to get creative and share with you today!

This is a fairly easy quick project to make a fabric pitcher to cover a jar and have your very own bespoke flower pitcher for any room in your home!

Here's what you'll need:

any clean glass jar
2 pieces of stiff fabric such as burlap or unwashed felted wool which fit around the jar plus extra
fabric for applique
threads for cross stitch and embroidery.

Cut your stiff fabric so that the height is about half an inch taller than the jar.
Next cut the spout shape\side out of the fabric
Find the middle of one side and appliqué on your chosen motif or cross stitch on a flower etc.
Pin these pieces right sides together and sew up.
Now cut two strips of stiff fabric for the handle and sew together.
Below is a picture of how it should look when finished, laying flat.

Fold down the top part of the handle and sew on firmly to the side of the pitcher. Repeat for the bottom part of the handle.

To finish the top edge and prevent ravelling, I used a blanket stitch on the edge.

This is my felt primitive pitcher version and in this one I added a doubled over piece of cotton fabric for interest.
I love blue and stars so I kept it simple with this appliqué!

 Here you can see how the handle is attached and how I added the coordinating fabric.

Now isn't that pitcher perfect?!! A pretty flower pitcher holder you can make for spring!

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Spring Walk and Good Fences

With all three of my kids back to school after the Easter holidays, I have no excuse not to get on with the housework.  But after lunch, it's good to head outdoors and take a walk.  This is a road I often walk so let me share some of the fences and spring growth that I saw.

 These photos were all taken today but as you can see the clouds are trying to obscure the sun.

 This is the fence around my aunt's home and alongside the fence, she has planted alternate stands of hawthorne and beech hedging, but at this time of year, her cherry tree is aglow with blooms, so pretty!

 Love this old set of wrought iron gates at this disused entrance of farming neighbours.

So glad you could join me!
The sun is shining again so my laundry will dry quickly on the line today!

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Tea and Scones

Time for Tea and Scones this Tuesday!

I am blessed to live about a 15 minute drive from my parents so at the weekend my daughters and I often go visit my mother and there's nothing Mum and my daughters love doing than baking together.

My  oldest daughter was also on a mission to take photos for her art project so I knew it was going to help me with this post too!

This is my Mum's Irish Soda bread scone mix.  We love cherries in the mix though sometimes we might add sultanas or just leave them plain.  if you can get Soda bread flour this is an easy mix.

Mum and her rolling pin as she makes it about half an inch deep and then cuts out rounds.

All ready to go into a hot oven until golden and risen...

Freshly made, golden fluffy scones with melting butter and strawberry jam! Delightful! And served with Mother's china plates and teacups of course!

 Fine English bone china which mum has had for years.

It is a precious time together and I am glad my daughters have this opportunity to enjoy their grandmother's company and wisdom.

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Thursday, 9 April 2015

A Breath of Fresh Air

 'Nothing is so beautiful as Spring', so wrote the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins and I have to agree wholeheartedly with him today.

The blue skies and bright sunshine, gentle breeze and birdsong lured us out on a bike ride along the winding country lanes around our village.  It was simply beautiful; one of those days to tuck away in our collective memory; idyllic!

I stopped to take some pictures to show you the countryside here in our part of Northern Ireland.

 Beautiful forsythia in bloom.

Below is a photo of a nearby mill which had fallen into disrepair. I was so pleased when it was completely renovated and sympathetically restored and it's now apartments.
 This gentle little stream winds it way past the mill and through emerald green fields and wooded glens.
 Signs of spring bursting forth everywhere!  Below is a horse chestnut bud. Amazing creation!

Bluebells opening up on a sunny bank.
 Primroses too, lift their faces to drink in sunshine.

Truly a blessing to enjoy God's handiwork! 
Hope you enjoyed a breath of fresh air with us today!

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