29.5.13

cast off

Dear Annie,


I have finally cast off the blanket! Phew. Here is a sneak preview before blocking...

Love from,

Laura

26.5.13

Flowery Cushions

Dear Laura,








Flowery cushions are my favorite as are cushions all together so if there is any opportunity to add to my already bursting collection I take it. Do you remember my camera bag, you know the one I made with the lovely Marimekko fabric I bought when I was in England many moons ago. Anyway... the reason I bought it was because it has these wonderful huge purple and yellow flowers on it which just looked stunning (well to me anyway) against the black silky back ground. 

I had the perfect strip left from cutting out my camera bag and couldn't resist but make a cushion so I can enjoy that purple flower all the time. I was a bit short on fabric so instead of a slip case with no fastening I squeezed the top over and put poppers there to fasten the fabric together, I even practised French seems taught to me by that program that hangs over my head everytime I sew, "the Great British Sewing Bee". I will shut up about it eventually, once the trauma of thinking someone is actually checking the quality of my sewing dies down!

Lots of love

Annie

21.5.13

Pollen Laden Bees

Dear Laura,



On Sunday, R and I upgraded our beehive, well we added an extra box because the bees had almost completely filled the first. All weekend we have been watching the bees leave and enter, leave and enter the hive, legs filled to bursting with pollen. They use the pollen to build comb and feed the young. To us this is an excellent sign of the hive thriving it has almost quadrupled in size since we installed it just a month ago.






Lots of Love

Annie

18.5.13

Octopus Dress

Dear Laura,



I finished my octopodes (thanks Wendy) dress, yipppeee! I am so excited, it feels so extra special because it has both you and Sabrina (Wolves of London) weaved so tightly into it. I was extra careful with everything I was using because I didn't want to waste a single bit of fabric or ribbon. I just about managed to keep the octopuses the right way up and didn't cut too much measuring tape ribbon so I can have enough for a belt. I just realised when I said finished I meant half finished with some small seaming and hemming to correct as well as a belt to make for it. But well, I have no patience so I wanted to show you. I apologise for the wrinkles, I have been wearing it a lot and have been sitting all day, it needs an iron.









There are a ton of things I need to correct but I love it, I even wore it to work (and will continue to do so). There were lots of positive comments but my favourite was "Annie, you aren't just an engineer, you are an artist!" extra marks there, that will be the first sentence on my CV from now on.

Lots of love

Annie


11.5.13

The View From Where I Blog

Dear Laura,



As you know the lovely Sabrina over at Wolves in London has asked us to show her the view from where we blog, your view is utterly gorgeous over on Circle Of Pine Trees. Natalie over at Slate Grey, Lime and Hay has a brilliantly surprising view and so now it is my turn... Unlike you and Sabrina who write so beautifully, I am not a writer, I really mean not a writer, I am a mathematician by training and an engineer by trade. There is a cherry tree that dominates our back garden, I am a little obsessed with its beauty and photograph it all the time, this is what I see when I blog.

As well as barbecues, bees and building works

The red cardinal that sometimes comes to visit

The flowers on my kitchen table bathed in sunlight

When I blog, I blog in the kitchen generally on a Saturday morning with a cup of coffee, happy to see the weekend in and glad of the potential it will bring. You were right Sabrina, there are indeed bees in my blogging view as well as barbecues and building works, and right now there are the luminous new leaves filling the sky. We are gradually gradually building our world around us.

But my favourite view is a view I have no picture of, from the same spot in the evenings were I keep R company as he cooks, and I knit, crochet, hem with a glass of wine as the delicious smells of supper surround us. This is where I am happiest, in these quiet moments of the day.

Lots of love

Annie


10.5.13

Crafty blog tour & giveaway


Over on Circle of Pine Trees, I am taking part in the Crafty Magazine blog tour. Do pop across for the chance to win a copy of Girls Night In, the latest craft book by Hannah Read-Baldrey. You will find my review and the giveaway here.

4.5.13

Octopus', Friends And, Of Course, Dresses

Dear Laura,

I hope you appreciate the punctuation up there in the title of this, I don't know if it is correct but it hurt my brain just trying to remotely get it right. I have been sewing with some exciting fabric this week. It was designed by our friend Sabrina (you can check out her blog WolvesInLondon and her guest post). She has been playing around with some designs but when I saw this one, I just loved it so much she very kindly put it up so that I could buy it. Look at those tentacles!



I am making a dress with it, I thought it was be fun. The fabric arrived at work and everyone was very intrigued by it so I promised I would wear the dress at work one day for them. My work isn't terribly formal but I will make sure it isn't a day clients are in. I have been playing my usual game of pricking myself with pins as I make adjustments to the fit and have minor heart attacks when I think that I have cut the material too small. The dress isn't finished yet as I had a friday night trip to buy the zip last night to put in (check out my exciting friday nights), but I am hoping to complete it by the end of the weekend.


(what I hope the dress will look like)

(trying to get my darts right, Great British Sewing Bee you have a lot to answer for)

(some pin jabbing to get the fit right)

I can't wait to show you the finished product!


Lots of love

Annie

1.5.13

handmade with love

Dear Annie,





It wasn't until I started crafting myself that I fully appreciated just how special it is to receive a handmade gift. I now recognise the thought, effort and time that has gone into something which is handmade with love.

This stunning crochet blanket is a present from a very dear friend of mine for the soon-to-arrive baby. It is absolutely beautiful. The colours are just stunning and it's the perfect weight for a Spring baby. I couldn't love it more! Thank you, Amy. It is currently packed away in my hospital bag, and will certainly be used with love.

Love from,

Laura

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