Wednesday, 15 February 2012

A Bee in my Bonnet...

It is no secret that I have a major fabric addiction and occasionally I get quite obsessed with a particular fabric and while away many hours dreaming up ways to use it. Melody Miller's* Bee Springtime was one such fabric.

I bought half a metre from The Eternal Maker and therefore only had one whole bee in the piece of fabric which I put to use in a mat to sit underneath the glass top of this washstand I have recently renovated and painted for my bedroom. I hand-sewed a simple running stitch hem with perle thread and some lazy daisy stitches over some of the printed details on the fabric.

Along with a roll of wallpaper by Rob Ryan that I spotted in Grand Designs magazine while I was in the hairdressers, my bedroom has a very welcome splash of colour to compliment my super-colourful ripple.

With the rest of the half metre (and part of another bee!) I made a big square cushion to sit on my bed. The coordinating fabrics are from fat quarters from the rest of the Ruby Star Spring line and some plains I had in my stash. It was always going to be a difficult to make something that wouldn't get overpowered by the ripple, but I think this bee holds its own marvellously.

I am camped out in my sewing room crafting to my heart's content this week (and last week too!) as my kitchen is being decorated and so I have been booted out of my usual haunt! It looks like this today and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished new look by the end of the week.

*This little video made me smile so much when I first saw it last year.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012



An instance or manner of greeting someone: "we received a warm welcome".
Used to greet someone in a glad or friendly way.
Greet (someone arriving) in a glad, polite, or friendly way: "welcome guests in their own language".
(of a guest or new arrival) Gladly received.
noun.  reception - greeting
verb.  greet - receive - salute - hail - meet
adjective.  acceptable - pleasant - pleasing - desirable

As usual, I'm late to the party in posting about momentous occasions. However, I just wanted to say for the record that it was an absolute pleasure to welcome these ladies into my home on Saturday and to see them all sat around my kitchen table felt so, so right. It was a very welcome day after such a January full of greyness.

These magenta anemones have been a very welcome addition to my kitchen as a precursor to spring too. Lit up from a stray ray of sunshine that fell on my table, it was the first time I have felt inclined to use my camera this year.