Sunday, 25 August 2013

A Few Finishes

We have been gradually recovering this week.  Mind you we still managed to fit in a good trip around the more local Hampshire open studios, a rather lovely lunch out and the Stock Gaylard Oak Fair.  

I've been up for a few early mornings and in the studio.  I hope I'm not the only one that like early mornings and find more things are done better then!! 

I finished the two books with the layered silks.  Some old bits of lace I tea dyed around the edges and beaded onto a felt base.

I also added beaded fobs.  They are about A4 size.

I know it may not look like there is too much stitching as it's all in a very neutral pallet but I can assure you that there is.  I started with 33 straws from Mulberry Silks and I have 8 almost depleted ones left.  And don't you love the wrong side of MoP buttons just as much as the front?

I have also been doing a lot of baby things.  Three cardies (mostly in a larger size until we know what it will be), a sleeping bag, a couple of quilts and a few other bits.  I think that has just about worked the baby thing out of my system.  For now anyway.  It's great how they knit up so quick!  I did a complete cardie in the car on the way to Scotland and back.  (The hat to this one was made today watching the F1).

(You can tell I've got the hang of the photo shrinking can't you?!?!)

This morning I layered up some of the silks I have received from the Thread Studio Silk Club onto another piece of felt.

I have been travelling around forever with my little point and shoot taking it's chances in the bottom of my bag. It could explain why I seem to go through so many cameras! A new case has been on my todo list and today it became a todone!

And, I must include this.  John is also a little fiddler.  We have run out of space for cars for him to rebuild and so he has moved on to lawn mowers.  I must admit they are far more easy to accommodate!! This is a rather rare Kubota he found on Ebay recently.

To be honest, I tell a lie.  What he bought bears no resemblance to this mower!  It was a non working wreck.  It has now been totally stripped, de-dented, de-greased and rebuilt and it now mows like a good mower should.

Some men spend money playing golf gaining a score card and backache.  John has the satisfaction of a working item that has great resale potential!  Not sure what he will find next to tinker with but it won't be golf clubs! lol

Have a great August Bank Holiday.



  1. I like the idea of a todone! A few of my todos need to go the same way lol Your books are beautiful, I like the reverse of MoP buttons too and turn most natural buttons over to see what the other side looks like. I tend to do that with fabric too! Enjoy the rest of the long weekend.

  2. the books look fab, and i love the train topiary (?) behind John! !!

  3. Todone's feel a lot nicer than todo's as well!

    As you can probably tell Benta, they are just starting to have their annual trim. Underneath the right hand one it's like Ellie's Wendy House. She plays under there and ambushes the other two. I wish I could find the photos of her head sticking out of the side!

  4. Hello, and thanks for reading my blog. I like all your beach finds, not sure I could have been so restrained. Hope you enjoyed the holiday.

  5. Beautiful finishes. So much work in the books. That's the good thing about a lot of buttons - they have two sides.


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