Thursday, 2 November 2017

Sooooo its November!!

Let's pretend its NOT November and about 50 or so days to Christmas okay?
AND let's pretend its not been 3 months since my last post - please  ----
My bloggery mojo went walkabout and I had a stressed brain but a lethargic mindset!
That and grandchild minding which wore me out body and soul but was fun to be fair!
How soon will it be before we can get batteries for us oldies to give is more oomph when we need it?

Hilly was struck with the lethargy too and it continues every evening, but she is content none the less, as long as she can lay beside me on the settee : )

I popped into a vintage charity shop a month or so back and saw these -
the books were hollowed out with a central square 'shelf' inside.
I think they must have glued all the pages together so the cut out inner square was like a hidey hole when the book was closed.
They had hung the books on the wall which I kind of liked.
They had placed a small ornament in each book - now why didn't I have the sense to take a photo of that inner bit?
You may well ask!

 There's something charming about pretty crockery displayed like these isn't there?

During September I had the opportunity to meet up with Dasha whose blogs I have followed for some years now.

Dasha assists others in making Linus Quilts over in Australia and she is just as lovely and as fun as I'd expected her to be. David and herself were journeying around Yorkshire and kindly stopped off in Hull so we could meet up, which thrilled me no end.
They weren't here long enough to show them many of the more interesting places in Hull but we had a great opportunity to chat and do a little bit of touristing together thankfully.

We had Tracy Chevalier come to our stitchy club and give us a talk about how she and some quilty friends, set about recreating a copy of the wonderful quilt apparently made by the Bronte Sisters.
It had been displayed at the Haworth Parsonage but sadly not until after Dasha and David visited - sorry Dasha!

Tracy copied the original quilt as much as she could and was given exclusive access to it to take measurements without touching it!

Notice how she even photocopied onto fabric the newsprint in those areas where the original fabrics has worn away and shown the papers which had been left in - for added warmth no doubt.
Now that to me was such a wonderful homage to the original.

There's more info here if your interested.
And in time this quilt will go to the Parsonage and be held there for visitors to see and admire quite rightly.

 Tracy also made the 'tribute' to sciatica after a painful bout of it herself and don't you think she pegged it perfectly LOL
She also made the cat which I adored but perhaps the most poignant is the Three Flowers below,  ( I think that was what she had called it).
Those of you who know about the Bronte's, will have seen the painting done by Bramwell, where he painted himself out?
Well the flowers are Tracy's further homage to the Bronte Sisters - brought tears to my eyes looking at it and knowing the story of their lives. I'm sure Tracy said the wild flowers were found on the moors so again, a perfect tribute don't you think.

Image result for branwell bronte painting of sisters

And talking about cats, that same day one Paula Bell, of our club members showed us this which she had made ........... stunning!

I made this tabard for work with all the torso organs on/off it in September. 

At Scrapstore I acquired some denim dungarees and skirts and am using them in various ways, but slowly as the whim takes me lol
One bib topped skirt went through a complete design adaptation.
At first I hoped to use part of the bib as a flap fastening but the bag didn't hang right off the shoulder, so now using one strap, I've used the suspender like fastening ..
It has loud cotton fabric lining and several sized inner pockets, the fabric was from Scrapstore too.

                              Version 1 

And lastly version 2 lol

Right that's me almost caught up ... for now!


  1. Phew! A great catch up, you did and saw a lot during your blog holiday. Love the repro quilt and your organ garment. Look forward to seeing the rest of your adventures *soon*.

  2. One! That quilt and all those details in Tracy's work are stunning! And Paula's cat is amazing too. And aren't you clever turning those old denim overalls into something so stylish...very nice. How nice that Dasha was able to meet you in experience when bloggers meet up in person, there is always a feeling that you know each other really well. Last time we were in the U.K., we detoured to Hebden Bridge to meet a fellow was wonderful!

  3. Well, I know about the mixed blessing of caring for grandchildren. How did we ever manage as mothers? I was exhausted every evening but had so much fun during the day and can't wait to do it again.

  4. Fun post! Lots of interesting things to read about and explore. I've seen books like that, but only the 'innards' were cut away and I expect they are used to hide valuables. What an amazing recreation of a historical treasure - definitely a treasure itself. Of course you know I like the denim project!

  5. Great post. I definitely think raising our own kids is much easier than handle the Grands. My kids did what I said...LOL...and still do....not so much with the grandkids.

  6. Nice to hear from you again, and catch up with what you've been doing. I think when we are mothers we maybe pace ourselves a bit better because we know it's full time, no handing back at the end of the day.