Friday, 28 May 2010

Treats.....

I promise to keep this first paragraph short, but I just have to set the scene.... last week, as I briefly mentioned, I stupidly managed to pour boiling water down my leg, which meant I had massive blisters and have spent the last two weeks going to the hospital every other day to have the wound dressed... (yuk!) So, by yesterday, when my leg was feeling really sore, having to take antibiotics because one of the blisters is infected and my sewing machine decided to breakdown (for those of you in the know, this feels like you've lost your right arm....) I was feeling pretty worn down and in need of some TLC....

Before I tell you of the lovely treats that came my way to make me feel so much better, I'll show you what I managed to make before my sewing machine decided to give up....

Beach huts were the theme this week.....

Lovely big cushions....

... that button up down the back....

Small cushions will diddy beach huts.....
More buttons up the back....

... and beach hut bags.....

... with stripy lining and handles.....

... rows of jolly beach huts.....
and gingham pockets....

Bag two.... Slightly bigger

... with plain lining and stripy pocket...
These bags and cushions make me feel really summery and happy... I just love all the stripes and spots... gorgeous (even though I do say so myself!)
I'm thinking that I might make some beach hut badges... what do you think?
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So, back to my day or two of treats......
Firstly, I met a friend for a coffee at the cafe at Berry Pomeroy Castle... I will take my camera next time as it's a lovely little cafe... flowers in cups and saucers... dresser with lovely goodies on it, open fire... can you picture it?? ... where we had coffee and yummy cake (shhhhh, don't tell everyone!). On arriving back at China Blue to do some work (thought I ought to) my lovely mum suddenly appeared from nowhere... what a lovely surprise! I was then bought a delicious lunch ( shhhh.. don't tell anyone!) and had some 'mummy' time (doesn't matter how old you get, there are times when only a mummy will do)! We spent some time soaking up the sun and nattering before I really had to do some work... jewellery making this time as I'm waiting to take my sewing machine to the sewing machine mending man! As well as bringing her lovely self, my mum also brought me down her sewing machine for me to borrow till mine is mended.... this is perfect, as I have a wedding dress to make next week! GULP!
Once mum had left, I was presented with this lovely gift......
... from the staff at China Blue who came to the freebie jewellery making taster session last week as a thank you because they had had a fantastic time and really enjoyed themselves.... wasn't that kind of them? I was so bowled over... awwwww!
And that's not all folks...... remember this post.... and the ladies who were having a long weekend away... who bought the necklace from around my neck??? Well, they sought me out today and popped into China Blue, especially to see me... oh, and my work!!! Guess what....... yes, you've guessed it, they bought the necklace from around my neck... again, and then another and another... I began to wonder if I'd be left one to wear today! It was so lovely to see them all and I felt so privileged that they especially wanted to see me and my jewellery... thanks ladies... hope to see you next year, keep in touch xxxxx

And now, I'm off to a friends for supper (oh and some wine... shhhhh! Don't tell anyone!) As you can see, I've had a couple of days filled with many small treats that have gone towards making me feel so much better.
I hope your bank holiday weekend and half term are filled with many treats too.

Lots of love xxxxxxx

Monday, 24 May 2010

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Tranquility


This week didn't start too well for me ( pouring boiling water down my leg and taking one of many trips to A+E was not the best start ) but it has picked up as the week has gone on, so I thought that I would take you on a beautiful walk that I had a couple of weeks ago and try to capture and re-live some of the peace, beauty and tranquility of the amazing estate that is Dartington. I often visit here as it's almost on my doorstep and is always changing.
This is the Great Hall... the place of many a concert, wedding or other function....
In the middle of April, the lawns were covered in the most beautiful crocuses... they really carpeted the place, but now the blossom is the biggest, showiest I have ever seen....
The branches were just groaning with the weight of it......

Tiered lawn......

Wonderful scented clematis....
This is my favourite part of the whole little stroll..... the magnolia walk..... it is absolutely stunning!



More signs that Spring is here......


There are a couple of these little structures throughout the estate...... What a perfect place for a studio... don't you think?

Just look at that heather.... I'm not really a fan of heather, but I've never seen it this flamboyant!... Some one will now tell me it's not heather?!
I love this little hose too... it always makes me think about the three bears cottage.....

I just had to give you another look at that stunning blossom.....

There wasn't that good... don't you feel relaxed? I certainly do!

Don't forget... take a peek at the 'workshops' tab at the top of the blog and treat yourself to a sewing or jewellery making session with me at China Blue.
I gave the staff a taster session on Wednesday evening and they loved it.... lots of oooohing and ahhing... and loads of beautiful jewellery being created. They all wore their pieces to work the next day and were buzzing about it.

Off to tend to the BBQ now... not getting too close though!!!!

Have a lovely, warm, sunny weekend.

Yvonne xxxx