Friday, 1 May 2015

walk

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Happy May Day everyone! Such a lovely time of year. One past traditional May Day event I love is that people would get up before sunrise in order to gather flowers and greenery to decorate their houses and villages, in the belief that the vegetation spirits would bring good fortune. 
I have some apple blossom and lilac which I'm hoping will do the trick.

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We went on such a beautiful walk the other day, the weather was just perfect.
Down old farm tracks, over wooden stiles, across fields, though pretty villages, into cool musty churches. Hawthorn bushes in flower, lining the way and swathes of wild garlic. We stopped by this lovely stone wall, where the grass was covered in primroses, dandelions and forget-me -nots. It was a buzz with bees and hoverflies. 

I love a nice walk, to slow everything down, to forget about those 'to do' lists and just enjoy the moment. Taking time to notice all the little details of the day. 

Do you have any favourite walks near to where you live? 

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

spring calm

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A few snaps of the little things that have made me happy and content lately....

Beautiful delicate blossom trees in full bloom, now dropping like confetti on the ground.

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Having an unexpected Saturday off work and deciding to spend the afternoon making Liberty print cushions listening to radio 4... I'm a complete granny at heart!  I made a cushion in this fabric for the bedroom, which I love.

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Picking the last few Hyacinth from the garden, which smell delicious. Now the tulips, muscari and forget me nots are taking their place.

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Spending time pottering around in my sewing room. The view from the window overlooks a farm, fields with horses, a donkey and apple trees, I waste a lot of time just staring out of that window.

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A moment of calm to read the ever inspiring 'Cereal' (which I actually bought for my boyfriend) with a herbal tea and the most amazing dark chocolate from our recent trip to London .

What little things have made you happy this week?

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

braintree clothing: beaded lace brooch tutorial

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I’m very excited to let you know that I will be working with Braintree Clothing and regularly contributing to their Bthoughtful blog.

Braintree Clothing is a natural clothing company born in Sydney, Australia and now based in London. It's an independent fashion label with a simple philosophy to design and make beautiful timeless fashion while caring for our environment.

I will be sharing a range of ‘makes’ and sewing tutorials, from handmade gifts & accessories to items for the home.


So for my first tutorial I thought it would be nice to make one of my beaded lace brooches. Perfect for brightening up a cardigan, jacket or jumper for Spring.

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YOU WILL NEED:

  • Crochet or Lace motifs (available from most good haberdasheries)
  • Beads of different sizes and colours
  • Cotton thread
  • Felt
  • Brooch pin

EQUIPMENT:
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Clear fabric glue


HOW TO:

STEP 1 - Once you have chosen your crochet/lace motif start hand sewing your chosen beads on to the lace.
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You could also use beads from old necklaces, sequins and buttons. Make it as simple or as elaborate as you like.
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I’ve gone for a vintage look, using dusky pink, bronze, grey and white seed beads with a few faux pearls.
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STEP 2- Once you have finished all the beading, trace around your motif and cut the felt to the same shape. Now glue the felt to the back of the brooch. (The felt may show through the lace, so choose a colour to match your beads.)
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STEP 3-  Sew a brooch pin on to the back and finish by gluing a small piece of felt over the brooch pin back for a neat finish and it's ready to wear.
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Step 4- Pin your handmade brooch on to your Spring jacket, jumper or cardigan and off you go....

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If you'd like to join in with any of my projects or share what you have been making, just upload your image to Instagram including the hashtag #.BThoughtful_Makes
I'd love to see what you have been making...

    Friday, 3 April 2015

    spring days

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    Spring seems to give me lots of motivation, must be the lighter, longer days, and recently my days off have been spent at home and in the garden. 


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    Here's a few things I've been up to...


    Working on a very exciting new sewing project...more on that to come. 


    I made this delicious Squash and Spinach Tart from the lovely Anna Jones cook book, 'a modern way to eat'. I have never made my own pastry before and it was surprisingly easy. 


    Spending time, helping out at my boyfriends produce store. So many lovely things in that shop!


    I keep rearranging things at home, decluttering, trying to get a simple, fresher look. I really love white ceramics, the two beautiful white handmade vases are from the lovely Illyria Pottery in Oxford. 

    The White SylvaC flower vase I found in a charity shop for 50p a few years ago.  

    I'm still starting most days with 10 minutes of meditation using the Headspace app. I'm really enjoying it 


    My favourite flowers, Anemones and Ranunculus on the mantelpiece, a gift from my boyfriend.

    I'd love to know what you have been up to lately... Have a lovely Easter Weekend.

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    Friday, 20 March 2015

    dancing eyes

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    We've had a few nice sunny spring days around here. I get really excited, making plans for our little garden. I'm hoping to grow lots of herbs again this year; dill, parsley, chives, basil, mint...I have lists..
    We have two vintage white Belfast sinks, given to us by our neighbour, to grow them all in.

     I can't wait to get started on that, but for now, I've just potted up these pretty pink flowers in terracotta pots to go on the living room window sill and then with a cup of herbal tea I sat enjoying the sunshine and admired my easy hard work. 

    These words by James Seaton of Toast sum up everything...

    I was sorting through all my books the other day to take to my local charity shop when I found this one by Sophie Dahl- The man with the dancing eyes,  I had forgotten how nice it is, love the illustrations by Anna Morris, Definitely a keeper.

    Enjoy your weekend

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    Saturday, 7 March 2015

    postcards from Ascoli

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    Ascoli, Italy....just for a few days, The winter sun was shining, we lived off freshly made pasta and coffee. Pottered around the old towns Medieval streets and piazzas, stepping inside beautiful churches, people watching in little cafes, drinking espressos standing at the bar like the locals. honey coloured buildings, turquoise, pink and marble, huge arched wooden doors, fountains, snow covered mountains and birdsong.

    Back home and Spring has arrived....still thinking about Italy..

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    Saturday, 21 February 2015

    A Year of Moments-Romance

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    I'm joining in with Candy Pop and Lobster & Swan's Year of moments. It's such a lovely idea to capture an inspiring moment each month throughout the year. This months theme is 'Romance' so I've sorted through my treasures and found this beautiful handwritten French letter and envelope, vintage roll of pale blue taffeta ribbon and the tulips were a valentines gift from my boyfriend. 
    Anyone can join in, there is a different theme each month, just upload your images to Instagram with the hashtag: #ayearofmoments_romance

    I hope you have fun joining in with this months theme...what will March bring?

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