Wednesday, May 13, 2015

My Week in London - The Sequel


10 things I've learned on my London holiday:

1. The British are the masters of design.
We've seen so many designs that were fun and cool.

2. Londoners love the sun! The parks on sunny days 
were so crowded you could hardly see the grass.

3. You should never ever go to a Farmers' Markets after lunch.
There are so many delicious things to try, if you bring an appetite.

4. The British Museum is fuddy duddy no more!
They have cool tours and let you touch almost every exhibit. Just ask.

5. For a fab bookstore look no further than Waterstone on Gower St.
Who knew that a chain-store could be so whimsical and welcoming?

6. You couldn't get lost on a London bus if you tried.
Their info system is great. And it is more fun on the top floor.

7. Plenty of rain = amazing gardens. The Queen's garden in Regent Park 
is a masterpiece but we liked the intimacy of smaller gardens even more.

8. If you're looking for a funky neighborhood - try Shoreditch;
for an ethnic experience with wonderful energy - Brixton Village Market.

9. Even a visitor can feel British for a day. We messed about in boats.
We had picnic on a train. We had to hurry to get out of the rain.

10. The people who invented the Tardis now have phone booths
with wi-fi on every street. Beat that if you can.

Tomorrow and for the whole of next week I'll be in France
I'll miss you all

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Sew Together, Grow Together

My blogger friend Trixi Symonds of the Coloured Buttons blog
has a new book out - Sew Together, Grow Together.
If you are looking for easy fun sewing projects to do with children,
you might want to give it a try. Her years of experience as a teacher
really come through in her good advice. I particularly liked her comment
that children deserve to work with quality materials. How frustrating
for a beginner sewer to work with a blunt needle!

The book offers easy and more challenging projects
with a lot of tips and variations for each one.
I was looking for very easy projects and we tried out two:
the star and the little flowers. For the little flower Trixi has
a ladybird design but it was too fiddly because we down-scaled
the flowers to use as pin cushions and not as pillows.
But we did add butterflies! These pretty designs are very flexible.

We also made a couple of bunnies from a template of Trixie's blog.
There is an even cuter bunny in the book.
Congrats, Trixi! Job well done.

Triki sells the book in her etsy shop -

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Happy Betterfly

A happy butterfly sits on a flower
whiling away a lazy hour;
is it a wonder that he feels so gay
being in a spring garden all the long day?

Featured: a cross-stitch sampler
with not one but two butterflies.
But only one of them is happy.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Life's Little Challenges

A little bear has set itself a mission -
he is going to climb on top of the cushion;
the dolls think it's too dangerous, perhaps he should stop,
but the bear is determined to make it to the top!

Featured: a little bear that could
London photos coming soon!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Home Thoughts from Abroad

OH, to be in England now that April’s there
And whoever wakes in England sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
In England-now!

~ Robert Browning

Tomorrow and for the whole week
I'm going to be in one of my favorite places - London!
I'll miss you all

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

An Ode to Pink

 Yellow is a color strong and bold,
White is calm but a little cold;
Gray is soft and full of style,
but Pink can always make you smile!

Featured: a mini-sampler from my unfinished pile
to be made into a rather large vanity case
or a small pillow, haven't decided yet