… is coming, finally.
Pussy willow buds have appeared.
As have the snowdrops planted beneath it.
And there is an abundance of catkins dancing on the hazel trees. Yesterday hazy sunshine finally appeared, and today we have more. Time for our walk.
Thank you for popping in and reading. Jane xx
Finally, it’s taken a month to make! (View 3)
I added pockets, but as there was not enough fabric to make the pocket bags I used some liberty that I’ve had for yonks.
It’s a lovely pure wool herringbone suiting bought from the local Hospice shop some years ago. It must have been the last or first yard from the roll – there is hand writing in yellow along one end.
Lined with silk. I made a facing instead of a waistband. The pleat insertion had to be cut on the crossways grain (with the yellow writing on the wrong side) as there wasn’t enough to cut it on grain. Having finished, I think it really needs a waistband. I wonder if I can draft a shaped one and patch up the offcuts? I knew all through the project it needed a waistband, but ignored the
nagging wisdom of my inner seamstress.
Finally, no post is complete without my sewing companion, Daisy!
I left my hair dry naturally today for the first time since having it cut, hence big bad hair day.
Jane & Daisy xx
It must be the sunshine because I’ve been busy
sprucing up this des res for chickens. It’s been about 4 years since we last had chickens, and I’ve decided it’s time to sell the chicken coup. On Sunday it had a coat of wood preservative before it finds a new home.
Yesterday afternoon I decided the shed needed a sprucing up as well
so out came the paintbrush and tin of wood preservative. Now I need to get inside and give it a good tidy up in readiness for the gardening season.
I had to cut the loganberry that grows up the side of the shed right down to the ground so that I could get at the wood, but there are several nice fat pink buds ready to shoot out any time.
Now there’s a bench in a sheltered sunny spot and a cup of tea with my name on it.
Toodle pip for now.
Jane & Daisy xxx
One bow knot scarf completed
and one Thermis cowl unravelled and starting a new life as a honey cowl (fingers crossed).
… well at least it would be if it weren’t for this
little beauty sitting on my kitchen window sill. This was how it looked on the 1st February.
This is today – the kitchen smells wonderful, and I’m just so glad to have a little colour around on such a dark, grey, dreary day.
Beautiful isn’t it? I bought both my hyacinth pots from Morrisons in January when they were £1.00 per pot (they were not on offer). A couple of weeks ago they were £2.50 per pot and today they are half price at £1.50. Hmm they seem to have some difficulty on deciding what to charge. Shame really as I was going to get some more. I dread to think how much of this yoyo pricing is happening to my weekly shop.
Anyways, I must awaken my sleeping companion, leave the warmth of the wood burner and brave the cold for our daily walk. At least it’s not raining today!
Jane & Daisy xx
… waffly dishcloths
What would she do without the interwebs?
I seem to remember last year starting to do a monthly collage, but of course it fizzled out as did the photography course I started. I never heard from the teacher again – maybe the funding ran out, who knows? So this is my January Collage.
It’s made me realise I really, really need to try harder with my photography. A lot of my photos are dull and colourless, and I have to think harder about composition, rather than running around snapping whatever takes my eye. I suspect a lot of bloggers have a good eye for colour and for putting together props to enhance their photos. It’s something I’m going to have to think about and maybe plan a little.
These are some photos I took yesterday of blooms around the house that are making me smile every time I look at them. The smell from the hyacinths is quite overpowering, but I love it. The hyacinths were £1.00 a pot and the tete a tete pots were 50p each about 3 weeks ago in Morrisons – a steal and well worth every penny for the daily pleasure I get from them.
This is a very quick acrylic painting I did last week of one of the pots of tete a tete daffodils, before the buds started to appear.
We’ve wall to tall sunshine today, so I’m going to go and prune the crab apple and maybe put some wood preservative on the chicken coup, see how I feel and how cold it is out there.
Cheerio for now
Jane & Daisy xx