Monthly Archives: July 2012

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I’ve just finished and posted this lovely bright cheerful papercut.  The client wanted a garden fete feel with jolly colours and bunting.  I think it’s turned out beautifully and the miniature pinwheels give it a lovely 3D look…

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We’ve been able to spend lots of time up at our beach hut on Portland Bill in the last couple of weeks.  We’ve been trying to get some time in before Weymouth and Portland become toooooo hectic because of the Olympic Sailing being there all next week.  It’s been chaotic for months anyway with road works and things getting ready for it, but now it’s started, the whole area is gridlock.  So the husband and I went up early last week for three days and had a very relaxing time reading, snoozing and playing scrabble.  The sun even came out…

 

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Well, everyone seems to love the Book Cushions I made for Seth and Noah and I’ve had more commissions for them.  First out of the stalls is little Anna’s – an adorable felt bunny with flippy floppy ears and a lovely vintage Liberty’s face…

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…next up – some beautiful colours.  A juicy juicy orange, collected shells and pebbles from the beach, flowers in the harbour, the husband’s first ever attempts at pickling mackerel and lovely orange freshwater fish in the harbour that were washed away from the pond in the garden centre up the road during the recent floods.  We tried to catch them and return them but I think they were enjoying their freedom too much…

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The weather has been so glorious and the days have been so long and lazy this week that I’ve just got millions of photos to share with you.  I’m going to divide them into categories.  First up – the Flowers… (and a little bit of fungus)

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Today has, at last, truly and utterly felt summery.  After a late start we treated ourselves to a ‘Happy Summer Holidays’ lunch at the posh cafe on the beach including perfectly thirst quenching zingy and freshly squeezed orange juice.  The colours in the sky and the grass and the cliffs and the sand and the water were so…. just so.  After a scrummy lunch we finally got round to doing something we’ve been meaning to do every summer’s day since we got here nearly 3 years ago.  We hired a boat and sailed up the river!  It was so much fun.  I used to row a lot in the sea when I lived in Cornwall (that’s me fourth from the left – I rowed in the stroke seat) which is a whole different kind of fun and involved a bit more adrenalin, sweat and possibility of injury, but this was fun in a quiet sunday afternoon kind of way.  We rowed all the way up river to Palmers Brewery where there’s a weir so it’s as far as you can go.  Although I wouldn’t mind starting in town and rowing down the weir to the sea!  Maybe next time.  We may need to provide our own boat though.  We passed the most perfectly positioned summer house and of course the lovely colourful riverside chalets in the bay.  Back on dry land the colours were just stunning.  Our neighbour’s garden and the pink marshmallow cottage next door were just unbelievable in the afternoon sun and my roses have come out a treat!  I thought I’d killed them this winter but thanks to a bit of very vicious pruning by my mum they’re flowering better than ever.

And now, as I sit here writing this, there’s the most wonderful sunset.  This is the view of Lyme Bay from my sofa.  Lucky lucky me….

…and now it’s the holidays it’s time to make and stick to a routine or I get lost in 6 weeks of sleeping and lolling.  So I’m going to try my hardest to do this every day, all summer long.

Oooh, how can I forget!  We had our first swim of 2012 in the sea this afternoon.  Normally by this time of year we’ve been in loads but the weather’s been so awful this was our first.  And it was clear and warm and lovely.  Here’s to many more…

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After all that gloomy gloomy gloominess it feels just a little bit brighter here at the moment.  I try so hard to keep it colourful indoors even when outdoors is grey grey grey.  Lots of happy colourful things were happening in our house this weekend including bright yellow cheerful flowers and Stanley and Bobo having a rare moment of sharing on the best blanket.  I’ve been making some lovely things for some lovely people and the sun has been casting beautiful patterns on the ceilings.  But the best of all followed an intense ten minute downpour.  The sun suddenly came out and gave us all the best rainbow I’ve ever seen!  It was so big and so bright, but best of all, had a fainter second rainbow hitching a ride on its back…

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I’ve just finished the most fun commission ever!  The lovely lady wanted a pair of cushions for her boys’ room, with their names on and that they could keep their bedtime books in.  And here they are!  Noah and Seth’s Book Cushions!  I love them so much – I love the colours, the owls, the fabrics, just all of it!  They just turned out really well and I think they’re going to be very well loved in their new home…

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Well now the drama’s over, here’s the pictures from yesterday.  Up in Bridport, all the roads were closed, the West and East ends of towns were completely underwater, as were all the fields between town and the sea.  The poor cows were cowering!  Luckily we didn’t actually have too much water damage – in fact, the children thought it was all huge fun.  But by the time we got back to the bay the river which empties normally very peacefully into the harbour was raging.  The water was so fierce that it actually pulled a boat under and sank it!  And then today was the sunniest day in ages and everything dried out nicely…

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We’ve had more rain than I’ve ever seen in my life this weekend.  The sky has been doing funny things, the sea has been doing funny things, the river has been doing REALLY funny things, and then a boat capsized.  Right outside our house tied up in the harbour!  But let’s look at pretty things instead….

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