Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Last of the daffodils

Our daffodils are all but finished in the garden, here's a last look at their yellow cheerfulness!

I was hoping to post about my next project, but I've been having some technical difficulties with my felting! I bought some 100% wool which I thought would be perfect, knitted up a gauge square, popped it in the washing machine - nothing, no felting, no shrinking - eek! So I tried again - same thing - at least I now know you could wash some jumpers at 60! Anyway, I now have new wool, which the lady in John Lewis assures me WILL felt - so ... watch this space!

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

It must be spring . . .

. . . my bunny nuggets are multiplying!!

OK enough bunnies now! On to the next project.

Monday, 19 April 2010

Blank Canvas

So since my last post I've been wondering about my general anxiety about planting up this new flowerbed. It's like my love of notebooks. I love notebooks. I buy notebooks with particular projects and ideas in mind. Then I become a bit overawed by how lovely they are just as a blank canvas - a blank page, full of potential, perfect and then I think I can't write in them as my handwriting wouldn't be neat enough or I would make a mistake and it wouldn't be this lovely notebook, with lovely handwriting and lovely ideas and written words (this is always my dream!). So my flowerbed is the same, it's a blank canvas, full of potential to become a gorgeous and colourful border but in the process of creating this, my plants might not go together or I won't get the look I am after. I guess it is all about having these creative thoughts and ideas and then creating them! The good thing is that unlike a notebook I can always move things around, dig them up or start again.

Anyway I've planted two plants today - yippee!! I am throwing caution to the wind . . .!

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Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Spring has sprung

We've been having the most glorious weather recently and it has had us running out into the garden. Our garden is in a bit of a sorry state. Mostly because the main flower bed has been earth for the last year while I have tried to dig out all the ground elder roots. Hopefully I've done this now and so can get onto planting it asap and get some colour back. I'm very excited about the planting and have been pouring over books, magazines and websites to get some inspiration. But I'm also a little daunted by the whole prospect, having made a list of all the plants that I like and that might be able to survive in our garden, I've then got to put them together into some sort of scheme or order and it's this part that is causing me anxiety. I'm not sure I have the confidence to turn my general half thought through ideas about how I'd like the bed to look into reality. Then there's the deer and slug problem we have which is very disheartening and very expensive when all the lovely plants get munched! If anyone has any handy tips on how to do this or some lovely garden blogs to look at please let me know!!

PS trying to attempt a cottage garden style garden on chalky soil!

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Bunny Madness

I've gone a bit bunny mad at the moment. I've finally made a bunny nugget - I've been promising myself I'd make one since last Easter and finally it's here! Although it does keep squeaking, as Rebecca said it would, so I've started on a couple more to keep it company. I borrowed KrisKnits idea of adding a weight in the bottom and put four 1p's on top of the stuffing before sewing up the bottom seam. I think my version has a bit of a devilish look about it - so should fit in right at home here!
Then I bought a few more things (OK, bunnies) for the Easter tree.

Then I couldn't resist this little hoppity thing, I bought it for the kids but I think it was for me really . . . If you didn't guess it hops around!! Soooooooooooo cute.

Saturday, 3 April 2010


The egg painting had it's ups and downs. Flopsy Bunny painted hers beautifully with splodges of colour.

Then there was a bit of an accident and one of the eggs fell on the floor - CRACK - it went! Eeek I went! But luckily it was only crazed and I quickly covered the whole egg in PVA glue and Flopsy Bunny and I sprinkled glittery red stars all over!
Happy Easter to you all!

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Thank heavens for Ric Rac

The jim jams are finally finished! Just in time for Easter and a visit to the Grandparents. The chicken ribbon debate soon evaporated when the pink ric rac came out. Although Flopsy Bunny definitely believes that more is most certainly better and would have liked ric rac and buttons everywhere!!

One of my new year's resolutions was to try and be a bit more green, recycling old clothes etc and this project certainly fits the brief. The material was second hand and the cream flannel left over fabric from another project. The pattern was also second hand - and how cute does it look!
The thread and ric rac were things I already had in my sewing cupboard so the only thing I had to buy were four pink buttons!