Wednesday, 27 May 2015

A Walk in a Jar .....

Last weekend I accompanied Sweet B
on her monthly bee walk for the bumblebee conservation society
on the way back we thought we'd see how many different wild flowers we could find
there were lots ..... many more than I thought there would be.

When I was a little girl I remember the hedgerows teaming with colourful wildflowers
they were in frothy and colourful abundance back then it seemed
I remember walking with my gran and her gorgeous dog
she was a proper country lady ~ born and breed
she knew so much about nature
bird song ~ impending weather ~ wild flowers
it all seemed so instinctive to her
as was often the case for her generation.

It struck me that Sweet B is actually pretty much like her in that way
in fact, I think she is actually a woodland sprite in disguise!
Being an ecologist she's pretty good at all things 'nature'
and amazes me with her knowledge
I learn so much from her when we're out and about in nature
which is where we like to be the most.

In this small jar there are twenty species of native wildflower
we did pick a few more but by the time we'd arrived home
they were wilting and not very photogenic
(a bit like me)
 ..... poor things.

Cats ear

Some have such fabulous names don't they?
I'm looking forward to our next walk!

Thanks for popping by to see me
I LOVE it that you do

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BIG love
x Jooles x

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Tales of Mud Maids & Dreams of Poldark .....

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We've just returned from a week in glorious Cornwall
one of the places we visited and which has been on my list for years is
It DID NOT disappoint
what do you make of the Mud Maid?
I wonder what she's dreaming about
she looks totally magical and spellbinding

The whole place was breath~taking and lusciously green
It's hard to imagine that it was only re~discovered in 1990
It's huge too and quite exhausting
we were REALLY pleased to find that they have a gorgeous cafe
the food is incredible
all homemade with lots of vegetarian dishes

I also went in search of Poldark
well a girl would be a fool not to, huh?
I wish I could say that I found him
but to be honest if I had I wouldn't be here writing my blog!!!

This is Levant tin mines a world heritage site
they did a little of the Poldark filming here
and I totally recognise it from the series
maybe it's where the pilchards came in?!
Boy it was WINDY.

St Ives ..... LOVE.

I won. Take that.

A little Smitten stitching.

A magical steam train ride here
I was born in the wrong era

LOTS of beautiful walks

My garden has exploded in the lovielest possible way

I had a lovely time but it was a dream to come home
for one thing we had to leave Sweet B behind as she had work commitments
I think I get separation anxiety when we're apart!
So I was eager to get home
I do struggle with holidays
I always seem to get health issues and never sleep well
I feel like I'm the only one. Please tell me I'm not.
I love the thought of them
can you be allergic to holidays?!

I mostly eat the 'Deliciously Ella' way these days
it has helped my tummy issues hugely
but it's pretty hard to keep that up on holidays
so that could be part of it.
I'm very envious of people who return from their adventures full of vitality
that would be a dream.

I was getting sewing withdrawals BIG time
so between scaling the laundry mountain I made this little hexie dish
I saw it on Instagram and fell in love with it
Lisa & Sarah from
A Spoonful of Sugar blog
have a wonderful tutorial for it if you fancy making one, they're super quick.

Came home to this BEAUTY

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BIG love
x Jooles x

Friday, 15 May 2015

Smitten Number Two .....

Hello my lovely friends

I've not had much sewing time this week
but I have finished my second Smitten 'flower'
I'm REALLY loving stitching these
you can read more about them here if you'd like.

..... soothing therapy for my frazzled mind .....

and here's a few extra pics from recently

A delightful custom order

My Cookie Monster turned 21 this week!

Wishing you a beautifully perfect weekend

BIG love 
x Jooles x

Monday, 11 May 2015

Smitten .....

..... Oh Yes I Am.

Uh Oh
It's happened again
 I've embarked upon another project
it is a very VERY pretty project though .....

Smitten flower number one

The Smitten quilt

I saw this a while back on Instagram
(as is often the case for me lately ..... there is just too much beautiful inspiration over there!)
and fell head~over~heals in love with it.

The pattern is by Lucy Carson Kingwell
I got my pattern and pre~cut paper pieces bundle from here
I searched online for ever but couldn't find it in the UK
it could well be different now though.

I'm adding my own twist on it
using only Liberty of London Tana lawn for the 'flowers'
and a very neat script fabric ~ Moda daysail tiny script
for the outline of each 'flower'
hoping that when the quilt is complete
the flowers will stand out and blow my mind!
I'm hoping they will all come together nicely
I'm a little worried about the angles of the script when the flowers eventually meet up
but I'm thinking that it'll all be ok.

This was my first choice of outline fabric
I then changed my mind and unpicked it and went for the 
tiny script fabric which I think works better

I've only ever worked with hexagons before
(I think?!)
so it's been fun to try out new shapes
and see them all fit magically together.

I had such a heavenly time sorting through my V. precious Liberty stash
and making pretty collections
ready for each flower
it really was the loveliest pastime

After flower one was complete
I was itching to start number two yesterday

and it did not disappoint!
there is just something about Liberty prints that makes my heart sing
they are just astoundingly beautiful


I'll keep you up~dated!

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Thank you so very VERY much for the overwhelming interest in my 
Butterfly art canvases
they sold out in lightning quick time
I am SO happy about that
and goodness it was exciting!

I hope to make some more in the coming weeks
and maybe some smaller ones too
(in fact I have so many butterfly ideas in my mind that I can't fit much else in there!)

Well I shall
love you
leave you
for now
thanks for popping by

Back soon!

BIG love
x Jooles x