Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Mother's Day Cushion Number Two ..... TaDah!


I hope you had a glorious Easter
I feel a bit sad that it's all over
it was so relaxing and we actually had a good measure of sunshine
what a treat!

Well here is my finished cushion
I LOVE it so much
you can read more about it here if you wish

I don't seem to have many words in me today

Wishing you a happy and crafty new week

BIG love 
x Jooles x

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Happy Easter .....

to you my lovely friends!

Recipe from the one and only Mary Berry ..... obvs.

I can't wait to cut into this
I do love a Simnel cake, don't you?
marzipan really does it for me
and I REALLY love Easter too
it's so full of pretty colours and low key compared to Christmas
it's my favourite holiday by far.
We don't have much in the way of plans
and that's just what I was hoping for
I may finally get around to starting my blanket .....

Do you like my jam jar pin cushion?
It's from Amy's new book
Sweetly Stitched Handmades
WoW that is one BEAUTIFUL book
I keep perusing it's pretty pages
over and over and over again
Amy is one truly sweet person too

I posted this pic on Instagram and Amy asked if she could use it on her blog
'Uh Yes!'
Oh. My. Lordy.
soooo much loveliness to be found there
in fact I LOVE LOVE LOVE Amy!

That was jolly exciting indeed!

Wishing you a beautiful Easter
full of love, fun, pretty colours and CHOCOLATE!

Back soon

BIG love
x Jooles x

P.S I've just made these for tea!


Monday, 30 March 2015

Bedside Posy :: March

..... It's  SPRING
Oh my happy HAPPY days!

To me, this posy epitomises spring

Fresh teeny blooms in the most delicate of shades
all freshly picked from my garden
Love Love Love


You can find my previous bedside posies below

Back soon!

BIG love
x Jooles x

Friday, 27 March 2015

Little Liberty of London Pouch .....

Hello ..... I've been meaning to write this post for EVER
but I'm here now.
At last.

Way back in January when I took some time off
I enjoyed some very self~indulgent sewing time
(I REALLY got into it)
I'd made myself a list of all the things that I'd like to make
(it's VERY long!)
things that I'd never got around to but kept dreaming of.
I certainly didn't get that list completely ticked off
there are SO many things on it
(and new things being added ..... it's a rolling list)
but I made a good start for sure
I may need another 'sewing' holiday soon!

One day, many many moons ago, I spied this photo on Pinterest

Isn't that a sight to behold?
It whispered sweet nothings to me
..... make me ..... you need me ..... I'll make you happy .....
as you can tell, I had no choice in the matter
so this was one of my January makes.

what a beautiful blog and Leila is one clever lady

I dived straight into my precious Liberty scraps and got hexing!
They are teeny tiny ..... just 1/2"

I felt the need to add a little love

I really love it, and it's a great little tutorial too

I learnt a lot from this project
things I feel I could do better
I really would like to improve some of my sewing techniques
I'm not very brave ..... things are going to change!

Thank you for popping by to say 'Hello'
and 'Hello' back to you!
Thank you so much too for your kind comments
I'm so lucky

Wishing you a beautiful weekend my friends

BIG love
x Jooles x

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Mother's Day Cushion :: Number Two .....

is in the making!

What a lucky lucky Mum I am.
My dearest, clever daughter (aka Sweet B)
stitched this adorable and insanely perfect cross stitch Bullfinch for me
as part of my Mothers day gift
isn't he beautiful? ..... I love his plumpness.
Uh she's a sweet thing x

She stitched this gorgeous Bertie Blue for me last Mother's day
(you may remember seeing it here)
I'm very much hoping that
pretty cross stitch birds for mother's day
is a
just imagine my collection a few years from now if it is!
I'll dream of it.

I stitched last years little bird into a cushion

'My Mother's day cushion'

I'll have to add a 'number one' to that now

'My Mother's day cushion ~ number one'

I'm hoping number two will be finished soon
(and who knows ~ maybe next year there will be a number three ..... perhaps I'm being rather presumptuous!)

Anyway back to Mother's day twenty fifteen
and the plump little Bullfinch

I played around with lots of fabrics
and in the end plumped for these.
Yesterday I had a spare hour so I started stitching.

I'm really pleased with the front panel so far
and can't wait to turn it into a plush new cushion.

I can just imagine myself when I'm very old, surrounded with grandchildren
sitting in my comfy rocking chair with my spectacles on my nose
and my knitting in my hands
telling the little ones that I have dreamed about all my life
all about the pretty birds stitched with love
that their mummy made for her mummy all those years ago!

Back soon

BIG love
x Jooles x

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Play-Date .....

Hello my sweets
I hope you're having a GOOD week?
It's been a bit bonkers here, with one thing and another
life is so exhausting sometimes isn't it?

Yesterday I forced myself to jump down form the 'Merry~go~round' that is life
it was NOT easy but I needed to do it for my sanity.
My Sweet B and I shared a 'Play~Date'
It was blissful
really REALLY blissful indeed.

We spent the morning playing with watercolours
something I've been wanting to do for so long now
the photo above is Sweet B's painting ..... she is way better than me
I definitely need more practice
it was a soothing way to spend the morning

This was my attempt

and this was Sweet B's masterpiece

Even on a 'day off' there are still chores that need to be done
but hanging the laundry out 
(especially laundry as pretty as this)
on a sunny spring day was completely enjoyable

Red cabbage :: Apple :: Carrot :: Cucumber :: Celery :: Ginger :: Lemon

We had our daily juice
(Sweet B is the queen of the juice machine!)
this one was super pretty and really did taste good
red cabbage sounded truly scary to us
but we needn't have worried.
We've been using this book a LOT
Liz Earle is my utter heroine
I have been using her naturally active beauty products for many MANY years
in my world she can do no wrong EVER
I LOVE her

After a lovely poached eggs on toast lunch
we dug out our walking boots and went for a VERY long walk in the woodland
Sweet B took her new binoculars and we chatted away happily
 we spotted so many amazing birds
I learnt so much from my nature obsessed guide!

The signs of spring are just so tantalising.

We were muddy and exhausted by the time we returned home
a very brief sit down and then it was time to make a veggie curry
and in the evening we visited my lovely sister~in~law in hospital
she's having such a horrid time
my heart goes out to her
we feel so helpless
I just want to scoop her up and make her better
her family are so devoted
all that love is so powerful
I know she'll be fine

On a completely different note .....
I was FLABBERGASTED with the response to my pear creations
my phone kept cha~ching~ing
it was so funny!
I have just four little cuties left in my Etsy shop
waiting to be adopted

I have SO much to share with you
I'm going to try extra hard to get some more posts written up V. soon.
Don't you sometimes wish that there was an extra day to every week
a day that it would be illegal to do ANYTHING that you don't want to
and could only do self indulgent things
Uh ..... that would be so great.

I've been posting lots on Instagram
just because it's quicker
I'm @thesweetviolet

Thank you for visiting me here
I LOVE it that you do
you make my days

Wishing  you a beautiful weekend full of lovely things

BIG love 
x Jooles x

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

I hope you like pears .....

if not please look away now!

Well it has been pear pandemonium here recently
ears, muzzles, wing~leaves, cheeks and stems all over the place!
it has to be said ~ they are pretty time consuming
but Boy Oh Boy I REALLY do love these little creatures.

Papa & bébé Polar Pear

 Some will be tough to part with
we have bonded.

Betsy Pear Hare

as promised
they WILL all be up for adoption this Friday 13th March
I have had lots of enquiries about them
so to hopefully make it fair
I'll split them into two collections
the first collection will be in my Etsy shop at 10am GMT
and the second collection will be listed at 7pm GMT

They are mostly £21.90 each + postage
with exception of the Petite Poire (little baby pear!)
who will be £19.90 + postage
and Papa & bébé Polar Pears who have told me that they cannot bear(!)to be separated and so will be £39.90 + postage

Good luck!

Back Soon

BIG love
x Jooles x

Sending lots of thanks to the lovely and very clever Sandrine
 who has given me permission to sell my pear creations
which have been made from her fab pattern
you can find it in Mollie Makes issue 44
and also in her book which is in actually in french.