I have been displaying typical ‘me’ obsessive behavior recently, I would love to say I get obsessive about things like cleaning, or even running but sadly that’s not to case (although I am quite enjoying the running at the moment). I think most folk who sew and blog know some of the areas I am talking about, I permanently have a laptop attached to me and cannot resist buying nice fabric.
My most recent fabric purchase is from the new cotton voiles by Anna Maria Horner, bought from Saints & Pinners. I couldn’t resist it even though I have no need of more fabric but it’s intended for making a summer top, I rarely sew for myself, especially clothes despite being able to pattern cut and construct and this summer I intend to make an effort to keep those skills alive by making some of my own clothes.
I have also been indulging my printer obsession, I could happily spend hours creating and printing stickers. I’m not sure if any of you have visited The Shop recently but I have (slowly) been giving it a mini face-lift, including a new banner. I’ve then spent many a happy hour printing matching stickers, tweaking the paper bit by bit to get the images exactly on the sticker lines. Worrying really!
I also spent rather a lot of time sitting at the laptop viewing Google Maps, Streetview. I LOVE it! The boys and I ‘drove’ to Grandma’s house in Yorkshire from the nearby village, taking in the 360 views, which they thought was great, they couldn’t understand why we couldn’t pop into the house to say, “hello”, bless! Well, I had a stunning, cunning idea, the above painting belonged to my Father, a gift for his 18th Birthday I believe and is a water colour by an artist called Angus Rands. It always take pride of place for me, among our varied and quite often modern artwork as it’s so exactly Yorkshire in both it’s scene and colours. I know it’s painted up near Beckermonds in the Dales but I have always wondered exactly where.
Well, Streetview provided the answer, that and my ‘walking’ down a long stretch of road inch by inch until I found the spot. Sorry to go so off topic on the usual craft chat but I have been looking at this painting for years and have even driven along the road trying to see where it was painted so for me it was a bit of a ‘Eureka’ moment.
Finally, I have been shopping on-line again (some would say yet another little obsession!)
This is ‘Melvin’ and he comes from the very talented Flora over at Through the Round Window. He was supposed to be an Easter present along with ‘Maurice’
but I rather fell in love and have ordered more to replace them as they are now hanging in my kitchen window, where they make me smile daily.
There are new products in the pipeline (as always, waiting on supplies needed to complete them) but right now it’s time to go and work on my final obsession and the main reason for my slow blogging at the moment The Garden, there is so much to be done and the weather right now is perfect for pottering in the greenhouse so I’m off, hope you are having some sunshine where you are.