We’ve made a good start, I have managed rather a lot of sewing today, plus done all the laundry AND cleaned the oven. Ok, so actually the oven cleans itself, I just have to switch it to the correct program and ignore the burning smell that fills the house for the next hour or so but it still feels like an achievement considering we are now into the Summer holidays (insert Psycho screams here 😉 ).
I have allowed the boys to create a cinema in their bunk beds complete with blankets hung on the walls, lots of cushions, popcorn and DVD’s playing on the in-car player we bought for our loooooong Germany drive a few years ago that attaches to the headrests. I was against any kind of player in the car but it made 16 hrs bearable and I concede I was wrong. I feel suitably guilty that they aren’t running about outside or playing some educational game but they LOVE it, there will be a long walk tomorrow to make me feel better.
I have mainly been clearing unfinished projects and preparing boxes of hand sewing for our Yorkshire trip. I will get about 2 hours every morning to sew (M goes back to bed after he kindly takes the early shift with the boys, as most of you know one or the other often gets up at 5.30) so I would like to make the most of the time. It will be good to get ahead with the hand stitching as I often find it quite…well, slow. Therapeutic and calming but slow.
I’ve also been making mini clothing. I LOVE sewing mini clothing, I’m not sure quite why it brings me so much pleasure but it does. I like the whole process from dying the linen (all the coloured linen I use is hand dyed) to stitching on the buttons. It’s also pushed me to finish some open projects that have been hanging about since last Winter, but more on that later.
The colour palette surrounding me is generally very Autumnal in tone, lots of purples and greens with some berry reds thrown in. I recently bought some Tana Lawn, Betsy print in a purple colourway, I wasn’t expecting to like it quite so much as I’m firmly in love with the pink and pale green/blue versions but now it’s here I love it.
I bought myself some new books for our holiday. Despite my love of the Kindle I do still like real paper books as well, especially when they come so beautifully packaged as the Penguins Classic Hardcover range. I’d happily buy every single one of these, the only thing I was a little disappointed about was the lack of ‘decoration’ inside, I think I was expecting at least a nice book-plate but it’s all very plain.
It was the perfect excuse to buy some book clips from Hidden Eloise, I’m a terrible corner folder and I know it’s wrong, especially on lovely hardcover books so I thought why not. I’d buy pretty much everything from her shop and as always the presentation was spot on with the clip delivered in it’s own tea bag style package and a great business card bookmark. Two bookmarks, there’s no excuse 🙂
UPDATE sorry for anyone getting loads of emails but I totally forgot (again) to thank Jenny of Gifts by Jenny for kindly passing along some blog awards. I am so bad at getting on with these things and didn’t want to leave it yet another post before saying thanks and linking back to Jenny so I’m adding this update. As I find tends to happen in the amazing world of blog/twitter land it turns Jenny’s husband is a friend from my teenage years back in my Bolton Abbey. Small world 🙂 Lovely blog, go have a nosey and thanks Jenny!