Inspiring you to create

The Beauty of fabric

I have loved allowing myself to spend time indulging in my favourite hobby of creating and putting things together. I have been collecting a wonderful collection of fabrics over the many years of working in the textile industry. Now i am able to release them and with other products I am able to put them to better use.

silk textile card

lovely little collection to make a card or decorate a gift . Stitch into it , make a picture - inspiring you to create. / tussah silk/cotton fabric sample/

£3.00

Lace and Button

delightful card with lace and button and wrapped thread. #inspiringyoutocreate

£3.00

A Visit to Wallington Hall

It has been such amazing weather this February and it is a shame to waste the sunshine. These are the sort of days to get in the car and explore. I decide to get in the car and drive 15 miles up the road and go to Wallington Hall as it is the perfect place to have a stroll with a friend and the pups.

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Being a member of The National Trust is a real bonus as you can visit lots of amazing places with no need to worry about the cost . There is a lot going on around the gardens and you can see the amount of work the gardening team have put into the clearing of areas that are overgrown and need attention.

love the delicate grass, its almost like a pencil drawing
looking down the beautiful walled garden
loved this dried floral arrangement in the greenhouse . The squirrels added a bit of fun

I would always recommend joining The National Trust. A good way of doing that is by setting up a direct debit. It is for a good cause and keeps our wonderful heritage safe.

We are very lucky to live in Northumberland and to have some amazing gardens and houses to visit. Most places will allow dogs and there is always something new going on. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ I

A Little Love

‘words’

By the margin, willow-veil’d,

Slide the heavy barges trail’d

By slow horses; and unhail’d

The shallop flitteth silken-sail’d

Skimming down to Camelot:

But who hath seen her wave her hand?

Or at the casement seen her stand?

Or is she known in all the land,

The Lady of Shalott? Tennyson

A few photos……

flowers from dads garden.
fabric from http://www.sewing-box.co.uk

February is the month of love and we are all feeling it in some form or other. The days are changing into a bit of spring and Snowdrops are peeping through the grass. We are not out the woods yet regarding Winter weather, but there are signs of warmer days for us , which will put a spring into our steps.

February is a time for love, flowers and food . Let us fill February with love by celebrating Valentines Day every day .I want to feel the love all of the time and little indulgences are part of my every day. Going for a walk. Meeting with friends. Eating wonderful food in favourites places round Northumberland. Buying flowers, writing letters, making little creative textile pieces, learning a new skill …. just a few pleasures of life.

Everyone can relate to the joy of flowers in your home . I am very fortunate to have a son that is a florist in London. http://www.briastudio.com/

His joy of all things beautiful and being inquisitive of all things floral , have developed into a wonderful, inspiring career, working with some amazing people and beautiful places round the UK including London and Northumberland, Italy, Hong Kong , Amsterdam Portugal, Edinburgh…..

Stuart has found out how much beauty there is in the place where he has laid his hat, and Hotels, galleries, royal buildings, churches, nightclubs are just part of his world now and our family are lucky enough to share his adventures and follow his floral creations.

Boatlife

Simple pleasures on the boat

What better way is there to live in London, than on a canal boat. Stuart is lucky enough to now own a delightful boat. The canals of London are very diverse and I have had the pure relaxing pleasure of spending time with him. The lifestyle is perfect for Stuart and he now has set up a business from his boat. So , if you are walking along the canals , why not look out for Briar Rose canal boat , where you will be able to purchase flowers . He has a passion for spreading the word and often runs workshops for various florists round London.

So, let us all feel the love . If you don’t have that someone special in your life, just go out and spoil yourself. If you are lucky enough to live in london , keep an eye out for Stuart on his boat….

How long is your nose ?

Leon is a Long Haired Black and Tan Miniature Dachshund. I know its a bit of a mouth full for a little short legged dog. He sometimes is called a Sausage Dog, especially by children who always like to have a giggle when they describe them. Dachshunds are becoming a very popular breed and he is one of many Dachshunds our family have owned. Nearly every photograph I have of my parents, there is a Dachshund somewhere in the picture. We have had – Black and Tan smooth -Red Smooth Haired -Black and Tan Long Haired and Red Long Haired.

Quite a variety and I can remember the character of every one of them.

They are tough, noisy, funny, hungry, adventurous . Leon loves nothing better than lazy days sitting on the sofa and he loves being snuggled up next to his mum! If you are looking for a fun, inquisitive, characterful little dog, then a Dachshund is for you.

Leon is now 3 years old and he is a joy as well as a little monkey sometimes . I will be sharing lots more photos and adventures with him……