Sunday, 26 April 2015

Sunny South Coast...

This week we spent a lovely few days down on the South Coast, and the weather was glorious. We stayed with family in Lancing, and on arrival, after refreshments, we set off down to the town and headed straight towards the beach. After a little tour, the left us to wander, and we headed towards Brooklands park for some lunch.

We couldn't help ourselves, we had to indulge in a bit of geocaching whilst there, and found two by the seafront.

The sun was gleaming, and the waves were lapping, an instantly relaxing sound to me. 

The tide was going out, revealing squidgy sand, leaving its ripple marks, and little pools.
My face was positively glowing on return.

The following day we took a trip to Worthing. The sun was still beating down, and after our morning coffee we took a stroll around town, which had a great mix of high street and independent stores. I found a lovely little craft makers store, the Craft Tea gift shop, where I spotted Made with my very own hands, whom i follow on Facebook, its a small world. 

We ventured down to the seafront, and walked along the pier, where we always like to have a little play on the 2p machines! At the end of the pier, was a cafe decorated in 1930's style, which had been recommended to us, so we stopped for afternoon tea. I can assure you it is well worth a visit, I can imagine it must be a great atmosphere when a pianist is performing.

We thoroughly enjoyed our day and felt very at home there. Again we relaxed watching the tide go out.

For our last full day we planned a trip to Brighton. Firstly, we stopped at Shoreham-by-sea, as we'd been told about some house boats that were well worth a nosy at! They were much larger than I was expecting, and a variety of styles from quirky to modern.

We took the bus to Brighton, and after a panic that hubby may of lost his phone and the time consuming issue of getting family phone numbers to find out, and me getting hassle from work, we were eventually able to kick back and enjoy our day. We strolled around North Laine, taking in the atmosphere and stopped for some lunch.

We again ventured towards the sea and had our fun on the pier, the wind picked up by late afternoon so we took the train back and enjoyed another lovely evening meal.

We had a leisurely morning, after packing up our belongings, we took a stroll around the garden.

And went for a drive along Worthing coastline and stopped at the infamous Sea lane cafe, where we were treated to lunch.

It may have only been a few days, but being away from home and everyday routine did us the world of good, and the bonus of warm sunshine and sea air.

Back home, and the following day we were adjusting to being back so decided to go for a walk and do a spot of geocaching. We found a couple, but our intention of staying local ended up being a 5 mile hike across the other side of town, and having to give up on 2 others.

But there was plenty of pretty Spring blooms and blossoms to see along the way, and an area of large houses ( the size of 3), always good to see how the other half live!

Crafting wise I caught up with my mood flowers

and I've started another Chrysanthemum cushion front in a different colourway, and this time I will write the pattern down as I go!

It's going to be a shock to the system to go back to work, and i'm sure we will be counting the time down till we can go away again!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Chrysanthemum cushion..

So i've put my last cushion on the back burner for now, until I feel ready to show it some love again.

I spotted a pretty yarn in Tiger last week, so wanted to get stuck in and give it a try

I've seen a pattern made by many in various colours on pinterest. I've admired these images for awhile but been unable to find any instructions. 

I felt this yarn and this image was the perfect combination, so I dived in and gave it a go just from viewing the images. 

I'm really pleased with how this turned out.

But I wanted to take this one step further and try to adapt it into a square shape. I had no idea how exactly to do this but I just started working round and amazingly its been taking shape nicely.

Along with the lovely spring sunshine my floral mood blanket has blooming

I've finished work for the week, and now have the pleasure of a weeks holiday, starting with a little trip to the south coast

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Post Easter and springtime flowers...

So after the busy build up, Easter itself was a quiet, relaxed affair.

My Mum spent the day with us, and it was great to catch up, exchange gifts, have a lovely roast dinner and indulge in some goodies

I adore bunnies, and I'm so happy with this big fluffy fella that's come to our home
We had the traditional goodies

and Mum always comes bearing homebaked treats. This time we had cheese and marmite sticks (we so need to make more of these!), and cornflake cakes

We've had blue skies, a hint of warmth and longer lighter evenings, so nice to be in Springtime and out of the depths of Winter.

Quite frankly I should have finished this 'Fallen petals' cushion but I seem to have fallen out of love with it, and I'm finding that I enjoy the finishing stages less and less. I need to give myself a serious talking to get this completed!

On the other hand I have been good with keeping up with my daily mood flowers. Again I'm having to use a lot of self control to make myself sew in all the ends regularly, I've got a little section to catch up on but all in all its growing nicely.

Now I've worked through the seasons, I really need to train my focus on my course, I'm way way behind and it's all quite daunting, but I just need to take a day at a time. As you can see I have changed my header, as I knew my old one was completely irrelevant. I don't intend to keep it that way as I wish to add images of my own work, but I wanted to play around and think through colours and images.