Sunday, 14 March 2010

A very busy week

I know everyone's (quite rightly) posting photos of snowdrops and other spring flowers at the moment, so here are mine. I made the pot years ago at a pottery class I used to go to. It was good just to go into the garden and bring some loveliness back into the house! I was trying to test out my new camera - you know the really posh photos have the background all out-of-focus in a special way - there's even a name for it which I forget. I'm only having success using my super-macro lens and my smallest aperture number, which works for some things.

In fact this particular photo I think isn't mine at all and was probably taken by my friend Tammy at Confessions of an Artist as we were having coffee at the time and she's very good at photography and was helping me!

Anyway, I must confess to being just a bit low this week - I think my hormones may be ganging up on me! The time has definitely come for some healthier eating and more exercise - both very basic things that can make a huge difference to how I feel. I've been very busily making things and filling every minute with tasks of some description - I think that's the problem really - the days pass quickly but sometimes you can feel you've missed something you should have stopped to notice!
I have had a rest today though, and a lovely lunch cooked for me by OH and the boys - salmon en-croute with a watercress sauce inside (very green but even son no. 2 liked it, and he doesn't usually do green!), and lemon souffle pudding - so I hope now I'll feel more ready for the week ahead when I wake up tomorrow!

I've started getting ready for craft fairs coming up later in the spring - I've done a lot of these needle-cases:

which have been popular in the past, just some more pincushions to do this week, then I'll get onto some new flowers and bags.

I've got a few other things to show you:

These are the beautiful cards I bought a little while ago from Sisters Crafty Creations shop - I have a couple of friends who like the colour lilac and these will be perfect for their birthdays coming up - I love the silver embroidery and like all the things in the shop they are real works of art. Wipso was the first person to leave a comment on my blog and it's been lovely getting to know her in blog-land. She and her sister Twiglet always amaze me with their productivity!

And I have very kindly been given this sunshine award by Juliet,

so a big thank you to her. She has very recently lost her dog and of course my heart went out to her having so recently lost Newton myself. As you know by now I'm afraid I break the proper rules of awards and don't pass them on officially, but again will take the opportunity to say thank you to all of you for your friendship.

And onwards we go into another week - I do hope you all have a good one.


  1. Your pot is just perfect for the snowdrops and the photos are lovely.

    I'm sorry you've been feeling low. Oddly, I also have, and so have my two female co-workers. Usually as Spring arrives I feel more energized and optimistic, but this year not so much. Perhaps when I start to see more green, as there is just something about that colour that feeds my soul.

    Your needle cases are wonderful and those cards are just gorgeous.

    I hope you have a *good* week and that you feel perkier, more energetic!

  2. Hi

    Thank you so much for your lovely words and for sharing your memories of the beautiful Newton. I'm so glad you have Archie now - what a character!

    And what a really really lovely blog! I love your little pot! That's really cute! I'm always in awe of anyone able to create such amazing things.

    I'm sorry you are feeling abit low - oh those darned hormones!!! :-)

    But I'm so glad to read that your family rallied forth with a wonderful Mother's Day celebration all for you.

    Take care

  3. you have any of that salmon left?

  4. Its a bitch being a woman, isn't it?! Its incredible what hormones can do to your well being. I cry at the drop of a hat, am constantly hot and bothered and irritable, and the worst of it is, I don't want to be any of these things, so I can totally understand how you feel, and I hope that an "internet hug" will make you feel better.
    How lovely of your husband to make such a super meal, would love the recipes for both, they sound delicious.
    Your little pot is lovely, what a great job you did making it, and the snowdrops are beautiful. I miss all the english flowers and try so hard to grow them here in Australia, but we just don't have the right climate, so its a thrill to see them through other peoples blogs.
    And as for the needle cases, I think they are just lovely and very original.
    Hope the craft fairs are profitable for you and lift your spirits.
    Love to Archie too !

  5. Aw thanks for your lovely comment. Sorry to hear youre not 100% at the mo. I'm sure with the onset of spring and brighter warmer days you will start to pick up. I love your felted needle cases. Good luck with building up your stock.
    A x
    ps I love the chicks legs too. We had a real chuckle at the pattern cos it said his legs had to be steam pressed! Why? I ask myself. They look pretty cute as they are. :-)

  6. What fab arty things you have been making :-) Sorry to here you haven't been feeling quite right, I also felt the same last week but put it down to lack of sleep, maybe something is in the air? Hope you are feeling happy and sunny today :-)

  7. I am NOT so good at photography, but thanks for suggesting I might be. I like the first photo with Julie's 'pod' behind. I too need to pay attention to diet and exercise. Perhaps an inspiring outing would help one sunny day?

  8. Your pot is just perfect for those delicate snowdrops. I hope those naughty hormones give you a break soon.

  9. Oh my, you have been busy. They are all beautiful. xx

  10. Thank you so much for your comments on my silk painted cards - it was lovely to see them on your blog. I have also added you to my sunshine awards list because you deserve it! Of course - I see you already have been awarded this one so that just goes to show how we crafty bloggers think alike! Hope you are feeling better - regards Jo


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