Thursday, January 1, 2015


Okay, so I've missed the Christmas episode,
and too late for the New Years Eve one as well!
It's been a while...again!!
So I will start by wishing you all
happy, creative, adventurous
new year :)
I think it's going to be a
particularly good one for all of us :)
...not into making resolutions,
but like many I tend to reflect
on the year gone by...
remembering the good
and a little of the not so good.
But then I move on...
to think about the year ahead.
The possibilities are endless,
only limited by imagination and choice,
and there is always, always choice.
One of the choices I made
this past year
was to go to France for a little holiday.
Perhaps what made it all the more exciting
was that it was totally unplanned.
I had a choice...
to go or not to go
(long story)
and literally overnight
I went!
Three of the most ''alive'' weeks of my life.
Amazing in every single sense.
I will most definitely be returning
to that part of the world...

Another choice I made,
on my return,
was to join instagram.
Such an incredibly inspiring forum.
As some of you will know,
I don't really go many places
without my camera.
Very much a complete amateur
but I do love taking photos of pretty things :)
If you want to be inspired by beautiful images
and incredibly creative people,
then go check out instagram.
Perhaps one of the reasons,I think,
why I am here a little less often.
Ooops :)
Big stitchy choice I made,
was to do more of it !!
Loving the feel of needle and thread
in hand again.
A little of what I've been doing ...

...been working on a series of
the little mannequins...
have got one to go.
Then to put it all together :)
 And of course,
there is the garden...
it's hard not to be inspired
by the beauty of flowers.

 So it is New Years Day.
I will be spending a good part of it
in the garden.
In the sunshine,
amongst the flowers :)

The year that has been,
has been :)
It was a learning year, this one.
A little tough at times, still,
but there were also times
of phenomenal happiness
and pride.
And these made it all okay :)
So incredibly proud of my son,
and proud of what I have achieved
at work this past year.
I am looking forward to this year,
the choices to come.
Have a happy day :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What I've been doing lately...

Springtime in the south...
the garden is starting to look so pretty.

So I've been spending a little
of my free time
in the garden
and a little on my
stitching :)
I've been working on a
series of little stitched
This was the first,
she's my garden mannequin...
...then came the little pink dress...
...and then #3,
...number four is all in white...

...and currently working of #5,
the little blue dress :)
 ...number six is on the drawing board...
definitely having fun with these :)

And just for you,
 Miss M,
over there on the coast :)...
here is a full pic of
the finished
button sampler:)
Before I go back to my stitching today,
cos it's not a garden day,
I've decided,
just letting anyone know who is
I've had a bit of a spring clear out
on the bits and bobs for sale page,
lots of $2.00 goodies,
and some newbies
added as well.
Back to the little blue dress,
and the next one,
and something else as well
that I just started.
(I know...I shouldn't have,
but you know how it is :)
Have a lovely day,
See you
Jenny :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

Morning :)
Windy old day down here today
and a lovely day off :)
It's been a while,
Same old story,
busy at work and not enough hours
in the day.
But today I'm writing a special post,
'cos I've been nominated by 
to participate in an
"Around the World Blog Hop".
I ''met'' Christine through this blog
and facebook.
Her blog is an inspiration to pick
up your needle and thread and get stitching.
Beautiful stitching,
gorgeous makes :)
So thank you Christine
for the invite to join this blog hop.
So ....
here we go ...
... this is where I do most of my stitching,
apart from cold winter nights,
(and there are a few of those in the deep south)
...then it's hand stitching
on the couch :)
(and yes, it absolutely always
looks this tidy !!!!!)
What am on working on at the moment?
... quite a few things,
mostly just little stitchy things :)

... a little button sampler that I have
actually completed -
now just trying to figure out
a clever way to hang it ...

... little bit of stitching and
one of Barb's gorgeous buttons ...

... quilt top made from cutting up
lots of my shop samples and
re-stitching them together ...
not quite complete,
but nearly :)...
... and this is the project I want to complete next...
I think it's been over two years since
I have touched it
which is a little shameful
I know.
It's ''Jane Austen's Bonnet'' quilt -
an absolutely exquisite quilt
designed by Brenda Ryan.
I have done all the stitching
and half put it together
so really
there is no excuse is there :)
How does my work differ from others of it's genre?
 not quite sure how to answer this one :)
I think everyone's work is different
to anything else,
cos we all stitch in our own
unique style.
I do like to use lots of linen
and lace
and the occasional button :)
In recent years I have found myself
drawn more and more
towards simple stitching
and softer shades of
thread and fabric. 
Why do I create what I do?
... that's easy ...
cos I like stitching :)

... sometimes it's just because
I have some fabulous lace
that I need to use ...:)
...or I want to make something
a little prettier
than what it was before ...
...or I like to use old things
in other ways,
like the hexies in this bag,
I cut from old doilies...
How does my creating process work?
 Often it starts
with a button
 or a heart
or a beautiful piece of lace,
and then it just develops
as I stitch...
... sometimes it's cos
I'm thinking about stuff ...
and stitching is good for the soul :)
... sometimes it's because I just feel
like making something completely
whimsical :)


... and the garden is a
source of inspiration ...

Stitching is a really important part of my life
for many reasons.
But mostly its because
it makes me
Corny, maybe,
but what better reason.
So that is the end of the hop:)
If you would like to join in,
leave a comment and a link back to your blog.
Love to come and visit :)
See you later
Jenny :)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Kaffe Fassett books...

I'm not sure that I need all of these
any more
so I've popped them
on the ''bits and pieces for sale''
on the side bar.
I have, 
of course,
kept my three favourites
but am thinking
it is time for the rest
to find new homes.
They are all in absolutely
perfect condition :)
Deliciously inspiring books!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Some bits...

Just a very quick post
to tell you that
I've popped some bits
on the sale page ...
some of my samples,
little wall hangings mostly.
It's a little chilly down this way today,
so coffee is needed
urgently :)
See you

Saturday, July 12, 2014 french flowers ...

Morning :)
This is for anyone
who loves wildflowers.
...these from the hills
of France...


... these are just a few,
and as you can imagine
my walks took slightly longer than normal
as I was easily distracted :)
So ...
that's it for France...
wont bore you with any more travel pics,
cos I know they are not everyone's cup of tea,
and anyway,
I have a quilt to make :)
See you later
... but p.s. ...
the flowers were truly
beautiful :)