Wednesday, 23 April 2014


Yesterday we noticed this beautiful moth trying to disguise its self on the fence. 

I don't know what it is but maybe countrysidetales found here will be able to tell us.
This morning is had gone.

Meanwhile I am still sewing. I'm making a top and as I haven't made myself an item of clothing for   years I find I'm really enjoying it.

Rouleau ties, bit tricky as the fabric is georgette and it slips about, but here they are ready for machining.

I'm making good use of my overlocker/serger.  Remember, I bought it for £2.00 last year in the car boot.
It didn't come with any instructions so its been a bit of a lesson learning how to thread it and finish off.
I was pulling the fabric away when I had finished sewing like you do on an ordinary sewing machine and it wasn't working, but have found out that you need to keep sewing for about 5 inches forming a chain and then cut it off, so neatening the seams is a dream.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014


Rowan has fallen in love with Mr. Stone and likes to curl herself around it, problem is that I planted a lot of pussy grass in this place, (you can just see it poking through in front of the flower tile)  oh well, for the love of cats.....

Keeping a steely eye on things through the gate hatch is Princess, always on the look out for someone to pounce on.

Here's something I've never tried before, Lathyrus, or more commonly known as 'Ever lasting Sweet Pea'.  These are white but I understand that you can get them in pinks as well.
They are also perennial so hopefully I will get more than one year out of them , will show blooms when we get them.

Sunday, 20 April 2014


Fabric laid out and another helper.....

Friday, 18 April 2014


I decided to cut out my pattern pieces and had a bit of company.

Having tried the bit on the table she thought the bit that had fallen on the floor looked a bit more comfy.
Princess looking on from the rocking chair.

 Settling down after scrunching it up to her liking.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014


It's a Hare Moon tonight, let's hope the moon is a beautiful as it was last night.

Thursday, 10 April 2014


First, thanks everyone for your concern over Rupert's tail, he doesn't seem at all bothered by it and I'm living in hopes that the fur returns as the vets bill that will ensue if he requires surgery will not be small, but lets be positive and hope its okay.

This post has been mulled over for a while as I wan't sure if I wanted to share my doppelganger with you, but I've decided to take the plunge and show you her.

Back a few years I used to make virtually all of my own clothes from dresses to nightwear and outdoor coats and loved it, but as time has gone by (and I don't know how this has happened,) I seem to have grown in size and making clothes is a chore as I can never get a fit.

Trolling around the web the other day I came across a method of making a dressmaking form to your own size with duct tape and set about making one for myself.
This entails standing in an old t shirt or dress and your accomplice, in this case it was Tom, layering the tape over your body.  Once covered it is cut up the back and stuffed.  You can find details on the web if you look.

What we ended up with a replica Briony and I have to say I think there has been a mistake somewhere along the line because I am sure I am not this big......

Here she is covered in a shawl, because if you saw the actual body you might have to take to your bed for the rest of the day.  I had to cover her up as I just couldn't stand to look at it every time I came into the workroom, it was so awful, at one stage I considered putting it on the floor and stamping on it, but that would have been a bit childish wouldn't it?

Can I really be that big ?  but alas I have taken a tape measure and compared my size to the model and it is accurate,  SOB
Here you can see the duct tape, you're certainly not seeing any more. lol
I mounted it on a smaller stand and stuffed it firmly with wadding.
Now all I have to do is try making something and see if it works.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014


About three weeks ago I accidentally trod on Ruperts tail, it left a lump of fur on the carpet and I didn't think I'd done any harm.
He refused to talk to me for about 2 days running and hiding when ever I went near to him.  I had to lay down by the bedside and coax him out for tickles but eventually he got over it and we were the best of friends again thank goodness.

Yesterday we noticed that the end of his bushy tail was looking a bit thin and on inspection found that about an inch of tail was hairless and looked a bit dry, of course it was straight along to the vet who at first thought it might be ringworm but on my telling him that I trod on the tail some time ago he thinks it might be broken.

The picture makes it look a bit gruesome and worse than it was as the vet removed all of the fur,  there was a poodle puff on the end when he went in the surgery, but it doesn't actually look bad at all at the moment.

We have to keep a close eye on it and see what happens, if the fur starts to regrow and the bare tail doesn't show any signs of change it seems that it will be okay but if the end starts to look odd or change in any way we could be looking at an amputation of the end of his tail.  Apparently it all depends if the blood is still flowing to the tip or not and only time will tell.

So, keep your fingers crossed for him and me that the fur regrows or we shall be looking at a hefty vets bill.