red and white

Lately from the op-shop – red and white things: This white hand-potted vase (on the right) which I immediately filled with whilte gladioli from my garden. Hard to see here, but the vase has a delicious milky glaze. This sweet 1980s metal geranium tray. And a summer skirt with GIANT poppies on it. (I hope … Continue reading red and white

infectious ideas

A great thing about having creative friends is that they do clever things which inspire me to also do clever things (a.k.a steal their ideas.) Creativity is infectious, I reckon. Anyway, a while back Emma McCleary made this fabulous tapestry floor rug. She saw a photograph of one online, spent three years collecting tapestries from … Continue reading infectious ideas

fly away home

I was sitting at the table and Willoughby said: ‘What’s that black spot on your skirt, Mum?’ It was a green ladybird (I think) – dark, pearlescent green. I’ve never seen a green ladybird before. I looked it up on the ever-wise internet and found that ladybirds can be “yellow, green, orange, grey, white and … Continue reading fly away home

the birthday cloth

I enjoy ironing. I think if you like to sew, you have to like to iron because ironing is such an key part of sewing. I even have a poem about ironing in my book, called ‘Sunday Night’. It doesn’t mean all my clothes are perfectly ironed, because I am a haphazard ironer. I only … Continue reading the birthday cloth

grow your own way

In autumn I planted a whole lot of bulbs: ranunculus, freesias, gladioli…and the other day the first of my ranunculus flowered. I bought all white bulbs, as I’d planned to have all white flowers in pots on the porch for added cooling effect, come summer. As you can, see not all of the bulbs came … Continue reading grow your own way