Thursday, 23 April 2015

Bees and a Honey Pot .....

Well .....  a birthday for my Sweet B, really is no birthday at all
without at least one handmade gift
stitched with love 
and made especially


I bought her a gorgeous sewing box from Liberty of London
this print was perfect for her
she dreams about meadows full of wild flowers
(she REALLY does ..... for her bees!)
Luckily they had matching Tana lawn
so I bought some of that too
well ..... that pretty sewing box was crying out for accessories, no?

Firstly I made a honey pot for my honey

You may remember when I made this cute jam jar pinchion
from Amy's beautiful new book Sweetly Stitched Handmades
I couldn't get the idea of honey pot out of my head
it would be just perfect
..... and then I found the cutest bumble pins on Esty!
so then there was no going back.
Ooooh love love love them.

that little Bumble Bee is too cute for words

obviously she would need a needle case too

Those little teeny tiny bees were tricky
but I learnt a new stitch
Bullion stitch
I definitely need more practice

Thanks for popping by and for your wonderfully kind comments

Wishing you all a sunny and happy weekend

BIG love
x Jooles x

Monday, 20 April 2015

Sweet Happy Times .....


It's been a whirlwind here recently
SO much going on
mostly happy, nice things though
but busy busy busy all the same.

Last Tuesday I ventured up to London
(all by myself ..... that's a BIG deal for me!)
I was there to meet someone pretty super special
a sewing and style goddess with extra sparkles on top
Amy of Nana Company
can you believe it?
I was super thrilled and honoured when Amy suggested we meet up.
She was over on a short business (and quite a lot of fun) trip.
We met outside Liberty of London (obvs.)

Oh my gosh ..... it was fun!
I was rather star~struck to be honest
I could hardly scramble two words together to start with
poor Amy ..... she must have thought 'uh oh what have I done?!'
It was surreal but really REALLY wonderful.
She is just as you would imagine
Sweet, funny, humble, friendly, beautiful, inspiring and enchanting
and goodness, so SO brave to come to London all by herself.

We had a happy time chattering away in the beauty and temptation that surrounded us.

She sweetly gave me this dear little pig pin cushion
although we both agreed that we couldn't possibly stick pins into the cute thing!
She'll sit on my sewing table, keeping me company
and reminding me of a WONDROUS day spent with a special new friend

BTW ~ If you like the Liberty label on the box behind
you can find my tutorial for them here

OH ..... I bought this too ..... Amy made me.
(she's naughty like that)
It was very irresistible to me

I'm afraid theres not many Photos ~ I was much too over~excited.

It's also been my Sweet B's birthday
she was 23 ..... TWENTY THREE! ..... I can hardly believe it.

She had a fun time .....
out for lunch and then spotting these adorably fluffy goslings

and locking ourselves out of the house
(not so much fun, but we did giggle a lot as we sat on our front door step like two soggy waifs after being caught in the only shower we've had in almost two weeks ..... what are the chances of that?!)

I made her cupcakes this year

There she is ..... Sweet B in her bee cardi

Coconut Raspberry cupcakes
with homemade marzipan bumble bees
and natural confetti!
which included pistachios, freeze dried strawberry slices & raspberries, dried mango & pineapple pieces & a few flaked almonds.
 Both of which I saw on Frances quinn's website
(you know ..... that clever lady from Bake Off)
they blew my mind with joy
and of course the birthday girl adored them!

Well, I shall love you and leave you for now
but before I go

Thank you  Thank you  Thank you

for all of your wonderful comments lately
you're the best
and these flowers are just for YOU

You may have noticed that my shops are closed at the moment
I'll be doing some 'shop~keeping' this week
and then I'll be back open for business.

Wishing you a super smashing lovely new week

Back soon

BIG love
x Jooles x

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Mother's Day Cushion Number Two ..... TaDah!


I hope you had a glorious Easter
I feel a bit sad that it's all over
it was so relaxing and we actually had a good measure of sunshine
what a treat!

Well here is my finished cushion
I LOVE it so much
you can read more about it here if you wish

I don't seem to have many words in me today

Wishing you a happy and crafty new week

BIG love 
x Jooles x

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Happy Easter .....

to you my lovely friends!

Recipe from the one and only Mary Berry ..... obvs.

I can't wait to cut into this
I do love a Simnel cake, don't you?
marzipan really does it for me
and I REALLY love Easter too
it's so full of pretty colours and low key compared to Christmas
it's my favourite holiday by far.
We don't have much in the way of plans
and that's just what I was hoping for
I may finally get around to starting my blanket .....

Do you like my jam jar pin cushion?
It's from Amy's new book
Sweetly Stitched Handmades
WoW that is one BEAUTIFUL book
I keep perusing it's pretty pages
over and over and over again
Amy is one truly sweet person too

I posted this pic on Instagram and Amy asked if she could use it on her blog
'Uh Yes!'
Oh. My. Lordy.
soooo much loveliness to be found there
in fact I LOVE LOVE LOVE Amy!

That was jolly exciting indeed!

Wishing you a beautiful Easter
full of love, fun, pretty colours and CHOCOLATE!

Back soon

BIG love
x Jooles x

P.S I've just made these for tea!


Monday, 30 March 2015

Bedside Posy :: March

..... It's  SPRING
Oh my happy HAPPY days!

To me, this posy epitomises spring

Fresh teeny blooms in the most delicate of shades
all freshly picked from my garden
Love Love Love


You can find my previous bedside posies below

Back soon!

BIG love
x Jooles x

Friday, 27 March 2015

Little Liberty of London Pouch .....

Hello ..... I've been meaning to write this post for EVER
but I'm here now.
At last.

Way back in January when I took some time off
I enjoyed some very self~indulgent sewing time
(I REALLY got into it)
I'd made myself a list of all the things that I'd like to make
(it's VERY long!)
things that I'd never got around to but kept dreaming of.
I certainly didn't get that list completely ticked off
there are SO many things on it
(and new things being added ..... it's a rolling list)
but I made a good start for sure
I may need another 'sewing' holiday soon!

One day, many many moons ago, I spied this photo on Pinterest

Isn't that a sight to behold?
It whispered sweet nothings to me
..... make me ..... you need me ..... I'll make you happy .....
as you can tell, I had no choice in the matter
so this was one of my January makes.

what a beautiful blog and Leila is one clever lady

I dived straight into my precious Liberty scraps and got hexing!
They are teeny tiny ..... just 1/2"

I felt the need to add a little love

I really love it, and it's a great little tutorial too

I learnt a lot from this project
things I feel I could do better
I really would like to improve some of my sewing techniques
I'm not very brave ..... things are going to change!

Thank you for popping by to say 'Hello'
and 'Hello' back to you!
Thank you so much too for your kind comments
I'm so lucky

Wishing you a beautiful weekend my friends

BIG love
x Jooles x

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Mother's Day Cushion :: Number Two .....

is in the making!

What a lucky lucky Mum I am.
My dearest, clever daughter (aka Sweet B)
stitched this adorable and insanely perfect cross stitch Bullfinch for me
as part of my Mothers day gift
isn't he beautiful? ..... I love his plumpness.
Uh she's a sweet thing x

She stitched this gorgeous Bertie Blue for me last Mother's day
(you may remember seeing it here)
I'm very much hoping that
pretty cross stitch birds for mother's day
is a
just imagine my collection a few years from now if it is!
I'll dream of it.

I stitched last years little bird into a cushion

'My Mother's day cushion'

I'll have to add a 'number one' to that now

'My Mother's day cushion ~ number one'

I'm hoping number two will be finished soon
(and who knows ~ maybe next year there will be a number three ..... perhaps I'm being rather presumptuous!)

Anyway back to Mother's day twenty fifteen
and the plump little Bullfinch

I played around with lots of fabrics
and in the end plumped for these.
Yesterday I had a spare hour so I started stitching.

I'm really pleased with the front panel so far
and can't wait to turn it into a plush new cushion.

I can just imagine myself when I'm very old, surrounded with grandchildren
sitting in my comfy rocking chair with my spectacles on my nose
and my knitting in my hands
telling the little ones that I have dreamed about all my life
all about the pretty birds stitched with love
that their mummy made for her mummy all those years ago!

Back soon

BIG love
x Jooles x