First day of school

Today was Ted’s first day of school.
I took him off this morning with his brand new new uniform, his school bag, his book bag, wellies and P.E kit… Thankfully most of it stays there until half term!

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A while back Ted won an England hockey t shirt size 12-13 -it fit my husband and it was going to take a while for him to grow into it. So I decided it would make the perfect gym bag.

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I turned it into a draw string bag, with the front and back of the T-shirt lined with red cotton.

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Here he his this morning, modeling his new bag.

…and the verdict on school was it was great fun but when will we have P.E?

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Holiday project

Ted starts school next week and we have been enjoying a nice break at home since he finished preschool.

We’ve rediscovered the garden & rescued a few toys who got themselves frozen..

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We had adventures and played with friends..

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We’ve  built models..

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But now I’m getting itchy and ready to stitch again! So this afternoon I got the sewing machine out and made Ted a wallet. We’ve recently started giving him some pocket money so now he has somewhere to carry it..

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I actually messed up and the swirly fabric was meant to be the lining but I quite like & I unpicked quite a lot making this.. Clearly I’m out of practice!

Now the itch is scratched and I can enjoy our last few days with a preschooler!

The dog’s quilt

We have a beige sofa in our kitchen. We have a 4 yr old boy and a springer spaniel who attracts mud like a magnet… and a beige sofa..

We have been using an old orange throw that the last who owned there house left for us.. It matches the traditional living room, but not so much in our light, sage green kitchen.

This has obviously been annoying my mum for some time as she loves things to match! So she made us this gorgeous quilt.

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Here’s a close up of the fabric..
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It looks amazing in our kitchen, but I’m ultra nervous of using it/ getting it dirty.

The question is who will be the first to make a stain?
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Beautiful birdie: a refresher in crewel work embroidery

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I’ve had a couple of weeks holiday recently, but am back and the excited to share my latest embroidery design with you..

This little birdie was loads of fun to stitch! When I did my Certificate I loved learning all the different stitches for crewel work. This was a great reminder of how to do some of those stitches!

Here’s a close up:

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This guy is now available to buy in my Folksy store.

.. And I’m starting work on a little friend for him.

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William Morris: finished stitching

This project has been all over the place – mostly coffee shops if I’m honest. But the stitching is finally finished..

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The hard work doesn’t stop here though

I need to mount the piece..

I’m turn between mounting it in a frame as I have my Royal School of Needlework pieces, or mounting it in a hoop.. The circular design might lend itself quiet nicely to being mounted in a round hoop.

What do you think??