Spring comes early

It's been a topsy turvy start to the year. This time last year it was absolutely freezing but this year the weather has been, to date at least, positively barmy (if wet). And so this lunch time I went for a walk to see a clash of winter and spring flowers popping up. Snowdrops and crocuses are normal for this time of year but daffodils?? It's January for heavens sake! Still at least Spring is on it's way!

Anyway enjoys! Off  to see the Clown Service again on Sunday so watch this space....

Blue Blue Electric Blue

Do you remember this which I first wrote about back in April 2013
Well I've finally finished it! 
I was worried that it wouldn't look like the original picture and lost faith half way through stitching it. But over Christmas I came back to it with fresh eyes and a renewed vigour. What do you think? 
 Here is the photo it was based on. 
 I've also been having a bit of a sort out through out the flat and found this piece which I'd started at least five years ago. I was so close to finishing it but for some reason I put it to one side and it ended up buried under other projects and material. So once I'd finished my Lakeland reflections I figured I should buckle down and finish it. And boy was I glad that I did. It's the first time I'd started a piece with the intention of keeping it for myself and I think I'm a little bit in love with it! I'm not sure the photo does it justice but the further away you step back from it the more it looks like a photo. A modern day Impressionist picture! 
Do you also remember me talking about being inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee and wanting to make some clothes back in July 2013
 Well here is the finished product. I'd completed it a few months ago but realised that I completely forgot to blog about it! 
 It was a fairly basic pattern and was meant to only take a couple of hours but it did seem to take for ever! 
But I really enjoyed the whole process and was happy with the end result. 
I was so inspired that look, I made another! 
Admittedly I was advised during the whole making process by my mum, inspiration for all of my creative endeavours. She laughed at the fabric (we have opposing tastes when it comes to fabrics) but I've worn it a couple of times and have received complements from people who didn't even realise it was handmade! So this has inspired me to do even more this year so watch this space! 

A Walk in the Park

 Well it's a New Year and while New Year's Day was a complete wash out the 2nd January brought glorious blue skies. OH has gone back to work so I was left to my own devices and so I took the camera off to Brockwell Park, my local. Just look at that blue sky! Given the weather over the Christmas break it was a welcome relief though apparently it's only a brief as storms are due to return soon. But it was good to have a bit of fresh air and dare I say it excercise! 
Here is a self portrait of me and the shadows
I also spotted not one.... 
But two different fungi 
The walled garden was definitely in winter mode... so sad given the glorious colours of the summer
But early signs of spring can be seen. Winter is here but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and spring will be here before we know it! So here's to a Happy New Year for everyone! 

Crafty Update

 I haven't given a craft update for a while but this doesn't mean that I haven't been unproductive, just disorganised. So above is the present I made for Alexandre, my new next door neighbour, for Christmas. He hasn't got a  nursery yet as he's still sharing with mum and dad but that won't be for ever and it was gratefully received.  

Below are a few of this year's Christmas cards. Annoyingly I forgot to photograph the cards and was in a rush to write and circulate them so apologies for the quality of the photos. 
I've had a few days off after Christmas all to myself as OH had to go back to work so I had time to make a few birthday cards
Great start to hopefully a crafty new year! More projects in the pipeline which I'll write about soon (once they're finished!), I promise