Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
She took me to one of the best bead shops I've ever been to. It's called Lebeado, and there is one in Durham and Covent Garden too. I was really pleased to see the shop was very busy, and it was nice to see people sitting in the shop making necklaces and bracelets, such a vibrant, crafty atmosphere.
After that we ventured into the Northumberland countryside, so peaceful and green. I love the countryside, it's where I feel happiest. We thought we were going to run out of petrol at one point! We couldn'd find a petrol station for miles, and when we did find one it had closed at one o'clock, on a Saturday! That's the charm of the countryside! We eventually found one so all was well.
On Sunday we went down to the start of the Great North Run. I felt completely choked up when I saw all of those people set off on the 13 mile half marathon. It was surprisingly emotional. So emotional that we decided to train for it and attempt it next year! I will keep you posted on the training progress.
After the race we hit the shops then went down to the river to have a look at the Sunday market. It was one of the best open air craft markets I've ever been to. They sold everything, from wonderful mosaic heart shaped mirrors, to button necklaces and crochet hats. I was so busy browsing and buying, that I didn't take any pictures. So you will just have to take my word for it and make sure you visit it if you are ever in the area.
Monday, 21 September 2009
The heart shaped wreath was bought from a craft fair in Newcastle, but more about Newcastle in tomorrow's post.
I added window boxes for a splash of Autumn colour.
Brightening up the garden for Autumn.
Monday, 14 September 2009
Sunday, 13 September 2009
Monday, 7 September 2009
The pattern uses rooster almerino aran wool, which is fairly expensive, so I bought cheaper substitutes, but it never got off the ground because the colours weren't quite like the original, and the thickness didn't seem right. Then one day, I decided to invest in the rooster wool so I bought it from http://www.laughinghens.com/ who are behind the book and pattern. It was so exciting when my parcel arrived. The wool is the softest wool I've ever felt and the colours are beautiful. Laughing hens is a fantastic company, and the photos of the workshops they hold just make me want to go, shame they are so far from where I live. Blanket is going well, hope to finish by the end of the year, but with the shop and work, square making is slow at the moment.
Watch this space as the flower blanket reveals itself! There are 60 squares in totally, going to have a lot of sewing up to do!
Already got my next project planned. (from the same book) I just love this cushion cake! Would look great in my house.
Sunday, 6 September 2009
Once I started reading it I realised that it was all about a blog she started writing when she moved over there, which made it even more readable and I finished it in a week, quick for me! You can still follow her blog online http://www.petiteanglaise.com/
Anyway, what reading this book really did for me was inspire me to go back to Paris. In the past I've been on school trips a few times, and the last time I went was a disaster due to my suitcase not turning up amongst other things, so this time I thought it would be nice for Andy and I to go because we always have great holidays together and he has never been before. This Paris trip was nothing short of great, we really loved it there. We stayed in the Latin Quarter, not far from Notre Dame. And I suprised myself with the amount of French I managed to understand and speak. I even had a few craft related conversations with people in shops!
Just around the corner from Notre Dame, I spotted this fantastic tapistry shop amongst other art and sewing shops. They sold hand painted tapistry canvases, I've never seen anything like them before, they were works of art before you sew over them. There was also another shop displaying a huge vintage quilt in the window. This shop was closed every time I went but I took some photos. I've decided I'm going to try hard to keep up with my French, and I'm sure I will visit Paris again, there is so much to see there. I would live in Paris, it's such a clean, safe city. Love it.