Thursday, 29 April 2010

from small seeds

These little chaps are looking for a new home, in just a month these have grown from seed and soon enough we'll be eating home grown peas - I can hardly wait!
These will be moved to the allotment in the next day or two where they can spread themselves out. I love their spindly tendrils which just reach out and hug whatever they can.

I remember as a child we grew a few peas and my Mum sent me and my brother to pick some for our tea, we picked plenty and ate most of them straight from the pod sitting amongst the plants. We didn't get many on our plate that evening but I still remember their delicious sweet taste.
My 4 year old loves that story and although she doesn't like peas I'm hoping she'll at least try a few straight from the pod.

We've been busy digging and digging on our new allotment and I'm thrilled that we have finally done some planting. Say hello to our blackcurrents and rhubarb, who seem to be happy in their new homes, we've also got some red gooseberries in.

We need to get some netting over these before the birds start to help themselves.

Looking forward to rhubarb crumble and custard - yum.

I'm really enjoying this new project, although it's physically hard work at this stage I'm also finding it very relaxing and surprisingly creative. I love being out in the fresh air and watching something grow from a tiny seed is incredible, many of the seeds we've sown I've never actually seen as a plant so it's very exciting to see what happens.
I have been watching The Edible Garden on BBC2 and am thoroughly inspired.

What are you growing? I'd love to hear from you.
Any advice or tips are very welcome as I'm a complete novice!

happy digging x

Thursday, 22 April 2010

dreaming of a tidy home

I'm trying to have a clear out and make our home a little less chaotic, so I headed to etsy to find some inspiring storage solutions, I wasn't disappointed...

from greenduckweed
this one has sold but take a look at the etsy shop for other lovely items

I don't think you can beat handmade or vintage finds as a way of adding instant charm to your home. Of course now all I need to do is actually sort out and tidy up!

happy tidying x

Thursday, 15 April 2010

the simple pleasures in life

As the school holidays are sadly drawing to an end we spent a precious day at home, enjoying the simple pleasures in life.

We read books, made a den in the garden, pressed flowers, baked oat cookies and made chocolate nests. We painted our paperclay shapes and watered our fruit bushes at the allotment. And we played - lots.

Heavenly. Lots of laughter, no rushing around, stress free.

happy holidays x

Saturday, 10 April 2010

flea market finds

There's something about typewriters that I can't resist, this one caught my eye and I knew she had to be mine.

Miss Parker (as I've named her) and I will be having some adventures and sending some notes...

She's not my first, I wonder will she be my last?

Play along and add your thrifty finds at Her Library Adventures.

happy typing x

Friday, 9 April 2010

my day out - V & A Quilts exhibition

I don't get out much into my fabulous city, so when I do it's a huge treat

Today we had an outing to the Victoria and Albert museum to see the Quilts exhibition. Ooooh I had a great day, children behaved, Mum was with us, the sun came out, all went like clockwork - perfect.

The quilts ranged from 1700 - 2010, the workmanship in the quilts was astounding, and the stories the quilts tell about the makers lives are fascinating. The fabrics that come from old sun dresses and curtains, the paper templates from old ledgers and receipts - the history and nostalgia draws you in.

image courtesy of V and A

I loved this quilt the most, Liberty Jack by Janey Forgan which was the Quilt 2008 winner. Made up of lots of union jack flags made from Liberty fabrics, this picture doesn't do it justice, it's bursting with colour and is so inspiring.

I contained myself in the shop - some limited edition Liberty fabric, created just for the exhibition did tempt me though - I'm not really a patchworker, but it grabbed me - so I gave in.

We spent some time outside just soaking up the enormity of the building and watching people interact with the installations. What joy.

happy quilting x

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

a charming little house

I made one of these for a friends daughter, and her cousin loved it so much she asked me to do another for her cousin for her birthday, so we collaborated on colours and this is the result - I hope she likes it.

Must make some for my little misses soon.

happy homes x

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

growing or swimming?

we've been busy on the allotment, digging beds and trying to turn our clay into something resembling soil - and then it rained - when we returned we had lots of little pools... maybe we should consider growing aquatic plants instead?

I'm slightly concerned....

happy digging x