Sunday, 17 May 2015

This weeks sights.....

flowers from the garden
This is May's freely growing offering from my garden, I know I'm very lucky to have these out there.

tulip in the park
The park is another space, enjoyable in a different way. A whole lot of planning happens here. I do like their choice of Tulips.

cowslips on the common
On the common the Cowslips are doing their happy dance. Seeing them in the sunlight makes your spirits soar!

Cowslips and Orchids
I always think it feels like the earth is wearing it's big flowery shirt.

fresh oak leaves
 The day I got rained on, I managed to catch these very fresh oak leaves, I noticed how quickly they changed colour.

yellow retro fabric seat cover
At home I turned this already tube shaped piece of yellow floral fabric into a seat cover. It was very easy. I think someone else had done the same thing!

River Severn estuary - Portishead
There was a little jaunt to a new to me place by the river at Portishead, while the teen played airsoft. It's the river estuary at Bristol, I had several hours to explore and wander. This may become a regular two weekly thing so I'm not complaining.

The marina at Portishead Bristol
I had a good wander around the harbour and watched the lifeboat doing it's maneuvers.

estuary glass
I found glass on the beach too. I was very happy about that! Lots of it and quite big pieces, not very worn. I think from the more modern day drunken sailors to be honest. A camper van would have been nice to pull up on the beach front and hang out for the day. I noticed a few folks doing this, especially nice in cooler weather. One day!

wild garlic in the woods
Back at home this Wild garlic growing in the woods is always a show stopper. I always forget and then come along to find it. So lovely with the bright green canopy. The Beech leaves seem to green up last.

horse chestnut blossom
The Horse Chestnut blossom is always a delight. Such pretty colours. This has to be one of my favourite trees, there's always a very special place underneath a Chestnut tree! I always have to go under and just be there for minute, a little spot of tree hugging :-)


So this has been my week. I've spent a lot of time thinking about this space here and what I want to with it. Also the idea of a creative business and how that might fit in with my life. A lot of research has been done about how people do that and what needs to be done, more officially than unofficially. It's actually left me feeling pretty frustrated with the labeling and brackets we seem to need to operate from in our lives, more so when we have families to consider. It's easy to discover how the bracket we want to be in doesn't exist, at least not as part of the system. 

Overall I'm suddenly becoming aware of the ways that we do actually limit ourselves. It usually seems like the only thing to do, or even the right thing to do, but it still places us in a limiting situation ultimately. Where our life stays the same to meet that criteria. It doesn't open us to the full possibility. 

I feel there are probably people everywhere this is happening to, even if they are not aware of it. Perhaps this is what happens in a society. It places them in a group, which is not without it's support and help of course. But it just becomes difficult to let go of that and move into a new way. It's a curious thing and like I say I've just began to notice how many ways it happens, even in our speech and assumptions we make about ourselves. 

This may be the beginning of a life evaluation! I guess I feel the pull to move forwards but don't really know how to, just yet.


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

vintage sheet stash bundles

Hello, I thought we could do some collective oohing and aahing!
I have been chop chopping away and making pretty fabric pictures. I can't decide which bit I like best. The prettifying and photography or the making. 

colourful vintage sheet fun!
vintage stash bundles at the ready!
There's been a lot of chopping and then more chopping, and now I've finally just added these stash bundles to my shop. There are 15 different retro floral patterns. The squares are 10 x 10 inches in size.

vintage fan!
They are a good size to make a string of colourful bunting for the summer! or perhaps a small child's quilt or cushions. 

lots of colour
They are all washed, pressed and ready to sew.

kiss - heartnote by my little red suitcase
Of course each parcel will have a little dangly heart popped in it too.
No parcel would be ready without one!

Thanks for calling by, hope your week goes well.

Friday, 8 May 2015

a little catch up from the canal......

Hello, hello, it's Friday again. Shall we take a little stroll by the canal together and share some thoughts?.....I couldn't let another week roll by without sharing these pics, taken just a little while back now.
lovely canal boat art
 Life on the canal feels a bit freer I think. Perhaps it's okay to show up here and just share these. This was a gorgeous day, a sun-shining on the water kind of day, with a gentle breeze blowing sparkly ripples.

sparkly ripples!
Lets walk down the path and enjoy that expansive watery feeling, we can just let go of our oughts and our ment to's. They can just bob on by. Take a deep breath, we are just here, and here's a good place.

Sooty the chimney sweeps boat!
We might admire a friendly looking boat or two. 

Saul Junction - a place to watch the boats come by.
We could find a pretty spot to sit and consider how we feel a bit lighter now we let a few things bob off. We might realize that even though they are important, they're not that important.

It's always good to know we can find a way to float along, in a way that works for us :-)

Cotswold canal trust cafe 
There might even be a free cup of tea in it....if it's on a Sunday. You will have to fund the custard creams though.

a little Snoopy boat.
But truly the find of the day might just be a little Snoopy sized boat, just bobbing there ready for  Snoopy sized adventures.....! and you might have to resist the urge to climb in and sail away.

I hope life finds you floating along several things lighter these days.



Thursday, 30 April 2015

some changes....

bathed in pink blossom
Some new changes, a new approach, a new commitment, a new boundary of my time, dare I say it. These are the things I have been thinking about this week.

 This week my blog turned three, I turned 46 and the Himalayan earthquake happened. The last obviously being the most significant. I usually manage to side step most of the news, but this story reached into my very being and touched me. I would even say changed me. That first night I dream't of these people who were trapped and felt their fear and despair.

pink blossom in the park

As I looked around me in the world I couldn't help noticing how meaningless and pointless a lot of things were. It felt like a kind of mirror of truth to hold everything up to. Of course none of us are perfect, I know that. But sometimes we are quite far of the mark and totally caught up in our own pain. We lose sight of the bigger picture, which can be our lives or indeed the world.

a beautiful creation

I can very easily find myself filled up with insignificant things. Stories which don't matter. I can lose track of what does matter. Forget where I am or how I want to be in the world. And we can be in the world, we are not trapped. We can step into our lives and be present. We are so fortunate. We can spare some prayers for these people and we can give up something so we can contribute to the aid effort. It's all we can do. 

And we can stay focused and present for our lives at the same time and the people in them. Nothing else matters.

Museum in the park
I can't read every blog post of everyone I follow. First thing! But I'm a faithful soul, and will be back round at some point. Unless we have both just kind of moved on. I'm trying to shape out what I feel I'm moving into myself, what I'm trying to bring to life here. I have to focus on here to give this a chance.

I'm trying to create a creative business and also negotiating though life with a sixteen year old in the last few months of school. Most of you know I'm a single-parent. My income's going to change. I'd like to create a business plan that will catch me and provide in a new way. I want to work for myself, I'm quite sure of that. And it needs to be creative.

I love what I'm creating here and what I'm learning. I love what's developing and how idea's start to come to life.This is my moment to follow this, to stick with it and see where it leads.
I love how it's looking right now and how the inspiration for changes come without you knowing!

So back to boundaries. I can't read every post and I've had to narrow down who I do follow. I think this must happen to everyone in the end. I've stopped following most big blogs, even the ones that I read from the beginning. Which surprised me. But I think I'm ready to find my own path. I'm hugely grateful for the inspiration though.

Okay so I will be around now and again. I still love flickr. I will try and look through my contacts once a week. Same with instagram. I don't do big follows because I actually do like to follow! and I can't actually follow loads....

So what will I do?......! Well the new boundary for me, who seems to have her day chopped up by many different things is that I am keeping my week, just for me and my son of course and the dog!I'm not going to be available to anyone else until the weekend, for anything.

I'm going to follow this creative business idea. I'm going to be making and stocking my shop. Which may mean quite a few shop posts.So I hope you don't mind about that, but it's time you see.

It's time for me to hear my voice amongst all the background noise and stand up for what I want to represent. It's time to get clear and focus. It's time for me to commit myself to that,
and it feels quite exciting :-)

Thanks for reading.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

colourful and funky new cushions!

my little red suitcase colourful and funky
And finally! did you think I had forgotten about cushions?.....I almost thought I had! These have been finished and covers made. 

my little red suitcase
I am pretty smitten with this one, it just pops so brightly! 

I am very excited to use a light weight denim colour on the reverse. I really like this. The combination is good.

cushion pile - my little red suitcase
 I crochet is hand sewn to the cover and I love the edging. It's a lot of effort but worth it :-).

my little red suitcase
Did I tell you I love the denim!

my little red suitcase
Me and denim are going to be friends.

my little red suitcase
Letting go is hard I think....

but I can always make more!

my little red suitcase- colourful and funky!
Conchetta Conchetta my creative assistant is already choosing colours for more. This woman is bringing me to task I can tell you.
She even has her own pinterest board now! Apparently we have to go and put more on it.

She wants me to tell you that, all the cushions here are kept very carefully, clean, zip locked and treasured in vintage suitcases until their departure. No gathering on dusty shelves here!

They are all new in the shop today. 


Thursday, 16 April 2015

the way we were......

That's me and my Mum sitting in the garden, it's the summer of 1978. I am eight years old and my Mum is 45, the same age as I am now. I couldn't let a mention on my last post, about The Sound of Music and Julie Andrews, go by without showing you this picture! Here is my Mum with her Julie Andrews haircut wearing her very lovely 1970's embroidered blouse, although you can't quite see that. 

I remember my outfit so well, I loved that red gingham top, the red trousers with a Snoopy patch on the knee. The little purse round my neck and that hair. I think someone must have brushed it for me. I seem to remember just pushing it back in a hairband unbrushed most of the time! I imagine I was hoping it was looking like a Farrah Fawcett flick. My feet look so long I think they grew to an adult size before the rest of me did. I don't think it was an accident we were sitting in front of the red rose bush either.

My Mum was having quite a hard time I think having lost my Dad the year before, and as a child that perhaps was all a bit surreal. I was happy to be in that safe little world with my Mum and local buddies roaming around the street and gardens, I think that kept me going. Play was the order of the day, little clubs, mini adventures, off on our bikes. I think my Mum lay on the couch and watched Wimbledon. That's what I can remember! 

Monday, 13 April 2015

a thing or two about adventures....

I just wanted to say a thing or two about adventuring. For me adventures don't have to be far and wide. Sometimes just a little of the beaten track is all that's needed. Or even in the same old place, with eyes held open wide for treasure of course. A band of merry mates is a good thing, but sometimes alone will do, or even with a little dog. New discoveries are the thing.

yellow gorse on the common
The other day while walking on the common I dropped down the hill a little further than normal and discovered this lovely yellow gorse. I`ve only ever seen it at the coast so I was mighty pleased I wandered a bit further. Another thing that connects me to that wonderful place where the land meets the sea.

view of Woodchester village from the common
There it is on the slopes, with the little town of Woodchester below. Sometimes I'm quite sure I might be living in one of those Hornby railway sets with the hills and the houses and the church. I think if you press a button there might be the toot and a train might come winding through the hills! The chimes of the church and the sounds of the children playing outside at break time carry on up here in the breeze.

little dog posing in front of the gorse
There she is, my merry mate! Always willing to be in the shot.

I found a red pencil!
And did I find treasure? you bet I did....I found a red pencil! Just a bit further up. I took it as a sign, I take everything as a sign. Well the good things anyway. I think every adventurer/photographer should have a red pencil in their bag. To make handy notes and things you know.

wood anenome
And while having a `Sound of Music' moment,  I thought I might have found an Edelweiss. But that would apparently require travelling a bit further a field. I was duly informed by two people I found peering very closely that it was actually a Wood Anemone. So there you go. Urban girl traverses the Cotswold Hills!

Have a good week all.