Wednesday, 21 September 2016

What's on my workdesk today.......

Have you ever started something without knowing why or where it is going ?

Well that was me yesterday with this book

 The original book, before I started altering it, came from a church book sale in Witherslack, Cumbria for 50p.
The title is The Rose In Britain by N. P. Harvey and was published in 1953.
It was the cover that drew me to it but the fact that it had been donated to the sale by the head gardener at nearby Halecat House made me buy it.
I wondered if he had retired or had so many books he was having a declutter.

 The thought also of it going to landfill if it didn't sell also 
contributed to me bringing it home.
I love the photographs of the roses but i've no interest 
in it as a gardening book.

 The next thing I knew I had started sticking and pasting things in it.
Joining pages together, cutting pages out and so it went on 
with still with no clear idea of what I was doing.

Until, that was I got out my vintage wallpaper samples and that's when I came up with the idea of using it to display the lovely pieces which previously had been gathering dust on the shelf.
I'm quite happy now with what i've done and will carry on with it.

Have a great deskhopping day everyone
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Sandals & Ceramics

 We made a quick dash up to the caravan to take advantage of the 
lovely weather after the storm last week, which blew our 
phone lines, we are still without a landline. 
Not because of BT though, they came and did their bit and 
replaced our old sockets with lightening proof ones.  
The storm blew up the phones so I've had to order some more.
It was wonderful to sit outside in the sunshine doing a bit of stitching.
The leaves are starting to drop now but I'm still sticking it 
out and wearing my sandals.
Every year we go to the Witherslack Artists & Makers Group Exhibition. It's a very special place.  We think it's a combination of the beautiful location, the people we meet and the peace of St. Paul's Church where we pop in for a cuppa and a cake (Philip comes out with a box full of homemade cakes every time) 
We never buy anything at the exhibition but are always enthralled by
 the talent of the ceramicist, weavers, carpenters, jewellery makers and artists who produce such high quality work.
The pieces by Alvin Irving
remind me very much of Grayson Perry's work.
If I had the money and nothing else to spend it on I would buy one 
of this chap's chairs, they are stunning.
I've forgotten his name but we've seen his workshop 
at  Farfield Mill, Sedburgh
Witherslack, despite its odd name, is a unique little village 
in the Southern Lake District with its own community shop, 
garden centre, village hall, school and pub.  Its absolutely delightful.
I'm pinching this idea for our garden. It's an old window frame 
used as a display backdrop in the garden centre.
Back  in  the church, even though I think the workmanship of this marble memorial is spectacular, it is very sad as it's a six month old baby boy who died in the 1800's (I think)
 The churchyard must have some of the best views out across 
Cartmel Fell and surrounding countryside
 Not that anybody in here will be looking at them.
Oops, that was a bit naughty 

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

What's on my workdesk this week

It's 7.40pm Tuesday and I am hiding in my 
workroom as the storm outside is horibble.

So before I start to clear away the debris of 
last weekend's foraging here's a peep at the fabric
bundle I picked up at Beyond Measure, Todmorden.

To further distract me from the thunder and lightening 
and lashing rain I am admiring these inspirational pieces 
by Vicky Trainor at The Linen Garden

When all else fails, I'll batten down the hatches and 
snuggle up with a good book

Can't believe less than two hours ago I was out in the garden.


Saturday, 10 September 2016


It's Todmorden Open Studios this weekend as well as the 
Food Festival and it was buzzing with people.

Our first port of call was Beyond Measure
We came out loaded up with ideas, bundles of fabric, 
gorgeous buttons, cards and paper.
Grace has the most fabulous stock sourced from talented 
craftspeople and the best small companies.
Lots of beautiful objects for lovers of textiles.

We then moved onto lunch in our favourite eatery
The Old Co-op  

Everyone was having fun at the food festival and we stopped 
off to listen to these old guys playing some great music

We even spotted some yarn bombing around the town

I might have to try a bit of that around one of our drain pipes at home.

I found this framed wool tapestry in the hospice shop for £3
so it had to come home with me.

Couldn't return home without popping back in the Old Co-op for another coffee and a cake.

Lovely day out with our friends Jacqui & John. It went to quickly and we didn't see half of what we wanted to see.

But I get to have more fun tomorrow at Stockport Vintage Village.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Trinidad or Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria


Our Bank Holiday in pictures


Charity shop finds at Milnthorpe,  
Cumbria on the way to the caravan.


 Brolly £2,  plates and Swiss napkins £2.50.


Fresh from the tree Victoria plums for hubby's breakfast.

Lazing around before a stroll around Grange-Over-Sands 
and a locally made ice cream.

The simple things in life.  We are real rock n roll in this house haha.

Hubby laughed when I refused a trip to Trinidad and 
said I preferred Grange-over-sands and our caravan 


Nearly forgot tea in the Royal Oak Inn at Lindale.  
The best food around.

Hope you've had a good Bank Holiday too


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

What's on my workdesk today ....

On Monday my lovely Goddaughter and two of my friends
came round 

Amy is off to Lancaster University in October 
and this is the cushion she made to go with her bedding.

Susan acted as the tutor, Ruth gave guidance on stitching
and I provided cakes and cuppas.

Congratulations and good luck to all the new university 
We certainly wish Amy well in her chosen field of study Maths.

Time for a bit of deskhopping over at Julia's place