Wednesday, 3 March 2021

What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday - Books, Frocks and Some Stitching

Before I get to my desk there was a trip to be had to the post office
and a trip to the library to return the books borrowed using the
Select and Collect service.  You can’t go into the library itself, only
to the front door where you drop the books in a box.  They are
then left for 72 hours I think before going back on the shelves.

I’ll be glad when I can visit properly.  It’s a place I’ve attended
since being a small child.

For frock fans these are both from PALAVAFOLK the jacket and cardigan
are both charity shop finds and the shoes are from FLY LONDON

Now to the desk.

I’m still doing the No Rules Patchwork online course, but
typical me I’ve gone off piste.  Jayne the tutor laughed and
said she expects us to do our own thing.

Thank goodness for that is all I can say.

This started out as an old antimacassar for the back of a chair.

I’ve cut it up, rearranged, stitched it back together and added some ticking
fabric that I’ve cut into strips.

I’ll add some hand stitching and fiff & faff some more with it before
adding a piece of old brown electrical wire I found to weave through
the top to turn it into a hanging.

Back to books.  My friend lent me Philip Schofield’s life story.
It’s funny, open hearted and sensitive.  I’m amazed at just how
much he has done.  He writes as he speaks, which works for me every time.
The audio version is read by Philip himself.  I had a preview listen. It’s very good.

Now I hope everyone has had a good week and the folk
who’ve now had their vaccine jabs are all feeling ok and
more optimistic for the future.

See you all next week

Saturday, 27 February 2021

A spring weekend and some patchwork

On Thursday I took Mum to her local park to see the carpet of crocus a friend had told me about.
It’s years since I’ve been there and it was so nice to see that the council have ploughed a lot of money into the upkeep of it.  

I’m on my second module of an online course - No Rules Patchwork. It involved cutting, stitching, rearranging, three different fabric pieces, then repeating the process again as many times as you want with the same fabrics.

Like the first task I didn’t know where I was going with this piece until I thought of making it into a bag for the rubbish rotary cutter I’d bought for the course. At least it can’t annoy me if I can’t see it. Actually I’ve decided to send it back and invest in a decent one.

It’s Saturday again and as we can’t go over the hills to Todmorden for a potter round and a bit of lunch, I thought I might as well crack on with the next assignment on my course.

Using two  pieces of different fabric bonded together the cutting, stitching, rearranging, repeat process began again.

At college I always had to be told everything ten times, well I’m no different now.  I think I’m going to have to revisit the course videos a few times for it to sink in.

Nevertheless I’m happy with the little textile piece I’ve ended up with.  I may add some beads to it yet.

I treated myself to this beautiful journal from Kate at The Journal Shed. I’m nearly at the end of the one I’m using now and I’ve decided that this one will reflect the happier times we are moving into and I’ll hopefully 
be able to add little sketches and mementos of places we’ve been.

Look at the stunning day that followed last nights Snow Moon.

I hope everyone is keeping busy and cheerful.
We are moving forward now folk.

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Never to old to stop learning

Look away from the screen now if you are a chocoholic as
this will not do your teeth or waistline any good.
They are made in Yorkshire and are delicious.
I found them in my favourite browsing shop 

As kids Mum would always buy us a comic or a toy after a
visit to the dentist. Well we had to have some
sort of treat after our vaccine jab.

Oh yes, I’m supposed to reporting on what’s on my desk.

Well surprise surprise there is something on it.

I’ve started an online textile course

The first assignment was constructing, deconstructing
and reconstructing a piece of striped fabric
into different patterns.

After a shaky start,  thinking I’d dropped a clanger
signing up, I got into my stride and now I’m fired up
for doing more.

The course is NO RULES PATCHWORK with
Textile Designer Jayne Emerson.

It’s been good to revisit some of my old art books

I’ve not looked to far forward into the course as I
might frighten myself witless.

In the meantime it’s keeping me out of mischief.

Can’t hang about this morning as it’s market day.
So I’ll pop back later and visit your desks.

Take care

Monday, 22 February 2021

Not going out out kind of weekend

Not going out, outfit of the day

Toast dress 2020
Cardigan from 2x2 boutique in Ulverston, Cumbria
Fly London boots
Antique full length cotton petticoat 
Daisy brooch gifted by The Queens Drawers vintage trader

I did go out, but not out out as in to the pub.  I drove Mum to our
favourite farm shop to pick up some shopping for our neighbours
who are in their 90’s.  They love the currant teacakes and trifles.

Now the pensive look could be mistaken for being sad.
The truth is I was deciding whether to let the wandering welder have
the crust off the end of the freshly baked loaf I bought.

In the end it was a no brainer.  I’d rather give him my last Rolo than
let him have it heehee.

I said to Philip can you fix the little stool please.
It’s one I bought years ago from an antique shop in Kendal
for the grand price of £4.50

I bet the stuff he’s mending it with cost more than that.
Look at the name of it - Sticks Like Sh*t

Today I’m digging out some equipment I’ll need for an online
course I’m starting with textile artist Jayne Emerson.

And I’m carrying on with a February challenge set by Jayne.
I’m revisiting some of my old creative pieces triggered by a theme
everyday.  The word for this one is “Reverse”

Actually that’s Tuesday’s theme, so I’m in front of myself.

Thanks for popping by.
Let’s hope Boris gives us some good news later today.
Keep smiling, spring is on its way.
The crocus are out.

Friday, 19 February 2021

Friday Smiles. ........ everyone’s trying to get in on the act

Joining in with 

This was me the day after my first vaccine jab.
Having a headache, a few chills and being shattered
for a day are a small price to pay for long term safety.

In any case it was good to legitimately do nothing
all day.

As I’m behind with myself, himself said he’d step in and give
you an update on his wardrobe.  This is his man cave look.

I personally much prefer him in his Sound of Music outfit.

Now we can’t let a Friday go by without one of my Mum’s
cartoons that she posts on Facebook.  The other cartoon
is one she put on as well, I’ve pinched it for storytelling purposes.

Oh crikey the whole family wants to get in on the act today.
My brother in law sent this.

Hi Lynn, Here is one for your blog. Elena has washed Thomas's favourite football shirts he had as a lad and Man Utd supporter. They have washed well and are blowing in the fresh breeze. They date from circa 1993 to 2003.

Even my car and the Doodly birds are putting in an appearance.

Coronation Street fans may remember these two actors.
No not the two in the middle.
They are attending the grand opening of a flower shop.

You guessed it, it is owned by another family member.
Obviously before Covid.

Well I think that’s enough from the Holland, Coulthurst,
Foley clan for one week.

Have a good weekend whatever you’re upto.
Keep smiling, spring is on its way.


Ps.  Hello Tina & Peggy, I’m sure you’ll be tuning in xx

Wednesday, 17 February 2021


It’s not my desk, but it is newsworthy.
I had my first vaccine jab yesterday.
The Astra Zeneca Oxford one, and the wandering welder
had the Pfizer one three weeks ago.

I’m in the kitchen now doing my best to throw the dead
tulips out but it’s not happening.  Instead I’m being all
arty farty with them.

Sometime later.

I bought these laser cut leaves and seed heads, from local
maker/designer Hannah Nunn, to hang up next to the air plant
mini terrariums in my workroom.  You string them together with
thin nylon.

They were hard to get a good photo of.  You’ll just have to
take my word for it that they look really good.

They’re hanging from the light fitting if you’re wondering.

Next up I’m going to dive into my stash of fabric to see
If anything inspires me to start a bit of stitching.

I should have a jab more often, I’m on fire today haha.

I hope everyone is doing okay.
Looking forward to seeing what you’ve all been doing.


I’ve popped back to add my respects to everyone else’s on the loss
of Shaz.  I never met her but we were friends through our blogs
and the things she sent me.
Love to you all who are feeling her loss today