Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Look what I made!

I am so pleased with two wine bags I  made out of ticking and calico to hold some very nice red wine I had bought as a gift. It is so hard to buy for this person and I almost thought it was a cop out buying wine although it is good wine and of course I know they like red wine. Then I had a light bulb moment, if I could personalise it by making some special wrapping it would be perfect.
I used red and white ticking with calico for the top of one and the other was an American ticking in brown and red with the red and white ticking on the top.

hooray finished the curtains against all odds

Just before I went on holiday I had started so many projects I didn't know whether I was coming or going!. I wanted to finish the curtains I was making for the holiday home which I did,

but of course in the middle of making these, I decided to remove the wallpaper in the front room and paint the picture and dado rails an off white colour ( they were a dark brown varnish). I got several samples of wallpaper from Laura Ashley and finally decided on on a bold pattern in a soft yellow, ivory and taupe. I wasn't able to finish the wallpapering before we went on holiday, it was harder than I thought and also took a lot longer. In the meantime I completed several bits of knitting, the knitting is good because it can be done at night watching the television, unless I am watching something dramatic and then goodness knows what happens to my poor knitting! Otherwise it is quite therapeutic.

now the hard bits!


Monday, 18 July 2011

Memories of somewhere sunny and warm ( unlike the UK at the moment)

Two weeks ago we had a lovely break in Barcelona. We have been quite a few times but  never tire of it,  each time we go we discover more about the city. Casa Batll√≥  designed by Gaudi, a Spanish Catalan architect, is  beautiful and very unusual, it's almost like it is out of a fairy tale. It is just as beautiful inside but is is difficult to take a photo that does it justice.