Friday, 3 June 2016

Five on Friday - Bits and Pieces

Here we are again with Five on Friday joining with Amy at Love Made My Home. It has been an odd Bits and Pieces kind of week. Continuing with some projects, starting a few new ones and trying to finish off others.
1. Cards
It was my brother's birthday last week and I was surprised to find the card box was rather low. I generally make cards for friends and family and try to keep a selection in a pretty storage box. It was only when I opened the lid that I remembered I had intended making new ones but had never got round to it. One of those jobs that goes on the list then somehow drops off the bottom! As the weather has been disappointing (cold and wet) it seemed a good time to remedy the situation.


If I could not play in the garden then the next best thing was to create flower cards with pink and purple blooms in applique.


2. Pots
 It has been half term holiday here this week and unfortunately we have been under a thick veil of cloud and had several rainy days. Such a shame for those on holiday as the sun will probably come out when the children are back in school next week. However, after seeing the storms and flooding in some parts of Europe, a little cloud and rain is nothing to complain about. The early part of the week was dry enough to work in the garden and I finally got the pots finished.


The young plants are starting to fill out and hopefully with a little warmth and sunshine they will develop well. I have not had to buy any geraniums this year as I took a lot of cuttings and managed to over-winter last year's plants in the conservatory. I have no idea what colour the cuttings are as my labeling went wrong, so it will be a complete surprise when they do flower. There could be pots of clashing colours, but no matter as they will make me smile whatever happens. I think I like the process of growing things more than the end result, although that's pretty satisfying too.  


The osteospernum and petunias are making a brave attempt to flower despite the rain.


Many of my pots and all the wall baskets (5 at the back of the house and 3 at the front) are cheap and cheerful affairs that are used year after year. The green wall baskets at the back are definitely past their best with lots of scrapes and scratches but I'm hoping the plants will grow abundantly and hid the containers.

3. Treasures
 These vintage linen treasures were found in a small bric-a-brac shop last week for a few pounds.
The top one is a small table cloth and I initially picked it up thinking I would use the crocheted lace edging to decorate a future project. On closer inspection it has been beautifully handmade, with drawn thread-work and hand stitched mitered edges. I do not think I could bring myself to cut it up so it will be kept for summer days in the garden. Perfect for afternoon tea with pretty china. (Probably more likely to be a mug of tea with an oddly shaped fairy cake, but I can dream!)



 The second piece is also exquisitely hand made with drawn thread-work and satin stitch embroidery.
This is just a small piece about 20 cms square and was perhaps part of a dressing table set. I plan to make this into a small cushion.



I love the little shamrock detail and wonder if there was an Irish connection. Old pieces of embroidery and fabric, like old buildings come with their own stories and history. That is probably what fascinates me. What life did they lead and what stories could they tell?

4. CAL progress

The Dance in the Sea CAL I am doing at the moment is growing steadily. I had got behind for a few weeks but managed to catch up last week. That may slip again though because I have not started this week's pattern yet. There are now six sets of four squares.


None of the squares have been blocked yet and I must get started on that task as it will be frustrating at the end. I have learned so much already with new stitches and techniques. My favourite square at the moment is the waves - top left.


It is already possible to see how the colours are going to work together and are real reminder of all the different moods of the sea.

5. Reflection
It has been an odd week, with a general feeling of being unsettled and not very much happening. So it has been good to reflect on what has been achieved and what progress is being made. When I went out in the garden this morning I discovered the two clematis I shared last week are now fully out and showing off.



. It may have been a grey old week but if it had been hot and sunny the flowers would have gone over by now and their petals dropped. 
Perhaps there is something to be said for slow and steady 
- it makes the moment last longer.
(But could we make that the good moments please, not the bad ones!)












18 comments:

  1. What a lovely post, the weather has been rough here too. Love your cards, such a delight and the vintage linen made my heart sing all of it beautiful.

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    1. I love searching for vintage linens as you never know what you might find and these two made me very happy! Let's hope the weather improves soon.

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  2. Lovely 5. Beautiful cards, can sympathises with the weather it's been awful here for half term too. Wonderful lace finds, just exquisite. You are doing so well on the CAL. I am up todaye and just loved this weeks hearts but admit that I think I am going to go back and re do my wave squares as they seem to have come up a tad too small compared to the others and that will frustrate me. At the time I thought it would be ok but it really is not.

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    1. Lovely to hear you are doing the CAL too and I agree this week's heart is beautiful. Did you see Marie's blog at justahappyhooker.blogspot who created the pattern and her inspiration for it? The last picture there was very poignant for me as I have recently lost a very good friend. So my heart squares will be in her memory. Have a good weekend and hopefully some sunshine.

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  3. I love your cards. I try to keep a few on hand, but they never seem to be just the 'one' for the person I need to send to. I love all your flowers. It's beautiful to be able to sit and admire your garden.

    Have a lovely week

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    1. I know just what you mean about the cards. There have been times when one has had to be hastily constructed! I am very fortunate to have a garden and love my early morning walk round to check on everything.

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  4. Hi Annie, I love the cards you created and I'm sure they will be much cherished. What great things you found this week. I love anything vintage lace, etc., and the pieces you bought are so lovely. Your garden looks amazing, too! Enjoy your weekend and have fun! Pat xx

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    1. I was really lucky with my vintage finds and will definitely be returning to the shop again in the future. Have a good weekend.

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  5. Your cards are very pretty, I am sure that the recipients will enjoy them a lot. The plants in your pots are doing well aren't they, you will have masses of lovely colour during the summer to cheer you. Love your squares arranged like that, it is good to see the idea of the blanket coming on. I wish that I had taken part in this CAL, I considered getting the kit this week, but thought it might be too much to try and catch up. I will enjoy seeing yours for now! Thank you for your support of Five On Friday, I so appreciate it!!! Have a great weekend! xx

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    1. Thank you Amy. You could do the CAL later as the patterns will still be available. A friend has just started the 2014 CAL as she loved the pattern. The Scheepes FB feed is fascinating because lots of people have chosen their own colour range, from Dancing under the rainbow to Dancing under the stars rather than buying a kit. Have a good weekend.

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  6. Ooh what a fab five! Your cards look so pretty and effective. I've had a look at the pattern for the CAL to see how to do the new stitches but haven't got round to trying them out yet. Your colourway does look good. :-)

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    1. I love the colour of the CAL as it really reminds me of the sea and many happy memories of sailing.

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  7. Hello Annie. I've enjoyed reading about your week. I think it was a good one. You've been quietly creating some lovely things. I love the appliqué work on your cards using different patterned material so that everyone is different and personal. The blanket project is looking beautiful as is the pots of plants. They'll give you a lot of pleasure as the plants grow and flower. The clematis now out is a pretty one and the handmade lace and embroidered linen table sets are pleasing finds. I too like to think about who might have worked at decorating similar pieces of fabric.

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    1. The plants are already starting to grow now they have their feet out in bigger pots! It is such a pleasure watching them develop.

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  8. I love vintage linen, have bought more than a few pieces. The handwork that has gone into them is amazing.

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    1. I marvel at the intricate work in vintage linens and always wonder about the maker.

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  9. Loved your post this week. Some of my favorite things: cards, flowers, flowers on cards, and linens. Please take time to have tea in a china cup on that lovely piece. It deserves it. The edging alone must have taken hours. And invite a friend. Something so beautiful needs to be shared.

    There's something special about flowers in Great Britain. I think you ladies are born with an extra gene - a gardening gene. Each pot will be a work of art when it blooms. We Yankees have to learn it and some never do (yes, me), but Brits just automatically know what goes where.

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    1. Thank you Patsy, I shall share the cloth with friends and tea, it is too lovely not to enjoy with others. I'm sure your pots and garden are beautiful too. My mother has always been a wonderful gardener and so was her father, so hopefully there is a gardening gene!

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