Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Not a perfect post!

You are always seeing these amazing lifestyle posts on other people's blogs, full of idyllic photographs and fabulous photographs. Well this post is about a real family!
Earlier in the year Pickle-Lily went to St Ives with her school for an art trip. She came back full of enthusiasm for the the place, the golden sand, the blue sea, the museums and please can we go back. So, together, we planned a family holiday camping there this August. Big brother said he would come with us so he could go surfing, and I was (sadly) aware this was probably our last family holiday together.
I found a lovely campsite - Hellesveor Farm and booked us in. The farm is a lovely friendly little camp site, with a brand new shower block, clean and stylish you could say. An enclosed washing up area, no washing up in the rain for us and a beautiful tumble dryer - thank goodness. Mel and Andrew only took over last September and have worked so hard to make it like this.
Because, boy did it rain!
The view from our tent

We put up the tent in the rain, dried the inner with some old towels Mr P-L had put in the car and lit a stove in the porch to warm us up. All our clothes had to go in the tumble dryer that afternoon, we were soaked.
Look at those meringues!

Pickle-Lily and I explored St Ives in the wet - shopping in some of our favourite dry stores who all had thoughtfully provided umbrella buckets.

Poppy Treffry
 We visited the Tate St Ives - clean and dry, with a lovely dry cafe.
Fish and chips at the Tate St Ives
 I did enjoy the art as well!
My favourite

The Barbara Hepworth museum was also dry indoors, and the sculpture garden was amazing, and so well packed with plants and trees kept us relatively sheltered!
Barbara Hepworth

The local bus service that kindly stops at the farm entrance (parking in St Ives is a nightmare) broke down on us on the way back to the camp site, in the rain, but Mr P-L came to our rescue.
Big brother enjoyed surfing - Mr P-L watched in the rain!

What became our final night was torrential - I lay in my sleeping bag listening to the hammering rain, and decided that I am really too old (and scared) for this, so in the morning I made the executive decision we were going home. As we packed up our trusty tent - thank you Mr Vango for making great tents - in the rain, I was sad to be going home but so looking forward to a quiet, dry house.
We drove home - in the rain - and now the very wet tent is spread all over the garage drying, but will it be used again? Sadly not, I think :(  
The shower block

I would like to say ..
Thank-you to my brother for my wellies ( a great Christmas present) I lived in them.
A BIG thank-you and I love you you to Mr P-L for everything.
I highly recommend Hellesveor Farm if you want a lovely, simple campsite - we will be back, but in a caravan next time!
The view from the camp site

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Pussy cat, pussy cat ...

Cat notebook, key ring and needle book
At school we have a very friendly cat called Boris who has adopted us! He belongs to one of the teaching assistants, but spends more time in school with us than at home. He has his own special box in the office, but will often join me in Forest School.
Boris in his bed

As the Pickle-Lily logo is a cat, and in honour of Boris, I have revamped my cat 'range'. We have notebooks, key rings and cat badges, as well as a needle book design.
needle book

There is also some cat mini-bunting to come, but my sewing machine is being treated to a service so it is in the ever growing sewing pile. I love the fuchsia and grey colour combination, and I am hoping the cat range will be popular!
Cat badges

Monday, 3 August 2015

Mermaids Ahoy!

Mermaids ahoy!

As a change from knitting owls and bunnies I was recently asked to knit some mermaids. These lovely ladies are made from Rowan pure wool and I make the tail colours from blending two different shades. Although I am looking forward to my wool delivery, as Rowan are now doing some heather shades and one of those looks like a lovely mermaidy colour!
I can't do a thing with my hair!

Pickle-Lily and I also belong to The Lucky Dip Club - a present through the post once a month - and this months delivery was all about mermaids, so my two merladies are modelling all our goodies! Although they may be discussing who gets what!!
Which do you like the best?
 This month we got a funky shell necklace, a Mindful Mermaid note book and a shell charm for the charm bracelet. There was a very cute jellyfish crochet kit and a cheeky sea horse brooch (don't you think he looks cheeky!!!) which I'm allowed to have, her royal Pness is keeping the rest!!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Dolly Carrier

At a recent fair I was asked if I made dolly carriers for a little girl to put her dolly and teeny accessories in. So, after some research and consultation with Pickle-Lily herself, I have now come up with dolly carriers!
Dolly carrier

The perfect size for a dolly or two and accessories to travel about in, unroll and then ready for action! They are available empty - if you already have lots of dolls, or with a dolly and tiny friend (the dollies will vary).
Please come and play with me!

The outers are made with this lovely button fabric from Moda with a wool felt inner - flower colours vary!
dolly carrier rolled up

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Lovely ladybirds

Ladybird goodies

Over the past few weeks we have been on ladybird or ladybug watch. We found several trees covered in hundreds of these gruesome looking bugs - and when I told the children they would grow up to be ladybirds, they just didn't believe me! So we watched!
I'm going to grow up and be a ladybird???

The gruesome bugs became strange looking cocoons - they did look a bit like ladybirds.
ladybird cocoons

And then last week, by precise timing by me (actually complete luck) we watched a ladybird hatching out of it's cocoon and found a newly hatched one sitting in the sun! I didn't realise how lucky we were until I went back the next morning to take better photos on the camera (as opposed to my phone) and couldn't find any at that stage, let alone two different stages. So apologies for the fuzzy photo!
I've been busy making some ladybird goodies after watching these amazing creatures - so I now have ladybird key rings and badges, as well as ladybird mini bunting and bug mini bunting including ladybirds. I just love ladybirds and we are going to have lots this summer!

hatching ladybirds

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Teacher thank-you gift

... or I should also add Teaching Assistant gift!
Tissue holder

I haven't done a tutorial recently, so I have decide to do one! It's a simple tissue pack holder and can be adapted for any occasion, not just as end of year present for teachers. Thinking about it, they could also make useful wedding favours!!You buy little tissue packs, which are very neat until you open them to use one, the rest get tatty in your bag so you throw them away. But now you can keep them tidy!
Cut two pieces of fabric 19cm x 16cm, one to be your lining and the other to be the outer.

Iron a 1cm hem along the long side on both pieces.

Decorate the outer with ribbon as I have, or ricrac or even use some of those fancy machine embroidery stitches you never use. Remember the pressed hem is the bottom of the holder.
Make sure your decoration is right way up!

Put right side to right side, pressed hems at the bottom and sew along the sides and top edge.
Sew along sides and top - leave pressed hem open
Turn right side out, push out the corners and press.
Open pressed hem is the bottom

With right side in, seam the two sides together. I leave a little at the top to allow give, as tissue packs are different sizes, before I start the seam. Remember the pressed hem is the bottom of the holder.
Move the side seam along until it becomes a back seam and press the seam open (see photo).

The side becomes the back seam

Seam across the bottom seam now.
Seam across the bottom

Turn right side out!
Finished tissue holder - it will fit all the way inside!

I have even made a little card to go with it - as teachers get through lots of tissues! I will put some of these in my Folksy shop if you would like to buy one rather than make your own. It'll come with a card but no tissues, less postage like that.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Super Sunday

Yesterday, P and I went to The Frome Independent (in Somerset), their tagline is 'More than a Market' and they proudly proclaim 'You can't buy happiness (But you can shop at The Frome Independent and that's pretty close)'.
Flowers everywhere

If you enjoy going to markets you'll love The Frome Independent! A craft market in the Cheese and Grain, a lovely cafe and clean toilets!
Flea Market

 A flea market in the car park, and yesterday they had set up a village green. In July it's going to be Alice in Wonderland themed and August in becomes Frome-on-Sea.
A free park and ride is available - check the website.

The streets of Frome are filled with food and craft stalls of all shapes and sizes and contents, from cheese to cupcakes to belts made from bicycle tyres. Everywhere you go there are stalls.
Plants as well

Be warned though by lunchtime many of the cash points were empty!
These are muffins!

Catherine Hill has many vintage shops, Millie Moon (fabulous fabrics), Marmalade Yarns and the Suitcase Stalls - mini stalls set up on a suitcase, a wheelbarrow or tiny table.
Catherine Hill

We had a fabulous day browsing and may have returned with a few bags!
Extremely well organised and busy!