Friday, 25 January 2008

2 little dickie birds

our friends called the other day to say that they are getting married in february. i made these two little love birds out of felt, with crocheted tummys, and vintage fabric wings. their nest is coloured rags. i think we will sit them on chocolate eggs and little love notes rolled up. i hope they like them, i think they are quite sweet and i might try and make some more for franc.

sunshine at last! and to top it all the most beautiful pink sunset. the mud in the garden is finally drying out and i have begun planning the infamous vegetable patch. stick has been building a new workshop/studio for the last 6 weeks and i cannot wait for it to be finished. today in the garden we had the pleasure of being joined by a stunning blackbird and a chirpy little robin. the blackbird was very content just to sit in the hawthorn watching the action, but the robin fluttered about all day giving his opinion in the most tuneful of voices. i am amazed at how resilient some plants can be. we have made new raised beds and yet still, after piling tons of soil on top of them new bulbs have somehow made it to the surface. the mild weather today inspired me to get the camera out. i just love all the patterns you find in the garden, and the small splashes of colour in an otherwise wintery pallete.

Saturday, 19 January 2008

showers of inspiration

i love weekend showers, when j is looking after the little one and i don't have to wash and get ready in a mad stop/start rush but can linger and take my time while the delicious hot water washes away my stress and tiredness (well almost!). a real luxury. i often find that this is the only time i really have at the moment to gather my thoughts and hope that light bulb inspiration moments come along.
today i was thinking that this living on a boat lark, small though it may be, is not such a bad thing after all. in fact sometimes it can be very good indeed. take the other day for instance, it was a beautiful sunny day, so we decided to give the boat a good airing and open the skylights for the first time this year. and we just hung out on board having a lazy day, and lying on the floor with baby s, gazing up at the white clouds streaking across the sky and watching seagulls making that seagull noise flying overhead. it was truly lovely. we are very in tune with the elements here and fling the doors open at any opportunity, or cosy up when the wind is high and rocking us about and often fall asleep to the sound of the mighty sea roaring on the other side of the harbour wall. who cares if our cupboards are too small!
talking of cupboards, (mine is such a mess!)

i was rummaging through it and found this dress that i bought in november in a charity shop made by toast for about 4 pounds, was going to wear it but then realised how impractical, it would be for breastfeeding. oh drat.

instead i put on this top from my staple maternity collection that i am still wearing 6 months later! it's from peacocks. it's very comfy and i love the pockets. i thought i might try and make some more tops like it for the summer. in fact i need to really sort my clothes and clothes cupboard out, so there's a plan.

i'm really interested in knitting, weaving and anything to do with textiles, and am feeling positive that i can get a few projects on the go this year in between baby sleep time, and hope that seeing my plans in writing will help me to become a doer and less of a dreamer. dreaming is a start though!

Sunday, 13 January 2008

new years resolutions

i cant believe that it is already half way through january and this is our first 2008 post. time does have a funny habit of just disappearing without a trace never to return. this year my sister sarada and i plan to keep this blog going. we both have young children and this "time" i was speaking of is so precious. stanley just started solids today and francisco is getting naughty pushing his boundaries on a daily basis, he will be 2 soon and life is just crazy but beautiful. i am enjoying seeing everything for the first time again through the wondrous eyes of my child, and experiencing everyday magic, crayons on paper, worms in the garden, thunder storms and spider webs. i feel excited about what 2008 will bring. we both plan to get creative and hope that this blog will not only keep us motivated, but also keep us close.