Sunday, 27 May 2012

Sunday mode.....and scrap quilt back

Thats what it's called in these parts...well in this house. Whatever I do on a Sunday, I can see the raised eye brows of those around me, whispering, the sigh of acceptance of what they perceive is to come....its called me doing a bit of housework! and without intention Sunday is the day I always choose. 
Its involuntary, I start to think about the week ahead....WORK....and like the house to be sorted, so washing goes on.....surfaces tidied, bed's changed. I'm not talking real cleaning here. I just like the house to be prepared for the week to come...I expect its just me preparing ME for the week to come if I'm honest. I know I'm lucky to have a good job in these difficult times and only 3 days a week with very generous holidays, but I dont feel lucky and a 3 hour commute doesn't help......I like making things but that doesnt pay the bills!!!

 All that said (sorry) I've had a great week. Youngest back from uni, with 2 tons of washing and many many bin bags of 'stuff'. Unbelievably she has finished her first year at uni and had to vacate halls. 

This came back with her and had to be washed.....its come up lovely, love these scrap quilts. 

Thursday we had a very hot day in London. Youngest and I met my cousin who wanted to visit the Hunterian museum for research for her masters art piece......I'm game for most things so we went along. Utterly fascinating. BUT a little hard to look at times.  A mixture of animal and body parts stored in jars  from the earliest days of surgery. Some of the exhibits looked truly beautiful until you read the descriptions. Its housed in the royal college of surgeons and is free.!.......we were assured children love it there, but one or two things are still haunting us so not sure about that......probs just me.

Much more my cup of tea.......the Sir John Soane museum directly across from the Hunterian on Lincolns inn fields.. a beautiful Georgian house with the most amazing collection of artifacts from all over the world, all crammed literally into a very small space....we thought it was beautiful and quite magical. The light from the inner courtyards and skylights was tinted and gave a wondeful yellow glow. Very atmospheric but unfortunately strictly no pictures so you will have to go yourself....its free and they limit entrance so its not crowded. ..really fab.

 After a fab lunch it was off to Anthropologie for a look at the wonderful and very expensive home stuff. great for ideas not great for the pocket!

and finally the garden, the sun....a bit of thread...and spare a thought for eldest beavering away at her project......the final piece for her psychology degree. Its due in on Wednesday and I know she has been working so hard, 15 hour days in the library for weeks now to get the grade she wants (and deserves). Ahhh

Happy Sunday everyone!

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

a new quilt for a little chap

 My very dear friends became grandparents a couple of weeks ago(very young grandparents I might add)....and they are over the moon of course.
I got to meet the little chap yesterday and he was a real delight. I'm not usually very comfortable around tiny babies. I never rush to ooh or arhh , nor to have  a hold....but I must say I was quite taken with him......but no, I'm definitely not ready to be a grandma for some time......girls note! (actually they dont read this, I'm just throwing that up into the ether for them to absorb the thought.)

So a little quilt just had to be made.....I chose the Sarah Jane fabrics , Children at play....which are just lovely. I even attached a little label this time which I haven't done in the past.....but probably all quilts should have one, right? It was well received.

My giveaway from Katy, I told you about last time arrived. Very exciting. I almost snatched the postie's hand off when he knocked I was that excited! If you are unsure what the thangles are for, check out Katy's great tutorial
Now all I have to work out is what to to Bath tomorrow so it will need to wait.
have a great weekend x