The good life

Hello there 

Apologies for the lack of posts in the last week or so – we have been away for the Bank Holiday weekend doing a re-enactment event at Ashby de la Zouche Castle and with that and the general busyness lately have been very slack at blogging. 

I have however been doing quite a lot of stitching and knitting and have some things to share with you. The first pic is of the scissor keep that I made to send to Tracy at Cupcakes at Home – she is having a raffle to raise money for her rescue sheep so do go and visit her and buy tickets. 

Scissor keep 3
The scissor keep - a freebie design from The Workbasket site

I stitched this on my favourite 28 count sparkly evenweave again with Silk Mill  Lilac thread – the design is an adaptation of one called Quaker Tree from The Workbasket  but I just stitched the top of the design. 

Scissor keep 2
A close up of the stitching
Scissor keep 1
The back of the scissor keep with one of my little charms

 Last week I went on a day trip to London to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum – the reason for the visit was to see an exhibition of quilts but I also got to visit the Textiles collection and drool over all the wonderful stuff that I have seen in books. Have loads of pics from that but will have to spend some time sorting them out. 

While I was there I went to John Lewis as I have read lots of people’s posts about visiting there (also popped into Liberty). Did not buy anything in Liberty but in John Lewis I did buy two of these gorgeous tea light holders for my garden. 

John Lewis tea light
My cute little tea light holder

 I also picked up one of their garden furniture mags all full of pics of the good life with the loveliest furniture and knick knacks. I really liked this pic so have stuck it on the wall in my utility room – I wish I could spend my life having afternoon tea in the garden like this! 

John Lewis pic
Look at those pretty macaroons!

 But we have been indulging in the good life here as well as we have had our second BBQ at home this year – which gave me a chance to use my newest Jamie at Home  purchase – my bamboo food covers – aren’t they pretty! 

BBQ jamie
Our outdoor dining table

 I will leave you with some pics of my lovely children – we had a very nice weekend at Ashby and the weather was very kind to us – it was very wet as we were travelling down on Sat but stayed dry all weekend if a bit cold and windy on Sunday. But we did have lots of people come to see us and a couple of very nice evenings round the camp fire – the good life indeed! 

Ellen Ashby
My beautiful Ellie in the Ashby sunshine
Jake Ashby
Jacob looking very handsome in kit

I hope that you all had a lovely weekend – see you back here soon and thanks for visiting.

3 thoughts on “The good life

    • Thank you so much for visting and glad you like the costumes – I made all of Jake’s one aprt from shoes and bag but Ellie’s dress and pouch were made by a friend – I did make the headress and veil though.

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