30 March 2011

Being Creative In The Garden

Hello you.

What a naughty blogger I have been of late.  The truth is I've been outside making the most of the sunshine and 'doing stuff'!  Tidying, painting, weeding, painting, sweeping and painting.  Oh, did I mention painting?

I'm slowly transforming our little garden into an oasis of colour.

We're making a couple of lifestyle tweaks which are preoccupying me at the moment so being busy outside has been very therapeutic.

So saying, I have managed a little gentle creativity this week inspired by Julia Crossland's 'Being Creative' project.  This month's theme is, rather appropriately, 'Garden'.

I'm not a natural seamstress but do love fiddling with pretty fabric on a small scale.  Garden to me is synonymous with flowers and I wanted to make something whimsical so, a little ta dah ...

(Not brilliant photos as it's so very dull today.)

"Just living is not enough ... one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."

Hans Christian Anderson

Do take a peek at the other creative contributions, they're fabulous.

H x♥x

8 March 2011

Making Plans

Hello, hello.  How lovely to see you.  I do hope you're well this sunny Shrove Tuesday.

I am not the biggest fan of pancakes.  When we were children, Mum used to make us a thick dinner plate-sized pancake each and, my goodness, I did have to wade through mine and nearly always felt slightly sick afterwards!  D is definitely in charge of any pancake making in this house and even has his very own crepe pan for the job.  He makes beautifully light lacy pancakes but they are always very, very round.  I mean, spookily round - they give me the heebie jeebies.  His omelettes are exactly the same.

Anyway, I've been out this morning and bought a couple of big fat lemons which is my contribution to pancake proceedings!

I have a springy-spring in my step today.  I'm LOVING the fact that we've had two days of cloudless skies.  My bedding is out on the line for the first time in absolutely ages.  It always smells so much fresher when it's been dried outside.  Just look at that sky ...

I was a domestic goddess yesterday; cleaning, tidying and washing like a mad thing.  Today, I feel much more like pottering and bitting-and-bobbing.

I wandered out this morning for a browse around the local shops, treating myself to a plummy chrysanthemum and some daffodils.

Then I sat on the back door step with my M&S prawn sandwiches and a smoothie while I contemplated the garden.  My thoughts always turn to the garden when the sun is shining.  I've decided that I'm going all out for colour and flowers this year.  Three of our fence panels blew down in the recent winds and were damaged so we're having to replace them.  I'm rather fancying staining them this colour ...

(Image from www.cuprinol.co.uk)

Isn't it gorgeous?

Our little garden is south-facing and like a sun trap.  Can you imagine me sitting in my lavender-coloured oasis with a large glass of chilled white wine?  I can! :-)

Well, I only have an hour before I collect the Blondies from school which gives me just enough time to cut these Sarah Smith cloths up into triangles for some garden bunting; an idea which I've seen a couple of times in Blogland.  One of the many reasons I so love blogging, it's like a bottomless pit of ideas and inspiration.

Enjoy the rest of your day.

♥ Hx ♥

2 March 2011

From The Pencils Of Babes ...

Am I improving with age?

Hmm, clearly not!!!