La Seigneurie Gardens, Sark

On our family holiday this year we were lucky enough to visit Jersey for a third time I love this little island, where time stands still and everyone is polite and the traffic filters in turn at roundabouts.

90D86AB2-8449-4270-8E85-F126964F662B

As we were there for a couple of weeks, we decided the visit Sark, which actually falls under the jurisdiction of Guernsey. I’ve seen holiday programmes on Sark and have always wanted to visit.  The main attraction being the total ban on cars etc.  If you want to get around on Sark you walk, hire a bike or take a horse and wagon tour.

1D84D914-FF63-434D-8E25-A0226938F10C

We caught the boat early one morning and after a horrendous sea crossing where most people were seasick we finally arrived!  After I had a drink of water (a cafe owner suggested I pick some mint from her garden to flavour the water!), we walked around.

1F3D31A8-C3F4-49C1-A634-424033458688

We had planned beforehand to visit La Seigneurie gardens which were absolutely amazing.  Honestly if I lived in Sark I would visit these gardens daily.  These beautiful walled gardens were small but perfectly formed.  Lots of seasonal interest and eye catching plants and beautiful flowers, an obvious micro climate. I loved it and could have stayed all day.

0A33A9A3-DD63-44DE-8B80-88E8BD03790C

It was a very peaceful and tranquil. Also the gardens were immaculate and so well maintained. Not a weed in sight! Plus there was a little cafe for a cup of tea after your visit.

C7E3C79D-4025-488F-B04B-3A675C2BFCB9

All in all, despite the sea sickness I absolute loved Sark and La Seigneurie was the main highlight of the day

If you are lucky enough to visit the beautiful Channel Islands, then please visit!


Advertisements

Samares Manor, Jersey

This was my second visit to the lovely Samares Manor botanical gardens in Jersey.  Last year we visited on the last day of our holiday and I found out that you can have a free return visit within 2 weeks so I didn’t make that mistake again and we went early in our holiday!

Samares Manor is small but so tranquil and lovely.  There’s lots of different garden areas for interest, including a Japanese garden, a herb garden and a particular favourite of my son’s: a shade and damp area with lots of stepping stones and ducks!

My favourite area of these gardens however is the walled garden. I have always wanted a walled garden. This one at Samares Manor doesn’t disappoint with lots of cottage style planting which I love. Beautiful rudbeckias, verbena and dahlias come to mind.   There are also lovely espaliers of pear trees that greet you as you meander through the garden.

Whilst visiting Samares Manor, don’t forget to visit their cafe. The Herb Garden cafe is a fabulous outdoor tearoom serving the most delicious and largest piece of lemon drizzle cake I’ve ever had the pleasure to eat! I would be sampling my way through the menu if I lived there. When we visited they were advertising a special lunch menu which was a delicious sounding fig and feta cheese pizza. All cooked on their outdoor pizza oven.  Unfortunately I was too full of cake to take advantage!

You could spend an hour plus here, it’s not that large, but it is so pleasant and definitely visit the cafe. It’s well worth it, especially if like us you are on holiday and get a free return visit! It’s just so nice to have a stroll around in pleasant conditions.

Overall even though it’s not that big, there is quite a lot of interesting areas to explore. The shop sells a nice array of local crafts and although I couldn’t bring back any plants on my flight, the garden centre plants looked in great condition and were reasonably priced.

I’m already looking forward to visiting the gardens again soon


Bags of Star Wars!

Gosh, did I have fun this week with my Star Wars fabric quarters.  I had been keeping them for a while as I was undecided what to make with them.  Any fabric like this normally gets turned into a PE/kit bag!

Then last week I decided upon turning them into carrier bag holders (so useful in storing plastic bags from the supermarket). Plus storing your plastic bags in this way is much neater and organised than shoving them in a kitchen drawer, like I used to do!

I have made countless of these bag holders and they have always sold out on my Etsy shop.  It’s a great opportunity to be creative with your pattern and fabrics and to also add touches like fun ribbons etc.  Plus, of course, the bag holders are also very practical indeed.

I had three different types of Star Wars fabric quarters so I decided to make three different bags.  All individual and striking in their own way.

 

IMG_2350

All are available to buy on my Etsy shop (see link above).  I can also custom make bag holders of your choice.  Just message me on Etsy.

Thanks for reading!


RHS Malvern Spring festival

69a4c9fc-71f2-42fc-bc36-7ce9cfaf3465I’ve always wanted to visit the RHS Malvern Spring show and this year I actually remembered to book tickets and off we went a couple of weeks ago on a sunny Saturday!

I watched Gardeners World the Friday beforehand as I thought they would be filming there and I was not disappointed.  I loved the look of the show gardens and the floral marquee and couldn’t wait to visit the Three Counties Showground in Malvern the next day. I was crossing my fingers that the weather would improve too after a deluge of rain a few days before.

The big day arrived and the sun came out. We arrived mid morning, along with thousands of other people too!  First stop coffee and a 10 minute wait for the ladies’ loo’s!  (Generally speaking there are more women at shows like this so why not provide extra toilets?!).

cf338afb-9e7f-41bb-94b4-2a116f37bb59Second stop was the show gardens. Unfortunately due to the previous days rain, these were in a muddy field! From watching GW I was really looking forward to seeing the show gardens and they didn’t disappoint.  On the down side, it was so busy you had to queue In order to get a look in. It’s always disappointing at these things as there are so many people like me wanting to get a look. On TV they obviously film when no ones around. A false sense of reality!

c9f6a9f9-1c74-41d4-8593-19ad2ec5df39Anyway after I managed a quick peak, I really liked this garden. It was so bright and colourful. Lots of fun in the garden.  It really appealed to me as my garden is also full of bright, fun colours and eye catching planting.

The schools gardens were excellent too.  Lots of hard work went into them and I loved the bright happy colours and the planting.

bd250a9a-369e-4466-afe3-5e7866ea8146

My absolute favourite garden was “the bra garden” though!  I saw Carol Klein talking about the bras and couldn’t find a record of it anywhere in the programme. My husband came up with the idea of re running the GW episode to find out what the garden was called  I was getting obsessed with finding this garden at one point.  We managed to locate the garden due to the placement of some giant tepees in the end! It was great fun and unbeknown to me it was made by a local school in Birmingham.

49ff6d4d-c3d0-4e43-93eb-7ef55ace8165All in all, a good day out was had by everyone. My husband and son enjoyed their burger and pizza respectively and I enjoyed looking around the gardens, actually in the sunshine!

Im thinking about a return visit to BBC Gardeners World Live next month, but I may be going on a solo trip, unless there is some street food there to tempt the family!


Simply Sewing Christmas!

Hi, I’ve been really busy with the lead up to Christmas this year.  I’ve exhibited at a local Christmas craft fayre and am working my way through Christmas orders.  So far, my farthest order has been a retro pink heart decoration to a lovely woman in Texas!

Plus, I finally achieved 100 sales with Etsy!  Yahoo!  It’s taken awhile but I’ve got there in the end.

Also Simply Sewing magazine contacted me with a view to a Christmas advert in their magazine.  It was bad enough trying to put together a half decent photo of my Christmas crafts, let alone writing a maximum of 20 words about what I do and who I am! Still, here is the finished proof.  The publication was out a few days ago….

IMG_2103

In the meantime, Happy Christmas to everyone and may you all have a peaceful and prosperous New Year!


Happy Retro Christmas!

As my followers will know I specialise in making crafty products from retro fabrics or anything just that little bit different!

IMG_2042

I started on my Christmas shop early October after having sourced some lovely retro Father Christmas fabric from Doughtys in Hereford. Last year I used a similar fabric and could have sold many of the items ten times over, they were that popular. I think it’s the fact that the items I make are distinctive. I mean who wouldn’t want a pink heart shaped retro Christmas decoration on their tree!

Last year I sourced some great fabric from Hobbycraft in the form of fat quarters a lovely pink and blue retro reindeer print especially sold well.  Sadly I can’t seem to find that lovely fabric  I had so many queries asking me where I sourced it from!  I can’t find it anywhere online either!

IMG_1088

This year I’ve concentrated on making Santa bags, albeit quite large ones ranging to small ones for little gifts!  I’ve also been making lots of pretty bunting as well as the retro Christmas tree decorations

 

I do admit to quite liking making bunting  its methodical and you get a quick return for your work  it’s a good choice to channel your inner creativity too!

IMG_2032

 

I hope you like all these handcrafted items and when you want a present that’s a bit quirky or different, please bear me in mind! If there’s a certain fabric or item you like then I can always custom make you something too

You will find these items plus many others in my Etsy shop. Just follow the link at the  top of the page.


Dr Who and film fabric!

IMG_1877

I saw this great fabric in my local fabric store, Cottonpatch in Birmingham. As an ardent Dr Who fan since a little girl, I just couldn’t resist! It’s bang on trend too for the new female Doctor on BBC although I believe there will be no more Daleks present in the new series

The fabric features the Doctor’s arch enemy, the Daleks!  I had a list of things in my head that I wanted to use this delightful fabric for and in the end I decided on a drawstring bag and a document wallet. It was such fun sewing with this fabric.  I loved it!

 

 

There seems to be a rise in popularity in film or tv fabrics. I recently purchased some fat quarters from Hobbycraft, themed with both Jungle Book and Toy Story. I have used the Jungle Book fabric to make some bunting, which sold a few days later. The Toy Story fabric is currently in the process of being made into bunting again!

IMG_1724

IMG_1878

Mickey Mouse and friends have also featured in my Etsy shop  I’ve had great fun making purses, wallets and bunting from a great array of fabric.

 

 

 

Just last week, I saw a fabulous Tom and Jerry fabric too. It’s on my radar to buy although I have so many fabrics! It’s just hard to resist. Watch this space!

For all the latest makes and designs, click on my Etsy shop button!