Sunday, 31 August 2014


A:   A trip to Cambridge saw you and your sisters playing in the long thick grass as if you'd hit the jackpot. It was hilarious. Watching you dive around, attempt "grass angels" and then picking grass so that the mummy and baby bunnies (in the burrows you discovered) could see where they were going - just too funny. I can never get enough of your smile - your whole being smiles with you almost constantly - it is such a delight to my heart.

H:   Up and down in the tall grass - watching your little heads pop up and listening to the squeels and laughter. Who knew grass could be such fun?

L:   The second photo makes me laugh - you three were just in another world. You're keeping up more and more with your big sisters and your laungage is just exploding with amazing sentences and vocabulary coming out. It's such fun listening to you.

L xx

Joining in with Jodi @ Practising Simplicity.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Show & Tell: The Butterfly Challenge

Hey Everyone,

Show & Tell Thursday's

So, you know my friend Juliet, who's incredible paper piecing design talents I'm always harping on about?  Well.  Between taking over the world with her amazing patters (ahem - have you seen big bear??), getting published and being a great mum, she set a wee challenge last month around her Butterfly patterns. I do so love a good challenge... :)

The Tartankiwi

A few ideas came and went but this one stuck the most... Turn those little butterflies into a flower :) I had a slightly bigger vision... of three butterfly-flowers in different colours, and perhaps turning them into a wee quilt... but you all know what time often does to grand dreams... Anyhoos - I present my one flower :)

The details:
- I used Juliet's small butterfly pattern and reduced it to 80% - in order for the flower not to be humongous once all the small butterflies were combined.  The total size as pictured is 18"x18".
- The petals were hand-drawn - I do like how they all ended up looking a bit like hearts :)
- I quilted the middle with pebbles - a first! My eyes actually started tearing up from not daring to blink while at it - didn't want to break the momentum!
- The wings have wee twirly-whirly bits quilted in them too - spurred on by not totally screwing up the pebbling, I thought I'd give it a go.

At one point I also envisioned there being extra petals between the butterfly ones. So I set about drawing a paper-pieced pattern to make it so! Was a bit happy with the result, though I decided against adding them in the end, and have the quilting make the picture.

So who knows what it will become - a large cushion? A bag? Maybe there will be some extra "flowers" one day to make it into a quilt? Or something else entirely? For now, it's a completed block for the challenge. A butterfly flower :) Or perhaps it's an inverted four leaf clover? Will it bring me luck? :p

Did you get into the challenge and do something a bit different with Juliet's butterflies? There's still time if you're keen! And did I mention the awesome prizes??
Looking forward to seeing what you've been making this week!
L xx

Show & Tell Thursday's

Monday, 25 August 2014


L:   My little delight - a short trip to the beach had you trotting around precociously and collecting seashells to make yourself a seashell bracelet. And after settling on two french plaits in your hair you then changed your mind and decided your liked the 'bunches' instead. Then later named them spider bunches after you caught sight of them in your shadow. Classic.

H:   Folding the washing in an effort to earn more pom-poms... discussing life in your serious manner with Daddy. Your current uber-cuteness is drawing lots of xo's and the sound effects that go with them. "mwah", "aaahhh", "mwah", "aaahhh", representing the kisses and the hugs. Too delightful :)

A:   You are growing up so fast and into such a big girl so rapidly. Every time I look at you I can see how you're aging by the minute. You are an amazing lego "masterbuilder" your creations are clever, functional and so well executed and wonderfully creative. You never cease to amaze me xx

L xx

Joining in with Jodi @ Practising Simplicity.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Show & Tell: Just something small

Sooooo, how's it going?

Show & Tell Thursday's

Well there's always lots to do isn't there? A friend had a birthday coming up and I really wanted to find a few minutes to make a little something for her. Most of us need pincushions right? So that's what I made!

Drew up the dimensions and the mushroom and whipped it up. I really loved this cutie and I am a sucker for an excuse to do some outline hand-stitching. So effective, so pretty, and so enjoyable to do :)

What little quick and satisfying gifts have you whipped up and given in the past?
And out of many pincushions do you own?
L xx

Show & Tell Thursday's

Monday, 18 August 2014


H & L:   Little toes and striped tights - you two love being close to each other and are usually on the same page in your day-to-day interactions. Watching and listening to you play and chat fills my heart.

A & L:   Having a big sister and having a little sister must be so awesome. Big sister loves sharing and teaching and helping, and little sister loves the attention, time, inclusion and feeling like she's part of the big kids too. Big sis devoured Matilda and is trying to get both little sisters to read it... now she's on BFG and little sis is "reading the pictures" in Matilda - so sweet!

L xx

Joining in with Jodi @ Practising Simplicity.