Saturday, 8 August 2009

bits & bobs

How is your weekend going? The boys have just gone out with their dad to McDonalds and to choose a movie to rent, which has given me some precious time to gather my thoughts and round up a few things that have been going on here.

Firstly, the brand new Summer 2 Book of Days is out today, which I downloaded and printed this morning. It is full to the brim with lots of activities and ideas for the whole family to be involved in, from cowboy treats to make, to bug-hunting, to making your own magic tricks. I think it has come in great timing for me, as I am starting to dry-up on things to keep the boys busy.

If you remember a couple of months back I started a scrap fabric quilt for Adrien. Well firstly, I came to the realisation that I probably wouldn't have enough of the scrap fabrics to make the size of quilt I was after, so instead I turned that patchwork into a cushion cover, which I backed with a Laura Ashley Cowslip fabric.

I love it. It brings some much needed colour to my rather bland looking living room.
Then I fell in love with this wonderful cowboy fabric from Cath Kidston, and knew I just had to make him a cowboy quilt. Here are the pieces ready to be sewn together. I made the squares much bigger at 9", so that the cowboy print is much noticeable, and also makes for quick piecing together.

This book below, Out and About through the year by Shirley Hughes, was a gift given to me from my friend B. I have loved Shirley Hughes' books, especially the Alfie stories and the classic Dogger but I had never heard of this one. It is a collection of poems following a little girl and her baby brother through the changing seasons. And of course her illustrations are as charming and captivating as ever.

Finally, have started some new embroidery inspired by some of Adrien's little wooden toys.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend. See you next week.


likeschocolate said...

Darling book! Check out those illustration. I also like the last photo of the mushroom and hedgehog. Thanks for sharing!

victoria said...

That cushion looks great Samantha and I love your embroidery. I'm itching to learn to embroider myself but it always seems to stay at the bottom of my list! Have a nice week!

peaceliving said...

Oh, I LOVE well illustrated books and this one looks gorgeous. The embroidery is so cute, too.

Francesca said...

That is beautiful embroidery! What are you going to make with it?

gardenmama said...

your fabric, book, mushroom and hedgehog are all so very sweet!!

kelly said...

what a lovely book..i am a huge shirley hughes fan and so i'm off to hunt one down on ebay : ) thank you for sharing!