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Reinvention: Sewing corner

Years and years of sewing in the dining room or at the kitchen table, getting everything out, then having to put it all away (even when the project wasn’t finished yet) — never having a sewing room of my own, finally changed recently when I had an oak work surface and cupboards fitted creating a sewing corner. I am still having fun deciding on knobs for the cupboards. And as it is a dark corner, loving this lamp. It’s upstairs in my office and now filled with fabric, my sewing machine, sewing baskets, the scissors I never use for anything but fabric, my pin cushions, everything in one place. I can get out my projects now and just leave them out until they’re done! When I was young, all of my “creative ways” went into sewing. I remember being perched on an armchair, next to my mum who showed me how to knit; or how to sew, on the old black Singer that was always up in the corner of our kitchen; how to crochet, …

The best things I bought this year

Hoping you all had a gorgeous Christmas and are looking forward to the dawn on 2017. As you may have noticed from the title, today’s post recaps some of my favourite purchases of the year. This has been a difficult year in many ways, being unwell and all that, but I have appreciated even more the chances to get out and about and also to just enjoy being at home. If we’re talking from a wholesome, cost per use, enjoyment perspective then it’s got to be my membership to The National Trust. I’ve enjoyed a few trips to Fountains Abbey, Beningborough Hall, and Goddard’s in York which was the home of the chocolate family, Terrys. I have enjoyed the gardens which are beautiful and provided me some inspiration. And of course, the tea shops. The plan is to next year tick off some more National Trusts. From a completely selfish perspective (because there have been some very boring practical purchases this year, along with lots of lovely things for my new grandson) something that has …

Autumn:Winter:Baby

Moving from autumn to winter has happened in one week, in my garden anyway. It was comforting to bring indoors the very last rose of the year. And then there was a visit to a Christmas Fair at Harewood House that gave me some inspiration to move the outdoors – indoors. I met Bert Blankers, a delightful Dutch guy who is also a bulb specialist, who fuelled my enthusiasm to bring some greenery and life into my house for winter. So let’s watch these ‘paper whites’ brighten up my hall in the run up to Christmas. I remember the traditional amaryllises that in Christmases of old you would buy for the aged Aunt who had everything. Well, I have bought myself a white amaryllis bulb, so there is something else to water, nurture and watch over the next few weeks. Black tulips bulbs were on offer, so these are now planted in the garden for a spring surprise. And I have a few more exciting events coming soon……Greygoose family, and her gosling have a new …