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Restoration for the soul

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I spent time at the beach this morning. I always love being near water and it’s been ages since I last went to the beach.

The sun was shining and, even though it was extremely windy, I could actually feel the warmth of the sun on my face. This was such a delight after weeks of seemingly unstopping rain.

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I walked along the seafront…

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…stopped for a cuppa and some colourful planning…

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…then wandered through the gardens.

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I loved just having some time to slow down. Time to actually think about things for a change.

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I really wish I could do this more often, but until the next time at least I have the photos (and my journal) to remind me.

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I’m back!

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Hello! How are you? Have you enjoyed the summer (or at least survived all the rain)?

You may have wondered where I’ve been the last few weeks. In actual fact I haven’t been anywhere. Apart from my week camping (in the rain) my holiday has been spent at home (in the rain with brief moments of sun). I had so many creative ideas buzzing around in my head and the holidays persented the perfect opportunity to start making them.

But when it came to it, I didn’t really feel like making anything at all. I had so much time on my hands and not an ounce of inspiration. So instead I spent my time with friends, taking trips to the beach and reading.

How cute are these beach huts?!

And even though these were lovely things to do I thought you’d probably get pretty bored reading about it all, so I decided to have a little blogging break. Every now and then I found myself writing a blog in my head (does anyone else do that, or is it just me?!) but on the whole I’ve enjoyed the break.

But I’m also really happy to be back! Although, with the new term just around the corner I don’t know how often I’ll be able to post – we’ll have to see how things go.

Anyway, I’m rambling. Let me quickly show you the very little I’ve made over the last couple of weeks.

A friend wanted a baby blanket, and asked if I had any. I had 3 which were part way through, so she came and picked her favourite.

I managed to finish it fairly quickly (I only had a few rounds left to do) and edged it with Jacquie’s Double V Edging.

The finished blanket measures 29iches/75cm.

The same friend has also commissioned me to make a blanket for her Nan for Christmas. More of that when I’ve made some progress!

I went to a wedding a couple of weeks ago. It was in a beautiful old village church and the hall where they held the reception was liberally festooned with bunting – I was in heaven!

They also had really lovely table decorations, my favourite being sweets in teacups. Such a simple idea, but just lovely.

I loved the favours too – beautifully decorated mini jars of jam. Yum!

The bride and groom asked for gift vouchers rather than presents, as they already had most things they needed. However, I decided that I wanted to give them something a little more personal. So I made them a cushion to celebrate their marriage.

I was really pleased with how it turned out – I hope they like it too!

In July I…

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…made a display board…

…and some buttony goodies…

…and teeny tiny bunting…

…and lavender bags for a sale that didn’t happen.

I finally finished a cable knit cushion cover.

I made a wedding banner.

I started another baby blanket…

…and a granny square blanket.

I did a whole lot of baking in quite a short space of time.

And I enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at the beach with some lovely friends.

How was your month?

 

Productive morning, lovely afternoon

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I spent some time at school this morning, sorting out my new classroom. I was there for about 4 hours and still have loads to do! But I have a much better idea now of what still needs sorting out/printing/sticking on the walls. I could easily have spent all day there, but my friends invited me to the beach which seemed like a much better idea!

We walked down the very steep hill from the car park, stopping to admire the colourful houses on the way.

We wandered around the shops, then stopped for a drink and ice cream.

We had a little paddle in the sea.

It’s Lifeboat Week in Lyme, and there are special events going on each day. One of today’s was pavement art. There were probably about 100 pictures drawn along the sea front. These were some of my favourites…

While we were eating our ice cream, a little girl walked past with a pink sparkly windmill. We all loved it so much that when we saw some lovely spotty ones, we decided to buy our own! (My excuse was that I’d use it in my classroom – somehow!)

The girls held their windmills out of the car windows most of the way home – a great way to end our little trip!

A day at the beach

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Today was the day for our annual Sunday school trip. The last few years we’ve visited the beach at Exmouth, but this year decided to go to Charmouth which is a little closer. Leaving home I was very pesimistic – there were big grey clouds and very little blue sky. But the closer I got to the beach the sunnier it got – hurrah!

I love these houses stacked up on the hill (although I was glad I was driving rather than walking up these hills on my way home!)

We had only been there about 2 minutes before the kids were digging holes and racing the waves. We had a picnic and then some of the kids (with some adult supervision) went fossil hunting. I decided to stay where I was, on my patchwork picnic blanket…

…reading a lovely mag.

I made the picnic blanket a couple of years ago entirely from charity shop finds. The backing is made from a tablecloth, the pink squares are from a shirt and the white and yellow squares are from skirts. And of course, it is topped off with some of my favourite buttons 🙂

The best bit of the day – enjoying time with fantastic friends, and lots of cuddles with a gorgeous Baby Girl. The worst bit of the day – sunburn! I remembered my suncream, but I’m still looking pretty rosy!

Spring has sprung

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As much as I love the school I’ve been working in this week, it was wonderful not to have to get up so early this morning! But my body clock is still set to ‘early’ so was up and about and ready to leave for the beach before the weather warmed up.

Not only was it not warm, it was crazyily foggy. On the journey over there was a brief sunny spell at the very top of a tall hill, but mostly couldn’t see 100 yards ahead of me. But I actually don’t mind fog and mist – I think it makes everything look quite magical.

By the time I arrived in Seaton the mist was starting to clear ever so slightly, but the cliffs were still shrouded in mist and looked just lovely.

Anyway, after a lovely walk and a journal update over a cup of tea, I headed to the fabric shop. It was a rather more rushed visit than I would have liked, but my time was nearly up in the car park. But I did managed to grab a few bargains and came home with some beautiful fabrics:

These were £1 each in the bargain basket – bargain indeed! The spotty one is a waterproof fabric (like the sort of thing you would use to cover a table if you have children!) and not entirely sure what I’ll do with it, but perhaps a purse? Will ponder on that.

 

This lovely, springy green was the end of a roll and reduced to half price 🙂

And as I was getting ready to pay, I spied a whole lot of other rolls under the counter, and couldn’t resist these three – so lovely!

Edit to add: I was in a rush when I published this – I’d written it earlier in the afternoon but couldn’t get the photos to load. Then only remembered about it 10 minutes before I left the house! So didn’t show you my final photo of the afternoon.

I made this bunting probably about a year ago, but Mum wanted to give bunting as a gift for a new baby, and this seemed to be great colours for a boy. So I used magic transfer paper to print ‘Joshua’, ironed it on to the flags and ta-dah – personalised baby bunting!