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The herbs in are garden after rain and with a little sun give off a beautiful scent and we bought some
old vintage silver spoons that had been flattened and punch with herb names. We have Parsley, Chives, Basil, several Mints as we have several types including chocolate mint, Thyme and Rosemary for now and they glisten in the sunshine. I check to make sure they are still there only the chuckle brothers (magpie twins) are very fond of shinny!..... They have tried several times to collect the key out of our rusty magpie ornament in the garden ....
As you can see from the photo the spoons are pushed firmly into the soil in the garden and the large herb basket we have outside our kitchen door.
Working from a list today to get things done and completed I would like to, if the sun shines, try and make a little video of the needle keep but we will see. Sat in the garden when turning the pages might be lovely, and who knows Miss Muddy Beak may make an appearance ... she does from time to time and I love when she does. Of course its cupboard love as I always have a tiny saucer of something bird scrummy for the little Miss.
In addition to day I am going to give over a few hours to sorting my Stitchery room that only got half done last week and I want to finish cleaning and tidying it up today. Honestly it looks like a war of fabric has been fought and lost in there and along with lots of paper work I was sorting and pen pal things as well its time to take hold and put things back and sort bits too. As long as I get a good 5 hours stitching in, it should be OK. My day started early this morning but it is a time for me to sip coffee, make a list and ponder. It is not achieving much except of course when I come on here and write for you to read.
After that is done it will be delicious delicious slow stitching and I can not wait. I am loving stitching the mushroom sampler and I would like to do a little series of Autumnal samplers for the season that I simply adore. It could quite be my most favourite of seasons ... We married in the Autumn so that could be why it is so very special to me. Also I love the food of that season, cinnamon and pumpkins and squashes to eat along with mushroom risottos as well when the mushrooms are at their best.
The weather has been so beautiful and given me a real taste for Summer days that on cooler wet days I longingly look out of the window and want to be in my outside 'office' I actual get more done as well, there is a well being out there and as you know I love stitching by our open fire in the Winter
months all cosy with candles and quilts but I am so ready to be outside every day ... alas the weather is gorgeous one day and not so settled the next. Today though looking out of my sewing room window it is very promising and so after I finish here I will set to in here and do a couple of hours cleaning and tidying and get straight outside. It promises to be a good day.
With scraps of gorgeous quilt and French linens I am also working on a little fabric scrap book and have been for a while now. It is not something you can just put together and be done - indeed it is a great project for slow stitching and I am hoping over the weekend I can add to its story as well. Its a form of fabric journaling and you know how fond I am of my journals. I will hopefully get to a place in it and be able to show you very soon.
Journaling both for work and for personal pleasure has really become a need for me to get things down on paper. I love to sit with my coffee of a morning and write and it is never better than on a warm sunny day. Since starting to pen pal and writing letters instead of email and text with a fountain pen and a little calligraphy and sealing wax thrown in for good measure, I found washi tape.
Oh yes! It has been around for a long time now but it was only just about 2 years ago I found this wonderful thing. Most of you are going to say 'really!' but there will be some of you reading this that
have only just done the same or indeed have not found it yet so for those I shall explain. It is like sellotape but with a difference that it is made from a paper and has patterns on it. In addition it will hold things together but you can move it with ease and it does not tear paper. The patterns are vast and varied. flowers, mushrooms, flora & fauna, clock faces, alphabets, old train tickets, calligraphy pens ... anything really there is no end of choices and it is great to decorate the journal page with along with a ink stamped something.
The picture on the left shows you two of my latest washi tape purchases .. In addition you can use it to hold bits of fabric down on other fabric instead of pinning I found out so it is versatile and has a special place in my stitchery room for all sorts of great purposes. Not only is it beautiful but it is versatile as well ... the words of William Morris come to mind with this product....