Slow stitching is going here at Thimble and I am still patiently unpacking and getting the studio and my office/personal stitchery room sorted. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and now I have
to admit I am grateful for that. It seems I have lived out of boxes for months and months and I will be glad when everything has a place. Time then can be spent on slow little stitches and sorting future workshops. My design days can return and therefore I will feel like I am finely home and living again.
I long to wake in the morning and have my coffee in the garden with my journals and then plan my day. Baskets of gorgeous fabrics and hand dyed threads waiting for creations to happen. Slow stitching is happening but I find I become guilty at not unpacking more so I have decided to really give the final push over the next few days.
Antique Kilner jars filled with goodies are finding a new home and I feel not only do they look delicious but they are very useful too. You can see what is in them at a glance and I have made a fabric pincushion on each top of them as well. I have one that is huge and this holds all my needles inside. Embroidery, everyday, cross stitch, darning and crewel to name a few nestle quite happily together and at a glance I can see what I am looking for without too much of a truffle.
I have also filled four different vintage teacups with saucers with wonderful smelling wax with a wick. I have one for every season happily so they can burn in my studio to evoke the atmosphere of day. What is wonderful is I can keep filling them when they burn out.
My greatest find on a further candle was a black and cream teacup and saucer for All Hallows Eve! I had forgotten that I had found it on a truffling day and was over joyed when carefully unfolding the tissue paper ...
The garden is coming along and has benefitted from the rain we had yesterday greatly. I water every day but there is nothing like 8 hours of fine rain to make the flowers bloom beautifully and the climbing roses I have planted to open their buds and let of the most gorgeous sweet smell that only scented roses can give.
The foxgloves are happy in their new border and the rusty tin chickens are strutting and pecking
around keeping guard on them. The wild daises have started to bloom and although the garden is far from complete I think for the first two months in my new home its doing well and making me feel more settled.
A garden is a love song, a duet between
a human being and Mother Nature!
This year is a time to settle here and because of the lockdown, which is slowly lifting somewhat, time to get things in order and to make this beautiful little town my home. To get the cottage ship shape and to design, stitch and get workshops ready for visitors.
There is so much more work to be done but as I say with the restrictions being lifted well it is now coming together. I was awaiting carpets being laid as you know and that has been completed. The cottage and workshop is next to be painted outside so watch this space. Friends are helping me with that and a borrowed tower should keep us safe. I am not great on high things but am determined to give it a go with my helpers...
As I sit and type this to you I am looking around at piles of gorgeous things to find a home for, as I unpacked two boxes this morning already. So I am guessing it is time for my ramblings to stop and to get on and place the treasures in their resting place.
One further piece of great news is that my sister and I are allowed to visit our Mum in her care home. We will get a slot and be able to join her in the garden at a safe distance with our masks on. I can not wait to see her. Not sure she will understand the lack of hugs and kisses but we are going to give it a go. We are having a picnic with her so that is really lovely. On my last face time with her she blew me a kiss and when I blew one back and asked her to catch it … she obliged! It was a good day and she understood me. I have to admit my eyes were welling up.
Well that is it for today and until the next time as always …..
HAPPY STITCHING! xxx