Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Tulips and Gingham

Hello ladies, I hope you all had a great weekend. I did. Friday night/Saturday morning we had a bit of storm blowing through here, very windy Friday all night, it woke me up and that's pretty unusual. On Saturday morning, we went over to visit my other half's parents, yes they live in France too, about 20 mins by car. My sister-in-law was over for a quick weekend visit so we went to see her, which is always great. She's single, lives and works in the London, so a totally different lifestyle and it's great to hear what she's been up to. On Saturday afternoon it's Holly's dance class, and she was meant to be having a friend to play afterwards, but as the weather was so awful we cancelled until this week. Well it was blowing a gale and snowing at the time.

In the evening we went out for our Burns Night Supper. There were six of us and I'd never been to one before. It was great fun, we were piped into dinner (by CD) and there were toasts and poetry readings (in very dodgy scotts/indian! accents), haggis, the most delicious chocolate pudding, dancing and plenty to drink. We went to bed at 3.30am and having over indulged I was feeling a little delicate on Sunday. I was quite happy to crash in front of the TV and watch Larkrise to Candleford in the evening.

Yesterday I got the urge and had a good clean around in the morning, even hoovered under the bed. After lunch my other half wanted to go up to the sports shop at Carrefour (supermarket/out of town shops). There is quite a large fabric shop there with a good range of fabrics, ribbons and lots of crafty bits and pieces. I needed to see if I could get a new light bulb for my ancient sewing machine. I'm very attached to my sewing machine, it was second hand when I was given it as a present when my eldest was born, he's now 18. Success, they had one, and while I was there I bought a couple of lengths of red and lilac gingham. Always good to have in the basket.

In Carrefour itself there is a paper shop where they have a small shelf of english magazines. Guess what I bought, the February issue of Country Living, HOORAY!! so that made my day. I sat in the car on the way home with it on my lap so it wouldn't get creased.

I've started joining my crochet squares together, I wanted to see what they'd look like and couldn't wait until I had enough for a whole blanket. This may turn into a large cushion for Holly, maybe a blanket for my first crochet project was a little adventurous. I thought maybe I could back it with some pretty fabric, buy one of those large french cushion pads and she could use it as a floor cushion. What do you think? I'm pleased with what I've done, but the squares vary in size slightly so were not that easy to join together.

Here is Holly, Sunday I went outside and she was tidying! My other half had pulled out a lilac tree that was at the front of the barn, which left a muddy hole so Holly decided she'd tidy it up - bless her. She loves to be outside whatever the weather.
Enjoy your week.


bex said...

hello!! i think your palns for the cushion sound great! id like one like that!!!i went to a burns night party once but i sounds like it wasn't as fun as yours was!!

Flossie and Tom said...

I love browsing the magazines in French supermarkets - I could just look at them for hours.

Do you get Marie Claire Idees - I love that magazine

I managed to buy the Christmas one of ebay - Can't understand a word of it but love looking at the pictures.


i cant sew said...

bless her little cotton socks! my eldest likes to help which can be such a blessing. i even think that if anything should ever happen to me she would be able to take over no sweat!. have a great week mmwwaahh rosey

Shabby Chick said...

Hi, sounds like you had a lovely weekend and your crochet looks great! I'm v impressed by Holly tidying the garden, I hope my two are that good one day :)

well done for being good on ebay, I seem to be out of control :-S Hope your fabric samples turn up soon.

Mel xxx

prettyshabby said...

Hi Nicky..thats something my mum misses..English magazines!It's really expensive for a subscription too isn't it? I think the floor cushion sounds a really good idea..little Holly can flop on it after all that gardening and tidying then!

lou said...

I love the sound of the floor cushion; you have done so well it looks lovely!
Holly can come and work with me if she likes, I could do with another pair of hands!
Love Lou xxx

Little Knitter Gem said...

I've got the latest edition og Country Living, too. I haven't had the time to sit down and properly read it yet, though. Day off tomorrow!! :)

Gemma x x

P.S - Holly is a sweetie!!

bekimarie said...

Floor cushion sounds great, I know Jess would love it so i'm sure Holly will.
Perhaps you can try a blanket after.
Have a good week.
Take care
Beki xxx

Pixiedust said...

Thanks for popping by. I love that gingham fabric, it seems really hard to get gingham round here lately. I sat snuggled with my CL mag the weekend too. Theres a pic of some gorgeous LA storage boxes in there, which I think I will add to my wish list. Take Care Pixie xxx

Ragged Roses said...

Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog! I do envy you living in the French countryside, Mr roses and I have always wanted to make the move ...

MaryPoppins said...

Holly when are you free sweetie, looks like you could teach my seven year old a thing or two :)

Your lounge sounds adorable Ohooo how I would love a wood burner, come to think of it how I would really love to have wooden beams in my bedroom. Beautiful and thank you for sharing :)

Good luck


lou said...

You have an Award on my blog!

love Lou xxx