Saturday, 29 January 2011

Job lot

My latest E-bay acquisition is this job lot of beads and jewellery bits for only 5 pounds! The little bags are cute, too. Something for a rainy day - this weekend, according to the weather forecast! I will show you the fruits of my labours.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Before and after...

I made this little corsage for Joanna's birthday - the fabric was from an off-cut bundle I got at the Royal School of Needlework sale, the silver crochet cotton I already had. It's a Suffolk Puff, with two crochet flowers, one slightly smaller, all finished off with a silver/grey button. Nice and winter-y.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Nice work, Mr Johnson

Every time I go to Paris I always take lots of pictures of the Metro station entrances, and  the New York subway as well. As I use it every day, I tend to forget that the Tube signs are just as beautifully designed. This is Knightsbridge, just by Harrods. Overseas tourists appreciate the work of Mr Edward Johnson, and I think we should look up occasionally and enjoy the clean lines of his great contribution to London's architecture as well.

I went to a lovely concert this eve, all about birds and beasts, by the BBC singers. It was a live recording for Radio 3 at St Paul's church Knightsbridge, a beautiful neo-Gothic church with the most beautiful tiled bible scenes and gilt-wood carvings. No photos sadly, other wise I could show you. Thanks to Anthony, who got the tickets for me.

Monday, 17 January 2011

tea for two

Our neighbours seem to throw away an awful lot of things that are beautiful / useful. We have 'liberated' from the rubbish amongst other things a lamp base with glass balls, a wicker trunk which is great for stashing books and magazines, various textiles and this very pretty tea set. I found some plates at a pound a piece to accompany it in a charity shop in Winchester for genteel tea.

The roses teapot was a wonderful bargain at just a pound from the Cancer Research shop in Hounslow, and the not-quite-matching-but near-as-damn-it cup, 50p.

Relatively speaking, this cup and saucer was expensive at 2.50! It may yet become a candle.......

All this talk of tea has made me want to go and put the kettle on - spitting feathers, me!

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Crochet on the go

Having expanded my crochet skills, I needed some way of carrying my acoutrements on the Tube other than the freezer zip bag I was using. The hook roll was free in the People's Friend magazine last month, and my fave shop Cath Kidston had these bags to match in the sale; the zip for scissors and yarn, and the tote for work in progress. Fab! And pink!

Monday, 10 January 2011


Ages since my last blog! Sean made me a beautiful keyring for Christmas - I think I was the only one not to have one!

I also had this beautiful hat, scarf and gloves trio from my superstar pianist pupil Trinh - and pink, too! I feel very fragrant!

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! A peaceful, healthy, joyful and prosperous 2011 to everyone, everywhere!