Thank you so much for your well wishes last week. The funeral went as well as these things can and it was otherwise good to catch up with family I've not seen in ages. Most excitingly, Mr HenHouse informed me that a certain delivery had been made to the HenHouse. Rather confused, he said a box had turned up with, would you believe it, Cath Kidston tape all over it!
Ah, a breath of Spring. Thank you, Cath.
It suddenly struck me that all my purchases recently were extremely co-ordinating. Take these for example...
En route to Northcote Road a couple of weeks ago, I spotted this shop. Well, it is pink, after all. I had heard of Jamie Oliver's new shop and with many hours of "waiting for the car to be serviced" time ahead, in I went.
It really is a lovely shop. There is gorgeous food to buy (complete gastro meals, if your purse will stretch to them), along with a yummy looking cafe (where they also run cookery classes) and a selection of attractive homewares and kitchen gadgets.
I had seen these rather fetching jars in magazines and lo and behold, there they were in front of me.
So home they came. Reasonably priced, seemingly good quality and practical, too.
Oooh, look at this little ensemble.
Golly, I really must fill my time with more worthwhile pursuits than matching pots and jars with cakes! (Still can't bring ourselves to eat them as you can see!)
On Saturday, we had a little family outing to Shrewsbury for a spot of mooching. There were a few good shops but I'm afraid I can't remember the name of the one from where I bought this package of loveliness (the window display was so enticing, I just rushed in). It was obviously a very good shop though as I spotted goodies made by fellow Vintage and Handmade gal, Viv, of Hensteeth, in there!
How could I resist this selection of divine stickers and labels?
All this pretty sugary colourfulness got me thinking of my latest book purchase which I had yet to share with you. Now isn't that a pretty cover?
I can't now remember how I came to buy this book but it was via the usual convoluted trail of blog surfing. A pretty author with a pretty pusscycat, surrounded by stitchy loveliness. Looking good to me...
"Embroidered Effects" is said to be a book of "Projects and patterns to inspire your stitching". There is an extensive section at the beginning full of useful tips about materials and tools and a comprehensive stitch guide.
The second section is entitled "Extra Effects" and covers embellishments to your embroidery such as sequins, beads and so on
Excitedly though, I whizz forward to the projects section, knowing I shall go back and make use of the stitch guide in future. There are project sections for "Home" and "Fashion".
My particular favourite in "Home" is this divine and oh so covetable cushion cover...
In "Fashion", there is a beautiful peacock design for a satin bomber jacket...
And a fetching design here stitched onto a Western style shirt. Yee haw!
Finally, there is a section on "Finishing Touches", how to frame or care for your finished embroidery.
Obviously, while many lovely projects are suggested, you can use the designs however you choose and at the very back of the book, are pages of iron-on transfers.
The author has thought of everything. Once you have removed the transfers to use them, you can store them thereafter in a rather pretty duck-egg coloured pocket at the front of the book.
I haven't made anything yet and I think I need to read the book somewhat more thoroughly as it contains lots of information but it certainly looks rather lovely. Watch this space!
Whilst I have yet to decide on contents for my pretty jars, I did realise I could label them with my new sticker set. Ah, I knew they'd be useful!
Now might I finish for today by showing you something special in my den?
My sister has recently started doing a lot more sewing, she has the patchwork bug and has joined a club near her home. One of their recent classes was to make a hexagon bowl and kindly, she had made one for me! Here it is, in all its lupin-y loveliness.