Well this second week of September has started with a distinctly Autumnal feel here in Blighty, don't you think? It looks like the lovely weather we had last week is a thing of the past. I admit to being quite obsessed with the weather. I check the weather every day (sometimes twice!) online, I even check it to see how the weather is near our cottage and how the weather is where my family lives. A sunny day generally results in a sunny disposition where I am concerned. Is it a very British thing, this weather obsession?
My overall memory of this year is that the Summer was a pretty good one. This photo of a quilt I was commissioned to make, reminds me that August was pretty dodgy. I was nipping between the showers and drying off the bench to take this photo! The apples were already falling and the showers have returned the lawn to its lush green glory, it even needs a mow!
Of course, the downturn in the weather is not all doom and gloom. In the Summer, there's all that time spent outside gardening and in particular, watering, oh yes, the hose was my best friend. Rain and cold means one needs to stay inside and what can you do inside? That would be sewing, of course! Crochet hook rolls in a rainbow of pretty hues have rolled off the HenHouse production line (two are left here). It's great fun putting together all the fabrics for these even if patchworking that centre section is a tad laborious, the end result is so worth it.
And then there is the oh so pretty purple and green patchwork cushion of which I gave you a sneak peak last time. This was also a commission from a lovely lady and a very good idea it was, too.
Hope she loves it!
I actually made two of these as patchworking is so time consuming that by the time you've cut out all the squares, you may aswell make a few cushions/quilts/somethings pretty. Whether the second one I made will ever make it to one of the craft fairs coming up, remains to be seen as I'm rather partial to it. I think Mr HenHouse may come home one day to find me drowning in a veritable sea of patchworked cushions! Well, I can think of worse things...
Another lovely lady requested a "love" cushion in her preferred colour scheme. This cushion (except in red fabric) appeared in a mag last year so I have made a fair few of these in my time. Each one seems better than the last and it's a nice change to work with customers' colour preferences, which is of course, the reason why I need that rather sizable stash of mine...
And finally (for now!), there was more patchworking today, another request, the colour scheme being red, pink and aqua.
Phew! Believe it or not, I also had to take my machine in for service and repair last week so there could have been more goodies to show. Time to rest a while then, and every now and then the sun is peeking out from behind the clouds though it's a tad blustery (told you I was obsessed with the weather!) so I'm venturing outside to show you a few other things.
Time for tea.
Mr HenHouse has had a busy time and been putting together some pretty cake stands for me, all made with vintage china. These are always popular at the fairs we attend so we are being a tad more organised as last time, Mr HH was putting them together during the fair! The colour scheme of this one is particularly pretty.
Do you remember I mentioned I bought some pretty goodies on the Isle of Wight when we holidayed there in July? This gorgeous Sadler teapot came home with me from Suzes Room in Ventnor.
Now you see it, now you don't...
Because this is the patchworky commission I just finished today, a rather fetching tea cosy. I think the colour scheme has worked really well. I do love to think of my lovely customer taking tea with her very British tea cosy over in Oz. Maybe with a bbq? Out by the pool? Yes, that would be very cool indeed. Hope you love it once it lands, T, it looks even better in real life!
Talking of tea, a while back, I thriftily bought a really gorgeous cup and saucer, intent on making it into a teacup candle but once I got it home, I was dismayed to discover a very fine hairline crack in the cup. I couldn't let it go to waste though, what better then than to repurpose this beautiful item into something else, something both pretty and practical...
Some polyfill stuffing, needle and thread and some pretty vintage feedsack fabric et voila!
Now did someone say cake?