Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Spring has Sprung

As I just sat preparing my photos for this blog post, I realised how much life has moved on.  Photos taken outside are distinctly more sunny and blossom-y and inside, there has been quite a lot of progress.  Hurrah!

The Old Vicarage is proving to be all the country home we hoped for and more.

There is plenty to keep us busy and never a dull moment but it all takes time and we are enjoying the ride.  Well, Mr HenHouse is enjoying the ride on his new toy, anyway!

The views surrounding the house continue to delight us.  They are views I do not think we could ever tire of.  It is so lovely to look out and see the landscape changing with the seasons.  It may sound trite but we really do feel so much closer to nature here.

In between keeping busy at home and with the cottage (more exciting news of that soon),  we've also managed quite a few trips out and about.  I'm always on the hunt for textiles. as you know.

(Talent for Textiles, Ilminster) 

The odd decorative accessory for our new home is most welcome when we find something special.

(Brocante, Totnes)

Sometimes there are things you've had on your virtual wishlist for sometime and one day, there it is.  Can you guess what came home with us from this shop?

(The Life of Riley, Catherine Hill, Frome)

On the home front, there is much to keep us busy (probably for a long time to come!)  We have finished redecorating the sitting room downstairs and embarked on one of the guest rooms on the first floor.  In fact, it is now finished so I will hope to share that with you soon.  Here is how it looked before we started to work our magic.

Rather more disruptive was the renovation work to our en suite bathroom.  We called in the professionals for this and of course, the in between stage, shown here, looks so much worse than the room even looked in the first place!  It is now finished, many weeks and several unexpected problems later, and is a bit of a triumph.  Another one to share.  I'm so behind!

Despite the gloriously sunny days we've been enjoying in April here in Smiling Somerset, the nights have still been pretty cool.  There's been less reliance on the central heating, thankfully, but we have had a log fire in the sitting room every evening.

I've also managed to fit in some time for making in between all the renovating.  I finished another English Paper Pieced cushion.  This one was based on a vintage quilt I saw on a lady's Instagram feed (@flowerpotcottage).  I already had homemade templates for the hexagons; I then did a little hunting online and found out that the other shape is called a "jewel" and was able to draw up a template for that, too.  The centres use vintage red fabric, the linen is new and the jewels are a mix of modern and vintage fabrics.

I then made yet more cushions for the new sofas in the sitting room.  I do love cushions!  It is much easier to fit in making a cushion than it is a quilt.

I've been obsessed with ruffles.  Particularly ruffles in Cabbages and Roses fabrics.

These cushions are both made from their gorgeous linen fabric and are enjoying their new home on the sitting room sofa.  (They are now covered in Charlie Boy fur!)

I've been dealing with the serious business of stash maintenance: if I'm going to be making things, I need to replace all that fabric used!

As well as making accessories for our new home, I have also been fitting in making some things for my Etsy shop.  I seem to have woefully neglected my little enterprise over the last year.  It is not for lack of wanting to create things, I could just do with a 36 hour day!  They are of a distinctly cushion-y nature at the moment.

Combining linen with beautiful faded vintage fabrics is what I am enjoying at the moment.

A perennial favourite; ticking with appliqu├ęd vintage fabric hearts and a final touch of hand quilting.

In the evenings, I have been busy sewing hexys in front of the fire and making these into the feature panels on cushion fronts.  I have fallen hard for the look of a piped cushion and I make all these cushions on my old Singer Featherweight.  I love the slim, sturdy zipper foot and find it great for sewing piping.

I bought some lovely old quilt blocks at a vintage fair and have made these into some little piped scatter cushions.

I have been a busy Hen!  I am hoping to get lots of these lovelies into my Etsy shop in the near future.

I have oodles more to share with you and lots of photos prepped so I promise it will not be so long until I am back again.  

Thanks for reading along today.  Xxx