Monday, 20 March 2017

What a Difference a Year Makes













Readers, hello!  It's been a very long time but since it has just taken me an age even to be able to log into Blogger today and even longer to upload some pictures, I'm not sure I'm surprised!

So much has happened in the past year, to say there is some catching up to do is a ridiculous understatement.  Better to just get on with it.  So, here's a tentative toe in the water this Spring 2017.  I've missed you!

To all who have left comments wondering where I was or what was happening, thank you.  I couldn't even manage to get into my blog to add those so to be sat here typing seems something of a miracle.  Here's hoping the post will actually upload.  (I'm really missing Instagram's smiley and frowny faces as I sit here typing this!)  Any of you who are also Instagram (IG) addicts, will know that I post on there very regularly so if you fancy embracing new technology, over there you can follow what I'm up to every day.  I will try to post more regularly here though (more regularly than annually doesn't set the bar that high, after all.)

Now a few words about those photographs up there.  I've loaded them all in one go and now here's the blurb underneath because I think that's just a manageable way of doing things for me right now.  It also means if you just like pictures and don't want to read my waffle, it's happy days for you!  As you can see, we are all ok and tickety boo.  I'm there dressed in my finest 1940's utility coat, off to a vintage fair in Devizes a few weeks ago.  Mr HenHouse and I are still very much into the whole vintage and 1940's scene though getting the Munchkin to go along is now very difficult.  Any of you who have or have had a fifteen year old teenager will know what I am talking about.  Yes, he really is 15.  He is now more of the Master than the Munchkin, I'm afraid, and just about overtaking me in the height stakes.

The furry friends are all still going strong.  Frank and Oscar continue to delight.  Adopting them was one of the best things we've ever done.  They've fitted in perfectly and provide us with so much joy.  Frank is a real lap cat so you are never lonely when he is around.  Oscar is younger, of course, so a bit more nuts and he certainly keeps us on our toes.  Charlie Boy.  What can I say?  There he is, still going strong, having celebrated his nineteenth birthday a few weeks ago.  Yes, that's probably over 90 in human years.  His favourite place is next to Aggie aga, he can't get enough of the heat.  Yes, I said Aga.  I have still to share my new kitchen with you.

Finally, over the past few years since we moved, there just hasn't been enough time in my life for sewing and crafting.  That's something I'm trying really hard to improve right now.  I have joined a quilting group nearby and I haven't made a full quilt yet but a week or so ago, I went along on a one day workshop held in a local village hall.  We had a visiting tutor, Jan Tillet, who works with the Accuquilt die-cutting machine and free motion stitching.  Now I have to be honest and say I wasn't really looking forward to the day as I know how the Accuquilt works, I've got one already, and I really don't love free motion stitching.  Ugh, no.  Then they changed the venue to a hall even further away and it was a horrible rainy day to top it all.  However, I'm no quitter  so off I set in trusty Delilah Disco down the muddy country lanes and do you know, I had a great day!  The group was smaller than that which meets normally (every other week)  so it was easier to chat and get to know people.  The luxury of having a whole day without the distractions of home to just sew was pretty fabulous!

I chose to use the chicken/cockerel die (we are now pretty obsessed with our hens, of course) and made individual panels.  I decided to create a feature central panel and cut out freehand a linen basket to hold the die-cut eggs.  I very much enjoyed choosing all those pretty fabrics (not necessarily so much free motion stitching round them all!)  I did like the lettering though; I confess that I drew this first using a disappearing pen then stitched over the top.  The perfectionist in me finds free motion stitching quite frustrating, I think it's fair to say, so I really stepped outside of my comfort zone.  Once I got home, I finished off the panels and joined them all with some pretty amazing chicken wire fabric to make...a table runner.  Seems just right for Spring.  The Spring that's coming...soon.  Honestly.

Until next time... xxx

27 comments:

  1. I am thrilled to see this post! Yay! Lovely pics - you look great, by the way. And as I'm noat on Instagram, so happy to "see" you again. Hoping it won't be too long - want to hear and see how you and your lovely family are doing.
    Mary

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  2. Welcome back! I've missed your posts. I started Instagram this year (needed a "smarter phone") so I will follow you there too!

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  3. Oh wow so glad to see a post from. I actually just figured out how to get back on my blog in the last week myself. It has been close to a year since I posted and had been trying for over a month to try to sign back on. I am also on Instagram so I will pop over there and look you up! Your kitties are as sweet as ever and the table runner is wonderful!

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  4. I miss your blog so much. Hope you have a bit more time for it. Thanks for the update posting.

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  5. Glad to see you post again... love your pictures and style... I'd like to follow you on IG but don't know your name there and the link on your sidebar isn't working... can you share so I can follow? Thanks! Oh... I'm carolfun53 on IG

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  6. Glad you are back,love the table runner.

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  7. I am so happy to see you are back! The pictures are wonderful and I love to hear what you have been doing. The table runner is beautiful.

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  8. Grand to see this blog from you, Hen! I am also spending more time in the land of IG, and have a link to my IG page in my most recent blog posts. Time is so precious, isn't it! xo

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  9. Wonderful to catch up with you......I had missed your blog!

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  10. Wonderful to see you blog again! Missed you so much!
    I will have to follow along on instagram! Once I figure out how :)
    Blessings!

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  11. Oh, I am SO glad to see a post by you! I have missed all the pretty pictures and your wonderful projects!

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  12. So lovely to see a post from you. I myself have found little time for my blog so I understand. All my boys are now taller than me, time goes so fast.
    I'm looking forward to seeing more sewing.
    Fondly Michelle

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  13. Welcome back! Fabulous photos, as always, especially the table runner.
    Can't wait to see your kitchen - please don't make us wait another year :)

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  14. I've missed your blog! Welcome back!

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  15. Welcome back, I have really missed your wonderful posts. you look really nice in that coat, 40s fashions looked so much smarter and attractive, I think, than the sloppy fashions of today. I love that chicken quilt as well. I have a Portrait Die Cutter that I haven't used since my beloved man died, but seeing your work, I think I need to dust of the instruction manual and see what I can come up with. :)

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  16. How lovely to see you posting again, I can't chide you because I too have not posted on my blog in a year. Health problems for myself and Mr. B have taken its toll so understand perfectly. Absolutely love the table runner so pretty. I did find you on instagram do miss your blog though 😊.

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  17. So very happy to see your post. I stumbled into your blog accidentally and once hooked looked anxiously for updates. I was thrilled to see this one pop up on my reading list and hope to see more soon!

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  18. Sooooo happy that you are back. I was worried that something bad may have happened. Love the table runner as I am in love with my chickens too. I look forward to more of your posts. And Munchkin, fifteen!!!!!! I have been following you since he was a wee one.

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  19. Yes, I had missed you and wondered what had happened. Glad your on again! Like the table runner Oh course I would have to make it in bright yellow, red, and chartreuse. I need to check out Instagram!

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  20. So good to have you back. Gosh I missed your posts.
    Blessings Gail.

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  21. It was so nice to see a post from you today! Coming here always brightens my day! God bless you, my friend...glad to have you back!

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  22. I was so happy to see your post in my feed. Your sewing room is just peachy and I totally understand about the free motion quilting. It doesn't feel right and leaves me less than happy with my work, but I will continue to try.

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  23. Hi Helen! I see that you and I have both been on quite a long hiatus from our blogs. I follow you in IG and so love to see the goings on with you. I think IG has taken over for me, where my blog was concerned. However, I intend to get a post up right soon. Hopefully I can keep at it. I hope you will as well.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  24. A delightful post, as always.. have missed that! In saying that i'm not blogging all that often either.. busy & happily involved with my FB crafty groups instead.
    So happy to see the pictures of you furry boys and knowing that Charlie boy is doing well.. we love our furry boys too, it simply wouldn't be home without them:))

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  25. Wonderful to see a new post from you. Your chicken table runner is lovely and I'm sure you will now be inspired to get into more quilting. Looking forward to seeing your new kitchen, I know it will be gorgeous.

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