Friday, 28 September 2007

Corner of my home...the peaceful place...

Well time has a whole new meaning for me, for the first time is sooooooo long I actually have some to fill, using my own initiative to fill it, rather than having it filled for me by looking after little people. Its been a difficult week and not helped by the fact that I am car-less, so I am at home in the school hours and getting stuff done...boring stuff like housework, after eight years of surface cleaning I am finally doing the real thing...
So when you get sucked into this world of cleaning, I can not believe I am actually talking about this as I loath cleaning with a passion...I escape to my peaceful place for some sanity. Now I have taken up the challenge set by Monkee Maker (go read this girls blog if you don't laugh out load you don't have a pulse) on the 14th September she asked if we would share with blog land our favourite knitting spots, well I have a few, but this one is my favourite. My BED!!! Once the kids are in bed, the animals are fed, lunch boxes packed, toys put away etc...well its some down time. I like nothing better than making a pot of tea (all special with a tea pot, pretty tray cover and milk jug maybe even a homemade cookie), plug in the ipod or put on a movie and just relax...I have big feather filled cushions and with the dark nights setting in I love the colour of my bedroom (yes I know I wanted to change it in the summer, it is a winter colour...great at Christmas) its warm and cosy and just for ME!!! So with all this Autumn cleaning I have been doing I took a break early in the week and made something just for ME! (See the 'me' word again...so not used to being on my own it sounds indulgent) Now I adore the Heather Bailey range of fabrics, it also helps that I read through, as most of us did, the whole experience of her going from an idea to the fabric being in the shops. In the UK we are always so slow to catch on to things and the fabric was unavailable unless you had a pay pal account. The wonderful Small Fox and I did a swap, I sent some Liberty fabric and she sent me the Heather Bailey fabric, in four different colour ways. (We swapped other cool stuff too).
It has been on top of my Fat Quarter shelf all summer, to scared to cut into it. Now I was doing a search on ebay and came across a sale in the UK, just a one day one, with the wonderful H.B. fabrics...I ordered some straight away, infact I went a little mad. SO this meant I could dip into my stash without fear, they had been ear marked for a handbag and small quilt...Not anymore...
I had embroidered the tea cup and 'Suzie Sews' on a piece of linen scrap, one of those project just lying around to pick up and do a stitch here and there. So I put the two together and two hours later...Hey presto!!! a personal cushion, I adore the colours and the way the textures of the fabric really sing together, I did a fold opening as to a zip as I hate it when you snuggle in and the metal gets you just in the side of your face...OK! OK! its also much quicker and easier...
As if by magic, just as I finished it the postie arrived with my new batch of labels.
Have a great weekend, if I can work out some transport its my patchwork course this weekend, a children's party and no other plans...hopefully a relaxing time should be had.

18 comments:

Tracy said...

real cleaning!
yuk
keep sewing, knitting and drinking tea instead.....
so no to housework x
tracy x

de vliegende koe said...

Wonderful cushions! And about the cleaning, it’s not my favourite thing to do. You have a really cosy corner to knit! I like to take all kinds of stuff with me to my bed and I’m always surrounded by tea, books, magazines, knitting projects and notebooks. I always write down what’s keeping me busy to clear my head before I go to sleep.

anne bebbington said...

What a lovely cushion - love the fabrics - when you've finished your deep cleaning maybe you'd like to come down and tackle mine - we used to do houseswap holidays when the kids were tiny and that was the incentive to really thoroughly spring clean at least once each year - sadly now keeping up to just the surface basics takes some doing!

sarah said...

I'm so glad you found such a lovely use for the fabric! You deserve it!

this is my patch said...

There is nothing better than wrapping yourself up in a duvet in the evening with a cup of tea, I love my bedroom too, the only room you can completely relax in. I take after my mum being very fastidious when it comes to housework, so much of my time is spent keeping things tidy, I find I feel so much better if I keep on top of things, as if I don't I find I have a very muddled mind!

Florence said...

oh lucky you - what a fantastic swap.

I ended up ordering my Heather Bailey (still awaiting it's arrival) from the States as it was $4 for 1/2 a yard (about £1.98) on their ebay...I haven't worked out how it compares to the english price for a fat quarter as that would make my head hurt - maths isn't my strong point - but it did seem like a good deal and the postage is £5 for 12 half-yard pieces, which doesn't seem too bad either. I am even more excited about it arriving having seen the corner of your aqua flower print on one of the photos - that one is my favourite!

Your label looks great sewn on to it too!

x

Florence said...

Also I forgot to ask - what stitch have you used for the Suzie Sews writing that you've embroidered onto the cushion? It looks lovely - I tend to either use a backstitch or a chain stitch for writing, but yours looks far nicer!

Solorn said...

I find cleaning MUCH nicer if you stick an audio book on your MP3 player and listen while you do it. It helps when you know the free sites to get them from too:)

Thankyou so much for visiting my little blog by the way. There will always be a pot of tea and a slice of home made cake for you.

(Angie) Norththreads: said...

How beautiful!!!!! I love the embroidery!!

Nell said...

Great pillow. I love how you combined the fabrics!

Monkee Maker said...

Hi Suzie,

Thanks for taking part and showing your knitting spot (and for the link; you're too kind). I very rarely knit on my bed, maybe because I don't have such fab cushions to lean on.

Hope you've packed the cleaning equipment away now and picked up your crafting tools instead :)

Cathy said...

It looks so cosy - how nice to snuggle down of an evening there. I love your cushion - those fabrics are great, and your embroidery is lovely.
Good luck with the cleaning - it can be therapeutic!
Cathy X

Caroline said...

Hello again
you've been busy. I am in the throws of housework too - not nice! Also started doing a dressing gown for my middle child using a pattern from my Mum which she used for me - hows that for retro?!

Sarah said...

Your cushion is a real beauty - I bet you feel really proud to snuggle into that one. Hope that the patchwork course was fun.

vintage twist said...

What beautiful things you have shown us. Thank you for stopping by Vintage Twist.

Katherine said...

I can see why your bed is your favourite place to relax. It looks so inviting with the pretty pillows and fabrics.
Your pillow with the embroidery and Heather Bailey fabrics is gorgeous! Way to make something for yourself. Moms needs special handmade treats too!

Thimbleanna said...

Love your pillow -- AND your new labels!

weirdbunny said...

Loving your cushion. I hate cutting into fabric I love too. I even saw all the little tiny bits then for appliqué. Evey few months I get a day when I have the cleaning bug and really enjoy it. The rest of the time I'm just totally blase about the mess and chaos that surrounds me !