Thursday, 25 May 2017

Ezri ventures forth

   In the time I have had Ezri she has never been outside. I see everyone's Sasha dolls enjoying the great outdoors, so I felt it was time Ezri ventured out into the world.
   So yesterday we ventured out onto the decking and Ezri seems to share my love of the garden and all things growing

   The chives in flower in the herb bed

The little aeonium

 Ezri learned that the scent of Rosemary improves your memory

The aeonium potted up next to the cordyline

   Ezri enjoyed the warm sunshine and her first adventure into the garden.

... and other musings
   We came home from a week on the Isle of Wight on Saturday and it was a glorious week. We love to visit old churches and the church of St Boniface in Bonchurch is my favourite. In fact, Bonchurch is my favourite place on the IoW. It's sheltered spot and the warm sunshine make it almost feel Mediterranean. So I'd like to share a few photos of Bonchurch with you. We parked the car at the duck pond and walked down the winding road to the seafront. There we met a chap from NYC who comes over to the UK every other year for a walking holiday and this year he picked the IoW.



Thursday, 11 May 2017

Maxi dress weather

   The glorious weather has continued here and is what I call 'maxi dress weather'.  In the time I have had between gardening jobs, I have made Ezri a maxi dress using the green/pink flowery fabric from the first dress I made for her. I have a few maxi dresses and I love them. I do have some skirts and knee length dresses, but I'm more a jeans and maxi dress girl. Being only 4' 8" I'm lucky I can wear girls dresses. I have a couple by Hooch ( my fave being my tattoo print one ) a Blue Zoo and a Principles Petite, which I got over 20 years ago!! So Ezri had to have her own maxi dress. It's not bad, though I think the pleat should have been inside rather than outside. I also treated her to a bit of bling. I bought one of those little stretchy 'crystal' rings to wear as a bracelet.

I think the pleat may have been better inside

Apple blossom

New bling

... and other musings
   The gardening has been a pleasure this week. There's been little time for much else really. Most of the weeding is done now, just a bit left behind the greenhouse. We took down the fence and tidied up alongside the greenhouse where the grass and weeds were hard to get at and put down membrane, plum slate and planted 130 bulbs, but I think I'll also get some bedding plants. The bean supports are up ready for bean planting. We also got the car washed and cleaned inside and out. I have to have 2 feather cushions behind my back, or I can't reach the steering wheel, and the inside of the car was covered in feathers. After cleaning the car I replaced the plastic bags that are inside the covers, as they had split so the feathers were escaping!

 The fence along side the green house as it was, grassy, weedy and overgrown

and as it is now, neat and tidy with bulbs planted in front

The plum slate looks so nice

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Ezri's quilt is finished

   Ezri's new quilt is finally finished! It was quite a new experience making one entirely by machine, but it was good practice. I rather liked the machine quilting; it was very quick and it gives a denser effect to the top. I did make a boo-boo though. I normally use wool or cotton batting in my quilting projects, but as this was so small and I didn't want to buy a large piece to cut into; I bought a 1/2m sq of polyester wadding. I think this made it rather stiff and I won't be using it again! I washed it and used fabric softener so hopefully it will soften with time. Not one of my best, but it's OK and I think Ezri is happy with it. I said I would take some photos as I went along. As I had already pieced the top by last week's post the photos start from the quilt ready for quilting

The simple lattice design with the wadding and backing tacked together

I thought navy thread would work well in this design

After machine quilting

                                                                        Close up

The pieced binding

One side bound, three to go

All finished

 ...and other musings
   The weather has turned warm and sunny again this week and we have been out in the garden as much as possible. The weeding seems an endless chore. However, the potatoes, peas, carrots, swede, beetroot, courgettes, onions and kale are now in the veg beds. The tomatoes already have flowers and the beans are going in next week