30 June 2014

A little catch up

Oh my goodness, what a lovely few days away we had last week.  My parents headed off to Norfolk on holiday and as luck would have it, booked a two bedroom holiday cottage slap bang on the Norfolk Broads. They asked if we would like to join them for a couple of days like we did last year, well it would have been rude not too! 

The cottage was beautiful, but the absolute best bit was being able to sit by the river, which apart from a couple car boot sales, is pretty much what I did for two days............

I had contemplated taking some of my works in progress, but decided that Poppy's quilt was too big to carry around and my crochet cushion required lots of concentration.....I've been joining the squares together with double crochet...I know that would seem not a difficult task, but for me, well lets not go there.....so a new crochet project has begun.....a blanket....oh yes....it may take me an age..... but a blanket will be mine!!!!

Seeing as I am going to be carrying this one around for quite a while, I thought I would take inspiration for the colour scheme from my Cath Kidston crochet bag....

As well as the ducks and swans...... we also an array of birds including the most stunning Barn Owl, sadly I wasn't quick enough to grab my camera, but then Mum spotted this chap in the field beyond....what a site!

  I am now counting down the days until we return for our annual family holiday.
 Back home I've been admiring the treasures that I snaffled as car boot....the jug was far to pretty to leave behind, the baskets, well you can never have to many baskets and I was so thrilled to find a piece of vintage snowflake pyrex to add to my collection.

Having not sewn for an entire week, I couldn't wait to get stitching again.  My project was a party dress for Poppy to wear to my brothers wedding this summer.  I wanted it to be really special and had set my heart on a dress with a Peter Pan collar, so I was extremely chuffed when I found this pattern.  As for the fabric, I gave Poppy the choice from any of the fabrics in the shop and she chose the pretty floral from the Little Red Riding Hood collection....good choice I think....I wanted the sash to be in a contrasting fabric and after much deliberation chose the red stripe by Sevenberry.  The pattern calls for it to be cut on the cross, which I think has been really effective, although it does make my eyes go a little squiffy...that may however be down to my new varifocal glasses!

I added some pretty lace trim to the sleeves and the hem and after much fiddle..... fully lined the whole thing, adding some net I had in my stash, in between.......Obviously it has now been put away safe and sound and well away from sticky fingers ready for the big day....now all I need to do is to make something for me wear!

I hope that you all had a lovely few days and I'll back soon with a ta dah!!!! 


  1. AnonymousJuly 01, 2014

    That sounds and looks like a perfect get-away!

  2. The photos along the river are so very relaxing ... what a beautiful setting to sit and crochet and enjoy a glass of wine ... or the whole bottle ;) ... ha! To see all that wildlife too, must've been a real treat. Love the colours in your new blanket, it's going to look great. You've done an amazing job on Poppy's dress. She does have very good taste, and I love the fabric in this pattern. The diagonal stripes make my eyes jump too. Enjoy your week! Wendy x

  3. Your post is filled with happiness Sarah, and I really enjoyed reading it and imagining being there. Your blanket will be lovely - it already is, and oh that sweet little dress you made for Poppy - she will look adorable in it, it's an absolute darling, well done! xoJoy

  4. Hello lovely Sarah :o)
    What a fabulous and tranquil setting, it's so good to get away sometimes isn't it.
    Oh My Lordy ..... Poppy's dress is SO cute, you did such a perfect job, love love love x and clever Poppy with the fabric choice ..... she has great taste just like her mummy.
    love Jooles x x x

  5. Your little trip away sounds perfect, and to come home with such lovely goodies too !
    Your crochet looks gorgeous, your work is always so neat and perfectly done.
    Have a great week
    Kate x

  6. I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay in my home county, the Broads are a wonderful place to unwind and relax. Your car boot finds are lovely and the dress, what can I say, I would wear it like a shot.

  7. I'm so glad that you had such a good time away!! The location looks blissful indeed. Love your new blanket! You got the colours just right, and your combinations are lovely too. I hope that you enjoy it. The pyrex is lovely!!! I find it hard not to pick things like that up, so I understand why you got it! xx

  8. Gorgeous post! It sounds like you had a lovely time away, it's great to just chill isn't it? Great treasures from the car boot, the pink jug is beautiful. Loving your crochet blanket too.
    Marianne x

  9. That's a beautiful dress you made. Your daughter will be lovely wearing it and there definitely won't be anyone else wearing the same thing at the wedding! Love the crochet blanket you've started.

  10. What a lovely get a way you had :-) Poppy's dress is very pretty and I am in love with your blanket colours. I'd love to know what yarn you are using for it Sarah please. It's hooking up beautifully and a lovely project to immerse yourself in.
    Tracey xxx

    1. Thank you Tracey, I use Drops Muskat for all my projects and I just popped over to get you a link and saw that it's currently on offer....find it here: http://www.woolwarehouse.co.uk/yarn/drops-muskat-all-colours

  11. I absolutely adore your blog! My 9 year old daughter would just faint over those dresses! I look forward to following you! Have a great up coming weekend! Tammy x

  12. Hi Sarah - i am having a long overdue catch up here! The holiday sounds heavenly, isn't it great how just a few days away can make the world of difference. I love the colours in your crochet blanket, and your car boot finds are brilliant, especially the pyrex. Poppy's party dress is an absolute triumph! It's very, very skilled and accomplished, I hope you are really proud of it. xx


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