Saturday, 30 January 2016

Shocking News From Romsey

 




 

 
M, reading the Romsey Advertiser this morning, let out a bark of laughter and handed me the paper:


What on earth was the planning department thinking? Everyone knows the construction of a new porch is the beginning of the road to ruin. Thank goodness the local paper was on-hand to report it.

We went into Southampton this morning. Usually, we avoid the shopping centre there like the plague, especially on a Saturday morning, but last night L declared his intention of getting a Gaming Desktop Computer to replace his knackered laptop which puffs out smoke whenever you suggest it do anything, so we went on a fact-finding mission to J Lewis Esq, (who just happen to also have a haberdashery department).

Having had as much Technical Computer Speak as I could cope with without losing my sanity, I left the boys cheerfully pressing buttons on uber-expensive sound systems and took the escalator to the bottom floor. It was my intention to spend a few minutes on my own  among the fabric, but the sudden ricocheting of ear-splittingly loud music off the walls of the technical department meant I reached the haberdashery barely ahead of the boys, who at least had the grace to look sheepish (while rubbing their ears).

There was a sale on. Frankly it's bad manners to ignore a mark down of 100% cotton to £5/ metre from £15/ metre (pink floral one), especially when you need a new pair of pyjama bottoms and are busy producing aprons (hare and flowers) and nice bags (green flowers) for the Christmas Fayre....


I also got some strapping for the aprons, a zip for a cushion that needs mending and a tiny little suitcase-style box to keep ribbons in. M is at a loss to understand my simple but complete joy in such things, but then I don't understand his mania for bicycles :o)

Here is my latest Foxy Creation modeled by my husband. It isn't really wonky, I am just crap  not good at taking elegant showing-off-items photos and didn't notice it wasn't on straight until I'd downloaded it. I think it suits him, what do you reckon?


Talking of lovely new things, look what arrived for me this week.....(incidentally, please ignore the hair, I am due to see Sam next week for a tidy up :o)).....


I know many of you read Amy's  blog so you may have seen this shawl when she made one for herself just before Christmas. I fell in love with it and asked whether she'd make me one, little knowing that she was considering setting up a business along those very lines. So I was her first customer :o) Isn't it gorgeous? You just can't beat handmade lovelies. Do pop over and see her, there is a link to her Etsy shop on her sidebar where you can place orders for things.
 

Poor Old Ted has another patch of Wet Eczema. It's not as bad as the first one but I'm keeping an eye on it and hoping it won't spread. It's on his neck which means it'll be a bugger to dress if it gets that far. He's about to go and have a bath with some special shampoo in a minute to try and take the itch away and then I'll shave the area to keep it cool. I've got some rosehip oil on its way too to help soothe the skin. Pop is also going to have a bath, but that is because she is scruffy and smelly and looks like a reprobate.


That's all from here for now. Hope you are all well and life is treating you kindly and that you're all wet-eczema-free. Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

CT :o)
 

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  1. Lovely fabrics I was just thinking myself I need to make some aprons, have a lovely weekend x

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  2. That shawl of Amy's is beautiful, how lovely that you were her first customer too!
    Poor Ted-I'm sorry to hear that his wet-eczema is returning, how horrible for you all.
    You got some lovely fabrics CT. I'm planning a trip to our local shop to pick up some material to cover the seats of 4 dining chairs. It's such a treat to look through them and I always start with the remnants section where I've picked up some great bargains in the past.

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    1. Amy is very talented. Have given Ted his bath and he's not itching now. May just have to do it once a week now. I love going through fabric remnants :o)

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  3. Poor old Ted - expect he is feeling sorry for himself. Husband does indeed look rather fetching in the pinny.
    And you look absolutely fantastic in that lacy creation, which is beautifully made.

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    1. Teddy not too bad today after a run through the pig fields! I love the shawl too- so clever :o)

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  4. Loved the apron on your husband! It's lovely to go shopping for all those crafty odds and ends that we women love...men will never understand. Hope Teds eczema gets better soon. Barbara

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    1. Thank you Barbara. Fabric, ribbons and wool....I am easily pleased!

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  5. I have not been in John Lewis for a while, I love Fabric Land.

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    1. Fabric land is great for bits and bobs :o)

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  6. awwwwwwww that first photo is so sweet and breaks my heart at the same time. Watson would sit somewhere and thehamish would find him and scrunch in usually falling asleep with his head resting on Watson. Sweet sweet photo.
    I hope Ted feels better soon.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish.

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    1. That's what happens here- Pops always snuggles up to Teddy. He is more comfortable today. Me thinks regular baths in his special shampoo will help x

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  7. Lovely doggie's back by the fireside. Centre parting and everything.

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    1. They are super-glued to the fire whenever it's lit.

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  8. I love that newspaper article! Did you hear about the poor woman in Somerset who was just about to host a crochet class when she suffered an unprovoked yogurt attack. Don't know what the world is coming to. Your crafty items are lovely. I'm in awe of that shawl - so delicate! Big hugs for poor Ted.

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    1. I had to look up the yogurt attack in Somerset. You couldn't make these things up, could you?! Ted says thank you very much for the hug, which he received via the internet. How's the running going?

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    2. No running now for a week and a half, too much college work/practising for driving test/training for new voluntary job! Phew! Hopefully back on the road Tues. :)

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    3. I haven't done any for a fortnight either! Good luck with your driving test and new job :o) XX

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  9. How lovely is that shawl. Well done on getting the fabrics at a reduced price. The apron looks great on your husband. Hopefully poor old Ted's eczema will clear up quickly. xx

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    1. Thanks Jan. I couldn't believe the price of the fabric, bargain! Teddy is feeling better today xx

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  10. So glad that you like the shawl!! Phew! It looks good on you! You bought some beautiful fabrics and I love the foxy apron, very nice! Hope that Teddy is better again soon. Give him a big hug from me! Thank you again!! xx

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    1. I LOVE the shawl, it's soooo beautiful. Everyone has been admiring it here (especially the dogs, and it is being kept WELL out of their reach!!). Teddy says thank you for the hug and he is feeling a bit better today Aunty Amy xx

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  11. Hello CT, long time, no write! I have so missed reading your posts! They are so entertaining! I've flicked through your last few posts and see you've been up to some lovely stuff! I think I would manage to spend 2 hours in Liberty's looking at all the material and little bits and bobs! Glad to see that Ted and Pops are looking as cute and fluffy as always! Love the foxy apron! I've also taken up a bit of sewing - making quilt(s).

    I enjoyed your hedge laying post - just a wonderful skill and one which seems to be coming back into 'fashion'. My dad taught me a bit of chainsawing and hedge laying last year. I am excited for your dormouse venture! Have you been working towards your license?

    It's nice to be back :) Lou x

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    1. Hey Lou :o) It's SO GOOD to hear from you. I am so impressed at all you've been doing and are doing. Science teacher, eh? I think you'll be great at it. I've done a few Dormouse surveys over last summer and got to handle one before it slipped between my fingers! Not sure about my license, just because of the time it takes and I am trying to clear space rather than fill it :o) Keep in touch my dear xx

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  12. Gorgeous shawl, Amy has done a beautiful job on it. And I love the hare fabric, it's divine. John Lewis you say... Boys can never resist pressing the buttons can they. Good job they make us laugh. Brilliant apron, very smoothly modelled. Not every man could carry that off. Sorry to hear Ted has another itchy bit. He is blessed to have you looking after him. I do hope it's all better soon. CJ xx

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    1. She's a cracking crocheter, isn't she? I am full of admiration for the marvellous things she creates. Smiling at the thought of M as a model for my creations. I feel more blog posts along those lines coming on.... :o) Have a good week, my friend XX

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  13. Beautifully crafted and modelled - both apron and shawl. A fox, the picture of health, walked right past me at the allotment this week. I love close encounters like these. Sorry to hear about Ted, hope he gets better soon.

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    1. I saw a Fox last week too- high up on the Chalk in the early frost. He didn't see me and the dogs didn't see him, trotting along, nose down on the scent of a bunny. Magic.

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  14. Love the foxy apron! Adore the hare fabric. Not keen on wet eczema. That shawl looks like faeries made it. X

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    1. I think that's Amy's secret- she has an army of Faeries helping her, like the Elves and the Shoe Maker (which is not to diminish her own talent in any way) XX

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  15. The Porch made me smile. That is Big News in our part of Hampshire isn`t it?!

    I share your dread of West Quay but that fabric department is always worth a few minutes of doodling around. I usually fall prey to another cushion when I`m there!

    I hope Ted`s wet eczema son dries up again, poor lad.

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    1. They've got lots of lovely cushions there at the mo. I was severely tempted by some hare ones but managed to desist when I imagined the look on my husband's face :o)

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  16. Poor Ted. Hope he's ok and the wet-itchy-bit gets better asap. Love that hare fabric. The apron and shawl are both very fine indeed. Sam x

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    1. Thanks Sam, he seems more comfortable today after a bath :o) x

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  17. I love Councils, they're fab aren't they. Look at one of our local Villagers having to contend with them.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3418976/Council-order-pensioner-89-cut-140-year-old-hedge-dangerous.html

    140 year old yew tree but they do chuff all about people parking all over the paths!!! numpties x

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    1. Hey Julee, how are you lady? Long time no speak :o)
      Yes, the things councils do are worthy of a joke book all their own sometimes, eh? Hope all's well xx

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  18. Lovely fabric and shawl, Amy is very clever. Poor Ted, my boy gets it too on the top of his head of all places but being a Dalmatian having short hair helps. We live near the sea so when his is bad we take him for "a bath" or I fill up a sterile bottle and bring sea water home to bathe it which since being here (2years) has improved it no end ....not much great advice I know if you don't live near the coast. Hope it dries up and heals soon.

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    1. That's v interesting and great advice, thank you. I do use salt water on wounds but hadn't thought about it as a regular treatment when the eczema is present. Will give it a go xx

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  19. No wet e what's it here apart from endless rain. Loving the foxy apron, on the hopefully foxy husband....

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    1. Definitely a Foxy Husband- he gets compared to Daniel Craig all the time (which drives him mad but makes me smile!) xx

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  20. many years ago I lived near Southampton and J Lewis hab and fabrics was my heaven on earth! So pleased to hear it as just as gorgeous - next visit to friends I will have to run off for a "fix".

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    1. You must pop over there when next in Soton. LOTS of lovely things- reels of ribbon and all sorts of fabric (they should be paying me for the endorsement- free fabric would do!) :o)

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  21. Hey CT,
    I'm in love with the apron. Perhaps you and Amy could join forces; shawls, aprons, pjs and little what not bags....
    Leanne xx

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    1. Now there's a thought :o) I'll brave the village Christmas Fayre first to test the water :o) xx

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  22. Porch? Goodness it's all downhill from there. I think you got a bargain with the fabric, more aprons on the way maybe. Perhaps you could make your husband a matching tea towel as a small hint. x

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    1. I'm ashamed to say he does more washing up and housework than me! XX

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  23. The shawl is very pretty and I love the apron. My son bought my daughter an apron for Christmas and coincidentally it went through my mind that if I could get the hang of the new sewing machine it might be easy to make using the bought one as a template!

    Hope Ted is better soon.

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    1. They are really easy to make. I'll try and get a tutorial up some time this week. I find making lined ones the easiest of all- it hides all the threads on the ties x

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  24. I think the apron suits him well. Lovely fabric and shawl. Poor Teddy, hope it doesn't spread and heals soon.

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  25. I thought your hubby looked mighty fine in his 'pinny'...did he put it to good use??

    Your shawl is beautiful..I may go and take a looks at Amy's shop.

    I hope the wet eczema clears up soon...there is nothing harder than trying to treat a dogs skin...Tro often gets skin problems and I really don't like having to shave him!!

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    1. It was whipped off and folded away to keep clean for the fayre in November :o)

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  26. Love, love the hare and flower material :o) Oh that shawl is so pretty I can see why you fell in love with it. Poor Ted, hope it doesn't spread and gets better quickly. Lovely photos :o) xx

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    1. Thanks Julie. I'm going to make an apron for me with the hare material :o) Teddy seems more comfortable after his bath. Keeping an eye on him. Hope all's well with you xx

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  27. What a weekend.... giggled at 'the boys' in the computer department. Sounds like my nephews who live in Surrey. They are computer mad and know everything about everything which drives my sister mad...until she needs her computer fixed........
    Lovely fabric...nothing wrong in finding joy in such things. The apron looks great and wonky is good...adds character to the photo and the model!!!!!!!
    I got excited yesterday - we had a family gardening morning - and the bougainvillea needed a trim - so I now have sprigs on the window ledge...and it makes me blissfully content. Hot pink to go with the weather.
    Poor Ted..he must be itchy....bicarb and water mix soothes the itches...if the rose hip doesn't do the trick. I use rose hip oil on my face...such a fabulous moisturiser.
    All looking good at your end...love the shawl..how beautifully. It would make a lovely bed jacket...you know while your family bring you breakfast in bed :-)!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Love to all....looking forward to my trip..not long now xx

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    1. Your gardening sounds blissful. Bougainvillea...sigh. Thank goodness for lads knowing about computers. I really am hopeless. So looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks :o) XX

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    2. So looking forward to our meet up xx

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  28. Oh bless Ted I hope his eczema clears up soon, Rocky passes on his regards & to tell Ted that he has been teased dreadfully by the cat in the cottage over the road & a squirrel too! We only have John Lewis at home in the vicinity so no haberdashery department. This does mean I'm allowed to visit often though the leash has been reinstated after I bought an expensive toaster & kettle!! I do love the hare fabric I have serious wanties now & very impressed my Mr CT's modelling skills! I have that shawl pattern & how wonderful of Amy to make it for you, it looks splendid. xx

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    1. Poor Rocky, T says to tell him to growl at both the cat and squirrel. Fabric is maintaining my sanity here at the mo- it's been a tough week. Hope all's well with you all xx

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  29. Amy's shawl is so lovely. I'm sure she could do well selling them. Your husband's is an excellent model for your lovely apron! So sorry to hear Ted's troubles are not over. Daisy too suffered with eczema which didn't appear until she was 5 years old, did Ted ever suffer when he was younger? Sarah x

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    1. Interesting about Daisy. Ted has never had any skin problems until this. He'll be 7 in June. Wondering if it's his immunity getting older and becoming more compromised. What did you do to treat Daisy's? I'll whizz you an email to chat it over x

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  30. Had a day of catching up on posts, they are making a new John Lewis in Leeds, so looking forward to that. Loving Orla Kiely at the moment, which can be found in JL.. very expensive, but I can look.
    Love the fabric and the shawl is nice, to be worn in the summer with your party dress one evening I think.
    We have had a wood burner put in last week, old man not to sure about sitting in front of it ..hope Ted feels a little better.
    Amanda xx

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    1. I'm sorry I haven't been round to catch up recently- difficult week here- but am hoping to pop round before Monday! Hope all's well xx

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  31. The fabric store here had a great sale on cotton fabrics this weekend, and I looked, but left it all on the shelf for now. I have a few projects I want to get out of the way before I buy more. Your purchases are very sweet, and your foxy apron looks great! What a great guy to model that for you ;) The shawl Amy made for you is just beautiful! She has done such a beautiful job and I really admire her work.
    I hope Ted feels less itchy with your help. Poor pup :(
    Wendy

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    1. That was very controlled of you. I am hopeless when it comes to self control and fabric :o)

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  32. Hello CT. It's lovely to catch up with you again and to catch up with gorgeous Ted and Pop. Sorry to hear poor Ted has been suffering a bit, hope all is better again soon. The shawl is very pretty - so delicate. We have a new John Lewis opening in Chelmsford soon (a big event for here and generating much excitement) so it'll be time to raid the haberdashery dept there, too. But probably not on Saturday - as you say! Great photos, as always.

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    1. It's lovely to have you back. I'm looking forward to catching up on all your news, your lovely garden and of course the bees :o)

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  33. What lovely photo's again, and such a selection.

    You can't beat a visit to John Lewis can you !

    Hope you've had a good week

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan, I do like an amble around J Lewis! x

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