Archive for the ‘Trips’ Category

Just a moment to stop

Friday, March 4th, 2011

I am positive I am not alone when I say that I rush through out the week, wishing my life away and crying for the weekend to start, only to find that the weekend went so fast, and it is Sunday evening, I only did half of the things that I wanted to do and ended up feeling more tired than when the weekend started.

I have not come up with a solution for that, if I had I would certainly become millionaire selling my secret, but I am going to adopt a lovely tradition that many have already started, just stop and take a little detail from our lives and be happy for it. So basically, if I manage to stop and appreciate something that I have experienced or I have come across, I might just start to slow down and, well, enjoy life even more.

So to stop and welcome the weekend I want to share with you an image of a Tea Room in enchanting Sintra, Portugal that made me stop and enjoy what it turned out to be an afternoon that I will probably enjoy for the rest of my life. So this is how I was welcomed in perhaps one of the friendliest little restaurants that I have ever been, Raposa Casa de Cha (and the cakes were delicious!).

P.S. I want to thank 3 amazing ladies to recommended to go to Sintra: Margarida, Suzy and Kelly. xx

About Vikings, fjords and a bit of crafts

Friday, July 30th, 2010

It has been over a week since I post anything but things have been a bit hectic around here, but all for the good! As it is Friday today and we all want to take it easy, I thought of sharing with you a few photos from last week.

Whilst you were busy shopping with us during our Free Shipping offer last week, I was in a boat going around some of the beautiful Norwegian fjords. Apart from the disappointment that the boat was not a real viking boat and nobody was wearing helmets with big horns, the scenery wasspectacular, the sea food as everybody would expect was brilliant and, well, the prices were a bit steep but hey we had a fantastic time!

Although it was a very short trip I managed to squeeze my traditional search for crafty shops. I was not so lucky finding fabric shops, but I was spoiled with yarn choices. Rows and rows of different colours, shades and textures. I brought back with me a fair isle pattern forslippers, lets hope I can knit them both the same size!!

I leave you with some pictures, I am not sure about you but I am ready for another holiday!

Summer Weekends

Monday, July 19th, 2010

There is something about summer that I just want to go out and so something. So far every weekend I have been out and about, not necessarily being very productive, butdefinitelydoing lots of things. Last weekend we went to Bath for theIt’s Darling Bath’s Vintage and Handmade Fair. It was fantastic! It was a small fair, no more than 20 stalls but I could have spend all day there and a lot of money too.

Scrapiana's goodies

Blue vintage cotton from Scrapiana

Every single stall had something unique and everybody was so friendly and helpful that the time went quite fast, and I didn’t take as many picture as I wanted to (or as I had promised!). If you missed the fair, here are very few although not very good photos but I will strongly encourage you to checkScrapiana’s blog (I must warn you, you will adore this blog),Random Vintage (lesson learned, if you see anything in this shop that you like buy now or regret it forever) and keep and eye out for all the lovely goodies thatGinger and Pep will have in her online shop.

Lovely cushions from Ginger & Pep

Part of what I brought back with me from Bath :)

We also had a quick look at Rookes Book. Anyone that knows me, knows that one of my passions is buying books (yes, I love buying books more than reading them), so this lovely books store was in my places to go ever since I read this post by Eirlys. Next time you are in Bath, have a wander but be warned, expect to spend more time and money than you initially had in mind.

Lovely books at Rooke Books

On Sunday, still full of handmade/homemade spirit, I made a clafoutis (I made one on Friday and missed an important ingredient but we don’t want to talk about that). I think it was the best way to finish a summer weekend withthejuiciestcherries I have had this year!

Washed and ready to be pitted

Clafoutis minus one ingredient :S

V&A Quilts 1700-2010 Exhibition

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Very few things in life are as comforting as a quilt. Quilts for me are sort of a hug and a cup of hot chocolate in a rainy day all mixed together. So when I found myself on my own during the wet Bank Holiday in early May, I knew where was the place to go to make me feel a bit better. I took and early train to from Oxford to London and went straight to the V&A Quilts Exhibition. It was like an instant fix to my blue day! The museum was quite busy, and as much that I’d love having the galleries for my self, I think it is great that many people also want to admire all the treasures in the museum.

Liberty Jack Quilt, Janey Forgan. Patchowrk and quilting, Oxford, 2008. V&A Museum.

My first stop was at the Sackler Centre to sew a 12×12 inch patchwork block, that it later was sewn together with other blocks made by others and transformed into a quilt to be donated to the Project Linus. I have never done a quilt in my life (although it is in my list of to-do-things), so I was quite impressed with little block. Tutors were helping people like me and I was lucky to be guided by the lovely (and patience) Mrs Jo Poulton(who also is part of Greenstede Quilters in East Grinstead). I think events like this are great for getting people into crafts and also crafting for a good cause. My day was getting so much better after that!

Nine-patch squares at the V&A waiting to be created in lovely blankets for children with serious illness.

On my way to London, I had wondered how an exhibition of an every-day-thing such as a quilt can attract so many visitors. I must say the curators had done a fantastic work; the quilts are stunning, both antique and contemporary. You find yourself wondering about the people who made them, or who owned them. I am sure they never thoughtthat their coverlet was going to be displayed in a museum hundreds of years later admired by people from all over the world. The contemporary quilts are fascinating. It is an eye-opening to see how people from different paths of life do and enjoy making quilts with such rich techniques, and all of them use a quilt to express themselves.

Many of my customers are quilters or use patchwork in some of their projects, and their results are incredible beautiful and certainly they all are museum material. I am not surprise that some of the designers fabric that we stock have already been in art galleries. But could you imagine travel in time and see an Amy Butler quilt made by you, or a tablecloth made with Leanika fabric? And I think we all can see Denyse Schmidt’s designs in museums!

Coverlet, Patchwork and quilting. Possibly Exter, England, 1690-1720. V&A Museum