Monday, 30 March 2015

Gentlework @ Hope & Elvis

On Sunday, I was lucky enough to grab a place at Hope & Elvis Studios to spend the most delightful of days stitching under the guidance of the lovely Christine from Gentlework.  What an utter delight it was.


 Christine makes dolls, and brooches, and books and bunting and lots of other treasures, all from vintage scraps and in the most soothing and subtle of colour pallette's.



 I could quite easily believe that Christine herself is a fairy who lives in an enchanted wood.  She is so lovely.





 She brought along a collection of materials to share with us.  My good friend Lyn, commented that I was like a kid in the haberdashery equivalent of a sweet shop!  She wasn't wrong!
 I wanted it all!
 I loved Christine's attention to detail.  She had decorated all our wok tables with stunning but simple decoration.
 And she brought us all a present! What stunning gift wrapping too!
 We all worked very hard - I think it was the quietest class I have ever done at Hope and Elvis!
 I made a sewing roll for my needles and bits and bobs.  It's not quite finished.
 A day at the studio is a tonic for me.  I love sewing surrounded by lovely friends and with lots of inspiration and fabulous materials in the room.
If I start now, I might get a few bits turned out in time for Christmas! xx

Monday, 23 March 2015

Shillito Woods

This weeks walking group walk was the family friendly walk from Shillito Woods near Chartsworth.  I am always amazed how far the tiny tots can walk!  The moors on this walk were teeming with nature and lots of surprises for us all to wonder at.


 The car park had lots of encouragement for birds and whilst I was waiting for my group, I managed to snap a few.








 We spotted a couple of groups of deer - who I am sure had spotted us first!

 And, for those who know me well, my ultimate sign of spring - Frogs Spawn.  And lots of it!

 This is a walk I will do many more times as the views were spectacular and the walking fairly easy!  So much to see and the silence was amazing!  Just a few miles out of Sheffield City Centre too.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Whitby for Mothers Day

I don't get to spend much time with my Mum on our own, so for Mothers Day I decided to treat us both to a coach trip to Whitby for the day.  We did really well weather wise as the sun decided to shine as soon as we stepped off the coach (although it was very nippy!)


 Whitby is a fabulous place to walk around and I think it photographs so well,


 There is so much to see and do, plenty little alleys to explore and peep down.












 For lunch we had the obligatory Fish & Chips, but for cake and coffee it always has to be the stunning La Rosa.

 Mum hadn't been before and she didn't quite know what to think!  (there is a lot to look at!)  But she did love the cake and the "Throne" that she got to sit in .  It was a beautiful and very peaceful oasis.
 We don't always see eye to eye Mum and I, so we thought that a house on Arguments Yard would suit us!  We did well on Mothers Day though and didn't have one cross word!