Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Raindrops . . . .

Yesterday saw the last summer bank holiday of the year and here In Derbyshire It was none stop rain from morning until night, maybe not the most perfectly timed day for such a down pour, so many will have felt let down.

I always notice that when It's raining people tend to say 'what a horrible day' 'what a miserable day' 'It's awful out there!'

But is this always a fair and accurate description?
If you allow your self be a part of the more subtle layers of our reality you will begin to notice that there is Beauty to be found in almost anything, at any time, anywhere.

Beauty. Abundance. Vitality. Growth. Reflection. Light. Grace. Wonder.

Let us look that little bit closer to find Joy and positivity even when things seem grey.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Fading Lavender

Up and out in the garden early this morning pottering and tidying. 

Over the last few weeks our Lavender has begun to fade, the bees have been visiting it less and less and so I decided to cut it back before the last of the colour was lost forever.

With hands soaked in wonderful scent I made a simple arrangement in this Lovely antique pot I got from a car boot-sale last month.

Wishing you a Wonderful week, with all of the calm and quiet Beauty you deserve.

Monday, 18 August 2014

The Last Days Of summer . . . . .

Counting down these last days of summer, 
the branches on the trees sway with leaves still green, the sun shinning through golden and bright but there's a renewed freshness in the air, it's slightly more crisp, especially in the evening when day turns to night, perhaps you've found your self reaching for your cardigan or have even pulled on some warm woollen socks.
On our street the sound of the ice cream van can still be heard along with the joyous shouts and laughter of children enjoying their last few weeks of freedom, it wont be long before they return to school with crisp white shirts and freshly sharpened pencils.
 Today I have found myself thinking about the approaching change of season, which for Alex and I will bring not only the general joy of Autumn but also our first wedding anniversary and the birth of our first baby. 
And so before we take an Almighty leap in to a new and exciting phase of our lives, I'll be spending these next few weeks enjoying the last days of summer, being centred in the present but also with a little reflection, of how every moment we've shared this summer no matter how simple, such as sitting in the garden together both quietly reading, meals we've shared together at our kitchen table, the films we've laughed at and the walks we've had hand in hand, among the many Beautiful flowers we've seen, have all been so greatly enhanced by the excitement of my growing tummy, our little baby inside and the anticipation of what's in store for us!

 Flower photography from various walks this summer . . . . . .

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Hand Knitted Bambino Clothes . . . . .

I'm still learning and these patterns are by no means technical, but I would now feel comfortable to say I have taught my self to knit baby clothes! 

I tend to be quite hard on my self when learning something new and this process has not come naturally to me, I've had many a 'melt down' where I've found my self in a tangled, knotted mess but now looking at what I have produced I'm quite proud :)

 I made the cardigan, hat and bootie set in 100% cotton yarn, which feels so soft and lovely. By using simple Garter stitch a wonderful texture has been created further enhanced by the multi dyed yarn that flows with a linea like quality in Beautiful white and grey tones. The Mother of Pearl buttons were my husbands suggestion, which amused me greatly, he's much more in touch with his feminine side than I had realised and don't they finish it off perfectly.

And Below A simple jumper, with accompanying hat and booties made in pure white baby wool, again super soft and snugly. I love the modern wide arm, block-like shape and the simple cotton tape used to tie the back neck is a lovely feature.

I cant wait to dress our baby in these, Its 10 weeks today until our due date. Having entered the third trimester I'm feeling very tired with a lot of aching in my body, I've had a fair few difficult days and definitely need to take it easy, but will definitely drop by here as regularly as I can, hope all is well with you?

 *All of the patterns featured have been taken from 
'Simple Knits For Cherished Babies' By Erika Knight.*