Friday, 15 August 2014

Friday Happies

Time has been my greatest source of happiness this week. Freedom from clock watching and rushing, the opportunity to pause and be in the moment.

:: Time to indulge in some cloud watching. We've had some dramatic, stormy skies this week, with heavy bursts of rain and lots of bright sun. These conditions make for good clouds. 


:: Time to enjoy a beautiful, leisurely walk in a favourite spot on the South coast with my mum and the children, to watch the clouds and linger behind, taking photos.


:: Time to dawdle over feeding the ducks, to coo over tame ducklings waddling around and enjoy the children's merriment when a slightly too tame swan tried to eat my mum's toe. Things like that are hysterically funny when you're five and seven.


The ducks and swans were keen, which is always gratifying. There is nothing more dispiriting than taking the kids to feed the ducks only to be met by indifferent birds who swim away, bored by bread.


:: Time in the kitchen with Mum, who showed me her new scone recipe. She says she think's it is *whisper* better than Delia's. The scones, covered in bramble jelly and clotted cream were light, still warm from the oven, and utterly delicious.


:: Time to sit down with the kids and help them finish their holiday pictures. They are ready to hang now.


This one below is Angus's. He drew all the pictures onto the fabric with my "magic" pen, and I stitched over them. I like the sun best. All children seem to draw the sun in exactly the same way.


And here is Bella's. She drew the picture herself and, bless her, every single stitch is her own. She can tie off the thread really well now, and proudly told my mum the three stitches she's learnt (satin stitch, back stitch and running stitch).


You can see that Bella's picture was heavily influenced by what she saw me sewing on holiday, and that Angus has basically copied Bella, but I love these hoops all the same. Their holiday memories, captured in thread, are very precious to me indeed.


39 comments:

  1. Lovely happies. I'm so glad you've had time to pause and enjoy.

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  2. Your kids' projects are just the best, what a great idea!

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  3. I think it's utterly amazing that Bella did all that embroidery herself !! At her age ! And she did it really good - such neat stitches ! Give her a big thumbs up from Belgium :-) !

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  4. Looks like a very happy week. I love the holiday pictures, especially. What a wonderful momento of the family holiday. Xx

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  5. Your children have created wonderful holiday pictures. The scones look delicious!

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  6. Yum the scones look lovely - has your mum tried nigellas recipe they are sooo light. Love the embroidery they are great Hellas stitching is amazing xx

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  7. OMGOODNESS ..... what a clever girl you have, Bella's stitching is perfect! What a couple of treasured little hoops and such a great idea.
    Ooooooh now, I'll have to try those scones ..... we won't tell Delia!
    love Jooles x x x

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  8. Wish I had some time right now but it seems to be running away with me. Lovely memory hoops.
    Jacqui x

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  9. Their hoops are lovely, definitely things to treasure forever!

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  10. Absolutely love the hoops, Bella's stitching is amazing but I Aldo love Angus' waves, they achieve really great depth! Xx.

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  11. Free time is so precious. So nice to be able to do the simple things that make you happy. We've had some of those dramatic skies - plus dramatic downpour - over here too this week. xxx

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  12. Those pictures are simply beautiful, they show off your childrens characters. I can imagine in years to come showing them to their girlfriends and boyfriends and recalling the time you went on holiday and made them. Wonderful memories.

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  13. What a lovely week's reflection, I almost feel calmer just reading this and following your week.

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  14. The embroidery is just too precious! I love the seagulls on both of them. The scones do look delightfully light and fluffy and although I've never had clotted cream, it looks yummy!

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  15. The hoops are simply wonderful. The Satin stitch looks pretty damn good too. Jo x

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  16. Hey Gillian
    Oh I adore those holiday stitches! And yes, time to pause is a great source of happy for me also. The weekend is at a slower pace, and I am grateful for that.
    Leanne xx

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  17. I am so glad I found you from your article in Style at Hime. Your posts are soothing and comforting, if that makes sense. Lovely photography, thank you

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  18. The scones look lovely, as does the embroidery. I will check the recipe out.

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  19. What beautiful pictures. A lovely reminder of your summer break by the sea, and something to treasure for a long time. The scones look sensational, I know they'd be very popular round here, with some jam (I just happen to have some Cornish jam in the fridge) and lots of clotted cream. I hope you have a good Sunday Gillian. CJ xx

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  20. Hi Gillian, it's been lovely to read about your hols. I'm definitely going to visit Michael's Mount one day. I think it's a bit of a pilgrimage! love the embroidery, so sweet they all wanted to do the same. Also your food post was great, keep us up to date. I'm always looking for food ideas. I just don't think I'm creative when it comes to food. X

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  21. Lovely pictures, proper treasures to keep. I'll have to try the scone recipe, you can't beat a good scone with jam & cream!

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  22. Your daughter is clearly talented! Love their holiday pictures. When my boys were small I asked them to draw a spaceman picture which I converted into cross stitched pictures, they now proudly hang on their walls, a great reminder of childhood days and pastimes. Those scones look delicious
    Caz xx

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  23. First, well done Bella, such a clever girl with both drawing and sewing. You too Mum, as always the photography and text make me smile. Take care and hope your weekend is going well.

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  24. Love your children's embroidery pictures - really inspiring. And I loved your holiday memory embroidery too!

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  25. I love the holiday hoop memories, what a great idea. Fabulous photographs too, especially the one of the scone. Yummy!

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  26. I love the children's memory hoops, what a lovely way to remember sunny summer holidays and your mum definitely deserves Star Baker this week. Hope you're enjoying your weekend.
    Jane (feeling decidedly chilly in my little corner of Kent today) xx

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  27. The kids' pictures are so sweet! They would make good pictures for postcards or something like that. I also like that ice cream features heavily. :)

    I made a seaside-inspired mirror you might like, you can find it at http://chalkandlinen.blogspot.co.uk if you want to have a look.

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  28. The kids' pictures are the sweetest! Where is that pretty blue wall in your house? Such a great color! I could go for one of those delicious scones right now.

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  29. Their hoops are brilliant Gillian! What an inspired idea and a perfect way to capture happy holiday memories xxx

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  30. Those little embroideries are so lovely and such a good way of remembering their holiday. Nothing beats a good scone! Your mum's look delicious. A friend told me her secret to making good scones was to replace some of the milk with yoghurt.

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  31. Those little hoops are adorable! So much better than tacky holiday souvenirs ... Bee xx

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  32. Love this week's happies of skies, swans, scones and stitches.

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  33. I really like what Angus drew, with the lighthouse and the boat. It's similar to Bella's but still very much his own. And go Bella! That's a lot of stitching, and all so beautifully done.

    Lovely happies Gillian :)

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  34. I absolutely love the two hoops but I thought you'd sewn them both, what talent Bella has!

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  36. Hello! I just found your blog and love it. These stitches have got to be the sweetest I have ever seen. I love this idea of drawing a picture and then stitching it. Im obviously new to stitching because this just blew my mind :)

    Your newest follower,
    Birgitta xx

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  37. I love the stitched holiday memories, such a wonderful way to keep those good times never far from mind.
    Lisa x

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