Sunday, 15 June 2014

Three Seasons In One Post...


As promised, this is my second post in two days - a first in a long time round these parts!

I kind of fell out of the blogging habit (mainly due to the convenience of Instagram, I must admit..) but I've still been crafting and creating, despite being really busy these days (the quickness of IG is such a convenience...makes me a right old lazy blogger... :-)

Late spring is over, and early summer is now upon us, albeit a bit wet so far, but a few sunny spells have appeared with hopefully a lot more to come and a summer like last years' would be just marvellous, thank you very much.

Everything is literally coming up roses at this time of year, and the colour that comes with it is such a joy. Of course, there's always the weeds (but they are simply a plant in the wrong place (apparently)), and occasionally they can be rather beautiful...


Tulips are my favourite flower (after white roses), so every late spring, the house invariably has the odd jug placed here and there...

A trip to get a pint of milk and a magazine ends up with some coming home too..


What I've never experienced before is edible flowers on a savoury dish. Yes, I've seen them used in cake decorating to stunning effect, but rather nice it was to see chives, flowering thyme and violas served with lamb! This was at the local college where they have a great restaurant where you get chef quality three courses - all for less than a tenner. If you are local, I highly recommend a trip to the Chefs Academy.


Still on the floral theme, I won this scarf, it, was a prize in a competition. Very pretty, light and extremely summery - I'd have bought this for sure had I spotted it! Its great with a denim jacket..


With colour making such a reintroduction (as opposed to my love of neutrals...) this little creation fits the bill not just for its colour, but especially during the British summer it being a brolly!


The barley twist pine frame was a car boot bargain (50p) and a lick of Annie Sloane chalk paint gives it new life and look...


The stitchery itself was simply stitched on a piece of oatmeal linen (cut up from a pair of linen trousers from Primani) using variegated rainbow floss, and hundreds of French knots - really easy to do, no concentrating on a pattern needed whatsoever..


A final addition of a few Swarovski crystal 'raindrops' and its all finished, framed, mounted and hung...


This little bottle of gorgeous summer polish reminds me of the colours of the French knots, perfect for summer toes...


I also had a play about making a French knot 'blueberry heart', intending this to become the new blog header photo/banner at some point, when I have added the rest of the worded embroidery... again, an offcut bit of linen and blue variegated threads...so simple..


We were invited to a wedding recently, and when I saw the invitation I knew what I'd make as a gift, so supplies were gathered and a day spent sewing to bring the plan to life..


I've made one of these before, but without the embroidery, but as it was for a wedding gift I thought it was a nice little addition to the design..


I picked colours as close to the invitation as possible, and it came out better than I'd dared hope! I was thrilled they liked it too - its always a worry for me when I make a gift...


Cushions are a love of mine, and a recent visit to the newly refurbished pub in nearby Blanchland saw these 'Northern' themed ones dotted about the bench seats inside...

I fancy trying something similar using transfer medium, where you print a photo or text and transfer it onto fabric using the liquid medium...I'll let you know how it goes and if the idea actually makes it off the 'to-do' list!


One of my mums friends passed on a boatload of crafty mags to me the other week and I'm still ploughing through them. There's one with a gorgeous quilt made from Tilda 'Sweet Christmas' fabrics (which although they have the 'C' word in the name, are not typically festive at all in the traditional sense) and is at the top of the 'to-do' list. Also there's a few Autumn/Hallowe'en themed mags with loads of nice projects...

At this time of year, even though its just early summer, I do so look forward to the next golden season as its my favourite, so the many autumn saved images I have start to get looked through for inspiration!


When I saw an advert for new Revlon polishes, with one delectably called 'Autumn Spice', I knew it'd be coming home with me...the colour is so gorgeous...


There's one slight flaw in the whole marketing/product; and it is the fact its perfumed...I mean, it's not as if you can proffer your painted fingernails to someone to let them enjoy the 'Parfumerie' fragrance...

And with that thought.., I shall leave you for now... :-)

BH x

Saturday, 14 June 2014

A Little Trip...


Long time no post here on Blueberry Heart blog.... so I will rectify that right now, and quite possibly tomorrow too as I've quite a bit of a backlog to get to grips with..

But one 'theme' at a time or my mind and therefore the writing of this post will get a tad messy!

A recent trip round-up...to our little corner in Cyprus...


Even though there's only a time difference of +2 hours, it always catches me out and I end up losing half a morning as a result. This particular Monday turned out to be a bank holiday, so not much to miss out on, and had a laze in bed reading a housey mag...


It meant a planned visit to the harbour for breakfast was a tad later and therefore more of a 'lunch', but who cares???!


The harbour was busier than I'd seen it in a long while; a market going on which brought out the shoppers..

I wanted to go into the castle, so a mosey right along the waterfront to get there, seeing lovely sights like this balloon seller - so laden he was hidden apart from his feet! The castle though, turned out to be closed for the bank holiday.


Since my last trip in October, there's been a nice shiny new mall open up...


Very nice it is too with lovely boutiques and the usual Little Britain essentials the ex-pat living in Cyprus needs like a good old M&S...


The food hall was pretty much like any mall in the UK, with a couple of exceptions like Taco Bell. I LOVE Taco Bell! I love Mexican food full stop, in fact t'other half and my good self were in our local Chiquito's only last week and I cooked Mexican at home the other night for us... So even though this is a Maccy D's version of Mexican food, its still totally deeeelish! (and yes, this box was for one person.... :-)


There were some gorgeous accessories boutiques (even a 'proper' Accessorize was there..) and in one little place I treated myself to this lovely, shiny, sparkly bracelet...


It will be our third wedding anniversary next week (yep, its flown over) and a trip to the hotel to visit where we got married...


The terrace where we had our ceremony was all set up for a reception, and it looked so beautiful... wish I could have our day over again - I'd do everything exactly the same as we had it!!


Whilst I was looking out over the bay, I just happened to look down and spotted this fellow - the scale here doesn't really come across, but he was quite a big 'un and obviously a hardened character as he didn't budge when I reached for the camera...


This looks like a pint of GnT, but I'm not (quite) that bad; stopping off here for a quickie and to take advantage of their wiffy (or wifi...) as my phone was not playing nicely on 3G and of course social media is needed....


The market gets so crowded and busy during a morning and lunchtime, and all I really wanted were my spices, so I popped in late on in the afternoon to pick up a few packets..


These are my Cypriot 'essentials'. The salt is great on tatties cut into thick wedges and liberally sprinkled with this, nice and fresh out the grinder. Whack in the oven on high for about 40 mins and they're so low fat (as opposed to deep fried) you can have double portions! The burger mix is so tasty; take steak mince, an egg and a few heaped spoonfuls of this all mixed together, and it makes the tastiest burgers. I made some the other Saturday for t'other half and lovely mum when we had an evening sat on the patio...was about to run out, so with BBQ season in full swing now, had to re-stock!


Any regular visitors here to my blog will likely know of my love of pumpkins - these ginormous beauties were dotted about the restaurant nearby where the most delicious meze was had too!


These have been the highlights in a pictorial nutshell from this little trip...

I'm so pleased we never moved to Cyprus on a permanent basis - even though we did talk of it a few times. I like living and love my life here in the UK, I love the occasion and 'specialness' of having 'holidays'. And we're too young to live out there - by some 20+ years! Some of the miserable old goat ex-pats on our street make me so appreciative of the fact we kept a foot in both camps and enjoy the best of both worlds, whereas a lot of Cypriot dwelling Brits would give their right arm to be back home permanently but they cant as all their eggs are in one Cypriot basket. We are so lucky and fortunate, and I am always grateful.



So now to the runway which leads the way home...TTFN Paphos!

BH x

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Sweet April...

Happy Easter! (albeit ever so slightly belated...)

I love Easter, the colours, the re-emergence of life at this time of year, the family get togethers', the time off (!) and of course the chocolate....cant forget that now...

As for all the seasons, I like to decorate (or faff about) with things to reflect the time of year, and Easter is no exception. This year I haven't gone the whole hog, just a few things here and there. This outdoor topiary wall mounted decoration lights up at night (LOVE solar gubbins) but during the day was a smidgen bare, so a few multi coloured mini eggs (faux) were dotted about in usual faffing fashion.


As well as a simnel cake for easter Sunday, (which got sliced and distributed before any camera action could take place) I made some Easter bark.... simply made by layering melted milk chocolate, topped with white chocolate and bashed mini eggs on top (real this time...)


This pasta caught my eye in TK Maxx of all places...way too pretty to smother in Bolognese sauce though...


Perfectly timed for Easter, the pots on the patio have decided to show their springtime colours. The trees are covered in blossom, the roses are shooting and the wisteria is on its way (hopefully to flower for the first year too). The tulips are by far the prettiest right now though, despite a damp, dreich morning the orange of this one still shone amongst the drizzle...


More autumn looking than spring, the thick fog that had hung around a few weeks back made for some lovely glistening spiderweb shots...


Close up it reminds me somewhat of a delicate crystal strand, like chandelier droplets...nature really is beautiful...even in the rain...


Speaking of rain, it ever so kindly held off for a bit whilst mooching about for the day in Edinburgh...


When it did start to mizzle, there was an afternoon tea at a posh hotel to enjoy anyway! It was my birthday and also that of one of my aunties, and tea came with a candle in cakes for us both...just lovely...


I'd heard so much about the Dome in Edinburgh, so a visit was in order for a cocktail (or two...) and what a spectacular place it is...


It was really busy, but it was a Saturday afternoon (and Grand national day) so I think everyone and their gran were out and about in the city... Looking forward to visiting at Christmas as this place apparently excels at Christmas d├ęcor...and just a wee bit of a sucker for that kind of thing I am...


 
Travels didn't stop with Edinburgh that week either, a visit to Cambridge made my heart sing. Again mentioning Christmas in April, I love Carols from Kings on Christmas Eve, mulled wine, lights twinkling, fire on, slightly tipsy and singing at full volume is what its all about for that particular hour...


The Chapel however, was closing 20 minutes after I got there, so never got to go inside, but next time...definitely...


Walking about the grounds of the colleges was like taking a step back in time...walking amongst the ghosts of eras gone by... This spot especially made me feel as though I could be walking through a page of one of my favourite books...Goodbye Mr Chips...


Back at home, where else but in the Huff House are a few weekend hours spent (ok, more than that..)
T'other half has said many a time before that my standard 'dress' for the Huff House is my 'duvet' (ie dressing gown), so I made an apt little plaque to hang up in there... honestly, this sooo could be me....

There's a list the length of my arm of projects to start and finish; like Caroline Zoob embroideries to frame, a wedding gift cushion to make, bunting to eventually sew together...it goes on....


But for now though, that elusive sun is shining, Easter and its festivities has been and gone, but long may the wonderful weather continue that was enjoyed over the holiday weekend...


Now I've the choice of a little bit of gentle gardening, some more crafty bits to get on with, or my book calling my name to read outside in the sun...?

(yep, it's the book calling...)

 
BH x

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Colourful Early Spring

Colour!

At last, Spring is here. Granted we've got the coldest day so far forecast for next week, hail stones of biblical proportions today, but spring is at last here!!


 
 
Daffs galore in the garden, and with the sun shining are more golden than ever..



So nice I could sit outside; in the direct sun is beautiful, when it clouds over - freeeezing..


This basket was a CS bargain, but needed lining, so this weekend saw the machine get a dusting off and a fat quarter put to use...

 
Also ran up a little heart... just because...


Now fabric is back in my favour, I have at last tried hexies, and am hooked!


There's also been a bit of activity using my Caroline Zoob book, but I'll save that 'til next time!

BH x