Tuesday, 28 April 2015

A Summer Quilt

I have a make to share with you today. Last August I started making a quilt out of Suffolk Puffs, a very ambitious project! Suffolk Puffs are little circles of fabric made by gathering around a circle and pulling the thread up to form a little 'puff'. They are quick and very easy to make but you need a lot to  cover a large area.
These quilts are designed with holes in as they are for summer use and therefore are not as heavy as a traditional patchwork. I think quilts are such a lovely thing to make and keep to pass onto children or other family members. I'll definitely treasure this one for years.
I finally finished this quilt last week after so many months of sewing. There are 756 circles in my quilt! I'm so glad it is finished now and I love it, I could look at all the different fabrics for hours. There are so many pretty designs. I think i'll make something a little less time consuming next though! 
Have you ever made a quilt or project that took you a long time but was worth it? 
Do you have a quilt in your family that has been passed down or holds memories? 

Hayley Ann x

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Good bargains and spring flowers

We've been having lovely weather in Shropshire this past week so my family and I went for a trip to the local market town of Shrewsbury. It's a lovely town with independent shops and lots of character. I managed to pick up some good bargains from the charity shops this time. After a bit of shopping we walked along the River Severn and through the gardens which are beautiful at this time of year. 
 The beautiful spring flowers are now in bloom in the gardens. 

To commemorate the first world war, a lovely display.
My bargains, including a few knitting patterns and a lovely hand mirror. 
I picked up a fantastic book from the late fifties about dressmaking which covers everything, and it was only £3! 

It was a lovely was to spend an afternoon and make the most of the lovely weather.

Hayley Ann x

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Murder under the Magnolia- An Agatha Christie adventure

One of my favourite places to visit in England is South Devon and one of my favourite authors is Agatha Christie so what is better than combining the two! A few weeks ago my family and I ventured down to South Devon for Easter. Whilst we were there we visited two our favourite National Trust properties. They are both different to the stereotype of National Trust stately homes and both have so much character.

The first is Agatha Christie's holiday home of Greenway on the River Dart. She spent many happy holidays here with her family and that is clear when you visit. The house has such a lovely atmosphere and there are lovely touches such as her much-loved piano which visitors can play.

 Agatha's bedroom, You can't see it on this photo but her husband Max slept in his camping bed as he found it more comfortable!
 The wonderful library

The view of the River Dart from the boat house.

One of Agatha's novels 'Dead Man's Folly' is set at Greenway and the television adaptation is filmed at the house. This was another highlight of the trip;seeing where the show was filmed and imaging the cast within the house.

If you are ever in this area of the world I urge you to visit Greenway, you won't regret it!

Hayley Ann

Friday, 10 April 2015

Living the Victorian Life

I thought I'd tell you all about my job today. I'm very lucky to have a job that I love and one that coincides with my love for vintage! I work at a Victorian living museum in the world heritage site of the Ironbridge Gorge.
The museum is set up as a Victorian town in the year of 1900. There is a bank where you can change your money to pre decimal currency; a grocers shop, chemist, sweet shop and even a school and fairground. I have been working at the museum as a demonstrator for three and a half years now and have worked in lots of the shops. I dress up in the clothing of the era and demonstrate Victorian trades.
My favourite shop to work in is the Grocers shop, there are so many fascinating items to see. It's incredible to see which things are so similar now and which brands have survived the test of time. 
 The museum goes forward in time forty years for one night only each year. It's really nice to change scene and experience life on the home front for one evening, and of course I love the dressing up too!  
 Sorry about the quality of pictures, they were taken quite a while ago! 

Hayley Ann x

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Easter celebrations

Easter is such a lovely time of year-the daffodils are blooming, lambs are bouncing. It's a good excuse to make lots of pretty things too. We always have an Easter display in our house with decorated eggs, chicks and bits that we've crafted. I think it looks so pretty and bright with all the spring colours. 
It's my favourite time of year, the start of warmer weather and sunshine. Time to get all those pretty dresses out the wardrobe! 

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter with your family and friends! 

Hayley Ann x