Monday, 30 November 2015

Turbulent .....

Hello my lovelies

There is such a lot going on in my life right now
All pretty big
All pretty stressful

I have to admit I'm struggling
I don't feel like I'm doing anything with my whole heart
just muddling by
feeling dark and shaken and turbulent deep inside.

I'm going to take a break away from my blog
I've been rubbish at it lately anyway
I'm hiding from Instagram too.
I'm sure I'll be back
but not sure when.

Of course I will miss you all very much
your kindness means the world to me
along with my little space here

Wishing you a magical Christmas time
filled with love, peace & happiness

BIG love
x Jooles x

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

The butterfly box .....

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Parcel Hero
to ask if I'd like to get involved in a super lovely idea
A Charity Advent Calendar
to raise money for Oxfam ..... well I couldn't say no to that!
The idea was to send out twenty four lovely little wooden boxes
to twenty four different bloggers
each box to be decorated and filled with a handmade gift
Such a beautiful idea.

I REALLY love making 'little' so this was such a treat.

and of course it HAD to be Liberty
(well, it did didn't it?!)

All together these twenty~four beautifully decorated boxes
filled with their sweet handmade gifts
make a perfect advent calendar and the boxes can be re~filled year after year
They are being auctioned
hopefully they will raise lots of luverly cash for a brilliant charity.

I've been having a peek at some of the other boxes and they're wonderful
and all so different, it's fascinating

Back soon!

BIG love
x Jooles x

Friday, 6 November 2015

I have a problem .....

well, more like an addiction really
I. Just. Can. Not. Stop. Using. Liberty of London
I dream in it!

New Christmas butterfly hair grips
(which can be found here and here)
Perfect for filling a tiny gap in a Christmas stocking or cracker .....

..... or indeed, if you have a problem like me
you could pop some in my Liberty of London advent calendar!

Mabel has a very pretty new Liberty of London 'Betsy' collar
(She is not for sale I'm afraid ..... although if you'd have caught me at a weak moment yesterday I may have considered it ..... it's been a very demanding week)

Liberty of London
Smitten flower number twelve

One finished sock
a little too big and with lots of mistakes
(with a liberty trimmed guest)

and a laundry 'assistant'
(I wish I could say my bedding was Liberty!)

Back soon

BIG love
x Jooles x

Thursday, 29 October 2015

I can't think of a title .....

Hello my dear friends
I hope you're well
can you believe it's almost November???

I feel like a different person
a tired person!

I've just re~jigged my little mug shelf into autumn~winter stylie
which cheers my soul

There's not been much time for anything other puppy love and work
I'm finding it pretty hard to balance a busy shop, a busy home~life and a busy pup.
I want to say that I'm loving it but it's not coming naturally to me
it can be so frustrating and exhausting
I really hope this will change soon
I ADORE her, of course I do
how could I not?
but my life is completely upside down.
I think it'll help when we can take pupper out for walks
she has her second vaccination in two weeks
and then I hope we can use up some of that super~charged~energy that she has!

 This is how she looks most of the time!

 Smitten flower number eleven

I love that I'm still picking roses from the garden
such an unexpected treat for the end of October

..... and now for my BIG news
I'm knitting socks!
I'm utterly over~the~moon about this
I've wanted to have a go for so so so long
I really didn't know if I could do it
I've had the needles and yarn for well over a year
just sitting there making me feel light terror
just now seemed perfect timing
I can knit them a few rows at a time when I have a free moment
(they may take a while!)
I've been using this wonderful tutorial
if like me, you long to knit up some snuggly socks
but suffer sock terror just have a watch
it's so detailed and helpful.
I'm so grateful to the kind people who make these videos
I really love using them
I'd be so useless at it!

Well I must be off
my little pup is waking up

Back soon

BIG love
x Jooles x

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Mabel .....

Miss Mabel Whippy

This dear little whippet pup came home with us on Sunday
she's just nine weeks old
we're totally in love with her and pretty exhausted 
DO NOT be fooled by those sweet innocent blue eyes ..... she can be V. naughty!

I may not be around so much for a while
she's keeping my rather busy.

Thanks for popping by

BIG love
x Jooles x

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Around Here .....

there's lots of Liberty of London scraps ..... these are destined to be this

I've been enjoying my twinkly lights

SO many dahlias ..... they're pretty bonkers flowers but oh so happy

I'm loving Autumn (really REALLY loving autumn) and eating a heap of apples mostly from here

Smitten flower number ten

I've been sewing sewing sewing .....
there's a LOVELY batch of advent calendars going in my Etsy shop today and tomorrow
I have just one more to finish and then that's it ..... no custom orders for these I'm afraid.

Playing with pears!

I've been thinking recently how decadent a Liberty of London bunting advent would be
they will be limited to just a few
I'll let you know when they're ready
(I may just have to keep one!)

Oh and we have a new playmate arriving soon!
Excited and scared.

Thanks for popping by
Back soon

BIG love
x Jooles x

Sunday, 4 October 2015

'A Little Bit of Liberty' Baby Quilt .....

I promised to show you the quilt I made
for my dear little, first born great nephew
~ Baby Gaston ~
so here I am with some pics
although not many words today I'm afraid
(maybe that's a good thing!)

The pattern is from my lovely pal Amy Sinibaldi's beautiful book
I used tiny touches of Liberty fabrics in it
(well, I just can't help myself on that front)
and I added a few stitched hearts here and there too.

The quilt I made for my other great nephew is here
same pattern :: different fabrics :: different stitching
Both quilts are being loved ~ so that makes me HAPPY.

Back soon

BIG love
x Jooles x