Monday, 13 January 2014

Dear Me .....

..... love from Me x


 It's not very often that I make something for myself
but when your hot~water bottle looks like this

Something MUST surely be done
I got busy
and made myself a patchwork cover for the ugly rubber thing
and now it's MUCH prettier

(Sorry about my photos ..... the light has been so drab)

I'm pretty happy with it
and it's perfect for these chilly January evenings.

Some~lovely~body took quite a fancy to it .....

I bet you can't guess who!

I really didn't mind though

there were a couple of issues
mainly with the shape of mine
that I wanted to tweak

A 'summer meadow' was her brief for the colour~way

and of course it had to have a bee
her emblem!

I'm thrilled with the tweaked shape
and I just loved making them
(although they are mighty time~consuming)
I can see a few more happening soon.

I absolutely ADORE playing with patchwork

always have. always will
so many possibilities .....

Something exciting is beginning around here .....
we have plans for a new kitchen
well, we almost have plans.
I can hardly contain my excitement
we moved here four years ago
and the kitchen is tired and dark and old and very brown
it's due some love and an 'updation'

I've been gathering inspiration on Pinterest
and we've been planning ideas together
and chatting to the men in the know
SO Exciting!
I feel like a VERY lucky girl.

There will be updates!

Thank you so much for popping by today
I LOVE it that you do
and thank you too for so many kind comments on my last post

Stay warm & cosy
Back soon

BIG love
x Jooles x


  1. Lovely hotties!!! :)
    How exciting getting a a new kitchen, I got a new one last year and even though its a bit of an upheaval its so worth it in the end!!
    V x

  2. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL hot water bottle covers Jooles, I love them both! You are a clever girly ;)
    Have a lovely week,
    Caroline xx

  3. Oh how lovely! I love them both. I have such a soft spot for a hot water comforting in this cold drab weather! Your work is exquisite Jooles. I too am having a new kitchen put in soon, although yours sounds more fun than mine! Our kitchen is small but it's already a headache! I just want to close my eyes and it all be done! Hopefully the result will be better than what we currently are putting up with! ha ha!

    Have a super rest of a week

    Love Vanessa xxx

  4. Your hot water bottle covers are sooo pretty! Almost too pretty to use!
    Marion x

  5. Your hottie covers are so lovely!! I like both yours and Miss B's! Hope they keep you both very warm and snuggly! xx

  6. Oh so pretty! You actually won't need a hot water bottle, those pretties make you warm just by looking at them ;-)! Good luck with everything concerning the kitchen....
    Love, Mirjam.

  7. I love the hot water bottle cover - so pretty!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  8. Very pretty - I love it! And it's always good to do something for yourself!
    Good luck with the kitchen. Having renovated it 2 years ago I know how tiresome it can be. x

  9. Good Morning Jooles, I just stopped my Monday house cleaning to take a break and do some blogging. I'm so happy that your blog was on my list to visit. Your water bottle cover is so pretty . . . too pretty to hide under the blankets :) I love your ideas for your new kitchen and congratulations. It will be wonderful. There is nothing prettier than a white kitchen. kitchens should be bright, cheerful and clean . . . Those dark-wood designer kitchens just don't do it for me. Have a lovely day and keep sewing: your projects are adorable.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  10. Hi Jooles - the hot water bottle covers are really pretty. I have red fuzzy fur over mine which is less pretty but cosy all the same! I am liking the idea of having the white surround over the window in the kitchen. I wish I had thought of that to cheer up my current kitchen (put in by the builder 17yrs ago and out of date then!!) As we are moving in the next couple of months I am going to put that idea in my archives in case I can use it in my new house. xxx

  11. I love your covers ... and a new kitchen ... how exciting ... Bee xx

  12. Those hot water bottles are beautiful! And, we also have plans afoot for a new kitchen! It must be the season for it, as I just read on cocorose's blog that she is also having a new kitchen... lots of chaos ahead, but it'll be worth it in the end!
    Maria x

  13. Hi Jooles, the hot water bottle covers are so pretty and I love the cross-stitch panels. I haven't done any cross-stitch for years, but you've inspired me to get out my embroidery silks! Good luck with the kitchen planning and what an exciting start to the new year, lucky lucky you! Have a good week.
    Jane xx

  14. Oh my oh my those are such lovely hotties! And not a moose in sight... ;-}
    I'd really love to make one, I even have the Tilda charm pack, perhaps I could work on it a bit during a quilting morning? Sweet B must be over the moon with hers! Cxxx

  15. Hello Lovely Jooles, I adore your hot water bottle cover, I am drooling over it in fact. I love this style but haven't the confidence yet to try one for myself. I am busy trying to crochet one at present but with work it is very slow going. I would love to try one like yours, maybe soon..........thanks for a wonderful post Jooles, always love your blog and can't wait to see your new kitchen, how exciting. Have a fabulous Tuesday Jooles, lots of love

  16. Hey Jooles- I LOVE your hotwater bottle holder. Those colors just thrill me . . . so so pretty. Gosh, you are so talented!
    I can only imagine how exciting a new kitchen to be is . . . how do you even sleep at night? I long to remodel my kitchen, but it never seems like the right time for us. There is always something far more pressing that we have to deal with :( However, my excitement is that our awful, ugly kitchen sink has a horrible crack in it and we are forced to replace it! Hooray!!!
    I can't wait to see how your kitchen goes- I'm sure it will be beautiful. (I'm loving the bits you cut out!)

  17. Oh my!!!!! Gorgeous, both of them!!! I can just imagine all the work you put in Jooles!!! BRAVA!
    xxxxxx Ale

  18. Love the covers. So much better than knitted which stretch.

  19. You are such a clever lady Jooles, they are both beautiful. If you ever do any classes, I'll be first on your list ;0) Will look forward to a nose at your new kitchen, making plans and ideas is so much fun xxx

  20. Loving the hot waterbottle cover!!! Oh my it is gorgeous. You are so very clever and creative my dear, wow!! How very exciting to be getting a new kitchen, the planning and pinterest bit is the best bit and I am sure you must feel like a child in a sweetie shop. Enjoy every minute and I can't wait to see what happens with it. xoxo

  21. Snuggling with something as cozy and pretty as your hot water bottle covers is sure to warm up a winter night. I really like the bits of stitching on the front.
    Enjoy the planning of your new kitchen!

  22. pretty Jooles...your covers are simply beautiful!
    Have fun planning your new kitchen and exploring Pinterest for lots of lovely's the best part!
    Susan x

  23. Jooles - What a cute idea. You did a beautiful job on these! I am your newest follower.


  24. Such gorgeous hot water bottle covers, Jooles!! They are really beautiful, especially with the added embroidery! How exciting your kitchen plans sound...I look forward very much to hearing about it :)
    Wishing you a happy week.
    Helen xx

  25. These are so nice, you are such an artist:)
    hugs Sif

  26. Oh, these are so pretty and feminine. I never use a hot water bottle (unless my back has "gone" which thankfully has not happened for a couple of years) but I would if I had a cover like this. Or maybe I would just casually toss it on the end of the bed after I'd made it, and leave it there to admire all day long... The beauty is in your eye for colour, your choice of fabrics and your very skilled embroidery. You should put these in your shop! xx

  27. I love your hottie covers, especially the pink and blue one! You are so talented. Best wishes, Pj x

  28. Hi Joolies. I found your blog from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery page on Facebook. Wanted to say I just love what I have read so far and especially like this hot water bottle cover. Will be back in the next few days to have a good luck. What I have seen so far is such beautiful work


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