Monday, 26 April 2010

Cushions and Shopping


Earlier this year, I won some pieces of fabric from Sal at Sal's Snippets. They have been in my sewing box for a couple of months now until I could find time to sit down and do what I wanted to with them. I've so enjoyed myself this weekend cutting the fabric and sewing the squares together to make cushion fronts. Does anyone remember back in the 80's when Laura Ashley used to sell packs of squares and hexagons ready for patchworking? I used to love these packs in their co-ordinated prints or even better, you could buy packs of random pieces which really came up with some goodies and fantastic colour combinations.




One of the fabrics was large enough to make a cushion front of its own and I love its bright colours and delphiniums that could cheer up any dull corner.




They are just the thing to make my shed nice and comfy now that the weather is warm enough for me to sit here with a book or listening to a good radio play.


Thanks Sal, I've really enjoyed using my goodies.

The past month has been busy but fun. We had a really great Easter with a trip to Hay-on Wye and a whole week away from work for me which I really enjoyed, gardening, tidying, reading.....absolute heaven really. Last weeekend we took a little trip to Bewdley.



Now we live about a 20 minute drive from here but I've never bothered blogging it because it's really been in the doldrums for the past couple of years. Most of my favourite shops had gone and it was depressing to see this beautiful little town struggling to survive.



Last weekend gave me the most tremendous lift. Shop units are being filled with the sort of shops I love.


Indeed , it also seems to be developing a foodie theme with a gorgeous delicatesen and a wonderful, old fashioned grocery, filled with loveliness.



I'm pleased to say that the tea rooms were busy




and that the town's fantastic Georgian architecture was coming back to life.







Even better, I found some goodies to bring home with me. I couldn't resist this pretty mini bunting for the kitchen



and this serving dish cost me the grand sum of three pounds.





As did these lovely plates.




They'll look even better with cupcakes on them! I haven't forgotten the giveaway from the last post. I drew a name scientifically from the hat. This time the winner is Pipany. I'll try to do another giveaway soon... when I find something nice!

12 comments:

Sal said...

Lovely cushions!!I am so glad you put the fabric to good use!! ;-)

andamento said...

Nice to see you back again! Love the patchwork cushions.
Also, it's great to hear of a town coming back to life as opposed to the more depressing stories we normally hear these days, hope it continues to thrive, great photos.

CraftyHelen said...

The cushions are great, as is your fabulous garden seat. I don't think I'd want to come inside!xx

Meadow said...

Love, love love that garden seat area! And what great bargins, don't you love it when you find great treaures for next to nothing? Blessings, meadow..

Country Style Living said...

Your cushions are lovely, especially the floral one...

A Thrifty Mrs said...

Oooh I love the cushions and the plates are adorable.
Thanks for sharing.

TAPESTRIESOFNATURE said...

OH, I LOVE HAY-ON-WYE! AND I WILL HAVE TO LOOK ON THE MAP FOR BEWDLEY. I HAVE NEVER BEEN AND IT LOOKS REAL INTERESTING.

I AM THRILLED TO BITS THAT I AM PLANNING ANOTHER HOLIDAY IN SHROPSHIRE. I'M PLAN IS TO ARRIVE IN MANCHESTER ON THE 31 OF MAY AND WILL BE STAYING AT A B&B NEAR CARDINGTON BEFORE I LEAVE ON THE 21 OF JUNE. IF YOU KNOW OF ANY EVENTS OR ANTIQUE SHOWS, OR REGULAR CAR BOOT SALES, I WOULD REALLY BE MOST GRATEFUL IF YOU SHARED THAT WITH ME.

YOU CUSHIONS TURNED OUT LOVELY.
CHEERS, JUDY

Andi's English Attic said...

The cushions are very pretty. I really like the delphinium fabric. xx

Knitty, Vintage and Rosy said...

So lovely, and the plates are to die for...

Lisa xx

Catherine said...

Pop over to my blog..there's a little something waiting there for you! Cx

junkdreams said...

Your cushions are so very pretty...I love patchwork!
xojanis

Kitty said...

Those cushions are gorgeous and just right for the corner of your garden (which, by the way, is lovely). x