Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Happy Leap Day :o)

Yes, Happy Leap Day bloggers :o)

How are you this fine and dandy Leap Day morning?
Any proposals planned out there?  Ooooo, I do like a bit of a romantic tale don't you? So if you have one, do leave a comment and share with us!

Well my new boiler has just arrived! YAY! The men are supposed to be here at noonish to start fitting it!  And guess what else?  My washing machine started leaking last night! LOL  I have to laugh, or i'll start crying! :)


Some of our pretty flowers are starting to come out now. I was a tad worried about what all the spring flowers would do to be honest, especially after the early arrival of some in December...
But it seems that they are recovering well, if somewhat slowly :o)

I know what I was going to ask you...  Can anyone let me know what would be a really basic site for editing my photos on?  I mean as basic as you can get girls :o)
I feel that obviously my photos were benefit hugely from some editing for my etsy stores, but can't quite work out how to do it..doh.. So any advice, hints and tips on which site would help me best would be greatly appreciated :o)


Well, I've finished both my practice quilts now..
I was a bit naughty with this one!  I'd ordered some special cotton batting to go in the the quilt sandwich, but I was in such a hurry to make it that I went to my local bedding store and bought some plain white towelling, (You know the thin cheapy stuff? ) and used that in the middle.

I mean it would have been ok perhaps on a lap quilt, as it's so soft and drapey, but not on a little wall quilt!

D'you like my little bee? :o)

Now, I didn't realise I hadn't actually taken a photo of the whole finished quilt, so here is the last photo I've got with one of the hanging loops half sewn! 
And it isn't all wonky like that in real life...that's the way it was sitting when I took the picture...:o)
(See? The drapey-ness of the towelling! :o)

And here's a practice at one of those 'shaggy edge' homespun quilts..I only did the eight little blocks..
This is it before it goes in the washing machine..

And this is it after! -See? All shaggified :o)   (I'm having to be very careful how I describe this as i can't think of the real words, and all *kinds* of shaggy words keep popping in my lil' ole' head, so I hope I haven't offended anyone!)

It was really easy to do bloggers, and if you google it, there's lots of inspiration and tutorials out there :o)
I feel that I got a good lot of shaggy style in there even though I didn't use true homespun cottons, I used vintage sheet fabric on the back..

Oh, but make sure when you pop it in the wash to get the 'homspun shaggy style' you put it in a pillow case first to catch all the threads that come off the fabric. I even basted the top of my pillow case so none came out, and it works a treat :o)

(Good job I did actually, or I'd be blaming myself on the leaking washing machine! LOL)

Well, that's about it for me today.
I've got the boiler being fixed this afternoon and tomorrow. Then on Saturday I'm off for a day out girls!!  Yes, me! A full blown day out with lunch, and mooching around charity shops!
A lovely lady whom I know is emigrating to Canada in May (She is so brave!) and I really wanted to spend a day with her before she got really busy with all the stuff that goes with emigrating.
So for weeks we've had Saturday planned.
We're going into Salisbury, we're going to have lunch (OOoo, this sounds posh to me! ;o) and then we're going to have a nice leisurely walk around the shops, then go for coffee later.
I am terribly over-excited about it now its near. And I really feel I need a special day like this after my last few weeks I can tell you.
But i'm so pleased we're going. I can't tell you the last time I went out for a day like this!
Well, I remember last year when I went to the Vintage at the Village Hall fair, and before that I went and had a coffee with another dear bloggy friend. So It's nearly a year then! (Whewie, doesn't time fly?)
But it's all planned, and even if my eldest daughter is having poorly, I'm to go my hubby says!  He is quite capable! :o) ( AND I've saved some spending money ;o)

So, wishing you all a fabulous leap day, and rest of our leap year, and I hope you all have happy weekends too :o)
Take care now 

Love Donna xxx

Sorry lovely bloggy people!  Its RAGGY quilts! Nothing to do with shaggy at all! :D

Thanks jennie :o)


  1. I LOVE those raggy quilts- yay for you! And your springy one is so sweet. Congratulations on your upcoming day out- I am looking forward to it for you. And woohoo for getting that boiler fixed!! But, oh my, what's going to happen when the "man" hears about the washer? Just tell him these things usually go in 3s, so it's got to be over now for ahwile, right?

  2. Your quilt is so beautiful, you are so talented chickadee. I hope you have an amazing day out - lunch and charity shopping sounds like complete bliss to me. Happy Leap day :o) Scarlett x

  3. Some lovely work you have created. Is your flowery wall hanging mainly hand stitched? and your shaggy quilt turned out really well. I immediately thought of the leaky wm, glad it was nothing you did! Why not make a small bag with your shaggy quilting? or have you another idea for it? x

  4. Donna, your work is so lovely.

    Don't you feel guilty about Saturday. Go and enjoy yourself. Your husband will hold down the fort. You need a break to rejuvenate; you and your family will all be better off for it. Enjoy and I'll be thinking of you Saturday morning when I get up--you're five hours ahead of me (I think), so you should be out and about while I'm nursing my morning coffee.

  5. Have a lovely day out on Saturday!

  6. Your work is really lovely ,your little bee is so sweet ,i really admire people like you who can embroider so well ,your day out sounds lovely and very girly ,i love days out like your having xxx

  7. Hi Donna, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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