Sunday, May 5, 2013

Wisteria love and a new project…

I’ve finished my latest stitchery project and it was packed off to the gorgeous editor of Creating Country Threads last week.  I thoroughly enjoyed putting it together and I’m not quite sure whether my love of the design spurred on my desire to have a go at growing Wisteria, or whether it was my yearning to grow Wisteria that inspired the design?  If there are parallel universes then maybe it was both?!

Garden love wisteria

I felt like the nursery-tale character, Jack and the Beanstalk, when I opened my mail to reveal these three Wisteria seeds purchased from eBay.  Magic beans!!  They sure will be magic if I can pull off growing them!  Ha ha!

Following on from my last post I have now planted up one old wheelbarrow with herbs including Basil, Rosemary, Sage and Thyme.  A friend gave me some Nasturtium seeds that had fallen from her plants during the summer, so I popped a few of those around the edges of the barrow as well.  It’s not much to look at at the moment, but I’ll share a photo when it flourishes!  (I’m feeling positive, my friends!)

I’m in the process of re-doing some of my previously published patterns to release as paper and e-patterns.  But I’m going to find some time in-between to start on a project from this wonderful book by Mandy Shaw called Stitch at Home.  Have you seen it?  I’m very happy to do a book review and show you some of the projects if you’re interested, just let me know.  I really, really love it.  So I purchased some home dec fabric to make a doggie bed for my sweet Maltese cross Shitzu cross Jack Russell, Kayla.  She’s such a cutie.

Kayla studio pooch Feb 1

I trawled the Internet to find the same fabric that Mandy has used in the original project and discovered a fantastic seller on eBay.

Stitch at home book

The fabric range is called Scottie Dog by Clarke & Clarke.  You can find it at Dolly Crean’s Fabrics, here.  Dolly’s customer service is first class and she stocks a great range of other fabulous fabrics by the same designer/manufacturer.  They’re heavenly.

So that’s my news for this week – how has yours been?  Smile

Till next time, love and hugs! Vikki


Christine M said...

Your wisteria stitching is beautiful Vikki. I can't wait to see the whole project.

Sarah said...

Hi Vikki,

Great news about making more of your delightful patterns available for sale. I had a beautiful purple wisteria growing on my fence when I lived in Queensland. It was so gorgeous and looked heavenly when in full bloom. Looking forward to seeing the completed project.
Hope you have a lovely day,

margaret said...

a great piece of wisteria, fingers crossed you have the same success with your planting and the seeds growing into something amazing.
Love Mandy Shaw`s work have a couple of her books and she is sometimes on our create and craft channel giving demonstrations, lovely lady. Also see her at the shows here in England selling her kits etc and being so enthusatic about all she goes, very infectious

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

I remember my parents had a huge wisteria vine hanging over the pergola when I was growing up. It was so pretty when in full flower. I hope your seeds flourish for you too.
Gorgeous stitching sweetheart.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne


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