Monday, 27 January 2014

I spent time over the weekend having fun using up scraps of Batik left over from cosy quilts and throws I've been making recently.

These vibrant purples and greens certainly bring some lively colour to dull and dreary January days!
I also 'harvested' another batch of rusted fabrics to add to the collection.
I love the variation of marks it's possible to create with a little time and patience. 
The stripes are achieved with rusty screws and bring to mind insect bodies!
What wonderful colours and visual texture!
Number One Tearoom in Bridgnorth (Bank Street) is in disarray during the annual redecoration process. 
We'll have all the painting done, the carpets cleaned and the textiles displayed ready for re-opening this Saturday Feb. 1st.  
The rusted fabrics above will be for sale in a cabinet along with an exciting selection of hand-dyed fabrics and threads.
Sadie is planning her menu of delicious home-made goodies and will soon be busy baking to get them ready for the big day.
And finally - a Thomas update!
He's sporting a lovely hand-knitted jacket and matching hat.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

  Les Coches, French Alps.
Ski Hols 11-18th. Jan. 2014 - French Alps - one of the best yet!
Les Coches is a pretty little mountain village in the heart of the Paradiski area.  The Vanoise Express cable car, a double decker with a capacity of carrying over 200 people at a time and the biggest in Europe, is a short ski away and gives access to both Les Arcs and La Plagne ski areas.  
The traditional style village is made up of wooden chalets and is very picturesque.

We had a big dump of snow on our second day to add to the already solid base.

These accents of red look wonderful against the snow - berries in the photo above and pretty pierced hearts in the little gateway below.

There's a stunning view over the alps at the top of the gondola above La Plagne.

The boulangerie in the village kindly delivered their delicious baguettes to our chalet each morning.
The gorgeous d├ęcor in Le Monchu restaurant has this fabric for chair coverings and cushions.  It would be great to use the design as inspiration for a print block to use in a quilt project.
This is one of a collection of 19th century handmade tools hanging up on a wall along the steep zig-zag path to the village centre. 

Coffee stop on the mountain - aways a pleasure.

A bientot.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Blists Hill again!

No matter how many times I visit the Victorian town, there're always interesting and beautiful things to look at.

This teeny Singer is one of 8 owned by the lady who's in charge of the drapery shop in the High Street.

The heavy-duty and very decorative cash till above is in the hardware shop just along the street.

The Pharmacy has many wonderful objects to admire including this well-polished copper nameplate and a varied collection of glass bottles.

I love the shapes of the shiny enamelled tea and coffee pots on sale.