Saturday, 10 October 2009

Getting my fabric & yarn fix!

It's been lovely and sunny over here, for a change! This morning we all popped in to Frome to do a spot of shopping.

Alan & Miss P walked around the market and the toy shop whilst I headed straight for Catherine's Hill where all my favourite shops are. First I went in to Millie Moon where I bought a selection of fabrics.

I've been having withdrawal symptoms.... I haven't bought any fabric in ages! So this weekend I did something about it. Last night I went online bought some beautiful 1940's & 50's fabrics from Donna and today pretty fat quarters from Millie Moon. I feel much better now!

There is something very pleasing about having a stack of neatly folded fabrics

After Millie Moon, I went to Marmalade Yarns just a few doors away. I haven't been there for weeks and couldn't wait to have a look and a feel of all the new colours and yarns.
I wasn't disappointed, I forgot all about feeling tired and achy from the decorating and played around with the different yarns & colours until I had made my selection.
Maxine and I had a natter and both enthused about the different yarns stacked up on the shelves ...

I left the shop with my bag of yarns and a renewed determination not to let the decorating get in the way of doing some crochet!

I haven't done any crochet in 7 weeks! ;-(( I am already a bit rusty and must somehow find the time to get stuck in to it again. I went on crochet course in June/July so am a beginner in need of plenty of practice. I do love it but decorating the house as well as working (I am self employed, working from home), means that at the moment I don't feel like doing very much at all of an evening!

We are trying to get the whole of downstairs & my work room (upstairs) completely redecorated before Christmas, so are working at it pretty much full time. So many other things are having to be put on hold as result, including not going out as often as usual...
Although we still have the whole of upstairs and the back garden to do from scratch, we will have a little break over Christmas and New Year to re-charge a bit ready for the next onslaught.

I bought a couple of magazine. Debbie Bliss even though I can't knit (yet) I spotted a few patterns that I like so bought it for when I eventually learn how to knit. I also bought Romantic Country magazine which I have not been able to find locally up until today.

Just as I was heading back to the car, I spotted these boxes in the WHSmith's window, perfect for my workroom.

This weekend there has been a lot wildlife activity close to our house. Yesterday evening, a fox was only yards away sniffing a trail of some sort, he was so engrossed in sniffing the ground that he didn't spot us. He got closer and closer, he was magnificent with his big bushy tail. I wished I'd had my camera with me.

This afternoon Alan was doing some gardening when a squirrel leaped from our fence on the house, ran up on to the roof and then for some reason dived down on to our garden table. Alan watched in amazement, it all happened so fast. The landing didn't look too good though, Alan was concerned that he may have been injured as the squirrel looked stunned and walked slowly to hide behind a troth full of plants. He ended up getting wedged between the wall and the hurdle fence. Poor thing looked petrified, eventually Alan pulled the fence away from the wall and the squirrel ran back home as fast as he could.

This evening Alan spotted these deer in the field next to the house. We are fortunate to have a lot of wildlife around us.

Tonight's sunset

I hope that you are having a good weekend what ever you are up to.

A bientôt!

Isabelle x


Pomona said...

You obviously have some wonderful fabric and yarn shops! Really lovely colours - I have to shop online to get anything really exciting!

Pomona x

marigold jam said...

Love your colour scheme for your crochet. The fabrics are pretty too. I have been to Frome just once and intend to return as there are so many lovely little shops. We have nothing like it here.

Good luck with your crafting.


Antonia said...

What a lovely blog you have, really beautiful.
Best regards from Holland!

Tabiboo said...

Such scrumptious fabrics and yarns - the colours are beautiful...

...and I love your sunset this evening, we have had a beautiful (and very warm) day here today too.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Nina x

Kar said...

Sounds like you have your hands full. Love the fabric and yarn choices. The colors are so cheery!

The pics of the countryside where you live are gorgeous! It's wonderful having wildlife nearby and lovely sunsets to look at.


Clare said...

What a beautiful sky. I've just had my first crochet lesson with Maxine and have been practising all fingers really ached!!

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

Hello Isabelle,
It is always such a treat to read your posts! All the wildlife near your home sounds wonderful Foxes, deer and squirrel. How magical. I do love squirrels so much. It was a treat to see them when we travelled to England. The fabrics look so lovely. I do love the look of fabrics folded together and wish I could sew. I am learning crochet but make everybody laugh with my efforts. The number of times I have had to start again. I will keep going however as I find it very relaxing. Your weekend sounds more relaxing than mine. It rained all day yesterday and was bitterly cold and so we stayed home. Cold is my favourite type of weather and so I was most happy!
Miss P would have enjoyed her toyshop I am sure.

Florence and Mary said...

Beautiful fabric, I love the button prints.

Isn't Romantic Country a fabulous magazine, perfect for cosying up with.

Victoria x

texasdaisey said...

What a beautiful blog you have. I am so happy that I happened upon it today. What a wonderful treat.

Jessie Fincham said...

lovely fabric!! i think we all must have withdrawal systems from not buying fabric, i know i certainly do! :)

cocoa and blankets said...

Oh my goodnes, I thought the sunset was a painting its lovely...just beautiful...I remember spending every spare hour on our house when we bought it, but now it is like the fourth bridge there is always a room which needs some work...lovely post...cant wait to see what you do with your fabric and H

Devon Dumpling said...

It looks like you are going to be very busy over the coming months but I am sure that it is very exciting!
If you enjoy Romantic country, you may enjoy Francoise O'Neill's (the editor) blog; Chez Fifi (link on my blog). x

Sarah said...

What pretty fabrics - I know what you mean about fabric fixes - I had withdrawl symptons lastnight and bought some fabric online! x

KC'sCourt! said...

What a lovely time you had looking at and purchasing fabrics and yarn

Mary Poppins said...

Ohooo what a beautiful post Isabelle :)

I adore the fabric and the sunset, wow, what a wonderful photograph. Yes, I do indeed think it is a good idea to re charge those pretty batteries of yours, does the soul good to have a little rest every now and then.




Floss said...

I enjoyed what you bought, but I think I enjoyed your views even more. Your home is lovely.

Anonymous said...

Lovely fabrics I would not be able to resist buying them either, and you have some nice colours of yarn too. I am sure you will have everything sorted by christmas. best wishes Julie.C

Chandra said...

Quite a lovely blog you have my dear! I adore it! I loved your aqua vintage hats on the sidebar...swoon! I also loved your fabrics. I quite agree: folded fabrics are the best kind!

andamento said...

Nice fabric! Lovely yarn too. Sounds like you'll be very busy.

Love the sunset and the deer.

Have fun!

Les Cotrions said...

Hello Isabelle! You seem to have had a very nice week end! Such beautiful fabrics you bought and I like your boxes so much! You live in such a faboulous area...when I visited it 4 yars ago I fell in love with it!
Happy new week!

Suzie Sews said...

great post, the yarn looks yummy, what type is it....

Lori said...

it looks so pretty there where you live Isabelle...the fabrics you found are so pretty...i skipped over to Donna's site, it looks dangerous over there...LOL...even though i don't sew very much...i really love fabric!!!

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

I think I enjoy your shopping trips almost as much as you do! Watch out for those fox lovely as they are they can snag a cat like I've been told!
Lilly and Larry are just too precious!

lucyslounge-dee said...

relly nice fabrics

a mermaids purse said...

i love the wonderful fabrics and that beautiful sunset u have a fabulous blog!!xx

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

I'm so like you, especially when it comes to fabrics. I need my fixes and there's nothing like a fresh stack of them to look at and think about. p.s. I have some of the same fabrics as you, Isabelle :)

Sonia ~ Vintage Rose Designs said...

Love all the fabrics you got. I love to buy fabric too.
How did you like Romantic Country magazine? It is definetly my fix of eye candy and inspiration.