drizzle at first otherwise fair

img_5092The troops have rallied – surviving on emergency rations for days.

The hoover gave up – the new hoover looks scared

Rewards for prolonged period of self-sufficiency so far: new soap dish

Indulgence required before household rebellion.

On my calendar today is written ‘To The Beach’ in pen. Following Christmas fairs on two consecutive weekends and many weeks of preparation a sea breeze was calling.

Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift and Food Fair was a tremendous event. The blue cotton drill hereditary cash bag, handed to me by my wonderful grandparents around 1985 following its retirement from the Alcester WI cake stall, was aired and back in use (an entreprenurial spirit was always encouraged).

And yesterday Histon Handmade, a contemporary design and craft fair with 14 other makers, over 750 visitors, old friends and new, and just 3 cushions left at the end of the day. Happy stats!

The order book is full and there are busy days ahead but today Well-next-the-Sea with a kite.img_5192img_5191img_5185img_5169img_5161img_5154



open studio

It is Cambridge Open Studios time of year.  The first four weekends of July, I will be at home and open. Do come and see me, there will be cushions in abundance, some zippy bags and cake. I will be stitching on the Bernina industrie 850, the whippet will be in attendance and we will have tidied up.

I am number 205 in the COS guide, please note the change of address from last year. we are now back at home. Hooray!


cos 16

colour please

There is a lot going on!b4

Yesterday I was in Islington with Daisy. Whilst I was trying not to get too carried away in Raystitch Daisy was helping organise AutismCon. We will be at Conway Hall on January 17 selling cushions and home baked cakes at what promises to be a great event, if you are able do come and see us – there will be free brownies for blog readers!


At the end of the day we met up in the Candid Cafe behind Angel tube station for tea, then the No. 73 bus along Pentonville Road to Kings Cross in the rain. What rain!




There has been a birthday. And I must tell you about The Giggly Goat but right now I have a pheasant and a border collie that need finishing off and some badgers to deliver so that will have to wait.