Tuesday, 22 April 2014


I seem to not have been here that much recently.

I've been taking lots of time out spending with the boys over the Easter holidays. 
Lots of hanging out with family and friends and an enormous amount of chocolate.
But all this does not mean I haven't been busy.
Oh boy I have been busy. Not really sure how I have managed to fit it all in what with all the relaxing an that going on.
So here is a quick blow your own trumpet moment.
I was asked to write a guest post over at &stitches about the embroidered piece 
Growing up in the shadow of the Cathedral I finished earlier in the year.

There has been so much interest in this piece and the story that goes with it. It kind of took me by surprise, a very lovely surprise, but surprise none the less.
&stitches are running a swap at the moment with the theme of place, so I guess this just fitted the bill.
The post is all about the process I use for image transfer. 
People have asked me about it here too, so pop over to &stitches and read all about it!
It was great fun to write, though much more difficult than I thought it would be. 
Odd that, I am rarely lost for words, but writing for someone else added a whole other dimension.
Tune back in soon and I'll share the rest of what I have been up to with you.
Hope all your Easter breaks were full of fun and sunshine.
Love Nora xxx

Tuesday, 15 April 2014


I seem to have been away for longer than I expected. 
Its the Easter holidays, we have been out having fun and entertaining visitors.
Yesterday we went exploring, Church Woods in Hollington.
We found wild garlic everywhere.

And when there wasn't wild garlic there were bluebells.

We even found an other worldly fairy glenn.

The Church's graveyard was beautiful with wonderful overgrown Victorian parts to explore.

But then we stumbled across a Weeping Angel.

So very quickly and with out blinking we left.

We are hoping very much it hasn't followed us.

Love Nora xxxx

Monday, 7 April 2014


Oh the perils of using vintage doodahs on every day projects.

Patching the patches.

I love my handkerchief skirt but fear it shall be a work in progress for the rest of its natural days.
Love Nora xxx

Saturday, 5 April 2014


Today my baby turned 11.
How did that happen?

Due to the generosity of very dear friends we had the whole of the skate board bowl to ourselves today. Lucky boy, skateboards are THE thing right now.

Counting down the years. 
(sadly due to an unhappy meeting between a vase of flowers and a computer much of the very early years are missing)









Because of that little red headed baby I have met some amazing people who have gone on to be the best friends a girl could have, I have done things I would probably never have done (unfortunately many of them involve poo), I have been to places I wouldn't have been to and had the most fantastic of times, I have rekindled my love of camping, realised my own limitations when it comes to coping with poster paints and have enough memories to make me smile for the rest of my life, I also haven't slept properly for over a decade.
I love my Ginger Ninja. I cherish the squishy cuddly years that are now behind us and am steeling my self for the Lynx years that are approaching like an unstoppable train.
Love Nora xxx

Wednesday, 2 April 2014


Recently I have taken part in a couple of swaps.
I do love a good swapsie, but I'm ALWAYS really crap at getting them done on time. Humm bearing in mind my last post I feel there is a theme developing!
The first was a Phat Quarter swap with the theme of Bestiary, fantastical, mythical beasties.
So I made a set of flying ducks a la Hilda Ogden for Leslie.

All in a spiffy old pencil tin.
It was kind of a homage to our Grandmother's domesticity. My Grandma had an armchair like this when I was young and she constantly used to make reference to antimacassars and flying ducks. Though I don't remember her having either.
In Return I received this delightful unicorn from Salvaged Mutiny.

I also took part in an Artists Trading Card swap organised by Ali at Very Berry, the theme was literature, right up my street. I made a copy of the front cover of my favourite book of all time for Laura of Blue Giraffe.

And in return I received this amazing card from Debbie.

I don't know if I like the front or the back best.

Every few days I swap it over so I can look at the other side for a while.
Well, Thats it on the swap front for now folks. Though I'm sure before too long I will be signing up for another load and again leaving it till the last moment before getting my act together.
Love Nora xxx

Saturday, 29 March 2014


Remember that feeling when you are walking to school in the morning and the sensation of dread creeps over you. You haven't done your homework.
Trouble looms and punishments will be given out.
A lovely sunny lunch time will be spent in the classroom laboriously writing out lines.
In theory the lesson will be learnt and you won't forget to do your homework again.
In practice.....
Next month I will be more organised.
But I guess this is an important lesson on the creative process learnt.
Over at our gracious host Lola Nova's place you can find all the details of this project and all the other (slightly more organised) players linking up.
You can also see what we have all been up to over on the flickr group.
Its still not too late to join in!
Love Nora xxx

Friday, 28 March 2014


Sewing for the greater good made a return this week.

I used a few years ago to hold these sessions semi regularly. But since we have moved I haven't even held any workshops, let alone sewn for the greater good.
Friends of ours run an organisation called Active Arts which is linked to the local Mencap and runs arts based sessions for adults with learning difficulties.
The highlight of the Active Arts year is their summer show, this year they have taken a gamble and booked the De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill. Its a huge and really exciting leap, but of course both gambles and huge leaps need funds to help them along.
So in the spirit of trying to help out I suggested a little birds workshop.

Its been a long time since I made any birds at all, but they have been on my mind for a while.
To tell the truth is was rather joyful to have to make some as samples for the class.
It was an amazing night with a much higher turn out than I would have expected considering I still don't have that many crafty links around here.

There were many colourful birds produced 

And much cake scoffed.

Than you to every one who came along and stitched hard to make a difference!
Love Nora xxx