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

Tuesday, 18 March 2014


A.A. Milne
Todays embroidery is brought to you by three simple facts.
1. I have a very dear friend with a very significant birthday today.
2. She loves rabbits.
3. I have long admired these beautiful little tin collages by Viv of Hen's Teeth, and in fact have been known to purchase one, or even possibly two in the past.
I took these 3 facts and cooked them up in to a delicious rabbit based stew and this is what happened.

I'm happy!
Love Nora xxx

Sunday, 16 March 2014


Today in the park the magnolia was in full bloom.

Hope your weekend was full of sun and spring.
But my goodness is blogger playing silly buggers tonight, sorry about the odd spacings and badly aligned pictures it was the best I could do. Any more would have involved shouting and to be honest I just couldn't be bothered!
Love Nora xxx 

Friday, 14 March 2014

Today in remembrance of one of the my heros, a man of integrity, intelligence, compassion,  and moral conviction. Not to mention his self depreciating sense of humour and of course being one of the greatest pipe smokers of the 20th century, I will be sporting a pipe all day.
Tony Benn you were a true inspiration.
Love Nora xxx

Monday, 10 March 2014


I am a collector.
But when does collecting tip over in to hoarding?
How is it that just under a year after leaving a tiny not quite 3 bed end of terrace for a huge 5 bed house by the sea it's feeling rather full.
Not I may note very full, nor over full, nor oh my god we have to move again full.
I have been known to ring a close psychologist friend who has had training in this area for reassurance that I don't have a problem, or to ask if it's ok to keep/throw away the kids paintings they did at pre school that are unnamed so I have no idea which one created it.
Her professional opinion by the way is keep one or two well labeled special pieces a year as well as school reports. Oh and first shoes are ok too.
I never dared to admit to her about the huge pile of old T-shirts that are in a heap shoved under the old school desk my Mum bought for my 8th birthday that I use as a bedside table.
Hello my name is Jane and I have a problem letting go of things.
I have always had a vague plan for these T-shirts that involves cutting them up and making the boys duvet covers. But I think there may be another year or two of collecting before I have enough for that particular project. The T-shirts of a 6 yr. old don't have that large a surface area.
So imagine our collective joy when I read this post by the lovely Lazy Daisy Jones.
How to turn your kids treasured old t shirts, worn thin with happy family memories in to spiffing stylish  works of art.
Oh yeah!
The boys and me we were off down the 99p shop of some cheapo canvases before you could blink.
A minor hold up for me to blame every one in the house for messing with my stuff when I couldn't find the staple gun.
Thankfully it eventually turned up exactly where it should have been all along.
The boys did most of the work cutting out  and stapling, much fun had by all.
Less than an hour later they were adorning the offsprings walls and there was a small sliver of space waiting to be filled with new treasure in our bedroom.
Win win situation don't you think.
So Thank You  Lazy Daisy you saved my bacon in more than one way!
Love Nora xxx

Sunday, 9 March 2014


Rudyard Kipling

This weekend has been all about the garden.
Lots of happy buying of plants 
and seeds.
Sowing of seeds and potting on of seedlings.

All happy and joyous, yes?
But there is a dark side to the garden.
All of those lovelies need a place to live.
Then there is the privet Berlin wall that has grown up over what we suspect must have been a large number of years.
The Hippy had his work cut out it was over 25 foot high.
And our garden really is very very long.
But it had to go. What is the point of having a south facing garden that has no sun after noon?
However the cuttings are making the most amazing camp for the boys.
And later in the year, the mother of all bonfires.
This weekend I have adopted this quote by Margaret Atwood as my motto
"Gardening is not a rational act".
Hope your weekends were just as productive.
Love Nora xxx