Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Coming home

It feels like a long time since I last posted after something of an unintended blogging break...being poorly for what felt like forever and then a holiday have kept me away. We have been staying in the most wonderful cottage with my parents which was perfect in every way (except for a strange abundance of blown light bulbs) near West Wittering in East Sussex. We spent chilly days wrapped up on the beach, collecting seashells, walking, talking, watching a strange sea sport involving a board and a kite. We had lovely food, lots of wine and sat watching utterly addictive DVDs of the BBC drama State of Play around a toasty fire in the evenings. We had a lovely lunch at The Foresters Arms in Graffham, and a happy afternoon wandering around the harbour and church at Bosham. The beach huts above were photographed at West Wittering...I think you might be able to guess which one I would like to store my sandy towels in...and the photograph below of some shells stuck together reminded me a little of my stripy meringues!

But down to business....in the weeks before our holiday I had suddenly realised that we would be in striking distance of one of my favourite shops for internet browsing. I broke this news to Ian in the car on the way to our holiday cottage (I was driving, which prevented any possibility of u-turns or erratic lane changes in response) and negotiated a ten minute pitstop in The Eternal Maker for the following day...but somehow our watches tick to a different time and Ian is adamant that this bite-size piece of fun overran by 17 minutes (but when he saw how pleased I was with my fabrics he did offer to take me back again the next day... somehow I managed to muster the good grace to decline). The shop was even more lovely than I had imagined it might be and had bolt upon bolt of gorgeous fabrics, and I was even asked whether I wanted my fat quarter cuts with or without wonderful colourful selvedges...a small thing, but one that made me wish that I could shop there every day...for they seem to understand the love of fabric in a way that (surprisingly!) so many shops don't.

I was also pleased with this ribbon...I have no idea what I might use it for, but I love the colours.

I came home to two lovely custom orders (one of which is large and requires research into previously unchartered territory regarding strange fabrics and supplies...creating the requested items will involve my first attempt at sewing with stretch fabrics which I have managed to studiously avoid so far, I will post pictures when they are finished - and no, Jo, Lisa & Helen...this has absolutely nothing to do with making knickers). I also finally put some items onto Etsy last night, so I now have my own shop and a slightly less well stocked shop on Etsy too, which can be found here. I was really impressed by how easy it is to upload everything and set it all up...and now I'm wondering why I put off doing it for so long.

The bedrest (of the darkened room variety, rather than the laptop in bed variety) and my holiday means that I have 2,500 posts in my bloglines, which is both lovely and daunting...my head tells me that the sensible thing is to mark all as 'read' and start again, but somehow I can't do this just in case I miss something lovely (and with that many posts I know that I definitely would), but as it is still half-term and I have small ones wanting to do things other than watch their mummy gazing at the computer screen, I think I may have to let that number climb a little higher before I can begin a prolonged reading session. Wishing you all a lovely week in the crisp sunshineyness...perfect half-term weather. x

17 comments:

  1. Welcome back! So nice to see you're safe and well.

    I've ordered online from the Eternal Maker but I'm so glad that they're lovely in person. I know exactly what you mean about fabric shops not having the correct amount of enthusiasm since the one near me is staffed by a horrid man who refers to 'Amy and Butler' fabric...
    x

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  2. Welcome home! Just wanted to say how much I love my pincushion which arrived safely... thank you!

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  3. I came across the eternal maker at the knitting and stitching show in London and couldn't resist their lovely Japanese fat quarters and similar lovely ribbon! Nice work with the Etsy shop too ;)

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  4. O.K. so now I am totally home sick. What I would do to sniff the sea breeze and hunker down behind one of my dads home made wind breakers. He was always so well equipped with his little stove to make tea. My Mum used to make these towels with elastic round the neck and a hood so we could change on the beach. Oh Yes, that sand used to get in so many places and my Mum was so rough in drying me! I never took too much notice of beach huts when I lived in England but now I just love them and I have heard they are very sought after.

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  5. Hello Florence. Good to see you back and hope you are feeling better now. Lovely ribbon which I would be so tempted to keep just to be able to hold it! xx

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  6. Ijust know you will use that ribbon well! It sounds like a relaxing time. I like the shop but am wondering if the beautiful kimonos will ever be in a size 14!I'm back blogging by the way.

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  7. I so enjoyed this post. Your blog is so pretty and you seem to really enjoy what you do.

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  8. What a lovely thing to be offered a a cut including the pretty selvedges!

    Sounds like you had a lovely break. It's funny I thought that photo was a meringue when I saw it!

    Good luck with that custom order - I am scared of stretch fabrics. Have you got that Sew-U stretch book? I hear it's very good.

    Hope you're feeling better. x

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  9. You are brave going to the seaside at this time of year - it looks a lovely place though and I love the shells that look like meringue!
    Jacqui

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  10. I am so sorry to hear that you have been poorly - and glad that you were well enough to enjoy the sea breezes. West Wittering is a wonderful place at any time of th year.

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  11. Beautiful fabric! Wittering and bosham are two places we go to alot, they are lovely. They have got a fantastic bead shop at bosham. lou x

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  12. Wow, I think I must have been away from blogland even longer than you, as I seem to have missed so much exciting news! Congratulations on both your shops - my goodness you do have a gorgeous selection of things for sale. I'm particularly taken with the teabag holders. They are just beautiful, and I'm trying desperately to think up a reason as to why I might need to carry a teabag around in my handbag (pre-kids, when I was going to work everyday it would have been SUPER handy to have had one of these). We've also been hit with a long list of minor illness and Springtime snuffles - not much fun eh? But your holiday sounds lovely. Good luck working your way through your bloglines...I'm currently doing the same. It's a tough job, buy hey, someone's gotta do it :P

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  13. Lovely purchases. Nice to have you back.

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  14. I have recently visied the EternalMaker for the first time and was equally impressed with the place....I even have one of your fat quarters.....

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  15. Happy that you are back! Lovely fresh pile of fabrics and such pretty ribbons!
    ~Emily

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  16. hi

    I've left you an award on my blog, please come and see

    April xx

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  17. oooh a pink and white beach hut ... that would be so much fun!

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Florence x