I visited a shop recently that has been on my list to visit for ages! The Boutique Haberdashery in Fareham, which can be found at 162b West Street, is an absolute gem of a shop. It is packed full of everything to keep a crafty person happy for hours! They have some lovely fabrics, a great selection of yarns, a whole section of books, and walls full of haberdashery and useful tools. It is owned by the lovely Kimi, whose leaflet to advertise the shop tells you that she believes in yarn coveting, love at first sight, giving it a go, finding something new, fabric stashing, a can-do attitude and most importantly, you. What a great place!
I love making something handmade each year for my niece Bella’s birthday. The choice of what to make her this year for her fourth birthday was very easy as she requested I make her a cape! More specifically she had her heart set on a pink cape, so I set about finding some suitable fabric and added some iron on sequin stars for good measure. I even made a matching cape for one of her toys, inspired by Swoodson Says!
On the second day of my birthday mini break, we paid a visit to The Sculpture Park in Farnham. We are always looking out for new sculpture gardens to visit, after discovering Broomhill four years ago. It was well worth the wait, the site itself was stunning and the sculptures were so varied. Everywhere you looked you saw something new and it was fantastic to see such variety, in both medium and subject matter. The website says you need at least two hours to walk the trails, we were there for five hours and could have happily stayed even longer! I would really recommend a visit to this beautiful, ever changing, outdoor art gallery.
Matt photographing a beautiful slate sculpture by James Parker.
My favourite sculpture, by Martin Fildes.
This pack of wolves by Sally Matthews was stunning.
I loved the reflections in the water cast by this stainless steel sculpture, ‘Allium’ by Ruth Moilliet.
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Tagged Broomhill, Broomhill Art Hotel, Farnham, georgina giles, James Parker, Martin Fildes, Outdoor art gallery, Ruth Moilliet, Sally Matthews, sculpture gardens, The Sculpture Park Farnham
This tea tip (learn something new and useful in the time it takes to make and drink your cup of tea!) will show you how to complete a giant knitting project without getting into a giant tangle!
Giant knitting needles mean that you can work with multiple balls of wool to make something super chunky but this can also be tricky. I tried lots of different ways to stop the yarns tangling and I’ve now worked out a way of knitting with nine balls of wool at once!
Simply pop each ball of wool into its own bag! I tried all sorts of bags but found these see through bags with a seal top the easiest. That way you can easily see when a ball is about to run out and you can keep the top mostly closed so your ball doesn’t pop out. Then pull each strand of yarn one at a time and peg them together. This holds all the strands in one place and makes it very easy to complete your giant knitting project with a minimum amount of tangles!
For years I have wanted to visit Kew Gardens, so when we decided to go away for a couple of days for my birthday, this was top of my list. Even though it rained and sometimes poured, we had a wonderful day! We spent time in the humid Victoria Palm House, marvelling at the exotic plants and the stunning building they are housed in. We found the the Bonsai House which is tucked behind the School of Horticulture and shows the ten seasonal best trees, some of which were over a hundred years old. By far my favourite was the Princess of Wales Conservatory, which houses Kew’s collection of cacti. I was astounded not only by the quantity of plants but also the variety. I’m already looking forward to another visit!
When we were on our way to Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens we spotted an interesting looking place on the wonderfully named Atlantic Highway. We had an hours drive ahead of us so kept going but decided to pop back one day later on in the week. When we got home we looked it up online and discovered that it was called Hawksfield Cornwall. They have a contemporary art gallery with resident artist John O’Carroll, an interiors shop called Jo + Co Home, a vintage emporium called The Goose Shed, Wadebridge Flowers who also sell succulents and lovely pots to grow them in and The Arc which sells artisan food and drink. To complete a perfect set of independent shops, you will find Strong Adolfos Cafe at the end, perched up above the road. They have great coffee, tasty food and amazing views!
Even when its raining, we love being outside and exploring somewhere new! When we went to Cornwall on holiday a few weeks ago, it rained on a few of the days, but we still made the trip to visit Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens. It was well worth the hour drive! The gardens are set in a beautiful valley, the trail takes you along wooden walkways through woodland and then out onto a grassy hill.
Every sculpture garden we visit is unique and Tremenheere has the largest permanent installations we have seen. There are several viewing platforms so you can enjoy the amazing views and even a camera obscure where you can view the landscape and skyline in complete darkness.
I was thrilled to find a nursery there too, where I found a succulent that had been on my wish list for ages! The little shop also had a great selection of cacti and unusual pots. I also bought two shallow terracotta pots which had been hand thrown in Cornwall for some new succulent arrangements.
The cafe was also fantastic and we enjoyed a very tasty lunch there. It was pretty busy so booking a table is advisable. Another lovely sculpture gardens to add to our list!
Next week I am going on a family holiday and I can’t wait! I have a few projects packed, including my tumbling blocks hand stitched patchwork. It has grown loads since my last post and I now have enough to make it into a cushion cover. This way I will get to see and use it everyday! I need to make one more block and a few more diamonds to fill in the holes to make it a square and then I can pick a lovely fabric to go on the back.
On Friday I went to The Maker’s Merchant to add some new things to my shelf, including some elephants and also some miniature felt bunting. I enjoyed a very tasty lunch in Magpie’s Tea Room and spent a while wandering around the shop. There are so many lovely things to look at and there is always something new to spot!
The shelves are looking full and lovely, so much talent in this corner!
Look at these spiky little fellows!
Next time you visit Romsey, be sure to put a visit to Rum’s Eg at the top of your list of places to visit. This beautiful gallery is stocked full with a great variety of artwork, from ceramics to printmaking, jewellery to woodwork. They also have a cafe upstairs where we enjoyed a delicious lunch of freshly baked quiche. The cheese scones must be sampled!
I fell in love with an icy blue etching by printmaker Sally Winter.
They had a really varied selection of ceramics, including this lovely striped range!
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