✨ The Gipsy Moth ✨

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Inspiration from a recent trip to London, where we took a boat trip down the River Thames, it was a beautiful summers day and as we stepped of at Greenwich a lady was playing the fiddle.

I threw 50p in her opened fiddle case, and we wandered on past the the huge sail boat the Cutty Sark, and there just behind the beautiful carousel was the

The Gipsy Moth pub, where we sat and enjoyed a lovely cool pint of cider.

An little insight into how my noggin ticks…maybe?

yesterday the Gipsy Moth was created.

http://hettiebrown.bigcartel.com/

Garden update Part 2 Mostly June

 

Catching up on the garden posts, its been a busy time, spent outdoors.  Progress has been huge, and all our hard work has been so worth it.

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June 1st top ~ May 1st bottom pic

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June 1st

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June the Delphiniums flowered

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Under the Apple tree in June

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May and the Sweet Pea Bedstead

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June and the Sweet pea bedstead

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June Delphiniums and foxgloves

 

And the Lupins…..

And then the rain fell and the winds blew, for about two weeks solid ….the delphiniums, foxgloves and lupins suffered big time from the british weather…

But all was not lost…. to be continued

 

April in the garden….

I wrote this post way back and its sat in my drafts.  Im just catching up on all the garden posts!

April 2016

So pretty much all spare time is taken up in the garden.  Progress is being made and here we are in April with the bones of the garden in place.

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at its worst …Maybe?

Digging out the path was hard work! I unburied two old washing lines that had been concreted in, so Mr Brown had to get them out.

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but after lots and lots of shifting of earth the path was finally dug.

 

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Digging continued in earnest

 

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End of day Saturday April 3rd 2016

Next day we went and bought the bark chippings… 15 bags to be exact, pretty heavy stuff, the car was nearly on the ground.  we shifted it into the car, then out the other side…I ached so much that night.  but by the end of the Sunday we had the bark down.

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A very satisfying moment! after all that digging…..

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End of day Sunday April 4th 2016

Next followed a week of April showers and working and not much time in the garden.

But on Saturday it was dry and bright and we sunk the shed into place down the end.

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Shed dug into the end bed, we took out a small stone wall and more Earth so it could nestle into the ground with out taking up too much space.  Jools built a Little fence, as we want the end patio area to be cosy and private.

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End of day Saturday April 9th 2016

Then we bought a few plants…. which was very exciting.

Sunday we planted them…and painted the back of the shed and put up the old bed stead I bought from a little old man on the side of the road…

Then it started to look almost like an actual garden!

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First of the catch up garden posts!!

To be continued ……

x

🍂 the entomologists daughter 🍂

Father catches bugs and insects for his research, daughter sets them free, friend to the bugs and beasties, the entomologists daughter is a one of a kind art shelf folk. Made from papier mache and wearing a dyed hand stitched vintage frock and knitted bonnet. She has blue velvet boots. Her latest rescue sits beside her on an old cotton reel. She is seated on an old book, children of the new forest.
She measures 40 cm.

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hettie brown made a thing

Now available in my shop see link above xx

 

The Fielder

 

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Cutting out…

Most of my spare time of late has been spent out of doors in the garden, we’ve had a couple of gorgeously springy days, but today it’s raining.  I’m quite grateful for it, as the new plants will have a good water and it means my day at home can be spent sewing.

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Pining…..

I ordered the Fielder patten from Merchant & Mills a while back and have been itching to start.

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Stitching…..

I learnt a few new things stitching the fielder, mainly how to sew ribbing as cuffs and a neckline. The sleeves were different too, I think there called raglan sleeves, similar to the landgate coat I’d made before.

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Helping? …..

Im really pleased with my cuffs!

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Cuffs with stretchy ribbing..

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The neck line…

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Finished!

Im so pleased with how it turned out, it tested me a bit which is good for the old noggin.  I made a size 12 which is a perfect fit and used the torttori seersucker in black. I think it’s going to be a favourite, will try and model it soon.

Xx

Concerning knitting hats… Including out takes…

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The back

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Out take … Trout pout !! ??

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Tilly hat… Looking almost normal?

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Do I look Jewish?

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Can’t actually see the hat!

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Or maybe Benny from Crossroads! Does anyone remember him even? Am I that old!!

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Another WIP completed.. Feeling quite proud as that is two in one week…. A little late to the hat party with my Tilly hat, but better late than never I say.

may have to put it away now as Spring is Springing, and I will take it out next Autumn.  I like my hat, it is the first one I have ever knitted, and my first ever Woolley tattoo… So hurray for knitted hats I say …

Love

sophie xx

Stitchingly

 

 

I started the above quite the while ago and it’s been hanging around waiting for sleeves, so much so that the cat even slept on it for a while (see muddy paw print pic 5!)  I kind of went off the boil with it as the weather turned sunny and the outdoors beckoned. Then I had a bit of a Merchant & Mills weak moment the other evening and ordered The Fielder Dress Pattern and some tettori seersucker in black…

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The Fielder & Tettori in Black

and so, I had a small word with myself to finish one thing before I started another, even though it was tempting just to let the cat carry on sleeping.  So here we have it, I’m pleased, more than I thought I would be, as I wasn’t sure about the fabric, I bought it at my local fabric shop kind of on a whim, as I really wanted to sew something, which is on my NOT to do list… no more buying fabric on whims  … (noted) but as it happens it fits really well and I’m pleased with the end result.

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My Holy Bible sewing case … I love it so much

I’ve been so tired this week maybe suffering a little burn out ,,,  i’m not very good at doing nothing and sometimes I just go Gung Ho and tire myself out.  Then with the clocks changing too  … so am trying to slow down a little   … even picked up my knitted for a while yesterday afternoon   … I’m knitting the Tilly Hat from Spincycle Yarns by Kate Burge & Rachel Price.  Its with the lovely Tif ~ aka Dottie Angel …  Hatty New Year   .. I’m late!   and should finish my wooly hat just in time for Spring   …    hmmm.  I will save it for next winter.

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The Tilly Hat   ..  yes I managed to knit my marker actually into my hat! whoops…

So Today is a day off day, and I’m already jamming it full of things I need to do, it doesn’t come easy slowing down….

hope you are ok and happy, thanks as always for popping by,

 

Love Sophie

 

 

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