Thursday, 24 March 2011

Fibre fever book page.

I belong to a Yahoo group called Fibre Fever. I'm quite a new member and this is the first swap I have joined. Each member makes a fabric page for a book. It can be any type of stitching but has to be in the theme chosen by each recipient.
This month I am sending a page to Anne in Germany, her theme is '' anything oriental- Persian or Indian.
Oh goody! I thought as it has given me a chance to practice some more 'Sheesha Embroidery'. You may have read in a previous post from last summer, that I went to a workshop with Surjeet Husain. I bought her book but haven't done much embroidery since. after a frantic search I found the mirrors and racked my brain to remember the rhythm of the stitch. Heres how it turned out!
I have tryed to keep the Indian theme but with a modern look.
It's in the post and heading to Anne, I hope it's ok and she likes it.

I hope you are all enjoying your week out there in blog land.
I would like to give all my followers new and old a big THANK- YOU.
Thank you for all your kind comments, you always make my day and you will never know how much you have all helped me when things get tough.
Warm HUGS to you all.
xox Angela,

Friday, 18 March 2011

A Mothers love.

I found this picture postcard when I was shopping in Spitalfields market in London's Eastend. It's one of my favourite places to buy vintage.

These two are so pretty so I had to give them a shabby feminine look with coffee dyed fabrics and lace.

Hope you like them.

xox Angela.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Escape to the sun.

England in late Februay, cold, wet and gloomy. So what do you do for some warm sunshine?

Answer! you book a late deal and fly off to the sun.

We did just that and after a four hour flight from London we arrived in the beautiful island of Madeira.

What a delight, warm sunshine, blue skies and Delicious Portuguese Custard tarts.

Anyone who knows me will be aware that I  'LOVE' these little sweet creations but I can only usually eat them on my trips to London. These were enjoyed sitting outside in a pavement cafe in the old town in Funchal near to the beautiful cathedral.

 This was on Sunday morning when the bells were ringing.

Next day I went inside.

 What a lovely calm space and stunning with gold everywhere.
The island is full of amazing flowers, lizards basking on the rocks and warm sunshine.

                                                        Flowering trees.                                   

                                           Bird of paradise by the road side.

Isn't this so pretty?

We took a bus tour to see more of the island up to 1600 metres above sea level where you can stand and look down on the clouds.

This is the view from the highest sea cliff in Europe, the second highest in the world.

                                     Pretty scary standing at the top.

We loved the Atlantic Oceon on the north side of the island.

The colour of the sea reminds me of our own North Cornish coastline.

Our last stop on the tour was in a pretty village with this stunning church in a beautiful courtyard.

Another highlight was the trip on the cable car. I have to admit my legs felt very strange hanging up in the air in a small box!
I feel wobbly just looking at these pictures, but it was a great experience. At the top a visit to the famous botanical gardens.

                                         A patchwork of succulents.

and Joes favourite an 'upside down Christmas tree'

On our way back to our hotel we just managed to get a picture of 'Columbuses ship' this is a replica built by a local man in the 1990's. it takes people for dolphin and whale watching  trips .

We had a wonderful holiday and Madreira is a must visit destination. I will be going back again when I need some winter sun.
It was one degree on landing at Gatwick' mmm... lovely'
Nevertheless I'm glad to be home and looking forward to an English summer.

xox Angela.