Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Frosty stitches
















Lately my days have been started with my mug of hot lemon watching the sun rise over the far field and watching a Blackbird couple hop around on the neighbours roof.  If I am lucky I also spot my friendly garden Robin as I wish him a good morning!  I love frosty days when somehow everything seems covered in magic.  Whilst others rush coldly past hedgerows, with heads down,  I take out my camera and enter into nature's wonderland.  I never cease to be amazed when I look closely at the frost lining leaves and grasses like glitter.  The last golden wild flowers were holding on and I gasped in delight when I saw the little glass like shapes on the petals!  I spotted a sweet cat hop into a grassy field and tip toed closer to get a photo of him!  

I love coming back to my cosy home, making a warm cup of tea and settling down to some sewing.  I love to make new Ornaments for my Tree each Christmas, they become part of my holiday traditions.  This year I made "Comfort Cottage", I dream of living in a sweet cottage with door in the middle!  I have also designed a Pattern so you can make your own Cottage too, available here in my Etsy Shop. I get so  much joy to know that others enjoy creating from my Embroidery & Craft Patterns.  I was over the moon when the lovely Alicia Paulson purchased this set of Ornament Patterns to make for her little girl's Christmas Tree.  Look at the darling photos she took of them on her Blog.  It really touches my heart to think of these Ornaments becoming part of other family's traditions too.  The beautiful Christmas Markets & lights have started up here in Belgium, one of the great benefits of being an expat!  I'll be sharing more sparkly photos of them as I explore on my Instagram page.

Hugs, 
Catherine 
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Paints and petals

Wow, it has been a while since I wrote a blog post, sorry to those popping by and not having new adventures to discover.  I have been a busy bee painting, embroidering, sending out your much loved orders and gardening!

I thought I would share a glimpse of my world over the last few months from late Spring through Summer.  I've been in my garden sewing and collecting seeds and taking cuttings. Picking even the smallest bunch of flowers brings me so much more joy than shop bought flowers.  I would love to know what you have been doing this Summer or Winter depending where you are in this big world of ours!








The evening light in the field behind our garden has been so gorgeous this year.



Working on a new Art Print to be launched very soon!

I am working on a new embroidery pattern with loose happy flowers and a rather peaceful Hare!  


Hugs all the way from Bumpkin Hill,
Catherine
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Friday, January 22, 2016

Hello Winter!

It has been so mild here with my garden not too sure if we are going back to Autumn with leaves still on the trees or forward to Spring with bulbs starting to flower before Christmas!  Then this week the frost visited, I just love how it turns everything into this magical sparkling world.  I'm not sure the sheep behind my garden appreciated it quite so much!  I wrapped up warm, feeling happy to be able to use my new bobble hat my fiancĂ© gave me for Christmas, grabbed my camera and set off to enjoy every little frosted moment. A blue sky and seed heads like diamond rings welcomed me!  Enjoy the walk through my garden and across to the Woods with me.











Meanwhile back in the studio at Bumpkin Hill I am a busy bee working on a new website design, special event commissions and sketching ideas for the arrival of Spring and Easter.  With Valentines around the corner take some time to relax and have fun stitching this "Some Bunny Loves You" Embroidery Pattern.


Thanks for hopping by.
See you soon,
Catherine
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Friday, November 6, 2015

Autumn Days & Festive Fun at Bumpkin Hill














The days have been wonderful lately, with blue skies and the Autumn leaves and berries glowing. Taking cuttings and planting tulip bulbs in the garden. I was mesmerised by the little silver droplets covering cobwebs in the woods, surely the most beautiful Christmas decorations! 

I have been very busy painting and designing new Patterns in my Studio, accompanied by the sound of the Robin chirping outside! He inspired my new line called "Hello Robin", the way I always greet him in the garden, he is such a friendly little chap!  I transformed my watercolor painting into this Pattern that now is part of a range of Art Prints and Notecards (blank or Christmas) in my Etsy Store. I also have a lot of new designs available in my Society6 Store as T-shirts, Phone Cases, sturdy Tote Bags for your Christmas Shopping and Mugs for Tea and Pillows to rest with afterwards!

New Fabric designs are now also available in my Spoonflower Store and right now until Nov 12th there is a 2 for 1 Fat Quarter Offer! There are fun designs that would make cute Christmas Stockings and Holiday outfits!  

Follow my world behind the scenes over on Instagram, I post most days.
Thanks for visiting,
Catherine
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