Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Spring time at Christmas!

One day late, so I'll say Happy Boxing Day and a belated very Merry Christmas!  Did you all have a good day? I got some new Embroidery supplies, a lovely small hoop for my next pattern! My sweet cat, Phoebe has been keeping me company whilst cooking for Christmas!


For the first time in weeks it is sunny today and not raining!  It has been so mild, but gloomy and wet, seems like the perfect weather for Spring flowers!! I just noticed this brave little primrose in full bloom, Sweet Williams still going and a Rose bud all tightly closed as if waiting for the Summer!


I was planning on taking festive photos in Gent the other day but it was POURING with rain that we just sheltered under the umbrella swimming in and out of the shops!  I do hope none of you are affected by the flooding in the UK at the moment?  

I have just finished a new illustrated range including Party items, so if you love Horses, Unicorns and Fun Fairs then drop back soon, it will be a happy way to welcome the New Year!

Hugs,
Catherine
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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Feeling Cosy & Stitchy!

I've been so busy behind the scenes working on some very exciting illustration projects and sending out Christmas orders! Then a trip to the UK for sweet Nativity Christmas school Plays, birthday parties and early Christmas cheer!  So I've not been in Blogland as much as I would like!  This post I hope will make up for this and bring some bright and cosy Christmas cheer to each and every one of you, so make yourself comfy with a mince pie or two!

But just before I share photos I am over the moon to have my festive Embroidery Patterns featured on the FAB-U-LOUS  Feeling Stitchy Blog, head on over there to enter a Giveaway for my Friends for Tea Ornament Pattern!  Such a sweet and quick project to make for the Tree and to hop into stockings for Tea Parties all year round!


Right back to my photos, are you ready... then I'll begin in London at Liberty, always a highlight of my trips there.







I love to visit National Trust houses & gardens and this was my first visit to Hughenden Manor, the home of the Victorian Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, a friend of Queen Victoria. It also had a secret WWII past used as the base for map making for the RAF, being on Hitler's Top Hit List, luckily he never found it!
It was decorated for Christmas as it would have been in Victorian times.





 Christmas as it would have been in the 1940's, complete with the music, wonderful!

I'll be taking more Christmas photos here in Belgium that I will share with you soon. 
In the meantime thanks heaps for visiting and stay warm or cool wherever you are in the world!
Catherine
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