Tuesday, 19 July 2011


DD has been putting her creative skills to good use again and look at the results . . . .

Tilly and Oscar's adventures in print!

College term is coming to an end and AS exams are well over with our fingers crossed for good results in August.  These last 4 weeks DD's college has been giving her a flavour of what the second year will involve and in English Language the year will concentrate on children's literature which is something DD has always had a love of whether it be writing or illustrating SO this is her first attempt at both and who better to do it about?

The story content had to be suitable for young children and have both repetitive sounding words and storyline so Tilly and Oscar are of on an adventure.  Having hopped too far away from home and losing their way  their search for home begins encountering many animals on the way all greeting them with 'Boo'!  You'll be pleased to hear the story has a happy ending and even gives me my '5 minutes of fame' and has me waiting for them at the door back home!!!

I love the illustration so much (taken from a photograph of them both) so DD adapted it for my new header ~ just sooooooo cute!  (I'm dreading the Bill she's going to present me with!!!)
Although the illustration is of Tilly and Oscar I don't want to change my blog name ~ Buttons' my beloved bunny now pain free and happy at Rainbow Bridge and 'Stitches representing my passion for needle and thread.
Buttons has now been gone for just over a year but so fondly remembered . . . .

My stitching news is not huge but I do have a finish ~ 'Chicken Sampler' by The Stitching Shed . . . .

Last year I stitched another of their designs ~ Cluck, Cluck so thought, when I bought this earlier in the year at the Stitching Show, that it would make a nice matching pair of cushion covers.  The colours are virtually identical, I have just made a couple of small changes ~ the wording was Hen and Cluck which puzzled me as it was called 'Chicken Sampler' not Hen, so I repeated the word Cluck so that both designs read the same and instead of stitching 4 flowers around the centre chicken I shall add some buttons!

I'm just about to start stitching for another Exchange and some gorgeous Sampler Threads have just landed on the doormat so it's all systems go!
I want to highly recommend a UK on-line supplier who fulfills orders as quickly as 24 hours and carries stock of all the lovely hand-dyed threads and US charts that us English stitchers find so hard to find here but love so much to stitch . . . .
The Patchwork Rabbit run by Karla ( ~ her prices are excellent and the postage costs are minimal ~ hop over and take a look, any special requests then give Karla a shout and I know she'll help you out, I recently needed 'Bamboo' for a design and wanted one as white as possible and hey presto! the next day it was here ready and waiting and a real bonus is Karla will cut you a 1yard length of thread if you only need a small amount rather than buying a full skein.

And finally ~ after weeks of tender loving care of feeding, watering and pruning . . . .

I have my first ever SweetPea with lots more promising buds!  These gorgeous flowers bring back lovely childhood memories when my Mum grew these in abundance every Summer on trellises outside our kitchen door and their lovely smell filled the house ~ it's funny how a smell can bring back such lovely times!

Thanks for stopping by and as always your lovely comments
x x x


Colorado Stitcher said...

Congrats on the book and I love your original blog header too!

I LOVE sweetpeas!! My grandma always had a large fence row of them every spring - ah the memories!

Annette said...

Ow I love what your DD made!!! The 2 cute bunnies... your header is so beautifull... great job DD :))))

Your stitching chickens are so great

Happy stitching!!!

Cath said...

I can't believe it's been a year since you lost Buttons . how that time has flown.
Well done to your DD ,the book looks fab .
Love your chicken finish too .
Sweet peas always take me back to my childhood , my Dad grew them very successfully ,and I have never managed to grow even one .

Elaine said...

Your DD has done a great job Jane. Good luck with the book.
Just love your chicken finishes.
Just like Cath my Dad has grown sweet peas in the garden since I was a little girl. They were always such a fabulous array off pretty colours. Hope you have many blooms. Hugs.

Mouse said...

ohhh well done on your book :) and flowers yeahhhhh ... and I will hop over to the patchwork and see what she has got :) love mouse xxx

Lisa said...

I love the new illustration and the storybook sounds wonderful!

Lois said...

What a great job your DD has done with her book! Those chickens are so cute. I'm another happy customer of Karla's. She really does go the extra mile for her customers and is a great source for us UK folk.

Barb said...

Oh Tilly and Oscar will be famous!!! Well done to your dd and you too for the fab chucks. I have Patchwork rabbit bookmarked but so far have not ordered from her -may have to rectify that soon!
It really does not seem like a year since Buttons went to play over the bridge, loved the remembrance pic of her.

Deb said...

I wish you much luck with the book! How exciting.

Michelle May (Shell) said...

Congratulations to your DD for such a charming book! It looks wonderful! I love your new blog header too!
Sweet memories of darling Buttons. Time has gone by so fast.
xx, shell

Sally said...

Well done to your DD on such a sweet book and love your new blog header.

I can't believe it's a year since Buttons went over the bridge. What a lovely photo of her.

I love Patchwork Rabbit. I've only ordered once ( so far!) but it was a very good experience.

Love your chicken finishes:)

Pumpkin said...

Ahhhh...the mystery is solved! I have to say that your DD did a fantastic job and I bet that book is just too adorable. I mean what book wouldn't that involved bunnies ;o)

Your Cluck finish is very sweet and I like the changes you made. Can't wait to see both made into cushions.