Like I say, we've had some pretty glorious days here recently (a few dull ones too, including today). This year, I made the effort to plant up some Spring plants in the patio pots and I'm so glad as it's been so cheery. I will definitely do this each year from now on as Spring plants are actually my favourites with their beautiful colours. The plants were all really cheap from Bridport's street market, 15 primulas for £5, you can't complain at that, can you?
The etagere is looking a bit more perky with a spot of replanting, after all my lovely geraniums succumbed to the cold. My auriculas are just flowering, such cute little faces. (Ah, well as you can see, one geranium is trying to hang on but looks very forlorn!)
My mini greenhouse is bursting with seedlings and plug plants although my dahlia tubers want some more heat and are steadfastly refusing to show their faces yet. Every year I swear I won't buy plug plants, they're a lot of work and you seem to end up with far more than you need, but to be fair, this year I stuck to the larger sized ones and bought just a few in small numbers. I can never resist once the first few rays of Spring sunshine break through and all those plant catalogues fall onto the door mat. Know the feeling?
Spring weather meant it was time for a pretty new handbag, too. I picked up this pattern at the Exeter Quilt Fair and can you see that divine vintage fabric in the background? I found that at the flea market at Shepton Mallet, it was virtually the end of the day and the stall holders were packing away. I'd run out of cash (oops!) but the lady kindly took a cheque. I just had to have that fabric, it was the find that made my day! Such wonderful clear, pretty colours. The rest will be used to make cushion covers once our sitting room is redecorated but I couldn't resist a bit for a bag right now.
It was quite a strange pattern, in terms of construction, but not really that difficult. So, the lovely vintage French floral fabric, some linen and some bits 'n' bobs later...
I found a pretty floral fabric for lining amongst my stash (I LOVE that I have just about everything I need in my Den once I decide to make something) and added four pockets to the interior. The original pattern had a linen pocket on the front but I didn't like that and could see it would obscure the design on the vintage fabric.
The most fun, of course, was adding those bits 'n' bobs to the front. A few buttons covered with yummy vintage fabrics, a lace bow, some Cath K badges and yes, a few more buttons are the finishing touch. The pattern called for some piping along the seam where the two main fabrics join but I didn't have anything I liked. I thought the blue gingham binding was perfect though, so I just sewed that on flat instead. Doing your own thing is what actually transforms these patterns, I think.
On a completely different note, prize for cutest furry friend of the week must surely go to Charlie-Boy, (nicknamed Mr Lion himself), who seems to have taken rather a shine to vintage lion!
It is of course, Easter Sunday, so I'd like to wish a very HAPPY EASTER to you all. I should be writing a blog post containing suitably Easter-y scenes but I'm behind with my blogging so that will come next if I can fit it in before we head off for the hols. Have a lovely, realxing, choccy-filled day, please. That's an order!