Tag Archives: Roman Blinds

Tying Up All The Loose Ends

Tying Up The Loose Ends...Those Blinds!, Rocking Dog

Tying Up The Loose Ends…Those Blinds!

Like the swallows that have gone on ahead of us, we are heading south. It’s been a couple of days of tying up all the loose ends. So….the three Roman blinds which have mathematically troubled me, are complete. I have left comprehensive instructions for my boy and hope that the lovebirds will figure out the mechanics of blind hanging. I rather think a very helpful and DIY savvy father in law will take them in hand. I hope my mathematics and perfect folds will be celebrated!

Meanwhile there have been presents to wrap and send. I loved the zoo animal wallpaper found in a John Lewis oddment bin. I added an alphabet Christmas decoration, an Anthropologie purchase. Meanwhile a Rocking Dog Advent calendar is winging its way up to Northumberland for a new little family. I know it’s early but there’ll be plenty of time to choose lots of lovely little trinkets to fill those pockets. No, Michael….. NO!

The Fridge needs de-fooding so there are various cunning Rocking Dog “bottom of the fridge recipes” to use up all that veg’. Soups, savoury crumbles and a large tray of roasted vegetables are favourites.

As for the packing it’s scary, and makes Andyman very tutty and grumbly! The big question is will those lanterns make the cut!

Mother To Son Wisdom, Rocking Dog

Mother To Son Wisdom

Plain To See, Rocking Dog

Plain To See

Clear The Fridge, Rocking Dog

Clear The Fridge

Last Minute Wrap, Rocking Dog

Last Minute Wrap

Another Wrap, Rocking Dog

Another Wrap

Will They Make The Cut?, Rocking Dog

Will They Make The Cut?

Rocking Dog Does Each Peach, Pear, Plum…

Each Peach, Pear, Plum..., Rocking Dog

Each Peach, Pear, Plum…

Rocking Dog does each peach, pear, plum. Just what project to complete or embark on? Having had a bit of a long lasting headache this week, decision making has been rather difficult. On Tuesday night I was awake at 4am and I decided on a peppermint tea, pain killers and cuddle with Real Live Rocking Dog. The thought of clandestine sewing or ironing I couldn’t contemplate, so I watched a little TV. A programme about Hitler’s drug habit followed by a smaltzy Christmas movie soon sent me scuttling back to bed!

So  on the Rocking Dog workbench there are indeed a number of projects which require my attention. There are three Roman blinds to finish for the newly weds. They require complete accuracy to ensure a good fit and un-wrunkled drop. Accuracy, I am the first to admit is not one of my strong points! I must persevere and deal with the mathematics of the folds. Curtains next time Alex and Kylie..curtains.

There is a sweet cross stitch panel (number 3) which has been worked by my very brave friend. It is so lovely to spend time bonding over embroidery. Panels completed, I then do a “Tailor of Gloucester” and make the work into something pretty and useful. I am SO proud of my lovely friend’s incredible strives for recovery. I am so sorry for my oh so painful needle threading- it must be so exasperating to observe! x

Talking of cross stitch, I loved the apron stitched by one of the East Quantoxhead village hall ladies. I did ask if I could photograph her charming cross stitched bosom!

Also on the bench is a bale of scrumptious yellow striped silk which will become simple window panels. They will be edged with some coordinating ribbon (fantastic choice to be found at Livingstone Textiles, Bridport).

A fabulous floral single quilt cover also awaits my attention. The cover will be engineered into four pillow cases to accompany a much larger quilt cover. Perhaps you are asking why I didn’t just buy pillow cases. In short, I bought the single quilt in TK Maxx for £16 and now discontinued, the pillow cases are a ridiculous price on eBay…so…

Other sewful things to contemplate are squares to cut for my heirloom floral patchwork quilt. Then somewhat scarily there is sewing for Christmas. My Rocking Dog sales at the kennel will soon come around! Weds 30th November 6.30pm St Andrew’s Day Celebration pre Christmas sale, and Sun 11th December 11am – 2pm Christmas at the Kennel. Profits from refreshments for Young Carer’s and BUST

In the kitchen, the table is laden with jars, jam sugar and local cider. Today I am going to ask my neighbour if I can buy apples from his mini orchard. We affectionately know him as the Log Stealer, for if we ever have any tree work he’s there in minutes with his mini tractor and trailer, helping himself to the lopped branches. Cheeky!! Apples hopefully scrumped i’ll make Apple & Cider Jelly. It will hopefully be for sale together with other preserves and festive eats at my sales.

I REALLY haven’t got time for any more headaches.

Sew Blind, Rocking Dog

Sew Blind

Vibrant Pillowcases, Rocking Dog

Vibrant Pillowcases

Silken Windows, Rocking Dog

Silken Windows

Brave Cross Stitch, Rocking Dog

Brave Cross Stitch

One We Made Earlier, Rocking Dog

One We Made Earlier

Quantocks Cook, Rocking Dog

Quantocks Cook

Patchwork Squares, Rocking Dog

Patchwork Squares

There's Always Christmas!, Rocking Dog

There’s Always Christmas!

Plea For Apples, Rocking Dog

Plea For Apples

Going, Going…….

Really Gone! Rocking Dog

Really Gone!

Yes Siree! The decorations really have GONE- ready for the final journey into our rather cobwebby attic. Am I the only one who looks around in dismay at the level of dust and general grot which has accumulated since the house was festooned? I have vowed that it will be one tree next year and nothing else….however, I simply know I won’t be able to keep my vow of Christmas decoration chastity!

Even sadder is the fact that every last person has GONE, so it’s Andyman and I, together with a very forlorn fridge! Though very quiet with the offspring having flown, I am looking forward to a little bit of normality returning, and making plans for the year ahead.

Actually I have made one cunning plan, and that is to return to the “Makery” in Bath in February to do a little calligraphy session. When I looked on Saturday night there was one place remaining – so I decisively pressed the button! A year or two ago I did a Roman Blind making session there and it was brilliant. Whereas I had seriously considered having some blinds made, a £40 workshop equipped me and most importantly gave me the confidence to tackle the blinds myself, at a fraction of the cost. It was fun, well paced, social,friendly and informative. Have a look at the workshops they run, or give someone you love a Makery Voucher.

Hope your week of returning to “normal” goes well.

Swedish Frieze, Rocking Dog

Swedish Frieze

Awaiting A Box, Rocking Dog

Awaiting A Box

Eclectic Nativity, Rocking Dog

Eclectic Nativity

Boxed To Go! Rocking Dog

Boxed To Go!

Monogrammed Noel, Rocking Dog

Monogrammed Noel

Glass Dome Doggy, Rocking Dog

Glass Dome Doggy