As you will probably be well aware if you live in the UK, or read a blog or two from this neck of the woods, we have not been having the best of weather. Ok, so we don't often get great weather, but even by our own low standards, this spring and start of summer has been pretty bleak so far. There is a heat wave due they tell us, let's hope so.
The trouble is, as much as I hate to admit it, this slow start has done wonders for my garden. Normally by about this time of year, my garden is pretty much done. The flowers have usually bloomed and then either been battered and broken by rain, or shrived by endless dry days and a hose-pipe ban. For the last few years July is normally the time when I give up trying and write it off for another year.
So it has been refreshing to be enjoying florals in the flesh for so long. In fact, it is doing a little something to revitalise my recent rather jaded view of the garden and gardening in general. So, in short, I'm going to subject you to some flowery shots, because, for once, there are some.
But fear not, craft lovers, don't leave just yet, for I have something for you too...
For although it is nice to enjoy the real deal, florally, there also pleasure in dealing with the fabricy kind too.
Especially when you have some nice new little ditsy prints to put to good use.
I received a commission you see. Not something I would normally consider, but family can get away with these things. It was a request for one of my phone cases.
I made my original one, way back in October of last year and have used it faithfully ever since. But it seems to have struck a cord with the people in my family as darling Sister asked for one, her SIL asked for one, and now my Nan wants one. There's even a tutorial, in case any of you want one too!
As it happens, this is one of the rare things that I really don't mind making again and again. They are lovely little projects, that can include as much detail or be as simple as you like and being small, are of course nice and quick to do. Perfect.
I included a couple of newer fabrics in this one, this purplish one with the teeny tiny flowers is one of my favourites. In fact, I really love all of these fabrics and colours together. A slightly more 'earthy' palette for me maybe, but I really, really love it.
And now... flower pictures...