I always get a sudden surge of energy and optimism in March and April, as the days brighten up and the light starts to change to herald the beginning of spring. Maybe it's the 'hopeful' sightings of daffodils and tulips as they push their way up from the under-ground to test the weather.
As usual at this time of year I have started on a major spring clean and house clearance. This year however, it is with a difference because we have also been undergoing major house renovations. Maybe...
Regular readers will have heard me speak about how I started to sew when I was a young child, and what that initial skill has led on to. I couldn't have dreamt that my repeatedly (boring) practicing of sewing straight lines with a very basic sewing machine could have led to designing and making ‘couture wedding dresses’! It only proves that the old adage of taking it ‘one step at a time’ really does ring true when we face our biggest hurdles.
As some of you already know, I enjoy working with all crafts and mixing different styles and techniques. Nothing is out of bounds and there is nothing more fun for me than mixing it all up and trying something new.
I used to take for granted the fact that I had been sewing for many years, after having acquired my first electric sewing machine at the ripe old age of 7 years. I had been taught by my Mum, who also started at and early age but she then went on to being trained in fashion design and pattern...
So now, this month's theme is going to be ‘April Showers’, which goes on sale today and for a limited time is available at a discount. Click here for more info.
The colours were inspired by this photo that I came across during my research, and are navy blue, fresh green with and a lovely ‘pop’ of spring yellow and the box contains a lovely mix of luxury ‘baby alpaca’, shimmering silk and super-soft merino, with some special surprise treats included as usual.
That's why the phrase ‘April showers bring May flowers’ sprang to mind - the fact that we often complain about the rain but forget about the riot of colour that it nurtures and encourages!
I also experimented with a selection of dried herbs and spices from my pantry, the most successful of which was Turmeric and a mixed selection of Jamaican curry spices that I had purchased in a bustling market place on a previous trip over there.I loved the variety of yellows and orange shades produced by the herbs and spices on the beautifully soft alpaca and other fibres.