Poppy Patchwork

My little bit of this big World

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Things to make me smile

My sewing machine, I have owned a sewing machine since I was 12, my 1st was a second hand Singer, with a big wheel to turn in order to sew. I did consider a couple years ago of purchasing a machine which did loads of embroidery, it took me ages to decide against it, my love of sewing is putting fabrics together and creating items, so this simple machine performs all my requirements. 
Finally I got cucumber seeds to grow, I could not get plants locally, I found this potato sack in the back of my shed, perfect here with plenty of space for the plants to grow. I love this time of year, so many things growing, a promise of harvests, I love to have a seed and soil, and put them together and watch as things grow.
I am a bookworm, always have been, so it's no surprise I love a shelf of books, I have 5 here to read, the rest I've kept one book from authors I have enjoyed reading, I'm using Kindle more, not my favorite, I do like to hold a book, but needs must. 
This is my craft basket next to my chair, it is never empty, and normally I have a couple of projects in here. I very rarely I sit and watch TV, I have to be doing something, I have my blanket and a pair of socks on the go. I have enough in my stash to keep me going for ages, crafting is in my bones. 
The waterfront looking over to Portsmouth on the left, Gosport on the right and the sailing channel to The Solent in the middle, on a sunny day with the tide in, perfection. And only 15 minutes walk from our house, as good as any holiday location, we are so lucky to live here, and have big spaces to walk, made even better as it's really only a place locals go. 
Our cats, I have been lucky to share our home with cats since I was 19, over they years we have had 7 different furry friends, Grace is 15 and Purdy is 10, so neither is young, but every cat we have in our lives has enhanced us. They follow us into the garden, always sitting close to us, Grace is my lap cat every evening. 
Everything above has been important in the last couple months, home life has always been good, but lack of family visits mean long periods to fill. April to June is all about the garden, outside as much as I can, this year it has been perfect weather for the garden, with reading or crafting time in the evenings. To be happy you need a balanced life, hubby and I do enjoy time together, we bounce off each other, it helps he is a book worm as well, we hardly turn on TV these days, not even to watch the 5pm doom as Trish calls it. 


  1. I think it's the little things that have kept us going over the last couple of months. I've always wanted to be able to use a sewing machine, you may remember I bought myself one a couple of years ago, well it's never been out of the box yet, haha. Your cats always look so comfy curled up in their beds. We used to have a cat, we got him as soon as we were married so he was here before we had kids. He lived to be fourteen and Daniel was always fine around him but he developed an allergy to cats after he died so we couldn't get another one.

  2. I got a cat shortly after I got married as they're more independent then dogs but I developed asthma and an severe allergy from their fur. However cats seem attracted to me!! Your cucumber plants looks really healthy.

  3. What a marvelous range of activities to keep you happily busy. Reminds me of my mother, as she was always doing something enjoyably productive :)

  4. Like you I am a crafty person and have to have something to do while watching TV and interesting to see your book choice.. can you recommend any? We have a dog and can't imagine life without her, even though I sometimes shout TO her, TO GET MY PLANTS! Thank you for your comments

    1. I have a page for books at the top of my blog, it list all the books I am reading. Also if you labels on the right hand side of my blog, click on books and it will show my post with books being spoken about.

  5. I only watch catch up tv but can't remember the last time I just sat without some thing crafty to do. Like you, I have always been a book worm too although I only keep certain authors now. I much prefer holding a book to reading on my kindle as well.

  6. Books, crafts and garden, all lovely and the same here.
    Sewing machine, I really need to make friends with mine and practice.



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