machine embroidery

This time of year is such a busy one for birthdays in our family and this year we have several ending in a 0, so special occasions. Both my other half and I have a big one this year so our lovely daughters booked us a weekend away in Norfolk, which fell last weekend.

We stayed in a lovely Victorian guest house in the quaint fishing town of Blakeney. It was a really lovely weekend. Our room was fantastic and the house was set in beautiful gardens. we were right on the High Street, minutes walk from the quay. Blakeney is full of pretty flint cottages Image

and the wildlife to be seen there is great. We had a long walk out on the salt marshes and saw lots of seabirds. I took loads of photos, my favourite one being the Redshank sitting on a post. Image

We had a lovely meal in ‘The Moorings’ restaurant, all paid for by our daughters too. The food was of a very high quality, and delicious. On Sunday morning we were booked on a boat trip out to Blakeney Point to see the seals. The weather was perfect and it was a brilliant trip. There is a huge colony of common seals and also grey seals and the water was full of them. Lots were lying out on the beach so we could photograph them. Image

The island was full of nesting seabirds too, an amazing sight and sound! Image

Blakeney is very popular with sailors and I would recommend a trip to anyone who likes wildlife.


Due to our weekend away I was a bit late updating the website but this has been completed and this month my machine embroidery designs are all linked to cooking. This comical chef design is great for an apron. Image

Or how about this for a kitchen wall. It could easily be framed.


This design would look great on a teacosy or an apron. Image

It’s a beautiful sunny day on the North Essex coast today. Perfect  May Day weather. It is also a special day in our family as it is my eldest daughter’s birthday. She is a supermum who juggles three (and some times four) small children and 7 miles of school run walking every weekday. I don’t know how she does it!

I have updated my machine embroidery design website for May with new free downloads and four new designs. This month I have added this colourful sailing design.SailAway   There is a fun, retro, liquorice allsorts design, which those with a sweet tooth, or of course children would like.

SweetieThis new floral design is pretty for home accessories or clothing. DaisyDaisyFinally there is this rainbow added to the weather designs.

RainbowSeagulls are everywhere in our small coastal town . They are obvious subjects for photography but can be difficult to photograph while flying. However I had some success recently when coming across a huge flock on the seafront. Gull CloudThey had been feeding, so did not fly off like they normally would. I really like this shot I managed to take of one in the air. flying gullI also got a dog walker framed nicely in this photo! Gull framedIt made me smile!

Have a lovely May Day whatever you are doing today. I am off for lunch with friends.


The prints are lovely, such a good offer.

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What more can I say, really. Sooooo long since I posted here (shame, shame) but I haven’t been completely idle.
The Wow of the title is for one of the things that’s happened since I last posted – I’ve completely revamped my website.
It is easier to navigate now and it’s also a much smoother buying process. Please come over and let me know what you think.

To celebrate the new launch I’ve decided to do a give away. It’ll work like this…
Pop over to my Facebook page and like it.

Like me to Win!

With that done (or of course if you’ve already Liked my page before) leave your details here (so I can link the two) and you’ll be entered into a prize draw. I’ll draw the winner at the end of April and the winner will get an A3 poster of an image of their choice from my website.

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I can’t believe it is April already. It is still so cold in the UK that it seems like summer will never arrive. Here we are a week in to April and we are still going out wrapped in scarves, hats and gloves. Last weekend we went on an Easter egg hunt with the grandchildren in the gardens of  beautiful  Chippenham Park, near Newmarket. It was dry but really cold. The grounds of this stately home are lovely and it was great fun trying to find hidden wooden rabbits, which are then swopped for a  chocolate egg. I even managed to find a golden rabbit, which gave my granddaughter a star prize of a large Lindt Golden Bunny. She was thrilled. Chippenham Park  I love these bronze boxing hare sculptures by the side of the lake.

Boxing hare sculptures

The Embroidery Crazy website has been updated with new machine embroidery designs for April and the  downloadable free designs for April are available. There is this spring flower trug design, perfect for home decor items. FlowerTrug

There is a new butterfly design which would look pretty on both clothing and home makes.


There is also a castle in the fantasy section and some fish. The free designs are this pretty campanula flower design.


I love the blue bell shaped flowers. There is also a cute little duckling.

As it is still so cold of course I was busy sewing yesterday. I made this backpack for my pirate loving grandson, who will be four on Friday.

Jo's backpackAlthough I make lots of bags, it was quite challenging as I have never sewn piping round a bag before and I also had to make the piping first. I am quite pleased with the end result though, as I like the red against the blue of the pirate fabric.

At least while it is freezing outside I have lots of time to sew!!

Spring time is all about my favourite colour, green. I love watching the new green leaves start to appear on trees and bushes. Maybe it’s to do with my roots, (I was born in the ‘green’ island of Ireland), I just love green. Now spring is on the way I feel more energised. The new machine embroidery designs on my website this month are mostly linked to the spring and nature thoughts I have as I watch winter brown trees turning green. ‘Spring is in the air’ is this pretty bird design. SpringIsInTheAir   There is a bouquet of flowers that would brighten up any home items or look pretty on clothing.BouquetGirls will love this silver winged fairy sitting on a mushroom. I shall be using it on something pretty for my granddaughter.

MushroomFairyI haven’t forgotten the boys either as there is also a new plane added to the transport designs.

Our free designs to download for March are a little daffodil and a colourful kite.

I have been trying out a new sewing skill and made a Victorian style rag doll this week. She is made from felt and I am quite pleased with how she has turned out. Emily2She has a lace trimmed petticoat and bloomers under her flowery dress. I will also make her some boots, and a wool coat and matching bonnet.

I’ve enjoyed making something different from my normal sewing. I thought the hardest part was getting the stuffing right, not floppy or lumpy!

Finally having started my post with the onset of spring, here are some spring photos taken in my garden this morning, which cheer me up. First some lovely bright yellow crocus, one of our first spring flowers here in England.


Next my favourite spring flower, the beautiful primrose.


Finally some of those new green leaves I mentioned that make me feel renewed by their colour.

new green leaves


Gorgeous colours in this photo.

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I really think we are fortunate to live in such a beautiful area. You could drive right past without noticing, but stop and take a look at what is waiting to be discovered…

Lazy day on Walton Backwaters

To be truthful you can’t actually drive past us because we are a peninsula, but I’m sure you understand what I mean. If you don’t get out and look – and I mean REALLY LOOK around wherever you are, then scenes like this simply go unnoticed.
Last summer was really very wet but that allowed for some pretty spectacular sights when the sun did come out. This was late in the day, in late summer at a low tide on the backwaters in Walton-on-the-Naze. Right towards the end of what they call the ‘Golden Hour’ in photography. The best time of day for soft, yet contrasty enough light to give great form and colour. For those not…

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I love sewing and not just machine embroidery. I am always making something. Last week I made some seaside bunting to go in my kitchen. I did freehand machine embroidery on every other flag – seaside stuff. I chose red, blue and white for the colours as I wanted it to look nautical. I am quite pleased with the result. Image

I think I’ll put another hook half way so it doesn’t hang over the window though.

I got a new phone on Wednesday. I haven’t updated my phone for years so it was quite a good thing. I have finally gone android! I made a fabric phone cover to protect it in my bag. I used some nice bright fabric I had a small amount of. Camera coverI made my youngest daughter a new bag for Christmas. She loves tattoos so it’s an Alexander Henry fabric. I was quite pleased with the result and I think she likes it too. tattoo bag

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