First of all I have to apologise yet again for not updating my blog for so long! This is due to a string of family happenings, including illnesses, and also the fast approaching wedding of our eldest daughter. As she is having a vintage/homemade themed wedding it has involved me in lots of sewing and kept me very busy! The wedding is now only a few weeks away so I am down to the final few things left to do. After the summer things should calm down a bit for me and I can get back into a routine.

We are very excited about the wedding, which is being held  next month in a beautiful country house hotel on the side of Lake Windermere. I can’t wait to see my daughter in the stunning vintage style dress she has chosen. She will look amazing, and, as it is second time around for her, she is being escorted in by her very handsome five year old son. There won’t be a dry eye around! I promise some photographs to follow.

I have just added some new designs for July to the website, including a cute children’s design aimed at twins, a rock and roll dance design, a rock music design and this summery beach hut design.Beside the SeaThe free designs to download for July are this lovely Campanula floral design and a cute little yacht.



Our summer is nearly over here in East Anglia but we are having a late burst of sunshine, which is great news after the rather dismal summer we have had. I am pleased as I have a lovely new camera to try out. Unfortunately I was the victim of theft a few weeks ago when my family were down to stay with the grandchildren. I had my bag stolen on the beach, along with my everyday camera. I have a large Canon DSLR but it is too heavy to carry all the time, so as any photography addict does, I keep a smaller camera in my bag so that I don’t miss those unforeseen moments.

I chose the Canon SX40HS as my new portable camera because, living where we do, a superzoom camera is ideal. I take lots of nature shots, plus boats and beach shots, where a long lens helps get close to what I want to photograph. It is not a pocket camera, but it’s light enough and will fit in the large bags I tend to favour. I have been trying it out this week and I am very happy with the image quality, which I knew choosing Canon, would be good. The lens is great and I still get nice clear images even using the full 35x zoom. I think I have made a good choice.

I took this shot of a heron on the backwaters the other afternoon.

Heron on Walton-On-The-Naze backwaters.

It was quite far off so I used the zoom right out. I thought it worked well.

The backwaters is a boating haven.

Boats on Walton backwaters

There is a lovely old ruin of a boatshed on the Mere.

Boatshed ruin.

I quite like that it has been left as it adds character to the area.

I went on the pier to photograph the sunset last night and the sky was really quite unusual. There was what seemed to be a small piece of rrainbow in the sky, although it had been a very sunny sunny day with no rain at all. The clouds were also all kinds of shapes so it looked really pretty. This is one of my photos. The little piece of rainbow is on the left.

Unusual sunset

The seagulls were resting on the side of the pier and I liked this photo as the seagull is lit by the sunset so that he stands out from the background.

Seagull at sunset.

This morning I was up at sunrise. This is my favourite photograph from then.

Sunrise lighting breakwater

I have been busy updating my website too. This month we have an autumn leaf and a fox machine embroidery design free to download. I have also added several home designs, including this one which would be good for stitching on the back of a patchwork quilt. I added a blackberry and a falling leaves design for autumn and this pretty heart which would make a perfect addition to a Christmas make for a loved one. I will be very busy sewing for the next few months as, along with many craft addicts at this time of year, my husband and I have booked tables at a large Christmas craft fair. He will be selling his fabulous Photo Art and I am selling bags and other fabric gifts, many of them machine embroidered of course!

Sorry the update to the website is so late this month. It is due to a very busy two weeks, firstly madly baking for Diamond Jubilee events in our little town and also making a Fairy Castle birthday cake for my granddaughter, then having my family all to stay for a week. With three young grandchildren and a very busy week I didn’t get time to go online to update the site.

However it’s now done and June’s free machine embroidery designs are available to download. I’ve gone summery with a seagull and a classic child’s bucket.

We had a lovely time celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee here. I helped our Women’s Institute  with a cake stall. It was very cold and windy but we sold everything. They also had a competition judged by the local baker. I was very shocked when my Victoria sponge won a first prize! I got a lovely red,white and blue 2 tier cake stand for my prize. On Sunday I watched the river pageant which I thought was fantastic and on the Monday our British Legion club (which my other half is a committee member of) had a street party and hog roast. It was a great success and the food was lovely.

As all my family arrived on the Monday we then spent lots of time on the beach – despite not very summery weather. The older two children were obviously in Royal mode as they built Buckingham Palace in the sand! Well that was their description, and they added the Union Jack flags to complete it. We had a lovely week doing child friendly things and while much of England was very wet we didn’t have much rain at all, though it was extremely windy and not very warm for June.

I have added several more new designs to the website. They include a couple of summer designs. This beach hut design is a good one for cushions. There are two larger designs with a sunset background which would look good on home furnishings or a wall hanging. There is also a very cute children’s cat design and a sweet West Highland Terrier for dog lovers.