Sadly this week our lovely weather has finally disappeared and it is definitely autumn. It has been fantastic to be able to enjoy the beach in warm sunshine for so long. Today is very windy and a little wet. We had a busy summer, especially with our daughter’s wedding in the very picturesque Lake District. Everything came together beautifully for her vintage and handmade style wedding in the gorgeous Cragwood Country House hotel on the side of Lake Windermere. (Highly recommended for anyone wanting a wedding venue up there!) A photo later. Now it is back to my daily sewing and beside the sea life.

The Embroidery Crazy website has been updated with six new designs this month plus two designs free to download as usual. We have three designs especially for dog lovers, a new snowman design, a cute little fox and a cupcake design for those making kitchen items.

Walkies PugLove Labrador WinterSnowman Cupcake LittleFoxI said I would post a photograph of the wedding venue, so here it is.

 

Cragwood House

The stunning wedding venue

The next photo is one of my beautiful daughter in her vintage style lace wedding dress, accompanied down to the outdoor pagoda for the ceremony by my two very cute grandsons. The eldest one, who is only five, was very proud to walk his mum along. Two year old Ben was not so sure and started to cry!

The beautiful bride.

The beautiful bride.

 

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I have had a busy week creating some Autumn designs. The rest of the new Christmas designs are now online, including this cute snowman. He would be a hit on any child’s clothing, hat, or scarf. The autumn designs are being test stitched and will be appearing on the website soon.

It has been  mostly sunny  on the North Essex coast this week. I have been enjoying the sunshine with walks on the Naze, which is covered in blackberry bushes laden at the moment with ripe berries. I have made lots of jars of blackberry jam and have also made blackberry gin for Christmas. This involves putting the berries and a good helping of sugar into a largish kilner jar (about half full) then topping with alcohol. As we got given a bottle of gin I used that but you can use vodka also. You then put it in a dark cupboard for 3 months. You need to shake the jar every few days for the first month, then just leave it. It turns into a delicious liqeur like drink just in time for the festive season!! I’ve also made blackberry crumbles and blackberry charlotte. There are still loads of berries to pick so I dare say I shall be making a few more delights!

We have had a lovely week with the grandchildren here doing all the classic beach  holiday stuff. The weather was mostly kind to us. I took loads of photographs of course! I love this one of my grandson ‘posing’ in a fairground ride bus. I know I’m biased, but he is so cute!!! He’s going to be a heartbreaker when he’s older.

We went to our local airshow which is held on the beach at Clacton. I love the wing walkers and took this photo of one going upside down while standing on the plane. Personally I wouldn’t do it for a million dollars!

I have been stitching out the new Christmas designs today. So far I have a Christmas pudding, bells, holly and a cute snowman. They should be available in the website shop by the end of this week. I have also been ordering new supplies as I was running low on everything. Now I have to wait for all the parcels to arrive. Don’t you just love the anticipation of waiting for parcels?!