Talking about Shabby Chic and Girly stuff, I went to visit my friend Jan at The Cotton Tree yesterday and found the Tea Shop next door under new management - formerly Jiggery Pokery - now called Elisa Rose Tea Rooms
Jan said I would love it or hate it. I think I'm more in the latter camp although I recognise the huge amount of work that's gone into it - I just wouldn't like to be the cleaner! They had perfumed candles burning too which I really don't like, especially when I'm eating; it's an assault on the senses, not to say an air pollutant.
I called into Bradley Gardens Nursery which I have passed so many times and promised myself I would go to. It's a walled garden - bare at this time of year but still so very interesting:
My friend commissioned a heart for her husband for Valentine's Day. I had a little angel heart that I had started a long time ago and abandoned because I couldn't get inspiration.
I ran a workshop for would-be Durham Quilters yesterday - there are some promising ladies and they have signed up for a second workshop to learn how to design a wholecloth quilt. This was the most popular choice for the block they made - called a Rose in a Rose.
Alex and Will are braving the wind this afternoon to visit the charming Crook Hall Gardens in Durham City so it's peaceful enough to relax and do some stitching, the weekend chores are done, so it will be guilt free.
Some spring shades to make a little hanging and a mat for the chest in my bedroom.
Until next time xxxx