Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Happy stuff

TV news bulletins showing an endless stream of man's inhumanity to man and popular TV programmes showing even more murder and mayhem make me feel quite downhearted. I often feel the need to escape to a happier place and what better place to escape to than into the pages of a children's story book.

Let me show you a couple of books I've recently acquired. 'Aunt Amelia' by Rebecca Cobb is about two little cuties who worried about a strict auntie coming to stay with them. But she turned out to be a very unconventional auntie as you can see.

Together they did lots of fun things.

They painted pictures.

Ate scrumptious meals.

And found a cosy spot to watch TV.

A really happy tale for little ones. Full of fun and mischief and beautifully illustrated.

And here's another one of my current favourites.

'Not Me' by Nicola Killen is about five cute kiddies who create lots of mess around the house. The illustrations are colourful and uncomplicated and clever paint effects depict the 'mess' created. I love it!

And of course by now you'll know I'm a big fan of Mabel Lucie Attwell books where carefree children live in a safe, happy world.

I've been doing a spot of sewing this week and the 'happy' theme has continued. The grey weather here in the Lake District resulted in me choosing brightly coloured Kaffe Fassett prints for my happy purses. Each one has it's own smiley dolly stitched to the front.

They were such fun to create I couldn't stop myself making some larger ones using pink flowery prints that I trimmed with vintage lace.

The smiley purses will eventually go into my Etsy 'Flutterby Stitch' shop which I'm ashamed to say has currently got empty shelves. I've moved the PDF sewing patterns for Ragtaggle Rabbits and Little Counting Dolls into Dollytime (my other Etsy shop). These sewing patterns are now for sale alongside my knitting patterns.

Meanwhile, my Flutterby Stitch shop will remain empty until I've produced a few more items. I'll continue to concentrate on 'happy stuff' and next on my list of makes will be happy brooches. . . . . . Watch this space!


  1. Great book choices there - both new to me. Your little purses are delightful - they will fly off your Etsy shelf I am sure. x Jo

  2. Love those books and illustrations! I am with you on how you feel. It is still cold here and we still have snow. Your post was a lovely spring breeze! xx Helen

  3. Happy indeed! I am watching the morning news and it brightened my day to see the dollies. Thank you.

  4. Hi Eli - glad you like the embroidery floss - just send me your address to and I will send you some of them - far too many for my use!
    Also just read this and wondered if it may interest you too
    x Jo

  5. I so agree with you on the news of the disheartening. Sometimes I know I am a 'head in the sand' kind of person, but hey, I think it is part self preservation and part of just who I am....a sensitive, idealistic, mother of five (soon to be Grandma - yea!) that still is a kid at heart. That is why I just LOVE your blog! Thanks for the book preview and for the pictures of the wonderful dolly purses. It is still winter here in PA, our lambing season is over, making a bit of maple syrup and moving right into MUD season! I think spring is in hiding!
    Take Care


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