Sunday, 14 February 2010

Nostalgia, Flowers & Romance

A few weeks ago I read a blog post that brought back so many wonderful childhood memories, especially of my fondness for Holly Hobbie in the late 1970s. This rush of nostalgia meant that I simply had to find the cushion cover I remembered making and that I referred to in my comments on the lovely Sarah's blog! And I found was neatly folded inside a Woolworths bag inside an old suitcase, which also contains things like my school recorder, stamp albums, scrap books and newspaper cuttings.

So, here it Holly Hobbie cushion cover, made with help from my mum, to whom I owe so much for teaching me how to knit, sew, crochet and create! Oh how I loved Holly Hobbie...and I have to admit that I do still love this cushion cover, despite some rather bad stitching and its gentle padding with old tights (used as stuffing in so many of my childhood creations!).

I remembered the cushion cover, but had not remembered that the fabric I had used was that which I am now using to make these!

I have a received a gorgeous basket of flowers...not from my Valentine, but as a 'thank you' from my lovely neighbour B. They are so pretty...
and are arranged in this very useful, floral fabric-lined basket!
I have the house to myself today, which might not seem a romantic way to spend Valentine's Day. However, hubby is out rugbying with our son and I shall spend the day pottering, sewing and crocheting, so we are both doing things that we love to do! Everyone will return home this evening and my day's pottering will be undone once more...piles of muddy washing will be deposited by the machine, the hall will be re-cluttered with shoes and kit, and the house will once more be filled with the voices of those that I doubt enquiring what there is to eat! The romance of family life - I love it!
In the meantime, before I potter, I think it's time for coffee and cake!
Hope you're having a lovely day whatever you're doing!
Back soon,


  1. Hi Rebecca, what a lovely expression "the romance of family life".
    Beautiful flowers from your appreciative neighbour and, yes, a very useful, pretty, basket.
    Well done on finding your sweet cushion cover.
    Carol xx

  2. Gorgeous photos! Love the purple floral vintage fabric!
    Hope you are having a lovely day!

  3. Hi,

    I've given you the sunshine blog award ... have a look at my blog for the details!

    Helen x

  4. Beautiful post. Always love the childhood memories! The Holly Hobby reminded me of a quilt my mother made, now I need to find it! Hope you've had a lovely day with family and friends. :)

  5. Oh Rebecca, she is really amazing, wow! I love her, especially that gorgeous Broiderie Anglaise trim! genius. Oh and the ditsy purple floral, lovely too! Clever you for having the forsight to keep her! I regret so many of my purges. I expect it was a thrill to see the old woolies bag too! Remember rifling through the rows of singles on Saturday afternoons? tee~hee.
    Thanks for finding her and showing us!

    Sarah x

  6. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  7. Just came across your blog via Felted House, oh how I used to love Holly Hobby, this post just bought back many happy childhood memories :-)