Liberty pinks, some reading and news of a competition

A quick catch up is definitely in order, and I needed a pretty picture, so I thought I’d share the commission I’ve just finished – one of my Wallflower Liberty Cushions with some matching bunting. They will be off to the other side of the world very shortly:

Liberty pillow and bunting


I am not, as anyone who knows me will tell you, a big fan of pink… but these Liberty pinks are so charming that I am almost convinced. I am out of the market for commissions at the moment, but if you fancy having a go at making one yourself, you can buy a kit from my shop.

If you are interested in keeping up with my reading challenge (26 Books in 2015), I am still wading my way through Elizabeth Gaskell by Jenny Uglow. It is good stuff, but hard work sometimes (she knew so many people and I am not good with names!), and rather long (good long, but long all the same) at 600+ pages. I will need to read something a bit shorter for my next book – thanks for all the suggestions so far, you all have such great taste!  One aspect of the Gaskell’s life that has been really interesting to read about, is her struggle to find the space to meet the urge to write in her extraordinarily busy life as a mother, wife of a minister, and someone with a seemingly endless number of friends and acquaintances to visit and entertain. In my small way (clearly, I am not comparing myself to Elizabeth Gaskell!), I hugely relate to that sense of frustration (and sometimes exhaustion) that comes from trying to do ALL THE STUFF, including the boring bits…

Speaking of busy – I wanted to mention that I am launching a really exciting competition tomorrow! Working in conjunction with myprint247, I will be hosting a postcard design competition – open to people who want to create an art postcard (including photos of stitched art) and to people who would like to design a promotional postcard for a craft/handmade business. The prize will be 100 postcards made up to your design. More details tomorrow – but I hope lots of you will be inspired to join in.


5 thoughts on “Liberty pinks, some reading and news of a competition

  1. You are such a busy girl Ali, love the way you come up with these great ideas along with everything else you have to do! Mind you I am retired and don’t have the time to do all the things I’d like. Keep up the good work and keep us all inspired.

  2. Hi, Ali! I set myself the goal of reading 20 non-technical books this year, and am now on my 4th… Mine don’t have 600+ pages, though 🙂 Good luck!

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