May 07, 2010

A Basket Case?

Hello again,
Ahhh the lovely month of May, which brings hope of warmer, longer days for us. The first veggies have been planted in our garden, just lettuce varieties so far and a few herbs. The leaves are on the trees and Craig has been out mowing and chasing away the raccoons in an attempt to stop them making a home in the barn again this year. Apart from some pesky black flies it is quite enjoyable to be able to get outdoors again. Hanging out my washing a couple of days ago I got bitten 12 times in about 10 minutes, so I really have to be careful. I seem to forget every year just how tasty I must be to them!!!
Indoors we have spent a few hours sorting through stuff for the Spring clean up next week and also items for a 'garage sale' at some point in June or July.
My topic today 'Basket Case'

You see I am rather attached to my shopping or picnic 'basket'. This is the place I throw all sorts of random paraphernalia which I like to carry with me in the car. My handbag (or purse as the locals refer to it) contains only money and one or two personal items. The rest belongs here where I can see everything clearly: The contents changes depending on my destination and time of year of course but it works for me and helps me remember the library book I need to return or a last minute shopping list.
Feeling a creative moment coming on yesterday I decided to get reacquainted with my sewing machine and have a go at making a basket liner. After measuring up and making a paper pattern I chose this fabric.Although I would have preferred a Cath Kidston design, the colours and print on this were almost as good and as it was my first attempt I really wasn't too fussy.Jemma has now been in China for over a week. Her first email was so upbeat and full of excitement as she told us of all the places she had been to visit in Beijing; The Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tienanmen Square, and the Summer Palace. She loves to shop and had visited an indoor silk market and pearl market where she had a go at bargaining which was a little scary but fun!! Sadly just before they left Beijing everyone ate at a restaurant in a dodgy part of town and she got really sick. She managed to email me from the field centre up in a remote village following a long overnight train journey to Xian and felt terrible. I have been so worried about her and was relieved to get another message this morning saying she was feeling better - phew! She suspects that the water she drank was not bottled as she had been told, a few fellow students also got affected. With very little computer access at the station and no other means of contact, you can imagine how my mind was running away with me for a few days.
Amber is in Halifax at the moment, staying at Dalhousie University for a drama fest, so things are pretty quiet at home.
I promised myself to keep my posts shorter. So, until next week...

ps. If anyone knows why I am getting random line spaces in this post, please enlighten me.


  1. What a lovely spring-like blog and you seem to have a spring in your step too. Beautiful basket too - you have inspired me as usual. Keep blogging please!

  2. Hi Hazel, great to have you back in blogging-land :) I LOVE your basket idea!! So clever....think I might just steal it too :)
    Glad and relieved to hear that Jem is better, must have been very worrying for you!
    Enjoy your beautiful weather, but watch out for those pesky flies!
    K xx

  3. the basket is beautiful! And the fabric compliments it very well!

  4. So glad to see you back. I love the basket idea. I might just pinch that from you. And I love the lining you made, it looked very good for a first attempt.

  5. CharlotteMay 10, 2010

    yay, you're back!

  6. Love the basket Hazel, I am so glad you are back to your Blog. You have certainly kept busy. Looking forward to another, they keep me in touch with all things feminine, especially at this time of year when I am all dirt and dust! Just loving your Blog as always.

  7. I love your Cath Kidston inspired basket! I just got back from England and treated myself to a few CK items that I couldn't resist. :)


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