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Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, United Kingdom
Hello there, my name is Sharon and I live in Westcliff on Sea with my two daughters, Rosie Matilda and Rumer Valentine and, when he's home from uni, my son Sydney. I opened my shop Roses & Rue in July 2009 and this has been a long held dream realised. I have recently given up teaching so that I can focus on building the business. As well as being fanatical about knitting, I love to crochet, sew and generally have a go at all things crafty. Hopefully you will take a little time out now and then to visit the blog and find out whats been going on in my busy world.

Friday, 25 June 2010

Monday Nights

Hi all
I know its been 10 days since last I blogged but I have been so busy that I have found it almost impossible to keep up to date with anything. My students have returned from exam leave and we have started A2 with them. Bless their little cotton socks, they don't know what's hit them. They are having to get used to the idea of working again and considering not many of them mastered the art of it (work) at As level I dont hold out much hope for the A2 year. How negative!!!! How tired I must be....

Despite being busy I have managed to join a patchwork class and am already completely hooked. Jane (who runs the workshops in the shop) runs classes from her lovely house and its a real treat to go there for two hours on a Monday evening and indulge in some witty conversation (Steven, Lisa Sue and Jane!) and cake, as well as learning to patchwork and quilt. There is nothing machine stitched about what Jane does. Her work is fab-u-lous and I am so excited about learning all the different techniques. So excited, that when I got home last Monday evening, I went on to Amazon and in a complete 'creative' frenzy spent a small fortune on some quilting books. My favourite is 'Material Obsession'. What a feast of fantastic ideas. If only I had more time to spend doing it.... Oh for a windfall....

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Leigh Art Trail

Anne Vaughan - Leigh Art Trail

It's the Leigh Art Trail week and everyone is out enjoying the weather and viewing the fantastic work of local artists. We have the pleasure of acting as a venue for the work of Anne Vaughan and this has meant a busy time in the shop. I have managed to do most of the trail this morning and I have to say how lucky we are in Leigh on Sea to have access to such fantastic community projects. I never stop appreciating that I live in a lovely place, by the sea with plenty to do and see. I couldn't imagine living anywhere else......

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

more cushion covers

Still on a 'cushion' theme, I thought I'd share this pic with you. It's a fab cushion made by Lara for her daughters bedroom and we've called it the 'Hepburn' because of its sophisticated simplicity. I think it looks stunning with the black flower, a perfect little black number!

Looking forward to getting back in to the shop tomorrow. The rep from Moda fabrics is coming.... I sense a shopping spree coming on. I will try and restrain myself and be choosy about the fabrics I buy.

And the K&N ladies are in. The cake's ready, the postman has been warned.............

Monday, 7 June 2010

cushion covers

Hi there,

I'm getting back in to the swing of work, following a lovely half term break. The shop has been busy with people who seem to be in a 'fabric' kind of mood, as opposed to a 'yarn' kind of mood. And who can blame them with all the lovely moda fabrics available. I have so many favourites it would be very easy to go mad and buy the lot, which would defeat the object of selling them to customers!

I've been busy making cushion covers for customers and thought that it would be a good idea to add a tutorial on simple envelope style cushion covers which are easy enough for beginners. So watch this space and I will add the tutorial very soon (when I've worked out how to do it!)