Sunday, 29 October 2017

November Slowly Beckons...

Hello lovelies
Thank you for popping by last weekend.
It was lovely to know so many of you enjoy my little Fen ramblings on life...

So, today sees the official start of
the darker season after turning back the clocks last night...
Did you remember?

As Autumn continues to swish and  twirl in her silky petticoats as she performs her much rehearsed daliances, she's leaving a beautiful veil of misty cobwebs all around us her in the Fens as we watch the Earth slowly dying and decaying in between the nooks and crannies.

I know for some of you all this may seem a sad time of the year but I believe it is a wonderful time of year.
For me, Autumn is always a season I welcome.
It always means it is a time for reflections...

It's time to allow our bodies to slow a pace and take time to take notice of the stillness in the air as Winter is preparing to start off on her journey and is meandering our way...

Have you ever thought about how the trees never want to cling on to their leaves,
they simply watch them tumble towards a new path.
I think Autumn is a generous lady who allows us to release the old to make way for the new
in our own little way...
We all have a story to tell of how life has ventured during the year.

I for one won't be sorry to say goodbye to this year in many ways 
and yet I am really looking forward to that new path ahead..

This year has seen me travelling up and down the motorways more times than I've ever done in my life before, for both happy & sad reasons.
I'm a firm believer in things happening for reasons often unknown to us at the time so I usually try to find the positives that sit alongside their negative playmates...
So, what's my reflection on the outcome of all that travelling?

Well, for one as a driver who isn't really that confident I can now hold my own on a motorway with the white van bully boys, I can now understand when Sat Nav Simon says keep right he doesn't actually mean turn right he means keep straight (and yes we have had words over that description with each other many a time!) and finally I have learnt that despite building up the number of miles on my little car's speedo, I in fact still absolutely hate motorway driving with a passion!

On a positive of course all that driving has enabled me to work in a many new venues, meet loads of beautiful people, watch my book being turned into a reality and
enjoy seeing a little more of Britain that I haven't seen before.

And so...
the first day of Autumnal darker days sees me finally snuggled in at home with my sparkly lights aglow again (I LOVE sparkly lights!!!) looking forward to a new season of so many sweet things... but that's another post!
For now I'm just chuffed to be snuggled in my cosy home with Mr T ,
 slowly stepping toward our festive celebrations...

Until we natter next time folks...
Toodle-ooh for now

x x x

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Slower Autumnal days ahead...

Hello lovelies...

Gosh what a blustery 'ol weekend.
Storm Brian seems to have had his say on things as he sped by here in the Cambridgeshire Fens. The flat landscape surrounding my little home is a perfect place for fast spiralling winds and howling gasps that are often so ferocious they can take your breath away as you step outside.

At this time of year things should be slowing down a pace or two but, with all the storms and hurricanes of late, we seem to be in a continual whirlwind of daily life battling with Mother Nature.

As the days start to begin to get shorter concentrating on slow living is more appealing.
It's a time of year to take stock of what is happening all around us, what I want to 
get done in the following months and a  good way of filling my days with sunshine 
in a creative way.
As the crimson autumnal hues line the Fenland horizons they help to bring us a
beautiful ombre of golden gems that sparkle in the dimmed evening light.

A glory of gold
And russet and grey

The tree-tops old
Glow in the day

And, one by one
The dry leaves fall

And the Autumn sun 
Smiles on them all

Every Autumn, I usually like to have a few things 
on my 'To Do' list to keep my fingers busy over the dark grumpy months ahead.

Alongside my usual slow stitching that keeps my little Fen digits tingling 
I love to have a couple of warm snuggly yarn projects on the go at the same time. 
I'm a lover of both crochet and knitting. 

I'm quite excited as this year,
 as I thought I'd re-visit a style of knitting that I loved doing many years ago 
when my boys were young.

Fair Isle Knitting

Fair Isle knitting is a magical world of glorious designs
dating back to a golden vintage age.

If you've never dabbled in the world of Fair Isle you'll be amazed
at the beautiful patterns on offer.
Intricate patterns closely woven together with just two needles
create a gorgeous marriage of colour and textures..
The secret ingredient is patience...

So as time is slowing down,
 my mission for Autumn is to find some beautiful vintage patterns to use for inspiration
and create a few snuggly designs with all the wool from my stash.
I find myself purchasing the odd ball of yarn here and there,never knowing what project they will end up in and at times they seem to gather nothing more than house dust,
but, every now and then I get a burst of enthusiasm to get
started again on a new project...

Is anyone else inspired by a love of Fair-Isle knitting?
I'd love to hear your tales...
What projects do you like to create?

Did You Know?

Fair Isle is named after Fair Isle, a tiny island in the north of Scotland, 
that forms part of the Shetland islands. ... 

Watch this space to see how I get on...
I wonder if I'll actually manage to get something finished before the 
harsh wintry weather sets in?
I will let you know!

Will chat again soon my lovelies.
Do leave me a comment below if you have five mins
as I'd love to know who pops by my little door!

Toodle-ooh for now...
Speak again soon

x x x

Friday, 20 October 2017

A Few Autumnal Thoughts...

Hello my lovelies!
Gosh it has been months since I set foot in my little blog home...
It's a little dusty with a few cobwebs hiding in the corners 
but the familiarity is making my heart sing.
Oh how I've missed saying hello!
It's a little like returning home after a holiday and having that wonderful
warm fuzzy feeling of home.

As some of you may know this year has been a box of all sorts of flavours 
for all sorts of reasons
... some very sweet moments hidden under the many varied layers of very sour 
cheek-sucking gems.
Blogging seems to have slipped by the by simply due to time.

Finally though after a very tough time, I do feel as if I am finally able to do a little meamble swim towards the surface for a few bubbles and Autumnal gasps...
So I thought I would take sometime to reflect and refresh on a few thoughts.

Autumn is usually my most favourite time of year to do all kinds of gorgeous things
 but this year, I think I will just be grateful to sit and watch the leaves simply fall around me 
while I rest my weary bones.
It will give me time to stay still and let Mother Earth sing her gentle lullaby while time
slowly glides past at a pace I feel I can handle.

And so... although feeling exhausted and 
having to rest, there is a positive, 
as resting brings me back to my little home of blogging and allows me time to 
slowly catch my breath again which I am delighted about!
It's my little holiday home of calm to capture my Fenland meandering thoughts on life.

I've been blogging since around the beginning of 2007.
Originally, it was my little hideaway safe haven whilst coping with everyday life, learning to live with an invisible illness to many, that was relatively never mentioned and very little was understood about the cause or treatment.... Fibromyalgia

Over the years I've learnt to live with my invisible siamese twin Fibro 
with every waking moment of each day.
Our intense relationship has managed to work together for over 20 years despite
the many arguments.

I learnt back in the early days of diagnosis that taking each day and staying positive was only the way forward to survive.
So I know I'm very blessed that I can still work doing something I love...

 And so, back to the here and now....
My first blog post in a very long time...

Work wise, despite this year being a bit of a clanger I have learnt how to...
- take a selfie and be brave enough to post it! (I hate my pic being taken!)
- wandered along a path with my creativity that I feel is beginning to finally reflect my true self which sounds crackers after being creative since the year dot!
-win an award for first prize at a major event
-write a book.

My first ever book ,Stitched Memories will be published by Search Press early next year and launched in the sunnier months of early Summer (she says grinning like a cheshire cat!!!)

It is my book of Inspirations on how to capture your ever day moments and treasured memories through a selection of slow stitching and free motion embroidery projects. way of leaving a little trail of stitched stories for my future family members showcasing my loves in life and what makes me tick on a daily basis!

I've wanted to write a book since I was a small child and have several stories written but never thought it would be a book about crafts that I would see sitting on a shelf!

So, having done a little stock take of life in the Tilly Rose world I guess what I'm saying a long winded affair is that I feel I can begin to face the dreary cold Fenland months with a little creative smile after all.
Sometimes I think it is good to see the positives in front of you when having been faced with a few negatives of late...

Over the next few months I shall be updating my little cosy home with a few alterations so keep in touch if you fancy seeing the results.
Nothing like a grand makeover but just a few paint touch ups if you know what I mean!

In the meantime 
I will say toodle-ooh for now.
Happy Autumnal Blessings folks!

Looking forward to speaking again 
with you all soon
Tilly x

Monday, 20 February 2017

Stitched memories with cloth and thread...

Fenland textile artist Tilly Rose

Hello my lovelies...

Today saw me trundling along the dual carriageway towards 
the NEC in Birmingham for some serious coffee meetings.

Stitches is one of the biggest trade shows for the creative craft industry, 
held annually at NEC, Birmingham.
Anyone working within the industry, traders, retailers & suppliers all get together 
to look at current trends, new products and supplies... and loads of coffee drinking!

I met with many fab people, all of whom are going to be
supporting my book 'Stitched Memories'
I have to say I am a tad excited....just a teeny weeny bit!
It's becoming a little real now....

The wheels are beginning to turn in motion.

fabric collage deisgns

We all add a little stitch here and there to our own life's quilt, 
full of precious memories as time goes by.
 In my book, I want to give you all some ideas
and inspiration as to how and what you can actually do with those memories.

As a textile artist I work with a huge variety of fabrics, trims, notions and found objects.
I LOVE pushing the boundaries to see what can be achieved...

hand stamped cotton fabric designed by textile artist Tilly Rose

As time ticks by I will tell you a little more but thought I'd leave you with some snippets
to introduce my book for now...

vintage haberdashery

If you are a lover of traditional needlecraft then hopefully I can bring a little smile or two for you... 
obviously when I've actually written it that is!

vintage sewing

But in the meantime I am off to put my feet up for a well earned rest...

Friday, 6 January 2017

A Year of Nature Walks....

Hello lovelies!
How are you all?

Deccies are packed safely away now until the next Yuletide,
our little home has finally been dusted again and January awaits with bitterly cold eagerness!

I suffer so bad with the cold as I have several ailments that abhor the cold but 
despite this I LOVE this time of year...
I love the winter sparkle
I love the winter crispness
I also love the winter hues at this time of year

New beginnings

Frosty mornings

time to stitch a new patch on your
life's quilt of memories...

So having gathered my thoughts after a very stressful end to 2106
I am now ready to face a new year ahead of beautiful smiles...

I very rarely make New Year's Resolutions as I often 
fall at the first hurdle of just the basics....consistency!
So instead, my philosophy in life has always been the same since a teenager....

slow and steady wins the race...

I write lists and have fun watching them slowly be ticked off, as and when.

This year my list consist of only one thing so far and that is to make myself get out more
to walk and photograph Mother Nature in all her finest splendour.

I know I do that already but this year I am on a mission to
make it a more determined effort.

All of my workshops and exhibits this year will have a theme running through them...

'Inspired By Nature'

Mother Nature is always waiting for a visit from us.
She offers us a free hug when we need one.
She listens to us when we need an ear.
And in return she offers silence for those who listen.

I have decided that photographs from my  #ayearofnaturewalks will be posted on my Instagram page
for anyone who wishes to have a nosey or join me.
You can find me here on the link Tilly Rose Instagram

I have been teaching a variety of crafts based around the ethos of well-being for so many years now
and I always use Mother Nature as an inspiration to encourage others to 'have-a-go' at something...
I shall be using my photographs on my workshops to continue this during the year.

I will be showcasing many techniques that some of you may not have encountered before or perhaps have not even considered having a go at doing.

I love to push boundaries...

I like to bridge the gap between a variety of crafts, combine them with my love of cloth and thread and add layers to my projects.
I always add in a flavour of nostalgia of course and 
mix in a blend of creativity to shout happiness from the roof tops.

* slow stitching * free motion embroidery * patchwork * mixed media * textile art * weaving * 

I will also be experimenting with new products and 
giving you tips on how to include them in your own designs.

If you are interested, I shall be posting details of my workshops onto my website and Facebook page next week once I have given them a little TLC and a fresh lick of paint for 
the New Year ahead so to speak!

I am only doing a few workshops so don't miss out on booking your place if
you are interested as I know they will go fast.

In the meantime I shall wander the paths and byways up and down the UK
to capture snippets of beauty that so often get overlooked by most.
You never know we may just bump into each other now and then!

Wishing you a beautiful weekend my lovelies...
toodle-ooh for now!

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Simple Reflections....

Hello my lovelies...
How are we all?

Did we have a beautiful yuletide celebration?
I hope you found some moments to treasure in there somewhere what ever
you were doing and who ever you may have shared it with....
I'd like to say that as I am writing this I am looking at a blanket of cold crisp snow because that is what we expect for this time of year...
Unfortunately I can only see the winter sunshine, so I've cheated with my opening picture to greet you all from my blogging window!

It seems so very strange that another year is behind me as I write.
2016 really hasn't been a fab year but despite the negative sides of life there are always positives to take forward with us.

My year spent working on the TV has bought such happiness for me which out ways the usual stress
of prepping for a show with a moments notice...
(that's just the nature of the beast!)
I have met so many of you and chatted with so many lovely peeps who have made me feel so very humble to be in a very lucky position of saying hello to you right in the middle 
of your craft rooms or lounges....
meeting two lovely middle-aged ladies who had driven all the way from Wales to Ally Pally just to say hello bought tears to my eyes....
So many people came and said hello from different areas of the country and it really makes all those hours of sewing by candlelight (not literally you understand as I have Daylight lamp remember!)

I know I say this many times but I really am no celebrity in any way..
just a textile artist living in the wild Cambs Fens, who has a passion for crafting 
and is lucky to get paid for doing something I love.
I believe we all have a gift to share with the world before we venture onto a different path 
and mine is sharing my passion for teaching crafts through my love of cloth and thread...

I try to walk a simple and gentle path of life collecting memories
of special moments along the way.
Mother Nature inspires me every day in some way or another and 
over this past year I have ventured into that unkown territory of Instagram
to capture those golden moments...
If you fancy saying hello you can find me 

I'm quite proud of this old fen bird working out how to do something technical
(on a new phone I might add!) without asking my son to show me!

So...what else has happened in 2016?
This time last year I decided to take a different direction with my work
and took a gamble of dipping my toe in the water of just being me. 
I spent the year doing several exhibitions, workshops and talks around the UK
which has made me immensely happy!

Having said that, I do have to say it was quite a challenge for several reasons and 
yet a breeze for others....

I was stepping into a world of..... 
- masters who have degrees coming out of their ears....

- professional tutors who have taught the world over...
- experts who consider their work to be the perfect way and mine to be the very unperfect way!
(that's my Fen expression of normal!)

So why did I wobble I ask myself a year later?
I can chat the hind leg off a donkey with anyone...

I am very proud to say I can teach the unteachable...

I can design and sew until the cows come home...
So why the worry?

I just don't have a piece of paper to tell me I can do so.
My degree is in Early Years and a lifetime of awkward experiences thrown at 
me from a very young age.
A year on from those initial thoughts tells me that in the grand scheme of things
I am very happy with my lot in life and my 'piece of paper' telling others I know what I am doing is simply non negotionable!

Going on TV for Create & Craft three years ago 
was one of the scariest moments in my life and yet the very best in many other ways...
 I looked at it that it couldn't be any worse than childbirth and I had survived that more than once before.... so what was there to worry about?

My lovely Nan had taught me from a teenager 'to simply be myself' and I have to say that at such a young age I really didn't understand what that meant!
Of course I do now...
I can't be any different...
My Fen roots won't allow me to even try.

So looking forward what will be on the agenda this year ahead I hear many of you ask?
Well, like you are probably doing at this time of year, 
I am busy writing plans.
I am SO excited!

I want to shout from the rooftops that one of my lifetime dreams has finally come true....
but sadly I've learnt to my cost of being open and 
honest that not everyone in this 'professional' world is the same.
There are sharks waiting to bite at all costs as there is in any walks of life.
So for that reason I will share with you when I can and things are safe to tell the world.

Am I bothered that not everyone has my honesty?

I'm a firm believer in karma... what goes around comes around 
and one day that 'professional' person that I refer to will tumble eventually.
Sadly it's a lesson we all learn at school...that there are original designers and those that copy.
My conscience is as clear as tinkerbells wings..
I know that I can lie in my bed at night and say that ALL my designs are my own work, my own
thought process and I remain true to myself with true integrity.
Enough said on that one.

In the meantime let me tell you that I shall be attending several events this year again, doing loads of workshops which I will be sharing details of soon for you all to book onto if you wish
and appearing back on your Create & Craft TV screens again as soon as the new schedules are arranged.

I simply love the connection with people. 
I always have.
I am a people's person....
So...I will also be working more online offering you lovelies some snippets of inspiration
and more blog posts.
I just adore writing and have decided to sit and ramble much more watch out folks!

Do I have any readers still with me?
I know I can ramble my way for a while so if you are still here...
thank you for staying a while!

Let's raise a toast to a beautiful 2017...
for more smiles...
more happiness and peace amongst our fellow beings
and share a little love for Mother Nature and all she provides us.

I wish you all a wonderful celebration with your loved ones.
I certainly will treasure having Mr T with me to see the New Year in.
I thought I had sadly lost him a few weeks a ago so to enjoy a snuggle on the sofa together
watching the festivities by the fire will seem like I've won the Lottery this New Year.

Blessings to you all...
much love
Tilly x

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Festive Yuletide Treats...

Hello lovelies...

It's that special time of year when we all go and pretend we can fit a forest into our lounges...

We post cards and cards to people we perhaps in reality rarely touch base with..

We decorate every inch of our little homes with twinkly glitz to hide the dust...

Buy tons of pressies that will probably be recycled again next year...

And bake a mountain of pastry goodies resulting in adding three stone to our waistlines to be taken off again throughout Springtime.

Am I a cynic I hear you all say?
Am I as heck as like....

I LOVE the glitz. the glamour and the frivolity of it all just as much as the rest of you do!!!

I adore Christmas.

It's a very precious time of year that fits beautifully into our season of dark days,
foggy mornings and cold numb fingers.

Christmas evokes beautiful memories for us all in some way or another; albeit tiny snippets of smiles for some and oodles of surprises for others...

but for the past few years Christmas has meant worry, sadness and tough times in my little home for one reason or another for our family.
I'm sure I am no different to many out there.
Just because I appear on TV doesn't make me exempt to all the grumbly parts of life.

Losing members of your family so close to this festive period does obviously put a saddened dampner on the time of year and for some I'm sure it is tougher each year and yet you know in you heart that the person (s) you may have lost will have wanted you to still celebrate in style, still sing the same old silly carols and play the same old silly games with your loved ones.

Alot has happened in my family again this year and a few weeks ago I thought I would be facing the same prospect again and yet thankfully to the wonderful peeps of the NHS here in Pterborough, 
I am pleased to say that all my loved ones, near and far will be with me,
all cosied up in our little home doing all of the above....
So.....I consider myself the luckiest lady full of riches right now.


Can I please ask for you all reading this though, to take five mins out to think of all those who are not as lucky as myself in having a huge tree laden with sparkle, a home full of festive smiles and happiness?

Whilst at the hospital I read a notice asking for donations to be placed into Santa's sack
to be given out on Christmas Day to all those patients who will be unable to go home for some reason or another.
Some patients will not be as lucky as hubby with a waiting family eager to have him home.

Without this turning into a Tilly Rose soapbox sermon I'd like to ask you all to consider checking with your local hospital to see if buying a crossword puzzle book, bar of soap, magazine or even a shower gel would help bring a smile or two to someone staying in on a hospital ward this Christmas.....

It doesn't seem alot does it? a magazine?
and yet knowing how much my hubby welcomed such a simple thing, I can guarantee
it will help to bring a festive smile to someone.
So if pennies allow do please consider a little something extra in your basket when you are next at the checkout and pop it in Santa's sack.
Even if your hospital may not be offering the same scheme I am sure there will be something as worth while where you could  do the same for another community.

Thank you for your kindness my lovelies.
A smile is always worth much more than a million diamonds methinks....

x x x