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Nicki Franklin
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I've moved!
www.nickifranklin.com It's all change around here - I've left my job at the bank, Claireybelle is running solo with Homebird and Belle (she kept the name happy face) and I've set up on my own too.  You can find me now with a little fledgling business call...

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Quartz Kitchen Worktops for your Wonderful Kitchen
a third party contribution A house shows what you are and what
your choices are. A well designed house will make it attractive to your near
and dear ones. Moreover, it will be an object of envy for your neighbours.
However, one should remember that while de...

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The North Wind and the Sun
At the risk of being a blogging cliche and an English cliche, I am going to talk about the weather.  Well, what else do you start a chat with, particularly after being AWOL for 8 months?!  Summer is almost upon us and we have finally had our taste of the wa...

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The exciting and the downright mundane: an update
Hi!  I went MIA for a while there, right?  I've been SO busy.  Last time I blogged it was warm and sunny.  It's now cold and grey, and we've put the clocks back!  Sheesh.  I so hope I still have some blog friends who might read my ramblings.  I've been popp...

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Bath, bed and stories all round
I did the bath, bed and story routine with Izzie this evening.  Whenever I get the chance I like to finish work at 5pm on the dot and get straight across to my sister's in time for stories.  I was there in good time this evening, plus bedtime is a little la...

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A new baby in the family
Sewing [kitchen] trolley from Ikea. Some pre-cut fabrics and FQ bundles in my sewing trolley :) Fabric basket.  Lined with stiff interfacing to maintain shape. My favourite quilting thread:  YLI.  Very strong, good colour selection and on pretty wooden spoo...

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Slow summer days
Rustic heart on our front door Our back yard; the pots are starting to look really pretty. Current WIP.  These are hexies that I printed ever so slightly too small, by accident.  Not sure what they will become. Pretty Tilda fabric. Lizzie photobombing.  Aga...

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Weekend Edition: Iced Chai, Blueberry Muffins and Susie Watson
When it's warm out, I like to have the back door wide open the whole time I'm in the kitchen.  I especially like to prop the door open if it's warm and rainy - I find it relaxing listening to the rain.  As soon as the door is open, Lizzie makes a beeline fo...

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Mandy Shaw 'Stitch at Home' - Cottage Sewing Case
Mandy Shaw's cottage sewing case has been on my 'to make' list ever since I bought the book (at least 18 months ago) but I never seemed to get round to it, as is so often the case with my craft aspirations.  Lynda made one a few months ago and having seen i...
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