An embroidered seashell gets me in holiday mood

Seashell (hand embroidered by Mary Addison)

Seashell (hand embroidered by Mary Addison)

I’m taking a couple of weeks off to go to Cornwall with the family to introduce the small person to sand and sea. His mother and the aunts have booked themselves surfing lessons while the vicar is looking forward to doing his own thing which will undoubtedly involve an unattractive hat, much time spent refilling his pipe and a great deal of gazing at the blue beyond – all of which means that the babe’s father and I will be the lucky ones spending lots of time with the cheerful toddler. (New Duplo and a nice big Duplo board his mother had are already packed. Julia Donaldson will probably be the reading of choice.)

Embroidered shell: detail

Embroidered shell: detail

I leave you with this shell I embroidered a long time ago. I meant to make it into an evening bag … but never did. It has since languished in an overfull drawer which has not been very good for the satin stitch. It has, however, got me into holiday mood for which I thank it.  So, off to finish the packing and see you in a fortnight.

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  1. Posted July 23, 2015 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    Have a wonderful holiday. At least you will be able to spot the vicar easily on the beach; his hat and the thin plume of blue smoke from the pipe will make him something of a local landmark.x

  2. Posted July 23, 2015 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Have a wonderful fortnight – and do finish the evening bag!

    • Mary Addison
      Posted August 7, 2015 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

      Hope you like the shell now it’s been turned into a monogram, Rachel.

  3. Ann
    Posted July 23, 2015 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    The shell is exquisite! Enjoy your vacation.

    • Mary Addison
      Posted August 7, 2015 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Ann. We’re having a good break.

  4. Penny Cross
    Posted July 23, 2015 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Enjoy yourself hugely, Mary. Do hope you’ve packed lots of books but don’t forget your embroidery kit. Would love to see an embroidered cushion encrusted with several shells.

    Apropos those raspberry ricotta biscuits: I made them with dried strawberries and they’re in the freezer, along with 24 iced cupcakes made from your best-ever milk chocolate cake recipe. I’m preparing for our August two-caravan holiday-with-six-grandchildren in Hunstanton. Oh dear…

    • Mary Addison
      Posted August 7, 2015 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

      I have got more shell embroidery coming up soon, Penny (and not only updating this one to a monogram).
      Hope the recipes are successful – do let me know how well the ricotta biscuits with dried strawberries froze.
      Enjoy your caravan holiday with your clutch of grandchildren, it sounds like it will be a lot of fun.

  5. Becky
    Posted July 23, 2015 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    I hope that you have a wonderful time. bx

    • Mary Addison
      Posted August 7, 2015 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Becky.

  6. Jane
    Posted July 25, 2015 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    stunning work, love it. Enjoy your holibobs.

    • Mary Addison
      Posted August 7, 2015 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

      What a kind comment. Holiday going well.

  7. Posted July 26, 2015 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Happy Holidays Mary…. have lots of fun at the beach with the smallest one and the best of summer weather too! All the best – Lydia

    • Mary Addison
      Posted August 7, 2015 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

      Cornish holiday with the little one was lovely – the house we stayed in worked very well with a toddler. Weather v. good too – sunny and not too hot.

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