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The Naked Winter Trees


I was thinking how much I like trees in winter. Actually, I love trees all year round but each season has its own special characteristics. For most of the year, trees have leaves in various growth stages – new, maturing, dying. But not so in winter (okay with the exception of evergreens). So, to me, winter makes trees extra special.

As I gaze out of my window to the trees across the road, I see the dark lines of their braches and limbs sprawled against the blue sky. I find the pattern intriguing with the varying thicknesses of the lines, the different directions and the changes in density where two trees live near one another. This is something that is hidden for much of the year. So rather than bemoan the lack of leaves, I say rejoice in the beauty that lies beneath them!

Another fascination of winter trees for me is the birds. It is only in the bare trees that one can see just how amazing these creatures are. During the rest of the year, the hide within the greenery – ocassionally poking their heads out. But sitting perched upon a tree stripped of its fronds, you can see how they balance in the most precarious looking positions, how they sway with the wind blowing their unstable resting place and how they often look as if they are far too heavy for the branch.

I am aware that some people find the unadorned trees of winter to be bleak, discouraging and dreary. But if you look with an open mind and search for the positives, you just might see what I see … a magnificient elegance that can only be seen for a few shorts month each year. And if you do, relish it, savor it and enjoy it to the full for soon it will be gone as spring arrives and the leaves begin growing anew.


Psaryce x

Duvet Pajamas!


Duvet Pajamas 1

Originally uploaded by Psaryce

Well whenever I can hold my munchkin down long enough, I’ll get some pics of us both in our PJs.

I made these from a duvet cover bought for £1 at a charity shop. The top print was dots and the bottom stripes. I thought it’d be a bit boring to make either dots or stripes so opted to be a bit more original and do a leg of each.

I had a hassle with the commercial patterns I had as one (a McCalls) was extremely long from the waist to crotch and the other (a Simplicity) was ridiculously wide. I wanted PJ’s not clown pants! In the end I altered the Simplicity pattern by taking it in about 3cm down the grainline.

I had to adapt the waistband even though I’d measured because if I had stuck to the directions the bloody crotch would have been down to my knees. I hate to think how the McCalls pattern would have come out! I turned down the waist 3″ to create a double casing and stitched above and below the elastic to create a slight ruffle effect.

Hoovy’s are shorts but also the garment had to be adjusted in the waist to crotch area so I used the same treatment to the waistband to fix this. She absolutely loves hers as much as I love mine.

Using an old duvet cover means the fabric is lovely and soft. Now I just have to make some tops to match as I have loads of the fabric leftover!