This is Me

Still the old me but an updated ‘This is Me’ page.

It’s December 2020 and we’ve just moved back to England after living in S.W France for sixteen years.

So from here

to here

During lockdowns on both sides of the channel we moved ourselves, two dogs and five cats back home, our two daughters already having made the move back a couple of years ago.  We don’t believe in making life easy for ourselves 🙄

I call it ‘the doll’s house’ as it is about a third of the size inside and about one tenth of the size outside compared to the French house but we have ‘done’ the French thing and are glad to be home and nearer to our family.  When choosing a house, being able to have a sewing room, even a much  smaller one, was very important and, when I’ve finally unpacked all the boxes and managed to find a place for everything,  I will have one again,

I still spend a lot of my time wrangling various animals and creating lots of things. I usually have several too many projects on the go at all times and I’ve tried to finish one thing before I start another but it just doesn’t happen.  I’ve tried most crafts but my favourites involve fabric and I love making things for the home, for gifts, for friends.  I’m also a knitter and, more recently, a crochet fan plus, a new obsession, needle felting.

I started my blog initially, around eleven years ago, to promote my Etsy shops but have since found it is quite therapeutic – a bit like an intermittent diary – and I find it interesting to look back on earlier entries and remember what I was doing at certain times.  Plus, I find it quite a useful place to put photographs!  I don’t blog as often as some and I don’t blog exclusively about sewing or knitting or any one thing but whatever is on my mind at the particular time I feel like writing a post.

Thank you for visiting.

  1. #1 by Jodie on September 15, 2009 - 11:06

    Hiya, I followed you over from Flickr – I hope thats ok and have added you to my ever-growing list of blogs to keep track of !

    • #2 by tialys on September 15, 2009 - 12:22

      Hi Jodie, that’s great. I was looking at your blog just the other day and being amazed at your selvedge dress – incredible – how much patience must you have! I was actually thinking of putting a link to it on here if that’s o.k. with you. I am busy collecting selvedges – might have enough for a pin cushion soon!

      • #3 by Cathy Savels on October 23, 2009 - 08:54

        Hi! My turn! lol You’ve got a lovely place. I’m envious because I lived in the Tarn before but now I’m in Puy de Dome which is freezing! I can’t bear it so next spring we’re putting the house on the market and moving south again, nr Nice this time.

        My kids are now at Uni but I came to France when they were 12 and 14 so I also had to do the school runs etc. My son is now in his 4th year doing his masters and has another 4 years after that to take his doctorate. That’s how much he likes being educated in France! lol My daughter went back to the UK and is at Liverpool Uni doing teacher training. Neither of them had to redouble and learned French really quickly even though they were consider too old to be making a move to a foreign country. Even one of the teachers said I was selfish and my kids would amount to nothing! Charming.

      • #4 by tialys on October 23, 2009 - 09:27

        Well, that does sound like a French teacher I’m afraid. I bet you’re so glad to be proving them wrong. Mind you, your children sound very academic whereas mine are not really so you can imagine how many meetings I have to go to at the school :{ I have found that if you don’t fit exactly into the ‘mould’ in the French education system, you have problems. Be good at maths is the best thing! I would have done badly here as my maths was pants and all my qualifications are in the arts subjects which don’t seem valued here at all.

      • #5 by Cathy Savels on October 25, 2009 - 21:11

        I agree about having to fit the mold. My kids did exceptionally well although neither of them are good at maths but very good at languages. It really helped them. My daughter went back to the UK because she’s a very arty girl and the schools here just didn’t provide anything interesting at all. The same with music although we did all go to the local music conservatoire. It certainly is a very different way to how they educate in the UK!

  2. #6 by laura trevey on November 7, 2009 - 14:16

    Oh, so beautiful!!

    xo Laura

  3. #7 by Maia on November 11, 2009 - 07:31

    I am American by birth, but from a French and Dutch family. My mum born in Holland and raised in France. I spent much time in my early childhood in the south of France, and even went to kindergarten there. My aunt and cousins live in and around London.My two cents is that the constant adjustment process of traveling constantly throughout my childhood did me good. I enjoyed it and it helped educate me on so many levels.

    • #8 by tialys on November 11, 2009 - 12:24

      Thanks Maia.
      I absolutely loved reading your blogs and have become a follower. I love your writing style and fantastic pictures. Your daughter looks delightful and the story of the Stella McCartney jacket rang so many bells with me.

  4. #9 by Maia on November 12, 2009 - 06:43

    Such sweet dog faces! I am a dog person, a dog-adopter, and a great lover of dogs of all shapes and sizes. My little Australian Sheepdog (heeler) was adopted at two years of age and has been my traveling companion for more than a decade.

  5. #10 by justalittlepiece on February 9, 2010 - 19:35

    This is my new favorite blog. I think you may be living my dream life…I must learn how I can too! lol

    • #11 by tialys on February 9, 2010 - 20:50

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog!

  6. #12 by humblebea on February 21, 2010 - 20:05

    Your house is absolutley gorgeous, as is your blog!
    I adore your Etsy shop~ keep up the great work!

  7. #13 by smile on March 9, 2010 - 19:03

    beautiful place

    we will get any room for rent

    • #14 by tialys on March 9, 2010 - 19:09

      Well, we’re actually knee-deep in snow here at the moment. Talk about extremes of weather. I suppose that’s what you get for living so near the mountains.

  8. #15 by noisettine on March 18, 2010 - 12:49

    Tu es d’où dans le sud de la France ? Nous vivons près de Toulon. ce jardin est superbe et luxuriant… peut-etre que sans nos petits démons, on arriverait à faire pousser quelque chose.

    • #16 by tialys on March 19, 2010 - 12:14

      On est entre Toulouse et Perpignan. Heureusement, vous ne pouvez pas voir les éspaces ou nos petits démons ont faire beaucoup de trous!!

  9. #17 by van on April 12, 2010 - 21:30

    Hi Tialys!
    So good to know your place. Very NEAT! I’ve hearted your etsy as well.
    Happy crafting ans sales!

  10. #18 by jodie on May 25, 2010 - 23:49

    hello again, I couldn’t reply to your comment on my blog for some crazy reason – anyway the fabric you asked about id from Amitie in melbourne !


    • #19 by tialys on May 26, 2010 - 10:41

      Thanks Jodie, Had a look on their website but they don’t seem to have it. Never mind! Saved myself some money I suppose. x

      • #20 by Patty on January 13, 2011 - 01:07

        Hi Everyone! I am new here, so I guess I’ll just butt in, hope that’s ok. Loved to read all your posts – My name is Patty , I am Dutch-born but have been living in Florida for a long time. However, I have been thinking of moving back to Europe, preferably to France. I lived in the South of France (Cannes) as a child, went to school there, and after that visited frequently . So I sort of can relate to all of you! Love to meet kindred spirits here – and , oh yes, I have doggies also, two Cairn terriers, both rescues. I just lost my oldest, she was 15 1/2, and I miss her a lot. Luckily, the other two keep me busy. Greetings!

      • #21 by tialys on January 13, 2011 - 10:44

        Greetings Patty, you are very welcome!

  11. #22 by ReadersHeaven on September 23, 2010 - 14:56

    Hi, nice to meet you !

  12. #23 by Judy on October 13, 2010 - 10:40

    Greetings! It looks like your dogs are enjoying life. We have three, also, and live in the mountains in Southern California. Your blog is wonderful and I am a new follower.

    • #24 by tialys on October 13, 2010 - 15:57

      Hi Judy, yes, they have a whale of time here! Thanks for following me!

  13. #25 by Anja Rieger Design on November 9, 2010 - 11:46

    That´s what I love most: French wonderful flea markets!
    Love to spend all day to look around. Just found my way to your blog and I love it – most love to see all these beautiful pictures from France!

  14. #26 by ionemallio on November 10, 2010 - 04:25

    muito lindo, tambem moro em sitio, tenho 5 cachorros 10 gatos.obrigado.ionemallio

  15. #27 by eliza keating on April 3, 2011 - 02:07

    What a beautiful place you call home..delighted to come across your blog..ELiza Keating

    • #28 by tialys on April 3, 2011 - 10:52

      Hello Eliza – Congratulations on being published – you must be so proud!

  16. #29 by esscentualalchemy on August 16, 2011 - 06:20

    Found you via Artfire. I will be reading you now 🙂

  17. #30 by Hayley on January 22, 2012 - 15:32

    I think you have the life I want!!! and your doggies are gorgeous….Will be following your blog from now on xx

  18. #31 by tolmema on April 20, 2012 - 04:00

    Just wanted to let you know that Scott has arrived safely! He’s made quite a journey.Thank you very much; Little Foot will absolutely adore him. I will be posting about him soon and making sure to link to you in it 🙂

  19. #32 by Wendy on June 2, 2012 - 14:45

    Hiya, you left me a message on my blog, but I can’t reply as you’re a no-reply blogger (easy to fix if you want to know how). You said you couldn’t find a followers widget on my blog, there is one, it’s on the right hand side…

  20. #33 by Sophie on September 6, 2012 - 15:08

    I came across your wonderful blog via Annie at Knitsofacto and so glad I did. Your home in france is so pretty and your menagerie of animals so cute. what a lovely photo that is of your dogs.
    Anyway, I hope you dont mind me stopping by to say hello – will make sure I follow you from now on.
    Best wishes

  21. #34 by tialys on September 6, 2012 - 20:13

    Hi Sophie and thanks for visiting. I must actually update that photo as we lost Susie (the golden retriever) last year – she was 12 1/2 so not a bad age but we still miss her. It’s such a nice photo though, I might leave it and just add another to include Stan who is our newest addition. Must take the spare collar and lead out of my glove compartment – it makes it far too easy to pick up strays!!

  22. #35 by Zoe on November 29, 2012 - 22:57

    Wow! How idylic! xxx

  23. #36 by Jan Marriott on January 29, 2013 - 21:05

    Lynn, trying to figure out the easiest way to respond to you without going to etsy……I would have put the stingray on u-tube if I knew how to make a video…..let me know if you pick this up…Jan

  24. #37 by tialys on January 29, 2013 - 21:25

    Hi Jan – After you look at somebody’s comment on your blog, don’t you see a ‘reply’ button?

    • #38 by Jan Marriott on January 29, 2013 - 21:49

      No….whats more, when I reply this way to you I always have to re-subscribe to your blog. When I get home I am going to make a big effort to find some kind of computer help.
      NZ lovely as ever….

  25. #39 by Ros Powell on January 24, 2014 - 20:59

    When were you at Clapham County?

    • #40 by tialys on January 24, 2014 - 21:13

      I’m intrigued to know how you know that I was – if you know what I mean.

  26. #41 by vivienne blake on December 8, 2014 - 09:11

    Hi, I found you via Kate fromChiconia’s blog, and recognised a kindred spirit: you could have been describing my workroom. Looking forward to more of your blog.

    • #42 by tialys on December 19, 2014 - 08:37

      Hi Viv – I’m so sorry, I’ve only just found your comment sitting ‘unapproved’ in my blog admin. I don’t know why I didn’t get an email from WordPress telling me it (and your other comment) was ‘awaiting approval’ – you must think me very rude. Thanks so much for coming over here – I’ve also been to your blog in the past – I’ve lurked but I don’t think I commented.

      • #43 by Chas Spain on May 10, 2016 - 15:37

        Hi Tialys so lovely to visit you here and looking forward to being one of the Sisterhood with you all. I’m looking forward to seeing all the work everyone will contribute to the Travelling Sketchbook. Couldn’t quite see how to reply directly – hope this one finds you.

      • #44 by tialys on May 10, 2016 - 15:47

        Hi there and thanks for dropping by. It should be really interesting. I’m not sure what I’m going to add yet – I can’t draw or paint to save my life. I’m hoping to do something with fabric but I’m way down the list so I could have learnt to paint by then – you never know 😉

      • #45 by Chas Spain on May 10, 2016 - 15:50

        That’s perfect – creativity can be anything – it will be wonderful to see how everyone adds their personality and ideas to the sketchbook.

  27. #46 by nickirocky on April 12, 2015 - 21:46

    Great to meet you at the Tilly and the Buttons “Copy Your Clothes” workshop today. This is a real find, France and Craft in one place (two of my favourite things). Can’t wait to see how you get on with your pattern!

    • #47 by tialys on April 19, 2015 - 11:10

      Hi Nicki, Just got back to France yesterday. Well done finding me as I think I left the ‘the’ out of the URL when I gave it to you! Off to have a nosey at your blog now.

  28. #48 by Nerrine on November 17, 2015 - 10:50

    Hi there I have been browsing some of your items and they are lovely 🙂 Just wondering if you would sell any? I love the little forest friends fabric you have used 🙂

    • #49 by tialys on May 10, 2016 - 15:45

      So sorry – I have only just seen the comment you left me on my blog in November. I usually get an email alerting me of new comments but I appear to have missed this one. I do apologise – I didn’t want you to think I was ignoring you. Links to my Etsy shops are in the sidebar on the right.

  29. #50 by M. L. Kappa on June 5, 2016 - 19:25

    Hi! I’m Marina, one of the sisterhood. Fun blog and I love the photos of your dogs. I’m very pleased,to meet you

    • #51 by tialys on June 6, 2016 - 08:51

      Hi Marina – pleased to meet you too – I’ll have to pop over and have a look at your blog later today – once I’ve taken those dogs out for their walk.

  30. #53 by Allie on February 27, 2017 - 02:24

    How did you knit the sleeve increases on the Drew cardigan sweater? Keeping the pattern going is distressing me along with the seeming largeness of the sleeves. Any help you can give me would be much appreciated. Allie

    • #54 by tialys on February 27, 2017 - 09:16

      I’m doing the sleeves of my second one at the moment so I’ll get back to you a bit later this morning after I’ve had my cuppa and walked the dogs to see if I can help.

  31. #55 by tialys on February 27, 2017 - 16:40

    Firstly, the sleeves do seem to go on forever – especially if, like me, you are doing them both at the same time. The first time round I thought they would end up fitting only an orangutan but, bearing in mind the whole cardigan is designed to be ‘boyfriend’ style, i.e. oversized, they worked out fine in the end.
    To increase for the sleeves you have to keep the first and last five stitches the same on every row as described in the instructions for the Back – i.e. the two rows where you have finished the rib, changed to 5mm needles and started to work in pattern. Keep these five stitches the same even after you have started the increasing.
    It took me a long time to eyeball the pattern in the knitting but once you see where the K3 always goes (with the raised ‘V’ in the centre of the other two) just make sure you incorporate that pattern into the increasing – whilst remembering ALWAYS to keep the first and last 5 stitches the same both on the right and wrong sides. So, for instance, on a right side row, you would K1.P1. K3 then do whatever stitches are needed to get to that first K3 with the raised central ‘v’ – I generally count backwards from the last one. For example, on a RS row if there are only 3 stitches between the first 5 stitches in the row and the first cluster of 3 knit stitches, you would K1.P1.K3. – K2.P1. – then do your K3 – then carry on as normal.
    Does that make sense? I hope I haven’t added to your confusion. Let me know how you get on.

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