"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."

Thomas Moore

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Just a chat...

The days seem to pass quickly, but the nights drag on indefinitely with a new pup. You warned me about that, didn't you?!
Up and down all night, messes to clean up, the slightest sound disturbing the little one and that means another trip outside. After 5 nights of this we opted for our new family member to make herself comfortable on the back verandah. Mr Elefantz and his able assistant Mr Teenage Elefantz spent Thursday building a lovely, comfy, off-the-floor bed for Lily Rose - and bless her heart, she loves the outdoors! 
Of course, Mr Elefantz is still sneaking her inside for the occasional daytime nap on the couch...
....she's a daddy's girl it seems.
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Blossom has been patiently counting down the days this week. Today she had her hair appointment, and those lovely long locks fell to the floor. She has succumbed to the need for a cool neck here in the Tropics, and wow, she looks gorgeous with her new 'do'!
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My Ugly Swap partner was Pat from the Narromine Quilters blog, and she worked magic with the purple fabric I sent her!
A gorgeous wallhanging, and the sweetest bag!! Thanks so much Pat! 

In return, this is what I made Pat from her Ugly Swap fabric...
I designed a little rainy day stitchery and made a cover for a folding umbrella!
 Pat was thrilled because just as it arrived she had to run out in the rain and collect her grandchildren! Well timed. :-)
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Finally my fat quarter bundle (and a few extras) of the delicious VERNA arrived from the USA...via Switzerland, and the UK. It sure has been around the world!
I plan on making a quilt with most of it.
But for right now I am working on a secret. I *can* tell you that it's a new Shabby Roses quilt, that the fabrics are Robyn Pandolph's 'Roses de Noel'...
...and it is a Christmas Theme. 
I hope to have the quilt finished and the pattern ready for purchase by the end of May. That would give enough time for the quilt to be made by Christmas. I'm also planning on offering it as a 'pattern only' BOM, but I still need to work out the details of that.
In the meantime I will show you the tiniest piece of one of the blocks...
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Due the sudden adoption of our puppy it didn't look as though I'd be able to attend the Craft Expo in Townsville this month after all, but with the Lily Rose situation now sorted I can go! 
So, if you are in Townsville tomorrow at the Craft Expo, you may see Blossom and I wandering around. Mr Elefantz is driving us in and he'll trot off elsewhere for a couple of hours while we girls check out all the lovely craft stalls and stock up on a few essential sewing and crafting items. It will be a quick visit, but I'm sure we'll make the most of every moment.

Hugs
Jenny
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30 comments:

  1. Where do I start?!! WOW! That was the word that instantaneously left my mouth when I saw Blossom's new 'do'. Stunning! Stylish, and gosh it suits her to a 'T'! :-) x

    I love your new fabrics Jen... can't wait to see what you make!
    Have fun at the Expo tomorrow!

    Loadsa love! Vikki xoxo :-)

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  2. Boy! You girls have been ruthless with your hair styles. Both very brave, but with amazingly great results. I've really enjoyed seeing what everyone has created with their ugly fat quarters. The results are anything ut ugly. Very clever, all of you. Enjoy your day out. I'm looking forward to going to the Darling Harbour event in June.

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  3. oh yes I remember alltoo well them puppy nights but yeah they do pass-wow Blossom's hairdo is uper nad looks great on her too...love the fabrics..and the sneak peek..whiching you both a super day out in Townsville,cheers Vickie

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  4. Stylish new hair cut. I can understand why you love Verna and Robyn Pandolph's new fabrics. Wondering if Lily Rose will become an inside house pet after all!

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  5. My,my, both of you ladies are sporting such adorable hairdos!! I can't wait for the new BOM. I love the fabric you have chosen. Lily Rose is growing cuter everyday! HAve fun at the Expo.

    Hugs!!

    Pam

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  6. Oh WOW!!! Tell Blossom that Aunty Ethel thinks her new "do" is simply stunning!!!! I love it :o)!!!
    You and Pat worked wonders with those "ugly" fatties ;o), what great projects.
    Love n hugs,
    Joy :o) who just loves the piccy of sleeping beauty on the couch he he he.

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  7. Blossom looks absolutely fantastic...love that new haircut!

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  8. Oh my - Blossom looks so gorgeous and GROWN UP! Crikey, it happens so quickly doesn't it?!

    Enjoy the craft show ...

    Love and hugs,
    Fee x

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  9. Have fun at the Craft Expo. Blossom looks so very grown-up in her new 'do' - but then, they do grow up so very fast (sniff.)

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  10. I LOVE Blossom's new hair do. Long hair is all very well, but short hair always seems to look so much more individual, and she looks great. I love the idea of an umbrella cover - is there a pattern coming soon? Have a great day out - I'm sure you deserve it after all that running around after the new puppy.

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  11. Ho Jenny, Lily Rose is so cute I know she's a bit of a pain at the moment but she is so lovely.Blossom's Hairstyle is simply lovely Pretty Girl!!
    Love Jillxx

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  12. OH MY GOSH look at Blossom! I LOVE that new 'do' - it perfectly frames her sweet face! It's wonderful!

    I love what Pat made for you and what you made for her - that is the sweetest stitchery, Jenny! All these ugly ducklings turned into swans.

    I hope you two have a wonderful time at the Craft Expo - such fun!

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  13. Have a nice time at the craft expo, and do some "power" - shopping!
    KATRIN W.

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  14. Blossom looks adorable. Great hairdo to frame her cute face.
    Cool exchange you did.

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  15. Hi Jenny,
    Glad to see the puppy is settling down at her new home.
    Blossoms new hair do looks fantastic and suits her to a T.
    Have fun at the Expo.
    I'm planning my trip when it comes to Melbourne.
    Ohh, the new Christmas Shabby quilt fabrics look scrummy.
    Happy creating,
    Hugs,
    Anna

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  16. Blossoms new do looks easy to manage! A big change in your household going from long to short hair!My girls love long hair but the 6 yr old got a number 2 cut last year, after 18months of nagging to be like her brothers. She loved having short hair but now wants to grow long hair again!
    We have a new puppy too, a Jack Russell boy and he loves cats. *grin* I often see him with a cats tail in his mouth! (our cats get along pretty well with our other jack russells)
    You and Pat have done fantastic jobs with the ugly fat quarter swap - well done!
    Verna is just a gorgeous range...so many possibilities with it.
    Enjoy the expo!

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  17. Oh my, that Christmas Theme quilt looks yummy...can't wait to see more!
    Great haircut, Blossom!

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  18. WOW!!! she just looks great! It's amazing what a haircut can do for us women!!
    Love both the "ugly" projects! far from ugly though.eheh.ee.e.

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  19. Blossom looks lovely with her new style
    You are so very lucky to have a daughter who shares your love of craft
    Have a great day

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  20. Blossom you look gorgeously stunning... I love the new look sweetness....
    Glad Lily-Rose is now comfortable in her new bed... well done Mr and Mr teenage Elefnantz..
    Enjoy the craft fair..
    Hugs Dawn x x

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  21. Loved your ugly swap and yours to Pat, talent abounds up your way.

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  22. Blossom's do is absolutely beautiful! Love all the swap goodies, the umbrella cover is a great idea.
    Lily Rose looks right at home in your family.

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  23. Hey Jenny! We, too, have a canine Lily who was rescued from a trip to the RSPCA. A workmate of Scott's was moving to Bris and renting, so couldn't take their dog - my Beloved GB has a soft heart (and head?!?!) when it comes to adopting animals and said yes. She was a nervous nelly who nearly had a breakdown and barked the house down everytime someone visited when she first arrived and if she'd dug one more hole in my garden, I told her to make it big enough for me to bury her in! Grrrr! But after nearly two years with us she has settled down a lot and is part of the family. Glad your Lily is settling in, too! Bear Hugs! KRIS

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  24. Lily Rose is sooo cute - but she is going to be quite big I think, then she, and you, will be happy if she likes the back porch.:)

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  25. Jen that is a post and a half...I am pleased to read Daddy is sneaking the girl in...Pats gifts were lovely and she was so thrilled with your gift...Pat called in to show me when she received it...another awesome design..Blossoms new hair do is lovely..very stylish....and of course I am drooling over the fabric...

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  26. Hi Jenny,

    Well Blossom has blossomed...I know bad taste joke, but she really does look good with that haircut :)

    looking forward to seeing what you come up with those fabrics.

    Hugs, Sharon

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  27. I love that Verna fabric. Where did you get it from?

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  28. Gorgeous New Haircuts for you Both...Love your New Addition.
    cheers

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  29. The pup is adorable Jenny! 8-)

    Blossom's new haircut is quite lovely. She looks all grown up with it! 8-)

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  30. Love you very cute puppy. We have to still put our dog in the laundry at night to keep him quiet and makes it easy to shut him up if he does bark. It helps.
    Love your daughters new hair cut and yours is just gorgeous too.
    Pat was proudly showing off her new umbrella holder on the weekend. What a great idea. Can't wait for the pattern xx

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