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

Thomas Moore

Monday, May 24, 2010

Secrets...and some clever Grade 11 girls!

Don't you love it when you can finally share a good secret?!
Some of my Gum Tree Designer sisters and I have been keeping a secret from another Gum Tree Designer sister for the last few weeks. 
About a month ago, Fiona posted all of us a copy of her Florentine Doily pattern, (cause she is the sweetest friend!) ...
...and we thought it would be heaps of fun to all make one and then swap amongst each other - but without telling Fiona until we'd posted them off to our swap partner! 
So, Fiona, the secret is out! We all loved making your doily design, and each of us will soon have a fellow Gum Tree Designer's version of your pattern displayed in  our homes!
I finished mine on Saturday, and because I'm not the biggest fan of yo-yos I added a ruffled edge instead. 
The fabrics in my doily are Aster Manor, and today I posted it off to ..... more secrets. LOL!
You see, Blossom drew the swap names on Saturday and she would only tell each of us who to send TO. We don't know who we'll be receiving FROM until the mailman arrives. Cheeky girl she is. ;-)
If you have a look at the other girl's blogs you'll find photos of their doilies in the next day or so.
Click on their names to visit their blogs - Vicki, Vikki, Dawn & Joy
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I'm having a lot of you asking about our little Lily Rose. Well, at 14 weeks old she isn't so little anymore...
She likes to lay across my feet when I sit out the back. They go numb after a while...
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This morning was the Grade 11 class in Home Ec, so I took some photos of what the girls are making for you to see. They are all working so hard, and the projects they are making are so varied! 
We have a hat...
...a skirt
...some tie-dyed pants
 ...a t-shirt
...a sports shirt

...some felting

...a pencil case (Blossom's)
...a floor pillow
...a bean bag
...and even things with faux fur!
Considering the girls only do 9 weeks of sewing per year they are doing fabulous! This is only week 6, but in week 9 I will show you their finished projects.
Tomorrow it is the Grade 12 class so I'll take some photos of what they are doing to show you as well.
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On Wednesday it is Blossom's 16th birthday!
To celebrate I am having a giveaway...more details then!
Do you remember her 15th birthday? The photos are HERE and HERE.

Have a lovely week!
Hugs
Jenny
xxx

17 comments:

Fiona said...

Hmmmmmmm - Have I ever told you how much I hate secrets? I feel very chuffed that you have all made my doily and you have all done it justice - They are all beautiful.

Hugs - Fee XX

Stephanie said...

Pretty doilies. Oh that Lily Rose has a mischievious look about her. :o) Sweet face too and her coat is really pretty.

Nancy said...

Love the doily...I too am not a fan of yo-yo's and your ruffle looks great...

Vicki said...

Arent we just the cheekiest girls :) I think your Lily Rose is a real cutie and she obviously loves to be able to feel her ones she loves. I love your doily too Jen...the ruffle is different and looks great :)

Maggey and Jim said...

Lovely projects..That puppy is so adorable..Can't wait to see the girls finished projects from school..Love that "cheeky" word??
Maggey

Fee said...

Are you sure that dog isn't part horse?! She's huge - and still only a baby really. I bet she gives Slicer a run for his money in the eating stakes?!

Happy Birthday Blossom for later in the week. Sweet 16. :-)

Love,
Fee x

Dawn said...

wow the ruffle looks fabulous... and I love Astor Manor... just sooo nice....LOl.... look at that baby... she is huge... who takes who for a walk now....she is one big doggy... but still cute looking....sweet 16th loverly...

Jeannie said...

The doilies are all beautiful! I love it both with the yoyo's and the ruffle. I'm a yoyo lover.heeh..he
That doggie has really grown!
Your girls have been doing a great job with their sewing!! They will remember and take this with them all their lives!!

Cattinka said...

This doily swap really sounds fun, isn´t it exciting that you have to wait for the postman go see which one you will get?
Have a nice celebration on Wednesday!
KATRIN W.

barb's creations said...

What talented girls you teach!Love the doiley and will check out the other girls blogs to have a squiz at theirs.
Happy birthday to Blossom for Wednesday,hope she has a lovely day :) Barb.

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Jenny,
Wow, these girls are doing a fantastic job with their sewing projects. You must be proud of them!
Great idea with the doilies.
Lily Rose is going to be a big girl, lucky she's placid.
Hugs,
Anna

alice said...

Love the doily--the ruffle is a nice touch. And Lily Rose is getting to be a BIG baby. My dog sits on my feet too! They know you can't go anywhere. Happy Birthday Blossom--it's a big year! L,A-

Jude said...

I like the doiley you have made and will be glad when I have seen them all. My goodness that puppy sure has grown some. The girls sewing projects look interesting as well.You lead a busy and interesting life.

retdairyqueen said...

The doiley is lovely how ever it gets finished
So nice to see young people in to crafts I wonder how many will continue with it into adult life

sandra said...

I am also not a fan of yo yo;s, so I like your version better too. Looking forward to seeing the girls finished articles in a few weeks.

Allie said...

Jenny I LOVE your version of Fiona's doily! Too darling! Sounds like a fun swap - good going Blossom!

I cannot believe how huge Lily Rose has gotten! No wonder your feet go numb. She's lovely!

The girls' projects are awesome, what a good helper you are! I can't wait to see the finished products. I do remember Blossom's 15th birthday, my gosh has it been a whole year!!!!!!

Barbara said...

Happy Birthday Blossom! BarbM