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

Thomas Moore

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Coffee with the girls, two designs, a gift and a swap...

Blossom didn't start work till after lunch today so we met up with Kezzie, Bert and the boys at our favourite cafe. Naturally I had the camera with me, and took some gorgeous pics. 
My girls...


Kezzie and me...


Kezzie's furniture arrives tonight and she's excited about unpacking at last, and finally setting up house!
In celebration I made some Strawberry & Vanilla jam this morning and took a jar over to her, along with some fresh Pumpernikel bread I'd baked.


 3yo Dee loved my jam! He's a honey-only boy, so Kezzie is thrilled he's eating something new. :-)

 I finished another design for the next Issue of Elefantz HOME.

~Little Houses Sampler~

I repainted an old frame white - it's finished the design perfectly!

The latest Affirmations design for Elefantz HOME is also taking shape.

~Flying Free~

 
 
 
 

I'm having so much fun with this one (do I always say that?!).
Playing with trims, buttons, laces...I'm right in my element!
If you're a subscriber I suggest you start collecting trinkets to use with this design. You can see by the photos above the sort of things you'll need - but remember, I always encourage you to use your own embellishments and style, so your own individual stamp is evident on my design.
If you are not a subscriber yet but would like to be you can do so by clicking the 'Subscribe' button on my left-hand side bar.
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A very lovely follower, Catherine from Texas, sent me a surprise package this week, and let me tell you I was totally speechless. Inside the parcel were ziplock bags, one after the other, filled with laces, trims, fabric, sewn items, charms, buttons, threads...you name it and Catherine had added it!


Blessed. That's how I felt and still feel.
Thank you dear Catherine. I am going to enjoy every loving gift (and I did share some with Blossom and Kezzie as you suggested).
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The postie also brought another parcel.
I am part of a very small online swap group run by Maree, and our first secret swap was a Christmas Stocking for Christmas in July.
The very talented Jeanette made my stocking, and it's gorgeous! She even added Tim Tams which made me very popular with the family!

 

Thanks so much Jeanette!!
I was the secret partner of Lyn, and this is the stocking I made her.

 
 

...and this was the parcel of goodies I sent her.


Lyn has just started blogging so perhaps you'd like to drop by and welcome her to Blogworld. :-)
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Time now to tidy up after a busy day and spend some time with Mr E before doona-world beckons.
Have a lovely evening,
Hugs
Jenny
xxx

12 comments:

Debbie said...

Yum, I've never tried to make pumpernickel bread before, looks delish!

Stephanie said...

Kezzie looks just like you. That jam looks so tasty. I can imagine many lovely things will be make with the surprise goodie box you received. Gorgeous Christmas stocking swap.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

What lovely family photos - you can really see the resemblance between the three of you! How wonderful that you are together in the same place again.

Your strawberry and vanilla jam sounds delightful.

Melody said...

Lots of wonderfulness in this post. I'm sure everyone says it, but Kezzie is so like you

Graciela said...

Hi Yenny very nice post, kisses for you from Argentina ♥

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Kezzie does look just like you Jen :-) You are both beautiful!

Maria said...

Peas in a Pod. Kezzie and you.
What a great way to spent some time. Coffee with your girls.
The bread and jam look delicious.

Lone's Andet Univers said...

Hi Jenny
It's been a long time since I gave you a comment
But with todays pics of yout lovely Girls togehter I had to say that they are so nice and handsome looking both of them. I can understand why you have missed having the around both at the same time....My girls are 21 years now and 18 years - And the little one still staying at home are very soon of to make a home for herself soon - She is right now collecting IKEA furniture and all sorts of stuff from that shop. We livevery close to one - Only 35 kilometers to get there.
Yiiihh I'm always writing long comments - But just love your daughters the most when they are near you, cause!!! One day they are of on their own wings..
HAPPY THOUGHTS to YOU from

Lone In Denmark.

Who is of to have a third OP. on another jumping finger...Auuuch again.. Im going to have it done on Saturday at 9 O'clock...

Cassy said...

I love your designs and they showed how creative you are.

Cassy from Beginner Free Guitar Lessons

Marydon said...

Darling pics of you both. Love the gifts & creations.


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synnove75 said...

You have beautiful daughters! Kezzie looks a LOT like her mother.
I can imagine that it is good to have her and her family close.
And all the wonderful things you have made, and been gifted! Lucky you:-)
Can't wait for the next issue of your magazine, it will be exciting to see what you have come up with.
Big hugs!

Allie said...

You and Kezzie could be sisters, Jenny! Gorgeous! Love the pics and the gifts and the designs - what a lovely package from Catherine!