I spend almost all my waking hours inside my cave; cooking, preparing Mr E's special diet, cleaning , washing, cooking, mopping etc - and of course, stitching and sewing! I go out to take Blossom to work, and again later to pick her up - but apart from that my Monday-Friday existence is spent here at home.
Yesterday I did something different and after dropping Blossom at work I kept on driving - about another 95 kilometres! I headed south to Brandon for a day with my gorgeous friend Wendy. I call Wendy my 'happy friend' because she is a natural ray of sunshine, and someone who lifts your spirits with just one infectious smile - but Wendy smiles constantly, and by home time I was filled to overflowing with love and happiness.
I think God will have her manning the Happy Booth if they have a fetes in heaven. ;-)
I couldn't believe it had been over 2 months since we last caught up, but when she handed me a belated birthday present it really hit home!
Look how she spoiled me!
Lots of gorgeous gifties, but knowing I have a thing about pears, her choice of a small quilt kit was perfect!!
Beautiful Robyn Pandolph fabrics (swoon, swoon!!....), to make this Pear quilt she saw in the magazine she'd given me...
Blessing is spelled W-E-N-D-Y, in case you didn't know.
She made us YUMMY chicken and corn pot pies for lunch (her handsome lad, Nick, joined us in his lunch break from work)...
...and then we spent a good 20 minutes taking photos with her phone! Honestly, we were like 14yo's in the photo booth at the local Show!!
See what I mean?!
Mr E rang just after we'd finished our photo shoot and suspiciously enquired, "Hey, you girls sound like you're having too much fun!?" LOL!! Yep, we sure were.
We actually took these photos (and many others of armpits, necks, noses...we are not professional photographers okay, and we do have some goof ups) to send to our buddy Dawn, because after I caught Wendy with a happy face whilst reading a text from Dawn...
...we started sending photos back and forth. (Dawn, I wish you'd been there in person, hon!! Can you see how happy you make our Wendy-girl?!)
It was a really great day, and we DID get a little bit of stitching done between the laughter and food. ;-)
Of course, Miss Sophie was not impressed at being left behind at home. She strategically placed herself next to a 'home' pillow to get her message across to me...
Wendy and I are going to do this regularly from now on - no more months between visits!
How about I share some Show & Tell?
Margaret used Block 1 from my "Promises & Borders" BOM to make a cushion. Honestly, it's just beautiful, Margaret!
Margaret has also been busy re-purposing! (see the blog posts about Re-purposing in 2012 HERE).
Aren't those owls adorable!?
Katherine used part of my "All You Need Is Love" design to adorn this needlebook set as a swap gift - so pretty!!
Kristen stitched my free "True Love" stitchery onto a cushion. What a beautiful reminder to us of the love Christ has for all!
Jeanne made a table cover using one of my "Promises & Borders" blocks as the centre. She added a second bluebird, enlarged the design, and added the wider fabric border - it's so lovely!
Arianne finished her Shabby Roses quilt and kindly sent me the photo - ooooo, love it!!! This was my very first Shabby Roses design and will always be special, so seeing how others have used it makes me so excited.
Lynelle has just completed Block 3 from "Promises & Borders", and when she sent me the photo she was so eager for Block 4 to be released. Thank you for your excitement and encouragement, Lynelle!!
I would love to sit and chat with you a bit more, but if I do there will be no setting for the Shabby Roses Alphabet. The original idea I had is no longer appealing to me, so this afternoon I will be experimenting with something different...love that word "experimenting" - it's a great excuse when something doesn't work out the way you'd hoped. ;-)
Just for fun, leave a comment and share with us your worst experimental failure.
Mr E will tell you that my latest one was a gluten-free banana & apricot bread last week. I won't say anymore. It was THAT bad! ;-)