The final days of summer holidays have wound down. Blossom's head cold lasted 24 hours and disappeared (thank you for your thoughts and prayers), my migraine still lingers, climbing to heights and dipping to lows but not chooisng to leave just yet, and Mr Elefantz is back behind his desk planning the year ahead for his students in the Manual Arts Department.
I thought I'd give you a photo journey of the last few days, so let's start with the double fun of both mother and daughter being published in different magazines.
Blossom's sweet "Garden Angel" stitchery in Patchwork & Stitching...don't they photograph beautifully for the magazine?
My "Just Nesting" wallhanging in Creating Country Threads...
...and here it is hanging above the kitchen shelf Mr Elefantz built me earlier this month.
I'll be sharing this project next week as a pdf pattern for those overseas who cannot purchase the magazine.
I've spent my stitching hours working on another design for my new "Dilly Dally Daisy" range of stitcheries...
...and stitched a new design for something sweet and simple I'll use in a future project for you on my blog.
In the kitchen, Bob-the-Dog is being given special treatment with a renewed decision to make all his food myself. I used to do this before we moved here last July, but Fiona's wonderful frugal-living blog posts spurred me back to what I know to be best for our four-legged-friend. It's such a simple and nutritious one-pot cook-up and I can make a week's worth at a time.
I've also been making more of Blossom's favourite bread - Sultana & Carrot Loaf. A few of you have asked for the recipe so I will upload it later today and add it to my right-hand sidebar in the 'Cook With Me' section.The recipe is from an out of print book, but I have altered it slightly over time and I think my updated recipe is tastier. ;-)
On Friday a parcel arrived from the lovely Kaari Meng of French General. She sent me a box of the sweetest fabric scraps...
...wrapped in exquisitely French toile paper...
...and inside were these beautiful pieces of Kaari's 'Rural Jardin' fabric range.
Now you're wondering what I'm going to do with them, aren't you?
Well, Kaari sent them to me to use in a special giveaway that you can enter in February.
February is my birthday month, and I will have another Challenge for you to participate in - but you'll have to wait until February 1st to find out what it is. The prize will be some of these lovely Rural Jardin pieces, plus a handmade item from me, made using some of these fresh French inspired fabrics!
Keep dropping by to find out more as February approaches.
How are you going with your January Tea Towel Challenge? What have you made?
Barb made this beautiful library bag! She even designed the stitchery on the front herself - I love it, Barb!!
Another follower, Rian, (she does not have a blog) sent me a photo of her daughter Dianne's Challenge entry - a binder cover! Isn't it great?!
You see, there are so many wonderful ways to make use of a tea towel....when are you going to show me your tea towel project? There is only a week left to enter the Challenge and be in the running for the giveaway prize!
Remember to pray for Haiti, and give what you can to help this incredibly devastated country. One world, one global family under God...let's reach out a hand to these hurting people in any way we are able.
Hug your own family close today, and thank God you can.