It's been a busy Saturday. The clouds have given us cover from the hot sun, and there have been a few rain showers beating upon the roof - all which makes the house quite comfortable and pleasant to stitch in. I spent the morning doing next week's grocery shopping for the Home Ec Dept here at the boarding school, then headed back to the supermarket for a second grocery shop for our own household.
In between supermarket visits I dropped into *that* shop to see what little lovelies they may have this week and discovered these...
...I had to buy both, of course! They are ceramic and almost 6 inches from beak to tail, perfect to sit in front of the pot plant atop the tv unit in the living room. I think I'll need to sew a new runner first though.
This afternoon I rested my weary feet and began the stitching on something new I am making for the 'Down On The Farm' issue of Creating Country Threads later in the year. I wonder if you can guess what it might be?
I'm using a mix of French General's "Rouenneries" and "Rural Jardin". They blend beautifully together!
I am in a Birthday Fat Quarter Swap each year and this year I received some gorgeous fabrics from my swap partners!
They also included extra gifts of threads and lace and other lovelies - thank you ladies, everything was loved and appreciated (especially the chocolate). Barb even made me a penny pocket and added more of my favourite DMC 99 threads!
Other gifts received last week were a bag from Jeannie in Florida (which Blossom and I had a good giggle over because on the back of the lovely bag it refers to Florida as 'The Sunshine State', and we live in Queensland, Australia, which is also called 'The Sunshine State'!)...
...and Jeannie added this gorgeous brooch! (She didn't realise I collect brooches!)
Manda down in Rockhampton must have had a little birdie whisper in her ear as well because she also sent me a brooch! She made this button brooch herself, and she made one for Blossom too. It's so cute and joyful!
One of my oldest friends, Pam, does not sew herself (though she would love to but she has her hands full with two very exuberant little girls), but she sent me this, all stitched in wool by someone else. Isn't it beautiful, and so soft to touch! I love it.
I have another completed Shabby Roses Quilt to show you! This one was made by Anne-Lise and once again it is so exciting to see how all of you have made my design your very own! You can visit her blog HERE for more photos...
Have you had a go at making THESE baskets yet?
Amanda emailed yesterday asking for ideas on how to make a 'man-basket', as all the ones I'd made were very feminine. Well, we put our heads together over a few emails and look what she made for her husband!
Isn't that clever!!?
She used shirting fabric, and as a bonus she managed to use up some scrap binding so now she can enter the February Binding Challenge as well! You can read about her basket HERE on her blog.
(it finishes tomorrow so if you have made something with binding this month be sure and leave a comment with your blog address so I can see a photo)
Another basket maker is Barb and if you visit her blog HERE you can see how addicted she has become to making them! She's way ahead on her Christmas presents!
Blossom has been having a clean out of all her craft things, and the pile of UFO's she's dumped in my sewing room needs to be seen to be believed...now I have a quilt to finish, stitcheries to complete, finished stitcheries to turn into things, cross-stitches all ready to be framed or added to other projects, beads by the thousand, and this rag rug she began a few years back and is 'allowing' me to finish.
It's not that she's finished with crafting, but she's almost 16 and has matured in the things she wants to put her creativity into. Her new designs are very different and hopefully I'll be able to show you some peeks during the coming months if she says it's ok.
Don't forget there is only one day left to sign up for the UGLY FAT 1/4 swap (Australians only), and only one day left to enter the February Binding Challenge!
My challenge for March will be another goodie, but I can't tell you any more than that today.