hanks to everyone for their best wishes on Blossom's swimming last night. Unfortunately it was rained out so she is off this morning to do her postponed races at 11.30 - then tonight she'll be swimming again in what would have been the 2nd day of competition. She's had to miss soccer practive this week to train for the swimming so next week she'll be a sore old thing with all those different muscles in complaint.
And of course, on Saturday night she'll be using different muscles again when she attends her very first dance! She's 16 this year, and stayed close to home all her life, but there is an 'all schools' Valentine Dance this weekend at the PCYC with staff from all 4 schools in our town supervising. She'll be wearing one of the gorgeous dresses she got for Christmas, and she is going with a new girl to the school. For those who may not know, Blossom was homeschooled all her life until last July when she began attending the boarding school my husband teaches at (and where we live). She knows first-hand how hard it can be at 15 to start school and make friends - she was bullied and ridiculed for months when she first got here. Praise God all is good now for her, but it made her determined to befriend all new female students this year - so her new friend is going to the dance with her and I hope they have a fabulous time!
With Valentines Day in mind, my free redwork stitchery for you this month is a little heart bursting with rosey red blooms...
I'm going to stitch mine into a pincushion using some of my Rouenneries for trimming...
You can easily print up the design below by clicking HERE
I'd love to see yours when you finish it. What will you use it for?
Thank you also for all the kind and encouraging comments on my Hopes and Wishes Bag in this month's Homespun magazine.
Many have lamented that they are unable to obtain Homespun in their country, so I have photographed the distributors list from inside the cover for you - if you contact the distributor in your country they will assist you in finding a supplier. (click on the photo below and it will enlarge for easier reading)
Good news for those in the USA - you are now able to purchase Homespun through your local Borders bookstore!
For those who already subscribe to Homespun, aren't this month's "Life Is A Celebration" BOM blocks really sweet?!
Gail Pan has fussy cut her flowers and pot...
...and Natalie Ross has done a cute owl couple to celebrate marriage.
I'd love to sit on a branch with Mr Elefantz and cuddle all day!
Here are some more photos of items made by clever women.
Jude's friend Sandy has finished all her blocks in my Shabby Roses BOM and stitched the quilt top together. It's so pretty, Sandy!
Janey is stitching her 2nd Shabby Roses quilt! If you pop over to her blog you can see her progress.
Janey is also stitching my new BOM ~Bouquet~. Here is her Bucket of Roses block...
Jeannie has been finding more uses for her binding scraps in the February Challenge! She bound this journal cover beautifully - and she has used Block 1 from my Shabby Roses BOM quilt to decorate the front!
I wonder if you have been using the blocks from Shabby Roses in other projects? If you have can you leave a comment to let me know, please? (and a link to a photo on your blog would be lovely!)
It's almost morning tea time, so best be away and brew the coffee for Mr Elefantz before he steps in for his 10 minute break between classes...might suggest we dress as owls and climb that Tamarind tree out back.
Have a special day - it will only come around once in your lifetime.