This is the last weekend before the start of another school term. It's been so nice just pottering around and doing 'stuff'.
The dogs have enjoyed all the attention, but even they have frowns today at the thought of their favourite family members not being around as much from Monday.
Bob-the-dog will have to be content with hanging out in the sewing room with me again...
...and Lily Rose will have to be patient through the day until her sunset walks with Mr Elefantz and myself.
Of course, she still has her favourite toy to keep her company...
...she'll just have to make sure she doesn't leave her Teddy out in the rain overnight again or he'll have to spend his days hanging from the clothesline.
Some lovely parcels arrived this week. When we had the Baseco Bag Kit giveaways on our Gum Tree Designers blog last month the kit I donated was won by Gayner in the UK. Gayner was thrilled when her Baseco Bag Kit arrived (in Woodland Bloom fabrics) as these were colours she would not usually choose to use so she was looking forward to making something a bit different.
Then, bless her heart, she decided to bless me too! She posted me an exquisite linen pillowcase and a tiny little crochet basket, both handmade by her grandmother over 45 years ago. Look at that beautifully crocheted edging on the pillowcase....
Thank you so much, Gayner! I do not have anything from my own mother or grandmothers, so these will be treasured always.
I also recently did a fabric swap with my friend Katrin, in Germany. I have sent Katrin some of Rosalie Quinlan's 'Grandmother's Flower Garden' fabrics, and she sent me some gorgeous Tilda fabrics in exchange! She also sent me some embroidery needles (I use so many!!) and the cutest pincushion. Thanks Katrin! I hope your parcel from me arrives soon. :-)
How are you going with my 4 For 4 Challenge this month - finish 4 UFOs in 4 weeks?
I have done my 4, but now I'll finish more.
Yesterday I finally completed 'The Dress' (UFO number 3). I did the embroidery a while ago (the pattern is in my Etsy Shop), but it has been sitting here for months waiting for me to decide how I would display it. I made it for Blossom, so the pressure was on!
Eventually I thought I would bind it in black satin, and add a string of black beads around the top of the chiffon veil. What do you think?
BONUS - if you purchase the embroidery pattern for 'The Dress' stitchery in my Etsy Shop this weekend for $3.97 USD, I will send you the full pattern to make the wallhanging as well at no extra cost!
Click HERE to purchase.
UFO Number 4 was to find a way to use my extra Umbrella stitchery, and as I have been using Blossom's market bag lately it seemed an excellent use for the pretty little block...
Next week I'll be helping out in the sewing classes at the school, working on my Christmas quilt design, and finishing this new design. Want to see a little sneak peek?
...and I'll also be sorting out my odds and ends in the sewing room. I bought these very pretty boxes at the $2 shop yesterday to help with storage.
Sorry for the long post. I should have warned you to go and grab a cuppa first. :-)
Wouldn't it be nice if we could really share one together?
Enjoy your weekend,