The days seem to pass quickly, but the nights drag on indefinitely with a new pup. You warned me about that, didn't you?!
Up and down all night, messes to clean up, the slightest sound disturbing the little one and that means another trip outside. After 5 nights of this we opted for our new family member to make herself comfortable on the back verandah. Mr Elefantz and his able assistant Mr Teenage Elefantz spent Thursday building a lovely, comfy, off-the-floor bed for Lily Rose - and bless her heart, she loves the outdoors!
Of course, Mr Elefantz is still sneaking her inside for the occasional daytime nap on the couch...
....she's a daddy's girl it seems.
Blossom has been patiently counting down the days this week. Today she had her hair appointment, and those lovely long locks fell to the floor. She has succumbed to the need for a cool neck here in the Tropics, and wow, she looks gorgeous with her new 'do'!
My Ugly Swap partner was Pat from the Narromine Quilters blog, and she worked magic with the purple fabric I sent her!
A gorgeous wallhanging, and the sweetest bag!! Thanks so much Pat!
In return, this is what I made Pat from her Ugly Swap fabric...
I designed a little rainy day stitchery and made a cover for a folding umbrella!
Pat was thrilled because just as it arrived she had to run out in the rain and collect her grandchildren! Well timed. :-)
Finally my fat quarter bundle (and a few extras) of the delicious VERNA arrived from the USA...via Switzerland, and the UK. It sure has been around the world!
I plan on making a quilt with most of it.
But for right now I am working on a secret. I *can* tell you that it's a new Shabby Roses quilt, that the fabrics are Robyn Pandolph's 'Roses de Noel'...
...and it is a Christmas Theme.
I hope to have the quilt finished and the pattern ready for purchase by the end of May. That would give enough time for the quilt to be made by Christmas. I'm also planning on offering it as a 'pattern only' BOM, but I still need to work out the details of that.
In the meantime I will show you the tiniest piece of one of the blocks...
Due the sudden adoption of our puppy it didn't look as though I'd be able to attend the Craft Expo in Townsville this month after all, but with the Lily Rose situation now sorted I can go!
So, if you are in Townsville tomorrow at the Craft Expo, you may see Blossom and I wandering around. Mr Elefantz is driving us in and he'll trot off elsewhere for a couple of hours while we girls check out all the lovely craft stalls and stock up on a few essential sewing and crafting items. It will be a quick visit, but I'm sure we'll make the most of every moment.