It's only three more days until a new school year begins for Mr E so we have been working hard today, side-by-side, doing a deep clean of the house and yard. The kitchen is sparkling, the vacuuming under, over and into all the furniture is finished, and all the woodwork has been polished. The yard is freshly mown, and all my tablerunners, doilies and 'house pretties' are flapping in the breeze on the clothesline.
Miss Sophie was quite fascinated with the vacuum cleaner, until we turned it on! :-)
I did a complete overhaul of the pantry and began to compile a menu plan using all the things that already reside in that pantry.
I love an organised pantry...
I finished another two shelves after I took this photo and now I know what I have to work with. When things are jumbled behind each other I tend to forget I have them.
We're a bit tuckered out now, so we'll leave the rest of the house till tomorrow. Bit by bit this place will be glistening come Wednesday night, and on Thursday we can start a fresh school year for Mr E, and a fresh designing year for me.
We both love January because it means two weeks of amazing tennis. Every night we sit glued to the telly watching the Australian Open - and as always my stitching is on my knee.
I finished the ~rest~ block in my remake of Shabby Roses...
...and I started a new Oopsie Daisies design...
...and wrote the patterns for these 3 new designs...
You will find all 3 designs published later through the year in Creating Country Threads magazine here in Australia.
The postman brought me a very late Christmas present from my sweet friend Darcey, in Canada...
...as well as some earrings I ordered before Christmas - before I had any idea I'd be getting a cat!
So now I have something new to read, some gorgeous Robyn Pandolph charm squares to play with (thanks Darc!), and some funky cat earrings to wear. It's been a good day. :-)
Don't forget there are still two days left if you want to bid on my original handmade Shabby Roses quilts!
Just leave your bid in a comment with a way to contact you (or email me).
Tomorrow I will be doing a short tutorial on making the mini-quilts for Give Thanks, as per a request. That means I'll have to share another block with you....and it's not even February! How blessed are you?! LOL!!