It's Friday. That means only 3 sleeps until my beloved rides away on his first departure for the new mine job.
Due to the 4 day induction training before his first set of shifts this trip may be a 9 day absence - can I bear that??? Of course some of you have husbands that work away from home for long or short periods and you cope wonderfully well - you probably think I'm crazy, right?
Leading up to next Monday we've been riding the bike every day - even in a glorious rain shower yesterday afternoon. Today was another long ride to Townsville and back to buy my wet weather gear before the wet season begins, and tomorrow we're riding with friends to Ravenswood for lunch.
Sunday is a different matter, though. We're home all day parked in front of the television to watch Bathurst!! \o/ We love Bathurst Sunday every year, and I am so happy he'll still be home for it. I will naturally have a lot of hand sewing on my lap for the entire 6 hours, and nibblies for Mr E.
We have been fans of Craig Lowndes for many, many years, and we'd love to see him win again.
My 'Autumn Falling' design is finished, and I love it!
Not my usual style, I know, but I really enjoyed the big purple and green prints, and machine applique....
I also stitched up my "Ellie and Bub" as a redwork block....
...and I have some gorgeous red Fat 8ths that I bought from Fee to piece a border (or perhaps a bag??).
Cute little chain stitches inside the bows.
Also purchased from Fee were some yummy charm squares and yardage from "Cabbages and Roses"! How could I resist those roses???! After all, I need something to cheer me up and keep me busy while Mr E is away.
(Did that excuse sound feasible?? Honest, I rarely buy fabric any more, preferring to use what I have, BUT, I was a sucker for those roses.)
In a separate parcel were books I had bought for Kezzie and I.
The "Bag Making Bible" has been on my want list for a long time because it is an area that I need instruction in, and Lisa Lam is amazing. Visit her blog and be blown away at how easy she makes it all look - and by her talent.
The Wholefoods books by Jude Blereau were found by Kezzie at our library and she was so excited about what she was learning that I bought the children's one for her and the family one for me. I must remember to take photos of Kezzie's and my herb gardens. She is so badly wanting a big veggie patch so she can grow her own foods to feed the boys. These books were a huge encouragement.
The fourth book, "The Rhythm of Family" is by Amanda Blake Soule. Amanda's blog is another wonderful place to visit! This is another book I've wanted for a while because it just spoke to my homeschool mother heart and I knew that Kezzie would love it! It's so lovely for me to experience seeing my own daughter homeschool her children after me homeschooling her when she was a teen.
I guess I have no excuses for boredom while Mr E is away, do I? :-)
Miss Sophie will claim his side of the bed, though.
Have a lovely weekend, won't you?!
Make lots of lovely stitchy things if you can, and perhaps if you've made one of my designs you might like to send me an email and a photo so I can share it with everyone.
Just click on the photo of my little stitched Ellie logo, up there in the left hand sidebar, and you'll be able to access my email.
PS: On Monday night I am going to announce a BIG giveaway, so come back and visit then!