It was decided that Mr E should not begin his mining career doing back-to-back shifts, so instead of being away for 9 days, he is coming home in the early hours of Saturday morning - just 3 hours from now!! \o/
He has finished his 4 day induction and now has 4 days off. On Wednesday he begins permanent 4 day shifts, but for now I get to have him home earlier than expected so I want to say a heartfelt *thank you* for all your prayers and warm thoughts! Bless you, bless you!
I am one very happy Jenny tonight, waiting patiently (ok, not so patiently) for my man's return. My fingers have been busy stitching away the evening hours, the ironing is done, kitchen is spotless, and all that is left is to open the door when I hear his bike come up the road. Home sweet home once more.
In the mail this week I received two beautifully recycled diaries for 2012. I purchased them from Rebound Books, a clever company who recycle vintage 'Little Golden Books' into a second existence as diaries.
I also loved the packaging - the tape used to secure the brown paper had vintage stamps on it!
I bought the 'Prayers for Children' diary for Kezzie (a Christmas gift) to use next year as her homeschooling diary, and the 'Book of God's Gifts' for my Elefantz diary.
There is something so beautifully innocent and pure in a child's prayer, don't you think?
Another book I purchased this week, whilst pining for Mr E, is Helen Dickson's wonderful "Stitchers Companion"!
Helen has poured out all her years of stitching experience into this excellent resource, and if you've visited her blog, "Bustle & Sew", you'll know that she is a dab hand with many crafty skills! Helen learned her skills as a child from her mother and grandmother, so there is a generational love of all things handmade expressed in her book. I encourage you to visit Helen HERE on her blog, or read about the book HERE in her shop.
(NOTE: At the moment Helen has a 50% off offer on the book purchase, but it's only for a little while longer! Look HERE on her blog for the discount code)
It's only available as a PDF download, which is perfect for people like me on the other side of the world.
By the way, Helen is my guest contributor in the next issue of Elefantz HOME magazine and you are going to love the project she has designed for you!
I have been busy this week with new redwork Christmas designs for Elefantz HOME, but we had a thunderstorm this afternoon and into the evening so I couldn't take good photos of my progress. Never mind, I'll be sure to snap them when the sun returns and show you some peeks in my next post.
Now, back to stitching while I wait for my beloved.
Have a wonderfully joy-filled weekend!