First of all, let me tell you a story.
Many years ago when the children were wee little tikes, Mr E changed careers.
After years of being a motor mechanic, he decided to become a high school teacher. This meant a 4-year University degree as a mature aged student.
We were living in Coffs Harbour at the time and had just begun to homeschool the two youngest children. The next four years were very lean, and we cut every financial corner we could to make ends meet while Mr E studied day and night, and I poured all my hours into homemaking and teaching Sam and Blossom.
We decided that with such a tight income, and four long years of penny-pinching ahead of us, we should choose one 'special' thing we could spoil ourselves with.
We chose coffee.
For four years that sustained us quite well as our daily treat. It was only instant coffee, but it was the best instant coffee we could find!
Moving forward fourteen years, and we still choose coffee as our daily indulgence. But just last week, my darling devoted husband made a decision that totally caught me off guard and stepped it up a notch!
You see, recently he sold one of our motor bikes (his personal solo one), and bought us a new bed and mattress. He also paid a few bills, but with the remainder of the motor bike proceeds he bought us this...
No more trips to the cafe! The cafe has come to us.
Am I spoiled?? You bet I am. It does everything for us - just press cappuccino, or latte, or expresso, or...whatever we want, there it is.
This is an early-to-each-other Christmas and 21st wedding anniversary gift. \o/
I am still designing and sewing my new Shabby Roses quilt, Shabby Angels, but it's not going to be ready until next year. In the meantime I thought I'd use some of my Tilda stash and make a Shabby Angel hanging....
Once finished, I needed somewhere to display it. You see, we're in a rental and not allowed to put anything on the walls.
That gorgeous 12" metal quilt table stand my design is hanging on was a gift from my sweet friend Michelle May of the Raspberry Rabbits a couple of months ago. I wanted something truly special to hang on it, and I think this is perfect!
It has allowed me to display something beautiful in our home at last.
(thanks Shell xxx)
I love the colours in the Tilda fabrics, and the matching Tilda threads - they made my pretty angel even lovelier.
Final resting spot is atop my favourite book case, right between things I love.
The pattern for 'Roses Bloom in an Angel's Heart' will be in Issue 18, the final issue, of Elefantz HOME magazine.
If you'd like one of Michelle's quilt table stands she still has a few left in her shop. But hurry, they are 15% off and once they are gone she won't have any more! You'll find them HERE.
Two designs are now made for the final Elefantz HOME issue, (here is the first one) and now I am working on a third. It all started with a drawing by my grandson Cal. It's called 'Cal's Cow', and will be perfect for a Christmas gift...
What have you been making lately? Have you started on Christmas gifts yet?
I'd best go do some more stitching...after a coffee...;-)