If you don't live in a tropical climate you can't really imagine what it's like to have 'high summer' for around 7 to 8 months of the year.
But then again, I have no idea what living with snow or ice is like.
Where I live we're just three weeks away from winter, and finally, it feels like an autumn change has arrived. We've had a few false starts, but it's really here now!
And with a true autumn change comes the desire to bake comfort foods.
On Sunday night we had a good old-fashioned lamb shoulder roast and as it was pretty large and there's only three of us at home these days I used the leftover roast lamb to make a Shepherd's Pie last night...
It was sooooooo good....really, really good.
I'm giving myself the "Wonderful Wife" medal today because there was only one serve left over and I warmed it up at lunchtime today for Mr E to enjoy. Served with lashings of Worcestershire sauce he was a very happy husband indeed and smiled at me a lot between mouthfuls.
I sat opposite with my apple, mandarin, and wedge of cheese - and polished my shiny medal lovingly.
Think I need to buy more lamb...
It's lovely here in the late afternoon, hidden away in my office where all the fabric has taken up residence. I stood before the fabric shelves for a good hour this afternoon pondering colour choices for new Rosedaisy projects before deciding on two sets of two fabrics...
They were traced and prepared before I knew it.
Do you find fabric choice to be a hard decision with a new project?
Later in May I'll have a full set of ten Rosedaisy designs to offer you, so to spur me on and get them all stitched and finished within the next two weeks I decided to buy myself a gift to make 'just for fun' as my reward...
I've been a Tilda fan from way back, and making one of her dolls has been on my 'want to do' list for years.
As I'd never seen what comes inside her doll kits before I couldn't wait to open the box when it arrived today!
Fabrics, notions, hair, and everything else that's needed apart from doll stuffing - there is even a stick to use when filling the limbs.
But what I was most impressed with was this...
Not just written instructions, but this large fold out poster of step by step illustrations!
As a gal who learns visually, this inclusion excited me the most. Now I am really going to get cracking to finish my own work so I can play with Tilda.
I'll share something else. The reason I've never purchased a Tilda doll kit before was because I just couldn't afford it - in Australia these kits usually cost around $70-$75.
After recently purchasing a Flower Sugar fabric bundle for a commissioned Homespun project later this year from Eve's Fabric Direct.com.au shop I was having a bit of a browse around her stock for future reference...and there was this Tilda Doll Kit for $29.
So you get why I popped it straight in my shopping basket right?!
To say I'm over the moon about my 'gift-to-self' is an understatement. It was definitely worth the five year wait.
So let me ask you today, what gift have you bought for yourself that you had to wait a while to get? Was it worth it in the end?
Just so you know, Eve has sold out of the kits. I'm thanking God for blessing me. x