It's funny how life turns out.
I've been good friends with Heather and Barb for a couple of years now, sharing many a stitching day with a few other friends but also enjoying the odd cuppa on the spur of the moment when the mood strikes.
I love that - having a friend up the road to just 'drop in on' and there's no effort or planning involved. Just "pop the kettle on and I'll be there soon" kind of thing.
Having no family here apart from Mr E and Blossom, and still feeling rather 'foreign' after 3 years in Townsville, the comfortable pleasure of friends close-by is a true delight.
But then you start to talk and share about the wider family you've both got and a surprise pops out you never imagined!
You see, about four generations ago three brothers left Teglio in Italy and arrived in Australia.
Heather, Barb and Mr E are all descended from those brothers - maybe the same brother, we're still working that information out.
So here in a place I never wanted to live, but which has now got my heart, we found 'family'.
Probably second cousins twice-removed (ha ha!) but family none-the-less - and I cannot tell you the depth of joy that has filled my heart at the discovery of this connection.
And that is why the title of this blog post is "Family tea-time".
Whilst whiling away a few hours over coffee (yes, it was coffee in the tea cups...but I LOVE pretty much anything in a tea cup!), Heather brought out a project she'd been working on and seriously I wanted to stuff it under my blouse and run home with it!!
You would have too, right?!
This gorgeous little pouch is a heart stealer...
In fact if you head over HERE to her blog you can see a second version she made in greens (equally divine) and Heather also has a link to the pattern in her blog post so we can all make one.
Today is the 31st March, and that officially ends my 9-day Tea Week!
I hope you've enjoyed all things TEA with me?
Of course there was one more design that wouldn't leave me alone so I had to make it for you, didn't I?!
It started like this...
....and became something rather lovely.
This pattern is free to download HERE until after Easter (April 7th) at which time it will become purchase only, so you'd best hurry over now to claim it...
I think these fabrics make The Tea Lover's Pot sing!
They are a mix of "Wiltshire Daisy" and "Tilda".
Drop by tomorrow because there's a blog hop and I am part of it!
I'll have a list of all those involved so bring a cuppa to the blog with you 'cause you'll be here a while.
There's a lot of lovelies to swoon over...and it all has a tea theme...well, what do you know about that?!