I've often written here that Mr E and Blossom are my best friends, and they are, but have I told you about my other bestie?
Her name is Heather...
We met a few years back over a needlework strewn table in the botanical gardens cafe and over the course of time since we've increasingly found more in common than we originally imagined.
Like a renewed and mutually encouraging delight in the domestic arts; a desire to embrace our role as homemakers with womanly pride, purpose, no holding back and a sense of adventure; strong marriages and close relationships with our daughters (Heather's daughter Barb will be god-mother to Blossom's little girl!); and very importantly, we naturally relax in each others company, secure in being ourselves with no airs or graces. We speak from the heart and we take time to listen, to really hear what the other is saying.
I don't think friendships like this come along too often in life so any time we find to catch up is a blessing on both sides. We both work and we both spend a lot of time caring for our loved ones, so those relaxed mornings we spend laughing and sharing life over cups of coffee and delicious cake (she's a great cook!) are our 'homemakers' vitamin pill because we bounce ideas off each other and come away inspired, refreshed and affirmed.
Heather shared the vision I had for last year's "A Year of Domesticity" theme on the blog, and was my sounding board for this year's "Living the Gentle Domestic Life" theme and it's companion stitchery the "Gentle Domesticity" BOM - in fact she's been stitching the blocks ahead of time. Here's Heather's version of block 4, and it's beautiful...
Her home is always welcoming, surrounded by flourishing gardens and wildlife, a haven hidden behind a tall white fence and guarded by Ghost, Heather's large white Maremma (Italian Sheepdog).
Yesterday we spent the morning stitching and chatting over tea and coffee, supping on thick buttered slices of delicious Zucchini Loaf (recipe is here on Heather's blog, plus her thought provoking reflections about Pinterest) and as I had my camera I thought I'd take you into her craft room so you can see where she creates with fabric, paper, and wool.
( I loved the newly organised beauty of her shelves and at home again later in the day I made plans to give my sewing space and office a makeover very soon)
She has little pops of beauty everywhere...
...and reminders of what is important.
Evidence of Heather's varied skills in many different handcrafts always leaves me in awe, like this exquisite tassle she made...
Why don't you visit Heather yourself?
Her blog is HERE and is full of loveliness just like her.
I'm off to plan my sewing room/office makeover.
May you have a refreshing weekend...