I was thinking yesterday that it would be nice to offer you a free little stitchery to celebrate the arrival of 2017.
There was a time when I'd stitch a dated design and piece it in fabric to make covers of each new year's diary, but as I don't bother with one of those anymore (well I do, but I forget to use it more often than not because my computer tells me what I should be doing on certain days at certain times) I took a different path for my sweet little "2017" stitchery.
The last couple of months, since I made the somewhat forced, and somewhat chosen decision to 'slow down' my life, I've returned to my old habit of reading novels.
I used to read all the time, dozens of wonderful books every year. As a homeschool mum each day would hold two hours of reading classics to my children - even into their late teens. These were the most enjoyable hours, something we all looked forward to. I'd brew a pot of tea, set out cups or mugs, spread a plate with freshly baked biscuits, cake or slice, and we'd settle down for a reading adventure that took us away to another time, another era, with characters we never forgot.
But I also read for my own pleasure, and that's something which became less and less of a habit after the children left home and stitchery design took over my time.
Fast forward to the past couple of months and I have re-acquainted myself with the local library for some modern fiction, as well as dusted off my own personal library of age-old classics.
So this little "2017" stitchery has become my new bookmark, one which I intend giving a lot of employment in 2017.
Would you like to stitch "2017" too?
It's a free pattern download here in my shop and will be available for a whole year.
Just out of curiosity, what will you display this little design on?
Scones...I almost forgot them.
Mr E is having a holiday break for the next 3 weeks, enjoying home time with me before taking up his new teaching position later in January.
Having him home is a good excuse to bake morning tea and yesterday we devoured a large plate of delicious raisin scones...
For our wedding anniversary he bought me a new coffee machine which I have to tell you is *amazing* and the freshly brewed cappuccinos are the very best.
Our old Gaggia machine died after four hard-working years of making lattes, cappuccinos and long blacks, but as we truly do enjoy the brewing of a good coffee bean we decided the purchase of another machine was wise.
Fortunately for us there was a big Boxing Day sale on at Joyce Mayne and the De Longhi machine we wanted was almost 50% off so that tipped the 'will we/won't we' decision in our favour rather quickly.
Good coffee, fresh baked delights from my oven, and time with each other. That's the important stuff taken care of these holidays.
One other bit of news.
We've prayed, talked, considered all options, and finally decided we shall not be moving house after all. We shall continue to rent this home for another year and perhaps, just perhaps, that might give us the opportunity to save enough for a home deposit of our own by this time next year. You never know.
Have a lovely New Year, won't you?!
I'll be back to chat again next year...