Gathering together a handful of embroidery threads which so beautifully blend together is a rather thoughtful and unhurried occupation for me when preparing a new design.
I can remember many times when I've traced a stitchery and Mr E has asked if I'd like to watch a movie with him, but I still haven't chosen my threads so I reply "Just give me 10 minutes to choose my colours."
Ten minutes? Well, that's wishful thinking to say the least.
More like an hour, or two or four.
I take my background fabric choice very seriously, but choosing colours definitely takes more of my time than that.
Fortunately I usually have a spare stitchery 'on the go' somewhere for those movie dates now, having learned to have a back up so I don't keep my beloved waiting.
At the moment I'm still cutting into one of my flour sack towels and have almost completed a third project from it. There's still enough left for a fourth, and I must admit it's simply beautiful to stitch through.
Each design has been embroidered with a different blend of threads, but I'll wait till later in the month to show them to you.
Today you shall just have to be content with a few peeks at number three and the pretty pastel threads which are making it sing.
Now, how are you going with Mothers Day gifts? I admit this celebration doesn't ring on my radar until the day has almost arrived because Mr E and I both lost our mums when we were babies so it's not something we have ever had to think about for ourselves.
If you're after something sweet and quick to make I've added a free pattern to my Craftsy shop which might suit a few of you as a gift for mum, grandma, or aunt.
This lovely lingerie bag can be made up in a day, or stitch the design the night before and you can finish the project next morning.
Remember my potted garden from a couple of weeks ago?
Everything was thriving and I was so excited, until...the grasshopper.
We have never seen a grasshopper in our yard and we've lived here for 3 1/2 years, but we've seen one now!
The little blighter has decided to feast on my budding cherry tomato plant and parsley...
He obviously doesn't like basil, mint, thyme or chives...just tomato leaves and parsley.
If you have gardening knowledge to help me thwart this fellow's evening adventure in my potted garden please share it in the comments below. Thank you. x
Mr E and I are heading off to the caravan and camping expo in our area on Saturday so tonight I'm going to make a simple tote bag out of this old Cath Kidston fabric and vintage buttons to sling over my shoulder.
Rather plain with a pocket at the front I think, because the fabric is upholstery weight and lovely enough 'not to be messed with'. You know what I mean?
I really hope you have a peaceful end of week and that it flows right over into your weekend as well.
I wonder what your plans are?