The second week of winter has almost passed and the weather has been perfect.
Mildly cool, resting to the body and mind after a 9 month summer, inviting me to make changes in the moment and plans for the time ahead.
In the moment...
Mr E is enjoying our nourishing winter fare for dinners, meals like slow roasts, curries, stews and of course, yummy pot pies.
I find great delight cooking in winter and have been dragging old recipe folders off the shelf to look through during morning tea.
Today I have strawberries in abundance so after popping some beef cheeks in a pot to simmer with lots of veggies I'll be baking a Strawberry Shortcake, Jenny-style.
I have shared this recipe before (in fact it is my friend Fee's favourite dessert and I think she has made it more times than me now) but if you missed it feel free to download my recipe here.
I'm also regularly spending time at our local library, browsing slowly, enjoying the moment.
I mentioned the other day that my heart is heading towards simple ways to display my stitchery designs, but I also plan to create home furnishings from fabrics already on my shelves, the kind of furnishings that evoke homeliness, comfort, and hopefully an air of times past.
These two titles came home from from the library this week...
...and they overflow with inspiration.
"The Homemade Home For Children" has many projects and ideas I'd like to create for Cully May and my other little grandchildren.
Each one is fairly simple, many using large appliques of old fabrics in a new way.
Isn't this tent beautiful!?
I'm sure Blossom and I would happily sit inside to have a tea party with her little girl...
This wall hanging, though featured in the book for a child's room, is high on my to-do list for our own home.
I think something similar would be lovely hanging above the bed, or even in my office.
Flowers...always flowers, in the moment.
This week I picked up a bunch of carnations for $5 and they lifted the office atmosphere dramatically. Outside my window everything is lovely and green, but I love colour and flowers on my desk provide it...
Cully May will turn one on August 4th so Blossom and I shall combine our talents to sew a beautiful birthday dress for her.
Blossom chose the fabric and gave it and a template for the dress bodice to me, because in our joint project my part comes first.
I'll be designing a stitchery for the bodice and embroidering it before handing everything back to Blossom, who will then use it to sew a beautiful dress for Cully May.
The Cosmo Seasons variegated threads have been chosen to blend with the fabric colours and I've almost completed the sketch for my embroidery, it just needs a little bit of tweaking...
This project is very special to us as it will become an heirloom, a first birthday dress for future babies perhaps.
A new look...
For the longest time I've desired to have some uniformity between the way my blog looks and the cover page of my patterns, so this week I stopped procrastinating and actually dedicated 24 hours to working only on that.
Many pots of chamomile tea were consumed, along with a few sweet treats. Fortunately I had left over lamb korma and Mr E was more than happy to partake of that for dinner while I continued working.
Emails flew back and forth between Blossom and I, her input and opinion on the direction I was going proving invaluable.
Honestly, it's a gift beyond words having her know me so well, yet also being another set of eyes to see clearly when I'm so close to a project that I can't see the forest for the trees.
Fortunately I didn't rush this new look and her excitement over my final draft was the icing on the cake.
Very slowly over the next month I'll be adding many patterns to my shop, but the nicest thing is that they all have the same cover page at last, and it co-ordinates with my new blog header.
I'd love to hear what you think?
And my new blog header?
So there you are dear friends, a productive week so far here at home.
Next time I'll show you another new idea I'm playing with but in case you're looking for a lovely project today, one that can be made to suit your own taste, you may like to revisit my 5-day HUSSIF tutorial from July 2015?
The templates to make the hussif are a free download in my shop...
I also have the set of hussif stitcheries if you prefer the embroidered version, as a purchase in my shop.
To make your own Hussif you can begin here at day 1 of the Hussif Tutorials and follow the links for days 2-5.
Now I'd best be away and get started on that Strawberry Shortcake!
May your day be blessed in every way.