Out front there is a huge white buttercup bush (properly named a Turnera) and each morning it is where scores of bees stop on their daily pollen shopping spree.
I tried to capture a photo close up but the bees are swift and refused my pleas for a portrait, so I've just zoomed in closer for you to see one of the buzzing beauties at work. Makes me happy knowing our garden has many bee, butterfly and bird friendly blooms.
So here we are on January 1st with a new year before us, untouched and unexplored.
As I mentioned the other day the pre-Christmas Craftsy changes have definitely put a speed bump in my path and though I'm quite accepting and relaxed about it all I do now have a lot of extra work to do setting up a new online pattern shop at Etsy and updating all my patterns due to their expired links - not how I'd hoped to spend the summer holiday school break with my teacher husband.
So I'm not going to kick off the 2019 year of gentle domesticity with it's associated book study, free patterns and regular homemaking blog posts until next week. Right now I just want to go for a couple of long country drives with my beloved and gather my thoughts, pray and set up a shop.
In the big scheme of life another week won't hurt anyone, but it will give hubby and I time to explore the countryside and enjoy some time out from the recent festivities, home/garden renovations and work.
Do you remember when I stitched this design last year? It was just before we moved into our home and my plan was to hang it in the kitchen once I'd decided how to finish it.
A couple of weeks ago I finally did just that...
The floral fabric is cut from a sturdy tea towel and I blanket stitch appliqued the "Simple Way" stitchery block onto the front before hemming around the towel edges and enclosing one end to allow a quilt hanger to be inserted.
I haven't hung much in the house yet because I'm still finding my way around and discovering my style...something I thought I knew but which seems to be a little different than I'd imagined.
However, this simple wall hanging has given my decorating mojo a nice kick start and in coming months you'll see more and more of what I do within these walls for beauty and inspiration.
Lately, those stitched words "the simple way is usually the best way" hanging right where I see them all day long (I am in the kitchen a lot) has helped to relax my thoughts so that I let go of the 'too many' plans which try hard to crowd my mind. As a women who likes to keep her word, work to a routine, not let anyone down and follow through on her commitments, it's not easy for me to stop and remember than I can delay some things, change my mind sometimes, or let go when plans simply cannot be seen through to the end.
But I read those words and there's a sweet peace that sits upon my spirit, so I look at the day or week before me and consider "what is the simple answer to this or that situation?" - and you know, an answer, a simple answer comes to mind quite soon after.
The pattern is available here in my Etsy Shop and over the coming month I'll have many more available there as it's my new PDF pattern home. But slowly...one thing at a time.
Blossom came by with the girls today and it was extra special because they got to play with Poppy. They don't see him as often as they see me because he's at work most of the time when they come by for the day, but Miss Cully May adores her Poppy so when he's around she gives me a quick hug and then runs off to be his little shadow for the day.
Blossom and the girls bring such joy to our home...
Whilst hubby is on holidays he has made some changes to my sewing room so that I can create and work more efficiently. Firstly, his Christmas gift to me was a wonderful height adjustable table where I can sit and sketch new designs as well as prepare them for stitching. I cannot tell you how much easier it is to work in the sewing room now!
I can lower the table when I'm sitting and then lift it higher for project preparations.
The room is a mess right now because I'm in the process of rearranging things but with the new table AND the shelving he built the other day...
...I can now plan this bright and cheery work space to suit my business needs.
This coming Friday I'll be sharing two alphabet pincushions with you, the R and the S to bring us up to date (as I've already shared the T)...
The links to download the QU and T letters are still valid and will stay that way until Thursday night. You'll find them in this blog post.
Craftsy removed the three previous sets of alphabet patterns so I'll be adding them to my Etsy Shop in a few days in case you missed any.
There are still 22 patterns in my Craftsy Shop which the owners decided to leave there, though they removed 113 others. Now I know this is a pain for anyone who was working through "A Year in the Garden" because they removed the October, November and December patterns, so in the coming week I'll have all twelve of those blocks in my new Etsy Shop and will include the quilt finishing pattern with each of them.
On the sewing table at the moment I have a number of new patterns that I cannot show you yet (though you can see a few peeks over here on my Instagram page) and I need to finish a cover for my 2019 blog planner using this little design from last month's Stitchery Club...
I've never used a blog planner before but as I have a number of new things in store for you this year it occurred to me that this may well be a wise project to make.
SO FAR I can tell you this...
We're still working through the Alphabet Pincushions Stitch-A-Long each Friday and that will run through until February 22nd.
I will begin the book study of 'The Gentle Art of Domesticity' by Jane Brocket on Tuesday 7th January. The book is hard to track down these days but is available on Kindle by clicking here.
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I will share the first free pattern/project in our 2019 Year of Gentle Domesticity on Tuesday 7th January.
The rest of this year's plans will be shared next week.
I send out a free newsletter each Friday and this year there will be a few 'extras' offered along the way so if you aren't receiving them already it's quite easy to pop over here and sign up!
May your year be blessed, your heart cheered, your mind clear and your paths made straight in these coming twelve months!