Happy New Year everyone!
This year we'll be stitching something different for my regular free BOM. Rather than a quilt I'm sharing a bookmark of the month, "Books and Roses".
Each month I'll offer you a small embroidery design featuring books and roses which you'll be able to make into a unique bookmark of your own style. Of course, you might want to make them into a small wall quilt (like we made last year with Posies) or stitch them onto small projects...but for me, they will become bookmarks.
All of my bookmarks will be a bit different from each other and perhaps that will give you ideas of your own. I've gathered lots of ribbons, lace, fabric scraps and buttons, and chosen a red, blue, green and white colour scheme. There's a tiny pop of applique and the designs are stitched onto lovely white linen.
I have chosen a book to read in January, a very old one which I've read many lovely quotes from the past few months. I didn't even realise I had it on my shelf! So my new bookmark will mark the place in Alison Uttley's "The Country Child", which was written in 1931 and tells the story of her childhood in Derbyshire.
If you missed the 2022 bonus bookmark I shared in December pop over HERE.
I hope your family time these past couple of weeks was refreshing, loving and memorable. I know ours was.
Blossom, Ross, Cully May, Rafaella and Charlie David were here on the 25th and we feasted, exchanged gifts, laughed, swam and gave thanks for the greatest gift of all, the Christ Child. We are a very relaxed family, no airs and graces here...we tend to go with the flow and end up simply enjoying each other and the children.
We had loads of rain between Christmas and New Year, which the garden loved, though hubby was less enthused about how happy the weeds were. Weeding is what he does every morning before work for about twenty minutes while I fix breakfast. Bless him!
I've really fallen in love with growing roses, my three large roses and one miniature rose fill our vases with roses all the time now. What a blessing to have such gorgeous blooms to admire inside.
Blossom and Ross bought me three new miniature roses for Christmas and they are gorgeous. Yellow/orange, pale pink, and peach colours...
They also loved the rain! I re-potted them into some pretty ceramic pots on New Years Eve and am still deciding where to place them in the garden. It's ghastly hot and humid here, a normal summer for us really, and if the roses get too much sun they burn so I have all my roses in semi-shade, though I still need to cut the blooms for inside display before they open right out as this keeps them pretty.
My Year of Contentment series will begin later this month, plus I have my regular January tea towel post (and pattern) for you as well, but for now I shall sign off and pray that you find hidden joys and blessings every day in 2022, even if things seem difficult or dark. Put your faith in Jesus and remember that handing over our burdens to Him will always lighten the load and bring refreshment and hope.
bless you heaps,