My parcel had all of these lovely things in it. I didn’t manage to photograph things separately as I had to hide the chocolate super quickly (it was yummy – guess where I hid it?!) and Islay claimed the beautifully embroidered pincushion and card. The earrings will bring a smile when they are worn and I am saving the gorgeous fabric and buttons for something special – let me know if you have any ideas.
Thanks so much Sarah. I really enjoyed the swap and am pleased to say I have finally sent my parcel off to you, and completely forgotten to photograph it’s contents – oops.
I have been trying to catch up with my sewing backlog and today sent off two bee blocks. Both are for the Quick Christmas Bee which has just five of us in it. Maria requested these beautiful and clever patchwork pockets to make an advent quilt. They were fun and simple but quite fiddly, in that there was a lot of steps for each one, so I can really see the benefit in doing this one with a bee and not having to make 24 yourself! The photos are dreadful as I took them late(ish) last night before parcelling up the blocks for posting.
Lynz asked for wonky stars. I haven’t made stars before (or all that much else for that matter!) and found it to be a great little project.
I’m next up and have a block in mind. I’m trying to be economical and use mostly fabric I already have but I have ordered a little more to make it a bit more Christmassy. Once it arrives I’ll need to work out how on earth to judge how much to send to each person.
Islay went to her first proper birthday party this weekend and had a lovely time (I made the dolls blanket pictured below as part of the present). All of a sudden she is being exposed to girly things, rather than the fairly limited amount we have at home. She is talking about ‘barbie girls’ and all sorts of other pink plastic, not really my cup of tea, but I guess I’ll just have to go along with it to some extent……now, count to ten Julie!
Something that has surprised me is how much I am enjoying her pleasure at going to ballet classes (today is the third week). She asked all through the summer if she could go and is absolutely loving it. I was kicked out of ballet at her age (I just wasn’t that kind of girl, I’m afraid) and wasn’t sure about her going, but she is having so much fun I can’t help but be happy too. And here she is showing off her new ‘ballet slippers’.
Gosh, I sound like a real old grumpy, meany mummy. I think its just that I’m not a huge fan of plasticy toys anyway and when they are pink too I find them really hard to get my head around – however I will try and be open minded about it……..but just encourage her to go along to judo and mini rugby with the boys too! Which at the moment is right up her street as well as climbing trees, riding bikes and getting as grubby and scabby as possible (and combining girly with tomboy can’t be a bad thing can it?).