Hello there friends & readers.
Well it is a shiny new month ... February :-)
And where did January go to I might ask???!!!
I was looking back through some older posts - in particular, this one picture ...
|frosts in June|
& I realised I am always complaining about the weather!!!
So I promise - no more complaining :-)
I shall enjoy the seasons whatever they bring ...
(tho some of THIS would sure be welcome about right now!!!)
|Rain, that is - & gosh look at that green, green grass!!!|
As the Lavender farm around from me have harvested their flowers this past week
I decided I had better do the same
With having over 40 bushes to prune it is rather a large job
but I am pleased to report I am almost finished :-)
It has been so hot I havent even hung them in bunches to dry
just left them sitting in cane trays in the sun
Now all I have left is the rubbings to do which is time consuming but rather nice on the senses . . .
I have been trying to stay on track with my resolution to use whatever I have on hand & NOT buy new craft supplies
I pulled this out of the pile last week - I think it was an Op Shop purchase from a long time ago in amongst a pile of doilies
An old cross stitch of a cow and it looks like someone had sewed bias binding around it at some stage - perhaps it had been framed?
So I unpicked the bias & carefully washed the aida cloth
then I gave it a new surrounding & made it into a little cushion...
which I think turned out rather nice :-)
It has been a bit of a cushion making week really...
this was another revamp ... it had been in a frame
It is a Country Friends stitchery panel done by me many years ago
I took it out of the frame (as it had never sold in the Cottage)
& stitched it onto some felt borders,
added some buttons, then onto a nice piece of ticking fabric,
& another cushion was born . . . I have always loved this Wendy Briggs angel design ...
And then thirdly, while shopping in my local Patchwork Shop
just prior to christmas, the owner was throwing some fabric swatch samples in the bin - she saw me & threw them at me instead
"you can do something with these" she said
I soon snapped them up as they were Lynette Andersons designs
I stitched the 9 squares together & then framed them with a fat 1/4 of Lynettes fabric that I already had
it began its life as a patchwork table mat & then along the way...
it morphed into a cushion :-)
Also another completion was this Ruby Doll - remember this version I made last winter??
this is a Rosalie Quinlan design out of the Homespun Magazine
Well I found I had made 2 bodies at the same time
so Ruby II got some clothes this week . . .
Ruby I has already gone to live in a very nice home :-)
Lastly I pulled these 4 china mugs out of the back of my craftroom cupboard the other day
& decided to make them into the pincushions that I usually make in the china teacups - coffee mugs can be just as nice !!
I was rather pleased with the result - the mugs were in such good condition - I weighted them first with about 1/4 cup fine gravel
Sometimes February can be a quiet month at the Cottage
with school going back & the Lavender farm having harvested
Though I have already taken 2 group bookings this morning :-)
It is good to have a chance to catch your breath a bit
& maybe try some new patterns out -
I am keen to do some more things out of this book . . .
I shall keep you posted friends.
In the meantime, have a lovely weekend all of you
lets hope its a creative one where ever you are ...
& remember this little verse I have on my fridge ...
(so I get to read it lots of times throughout my day!!)
|Given to me by my friend Sally :-)|
It is most certainly true.
(The Mr has just come along & read my draft post & has commented ...
"why dont you just write "this week I made 3 cushions ... why do you have to make such a saga of it all - people dont want to know all that hoohaa" ..." hmmm, an interesting thought I guess but I LOVE to read all the hoohaa behind other peoples creations & so ... I hope they do too with mine)???!!!
Cheerio for today folks,