Friday Greetings dear friends & readers,
The Mr asks me every morning what are my plans for the day .... this morning was no different.
"I hope to finish up a couple of orders & then I am going to do a blog post before the month ends" I said
"Well I hate to burst your bubble" he replied "but today IS the 1st of December"
No!! Surely Not!! Where on earth did November disappear to ??
The past almost-three-weeks have gone in the blink of an eye !!
Mum came up for her sister's funeral along with my brother & his wife - Mum stayed on a few extra days to catch up with grandsons & great grandsons . . . .
|Mum with her great-grandson Alec|
|Mum with her great grandson Sid|
. . . . & then I took her home again & stayed on for a few days.
Although we were only 10 days out from the official first week of summer - there was snow on Mt Taranaki & I was glad I tossed in a pair of sweatpants to take with me.
My sister-in-law bought a chair squab up with her & asked me to cover it in anything blue please
Miss Pippi very kindly assisted me by falling asleep on it to give it a good press & save me the bother of having to iron the fabric !!
There have been several Orders crossed off on my list but still more are appearing ....
My sister in law has 2 young friends having babies & asked me for a pink & a blue wool blanket softie to gift to them
I embroider their faces so there is nothing chewable on them & they are fully machine washable
These felt mice in stockings were for an order to be sent to the U.K. before the overseas post closed at the end of November.
I took them to Mums & managed to finish them - they are 100% handstitched, & I am now working on another 6 for the Cottage.
My friend Pru was cleaning out a cupboard & found this piece of raw silk that she had done some silk ribbon embroidery on many years ago ... she asked if I could make it into something to gift to her daughters in law
I was able to stitch up a decent size lavender bag for each girl & fill it with my homegrown lavender.
Last December Carol inquired whether I could make her a Santa the same as her niece had bought from me.
The pattern is called Prim Olde Santa & is a design by Kerry Daly of Primitive Country Treasures
Unfortunately, as it was mid December, I simply ran out of time but I remembered about her request & rang recently to inquire if she would still like one?
He is a beautiful Santa & one of my all-time favourites - I just love every single thing about him & even though he is alot of work, next year I hope to actually make one for myself !!
I was pleased to be able to give it to Carol early so she could enjoy him for the whole of the festive season.
When my neighbour Leah gifted me all the
junk treasures left over from her Garage Sale a plastic bag of candles was in amongst it all.
I wanted to do something with the candles as they were still in new condition.
I found some old music pages in my sleepout & wrapped this around them, then added some cotton lace to each set.
I tucked a vintage image into each candle bundle, then tied them up securely with some cream tulle, lace & pearl trim
I had a customer yesterday say to me "these are just gorgeous .... what do you do with them ??!!
So I told her .................... you sit them there & they look pretty & you enjoy them! 😉
Or you can burn them ...... or you could gift them !!
Lastly dear friends, I have recently joined Instagram.
A couple of local makers & myself are having a little giveaway which will be drawn this Sunday evening
The prize consists of a Christmas top, a NZ print & my felt mice - all handmade by local artists.
Thanks So Much for staying with me through this lengthy catch up post.
I wish you all a great weekend ahead & hope it is filled with special moments,
With much love & friendship to you all,
Julie & the furry ones x0x0x0