I enjoyed a spot more handsewing (my little fingers bear the scars!) and whipped up a few more pretty birdies as you seem to be quite fond of them. Thank you for that. I must say, it is a challenge to photograph anything well at the moment with the dull light levels. So I've done my best to take pics of the new feathered felty friends but I'll try to replace them if Mr Sunshine dares to show his face (oh go on, pleeeease). More piccies and info can be found here with the remaining lonely birdy from batch one!
Mr HH and Jacky-Ginge didn't spend all the weekend in my chair and I did manage to start a new crochet project. Yes, yes, I know this is naughty as my ever-lasting granny blanket is still on the go but you know, I have a sudden obsession with bedding. I have turned my back on plain white and embraced stripes, flowers and colour! I have an ever-expanding collection of quilts, eiderdowns and cushions to go with my duvets, too. No reason why I can't change the eiderdown and cushions every time I change the duvet, is there? I mean, we spend a third of our lives in bed! And so when my sister sent me this cutting (from People's Friend magazine of all things), I decided to make a colourful flowery crochet cushion cover.
Despite the "popcorns" being a bit of a pain, I now have the hang of them and they're surprisingly quick to make up.
Who knows, that could be one crochet project I actually finish. Steady on, Hen!
Yesterday, I had a lovely surprise when a Christmas/New Year present was delivered from a dear friend I have made through blogging (although she is not a blogger herself). I received some lovely gifts which I shall show you another time because I "have plans" for them but I did want to share with you this beautiful card.
Lovely, isn't it? I particularly like that gorgeous blue flowery paper which looks like it might be (or be an image of) vintage wallpaper. Now that is a subject close to my heart as the other half and I are gearing up to finally decorate our bedroom. I think we will probably go with a modern (vintage-looking) paper for the yet-to-be-made wardrobe doors but I couldn't help splurging on a couple of rolls from this site full of divine flowery vintage wallpapers. Yes, a tad on the expensive side but hey, I figured it's still a lot cheaper than Cath's digital papers at £150 per roll and I'm getting the real thing, a piece of history no less! It is far too precious for the wardrobe doors though. I will reveal all when it arrives on these shores...
Anyway, what's all this about a "momentous day"? Well, the Munchkin has finally gone back to school (hooray, love him as I do, the peace is a joy) and of course, he has gone to a new school. We have been muddling along with him at our local school for over three years and have never been happy with him there and fortuitously, he really seemed to enjoy the half day he spent at his new school just before Christmas. But stuff... I've never seen so much stuff! Football boots, white trainers, swimming gear, rugby gear, gym gear, he really needed a valet! (Just what my war-torn fingers needed, sewing in oodles of name labels.) I jokingly mentioned the large amount of gear to his teacher on dropping the Munchkin off this morning and she said it could only get better once he had a violin. Ha, what's wrong with the recorder?!
So, I am sending him positive vibes today and am very hopeful that he is going to enjoy his new school and flourish there. He is in a class of only 13 pupils which I think is just brilliant, the teacher will be keeping her beady eye on him! It is school as we imagine a good school to be. Good luck, my Munchy one...
(A big thank you to Steph for donating the football fabric to us, too, it's well loved!)
Edit: I've received requests for info of the issue of the magazine from which the crochet pattern is taken. I'm sorry that I can't help there as there is no date or reference to the issue number on the sheet which I just received as it is, ripped out of the mag by my sister who I know will have thrown the mag away once she'd finished chopping. I can tell you that it states that the pattern is taken from a book by Melody Griffiths called "Crocheted Throws and Wraps" published by Cico Books.