There is quite a story behind this eiderdown and how it came to be mine. We need to go back to the time of the last Vintage and Handmade Fair on 14 November when, before the Fair had opened to the public, I spotted my friend Donna waltzing past my stall clutching a very fetching eidy, yes, THE lilac eiderdown! I sort of rugby tackled her to have a nosy at the eiderdown and discovered that sadly, I had missed my chance, as Donna had just bought the said eidy from Sue, whose stall was right next door to my own! Hummppphh. Not fair!
To be fair, Donna did suggest the eidy might be for sale in the future and I have thought about the eidy many times and chalked it up as "the one that got away". But what did I find when Mr HH handed me a very big barrel-shaped pressie on Christmas morning? Only THE lilac eidy! Oooh, Mr HH and Donna, you scheming pair, you!
It didn't stop there either. In the run up to Christmas day, I did give a little thought, whilst rolling out the pastry for the mince pies, icing the cake and so on, to what I might find under the tree on Christmas morning. I thought to myself that nothing could really be nicer than just a whole load of fabric as that really is my passion. You noticed? Under the tree, a sneaky peek on Christmas Eve revealed a set of three packages, individually wrapped but fastened into a trio with ribbon, the tag suggesting that I might "find these hankies useful". Hmm, I thought, Mr HH has bought me lots of Cath K hankies (tricky, as I think I already have them all!) and why has he given the game away by telling me on the label what's inside?
On Christmas morning, once the eidy had been discovered and I had cosily arranged myself underneath it, Mr HH excitedly proffered the hanky packages to me. I did my best to look excited. What did I find inside?
Only THE most amazing selection of vintage fabric fat quarters. Ooooooh!
Golly, Mr HH really excelled himself there, I just couldn't believe he had bought me those - and that he duped me so thoroughly! (Thank you also, Donna, for being personal shopper extraodinaire!) Aren't they just breath-takingly, gorgeously, vintagely, florally, fabrically, DIVINE?!
I spent many an hour fondling the bundles, taking them apart, looking at each fabric, tying them back into their bundles and of course, playing "Which is your favourite"? As we were at the cottage for the New Year, I was unable to make anything with the FQs but so much the better, I needed that time to just savour them and work myself up to the "chopping into them" stage.
Back home, life started to return to normal; I started to know what day of the week it was again. The Den had a bit of a tidy-up to make way for the many new books and goodies, I decided to wash the woolly blanket (so beloved by the furry friends) on the chair, and as I'd found a couple of new (old) ones over the holiday, I put a different one on the chair and decided I may as well go for a different cushion cover too. That cushion cover is one of the very first things I made when I started sewing again in earnest a few years ago.
Ah, ok then, that done, I couldn't wait to hunker down and get on with a spot of something crafty. The Munchkin sat making his thank you cards and I sat sewing whilst the snow fell outside and the sky inevitably darkened.
A friend decided I needed help...
Before long, it was pretty dark and time to get the dinner on. Quite a wrench to get out of that chair, though, I can tell you!
But it had been a fruitful afternoon. A new birdy was born!
A fusion of felted vintage blanket, the lovely new-to-me-at-Christmas vintage fabric, buttons and trims, the Perle cottons I bought from the Christmas market in Bridport and a tad of lavender. Cheep cheep!
Primrose Birdy the First has already flown the nest to Chester, to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my very special Mum.
But I had the birdy bug, oh yes, so a few more have hatched!
My collection of colourful vintage felted blankets has reached impressive proportions!
They are looking for new nests to cosy up in and are temporarily squatting here!
Meanwhile, the New Year has thankfully meant new mags, hooray! I always find the January mags (out the beginning of December) are a bit bizarre, in limbo land, acting as if Christmas is over but not really getting on with the New Year (because of course, it's not really the New Year then!) I eagerly spotted this lovely spread in BBC Homes & Antiques mag.
In particular, I spotted these fabby bowls. Ooooh, yes please, Ms Cath K! It's that gorgeous Provence Rose print reincarnated in yummy pastel colours on these pretty bowls, oh so perfect for Spring.
The Munchkin and I ventured into London yesterday to go to the Flicks and just happened to pop into Ms Kidston's emporium but sadly no bowls were to be had. Apparently, they are part of the new range (obviously) which they expect towards the end of the month and I noticed from Cath's website that they grace the cover of the next catalogue/mag which is coming out in a few weeks. By the way, congrats to Cath who made it into the New Year's Honours list!