Hmm, so very hard to let go of these lovelies but the pleasure in making something appreciated by others is hard to beat. Separate lots of these scrumptious vintage patchwork cushions are going to opposing corners of the globe, one very near to me, the other all the way to Oz. It's a strange (very nice) feeling to think of that! I hope the reaction will be a good one when the packages are opened...
I did earlier in the week, have a bit of a go at tidying up my pinboard. I've wanted to change it for ages, indeed I have added to it but not completely changed it since its birth over a couple of years ago. I've put a piece of my treasured vintage wallpaper in the middle which is surrounded by a mix of pretty cards from my lovely customers, friends and sister, the Munchkin's drawings and miscellaneous "things I like".
It's a lot less busy - honestly!
On a completely unrelated point, how do you like my wellies? Hardly the weather for wellies but you can pretty much bet these will come in handy at some point here in good old Blighty. They were a half price sale bargain from Liberty a few weeks ago (many many thanks to my lovely sister who carried them all round London for the rest of the day for me.)
Now I look at them though, I'm thinking they're far tooooo nice to wear? Mud? I don't think so.
Anyway, not only has Bernie the Bernina been giving off smoke this week but this busy spell has coincided with the Munchkin being at home. I've lost count of the number of times I've been asked to appraise a multitude of Lego cars and their "customisations". The bribery worked pretty well though, at the most mithering moments, and Wednesday saw me taking him and his friend on a promised outing, (let's call it "a reward for good behaviour") to the flicks to see the latest Shrek in 3D. I must say, this was no hardship as it is an absolutely ace film. Ahem. How old am I?? (The pizza afterwards was good too!)
In the garden, my lilies are absolutely a-ma-zing! I purchased these bulbs last year from one of the lily exhibitors in the Floral Pavilion at the Chelsea Flower Show.
The photos won't give you an idea of the scale of them, they are huge, and of course they smell divine. Sad that they have flowered when the weather has been a bit grim and rainy this week, also when I am about to go on my jollies. This always happens to me!
Another matter has kept me busy, busy, busy but I am happy to say it is now finished, finished, finished!
Yes, the picnic quilt is complete and ready for action. I am so pleased with the backing and binding (I bought these from Fabrics Galore in Battersea) and I have made a little quilted thingymajig to finish it off. It closes underneath with velcro to keep the quilt neatly rolled up...
...and has a comfy quilted carrying handle on top for taking it along to the chosen picnic destination.
No grand reveal I'm afraid as it's too horrible, blowy and rainy, outside and well, I can't bear to undo it from its smug rolled-up-carry-handle-thingymajig-loveliness. I mean not yet, anyway. There will be another day, won't there?
Well, says the Munchkin, I rather like that, and here I am ready for my hols!
He's taken an unhealthy liking to my fox terrier. Off he goes then!
So indeed, Mr and Mrs HenHouse are very much in need of a break and so off we go, first to our little country bolthole for the weekend then on to somewhere ohhhhh soooooo exciting! We have been looking forward to this adventure for a while, I think the Munchkin may first burst if he doesn't calm down! As such, the little HenHouse emporium is closed and having a little rest of its own for a while.
I'm all ready, too. By that, I mean I have absolutely no clothing or food packed but I have packed essentials, oh yes, such as...
...delicious vintage fabric and oodles of hexagon templates; English paper piecing here I come...
Job's a good'un, then.
And finally, well done to that lady who noticed that yesterday was indeed my blogoversary, yes two years since I first put, well, finger to keyboard? Doesn't sound quite the same as pen to paper, does it?
And so there must be a little celebration to mark this moment, a moment of 269 blog posts, 704 followers and 561,876 visitors. Phew! Are there really that many people out there as mad about old fabrics, flowery china, feather-leaking eidys and moth-eaten stuffed toys as me? A little giveaway then, methinks. What have we here for the lucky person drawn first by the magical online generator gadget?
A groovy vintage mag (1957) full of amusing and useful projects and adverts (vintage adverts are always interesting, have you noticed that?) A few handmade HenHouse cards, a pretty felt embroidered brooch with little crocheted flowers adorning it, a dinky Rosehip recycled notebook and polka dotty pencil and finally, a handmade lavender and wheat sack, crafted from yummy vintage fabrics. Please note that although anyone from any country is welcome to enter, I cannot send lavender overseas as the up-tight customs people will not let me (and yes, I have had one of these confiscated and not returned). Sorry about that (I can probably find a little something else to substitute).
So, leave me a comment my dear people, and to make it interesting, please tell me what your ultimate vintage find would be. Now let's be reasonable, E-type jags and country estates are not allowed! Oh well, I suppose they are if you really must. Let's see how many lurkers we can flush out... I'll leave the giveaway open until the next post which will be some time after 24 July - basically, if this is the newest blog post you're reading, you are still free and welcome to enter.
I also have a "pay-it-forward" to complete which I have naughtily not attended to for ages so if you don't win the giveaway this time, do not fear, my dear readers. Your chance may be next.
As you can tell, I'm rapidly losing it, so cheerio, I'm off on my hols! Behave yourselves...
Giveaway now closed, thank you.