Hello again readers and a very Happy New Year to you all. I hope you all enjoyed a very Merry Christmas too.
So here we are, 2012, that makes me feel very ancient, in fact it's a date that feels a little "sci-fi" to me, as if we've fast forwarded into the future. I need life to slow down, please. I've never been overly fussed about the whole "New Year" thing, I just tend to get on with things regardless and I am inevitably asleep before midnight on the 31st December! I don't make resolutions, if I want to do something I just do it and don't feel the need for a "New Year" to make me get on with things. The inevitable diet does have to be started, of course!
I still have the Munchkin at home (just how long are school holidays these days?) so it doesn't really feel as if life has got back to normal just yet. I think my New Year starts next week when I get my days to myself again and having got through all the chores which piled up over the last few leisurely weeks, I can get on with some new projects. I have managed to finish three doll quilts over the holidays and have all the 60 odd blocks made for a large quilt top, too. I am looking forward to getting on and finishing that.
New Year's Eve saw us mooching in our beloved Bridport. It is now becoming fairly predictable that I will find something "new" (ie. old) and exciting each time we visit. For ages, I've hankered after a little display table to go on the landing, just outside my Den. It had to be pretty slim though, so that nobody would trip it over it when attempting to scale the stairs.
I wanted it just to be able to make pretty displays of pretty things, "things" which would inspire me in some way in my crafty making endeavours.
And so I found that little wooden table you see above and home it came; £30 and a bit of polish later, it's just the ticket for the space available and is allowing me to indulge my "shop window" tendencies. The idea is that I can change the display as and when I fancy so expect a fair few posts from now, dear reader, on "Hen's Bagpuss Table", home for "pre-loved/abandoned/ old/flea-ridden but very desirable and inspiring objects"!
The little table also has a handy shelf underneath. Oh goody, thought I, finally somewhere to stockpile all my quilts. Don't you think quilts look just delicious, displayed en masse, a big old toppling pile of them?
And so we arrived back from the cottage a few days ago and all set about unpacking our goodies. I was hell bent on "operation table" of course. There's no particular theme to the first display, I think I've yet to get into my "display table groove", it's just a collection of nice things. I pop downstairs for a few minutes and when I go to go back upstairs again..
Aaarrgghhh! Yes, Mummy, we like this idea too, thank you for creating the ideal kitty bed of many piled-up quiltys!
Jacky-Ginge wasted no time in getting on those quilts. Cats really are quite amazing, nothing escapes them!
Poor old Charlie Boy seemed a little disgruntled that he didn't get there first. They're mine!
(Please excuse the tangle of fairy light wires, now banished to the loft for another year! )
Jacky Ginge makes the fatal mistake of getting off at some point and is soon usurped as king-kitty of the castle.
So there you have it, my "Bagpuss Table", being a home for things "found", nay rescued by yours truly.
At the moment, there are some truly lurid flowers to brighten the place up, vintage books and brooches, little fabric flowers I made on the course I attended with Julie Arkell, Katy Kitty also made last year, and a very delightful fat quarter stash of reproduction 1930's cottons bought at the Festival of Quilts last year. So very pretty in their bundle that I've not done much with them yet!
And of course, vintage postcards to wish you a very Happy New Year!