So it really does feel like spring. I can't wait for the planting season: to see new shoots and new growth everywhere. My garlic and onions are doing beautifully inside the tunnel as is the spinach and chard...and it has all been tidied and cleaned and looks lovely. I love my polytunnel!
So it feels very spring like here.
And to help my happy, spring like mood I have to share with you something special. An act so generous and kind it made me cry like a baby. Really. And I don't cry easily: growing up in Manchester, you tend to have a more pragmatic outlook on life. But I really did weep.
You may remember I won a prize from the Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe. The owner of the business is Nancy and she gave away so many prizes: no catches, just plain gave them away! I won some threads which was wonderful in itself, but with them came rickrack, ribbons and lace. I emailed to thank her for them and to let her know how I would use them. I then placed a lovely big order with her for hand dyed buttons and all sorts of trims, to add the things I am making (and selling thank you very much xxxx) to raise sponsorship money for the Irish Cancer Society.
Look at what arrived WITH my order!
The light isn't brilliant but there are loads of ribbons and lace and buttons and chenille...and little breast cancer brass charms in the shape of the breast cancer ribbon: each one saying hope. My hospital results aren't too good at the mo and it was these that made me cry: in a good way you understand! Nancy sent them to put on my charity items which is wonderful. It means I can make fancier items for no extra cost and hopefully raise all I need to take part in the 112 km trek. Phew!
And if that wasn't enough, with the sunshine and the finished goodies, my Spring Exchange arrived from Parsley!
What can I say?
Wow! I didn't cry at this though: I was too busy eating chocolate (hence no picture of it lol) and chocolate covered gummy bears! They are probably what gave me the energy to go and clean a polytunnel!
The cushion is perfect: a lovely reminder that we should look for the sun even when it is rainy: just what I wanted to see after my not so pleasant day in hospital yesterday. I love the daisy fabric Deena used as well: daisies are my favourite flower. So cheerful and optimistic!
I was also sent a lovely altoid tin (my very first one!) and a robin pin cushion holder. Isn't that a clever idea. It used to be a candle holder: now it holds pins. Beautiful.
Inside the altoid tin is some white thread and two variegated lime greens. Very spring like! Deena also sent me some of the daisy fabric and the little red bag holds chocolate covered gummy bears!
I received two charts from my wish list: YIPPEE, and a log cabin quilt pattern. My friend loves log cabin and keeps on at me to try it: I may have to now! I also want to try applique so this may provide me with the inspiration!
Wow...I have been lucky. I haven't sent my exchange to her yet because I am waiting for some of her items to be delivered but I can't wait to get it on it's way!
Thank you Parsley.
I have some finishes to share with you.
Firstly my January page which will form part of my Needlework Masters Book.
The design is the Cardinal from the Button Up Bird series by The Victoria Sampler The page utilizes cross stitch, embroidery, crochet and patch work. Between the felt layers I am putting personal letters for my family to read when I am gone. I am hopefully not going anywhere soon but I thought it would be a nice touch and would link with the month and what it means to me and my family.
Snowflakes are not the ideal thing to learn to do crochet with! Here are some I made but then didn't like.
I have also made two more things to exchange in return for sponsorship.
12 " Embroidery Hoop Wall Tidy's
There is a lace band along the white panel: you hang them with a pin where the top screw is and can use two more pins to balance it inside the hoop.
The pockets go a little higher on this one. If you look along the pink lace (Thank you Nancy) you can see one of the little 'Hope' motives. You can't really see the colour properly in this one but it does all go together beautifully.
I will be making more of these but possibly of a smaller hoop size. I want to make some for myself as well! No idea what I will want as a minimum donation for these: open to offers I guess!
Well, that is me done: tea to cook.
Thank you for reading and for leaving comments. I hope to catch up again soon. Have a great week!