TIS THE GIFT TO COME DOWN WHERE WE OUGHT TO BE,
AND WHEN WE FIND OURSELVES IN THE PLACE JUST RIGHT,
T'WILL BE IN THE VALLEY OF LOVE AND DELIGHT.
I so agree with Elder Joseph when he wrote this beautiful and deceptively simple song of praise. It IS the simplest things that bring the most pleasure and harmony into our lives...for me anyway, the more so as I get older. So here are two reasons for me to smile..
G3 (with Ron the cat). My gorgeous younger son, who sometimes doubts his abilities, got 12 GCSEs last week, As, Bs and Cs and has been accepted to start 4 A levels in Ancient History, Archaeology, Philosophy and IT.
You did so brilliantly...we are proud of you and love you loads xx
Acanthus! We have these amazing perennial
plants in our back garden. They grow from ground
level to about 9 feet high! Their common name
(in the UK anyway) is Bears' Breeches..why, I just
One of my greatest joys is to watch the bees at
work. They tunnel up into the deep flower tube,
carefully avoiding the prickles which always stab
me! The whole flower vibrates with buzzing - it is
just the best thing and always makes me smile!
Even funnier is the bee having to reverse backwards out of the flower, looking slightly dishevelled!!
See, I'm smiling as I type this.
I adore its hairy legs!!
I could go on...but to the desk I must go....
Lisa-Jane, a lovely WOYWWer asked if I could make a craft tote bag. Now, I know she's very fond of pink so furtled around in my stash and found this fabric...and then I tried to do bellows pockets...The sort that lie flat against
the side of the bag but expand if you put things in!
I got the instructions from The Bag
Making Bible by Lisa Lam...it's quite
technical but very useful!
There are two pockets on either side and two normal internal pockets as well. But I wanted the bag to be rigid because Lisa-Jane will be carrying her trimmer in it, so used fusible buckram. Great result but a complete b****r to sew with!!
Other things I've made to be in stock for the craft fairs are this bright and breezy pinny and an over-the-shoulder pegbag (with a spotty lining!!)
And finally, in the midst of rummaging, I found this felt bowl that Julia bought me ages ago!
I've got a tin of pink twine, a reel of 4mm red ribbon and my owl (made by my Dutch friend, Erna) in it - it's in line of sight when I'm sewing and reminds me of my wonderful friends and how lucky I am....