So. So. Cold. I'm typing this post with a t-shirt, hoodie and sweater on, under a quilt and with my heated rice bag on my knees. Our guaranteed-for-life windows leak quite badly, and the company is no longer in business. But it's still summer in my heart! Sweet Carrie sent me a package and warmed me right up.
The loveliest towel, hand-stitched with a bucket full of seashells, reminds me that it's still summer somewhere, and will be again [she has me pegged, you know, I love all things beachy], the darlingest little reindeer ornament [the nose is a red bead!] and some vintage buttons with, yes, ANCHORS on them! Thank you so much Carrie, you're a darling. This is where they live:
I had bought that cupboard years ago, loaned it to my mum, and now twenty years later it's come home to roost in my sewing room. PERFECT for the towel and reindeer! The buttons are on the shelf with the vintage picture.
I finished a project this weekend, unfortunately it wasn't for me - my aunt asked me to make some placemats from some napkins she'd bought, as a gift for her friend. Of course I said yes. So she purchased the backing fabric and brought it over. Both fabrics were stretchy, and what should have taken about 20 minutes took all weekend. Midge suggested I use interfacing on the back, which would have worked very well, had I seen her email before I finished the first few.
The picture was taken before I snipped the threads and ironed them. Just so you know - nothing leaves my house looking like that, lol.
Must tell you about a couple of things. First, Jenny of Elefantz has a new pattern out, Christmas Tea, so, so darling!
And bonus, right now she's having a 50% off sale in her shop! You can't beat these prices, gals - and right here, I want to publicly thank Jenny for keeping her pattern prices low enough so we can all afford them. Even when they're not on sale. I'm not an affluent quilter - I can't pay big bucks for patterns - and I really appreciate Jenny's doing that. Should I ever sell my own patterns, I'm going to follow her excellent example. Go check out her shop, and if you already have all of her patterns, you can tell her you'd like to purchase some and send them to a fellow stitcher!
Also, I wanted to tell you about a give-away over at Val's blog. Val is yet another lovely Aussie designer [something in the water down there, folks, Australia abounds with talent!] and is having a wonderful give-away.
She has some really sweet patterns - and some free ones, go check her out! I really need to make the hanger covers for my aunt. DARLING.
I think that's all for now, I need to go into hyper-top-secret sewing mode between now and Christmas day [and probably beyond, to be truthful]. So I doubt I'll have any finishes to show anytime soon. For the new year, I'm planning on some more free designs, a give-away, and who knows what else. So be well, stay warm - cuddle up with someone you love~! And if you're Down Under, stay dry and cool...although my imagination won't even go there right now.