I realise that whoever St. Francis Xavier was, his observation regarding children is suddenly very pertinent in this house. "Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man". Well, horrors! Suddenly everything my beautiful boy does causes me to glance at his daddy and wonder. Laundry left around the house like it will magically jump into the laundry room? Cups and crumbs left on the sofa? Endless important banging on nails and pieces of wood in the workshop? To his future wife, I am sorry. I failed to prevent these influences before it was too late! On the upside he is empathetic, polite, loving, cuddly, a great cook, and handy with a needle (the last two are not from his daddy)! Phew! Didn't do too badly then!
We baked the birthday biscuits for school. Isn't this the most wonderful cutter? Thank-you lovely neighbour for such a kind and thoughtful gift!
Note: for everyone who has asked - the cutter can be bought online here. Have fun with it! I have lots of ideas for googly eyes in the future! t.x
Amazingly the sun shone down on the birthday bash. A week of rain to wash away all the smelly muck that the farmer had been spreading on every field within 100yds of our garden and then, on the big day, glorious sunshine. Hurrah!
I have been very neglectful of my blog with all the birthday busy-ness. I have not kept you up to date with my vintage finds. Can you see that beautiful pink enamel brooch! It's huge and I love it! Of course I can't show you everything in one go on the basis that I might incriminate myself; hubby has been known to stop by from time to time to check on my activities! (hello sweetie.x)
But this one I must show you. The bunny was knitted for me by my beloved nana in the 1960's. He's a bit flopsy with all the love he's had over the years. I can remember holding him in the white cot in the back room at nan's house. It's one of my earliest memories. And now I have the knitting pattern so even I might be inspired to dust off my needles and have a go! I wonder why she didn't knit the one in a pink frock? Maybe she made it before I was born and so it was a unisex bunny for all eventualities? I wish I could ask her.
Good news on the home front. No the Aga is not on yet, that never happens before mid-October. No, not the heating, that has to wait until real Winter in January and February. But the stove was glowing last night and what a joy to throw off the blankets and finally accept that Autumn is here!
So now I need to beaver away and get some projects ready for my sewing chair by the stove. I'm making a few of these.. you won't guess. I'm making up the base fabric and have not quite decided what to do with them yet!
and I've started piecing a new embroidery picture. I love this stage. It's like painting with cloth. So enjoyable and I get lost in it for hours!
And some more bunting - already thinking about stocking fillers! Simple mini-bunting is always so popular with children for their bedrooms, even teenagers seem to think it's cool! We don't just save it for parties here. Any slight excuse and the bunting is out!
I'm not sure what I'm up to with these squares. But something is wanting to be made with these wonderful colours, I just think this quilt ought to be finished before I do any more! Naughty me!
So, nearly caught up now. Just a few notes of neglect. Lovely Kristin over at Polka Dotted World very kindly awarded me the 'Tree of Happiness'' tag. I am to tell you 7 things that make me happy and I just never got around to doing it. Family, fabric, sewing, vintage finds, baking, my garden, my home. All the things in this blog really. It's my happy place! Thank-you Kristin.x
I was also tagged by The Domestic Novice (go see her gorgeous photography!) with the 'How Quirky are You' meme. Hmm. 6 quirky yet boring and unspectacular details about myself...Only 6?! Well.... No, I can't! I want you to like me! xx
Other things in the pipeline include a 'How to' tutorial for the lovely Tanya over at Lily and Agathe (no idea what to do, but I'm onto it, honest!) and an interview over at Blisschick - thought provoking and much harder than I had expected. I'm enjoying the challenge of the questions and I recommend anyone to give them some thought.
So, Autumn is here. My 'View from Here' for September was taken very early in the morning. The sun is just beginning to peep over trees. Nothing like a farm view to ensure you know what season you're in.
I love Autumn. Bonfires, baked potatoes, leaf prints, and soon our apples will be ready for picking. If anyone would like a bag of Bramley's please just drop by and help yourself! t.xx
'Show and Tell' is back this Sunday, pop over to see Cerri if you'd like to join in!