So as another Christmas fast approaches, there's just time for me to stop by my blog for a few minutes...
First to show you this book, which was a surprise gift in the post, from the very kind and generous Monica. I'm not sure what I did to deserve such a lovely gift, as I have somewhat neglected my blogging buddies this year as I've worked on the challenge of setting up my new shop and learned to juggle it with a healthy family life.
Anyway, I think Monica knew I would love this book, as it is very similar in style to one of my favourite interior books that I like to dip into, particularly at this time of year; which is 'Country Living' Seasons at Seven Gates Farm.
Within the pages of my new book, I was quite taken by this primitive, folk art style angel decoration.
She reminded me of the dolls that I used to make about fifteen years ago (which still grace our tree).
So, whilst I was at the shop today, I decided to have a go at making a similar doll...for old times sake. First I scribbled a quick pattern, and then cut out the pieces from a section of antique quilt and some calico.
A few stitches later, and here is my version of an American style angel.
Oh yes, and talking of dolls, if you'd like to see the Jester doll that I found recently, settled in at his new home, then please pay a visit to Amanda at Maygreen Fairies to see him in his prime position sat amongst her wonderful Christmas display. (I have also added Amanda's photos to the 'inspiration' page on my website.)
Today was the last day for me to be at my shop in 2010...I am taking a week off, which I am REALLY looking forward to.
My daughter has just arrived home from Aberystwyth for a few days, but unfortunately is suffering from swine flu (I'm not sure how she made the train journey at all, as she looks so ill)...Hopefully she will be feeling better for Christmas Day...fingers crossed.