Saturday, May 14, 2011

Baby it's Cold Outside!

There is has been a decided temperature drop around here lately.  It's got suddenly very cold last week and it's been a bit of a struggle to adjust.  I went from cardigans to winter coat and scarf in about a week!  On the bright side though, there has been a string of my very favourite kind of days, bright clear blue skies, with the sun shining. Perfect!
 The tree outside our windows is still holding on to the last of its leaves, and has turned a beautiful golden colour which is really nice to gaze out on.
Despite the cold weather my little plant experiment seems to be working quite well.  Everything is still alive, and they are all definitely growing - in fact it might even be time to start using the parsley before it completely smothers the thyme! I think that I am also doing well enough that I might be able to get some more plants... up next a dwarf lemon, and some mint.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Placemats in progress and a sneak peek

 Over the weekend I made a lot of progress with the placemats.  I've now sewn all the strips together into "placemats" and I've trimmed them down to size.  Well, kind of..... I actually managed to trim 3 of them SMALLER than what they are meant to be - I guess that's what happens when you're trying to watch Masterchef and trim at the same time!
 To add insult to injury I also managed to cut my finger on my rotary cutter!  I've never done that before, not in years and years of quilting! I'd (stupidly) locked the blade open while I repositioned something on my cutting board, and then as I went to pick it up, I pushed a finger against the open blade! whoops!  Anyway, Sir Pinkying got me a band aid and I finished cutting!

Moving on to my sneak peek - don't you love it when a squashy package arrives in the mail?  Even better if the package is really STUFFED full.  That's what happened to me today - and here are the spoils
 This is 'Far Far Away II' by Heather Ross for Kokka fabrics.  It's a beautiful blend of linen and cotton and features some gorgeous designs from all your favourite fairy tales
 Sleeping Beauty
 The Owl and the Pussycat
 Rapunzel - just gorgeous!  I can't wait to get started.  It's going to be used together with a pattern from this book - which also recently arrived by post!
I can't wait to get started, but I will finish the placemats first.  I need to try to focus on finishing one project before starting another!

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