Whoa! How did so many days pass without me posting, or even opening up the computer?
I am slightly embarrassed to admit that something I have done a lot of in the last few days is shop. The beads above were for a dear friend, Leigh, for her birthday, which was on Tuesday. She loves to make jewellery. I had so much fun choosing them, (as much fun as choosing fabric) and I am sure she already knows what to make with them. On my shopping trips I have bought birthday presents, anniversary presents, Christmas presents as well as a few items of clothing for the family. Sadly I can’t show you any of that stuff, or I will spoil some surprises.
Here are some things that I can show you, Work In Progress.
Amelia and I have been making “Nesting Nellie and Her Girls”, designed by “Melly and Me” and featured in Issue 64 of Homespun Magazine. As you can see we have only made 2 Girls so far, and they don’t have aprons or scarves yet. It has been a lot of fun (especially choosing the fabrics – some from my stash, and some from Amelia’s), and Amelia has been learning a few new skills.
I am really enjoying this, despite the slow progress. I know from my stats that lots of people come here after searching for Bronwyn Hayes red work on their search engines. As a community service to anyone else that happens to be making “The Wish Quilt” (featured in Issues 62, 63 and 64 of Homespun, also known as Volume 9; numbers 7, 8 and 9) I thought I would let you know that there are some mistakes in the instructions.
My understanding is that corrections will be published in the next issue of Homespun to hit the shelves, but in the meantime, you can find a PDF here (If the link does not work, look here and scroll down to the bottom to find the link). There are 2 pages of corrections, mainly related to trimming the stitcheries and assembling the blocks. Luckily for me I am not up to making any blocks yet, as I am working at a snails pace, so I have not made any mistakes with construction.
Back to shopping. While on one of my recent shopping expeditions I was drawn to the kikki.K store, which is full of Swedish style stationery. I was very restrained, and only bought a very small, but completely irresistible item – a container of tiny little pegs.
As I have never done one, I thought I would do a giveaway, and given the name of my blog, I thought these were a perfect prize. To enter, all you have to do is tell me your favourite item of stationery. Easy isn’t it. If your number comes up in a random draw, I will send you a hand full of tiny peggy goodness (all matching of course) – but I will not send the little clear container as it is a little bulky.
So let me start the ball rolling. My favourite items of stationery are calendars.
Today, after much deliberation – which is part of the fun – I bought this one. It is called “The Art of Ornament, from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.” I actually had the same one (with different plates) this year.
I spent a happy half hour this afternoon writing in all the birthdays and anniversaries for the year, a lovely, yearly ritual. I still have to shade in all the school holidays and public holidays.
So what is your favourite piece of stationery? I will draw the random name next Friday, Melbourne time, so you have a week.
While you compose you answer, enjoy this detail from January. “Nasturtium” by Anna Martin 1897, from “Plants and Their Application to Ornament” by Eugene Grasset.
*Edited 1 Nov. I had shown evidence of my poor spelling skills, which I have now remedied. Stationery not Stationary! Thanks Rebecca – it is just like lipstick on my teeth – I’m glad you let me know!