Grrrr - I hate these blooming give-aways. How can I chose one person from all the lovely comments that you left me. Yes, I know I'm supposed to do it randomly but as I wrote everyones names down and re-read the comments I found myself going through each and everyone and saying "oh, I hope she gets it" until in the end I'd wished that all sixty two of you could have an angel each.
Anyway, strips of paper went into the hat and out came: Sue from this blog and you know what I just went over to copy her URL and noticed that she isn't having a great time of late so I hope this will cheer you up a bit Sue. Congratulations. I'll be popping everything in the post asap with a few English sweeties as well.
That bit of excitement over and I can tell you quickly about my week. I did have the most lovely birthday on Sunday. Friends came over for lunch and brought no less than three puddings with them. Of course, I had to try them all - there was the most delicious chocolate mousse which we had with single cream poured over (it cut the richness, honestly); portuguese custard tarts and then tarte tatin. I'm feeling full thinking about it all. The best bit is that it was all made by my girlfriend's husband. He's a whizz in the kitchen that bloke and it's a huge treat to be invited around there for dinner (but a headache when you invite him back). Anyway, we did walk it off afterwards at the St Martin's lantern walk and no we didn't eat a thing that night.
You know a couple of people have commented on my freedom at mentioning how old I am. I noticed that my sister and a friend made a couple of comments like " only 26 today" or "how do you feel about being 46" and as I said to them I am totally happy being 46. I might feel differently when I reach my fifties but I'm OK with my forties - still sounds young to me.
Anyway, I digress as usual. You need some pics to look at. I've sewn two sides of a felted (jumpers) bag:
which needs sewing up and lining yet:
I've done one side of another bag:
can't decide whether to leave it empty under the tree or to add something little. I don't want to make it too busy though.
Then I finally finished off the angels:
I should hang them on a branch for better effect but didn't have the time this morning. Here are a couple of close-ups though:
the ones above are made with cotton doilies.
Then I crocheted a couple of my regular brooches (pattern here) and I had some bits of handmade felt in my stash so I made a few more brooches:
and then inspired by these in the Cath Kidston catalogue I made this very quickly last night:
I'm not quite sure about it though. It needs improving in some way but it was late and as you can see from the thread hanging out at the back I abandoned the project in favour of going to bed. If you want to try something similar the how-to-make this flower is here. I made dandelions for the nature table this way. If you have any bright ideas on how to make this brooch better I'd love to hear them? Should I add a stem as well? Or should I just throw caution to the wind and just copy the whole corsage lock, stock and barrel? Hmmm, I'll need to make the flowers much smaller though. If anyone makes a corsage with the dandelion pattern I'd love to see what you come up with.
Well, I do have to get on now. I have three hours before the children come home and I MUST line that first bag. By the way thank you for the lovely compliments about my children. When it comes to presents and celebrations they do excel themselves. I guess I've instilled in them the importance of giving gifts as well as receiving them. Ever since they were little we've always made things for each other and close family at birthdays and Christmas so it's just what they do now.
Hope you all have a great weekend. It's blooming freezing here but the sky is blue ..................