Wednesday, 11 July 2007

Feeling special, thank you...

I am feeling very special today, I received a fantastic parcel in the post from the wonderful Quilting Debbs. I have just deleted a very long emotional post about the ups and downs of my emotions, heavy stuff so I am going to go with the English stiff upper lip and side line all the emotional stuff so as not to bore you. Never the less it is important to say that Debbs, having read my blog for a while, actually realised through my witter that I had been feeling down, I am so touched by this and I really do thank her form the heart. What a lovely thing to do. My delight is also in the beautifully made pin cushion, the choice of colours, I so love gingham, if you could be a fabric gingham would suit me in personality. Not only that, but Ric Rak, I have trouble sewing this on in a neat line and this is so fiddly, is beautifully done. I thank you Debbs.
I mentioned I had splurged on fabric over the weekend and this was my buy. I am so excited about it, what is it with fabric, I laugh when I say buying fabric is my 'Prozac' but you know I believe it, it makes me feel giddy and full of possibilities, sad maybe, but I could do worse things. Mmmmm just look at that eye candy. Yum!!! The first is a Moda fabric, sort of pre quilt...I plan to make a lap quilt for the winter, quilt the batting and backing with the top fabric, embroider some linen squares, design not decided yet, I have even already bought the backing fabric a lovely soft flannel dark cream sheet, which is washed ready for action. On my quilting course one of the girls brought in a quilt she was making at home and it has really fired me up to make one for myself using this fabric. The two green pieces are for stash, the pink...what can I say I have loved this since I fist saw it, sadly it was out of my price range but I thought I would invest in the sale, I am slightly disappointed though as there is a permanent mark right in the middle of one of the ruffles which makes it a little difficult to cut round so the planned project might have to change. The owl print is to make a spare pair of PJ bottoms for my youngest. As for the plastic lolly makers I bought these a couple of weeks ago, they are still unused and sitting on the kitchen window ledge, they look so pretty, a pound shop buy and they look real neat. Maybe when the sun does eventually shine here they might actually get used. In the meantime I am getting some joy out of their design, more as a work of art than a functional object.
I had an email about Charlie and Lola, so I thought I should show you an update on how they have grown, I came back from my week away in disbelief, they had got so big...
Can you spy the cushion in the background. I did plan to blog about this in the future, but as its sneaked into the picture I thought I would mention it. It needs no introduction I am sure you must recognise it, its from fellow blogger Treefall. I had so admired these cushions and pictures, so when it was my birthday I treated myself to the cushion and matching picture, its every bit and more what I thought it would be, the quality is superb. The picture is at a local shop being framed as we speak, well actually they said it would take two weeks, but I do like to support local business. Having done my early morning blog reading I have just discovered she has a new set for sale, maybe mine needs a partner!!!

Talking of spending money, what better way to make it go further than shop at sale time. Oh that's right the sales are already on. I have just completed mine, I have topped up my wardrobe with the Boden sale. As for luxury I paid a visit on invitation to Cath Kidston and finally bought the sewing box I have had my eye on for over two years, because I need one to add to the other three I already have!!! Well actually I also treated myself to a garden chair for the back of the car for when the sun finally shines. Lots of picnics planned for the summer holiday and I shall do it in style this year!!! Go on check them out, what will you go for?

As for the response on schooling this week I am still reading all the emails and taking it all on board, a lot of thought needs to be put into this from me and I thank you and value your opinions so much.

6 comments:

anne bebbington said...

Suzie - I'm so glad I'd read the situation correctly but hey it didn't matter if I hadn't I'm glad you like pincushion anyway. I'll let you into a secret - that ric rac braid is stitched on none too perfectly by me either - the best way is to zig zag stitch it on but I had a straight stitch plate on the machine and was too bone idle to change it to be able to do zig zag stitch so don't look too closely - the main thing is it shouldn't fall off at least - enjoy using it!

sarah said...

Those popsicle molds are the best! We had them when I was little and my grandma was always making us kool-aid popsicles. We would go swimming in their kiddy pool, and come in to the air conditioning to eat a homemade popsicle, wrapped up in a quilt, to keep us warm. Good times.

Caroline said...

Talking of bargains - our local John Lewis is having a sale at the moment with loads of gorgeous fabric for clearance. Could be worth checking yours out!

Naturegirl said...

Dear Suzie Sews:
I would send you a bouquet from my garden if closer but in the meantime I send you happy thoughts!
I love your little fur friends and that pink pin cushion so adorable! What a generous gift! I love the striped fabric the best!It is always a pleasure meeting new creative spirits so ~thank you~ for introducing yourself to me!
Wishing you sunshine and happines..NG

French Knots said...

What a lovely pincushion and thoughtful gift to show someone is thinking of you.
Hope positives and good things come your way. x

julie said...

Great pincushion and I agree with every word about gingham - the world would be a much better place if there was more of it around. Hope sunny times are ahead, but don't keep that upper lip too stiff, we're all friends here.