My how the days fly and they have been so full of lovely stitchy things! But I'm getting ahead of myself here - first, hello to you, my lovely friends and new acquaintances - you are all so welcome, and thank you for your lovely messages; I hope you enjoy your visit!
First off I'd like to show you my little Rabbit and Mouse! Many years ago I did a miniature watercolour painting of a little rabbit for my Mum, after the style of Beatrix Potter (for those of you who've been following me for a while you'll know that I love anything and everything Beatrix Potter) and as my lovely Mum passed over a few years ago I now have that little painting at home with me, hanging on my wall. This little painting means a lot to me so I decided to draw another little rabbit - almost identical - and this time use embroidery thread instead of watercolours. Well then little Rabbit looked a bit lonely like she needed a friend - and don't we all need friends - so along came little Mouse to keep her company!
Where did little Mouse come from? Well, I found her in the same faerie book that I mentioned when doing Red Pixie's faerie friend, and I duly set to work with pencil and paper and drew a very similar version. I don't quite know yet how these little friends will finish up - perhaps a child size cushion or framed to hang on the wall - we'll see - maybe embroidery on a cushion for a wee one is not such a good idea with all the wear and tear it's likely to get!!!
I also stitched and framed a little thing to give as a gift to my sister who is having a birthday this coming week! There's a bit of a story to this one, and so it goes: some years ago P gave me a lovely faerie card and suggested that I might paint her a similar faerie some time! The years have passed and I really haven't had my paints out for some time so the faerie never was brought forth - and besides, I always doubted my ability to do a good job with it anyway - so, since I now get my colour kicks from yarn and thread I decided to stitch her a faerie instead! Here she is spreading her gorgeous faerie dust over the wee folks' little toadstool house - which is a bit symbolic of me wishing my lovely sister many blessings!
I thought it might be nice to let you see the three gifts made recently - all lined up together - the other two are going to friends in a few days time for their birthday gifts. Don't the white frames set them up nicely!
Now then, what else do we have today? How about this then! You know I have been very disenchanted with my venetian blinds of late, mainly due to the awful job of keeping them clean - well - it looks like good old Sabco may have provided me with the answer! Hubbie and I were looking at this duster whilst doing the shopping only yesterday and a lovely young lady shopper came by and said "Oh yes, I have one and it's marvellous", and she uses it for her venetians too! I tried it on the blinds when we came home and it definitely does lift the dust - YES, after only a week or so that darned dust was settling again! So, for any of you lovely people out there who are having a similar problem, look out for one of these! Mine came from Woolies! Just a little add-on here: the young lady said she just slips the cover off and throws it in the washer and it comes out clean, fresh, and like new again!
Another little update now: a few of you seemed to be quite taken with the grey cardigan I recently finished so I decided to do a little pose in it to allow you to better see just how nice those sleeves and body shape really are (the cardigan's, certainly not mine!!! I'm swallowing my pride in showing this pic!) You can find the pattern on Deramores site if you are interested in it!
And now? Ah, let's take a look at our little reptile! This is a (young) King's Skink - Egernia Kingii - and is native to the coastal regions of South West Western Australia. These Skinks can grow to a length of 55cm (22") and I'll tell you, after I've heard the sound that heralds their presence I am always happy to see that these fellows have legs - otherwise, what do you think they would resemble?!!! Take a guess, I'm sure you'll only need one!
I do apologise for the poor quality of the pics - these were taken through the glass doors again (like the parrot pic), and I have tried to 'doctor' them but not very successfully. Here he is peeping out from under the planter barrel.. ... slowly making his way .. ... then right out. He is quite a bit darker than showing here and shiny, but at least you get the idea!
Well my friends, that's me finished for today but I'll be back tomorrow with an update on Sunday Stitchalong - gosh it's a busy life, but so enjoyable! I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend and I'll look forward to hearing from you soon. Many thanks again for popping in, I always love hearing from you!