Firstly, look what Mother Nature has brought to my garden in the last few days. I don’t usually cut these beautiful flowers, but once again rain is predicted and I didn’t want to see them go all brown and soggy. Anyway the glorious perfume just fills the house, and I like the way the scent some how makes everything feminine .
Over the weekend I had one of my ‘followers’ come into the shop, what a great surprise, while she was here Heather was totally blown away with a table I have just inside the doorway and told me that I should show it on my blogspot – so here goes… Anthea, our eldest daughter, bought this printers tray for me for one of my birthdays. For ages it just sat in the spare room while I decided what I was going to do with it. That was before BHQ opened. Eventually the man in my life (who’s out of it at the moment), picked up on the nagging I had been doing and finally made it into a table top. Slowly I’m filling it with old bits and bobs, mostly vintage buttons, and one pack in particular are from DH mothers wedding dress. There were twelve beauties on the card at one time, but this is all that I found intact. Further across and nestled in one of the sections I have two spools of 100% silk thread. These precious treasures came from DH G-grandmother, she used the thread to quilt matching silk fabric while on board the ship to NZ from the UK. Both I think are awesome bits of family history to pass onto our girls and grand-girls.
In my bid to reduce the amount of UFO’s I have, I dragged out an appliqué block that was supposed to be part of a much larger quilt. I have decided that because of the theme of the block to use it as a cushion cover in the shop. I’m thrilled with the detailing that I was able to include and add a touch of ‘me’ into the designers pattern. Around the front porch I have embroidered a vine and with French knots made it into a flourishing wisteria plant that weaves through the iron (lace) trim.
Hanging over the front porch I have added a miniature quilt, and I really did make it and quilted it too .
These little projects are so much fun, the hard part is knowing when to say to yourself “O.k. enough with the embellishment”.
So, there you go, a project for OPAM and a much better post than the weather – by the way, there has been a bright light in the sky, we don’t mention it’s name in case it gets shy and disappears.
Have a lovely productive week all of you OPAM ladies, hugs to all