Well I didn't plan to stay away for that long, it just kind of happened.
Sorry about that if you've popped by here to see what's been going on.
Well what has been going on?
We've been having a lovely summer, simply enjoying time together. Time off scarily means no pay packet until to November, such is the way with sessional teaching contracts. I'm putting that to the back of my mind though as these are precious days.
We've explored woods, piers and plenty of seasidey places.
Picnics, swimming and lazing by the seashore have all been most pleasant,
We always feel the need to go exploring afterwards and then reward ourselves later with a cream tea.
I've also spent a whole week re-decorating Miss Millie's bedroom after breaking my promise to do it last year. Miss Millie and Rosey did offer their painting services now and again too.
I'll show you that handiwork another time. Miss Millie's thrilled with her more grown-up room which is what it's all about.
Around all this family and DIY time, I've made sure we visited a few Vintage fairs.
I've thrilled with the beautiful fabrics I've collected together this summer.
Some were added to this quilt I was commissioned to make just before the end of term.
I have a friend who collects and sells the most fabulous stuff, mainly 60's and 70's happiness. For a long while now she's made it plain she'd love me to make her a quilt and I always said no. I worried about fitting it in around everything else and the pressure of getting it just right for the price I was asking.
Somewhere along the line I said yes, we chatted a long while about how it would be and so off I went to plan, cut and sew.
The fabrics and the design were the most important part, the snuggliness and warmth of the quilt came a close second.
To make sure it was cosy enough I used a Witney blanket instead of batting and then a soft as soft can be flannelette sheet for the backing. It made for a heavier than usual quilt, but boy was it cosy.
Early one morning, as soon as the hand embroidered label was sewn on the back Emmie arrived to collect.
She was beyond thrilled and so I was too. Phew the relief.
I had an extra surprise of a thank you pressie.
My favourite and much coveted Dolly Days china trio with lollies too.
No sooner than Emmie had left than I was back on my machine again doing some me sewing. It was a rainy yuk day and so I thought I'd brighten up the house a bit.
I'd bought a few CK teacloths, along with the fabulous blue modflower print from PommedeJour and they were just the thing to turn into some cheery cushions.
Since then I've made and done quite a few more things, but I think they can wait until next time don't you.
See you soon.