“puppy” latch-hooking begun

Yay, I said I would wait until my birthday before I began work on my latch-hook kit . . . which has meant a lot of self-discipline over the past days, but I was good, and waited until after lunch today to sit down and begin work. It’s going to be long-term project because of the size and simply because it’s impossible to do things quickly.  I worked for just over an hour today (without Le Bleu sticking his nose in) and am working in rows from the bottom.  I estimate I have hooked approximately 200 pieces of wool today


and, if you look at the larger picture, you will see I have quite a few hours work ahead of me ^^

rug01bBut I’m in no hurry . . . it doesn’t matter if it takes me all year to complete, the main thing is to enjoy what I’m doing . . . and I found it very relaxing.


Lovely Lionel never gets bored

Lovely Lionel never gets bored with all the interesting mail he delivers to this house ^^ And recently there has been more mail than usual because I’m a birthday gal  hihi.

Debbierose and her MOTH sent me a parcel from Australia (and Debbie even added a message to Lionel on the packaging, although I’m not sure if he read it lol) with some gorgeous fabrics for patchwork and a really cute bookmark made from genuine Australian leather

from Debbie (2)

Fred, a French forum friend, sent me a gorgeous needle keeper (to make ladies at patchwork club drool with envy when I go along next week)

from Fred

from Fred1

Lilubelle, another friend from the same forum, sent me some blackwork stitching, a book of Hans Christian Anderson tales, a limited edition postcard, buttons and an additional bookmark

from lilubelle1

from lilubelle2

from lilbelle3

From eldest son and his girlfriend, I received some more bookmarks, 4 thread sorters and a lovely little wall plaque

from S&L

And, while the following were not birthday gifts, Monique la Bretonne sent me two bookmarks

mp from monique

and Jacky, one of my English students, thought of me while touring in Vietnam and Cambodia and brought me back a hand-made bookmark from Vietnam. The other 2 in photo are front & back of a bookmark I picked up at my local library the other day.