I’ve really been spoiled rotten for my birthday, you know! Husband invited our neighbours round for dinner that evening. Neighbours being Cléo (the little girl who loves sewing lessons), baby sister Mona (who is 4 months old and parents R & P.
The husband invited them because he had decided to cook up one of my favourite dishes (rabbit, in a rich red wine sauce, with lots of yummy veggies) . . . and when you take the time to marinade and slow cook a rabbit, there’s way too much for just 2 people. Hence, the dinner guests. He should have kept quiet about my birthday, but he didn’t . . . which means guests came bearing gifts, when it wasn’t at all necessary. But I’m not going to complain, because they were lovely gifts!
First . . .
A very colourful drawing by Cléo (which is now hanging in my sewing room). I am, apparently, Cléo’s “favourite sewer” lol. I’m probably the only sewer she knows, but that’s beside the point! And this drawing shows the two of us at work in my sewing room, with Cléo sitting in front of Juki. Now, please note the attention to detail here. The very bright object under Cléo’s feet is . . . the small suitcase I put under the table with the foot pedal on top, so it’s the correct height for Cléo to work the pedal while sitting down. It’s actually red, not pink, but we’ll allow for artistic licence and pink being the artist’s favourite colour! And those bright colours on the left . . . well that’s my stack of plastic drawers where I store all my fabrics!
Next there was a bag full of goodies.
A sock bunny made entirely by Cléo, with no help at all from her Mum! (I made sure we didn’t mention what the meat was at dinner time, as I’m not sure she would have eaten it if she’d known). A retractable tape measure, in the shape of a PINK snail, a very interesting black object which looks like a stick of lipstick, but isn’t.
It’s a very nifty needle holder!!! Lid pulls off, the bottom twists round and hey presto . . . there’s a tiny pincushion inside complete with half a dozen needles! And . . . a gift voucher to go shopping on amazon!
Well, I can tell you . . . it didn’t take me long to have a shopping spree lol. There were a few books I had been looking at, so “click, click” and here’s what I bought.
“Daughters of the Dragon” by William Andrews because Lynn had done a really good write-up of that, and it sounded like something I would enjoy (I’ll let you know). And “Love to Sew – Teddy Bears” by Monika Schleich.
This second one because, yes, I’m very tempted to head off in another sewing direction, and try my hand at making a few teddy bears. This book contains 16 different models, with full sized patterns for all, and very details instructions with lots of photos to explain step-by-step. Here are a couple of the designs in the book.
Sooooooo cute! Not sure when I’ll actually attempt teddy bear making, but hopefully I’ll manage to squeeze one into my busy schedule this year.