Hello girls, how's your week been?
Things are slowing down on the crafting front here and getting busy on the packing side of things......
I haven't been able to pack away my sewing machine yet as ideas still need to be explored to keep the creative me happy before I go.
I finished another little stitchery this week and was happy with the outcome.
A friend had asked me (quite some time ago)if I would stitch a tree for her.
She wasn't specific and just said
'whatever you come up with will be fine'
I find that's the hardest thing to do actually, as I worry what I have in my mind won't match up with theirs. Soooooo, I put it off and occasionally asked if she had any ideas......nope.
Ok, so I put it off some more as I do and put it in the too hard basket.
She wasn't in a rush it, was just one of those
'when you've got time' orders and as it was something different for me (at the time)I didn't intend to ask for payment.
Ok, long story short here it is......
I hope she likes it. I love the texture, there's even a wee heart carved into it with a teeny tiny M & S in it.
Can you spot it?
I really love this saying by Ralph Waldo Emerson and I particularly like the way the yellow thread I used to indicate the last of fallen leaves actually has a golden glow to it.
You know I'm kind of glad I waited so long to make it as my sewing is constantly changing and evolving and I'm really happy with the finished piece.
We now have 7 calves in the paddock with only 2 more to be born.
Their antics are wonderful to watch and they are such good mates.
This little black fella is being very inquisitive and brave.
One little calf (not in pic) has a white heart on it's forehead very sweet indeed......can't help but fall in love with them.
Something else I had been putting off was cleaning out Cluckingham Palace.
Our chook house isn't one of those cute little houses that you could sweep with a glance.
On no, this requires a wheelbarrow, rake and brooms.
Anyway, the girls must've read my mind and in appreciation of my impending efforts had laid an egg.
Now this may not sound very auspicious, BUT,dear reader considering they went off the lay around December this is quite a big event here.
One, perfectly formed, brown shelled egg lay in a mound of straw.
I glanced at it, looked at the girls in disbelief, then looked at the Magpie out in the yard, shook my head again then thanked them......
Thankfully, the job took less time than I thought and within the hour there was a lovely, cleanish chook house.
Now whilst I hoiked feathers and straw out, this Magpie was going around picking up beak fulls to line it's nest with.
It was fun watching it pick them up then put them down. Was it looking for a particular colour, degree of softness?
It was quite a business and I was thrilled to witness this little nest making venture....
The first Daffodil has bloomed.
This season I ordered and planted some different varieties. so I'm looking forward to seeing them when I return from holidays.
Our adopted stray Mrs. Kafups likes to find little hidey holes around the house....makes it interesting when trying to put her outside!
Can you see her?
How she managed to squeeze in to that small space without sending DVD's flying?!!
With her Winter coat on she's quite a substantial feline.....
The Japonica (Flowering Quince)is putting on a show......
And another little nest that's been discovered.
This time in the Wintersweet, not sure who it belongs to whether it's a blue wren or not.....
So there you have some snippets from my week......the day to day things that I've been up to.
I've also been busy posting purchases around the world which has been very exciting.
Seeing little Sweet Birdy Love items finding new homes in different countries.
Thanks to everyone who made a purchase.
I will have a few extra pennies in my pocket to take on holiday.
I've been making lists of things I have to do and organise before I go away.
Must remember to put Mrs Kafups out if I can find her!!
My boys have been keeping me up to date with what's been happening and I have to say I'm really excited about heading over to Canada.
Thanks to everyone who left a suggestion on my last post.
Oh, that reminds me if you'd like to participate in a swap.......songbird Mezz over at Mezz Makes Stuff is hosting a swap, so pop over and check it out and say 'hi'.
Righto, I better go and do some tidying up, cuppa first though!!.......
Thanks for visiting girls and taking time to say 'hi'
Have a fab week everyone,