Hope everyone has something special planned for the day, and has a lovely time, no matter the weather!
The pillow was finished a fortnight ago, cobbled together from leftover strips of 2 cotton panels, plus an addition.
The pillow size I’d wanted to make needed more yardage than just the 2 beige strips. I remembered some red cotton I’d bought, and snitched a few inches off an end. Stuffed with leftovers from an already partly remade pillow, it’s turned out beautifully!
Almost complete are some face masks made from a new-to-me pattern I’d seen on Marcy Harriell’s YouTube channel. She used double-sided fabric so I had to pay attention to which side went where in mine. (In a later video she clears up any confusion.)
Also completed was the bottom section of a dress I hadn’t worn the past couple of summers. It’s now a simple elasticated-waist skirt, being laundered so no photo. But if you look carefully at the masks, you’ll see the green tropical print face mask I cut from the leftover dress bodice. Waste not–want not! 😉
Lest you think I’ve forgotten a Valentine’s card for you, I’ve a treat instead.
Follow this link over to the New York Public Library’s online digital collection of vintage Valentine’s Day cards and scroll down til you see the small blue “View as book” link in the center of the page. Click there and the collection will enlarge and you can scroll through the collection.
❤️ I couldn’t decide which one’s my favourite, so I’ve sent them all! ❤️
Tell me which one – or ones – you like❣️
Happy Valentine’s Day❣️
Hope everyone has had a lovely Holiday this year. Mine has been quiet and relaxing, even if the weather is increasingly warm , with mid-70’s by Wednesday.
Maybe I should cut out another, lighter weight knit and leave off the lower sleeve, which would make a short-sleeve version. Maybe that’d be wearable until the humidity kicks in. Hmmm. What lighter weight knits do I have in stash . . . . .
Have you ever seen…
… a little Christmas turtle? I’ve had this little 3-inch ornament for ages, bought at a pottery collective up in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains. In this photo it’s sitting on a scrap of that gold fleece. Hinting?
Have a happy last Monday in 2021!
One of my long-standing holiday treats is listening to the annual Christmas Eve afternoon carol service from King’s College, Cambridge (U.K.).
As the U.K. is 5 hours across the pond from us & ahead in time, their 3 P.M. start time is 10 A.M. here on the U.S. East Coast, and a bleary-eyed 7 A.M. for West Coasters. But sleep in, peeps, as BBC generally leaves this up for a month.
For me, it sets the mood for the remainder of my 2-day celebration. The opening carol, Once In Royal David’s City, never fails to move me. And I get to enjoy the wonderful diction & musicality everyone brings to the service, in addition to hearing traditional Biblical selections as read by that year’s choir, college, and city officials.
From their web site ~
“A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service on 24 December at 3pm (10:00 EST or 07:00 PST). The service is also broadcast at 1pm on Radio 3 on Christmas Day, and at various times on the BBC World Service.”
Online at BBC 4 here.
Edited: Now available for replay here.
The programme for the Order of Service is here. (Scroll down.)
A few seasonal closeups. Hope you enjoy!
You don’t have to be in the U.S. to be grateful for a feast, and your feast doesn’t have to mean an excess of food.
Think “gratitude” instead of turkey, which yours truly and many others don’t enjoy.
What are you grateful for this Thursday?
I’ve been grateful for sharp & cold weather that’s brought out good colour this Autumn. (Even tho’ it’s up & down 25ish degrees a week. 🙈)
I’m also grateful that family & friends are well, and more and more ways to fight this epidemic are being discovered.
And I’m most grateful for you, Lovely Readers.
Please pause and enjoy the moment, whatever you’re in the middle of. And always know how grateful I am that you’re you, reading this right now.