Ever since I was a little girl I have loved the postman arriving.The excitement of a parcel arriving has never left me.
Yesterday the doorbell rang and there was the postman with a parcel. It had been on a convoluted journey from Buffalo in the USA to Scotland and then down to Devon. Last year we went to a beautiful wedding in America and I saw some wonderful fabric there and my wish came true yesterday when 6 metres arrived.
I had seen a little stall in Boston where a young girl had made beautiful bibs and she kindly told me where she had sourced the material. I could have looked on the site http://fabric.com/ for hours. Choosing which patterns to buy was the hardest part! Sadly the shipping costs to the UK were high so I waited until my sister-in-law went back to the US so that she could bring them back. And they were so worth the wait.
And gorgeous owls
I know lots of us Bloggers do a lot of yarn stroking and fabric smoothing and I certainly have been doing that with these gorgeous pieces. Not only are the designs lovely but the fabric is really smooth and soft. I have some ideas in mind. Bibs are an all time favourite.
But I also want to try and make some of these gorgeous fabric balls!
There is a lovely pattern here at the Purl Bee. My aspirations with the sewing machine always outstrip my abilities but I will enjoy some good natured swearing and cursing as my ball turns out more like a melon. Never mind!
After lunch the doorbell rang again and I was so pleased to see Anne from the Charity knitting thread on the doorstep -- It has been two years since we last met so we had a lot to catch up on.
Now you can't come to Devon without a cream tea and I am always happy to bake so scones it was. And you really can't have scones without the cream and jam. In Devon it is cream first which represents the butter. In Cornwall jam goes first!
I decided to try some mini sponges. I drool over this blog http://www.glorioustreats.com/ about baking -- It is amazing! And like my sewing machine efforts I always think I can do it. Well optimism is a really good trait but mine makes me laugh it is so misplaced. However I was pleased with the final result. The frosting covers a multitude of sins and I took pictures of the best ones. It was lovely to cut them like mini sponges though!
Anne did not come empty handed there was a big squishy bag containing 100 squares from Mrs Twins. I am going to enjoy some relaxing hours making blankets for her wonderful cause.
Then like Mary Poppins she produced 4 lovely squares for the latest Charity Blanket on our Martins Money Saving crafting thread. Anne has made some for me before and they are always lovely.
Anne also knew about my hedgehogs and their life at the Wildlife Centre so she had kindly made me a little prickle!
And finally I had a little present from Anne a little notebook from a company I have never come across before http://www.thequalitybureau.com/ but I love it. The paper is made with real used Sterling Bank notes that have been shredded and mixed with post consumer waste -- How neat is that!
No wonder I loved the doorbell ringing yesterday. Now today I was not expecting the doorbell to ring once. But it did and our lovely postman was on the doorstep again with another parcel!
Now the "Sporty One "is cooking tea so I have to go but I will be blogging about that parcel soon!
I hope the postman knocks on your door with something nice really soon!