After the most wonderful ten days our little family have taken flight. Another family treat for them in our little Spanish home. It's too hot for us there now. But, William is lucky to be spending time there with his uncle and auntie who were longing to see him. They are here again next Sunday for eleven days. This week I have been reflecting,regrouping and relaxing. Reflecting on the wonderful things that happened when they came home on their visit. Thank you all so much for such lovely comments about my latest post about all that.
Regrouping. Realising that some of the little plans I had were not age suitable for him yet. I truly believe that little ones need your time most of all. Time to let them lead their play activities. Time to help them develop and expand their ideas . Mostly time and patience to do the same things over and over again. William's favourite thing last week was watering the flowers and beans. He pottered about the garden filling his little can and bossing me about. "Tap on Grandma,tap off Grandma!"
I love this photo so much. Such concentration and care. I think he would have watered the plants all day long and I would have helped him. Surely that is one of the things a Grandma can provide. Time.
So, I have looked at the matching cards I made him. The stamps and stamp pads. They were distractions for a minute. But for a boy who lives in an apartment, the garden is best. That's fine by me.
What could be better than meeting Buster in the garden again.
Relaxing.... I have been waking up without an alarm or a little voice asking to see the chickens in the field! I have stayed in my dressing gown. Andy and I have enjoyed long coffees and pottering around. I have been out walking down my favourite lanes with the dogs.
And finding time for the one activity which calms,soothes,relaxes and makes my life complete. Crafting.
Last week I popped into Hobby Craft and they had bundles of fat quarters for £6.50. I couldn't resist buying some.
I also love neutrals, but the fabric felt hard. So I washed the pieces and they feel so much better.
Have you ever met Joy and read her blog Joylinks. There is something about the way she writes that makes me happy. She is a lovely blogger who encourages everyone so much when she leaves lovely comments. And she always seems to know what to say on every occasion.
I admire her crafting and what she makes and I wanted to follow her example with little pin cushions.Well,my first attempt was huge. You would lose your needles and pins in its squashiness.
But and it gave me good practice at making a box type shape.
My next attempt.... How can I put it. Homely.
Then I tried a different pattern.
I like these much more and have one tucked away for my niece who has just started sewing.
I popped a spoonful of lavender into each little pouch. The scent will hopefully keep a new crafter calm!
So Joy thank you for the inspiration.
But my goodness I have a lot to learn and a long journey to travel before I can emulate your achievements.
I know what my problem is. I have always had it.
It takes on a few guises.
One. I cannot get my head around the mathematical,accurate side of life.
I have recently been introduced to the wonders of a rotary cutter,self healing mat and ruler.
Blogland,Pinterest etc,etc show the most wonderful examples of what can be made from pieces of material which fit together. Good old tesselation!
Now, understanding and being able to do it,for me ,is a completely different ball game.
My aim was to make lavender pouches in four different fabrics,pile them up and tie them with ribbon.
How hard can that be?
For me ... Really hard.
My slightly slapdash approach and "don't worry" attitude does not help in this kind of exacting situation either.
Now, this morning I was determined to conquer my dragons.
Luckily Andy was relaxing nearby and happened to be slightly interested in this crafting activity because rulers and grids were involved. After watching me for about two minutes and fearing for my sanity,fingers,material and bank balance,intervened.
Half an hour later after only what I can describe as the closest thing I have had to a Mathematics and Technical Drawing lesson since I left school over forty years ago I got it. I understood the interaction between the board and the ruler. I understood about careful placement and measurements. I am thrilled to bits and within a short space of time I have enough rectangles exactly the same size by my sewing machine.
And my last bit of crafting is for a present. A sewing machine cover for the lovely friend who helped me assemble the monster quilt.
I have an identical one on my sewing machine and she admired it. A nice thought to think we shall have a lovely connection. The pattern for these pretty sunburst squares can be found in my sidebar.
Wow! What a long post . Thank you for sticking with me and my wordiness. However, I might be gone for a while now as I will soon have Eleven days of watering,reading playing and just spending the best time I can with my family. Then they will be gone for six months. But, I am not thinking about that right now.