I live in a very multi cultural city. There is always a celebration going on and this weekend was no exception.
The Chinese new year was celebrated on Saturday with dragon dancing at the Market Corner. (pic from the Leicester Mercury)
Out with the year of the rabbit - which was my year - and in with the year of the dragon. Which Chinese animal are you? Happy Chinese New Year to foreign visitors.
Friday i was having a blog catch up session and arrived at Lucy's Attic 24 blog. There was a pic of an empty tuna fish tin, a hook and some wool and she was asking ladies to guess what she was doing. The only thing i could think was that she would be covering the tin, but i had no idea why, so i posted that my brain would be wondering all day what she was up to, but my guess was a covering for the tin. I left the computer some time later to do some housework jobs (i know bad naughty word to crafters lol) but returned with a cuppa for a break. On opening my emails, i was so excited, i had an email from Lucy herself. Happy heart-skippy moment when i read that i was right and she had kindly added a preview pic of what she had been making for me to see. Feet stamping on the floor with excitement, i had to stop myself opening the window and shouting to the world "I had an email from Lucy" I loved the covers she had made for her tin and decided there and then that my little pot of daffs could do with being taken out of the old cat food bowl that they were standing in and being put into something a little more crafty.
Tuna fish for sandwiches for us and i whipped up this by guesswork and embellished it with some buttons and crochet leaves. It could have done with being a little taller and maybe a couple of stitches smaller to get a tighter fit, but for a first attempt i am happy with it. Lucy has now put up a proper 'how to' tutorial and lots of pics of the ones she has made, so i will follow her expert instructions and make myself another one at some time.
Thanks Lucy for taking time to email me, you have no idea how happy i was on Friday and i wished i could explain to all the shoppers when i hit the supermarket why this strange woman had a silly grin on her face all day.
The dizzy heights of happiness on Friday were to be stamped out on Saturday by the news on the death on one of my stitching club ladies. She was given the all clear from cancer in late autumn but it seems that this was not to be and she was taken into hospital earlier this month and unfortunately at 74 her body was too weak to continue with treatment. Joan was a wonderful stitcher and knitter and has made some amazing things over the years i have known her. She was the winner of the handicraft category at last years fruit and veg show with her stitch-a-photo of her 5 grandchildren. God Bless you Joan you are going to be very much missed.
MY RR is all ready to fly the nest.
Here's Page 8 from my design, Debbie Draper Designs - My Little Book of Stitches, i wont see this again until it returns to me mid September. Safe travels little robin.
Wednesday last week i did take The Sampler Girl with me to the stitch club and managed quite a bit of stitching. We had a visitor. One of our ladies has a friend who has a visitor over from Tobego for 6 months and she is a crafter and wanted to come and see our group and join in. She brought some wonderful hand embroidery that she was doing and told us all about life in Tobego and the craft groups she attends. It was a very interesting evening for us. Hopefully Esther (thats her name) will join us again this week.
I've also finished off this months challenge this week, but as reveal isn't until the weekend i can't share that with you yet.
My blogoversary gift has arrived safely with Carol. I received a lovely email today to let me know.
As you probably guessed by the shape of the wrapped up secret parcel, i had made one of my bunny's. I knew Carol's favourite colour was blue, so thats the choice i made for her.
She just needs Carol give her a name. I think that makes over 50 bunny's that are out in blogland now.
Happy crafting, i hope you are all having a lovely week. Here in the UK the weather is yeuck... rain, rain and more rain and the temps are nowhere near what they should be right now, whatever happened to winter this year?