I love blogland because it is full of the most lovely people who constantly provide me with amazing crafty inspiration and who often send the most gorgeous packages through the post!
I have been very lucky this week to be both inspired by and be sent a parcel from the same person - the wonderful Gina!
The children and I have been trying to join along with Gina's sketchbook challenge - with limited success really, but we're getting better!
The first time we tried to draw fennel heads using spaghetti and ink (although Fred decided he wanted to draw his bouncy ball)
Then this afternoon Daisy, Fred and I had a go at drawing some of the flowers from the garden
but once again Fred objected to the subject matter and went and picked some leaves instead!
This time we used dried up sticks - from an old Japanese Anemone stem I think - instead of spaghetti and it was easier to keep control (without it snapping)
But the idea that really inspired me was Gina's suggestion of using a mini viewfinder to pick out the interesting bits of the sketches.
So we had fun doing that too and I'm surprisingly pleased with the results (I really can't draw and have never had any confidence with art)
But even more exciting things have happened this week as I was the lucky winner of Gina's first giveaway! I chose a blue/red mini pincushion pot as my prize and I'm absolutely delighted with what Gina made:
I'm going to keep it on the bookshelf next to the sofa where I always seem to accumulate random pins and needles that end up getting lost.
Gina also sent some chocolate
that she expects me to share!?!?!?!
some postcards of her fabulous dancing couple
and some stickers for the children
but the thing that excited and delighted me most of all was this
Thank you so much Gina - you really have cheered me up loads - I really am overwhelmed that you sent me your gorgeous crochet bunting - I absolutely LOVE IT!
Lots of love, Lucy xxx