It's funny because I was wondering what to call this post and thought to myself, well I've got pretty things to show and they make me happy so I'll call it "pretty happy things" but as I started typing the title it popped up so I've obviously written another post fairly recently with the same title! Never mind. It still fits!
Now I've clearly developed a passion for all things Cath Kidston (probably because her things are pretty and they make me happy!!) So I spent some of my birthday money from my lovely in-laws on some more mugs and a teapot to go with the cherry mug that my mum and dad bought me a couple of months ago.
I love how nice tea is from these mugs and although the teapot is a pretty bad pourer the tea tastes absolutely perfect.
When we were on holiday we regularly made pots of tea and it reminded me of how much I love the ritual of sitting down together and pouring out mugs of tea rather than just sticking teabags in a cup. It's got something to do with the "being together doing the same thing at the same time, sharing, family type of thing". Uh-oh! That makes me sound really mushy! ;o)
Anyway, moving swiftly on, when we were on holiday I bought a plain brown teapot so Dot said she would make me a teacosy with some of her lovely birthday fabrics as her first project on her new sewing machine.
I love it - although the children seem to think it is a hat! Dot has blogged about it over here.
I went to my lovely local wool shop Ring-a-Rosie a couple of weeks ago and bought some lovely new goodies - including a fabulous "Nadel Box" - now every knitter needs a nadel box you know!
So I have been busily multi-tasking with various different knitting and crochet projects and have just finished off another bright cushion for the new sofas using these lovely cotton glaces from Rowan.
I managed to find the perfect charity shop jumper for the back and have just finished it all off this afternoon.
And now I'm not sure whether I like the front or the back best!
I've also finished my first "Monkey" sock using the lovely wool I bought in Hay on Wye - and I've even cast on the second although I make no promises about actually finishing it any time soon!
The lovely blue Rialto 4 ply is for an Ishbel which has unfortunately been pushed out of the way by crochet plans. Sometimes I want to knit and other times I just have to crochet - especially when these beautiful stripes start appearing...................
But now I have to go and make an Egyptian costume for Daisy.
For a school play?
For a history day at school?
For a 10 second photo shoot for the PTA calendar!
Do they not realise how much time and hassle parents have to go through to produce costumes for a Roman soldier and an Egyptian just for a calendar photo?
Fortunately a friend has all the Roman gear we need for Fred but I've had to spend a fortune on braid and gold ribbon to make Daisy's dress. Can you tell I'm not exactly delighted?
Sorry - shouldn't have ended the post on a non-pretty-happy subject! So here's a picture of three very pretty and happy things back in June!
'Til next time, Lucy x
P.S. the quilt in the previous post fetched £95 at auction last week - I'm so pleased somebody else appreciated it!