with christmas over, i always love january, it's a time to be quiet and relax and just enjoy being ! some go on holidays away to places here and there, but being a home body, i tend to just love being at home and refreshing the diaries and calendars for the new year, watching some of the summer sports, cricket and tennis and not feeling bad about yourself if you decide that a day doing nothing much is ok ! i had many of those and cleaned out my sock draw as well !!!
just behind me at the christmas table was this sweet little tree, i felt very much at home
with the addition of the green pears to my tree (it stays up all year round) and (i have removed the little red birds) this fills the gap in the corner over my televison set
the stitching girls in the various groups are all back and busy, lots of noise and chat at all the meetings ! i loved this water bird stitched under the guidance of mrs sew & so, and there many things in the hoop being created at the first tuesday group for this year
jenny's stitching is amazingly neat and beautifully executed, i look forward to showing you the whole design
there is nearly always a bird or a nest, this one from the pattern 'two birds and a nest' from the mrs sew & so collection of patterns, wonderful texture lavena !
and anna's leaves are looking beautiful in the traditional blue and white combination
there were also lots of beautiful flowers in the house during january
i do love a beautiful pink rose !
while watching the tennis, sometimes to very early in the mornings, i did a bit of easy cross stitch, well of course a pineapple and a rabbit
the magnification of the photos makes the linen look very easy to see, in reality is not that big, but would be great for the old tired eyes !
i purchased this set of thread holders for my sewing collection from 'the crewel gobelin' when i was visiting sydney in november last year, love them !
an old friend, marie christine flocard, came to visit with 'mrs sew & so' and showed us her latest pieces of beautiful boutis
all those tiny little stitches ! she really is a master of her chosen needlework !
and these new cushions for someone i know who will be visiting soon !
and a new pale look for camelot, the quilt pattern by trish harper ! here is some of the detail of the circles
a very scrappy pastel version of this lovely quilt and you can buy the pattern from my etsy store
and i found a new place for my pair of pear paintings, they are now in the kitchen and i enjoy seeing them every day ! i bought these from carolyn hallum, a local melbourne artist at the margaret sampson george exhibition last year !
i will be back soon, hope that you are all enjoying this new year, so far !