It's Mothering Sunday here in the UK today. The sun is shining beautifully in our little corner of Dorset. The chickens are clucking and crowing, the birds tweeting (my kind of tweeting!), in fact there is only one thing missing from this idyllic picture - my children!!! The Sicilian and I were both working yesterday evening, so Pipi and Dante had a sleepover with their Nana and Grandad. A lovely relaxing morning then, but no mother's day hug for me just yet. They are on their way home, so I thought I would snatch this moment of calm to update you on the week's goings on. In amongst stitching 18 duck egg blue linen napkins, ordering flowers and generally planning one of last nights two events, I managed to win myself a £5 gift voucher at our fabulous local secondhand store 'Re-loved'. All I had to do was guess the mystery object on their Facebook page - an easy one for me, it was a gorgeous 1930's bakelite yarn holder (needless to say I spent my £5 and some on buying the mystery object for myself!). And whilst I was claiming my prize, a delivery of the most beautiful old crochet arrived. Alongside my yarn addiction, is my ever-growing fascination for antique crochet. And with the sun shining, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to take a couple of snaps.
I tell myself I am building a reference library of old patterns, finding inspiration for new projects and listening to whispers from crafters past. I do feel it is a privilege to own such carefully crafted work that has been created with such love.
And the children are home! I am now the proud owner of a dark purple hellebore and the prettiest little primula auricula (another fascination of mine, but we won't go into that right now). The hellebore will go straight into the garden, but the primula will grace the kitchen table sat upon one of the above-pictured doilies.
With Pipi and Dante home and ready to play, I'll keep it brief. Just to show you one more thing - I had Pipi home at the beginning of this week. She had a temperature and a sore throat. And whilst I wouldn't wish her ill, it was very lovely to have my girl all to myself for a couple of days. As soon as she was feeling up to it, we whipped out our sewing machines and set about creating. Here are the recycled scraps we found - mine a brooch to match my newly finished dress, Pipi's a glamorous Liberty print fascinator to grace her beautiful dark curls.
I know I'll be proud whatever path they choose to follow, but when they get creative my heart skips a little beat, it is wonderful to be able to pass on the skills my mother and grandmother shared with me. Happy Mothers day everyone xxx