Unless, of course, it is for fabric!
I love pottering about at garage sales, & have made some wonderful fabric finds among things other folk no longer want! The price is always right, & it adds considerable variety to my stash.
This is a cushion I made from an 'Australian Country Threads' Vol.4, No.6. magazine Pattern. It was designed by Colleen Archbold, & I really liked the design. However, though I made it for myself, my dog, Teenage Hoodlum Leo, has claimed it for his own, & he always uses it for a pillow, but he flips it over, so he is using the back, which is the green stripe fabric. It is definitely his favourite, & no other cushion will do.
This cushion is made using Colleen's basic pattern, but I added appliqued Teddies, as I made it for a friend who just loves teddybears. I used a stitchery pattern by Julie Lovell from the same magazine, but I wanted to do applique instead. I am sure she wouldnt mind. My friend was happy with her cushion.
For the gardeners among us- those who dont have my type of brown thumbs, I just wanted to post this nice pic of Nice Neighbour's lovely succulent garden. She is so talented & she makes lovely miniature gardens in pots, using succulents too. I must get her to send me some photos of her pot gardens. She is the mother of Beautiful Beau.And here is Beau keeping an eye on procedures!
We have been out to a Westfield today, shopping for small grandsons birthday on Sunday. I find those hard Malls so tiring, & my knee give me a great deal of misery. Specialist has advised me I definitely need a new knee!
We took Daughter J, & Small grandson. He does not like shopping much, & has just seemed to decide he will demand everything he sees, which is a pity, as he was never like that before. I was swooning over all the lovely little babies we saw, & DJ said she is very sorry, but it wont be her to produce any more. Seeing she has given us our Almost Adult Granddaughter as well as Small Grandson, & she is not exactly maternal, she has done more than her share.
Which brings me to a question I would like to put 'out there' so to speak.
Almost Adult Granddaughter is now 17, & as she had grown up not ever knowing her father, or her father's family, she asked me to try to contact them. I wont say they deliberately tried to hide, but it seems very strange to me, that the father, plus his 3 siblings, plus his parents, had no listings in phone books, & no entries on the electrol rolls. However, I became determined for Granddaughter's sake, to let her father know she wished to have contact with him.
To cut a long story short, the Grandmother contacted me, sounded very happy to have contact, & arranged a meeting, for she & Grandfather to meet Granddaughter. I had never formally met the other grandparents, but had spoken on the phone to the grandmother, many times, & also spoken to her in person, from a window. (Dont ask-I will just say, bizarre, & part of the reason the relationship broke down.)
Granddughter was thrilled to learn she had 1/2 brothers. She was a bit sad to learn that her father didnt want contact- at present. A meeting was duly arranged between Daughter J, Granddauthter & the 'other grandparents. They made a great fuss of granddaughter, & promised to contact her again, as they happened to be moving temporarily, to our neck of the woods.
My question is this; They promised contact, & have been here now for over 2 months. Granddaughter has not had a call or word from them since. Naturally she is upset, as she feels it was their move next, & they had made such a fuss over her, promising plenty of contact, & meetings with other family, & cousins. She is a pretty girl, & very like her father, which they couldnt get over. I know Granddaughter feels very hurt about things, & conveniently, (or not) we dont have a phone number for them again.
I must admit I was disappointed in her father too, I feel she has a right to have contact with him. I know it is complicated, as he has just married recently for the first time, & is having custody issues with the mother of his sons.
I just feel sorry for my beautiful granddaughter who feels so rejected.