Firstly, let me say I'm sorry to have worried some of you after my previous post. Perhaps I should not have posted while feeling down in the dumps. Though I still have much on my mind, things are much better this week, so please don't worry everyone. My lovely sister is going through an extremely difficult time at the moment and I'm thinking of her all the time. (She is well in health, so no scary health issues or anything like that, thankfully.) In time I know all will go well for her, and with that in mind I'm turning my thoughts in more positive directions. Thank you for the mails of concern I received though--you all are terrific!
Next week is Halloween, it's just days away, and we've not a piece of candy in the house yet. Halloween is celebrated here in Norway, with lots of focus on the most spooky aspects of the holiday. So there's lots to pick from at the shops. When I was last at the supermarket I noticed a lot of Christmas candy and treats on the shelves. The holidays seem to have sprung up all of a sudden. Then again, I've been in a crafting "tunnel," holed up in my craft room beavering away at things, that I've almost forgotten the holidays are right here and now! LOL!
A LOT of sewing here this week. An on going project has been making two sets of reversible placemats (six mats in each set). These are being made for my aunt and uncle. They run the charming The Old Mill Bed & Breakfast in Jonesborough, Tennessee. If any of you get to traveling in eastern Tennessee, look them up! They asked me if I'd make them some oval-shaped placemats for their dining room. Here's a look at what the two sets look like. One reversible set with a blue & white color scheme (see above), and the other reversible set with a cream & burgundy colorway. Just a couple more mats to make and this project will be all done and sent off to them. The mats are very simple. But sometimes simplicity works best. And I love the fabrics and with just a flip of the mat there's a different look on the other side.
I keep saying more bags are coming...They are! These autumn-hued fabrics of sage green and soft red checks are being made into two different bags. Some orders/requests and smaller projects are taking precedence at the moment, but I do hope to have some bags and other goodies available for sale very soon--just in time for holiday shopping!
The dark turquoise linen fabric I just couldn't resist showing--the color is gorgeous. So are the matching velvet ribbon and glass pearls with the fabric. I bought these to make up into some cushion covers to replace some old ones in the living room, now that we're nearing finishing sprucing up that room. We have some turquoise/dark turquoise bits & pieces in the room now, so this fabric should tie in nicely. I'm looking forward to start making the cushion covers as I love working with linen.
So much in progress--it's hard to show everything all at one, so these fabric samples will have to do for now!
Off the needles now are the fingerless gloves in the scrumptious self-striping yarn shown some posts back. LOVE these gloves! Because I fell hard for the fun multicolored yarn, I bought four 2oz/50g skeins. I used almost two skeins for the gloves, and with two skeins leftover there's maybe enough for a scarf or matching hat...hhhmmm....
There is a mix of rain/snow falling from the sky--very much an indoors kind of day. Charlie here is giving an example of what we're doing today...just resting, just gentle things. Dear husband has a cold and isn't feeling too well. So I'm playing nurse today and keeping the house quiet so he can rest. I'm heading downstairs now to make a pot of soup--mushroom and barley. Soup and crusty wholewheat rolls--perfect comfort food for today. Wishing you all a weekend of cozy comforts--ENJOY!
Happy Days...and Happy Halloween! :o)