...what can I say?...I like flowers and I love seeing them everywhere! Now that these crochet pillows are finished, I am working on pillowcases to match all this -- I will show you soon, but first, more of the above:
Just in case you're wondering, all this happy riot of yarn color comes from scrap yarn lying around my house and abandoned yarn balls found in thrift shops...
...our youngest, Nico, had her 7th birthday this weekend -- life is zipping by so fast! I was hoping to finish this doll along with a wardrobe exclusively made for her to give Nico as a birthday gift. Alas, time ran out... again! (If you read the post about the doll, you'll see that I also tried to finish this same doll for Nico's 6th birthday last year -- aren't blogs great for keeping track of progress or, in my case, lack of it!)
So, by Wednesday of last week, knowing that there was no way I'd be able to finish the doll and clothes idea, I opted for Plan B: making something for her with the adorable little girl print in the photo above. When I first spotted this print a while back, I knew I had to get some because it so reminded me of Nico -- of all my daughters, Nico is the one who most loves to play with toys and things -- whether it be dolls, trains, pompom and sticks, whatever -- she sees a game in all objects! She also loves to play "let's pretend" and, of all my girls, she is by far the girliest! I have to say that, before having kids, I thought it was a given that all children equally love playing with toys. How wrong I was! My oldest, Stefania, when she was little could not have been any more different than Nico: she barely registered any interest in toys as she was far more interested in trying to climb up all the walls in the house!
Because Nico likes to make a "nest" out of her bed (she loves to "accessorize" her bedding with bits of fake fur, old blankets, cushions, scraps of fabric, etc... ), I thought a pillowcase would be the perfect (quick to make) idea. I sewed up a simple pillowcase and decided to embellish it with a crocheted scallop trim made out of a fine cotton yarn, something I admit I've been wanting to try out for a while now... Nico was absolutely thrilled when she saw it, and I'm thinking now that I just might make pillowcases for all of my daughters as birthday gifts this year!
...by beautiful balmy spring weather...so much so, that I decided to dig out a little "potager" in the backyard! Since I didn't get close to finishing all the things I mentioned I would like to finish in my last post, I only have a little sneak peek above which shows what I've done so far. More will come soon, although there are Easter preparations to think of now! I was hoping to put together a special Easter post...hmmmm, but I don't know If I'll have time to do so... If time does run out on me as it inevitably does and I don't post, I hope you all enjoy a lovely -- hopefully balmy -- Easter weekend!
...my basement workspace...Oy! It had reached such an insane level of messiness -- it had gotten to the point where I was walking on a floor foot-deep in fabric, I could no longer find a clearing on my 2 1/2 m long work table so cluttered with stuff, I would regularly scream when looking for thread because the spools were so hopelessly tangled together, and on and on...you can only imagine...or maybe not, because I have so much fabric that most sane people would probably find it hard to imagine until they could actually see for themselves the sheer extent of my obsession! My children are always asking me if we can open a fabric shop in the basement so that they can be cutters and cashiers (one of their favorite pretend games)!
Luckily, Alexandra, my 10-year-old daughter, agreed to help me wade through the mess, pile, sort, organize, etc... We've been at it on and off for the last three weeks, and are finally starting to see a better organized, neater and cozier space take shape. Now, the trick will be to try and keep it that way!
I've also been finishing up a few of things which I can't wait to show you...hopefully early next week. See you then!