|stove in use for breakfast
After that, a dear friend had a baby and was keeping me updated step by step by text. It was far too dramatic so rather than sleeping I was busy sewing a gift. Version 1 (before I knew of her labour) was grabbed and hugged by Little One as soon as it was finished. Even as the explanation 'its for J....' hugging it involved lying on the (sort of clean, but not suitable for near a newborn) floor.
|my cushion, and J's ball. It even has crinkly noises in it
|The ball J actually got!
DH doing the spoon carving has given me more encouragement to make time for bowl carving again. I have been continually cutting myself, and losing heart over it. Robin kindly had a length I could use for a bowl, so even when we were camping I did some roughing out with the axe ( I really, really love the axe work!) and I'm still plodding on with it now.
|This was it the week before last after a couple of hours work
|New willow bowl on left, and older
bowl- both still need finishing off
|I had a loan of a toddlerhawk from a friend
when Little One was younger, and
copied the padding/stitching style from
what I remember of that.
A nights sleep and I was able to think of something to just 'finish' the sling off- some daisys just to break up the fabric a bit. I hadn't the confidence to put applique on, after all this was a first attempt. However I just needed to jazz it up a little as it turned out good enough to gift.
Here's the final look just before we had to go to the birthday party:
After the party yesterday I got stuck in to the 9 lbs of apples I've been given over the last couple of days.
|Doesn't look like 9 lbs, does it?
|and chopped up for two recipes
|3lbs of apples cooking away
|and draining through muslin
I imagine the next few weeks, if things go to plan, won't be as visual. We need to get emailing more WWOOF hosts for next years big trip, sort out paperwork that I've let pile up for a while, and investigate the rental market for our house as selling doesn't seem particularly effective (on the market 3 months with 2 viewings), amongst other things.
So, back to the original question, with one thing or another, work, children under the weather, keeping up with the washing, or a new bath (something else that's happened recently!) I have been keeping rather busy, even if I can't quite remember when I'm asked!
|I love the rings in the base of this willow bowl