I have no minies or Gertie makes to share this week, my little alien ( our name for my Ulcerate Colitis! ) has been misbehaving and wearing me out so I just haven't gotten anything done!! But, whilst curled up on the sofa with a hot water bottle!, I have had loads of ideas for things to make for the Wizards and Wands bookstore and I have been planning a family holiday for us in two weeks time. We are off to Oswestry, staying in a little barn conversion on the edge of Offa's Dyke and I can't wait. We are going to spend one of our days at Chester, where my dad tells me there are loads of fabulous old buildings for inspiration. I will take my camera and my little laptop and you can all come too :0) I just have to keep my fingers crossed that my 'little Alien' behaves :-]
Another thing I have been planning whilst cooped up on the sofa is full size tapestries. I have been following Nikki making her felt bags and her enthusiasm has inspired me to stitch a family life size tapestry. Many, many years ago, I stitched a tapestry for my mum and dad's 25th wedding anniversary, they celebrate their 53rd anniversary this year. Then I stitched a tapestry cushion for their new house and I stitched a full size tapestry for my eldest daughter;
I love the Native American verses and wise words and I spend months looking for the verses that suit each one of my children, so that they are that extra bit special. The picture below is Dean's kit which of course had to be masculine. I haven't started stitching it yet, the kit only arrived last week after nearly a year of looking! The picture is from the front of the kit. There is so much to stitch, I estimate it will take a good 8 - 9 months in between minie making!! Megan's will be stitched last as she is the youngest and I am still looking for the right verse to suit her personality, she is so out going, bubbly and girly :0)
Then I decided that with the children all having one of my tapestries we need a family one, so I have rummaged through my canvases and cottons and last night made a start;
The verse on the family tapestry will be;
'May the raindrops fall gently on your brow, may the soft winds freshen your spirit.
May the sunshine brighten your heart, may the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you.
May your life be enfolded in a mantle of love'
The family verse and Sheri's sampler both came from a wonderful book by Joan Elliot. Her books contain lots of native american patterns and they are well worth a look.
So, life is going to be filled with my 'little alien', a holiday and a tapestry to sew over the next few weeks, which brings me onto the big question!
My August Swap!
A couple of posts ago, I asked if anyone had any ideas for what they would like to see in my august swap and I got no replies! :0(
Sooo, would you all prefer it. if I postpone the August swap until later in the year? I'm thinking what with school holidays, family get aways, etc etc, maybe it would be better to wait untill after the summer hols have passed. Of course if anyone is waiting for my august swap, I will still go ahead and pop a mini tapestry in for the swap. Please let me know what you would like me to do :0)