Hello all you lovelies, how are you all doing? I hope you are fit and well and enjoying some good weather. It was quite cold to start here but it has warmed up this afternoon, difficult to concentrate at work unfortunately so I have just arrived home and thought that I would write to you all before starting to make tea. As you can see from the garden, the sun is shining and there is a lovely warmth making us all dream of long summery days.
As you all know there have been many things going on in my life which are not very pleasant but I know that everyone of us faces many challenges throughout our lives. The challenge I am going through at the moment started a very long time ago when I lost someone so dear to me, a brother I can never forget. The way in which we lost him was shrouded in many mysteries and conflicting reports at the time and it is only now that the legal process is starting to unearth the truth about what happened on that awful day. As part of the healing process I was invited, along with other families, to a special day last Saturday at Wembley Stadium in London. We took some of our lovely family with us, sadly not everyone could go as there were only a limited number of tickets available but we were all treated to a seat each in the Royal Box and I can honestly say that we were treated like royalty during the whole time we were there. I am not really a football fan but my husband was so excited as he got to watch his beloved Arsenal Football Team play in the semi-final of the FA Cup. For me it was just really nice to be with so many caring people, many of them quite famous who took time to spend all day and evening with us. I took many photographs of the family but the one I wanted to share with you was of my husband and I 'holding' the cup - it made my husband's night. My dearest brother is always in my thoughts and prayers and hopefully he was there with us on Saturday along with all the others who were lost on that day. It was a very emotional day and I did shed many tears but the day was made so special for all of us. I hope you do not mind me sharing this with you, I have thought about it all weekend but I do feel that you are such lovely friends and hopefully you will like the photograph, even though it is not about craft (sorry!). A really special touch was that my youngest grandson was able to come with us - usually children are not permitted in the Royal Box but he was granted a special ticket - he loved every minute of it and I was so proud of him.
We arrived back home yesterday and I wanted to make something quick and easy so my thoughts turned once again to zips! I had recently bought two new Cath Kidston tea towels - one of which is a lovely patchwork design. I thought I would match this up with one of the embroidered patches which you might remember me buying a little while ago. I love this one as it is so cute and I know that it will appeal to you all. I cut up some of the pieces left out of the tea towel into heart shapes and sewed them into the lining - I think that this might be getting a bit boring for you all as I tend to do the same things.
I do love the colours of this tea towel and it is edging me nearer to making my own patchwork quilt!
Below are the two views taken from when the bag has been finished. I got up very early this morning to finish it but the light wasn't that good to take any photographs.
As you can see there is still a fair bit of fabric left over so I could make another bag or ..............any ideas Folks? You are always brimming with fabulous creative thoughts so it would be nice to hear from you.
I always try to leave on the original label - for some reason people really love these
It has turned out to be a neat little bag and has set me up with some ideas for a special one I have to make very soon...............Have to keep it a secret for the time being.
Now lovely Readers in May my blog is one year old so I am planning a couple of giveaways and would love to know what things you like to win - we all have our favourites and I have loads of ideas in my head at the moment but would love to hear your views.
Well Lovelies this was a quick post tonight as I have to go and make tea - I have a ton of psychology essays to mark as well so need to get a move on. I hope you do not mind me sharing my personal news with you all - I hope it helps you to see why I am up and down at the moment. You have all kept me going through this dark passage which still has a long way to go yet but knowing you are all there means the world to me. A huge thank you to all of you. You are very special people. Sending you loads of hugs and loves, hope to speak with you all very soon. Take care and have lots of fun. Dorothy:-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxx