Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Merry and Bright

The little lady’s big ZERO-THREE is coming thick and fast…

We’ve decided to not try to ignore the fact that her birthday is a fortnight before Christmas and this year will be throwing a generic holiday/celebration/bash type event instead of our usual *shuts ears and eyes and pretends it’s not Christmas until after her birthday* type birthday party.

I fell in love with the festive retro spin of this collection from Party Pieces but I’m darned if I’m going to ship in a ready-made party theme… Having got a bit pin-happy on the-addictive-site-that-shall-not-be-named (come find me there – I’m ALWAYS on it), I’ve been slowly piecing together reds, white, spots, ginghams, wreaths and printables to bring a touch of sparkle to a hired village hall at the start of a likely grey December afternoon.

Have also enjoyed putting together this oh-so-simple styrofoam-and-felt concoction *with* her one afternoon so that will form an element of the decorations too I’m sure.


Watch this space for adventures in baking… She has requested a pink rainbow cake with lots of sprinkles… Never one for subtlety so we’ll see how we go…

Monday, November 05, 2012

Watery Wooly Weekends

Fabulously smug husbands book minibreaks in watery cities as surprise birthday presents…


And take their shocked and fabulously indulged wife to watery hotels with private boats…09-P1100231 11-P1100236

to fish and food markets to drop one’s jaw…

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Even when the weather is wet and the wife’s attire seems to be modelled on the fashions of the local fishermen…

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And said hubbie spots quilting inspiration on the floor of many and varied religious venues…39-P1100281 20-P1100272 21-P1100280

And then indulges a wooly passion or two with a rain-sodden exploration around the semi-navigable streets to find the ONLY YARN SHOP IN VENICE

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Beautiful wools…

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Patient staff and exciting, Italian ranges in a range of prices, colours and styles…28-P1100300 29-P1100301

With the inevitable souvenir purchases….


Watch this space for the hat and scarf that will be emanating from these four balls of gorgeousness…