|One entire wall is covered in A3 pictures like this|
- children's chatter and laughter
- the taste of coffee
- a cat's playfulness (at the expense of my yarn)
- the warmth of the sun on my face
- the simple joy to be found in a bag of bright colours
Wishing you a wonderful day
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|The Nursery Collection by Shirley Hughes |
This hardback edition - ISBN 0-7445-3210-8
After a long and thankfully uneventful journey, we arrived in Caerphilly yesterday afternoon. As is all too frequently the case it started raining just before we approached the Severn Bridge into Wales and hasn't stopped since - a distinct difference from the blue skies we left at home. I am hoping this means we get our entire allocation of Welsh rain now, and not during our summer holiday here in July!
|Who turned off the colour?|
|Making French bread pizza with Nanna while Oscar tries to ignore them!|
|Never looked good in yellow!|
|THEN - 1970s grandparents just as I remember them - check out the sideburns!...|
|...and NOW - recorded in wood by my father last year - uncanny likenesses|
|Even in the 70s the sky was grey here - but check out that backdrop!|
|with Grampy - my favourite person for a long time (shhhhh, don't tell Nanna)|
|a rare pic with my father who was in the Royal Navy - this looks SO much like my children!|
|Wrapped in swathes of fabric to create an outfit with class and style|
So here are the particulars:
Cost: Yarn x 2 @ £5.50 per 100g = £11.00
There are some further notes on my Ravelry project page.
To see more Finished Objects, please visit Tami's Amis and click on the links :)
|From WIP to FO in|
a split second decision
|(c) Little Miss|
|Room for improvement at the start/end of the rounds|
A blessingway is not a baby shower, but a rather more spiritual celebration of pregnancy, birth and motherhood. Blessingway has its roots in Navajo tradition, and we have borrowed and adapted this ancient custom. Today the blessingway is a small gathering of the close women family and friends of a pregnant woman, to inspire, nurture and celebrate her during the last weeks of pregnancy.
Please bring ~
- a bead or two for a birthing necklace,
- a blessing in the form of a poem, song or simply a sentence,
- an object, picture or symbol for my birthing altar
- some food to share
...and this gave me some inkling as to the nature of the proceedings but I really didn't expect it would be quite so moving.
The preparation naturally brought to mind my own children's births - not something I like to think about too much as neither was a positive experience for anyone involved and both babies ended up in SCBU/NICU, but it felt that being a part of a more positive and celebratory ritual would redress some of that and it certainly seemed that way during the ceremony when I felt quite deeply moved by the words of the celebrant Keeley, and of the other women.
I wanted my beady gifts to be handmade, although I haven't ever made anything like this before so I opted for some very simple beads made from Fimo.
Close your eyes and breathe deep
Breathe in peace, breathe out pain
Imagine your feet
Toes curling into dirt
Think of yourself as rooted
Think of your place in the earth
How did you come to be here?
Through generations of women named
A maternal lineage
That brought you to this place
Think of their birth stories
What you know, what you believe to be true
Realize that their births carry deep wisdom
Some may carry the memory of joy and transcendence
Each birth is a powerful experience
Each birth traces down to you.
Just as you pass this knowledge on to your baby
Understand that your birth is your own
It will be different from all others
Like the swirls in your thumb
Your birth will have a unique pattern
Unfolding with each contraction
Rising and falling like a newborn’s chest
This birth belongs to you
This birth is an opening
This birth is the end and a beginning
May this blessing of birth come to you without fear
May this blessing of birth come to you with great understanding
My this blessing of birth make your heart soar
May this blessing of birth bring shouts of delight to your lips
Blessings to you and your birth.
Firstly this Crochet Apple Jacket made from the pattern in Mollie Makes first issue.
|Two buttons to fit snugly over large or small fruit|
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