Sunday, February 13, 2011

A happiness butterfly

Long time no post!
A wee grandson was born in New Zealand, and because he was premature I have been busy knitting tiny clothes, and sewing small gowns. His expected arrival was towards the end of February, and knowing that usually March was a pleasant month I had made clothes for the colder winter. A premature baby needs to be kept cosy ... my fingers have been busy creating small articles of clothing for this little lad.

The result? Little time to post a blog.

As I am heading over to meet this new grandson I am attempting to get ahead of myself! Not that I have fallen over my own feet as yet, but the possibility is there. My row by row Round Robin partner for row 2 kindly forwarded her journal early, thus enabling me to make her row before I depart these shores, and not coming back until the closing time for this row. Usually an extended trip away from home means I don't feel like rushing into essentials for a few days ... better, to my way of thinking, to get ahead. Despite the fact that the kitchen looks as though a cyclone has raced through [pieces of fabric, ends of cotton, lying all over the place], I have managed to almost complete the 2nd row [photo of one of the blocks]. Four blocks are finished, and the final touches should be completed by the end of today. Whew! Light at the end of the tunnel!

Several weeks ago I entered a competition in Handmade. I hd forgotten all about it as the requirements were to send in a favourite quote. I love quotes, and one in particular I find uplifting for all manner of occasions. The judges must have liked it because recently a large envelope dropped into the mail box. I was curious. I hadn't ordered anything. Ripping open the end I discovered a set of six stitchery patterns ... my prize for the quotation. Hopefully, at some stage during the winter, inspiration will settle on me, like a butterfly, and I will make use of this wonderful prize.

Oh the quotation that won this gift? "Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne"


RobynK said...

Lol, babies are good for wasting your time while you enjoy them.
I like the pattern on the block you've posted and those stitcheries will help you while away the winter.

Nuestras meriendas y manualidades said...

Congratulations for the baby.And kisses for you from Spain.

Liz said...

Congrats on your little gs. How lovely. What a lovely block-gorgeous colors. A prizewinner as well-all is going well for you.

Anonymous said...

Hope all is well with you Shirls .. been really worried for you ...Im sure your new little addition is going to be nice and cosy with your nimble fingers at the helm .. I havent made anything yet but will post when I do , I will be making some pot holders and hopefully baby ponchos to put towards my daughters craft stall she hopes to have soon,,, take care my Friend .. Yucca .