Well that's the festive season over and done with for another year .... all packed away till next time.
The children were back to school on Wednesday and husband back to work to be given the wonderful news that he will be on a three day week again from 16th January .... he does get paid at basic rate so mustn't grumble but then will have to pay back the time on a Saturday when it suits the company of course. They seem to be gradually working towards an 'on demand' workforce that they can pick up and drop when the fancy takes them .... the permanent workforce is dwindling and being replaced with contractors at a much cheaper rate (no surprise there!)
Good job I sneaked a visit to the Cath Kidston factory shop at St Neots last weekend ..... or Kid Caffrey as Ellie is calling it ..... she is getting to be quite a CK officianado having visited the St Pancras store last week too. She really needed a new school bag and pencil case apparently so soft touch nanny got caught again!
We had just stepped in the door and who should we bump into ..... Tilly Rose ..... also having a bit of Cath retail therapy. It was nice to have a chat and a little catch up and I really must get along to her new venture this year .... I just ran out of time towards the end of 2011.
They had a good range of fabric and I also treated myself to a little spring loaded tape measure and a glasses case.
New Year ..... new start ..... I am going to concentrate this year on the Vintage & Handmade Fairs run by Ann & Trevor and my little outlet at Country Matters in Hexton. Unsold Christmas stock has been retrieved from Hexton and I am pleased to say that there wasn't a lot left and I will be joining the Vintage & Handmade Jumble in Northampton on Saturday 14th January with lots of clearance items including fabric, textiles, books, ceramics and some handmade items.
Do please come along to this great event if you can.
I have been stashing away blue fabrics for ages in the hope that I could get around to making a blue & white themed quilt for myself and this week made a start on cutting out the squares for the first blocks.
There is a mix of modern prints together with vintage Laura Ashley and other vintage cottons.
The first little bargain find of 2012 ..... a green leaf design Carlton Ware cup from the charity shop for one whole pound
and finally a little collage of my previous quilt makes
Happy New Year all x