It’s beginning to look a lot like . . .

It’s okay, I’m not actually going to mention the ‘C’ word. I don’t want to be accused of being alarmist or anything! But, I will just say that work has begun and perhaps for the first time in many years I am semi confident that I will have a small collection of cards and decorations available in the shop by September.

So far I have a couple of card designs in progress and a few ideas for some other makes. I won’t be going overboard because I have an awful lot going on this year with one thing or another, so stocks will be limited. I’ll share some sneak previews over the coming weeks, then, if you like what you see, you can sign up to the mailing list so you get to find out as soon as the ‘C’ collection is available to buy.

I made these little trees a few years ago to pop in the hampers we made up for family. I enjoyed making them so much that I am considering making some in vintage fabrics for the shop this year. What do you think?

In other news, I’ve been looking at ways to make my workspace more inviting so I have just taken delivery of a new chair, some oilcloth and a new cutting mat to cheer things up a bit. I’m also planning to make a curtain to go round the desk but I can’t make up my mind whether to make it patchwork or not and if not which fabric do I choose? It’s in our main living space so it’s got to fit in visually but seeing as the whole room still hasn’t been decorated there is a bit of room for experimentation.

It’s already looking much better. I have no idea why, but I chose a black top for my desk when we moved in back in 2018. I have regretted it ever since but the linen oilcloth is fab and has covered it up a treat. It’s not like other oilcloth I’ve had as it’s much thinner and drapes more like an uncoated fabric. I can’t believed I dithered about ordering some for so long. I added the fake plant to the Ikea order when I bought the chair. I’m slowly learning the value of fake house plants living here. I used to hate the idea but they do have their advantages. They don’t care about light levels, the cat doesn’t try to eat them and most importantly they don’t add to the humidity problem. They are also perfect for those of us with mental health challenges as they provide the same visual benefits as real plants but also don’t fall victim to drought periods when we relapse and forget to water for months on end. I think I’m a convert. Long live the fake house plants!

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend despite the rain.

We have cake so things aren’t so bad here!