It’s Sunday morning right now, here in Wellington… KB and I got up bright and early in order to beat the crowds to the vege markets, we’re home now, with a lovely long day off stretching ahead of us…. I’ve got crafty plans, readings to read for class tomorrow, a bit of essay writing to attend to, and looooots of cooking to do. I like to have my freezer full of ready cooked meals and frozen chick peas and kidney beans so that when I get busy during the week it’s all done for me. When I went away last week, I left the freezer full of “meals for one” so that KB wouldn’t live on rice noodles and hot chips… I got home and found that the freezer was empty! I felt a bit smushy inside at that moment, I have to admit….
We’re a bit tired this morning because we went out to celebrate my dear friend’s 30th birthday. Louise is one of my old college friends who I met up with again via *whispers* facebook (ahem) and when she moved back to Wellington last year I was thrilled to have a catch up with her.
Oooh! I think! A birthday! It’s my first opportunity to put my resolution number 3 into action! I was very excited and spent a lot of time deciding what to make her. My first thought was some arm warmers in gorgeous possum merino wool, as the colours of the particular brand are just lush, beautiful jeweled hues which would create a colour punch when teamed with Louise’s gorgeous red-blonde hair…. So off I went to the wool shop, but that particular branch of wool shop didn’t sell the wool I wanted, I’d need to go into town for the specialty yarns, so it was back to the drawing board.
I gave it some more thought, and decided that as Louise is a knitter, I should crochet her something instead. I dug through my stash and found what I hoped would be the perfect colour Perendale wool to match her hair, (the colour is called amethyst, so I took it as a jewel inspired sign!) and hooked up a Queen Anne’s Lace scarf.
Queen Anne’s Lace scarves are turning into my “go-to guy,” well, to be more appropriate, my “go-to dyke”… they’re beautiful, simple and hopefully well-liked! Remember I made my Aunty one for her birthday last year? Well, I saw her wearing it at a party I said I wasn’t coming to, which proves that she likes it and wasn’t just wearing it for me! I get the feeling the Queen Anne’s is going to be gifted to quite a few people throughout this handmade challenge!
Do you know, I didn’t even think of cards when I started this, there are lots of lovely NZ made cards out there, but I thought I’d put my darling to work, and asked her to make a beautiful card for Louise… KB is a wonderful artist, she does some amazing paintings- one of which is hanging in my office, but my favourites have to be her little water-colour cartoons which make me smile at their sweetness and amaze at how clever she is!
Isn’t that the sweetest little picture of Louise?!
I got quite excited about showing you some of KB’s art, so I dug through my box of special things and found another little painting she did for me….
I found some more too, but I’m a bit cautious about putting them on the www… it’s so easy to just save any pictures off here and then use them, I’d hate for her most beautiful ones to show up on greeting cards somewhere!
I think I’d love to see some of her gorgeous water colours being sold as prints…. They’d be so sweet on a child’s bedroom wall, or flag the child, anyone’s really, what do you think?
OK then Darlings, I’m off to cook my magic lentil pie filling, then get hooking, or knitting… I finished two projects last night so have a lovely clean slate this morning! Weeeheeeee!!!
Wishing you a beautiful day wherever you are, whatever you’re up to, whoever you’re with!
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX