I just love the way, seemingly, almost over night, banks and churchyards are covered in snowdrops. These are snapped on a very grey day, in a local churchyard. masses of white interspersed with purple and yellow crocuses. . . .
. . . . . .and, remembering Dick Bruna, who died yesterday aged 89 years, the creator of the original Miffy books for children in 1955. Who inspired these makes I made a few years ago for new babes . . . .
The little babe in the photo is my great niece; she will be 4 years old this week ! Happy Birthday Greta X
Today, I'd like you to meet Ms. Scarlet Sweetheart; my Valentine's make for Sal, my blog partner for this year's Love Swap.
Sal told me she likes red and grey, and purple, polka dot fabrics and likes quirky - cute and unusual; I thought one of my rabbits might fit the bill. The swap also involved hearts, sewing notions and something red, and something delicious to eat.
Let me tell you a bit about Ms Scarlet - also known as 'Red' to her bunny chums.
She is made of the softest velvety velour, and stuffed with polyester stuffing, her eyes and mouth are sewn with embroidery threads. She is wearing her best Valentine's cotton heart print dress, polka dot apron, with little shells buttons and leggings trimmed with broiderie anglaise. As Ms. Scarlet really wanted to impress the Yorkshire Sewist with her sewing credentials, she is carrying her needle case bag, which also holds her Lancashire passport as she is crossing into Yorkshire! She loves cakes, but as she's on a diet has brought a cinnamon candle to sniff. She also took chocolate and some Blackpool rock for Sal's boys. Ms. Scarlet is delighted to be going to Yorkshire as she loves watching James Martin, the Yorkshire Chef, on the T.V. and hopes she might meet him one day.
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I had a lot of fun with this bunny and was really chuffed when Sal emailed me to say that she really liked Ms. Scarlet who was 'totally her little sewing buddy'. I also packed sewing notions: cute fabric, sewing needles that I thought might be useful along with a sewing pattern of a shoulder bag with a fox and cat design that was an unexpected charity shop find - just right for Sal.
SAL'S GOODIES FOR ME!
All neatly boxed and packed with pink tissue paper. I was quite naughty this time, and not as disciplined as Sal, and opened my package before Valentine's day, but no earth shattering punishments happened, and I wasn't disappointed. In fact the contents were an absolute delight.
Delicious, irresistible chocolates, pretty heart notions, lovely multi-coloured embroidery thread, lots of sparkly hearts, the cutest 'me to you' valentine card, a large piece of paisley design jersey material and a sewing pattern. (now that's a challenge Sal has set me. It is a long time since I've made any clothes with a pattern.) I love the material colours which I think would look fabulous matched with denim. And there's more - here I am wearing Sal's gorgeous hand made item, which has been sewn ever so neatly and the colours work so well together - this beautiful, patchwork scarf in my favourite blues and lavender.
Thank you so much Sal.
I love it all .XOX . . . . You can find Sal at www.theyorkshiresewist.uk
And, a huge thank you to Tracy from www.madaboutbagsuk.blogspot.co.uk for organising the Love Swop.
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