I couldn't let the year end without one last attempt to write something here. Life does have a tendency to get in the way of reading and writing blogs these days. My fingers have been busy making and baking rather than typing.
My mother and two sisters were really good at creating lovely things to wear, while I spent hours unpicking my uneven seams and dipping hems. My attempts usually ended in the dustbin or rag bag. It has taken the advent of grandchildren to get me to take up a needle again and nowadays I even use a sewing machine!
It all began with little quilts for cots and then aprons for toddlers and now I am responding to requests for dressing up outfits. This year the children will be snow leopards and cheetahs in these outfits:
Then they all needed sweaters and hats; here are just a few:
and Ben wants to be a Jedi knight so I made him a robe:
One of my friends had enough confidence in my new-found sewing skills to commission some aprons to give as Christmas presents for her teenage daughter and friends. Cupcakes galore and a smarter one for herself.
I've made candles and cakes, mince pies and cookies and today will be chocolate-making day. How I wish my mother could see me now! Each success I've had has boosted my confidence and I think I would probably have a go at any new challenge now. It is lovely to surprise others and even better to surprise myself. Perhaps my next challenge should be to get back to blogging regularly in the New Year, now that would surprise you!