Elizabeth, who writes the blog, Cornish Cream, held a recent giveaway and I was lucky enough to win. How fun to receive a parcel bearing the mark "Royal Mail." Makes one feel positively queenly! Barbara's gifts included a book on Cornish Gardens that I'm looking forward to perusing with a cup of tea nearby, a tube of scented L'Occitane hand cream, a tea towel featuring the fruits of England, a map of the great gardens of Cornwall, and a pretty bookmark. Oh, and a tissue holder stitched of beautiful rose printed fabric. Thank you, Elizabeth, I'm thoroughly enjoying this parcel.
I had great plans before Christmas, but then ended up working more than expected, so my plans went sideways. One of my goals was to stitch up this cute vest for Little Miss A. It's made of rose-printed floral flannel and lined with pink polka-dotted flannel. I used a pattern won from Running with Scissors, although the pattern itself is by Sweet Charlotte. I like the asymmetrical zipper and collar. Size two fits well.
On our province's first-ever Family Day, we went hiking to East Sooke Park, with friends. Mist hung heavy over the hills and the water, covering our hair with diamond droplets. But the temperature was pleasant and the mist cleared a bit while we ate lunch and sipped our tea on the rocks overlooking the water. A fine Family Day it was.
And what's up for the week ahead? Valentine's Day preparations, of course, some sewing, some writing. All dependent on whether or not I get called in to teach. What does your week look like?