A few days later, I went with my Ladies' Group on a visit to tour the same manor house, (Llanvihangel Court) followed by a pub meal. If you're ever in the area (and it happens to be open) the house is well worth a visit. I can't imagine there being a better example of a house of that age anywhere else. The Lady of the Manor gave us the tour and pointed out many portraits of her ancestors, including her great-grandmother, who was a lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria. Unusually for a 400-year-old house, there wasn't a speck of dust or cobweb anywhere, and every room was stunning yet homely, and although the furnishings were from all over the world and from different periods, nothing looked out of place.
I've also been recycling the already recycled! I made a cushion cover a while ago with hexagons on a blue background. It never looked like the vision I originally had but I was reluctant to waste the work that went into it. However, when my daughter said she wasn't keen on it either, it was time to take action. I unpicked all the hexagons, stitched them into a block and made them into this zipped bag, with the blue from the cushion as a lining. As usual, I 'winged it' with the design as it's another different construction method. This time the seams are on the outside and are covered with binding. I also used binding to attach the zip on the outside, which was quite fiddly, but meant there was no need for turning it all inside-out and risking sewing things the wrong way.
|This was the cushion 'before'|
Oh, and I mustn't forget............My new job is a part-time receptionist at a hair salon - at the salon I go to, actually! I was sitting there, having my hair done a couple of months ago, chatting away to the stylist/owner (as you do) when she asked about my work. When I told her I was redundant and looking for part-time work, she offered me the job. I've already done some 'shadowing' of the current receptionist and one morning on my own, and I start officially next week! It will suit me quite well at the moment to work 3/4 days a week, leaving time for proof reading, crafting and helping son and daughter with their accounts.
Progress since last time:
Turned cushion into zipped bag
Added more patchwork diamonds to Country Living inspired quilt
Started cathedral window patchwork cushion
Bye for now