Lets start with a disclaimer. Although this may appear to be me showing off, it really isn't. And if it was? Well, c'mon, this stuff is worth showing off about.
Also, I just want to make it clear that the thanks in my last post were aimed at all of you. Everyone that reads this blog. Because I gain support from all of you, it doesn't matter which way you show it. Whether it's just being there on my Stats, or emailing me personally, or sending a gift. It's all good and all appreciated.
That said (and very much meant), lets get on with looking at the goodies shall we?
These are the hand embroidered mini cushions that Kristy's girls made for me and M-P2. I can't show you Bella's cushion at the moment because she's carrying it around with her and I can't get a photo!
The book is by Kristy's 13 year old, Lily, and was written for Jim.
You can't really tell in the photo's, but the illustrations are part drawn, part multi-media collage.
Lily's not only used a wonderful combination or paper, fabric and trims, she has also written a really good, morality tale - and believe me, if anyone needs to read a good morality tale, it's Jim!
Oh and she's bound it herself!
Contrary to how it appears, Kristy hasn't been quilting for very long at all. Which is why I'm asking exactly how she's gotten so much better than me at hand quilting already??
She has however been doing embroidery for a lot longer than I have, so I don't feel too bad about how much better she is at that than me too!
When she showed a glimpse of this quilt on her blog recently I secretly hoped it was for me. And I'm not even going to admit how disappointed I would have been if it had been for someone else, because it would not show me in a good light at all!
I was so excited when I opened this parcel and saw the wonderful elephant pillow that Jhoanna sent
me, M-P2. Isn't she gorgeous? And don't you love that plate? Jhoanna sent it for Bella. And Bella shall enjoy it - whilst it hangs on the kitchen wall ( I know, I know, I'm a complete meanie).
Beki made this beautiful Kimono top for M-P2 from a pattern that she drafted herself. I absolutely adore the simplicity of it and am still debating whether or not I can allow it to go anywhere near an actual baby!
The button brooch is for me (I'm assuming so anyway and if I'm wrong, I don't want to hear it!) and is one of my favourite colour combinations of red and aqua. And finally, that gorgeous vintage pillow case. I am often green with envy at the vintage sheets and pillow cases that you have over in the US. Over here patterned bedding never really seemed to catch on to the same extent, so it's not easy to come by. And when I see all the pillowcase dresses and summer bags that get made out of them, I do so get jealous.
Leya of Curious Bird fame, sent M-P2 this wonderful owl, which makes me very happy, because Bella received another Owl 2 years ago, almost to the week, and I love the fact that the girls have now got an owl each.
The tiny t shirt is hand printed with an orange lion and is going to look perfect on M-P2 - although I can't imagine her ever being big enough to wear it!
I'm lucky enough to have lots more to show, but it's just too much for one post, so they'll be lots more next time.
We had another scan today and M-P2 is now 6lbs! And I'm only 34 weeks. No wonder I hurt. And no wonder I have no idea how I'm going to get her out! Eeek.