I love giving gifts. I love really thinking about the person I am going to make something for so it becomes personal. As I get to know people, making gifts for someone becomes great fun.
This week has been packed in the first two days. It has been filled with friends yielding their needles. I spent Monday afternoon with my two lacemaking friends. Jannie has inspired me to try a project that I hope to start with her advice in the autumn so you will see more about that later.
Sonja had a birthday back in May. We did not see her then as she was away. I had given her part of her gift a couple of weeks ago when I saw her up at Cranberry Cottage. She remarked once about how fun she thought florkjes were when we were out so I got her some.
Her other part of the birthday gift I gave her on Monday. I found this sweet little rack in a garden center and immediately thought of her. She loves stitching little hearts. I made her two fabric Tilda hearts and the other two hooks she could fill with her own creations. She has it hanging and it looks so pretty to see her stitched hearts on it. You can see them on her blog.
Then yesterday, I was off to visit Dutch blogger Annemarie who was hosting the Sip 'N Stitch this time. We wanted to especially go to her house in July which you will see why in just a moment but after changing my mind three times about her gift, I decided on a new Moda Bake Shop pattern and a little book for her son Pelle.
This honeybun giant pincushion is a recent addition to Moda Bake Shop and was fun to sew together. I decided to jazz it up a little with some beads and buttons though.
One of the fun things about this pincushion is that it can be used on both sides which gives you the idea of having two pincushions. One side had the brighter of the pinks prominent which looked spring/summer...
...while the other side was a dusty pink making it look more autumn/winter.
Now why did Annemarie HAVE to host the July Sip 'N Stitch you ask? Why this sweet little guy of course! Pantoef is her new little kitten and we all were looking forward to see him as the newest member of our little group.
Pantoef found his friend for the day in Harmien and decided to settle down for a nice long nap. If only she would sit still instead of stitching all afternoon...meow...
I am off to rest for today with my needle in hand. After two days of fun with other stitchers, I am happy to have a quiet day at home.