Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Starting the Year

I can't believe this is my first post of 2009 ! Where have those two weeks gone? Working night shift over Christmas has meant that the holidays have zoomed past for me. The Maternity unit where I work was has been very busy over the past few weeks.

I thought I'd post this photograph taken by D on the first walk of the year. It's of the road approaching Slieve Binnion in the Mourne Mountains. I think it is such a tranquil scene. It reminds me to slow my pace in 2009. The natural colour scheme of purple, pink and green is so soothing and the dry stone wall is a beautiful contrast.

So far in 2009 I've been smitten by the hand stitching bug and have spent the past few nights stitching these tiny fabric boxes while sitting by a lovely peat fire.

They are great for holding small items of jewellery. I've also used them over Christmas as gift boxes to hold small surprises. They are also a good way to use up those little scraps left over from bigger projects.

The pattern for these little gems can be found in this book.

Which is available here.


dottycookie said...

Oh! SO lovely! They look like tiny brazil nuts. I think I might have to have a go at those.

Jane said...

What beautiful hand stitching on these lovely little pouches! AND I adore looking at that photo. I received a mighty sum of money this Christmas and the first thing that came to my mind is to book a trip to Ireland, distant home of my relatives. That photo is just so lovely. Any "when you come to Ireland you must" suggestions for me?