The camellias are as lovely as ever
The hellebores are looking good
especially my favourite chocolate variety
and there is a solitary hyacinth peeping through the undergrowth
Seeing all the new life in the garden inspired me to have a go at something new myself. I have probably mentioned that I was thrown out of needlework classes when I was 12 - the teacher thought I was better suited to physics. I have taken up quilt-making in recent years but haven't had the confidence to join a group or to try anything complicated but I decided to step out of my comfort zone this week and make a little bag - fully lined and with box corners! Behold, pictured appropriately in the garden, my little Flower Fairies bag:
the Candytuft Fairy on one side
and the Lilac Fairy on the other
I learned how to make the box corners from this clever tutorial. (Isn't Google great!) I will be heading back to the quilting supplies shop for more Flower Fairy panels to make bags for the many little girls we now have in the family. This first example will be packed and posted to Edinburgh on Monday for my great-niece's birthday. I hope she likes it as much as I do. I know I haven't climbed Everest or completed the London marathon but lining a bag is a great achievement for the girl who was made to read aloud to the class rather than be allowed to use a sewing machine back in 1957!