Well the title of this posting says it all. Three of my favourite things. I have had these books on order for a while. Ian picked them up for me earlier on in the week. I am in book heaven at the moment. Velvet Pears is such a beautiful book presentation wise and the book Made in France has the most wonderful cross stitch and embroidery patterns with beautiful pictures to go with them. The cross stitches are in red white and blue. When I buy a book I usually road test it from the local library first,this way I can see if it really is as good as they say. Sometimes when you read a book review the reviewer has a different take on the book than yourself.
Sue,one of the ladies who comes to sewing and is actually our tutor road tests embroidery patterns for a lady in South Africa. Last month Sue brought along some samples to give away. I said I would take some and sew them into something for a charity.
Yesterday I made this wall hanging with the four samples.The final measurements are about 19 inches square. Next time Lucy has an appointment I will take it to the hospital she attends in the city. They can sell it in the shop. Sue also made a quilt for me to take as well. I will show this another day.
With the lovely weather we have been having it is time to get out into the garden and see what needs to be done. I still haven't pruned a lot of the roses. They are all in bloom. This one in the photo above smells just beautiful. I couldn't cut the flowers of just yet.
Out the back they are blooming as well. The rose in the foreground is called "Sophy's Rose'. It has dark cerise pink rosette shaped blooms. It is always in bloom and has a light tea fragrance.The rose climbing up the gazebo is called "Crepescule" It is a Noisette with loosely double,apricot-gold blooms. It is fragrant and very free flowering. After school today I plan to take Lucy for afternoon tea at the Book Cafe. I have heard that they have some more craft magazines in. At only a small price I can pick up some recent issues and have some lovely coffee and cake as well. I hope you all have an extra special day. Remember to check back tomorrow evening to see who is the new owner of "Sweethearts."