Okay, so the sunshine we've been enjoying here in the UK seems to have well and truly disappeared, and it's feeling rather wintry at the moment, but who cares when the postman brings packages like this:
This is what I received in an impromptu swap with Florence after we met up the other day. She had been asking about the minkee I'd blogged about recently, so I sent her a small offcut to play around with. In return, she very kindly sent me the goodies pictured above - a pretty pink pack of Cath Kidston tissues (I will not be wasting these on my children's runny noses!), a trio of dishcloths so lovely I will save them for best, a piece of a gorgeous Amy Butler fabric that I've never seen in these colours before, and last but not least, a handy new sewing gadget. Thanks so much, Florence!
Also delivered by my postman last week was a package from Sew, Mama, Sew. I put my prize money towards three Amy Butler prints in blue and grey from the Lotus collection. They're even more beautiful in the flesh than they looked on the website, and I really can't wait to cut into these.
I'm going to use them to make the Emmeline apron which I purchased the pattern for a little while ago. I had an email conversation with Jo about my reluctance to use up large quantities of fabric on a single item, and my consequent tendency to eke out my stash on small projects; this has decided me to take up Jo's suggestion of joining in the Emmeline sew-along as therapy for my fabric-hoarding tendencies!
And there's more - I got another parcel yesterday, in the shape of this book, Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp, the third book my mother-in-law had ordered for my birthday.
I thought I might devote a separate blog post to a mini review of my sewing books, as I've been asked a few times lately about book and tutorial recommendations, and tips for how to go about basic sewing tasks, so I'll get on to that in the coming week.
I'll leave you with a photo of the cake I baked this week to take to a friend's house. I suddenly realised it had been ages since I'd done any baking of the non-child-assisted variety, so I thought I'd cook something a bit more grown up. This is a traybake with apricot halves topping each piece from Bill's Open Kitchen by Bill Granger. It turned out really well and I'll definitely cook this one again as it's really very easy. It's lucky I took it to my friend's, really, or I'd probably have scoffed the lot!