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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Busy busy

I have just returned from six days in Devon with my daughter, son in law and their family. They have moved into their new home and I went I help keep the children occupied, meals on the table and washing done while they unpacked, shopped for storage and built shelves etc. The house is waiting for an extension to be built but they have done lots of work already in the main part of the property.

The location is wonderful, with amazing views. At the end of each day I sat in the lounge looking out the window across Dartmoor until the sun set. The children are loving the garden and the surprise visit of a neighbours very friendly cat was an added bonus.

While all this is happening with family in the UK, my other daughter still has baby Lilhe in her care. He is such a sweet little baby. 

I've been out and about today and been amazed at the beautiful Spring colours around, such a beautiful time of the year.

                        

                        

                          

                          



Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Liberty Quilt

I love Liberty fabric and have been collecting for my stash for a number of years. I have bought in sales, charity shops and been given pre cut squares. Due to these squares being of differing sizes it's not been easy to piece them together and make sure the joins and corners match. I decided to make some triangle pairs too which added to the challenge.....

However, amazingly when I came to attach the triangles they just fitted exactly around the edge. 

I have lots of fabric left and so need to think of which way to go next. I have a lovely vintage sheet from my Mothers house which I plan to use to back the quilt. And then I need to decide whether to hand or machine quilt it. I'm looking forward to this quilt being finished after waiting so long to starting it!


                  














Saturday, 5 April 2014

Lihle

I'm just posting a quick one as I don't have much to blog about at the moment other than this little chap...he is still being cared for by my daughter and her husband. She thinks he will soon be going to his bio family but for now he is with them.

He received the quilt I made him and looks beautiful lying on it don't you think? 


                       

          

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Montessori aprons

I love it when I get a commission order through my etsy shop, these Montessori style aprons are my best sellers. I don't make much money from them as I have to compete with other sellers making similar items...I can't see that they make much either. But they are quick and simple to make. 

On Sunday I had a request from a mum to make an apron for her little boy, she had bought one from etsy for her daughter but had to order from USA as she hadn't seen my shop here in the UK. She was specific about her colours and so ordered these beautiful fabrics and had them sent direct to me. They arrived today and now her little apron is packaged ready to post :)


                 










Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Wales

Our sabbatical is drawing to an end, this past weekend we visited friends in Peterborough and attended their church so see how things are done there. 

We then drove across to Wales to spend a couple of nights with my sister and her husband and to go to see the cottage that we are in the process of buying.

I won't show any photos of the cottage until the purchase has been completed. This is an exciting time for us, back in 1996, partly due to the recession and partly due to a builder not paying his bill, my husbands plumbing business folded. We lost our house and moved into rented property. Soon after this my husband gave up plumbing and went into the ministry.

We never thought we would have the opportunity to own a property again but God has provided, partly from my inheritance and partly through a miracle and we are able to buy a cottage in Wales. My Mother was Welsh and my family on her fathers side were Welsh. So to return to her beloved country is a blessing for us. We don't plan on moving there at this time, but will use the cottage for holidays for us and the family until such a time as we retire or decide to move on from here.

Yesterday the weather wasn't great and so I was unable to get good photos, I have taken these from a website showing some of the beautiful countryside close to where we are buying. I think you will agree Wales has some breath taking countryside. The photos show shots of the √Član Valley and Cambrian Mountains. The final photo is taken of my sister and I. 







                 









Tuesday, 18 March 2014

baby quilt

I have just finished the quilt for baby Lihle, the little boy that my daughter is caring for in South Africa. She continues to take him to visit his birth mother but at the moment she is not in a position to make decisions for her own life or his.

I made this quilt from fabric I have left over from other baby quilts I have made. I used part of a vintage quilt I had been given, for the backing. It is soft and snugly and I can't wait to see him all wrapped up in it. 

                                

                                

                                 


Saturday, 8 March 2014

Care for the helpless

As you will know if you read my blog regularly, that my eldest daughter and her husband are missionaries in South Africa.they have their own two little boys whom they adopted as babies and my daughter, as well as working part time as children's pastor and alongside her husband homeschool their boys, also visits the homeless shelter and helps out wherever she can. 

This shelter is not like those we find in the UK, they are grim places with hundreds of people living in them including families with young children. Many if the tenants are addicts and th women often work the streets to support their habits and/or their families. 

Some tenants are young street children who the older tenants will prey on and sell drugs to. 

My daughter gets to know the women and children who live there and is often the port of call to get people to hospital when need be as ambulances will refuse to go there.

Recently one of the young ladies went into labour, my daughter managed to get her to the hospital where her son was born addicted to the same drugs as his mother uses. She struggled to take care of him as both she and her baby went through withdrawals. My daughter inferred to take him for a couple of nights to give her a break and to give him the love and are he needed. 

She took him back to the shelter last week but was unable to leave him, his mother was in no state to take care of him. She has taken him back for further visits but his mother is now saying that she wishes for him to be adopted. Only she can make that move and talk to social services which at the moment she is in no fit state to do. So my daughter and her husband continue to care for this sweet little baby.
 If you would like to visit her blog www.littlefingersandfrosting.blogspot.co.uk you will get a better story from her. Those of you who pray, please pray for this baby and his mother, for healing for them both. Also please pray for my daughter and her family, the longer they have this baby in their care the more attached they will become and the harder it will be to hand him on to either his mother or an adoptive family. But we know that at his time the place for him to be is with a loving family who know how to care for him and to help him through the withdrawals for his addiction. Thank you.


                       
With my daughter
                        
With his mother
                       
I have started a quilt for him that will hopefully stay with him wherever he goes.