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catching up

Hi guys, I’m back from the UK – did you miss me? If you want to keep up with more of my day-to-day life (both crafty and more personal), you can follow me on Twitter. Send me a direct message if you do, so I know who you are and can follow you back!

Now I’m back home, I can show you the little presents I made for my parents. For Mum (a pianist) a music-inspired needlebook with blue (her favourite colour) felt pages:

needlebook

And for Dad (always hard to buy for), a set of marble magnets featuring pics of his dog (they look better in person; the glass was tricky to photograph without reflections):

doggy marble magnets

While I was sorting through all my old stuff at my Dad’s house, I found a bag containing 4 skeins of beautifully soft kid mohair yarn, in this pretty purple shade. I’m absolutely at a loss as to how I acquired this – I didn’t even crochet while I lived in the UK! Anyway, I’m not complaining – free yarn is always a good thing, especially when it’s quality yarn like this:

purple kid mohair yarn

I whiled away my hours on the plane by crocheting fuzzy orange tubes to be the legs for my orang utan. Just the body and feet to go now…

I managed to bring back my mammoth Animal reference book in my carry-on backpack (and I have a bruise on my tailbone to prove it – the book is seriously large and weighs over 5kg!) – no worries that I will run out of animal inspiration now I have over 600 beautifully-photographed pages to pore through!

Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide to the World's Wildlife
Animal: The Definitive Visual Guide to the World's Wildlife

I also brought back some gardening books, as inspiration for some new plant designs. I have a lovely idea for a new plant-themed series of patterns, but I don’t want to jinx it by revealing it just yet…

And I’m expecting to see the initial layouts for my papercraft book this week – so exciting! I’ll post some pics when it’s all been finalised.

Now, time to get back to work! I’ll post again when I have something new to show you, and in the meantime you can see me on Twitter, or check out my latest tweets in the little widget in the right sidebar –>

6 Comments »

  1. Mia said

    Hey June! Glad you had a good trip. Don’t you love that animal book! DK always publishes such great reference books with excellent photography, and of all of his animal encyclopedias & books, that one is my little boy’s favorite right now. I make him carry it though πŸ™‚

  2. Glad that you are back after a wonderful trip. Can’t wait to see your Orang Utan!!!

  3. futuregirl said

    I missed you! Glad you enjoyed your trip. That book looks awesome! Can’t wait to see your plant-inspired designs, too. Those violets are awesome. πŸ™‚

  4. becky said

    Oh my that looks like a lot of patterns and loads of fun. I wish I had that kind of time on my hands.
    BTW I started following you on Twitter.
    I can wait to see the finished book.

    Becky

  5. Brooke said

    That is the favorite book in my 4th grade classroom. The kids fight over it. I have to remind them that it is special and very expensive so they have to take care of it.

  6. Blue said

    Good to have you “back”, June, though you were closer to me when you were “away” πŸ˜‰

    Your mom’s needlebook may be an inspiration for something I “need” to make.

    *hugs*
    T

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