About a month ago, Jan and Di and I had a day together. An hour at the Shopkeeper Gal's emporium, a quick scout around Amesbury and then to a small Craft Centre at Weyhill for lunch and browsing. Apart from the jewellery and gallery and chocolatier and wool shop, there's a quilting shop. Jan wanted to have a brief rummage and check out threads. Di, for reasons of a personal nature, wanted a large bodkin. I don't know either. Well, I was utterly entranced by all the fabrics. Lots and lots of them were by companies that I know as scrapbook paper designers, so I spent an awful lot of time trying to decide what I could make. If I needed anything. The first and most obvious answer to me, was a nice bag.I don't need or have room in my life for any more bags. So I came over all sensible and decided to have a look around for a pattern or idea before buying some fabric. Because otherwise, it could sit around for, well, months. The same week, my recipient in The Coven's Secret Santa was revealed and I had my answer. Make something from some of the gorgeous fabric you wanted to buy. So I did. Scraplady Ally has a thing for purple, she's a quilter, so has a fabric 'thing' and I found two projects that I thought were marvellously clever...a camera strap (for she is a fantastic photographer) and an iPad sleeve. Satisfied my need to have fabric. Satisfied my need to make. Satisfied my wanting to find her a relatively out-of the-ordinary present.
I am utterly indebted to Lindsay at The Cottage Home for tutorials and ideas that I've found really inspiring and stress free. I know that this isn't spoiling a surprise, because we met and exchanged presents last night. We didn't even consider not opening our gifts. Not even for a second, not a mention of the idea. Love that about Christmas - I think it's because we're pretty sure that there will be another gift on another day. Ain't life grand.