Since finishing the house we have done next to nothing to it even though there are a few bits that need finishing off.
The Mister has spent a bit of time out in his garage. I think he needs manly escape places and he also has one on the loft!
He has been playing with his man tools and he has created this excellent workbench out of old pallets and the leftover kitchen worktop. He looks very pleased with himself and so he should!
This morning my mother-in-law and I went to see the Guernsey Tapestry. She has already been once before but I had never managed to make it.
It is absolutely gorgeous and was a Millenium project and charted the last 1000 years of island history. Beautifully made the 10 panels all show about 100 years of history. Each of the panels was made by the residents of a different parish.
It’s well worth going to visit and this is a completely illegal photograph that I sneaked on my phone!
Grandma Beryl has been very busy since she arrived in Guernsey. She has been doing plenty of cooing and cuddling the baby and she has been knitting!
She brought two gorgeous cardigans with her for The Little Mister and she completed this one for him whilst she was here. I think it will look really cute with little jeans. Lovely.
Yesterday my Aunt and Uncle popped in with a house-warming present for us. They gave us this lovely picture of a cat, snuggled up in a patchwork quilt. Two of my favourite things in the whole world and I love the picture. I just have to decide where to hang it in the house now!
The Mister’s Mum sent me a parcel today and it contained two lovely cardigans for Winston. They are just gorgeous and soft and lovely and wonderful! The top one is definitely a Christmas jumper I think!
She’s a clever granny (or maybe grandma, nanny or nanna – we haven’t discussed yet what she will be called!)
I popped to a charity sale today and bought this lovely hand-knitted blanket.
I thought it would be ideal for in the buggy or the cot and it is beautifully made.
Of course I might end up with some knitted blankets anyway as my mother-in-law is a keen knitter. One can never have too many blankets though!
My brilliant Mum has re-lined the family crib for the baby.
I have been told that most of my Dad’s side of the family have slept in this when they were tiny, starting with my Uncle John and he was 70 last week!
I asked Mum to line it in red gingham before I knew I was having a boy and I love how it has turned out!
It looks like Winston is going to have one knitting granny (The Mister’s Mum) and one sewing granny (my Mum). It’s always good to have balance.
Here are a few more pictures of the crib.
Tonight we went out for a really nice Tennerfest Meal at The Crow’s Nest. We went with my cousin Nic and his wife Debbie and it was nice to have a chance to catch up as they are also expecting a baby a few days before we are. Unfortunately the photos I took are really dark and not that great.
So, a bit of craft instead. This is my ongoing quilt for the baby. I have been trying to work out how to place the rest of the zig-zag pieces. I have to admit that I am not that keen on it at the moment. I find it a bit insipid! Hopefully it will grow on me though!
My lovely husband spent most of his day stripping in the garage. Apparently is wasn’t as fun as it sounded as he was actually stripping this old fireplace. It has 1936 written on the back of it which makes it older than the house I think. I reckon it has at least five layers of thick paint on and it is taking him ages to get off. He is doing a fabulous job though and it is going to look gorgeous!!!
(I know this is cheating because I have nicked a photo he took, but I just didn’t get a chance to snap anything more interesting!)
So you might remember that a few weeks ago I blogged about recovering some old chair pads.
Last night The Mister and I spent the evening taking off the old covers, and then adding a base cover of plain white cotton and then this heavier duty ticking cover. The Mister was really quite anal about wanting to make sure that the stripes all were in the same place. I thought he was being a bit unnecessarily fussy but I have to admit that I think he is right. They look fabulous!