…so I’m going to get one for myself from that nice crafty mutha at Bearwood Handmade in two (eek!) weeks’ time! Am celebrating the milder weather this week (even had washing on the line today – imagine!) and embracing the onset of spring with an appreciation of all new blooms. Firstly, my lovely friends Stephen and Liz welcomed their gorgeous daughter Emily into the world this morning (congrats you guys!). Better concentrate on finishing that baby blanket…. And much less impressively, my bunch of felt Julie Walters dahlias has expanded as of the arrival of my new glue sticks this afternoon! 8 so far, but I also have some lovely pale grey, a deep purple, turquoise and airforce blue chalked and ready to go. I love making these bad boys, but they are awfully time consuming. Each petal is cut by hand and glued with fabric glue (I use mini pegs to hold them together overnight to make sure they are secure). Then I prepare the base and assemble with the hot glue gun, working fast and burning my fingers a lot! Finally I handstitch the backs on together with a brooch pin, and sometimes glue a hair clip too, cos they are a great statement hairpiece, on long or short hair. The yellow, pale pink and lime green in the photo aren’t quite finished yet – I am thinking brown felt centre on the yellow to make it a sunflower rather than a dahlia, and maybe a bead or button in the centre of the other two. Also in progress are a whole bunch of organza blossoms, so far in shades of deep and pale blue, and dark and bright red. Photos to follow once they resemble flowers! I have also been busy crocheting flowers, but am not sure where that is going yet – maybe more brooches or hair accessories, or perhaps a necklace…we’ll see where that takes me. Can’t stop – there’s only two weeks til the fair you know!