Hello friends! Hope you are well and getting through winter with smiles and cheers. Are the snowdrops appearing where you are? The crocus are waking up here. Poking their pale, sleepy heads out to see what's been going on during their long winter's nap. Like me and Fufu. Winter is such a solitary time. Lots of huddling and hunkering and dozing. Every morning for several days now we have had a snowfall. So fun to wake up to! So charming and mesmerizing. Eventually it just dissolves into a thin fog of grayness, and sometimes, if we are lucky, into a bright spot of sunshine that pours through the window at the kitchen sink.
But March is coming. And who knows what it will bring? Fufu saw her shadow and predicted an early spring. But just in case winter decides to linger, I'm ready. Will keep my basket of shawls and blankets close by a little longer. Do you "decorate" your house with shawls and blankets? They seem to be everywhere I look right now.
And out in the yard---the bunnies have emerged! Currently they are hopping about, providing the inspiration I need for the March BONUS pattern. And here you have it. Coming soon . . .
So, between dozing and snow gazing, and day-dreaming of butterflies and flower-covered cottages, many wonderful old patterns crossed my worktable this month. They just keep trickling in. It's always exciting. I never know what I am going to find. Recently, Bernice from North Dakota, a 91 year-old stitching friend, sent me some of her treasures to share on the PatternBee website. She tells me she's still stitching up a storm and it warms my heart to hear it. I just finished Cross-Stitch Bluebirds for tea towels (shown) and have two more cuties in the works that she contributed to our ever-growing vintage pattern archive. Bluebirds will be added to New Additions March 1st, along with two from my collection, Good Fun (McCall 1947) and Animals in Hats (a 1950's mail-order). And another one that I received last year--with much thanks to "Grandma Dottie" who unearthed Kitchen Parrot (Superior 1940's) from her own private stash. The holidays kind of slowed me down, but eventually these little treasures will be turned loose back out into the world again soon. Yay!
I'm hoping I can talk Miss Grace into making another lemon loaf to celebrate.
And then take some time to hunker as long as winter lasts.