I love emails! It is so amazing to be able to send a message around the world and quite often receive an immediate response. And it's all done at the desk - not having to get dressed up, find the car keys, drive to the post office, buy a stamp and post the letter.
But there is just something lovely about receiving an old-fashioned letter! We are starting to receive lots of Christmas letters now and we look forward to checking the letterbox to see what surprise is in there each day.
It is in homage to the old snail-mail, that I made my "Cherished Letters" coin purse. It brings a smile to my face when I look at it. I love its cuteness, the redwork, the little bit of lace and the sweet heart dangle.
The pattern is in Handmade Magazine Vol 34 No 4.
My husband and I are back from a wonderful week on Norfolk Island. I have to confess that we didn't even send one postcard! It is a place of stunning beauty:
We were thrilled to be able to see some quite close where they were nesting on the clifftops:
Norfolk is a place of very interesting history:
friendly people, quaint customs and a relaxed way of life.
Reality hit when we arrived home and I stepped out of the car onto our ceiling! Yes, half the ceiling was on the garage floor. In a wild storm, our neighbour's trampoline became airborne, landed on our roof, smashed the tiles and the rain poured in. Eventually the ceiling caved in with the weight of water it was trying to hold up!
We are so thankful that an angel directed that trampoline over the garage and not any part of our living area. The only water damage was the ends of a few of our spare mattresses which soon dried in the heat and wind. It could have been so much worse. The Insurance builder came the next day and secured the roof and put battens to hold the ceiling up until it can be repaired properly. We see what the Assessor says tomorrow.
If you are looking for a quick Christmas gift, I have put the "All the Trimmings" apron pattern in my Craftsy store. The apron is reversible too, so very practical.