Wednesday 20 October 2010

Birthday Present Completed

I've made a wall hanging for my
granddaughter's 7th birthday.
This is Miss Maude
the house mouse -
I hope she likes her!!!
(all little girls love pretty things - right?)

She's embroidered in backstitch
then coloured lightly with
watercolour pencils -
all on calico and finished with
a pretty pink cord for hanging!

An exciting parcel arrived this week
from my blogfriend Pam in Australia.
Pam is making these exquisite soaps
by hand and selling them on her
etsy here.
I simply couldn't resist them and I
was overwhelmed when I opened
the parcel - the perfume was divine!
There were six individually wrapped
bars of lavender soap in the
sweet bark cloth bag which
is also hand made by Pam.
Pam also included a large bar of this
deliciously fragranced Patchouli soap.
I can tell you I'm sending one of the
lavender soaps in the birthday
parcel to France!!
Do pop into Pams blog, where she
writes about her passion for roses,
bark cloth fabrics, her hand made soaps
and her
beautiful Queensland house!
I love supporting cottage industries like Pam's!

Coté Provence
is having a giveaway
and you won't want to miss out!
These beautiful earrings are hand made
by this very talented blogger.
What's more you can choose the
ones in the picture above
or the turquoise pair on her blog!!
Giveaway ends 31st October.
This beautiful banner is a tutorial from Lilla.
I'm sure most of you already follow Lilla
and are familiar with the beautiful
art works she creates - many with
a French flavour.
Lilla is such a generous person who
often shares her knowledge and talent
in the way of free tutorials on her blog.
The Noel Christmas Banner can
be found here.
Thank you Lilla for encouraging others
to have a go!!
I hope you're all enjoying your
week so far
take care


  1. Your post today is full of interesting treats! What a lucky grandchild to receive such a loving gift on her birthday, wrapped for a queen!

    I love handmade soaps and will have to check hers out. I can almost smell their sweet scent from here!

  2. love those soaps that Pam is making and the little bag is precious, will get to the Lilla link and signed up at Cote, for the earrings, just beautiful!

  3. Your granddaughter will love your wall hanging! I think it is just lovely! Thank you also for leading me to Lilla! I may need to give this a try! So pretty!!

  4. That present for your grandaughter is sooooo sweet. She will just love it. I can smell the soap from here. xox Corrine

  5. You've had good mail call! And if your granddaughter doesn't just fall in love with that mouse, you let me know and I'll have words with her. Not that we've met, but she should know how amazing it is! Love it!

  6. Hi Shane,

    Love sweet little Miss Maude, you made for your Granddaughter, she will be thrilled.
    How gorgeous the soaps are and they will be nice to have. Also thanks for telling us about the Christmas banner.
    Won't it be neat to have a long weekend, enjoy.
    Do not know what the weather is going to do, iffy here with wind and it seems cold.


  7. Sweet little mousie! Don't you wish that computer technology was such that we had smell-o-vision because I'm sure those soaps smell divine.

  8. That little rose patterned draw string bag is too cute!

  9. Thanks so much for the mention Shane. I have linked back to you in my blog today. Glad you love the soaps.
    Pam x

  10. Your Miss Maude looks very cute!! I love her!! You made a lovely job. :))

    Those soaps sound interesting!

  11. Bonjour Shane, I adore her and am sure that your granddaughter will too.

    Leeann x

  12. I love the beautiful gift for your granddaughter -Miss Maude sweet as - and I can almost smell those lovely soaps - they would be lovely nestled into drawers.

  13. What a gorgeous wall hanging for your lucky granddaughter. I'm sure she will love it:) I love the bark bag the soaps came in.
    Thanks for sharing all these interesting items:)

  14. Hi Shane thanks for popping over to say Hi. I'm not blogging at the moment as the Decorating Forum I run is so busy & takes up most of my time. But I do love to come & read all these lovely blogs.
    Pink floral teacups are my favourite when having a cuppa lol. If you are ever in Perth I will have one ready for you:)

  15. shane, what a beautiful wall hanging fabric piece for your granddaughter. I am sure she will love that mouse!! : ) lenna

  16. I love that bark cloth bag. :-)

  17. Love your Miss Maude, bet your gd will be over the moon too

    I can almost smell those gorgeous soaps after your lovely description and the pretty cloth bag too!

    lovely post all around
    oh and to answer your question about my stitchery ... I have it hanging from clips and an enjoying it like that for now ... if I were really clever I might be able to turn it into a sewing machine cover or something ;)

    Happy Weekend to you and yours !

  18. Hello Shane,
    yhuuuuuu! I managed to put
    the translator, you can now read it, I hope
    you like!
    A hug Susy

  19. Miss Maude looks very familiar Shane! It looks very pretty indeed (although I have a deep fear of anything rodenty!!).

    The soaps and their bags look divine!




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