It's been a while since I was on here, quite a while. Around October my camera broke and I couldn't take any good photos of my wares, then I started a new project at work (that place I go from time to time), and then we found out we were pregnant, so my priorities for spare time (aka Ruby's nap time) were as follows: sleep. No time for crafting and no camera to take photos of any finished products. I then rediscovered how nice it is to read a book once in a while, then a bomb exploded in my craft studio (that's how it seems anyway).
To ease myself back in to blogging here are a few things along the 'New Life' theme:
A monach butterfly chrysalis - the caterpillar climbed off the swan plant onto our deck railing and created it's new home there. Should be emerging any day now ...
Some time last year I planted some seeds from my clivia berries. I then read an article online about how tricky they were to germinate: that the growing medium needed to be sterilised; kept at a constant particlar humidity and temperature; and any new growth could take anything from 4 weeks to six months to appear. Well, that's just not the way I garden. So after diligently watering them for two weeks, I resigned myself to the fact that I probably wasn't going to be the proud mum of some little clivia seedlings because there was no way I was going to give them that much attention. Then lo and behold - a seedling appeared after about two months. Then a couple of months later another one appeared! I'm rather pleased that I got two seedlings from four seeds, even though they seem to be growing really slowly and won't reach flowering size for four years.
A wellchild book cover for a friend who defied the odds and gave birth to a lovely wee boy after two stillbirths, it's not quite finished as it doesn't have his initial on it yet, but I love the cute little caravans. This is some Robert Kaufman fabric I got from Stitchbird.
And finally, the new life growing inside me. This was taken couple of months ago, but it's such a lovely profile shot of pretty much the whole bubba. We don't know whether its a boy or a girl, so if you're a sonographer or particularly adept at reading ultrasound scans please keep any gender insights to yourself.