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“A moment spent in wonder is worth a lifetime spent in awe.”

 

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  • Helena Loving these cauldrons. We've got some tissue paper so we may have a go too. #mmbc 20 Oct
  • Catherine Jones This post gave me quite a chuckle with the "universe" trying to tell you something. I have those days (weeks, years!). I have to say... 20 Oct
  • Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... I love this idea! So sweet to make a crafted garland. I like the idea of decorating the house like you would for Christmas #MMBC 19 Oct
  • Eileen I love the idea of a village church. Sounds like a community where everyone knows each other. Sorry to hear that these school starts are... 18 Oct
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Time to smile

"God has an inordinate fondness for stars and beetles."

- J B S Haldane

Debs Random Writings

book craft activity

How to make a patchwork bookmark

We needed an easy, creative activity today. We had snow, but not enough to entertain anyone more than 5 minutes outside. Just finger nipping cold, nose chilling wet. I don’t wish to sound greedy, but can someone send us enough to make a snowman next time, please? Continue reading

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Please don’t disturb, I’m reading.

book cover for World book day 2015

Imagine the scene. You’re in a fabric shop and you spot the most adorable print. It’s a Spring time design, but it will be Spring at some point, right? (scene outside: rain pouring, shoppers scurrying around buying Christmas presents.)

world book day book cover fabric

You get home and add the new fabric to your patchwork fabrics. And there is stays. Nothing goes with it. It’s pastel blue in sharp contrast to all the jewel like colours of Winter, that you’re currently using. Too cartoony for the Dear Daughter quilt. Was it a mistake?

checking fabric with book

Fast forward a couple of months. The first daffodils start to bud up in the garden. The daylight steals back more of the day, and the perfect project presents itself for the fabric. Not a patchwork, but a book cover.

printing quote for book cover on fabric

Turns out that it goes perfectly with a water-splattered green fabric, that’s also been hiding among the winter fabrics.

bookmark part of book cover

I love this project. It would make a great tween/teen sewing activity. I’m hoping to make a few more covers for World Book Day on 5th March.

Neither of our schools seem to be dressing up, this year and I can’t let it completely pass without a little bit of crafting. Eldest went as Arrietty, from the Borrowers, last year.

bookmark attached to book cover

The project combines two of my loves: reading and sewing. Every time I pick up my book, the little white hens make me smile.

reading a book with a handmade book over

The built-in bookmark means I won’t lose my bookmark, as usual. Forced to resort to using a tissue or old receipt.

world book day book cover quote

Oh, and the words? “Shh…One day you might be glad I read this book”. Maybe a vain attempt to win just a fraction more time reading without interruption.

(moral of the story: every fabric has it’s season.)

Linking up to Creative Monday and Tots100 #BeInspired

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