Tuesday, 25 June 2013

New to me in June

After the totally unexpected success with Auriful it was tempting to try to start a viral "send Catherine a Bernina" campaign but I will stop wingeing about my dead sewing machine except to say that obviously all my sewing projects have ground to a standstill.

The gap left by sewing has been mostly been filled with catching up on work, however it turns out that a ninth wedding anniversary is represented by Willow, and having decided that giving me a wicker laundry basket would not be diplomatic my lovely husband sent me on a basket-making course.

It looks wonky because it has a decorative spiral running through the weaving!  Just wanted you to know:-)

It was such a fun thing to do so if you have the opportunity near you I can highly recommend it.  This was what we made, using willow from Somerset, and for the whole day I didn't once think about ill children, work pressures, defunct sewing machines or anything else other than basket weaving.

Linking up to to the inspiring New to Me in 2013 and looking forward to seeing what everyone else has been up to.






16 comments:

  1. Isn't he a sweetie! What a thoughtful chap, obviously worth celebrating. Happy Anniversary! Haven't done, I was going to say "anything like this", but I have woven flax which might bear some resemblance? But it wasn't that 3D! I can see it with a beautiful fabric lining...?

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  2. What a great gift, very clever hubby I say........hope your sewing machine problems are sorted soon.

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  3. Well done your hubs! Looks great too :D

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  4. What a great gift. Your husband is very thoughtful. Maybe we can also buy you a new machine as a second anniversary gift. :)
    Happy anniversary!

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  5. Hi Catherine

    Just popping in from New To Me.

    Your basket looks fab and what an inventive present.

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  6. Your basket looks amazing - willow weaving is so challenging, I did it once and the outcome was not nearly as good as this!

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  7. Lovely ! Still put it out there, BERNINA!!

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  8. I think we should meet up as a foursome - some of that brilliant gift choosing magic might rub off on my husband! (I shouldn't joke - he got me a lovely quilty book for mothers day - well the girls did - you know what I mean)

    And the basket doesn't look wonky at all. x

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  9. Basket weaving sounds good. I once worked with a chap who bought his wife of six months, a book on tiling, for St Valentine's Day. They were still married last time I heard, so she must have loved him.

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  10. What a fabulous gift to be given!!! Looks like you thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  11. That is a really thoughtful and lovely anniversary gift! You did a great job on your basket, it looks amazing. My anniversary was 10th - tin, so I gave him a tin of Heinz Baked Beans - not nearly as fun! :o)

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  12. Oh that is beautiful and what a thoughtful gift!

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  13. That's v.cool! I did try making wreaths from the cuttings of one of our willows but they were a bit wonky.... Maybe A could have a word with M about cool surprise pressies? Drop a few hints?!

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  14. That's such a thoughtful gift! And your basket is beautiful!

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