I'm currently on Day Three of a four day weekend (God bless the English monarchy!) and I'm enjoying myself to the full. I've taken walks, visited an historical site, ate ice cream, attended a dinner party, read Game of Thrones, watched Game of Thrones and crafted to my heart's content. What I haven't done yet is run. My cold has calmed down considerably, but my cough is still deep so I'm taking it easy on the exercise front still. I may chance a run tomorrow though. I'm getting tired of waiting.
My real purpose in posting today is so I can enter a contest, so if you're not interest in crafts you can see yourself out now.
Aimee Ray of Little Dear is holding a gnome contest. As luck would have it, I have had two gnome-related craft projects in the works for a while now, so I'm using them as my entries in her contest. My first entry is a passport cover with a felt gnome applique I made as part of my sister's travel-themed bridal shower gift. Unfortunately, I didn't remember to take a photo of it before I gave it to her so she emailed me a not so great iphone photo of it after. Here it is:
My second entry is a a piece that has been half finished for months and I only just completed it today. It's a piece of hoop art for my flat.
I picked up the toadstool fabric in a pack of fat quarters at the fabric store earlier this year. I thought the fabric would look great on my wall and what's more appropriate to pair with toadstools than a gnome. And so here's mine. I kept to the basic triangular shape of the passport cover gnome, but I had to add more detail considering how much bigger he is (the embroidery hoop is 12"). So I have him holding his arms behind his back and added a belt and some shoes. It took me forever to decide what his eyes should look like and I finally settled on open eyes with thick white eyebrows. I think it's cute and way too childish for a non-child home but once again I couldn't care less. It makes me happy.
That's it for me. I'm going back to enjoying my long weekend.