Goodness me, I have had a spring in my step this week. Good news does that to you, I'm sure you will agree, together with the warmth of human kindness. Your generous, supportive comments have touched me more than I can say. Writing 'thank you' to each and every one of you seems a little inadequate, I'm afraid, but these two words are truly heartfelt.
With the glorious sunny weather we have had during the latter part of this week you would have spotted me out and about our hilly village prancing around like a
young colt and dancing on my tiptoes. Excuse me if I raise my voice here but just look at my NEW SHOES!
Every autumn I relish the ritual of purchasing a pair of Fairysteps handmade shoes. Oh, the joy of choosing which whimsical shoes will become my favourite walking companions each year! There is something so intrinsically "Elves and the Shoemaker" about Ren and her artistic talent; even her blog has a fairytale aura about it. She is a hard-working lady too. I have sometimes wondered if the little folk have gifted her with the ability to thrive on no sleep for she is always busy stitching her beautiful leather in those jewel-like colours, sitting cross-legged on her workbench, perhaps, and when the last stitch is in place she adorns some with a beautiful organza or silk ribbon. Perfection. Not only are they exquisitely made but they are blissful to wear. As light as a feather and as soft as kid gloves. Now I am saving up my coins to buy some boots for this coming winter.
Sticking to my heels most glorious days is Angélique my other faithful walking companion. Actually like most two year olds she prefers to hop, skip, and jump instead of walking. She has taken to wearing this beaded beret I recently knitted for her all the time. I made it pale blue with ice-coloured glass beads to remind me that she is my winter daughter. I love this feisty child so very much who now claims she is no longer a baby but a little girl. Sigh.
I am all higgledy-piggledy this week and a little bit excited about the new hare orders I am receiving. I, like Angélique, am hopping and skipping between the seasons as I stitch (and prepare to stitch) a spring Hare with a touch of Easter, my third Mademoiselle Bloom (with a fourth in the pipeline), a small family of autumnal hares, and, dare I whisper, some Christmas creatures with silvery stars and snowflakes. My imagination is having a ball.
A few weeks ago I finally got organised enough to set up a facebook page for my teeny tiny business Madame Millefeuilles. So if you are on facebook it would make me so happy if you headed over there and 'liked' me. If you come and join me I will be sharing regular snippets of inspiration with you. Thank you so much!
Edit: would any of you be interested in a special edition autumnal hare giveaway, I wonder?
A shorter than usual post this time. A relief for some perhaps? ;-)