This afternoon was beautiful - crispy and bright, just about perfect weather (although we are all rather miffed to be missing the snow that seems to be everywhere 'down south'). I had Finn at home today with an upset tummy (but not very unwell), my niece who, as it turned out, also had an upset tummy, and Katie with a chest infection (and, understandably, a bit grouchy). By early afternoon it seemed like a very good idea to get us all outside for a bit of fresh air - and also for my sanity!
this tutorial by Sascha Romeo of Piccoli Piselli. I came across it while blog hopping a while ago and then remembered that Jo from A Life In Lists had made one sometime last year. A search on her blog found her beautiful one, which was very handy as she had a link to the shop (a horsewear supplier) that she bought the buckles from. I took the easy option and went straight there to buy mine - and bought a large clip too so I can carry a little zip purse to put my keys and phone into.....or Katie could bring a toy too if she didn't have to have her hands hidden away from the cold.
corduroy for the lining and straps. I have a bit of a love of corduroy - I think it is the texture and softness of a good quality cord that I like. It came from Dragonfly Fabrics as did the main fox and bunny fabric (really fast and beautifully wrapped). I found the foxes and bunnies while searching for the corduroy and completely fell for it. Such a sweet print. Both the cord and print are by Westfalenstoffe.
this visit.......running along the walls is irresistible for me too).
Cornelian Cherry). It's flowers were at eye level and much easier to deal with. In many ways I think they are probably far prettier than the spring bulbs which, while lovely, are much more gaudy and less subtle.
I hope you, wherever you are (unless it is in the southern hemisphere, of course), are enjoying spotting a few signs of spring too. Or perhaps you are lucky enough to have some snow - boo hiss.