I think it's safe to say I'm not really looking forward to Christmas this year. However, I'm looking forward to the arrival of 2013, the end of a terrible year and the arrival of some truly lovely fabrics.
My wonderful friend Charlotte gave me some of the lovely Lizzy House Pearl bracelets that she was lucky enough to pick up at Market in Houston in October, and I have decided to save them until the rest come out to make a rainbow style quilt in memory of mum. It'll be more pastelly than bright, but after her service, there was the most beautiful full-span rainbow visible for a few minutes, which after all the rain, seemed like her way of letting us know she was proud of what my sisters had arranged for her.
I'm really loving all the text fabrics at the moment so I can't wait for this one from the Architextures range by Carolyn Friedlander - it comes in a white on black version too, which looks equally scrummy. I have a tiny charm pack of this, also a Market-related gift from Charlotte, so I might use that to make a pouch for one of my sisters for Christmas - if I can get my sewing mojo back in time, it's somewhat absent at the moment.
Lastly, but possibly most eagerly anticipated is the new Melody Miller range - I cannot wait to get my hands on these phones.... I've been craving them ever since I saw the market coverage, and I have it on good authority that the lovely Annie will have it in stock soon after the new year. So guess what's on my Christmas list this year?? Yep, Village Haberdashery gift vouchers!
But there's also some really, really exciting news.... divine as The Village Haberdashery's online shop is, Annie's launching a real-life bricks and mortar version in West Hampstead. It's planned to open in the New Year, but you can get a sneak preview on the weekend of 15 & 16 December, and there's more information here.
Do come along, do a bit of shopping and show Annie your support - she really deserves it!