Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Friends make me happy

Today I received my first Christmas mail. I was so excitedand in a hurry I couldn't take pictures of opening it(we had just finished eating and I was going to drive into village with DH to mail my Christmas mail). It was from my dear friend Eileen from across the ocean. There was a sound to be heard from the envelope! A jingle!


This cute little bag was in the envelope, and a familiar piece of feedsack she had told about on her blog. In the bag were three cute owls she had been teasing us with, showing the bits on her blog, and I thought she was making some flowers!


There were also two lovebirds made of feedsack fabric, and some scented tea and a cinnamon stick to mix it with. I feel so lucky to have a friend like her! Now I need to clear a corner of the house and hang the owls there. The lovebirds are already hanging from the lamp above our dining table, jingling their silver feet.

A couple of weeks ago I visited the Elma Countryside Fair in Helsinki and poseted about it. I forgot to show something I bought there, a real bargain for 7 € only:

I have so much plaid in my stash and some more easily available from DH's closet that I thought I could use some patterns for the next plaid quilts I'm going to make in future.



At the fair there was also a woman who made decorations of straw. I posted the pictures, because I had sent some straw and some links to my friend Melanie in England, thinking she might be willing to give it a try. And there it is, in her blog, today, a genuine Finnish Christmas decoration made by her. Go and have a look, she always has such wonderful pictures. And if you want to know more about the himmeli decoration, click the link and you can see a Finnish page with a video of the basic idea.

9 comments:

  1. Awww Eileen is a real treasure! :-)

    I would never have been able to make the himmeli without you Ulla- thank you.

    Lovely looking book with lots of subtle ideas.

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  2. those owls are cute cute cute. i though she was making some kind of wreath. thanks for helping Melanie. her himmeli looks amazing. you are a good friend to both of them. and another plaid quilt from you will be worth waiting to see.

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  3. I think I'm the lucky one :-)

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  4. P.S. You would never know that shadow quilt quilt was made of plaids. I love it and can't wait to see what you do.

    And yes.. isn't that Melanie amazing? :-)

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  5. Thanks for the link to the Himmeli video!

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  6. Eileen and Melanie are two of my favorite people. What a sweet gift from Eileen. I saw Melanie himmeli and it's so pretty and delicate looking.

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  7. Hia again Ulla, there is a little something for you on my blog. :-)

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  8. Your parcel from Eileen is a little treasure! I also saw what she sent Melanie, everything is so cute! The himmeli is something I had never seen before and I must say I really like it! Please start the Shadow Plaid! It is so beautiful!

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