Hearts and Throats

Rebecca from next door had to go into hospital to get her tonsils removed and as Little Miss Bossy-Boots loves her to bits she wanted to make Blebbie (as she calls her) a get well card. She drew a beautiful picture of a house which, sadly, I forgot to take a picture of.

However, I didn’t forget to take a picture of the gift we made Blebbie:

I sewed the heart and Little Miss Bossy-Boots chose the buttons and positioned them on the front of the heart. The little heart button is upside down which I think is incredibly charming. I could, of course, have turned it the right way up but I didn’t. I wanted the buttons to be just the way Little Miss Bossy-Boots placed them.

To be honest, I’m a bit jealous of Blebbie. We gave her the card and gift yesterday after she came home from hospital and I found it very difficult to part with the keyring. I think I might have to get another design session in with my daughter one of these days. Watch this space…


Although I have been living inEngland for over five years there are still things that are a complete mystery to me. One of these things/traditions are teacher’s gifts. In Switzerland we only gave our teachers a gift at the end of school as far as I remember. Here, however, teacher’s gifts seem to be given all the time and I keep getting caught out. This time I was determined to get it right. I had asked around a bit and came to the conclusion that I didn’t need to bring anything. Imagine my panic when a friend of mine whose daughter is in the same pre-school went off to Cath Kidston to buy gifts for all the teachers. I didn’t have time to go shopping and thought “quick gift, quick gift” while pulling my hair out (not really, I’m trying to grow it and can’t spare any). I then remembered a lovely heart-shaped keyring my neighbour bought a while ago. It was made from an off-white cotton fabric and had lots of buttons sewn on to the front. Very easy to copy and very cute.

I looked through my box of scraps and chose a few just to get the heart shape and size right. I liked them so much that I made three in about twenty minutes and then left them without sewing buttons on. I just let the fabric do the talking.

The back of this heart is red with lovely white polka dots.

Now, however, I have some great ideas for embellishments. Buttons, crochet flowers, butterflies and hearts, fabric roses, zips, sequins and lace are all on my mind. I’ll show you what I’ve come up with once I get going. Before I can start in on this project properly I have to finish a bag for a customer. Little Miss Bossy-Boots has been enrolled in her pre-school’s play scheme tomorrow so that mummy can sew without interruptions!


PS The Teacher’s gifts, by the way, stayed here as I realised after talking to the friend again that she was only getting them gifts because her daughter is starting school in September. Panic ended! Still, at least I got some inspiration out of it…