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July 2013

Joyful Angels...

Remember how exciting it was to open the little windows of an advent calendar? The memories we have from childhood seem to be all the stronger when they are flavoured with a sense of excitement and wonder.

One of my recent fascinations is with vintage advent calendars. I found these beautiful examples here, here and here. Searching through online collections, I found beautiful, detailed illustration and a large variety of embellishment which could only have been applied by hand. Just beautiful!

Most of all I love the Christmas stories and scenes that the calendars tell. Community gathering together...

Vintage advent calendar 6

Vintage advent calendar 7

... angels playing, the gathering of gifts, excitement at bedtime...

Vintage advent calendar 2

Vintage advent calendar 3

Vintage advent calendar 5

... and of course, the celebration of Christ's birth.

Vintage advent calendar 1

A prominant theme through the decades has been sweet faced angels, joy filled and eager to share that joy around.
Joyful Angels are the inspiration for, and is the name of my latest design.
 

 Joyful Angels

16" x 25 wall hanging.

Amongst the redwork, silver thread adds a little sparkle to the stars and candles. A stitched silver ribbon also winds its way down the centre of the tree.
The tree, lower panel and borders are decorated with double-sided fabric stars. They are semi-detached, allowing them to cast a small shadow and add an element of dimension.

Joyful Angels ~ Copyright One Day In May

Joyful Angels angel collage

Joyful Angels top

Joyful Angels stars

Joyful Angels will be released as a pattern with transfer early in August.

In the meantime, it is available right now to those participating in Quilt Fabric Delights' Christmas In July.
There are so many beautiful patterns already received by those who have joined us. Take a look here!
It's not too late to join up if you'd like to. For just $45 AUD you'll receive every pattern already revealed plus the many more to come over the rest of July. Check here for details.

Until next time,

A Week of Milestones...

Hello! (Did you give up on ever seeing another blog post from me?)

It has been almost 4 months since I last dropped in. Sometimes, it feels like only a moment ago. Wth a baby in the home, the days seem to disappear as quickly as they begin and are always full to overflowing.

This last week seems to have been one of milestones...

Our little Hannah turned 8 months old just 7 days ago. 8 months already!

Hannah June 2013 One Day In May

She is ever curious and busy soaking up every little detail of the day. I may be steering her exploration of the world just the teensiest bit. (wink wink)

Hannah June 2013 2 One Day In May

This week, I also managed to complete my first new One Day In May project since Hannah was born.... stitching, pattern, photography and all!!
AND WOW did that feel great!
There has been lots of designing in the last months and little bits of stitching here and there, but for months I struggled to really get anywhere near the completion of anything.

The "finishing" has spurred me on of course. I'm itching to stitch and finish something else. And of course to start something new... always something new.

So this is what I've completed... but only a sneak peek for tonight.

Joyful Angels preview One Day In May

It's my project for this year's Christmas In July with Quilt Fabric Delights. Christmas In July is an annual online retreat. Being online, you can join in, no matter where you are in the world. An ever growing group gather online and enjoy brand new projects together, as well as competitons, giveaways and a great deal of chatting. You can read more here or join up here. The retreat begins today, 01 July, 2013, but it's definitely not too late to join. You can see some of last year's projects shown below... most of this year's treats are still a secret!

My Christmas In July project will be available to retreat members very, very soon. So I'll be back in a couple of days to show it to you too... can hardly wait!

Quilt Fabric Delights Christmas In July 2013

The other milestone I'm celebrating this week involves a pattern giveaway, which is pretty exciting. In the last months, I've found it easier to quickly update the One Day In May Facebook page, than getting to a blog post. I've been quite chatty over there. Our little community has now reached over 2000!! So, I thought it was definitely time to say thank you to all those that follow the page.
Only fitting that it would be a "Thankful" giveaway, don't you think.
To see more "Thankful" photos... please visit the "Thankful" album

Thankful fb promotion 1 Thankful ~ full set

There is one full set of "Thankful" patterns to give away, so head on over to the Facebook page if you'd like to enter, or if you'd like more regular updates and peeks of what I'm up to.

Thank you for visiting, feels great to be blogging again...