Although Winter is long from over, it certainly feels like it is today. After several weeks of bitter cold with on-and-off snow, today is a warm and breezy 60 degrees F. Nice enough to trim down some dead branches from the pine trees and free up some grape vines. I am filling the birdfeeders, refreshing the suet blocks and heated water bowls...all those lovely little outdoor projects that I dread when it's below freezing. I know the wildlife appreciate my effort. A few new "visitor" cats have been spotted around the neighborhood. I just can't bring myself to label them as stray or feral. The are visiting me and I will show them the kindness and hospitality they deserve. These two striped boys have been down at the neighbors house recently
On the stitching/crafting/sewing there has been limited action. I am very into felt crafts lately, especially little sweets in the Japanese style. Not that the sweets themselves are necessarily all Japanese, but it seems that most of the good books and patterns published on this topic are from Japan. I made this cake from a papier mache bax for my mother's 81st Birthday. It is covered with little Andes mint candies, her favorite flavor.
My sewing addiction involves fashion doll clothes based on the outfits seen on "Downton Abbey" As the show progresses through it's final season circa 1925/26, my style favorites still linger in the very early 20s. Here is a collection that Lady Mary or Lady Edith might wear.