I have bonded the top layer of some patterned paper serviettes to felt which I am thinking of stitching to outline certain parts of the design, cutting these out and applying to the fronts of the notebooks. I hope the scale of the designs is right for the sizes of the little books. I will make the pages from cartridge paper and the finish product will be added to our sales table at the next exhibition. By the time I show them to you again I hope they will be looking far more attractive!
We are having some very gloomy days this week - mild but very grey and wet. I nipped out into the garden with the camera to see if there was anything worth snapping and found these snowdrops just breaking through.
A few feet away I saw these lovely, if soggy, primroses. I am always astounded by their toughness even though they look so delicate.
In the back garden this solitary viola is doing it's best to cheer things up in among the wallflowers. I watched them become frozen and almost flat to the ground when the temperatures were so low, and yet in a day or two when conditions improved they were all standing up again.
These hellebore buds are always a treat to see. Some gardeners cut the leaves right down to allow the flowers to be seen more easily, but I am nervous of doing that too early in case the weather turns very cold again and the flowers are damaged.