Justine & Charlotte awoke refreshed from their little cat nap, and the first thing they decided to do was to go and play with the Victorian button collection.
Off they trotted to the huge cabinet with lots of deep drawers, and with a little help from yours truly, they managed to pull out the top drawer.
"OH, my" Charlotte gasped "so many lovely buttons!"
"and there's lots more" replied Justine.
They were having such a lovely time, and after a little while Justine asked "Charlotte which is your favourite button?"
Charlotte took her time as she picked up one button, then another, and another. She finally made her choice... a sweet little button with the design of a flower and a bumblebee on it.
"This one... this is my favourite button...i love bumblebees." she smiled, as she picked it up to show Justine.
Justine couldn't believe her eyes, and she clapped her hands excitedly... "That's my favourite button too!"
The next thing i knew, they were holding hands and dancing around and around in circles, singing....
"Ring-a-ring o' roses,
A pocket full of posies,
A-tishoo! A-tishoo!... we all fall down."
and as they fell in a heap, they giggled uncontrollably! They were so funny to watch... these sweet little girls :))
Finally, after they'd had enough of singing and dancing, and falling down, Justine showed Charlotte the old treadle sewing machine.
"Oh, it's lovely" she said.. "Oh and i do love the pincushion, it would make a lovely soft pillow for my head to rest on."
The next thing Charlotte wanted to do was to have a look through the Dear Jane book.
As Justine was helping her turn the pages, she thought to herself "It would take forever and ever, to make all those blocks."
Just then, Justine had a great idea "Let's trim a Dear Jane block, it's easy.. let me show you"
They promptly got to work on a block that i was piecing, and they diligently trimmed all the loose threads. Such wonderful little helpers!
They looked at each other and then they looked up at me and smiled. I knew exactly what they were thinking, so i asked them "Would you like to help me piece this DJ block?"
Without a moment's hesitation, they both replied "Oh, yes please, we would love to!"
So, i propped them up on the couch and handed them the block, i was working on. They carefully pinned each section of the block (under my supervision) and then they handed it back to me, to be stitched.
Many hands make light work, and block M-2 'Duff's Bluff' was finished in no time at all.
"What a funny name for a quilt block". they giggled.
The girls were tired but happy with the finished results... as was i :))
It had been a big day for Charlotte & Justine, and just as they were thinking of settling down for the evening, they heard two little voices calling...
"Dear Charlotte, could you please tuck us in, and could we have a bedtime story, pleeez"
"Oh, i wonder who that could be?" Charlotte said, smiling at Justine.
As she entered the studio she could see them... Banjo Bunny and Casey Ephelant snuggling under their tiny quilt. Charlotte smiled... she was happy to oblige her little furry friends.
She tucked them in and no sooner had she uttered the words "Once upon a time there were four little rabbits and their names were, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-Tail and Peter. They lived with their mother under the roots of very big fir tree......"
Casey was sound asleep and Banjo had three long blinks and a big yawn, and he was out like a light too.
Meanwhile, in a cradle nearby, Grungy Ted & tiny Chibi were also listening to the bedtime story. So,Charlotte went over and tucked them in, and then gently rocked them off to sleep.
"Oh i am so weary". she yawned, but there was one more thing she wanted to do before she settled down for the evening.
Earlier in the day, Charlotte had spotted the precious little sewing box, which was a Christmas gift, made for me, by my dear friend Jennifer.
"I have been admiring this beautiful sewing box all day, and now i can't wait to have a closer look at it". she whispered to herself.
She took her time examining and admiring the intricate cross stitch design on the lid... she was intrigued by the tiny stitches..
and then as she slowly opened the lid to see inside...
she let out a tiny "Ohhhh my, it's so beautiful."
She was immediately drawn to the dear little cross stitched pincushion.
She had such a lovely time playing with the pins and looking at all the goodies inside the sewing box.. she was very happy.
by now, Charlotte could barely keep her eyes open.
So i popped her on a comfy chair with a nice cosy quilt... she looked very content.
but just as she was about to nod off...
who should join her, but her 'new' little friends.
"Come on then, let's all snuggle up together". she yawned... and they did.
"Goodnight dear Charlotte" they whispered.
"Goodnight, sleep tight my little ones" replied Charlotte...
"sweet dreams"... :))