For those of you wondering if I ever do anything crafty anymore, here is proof that I do! I finished this crocheted cushion just in time for my mother-in-law's 80th birthday on Sunday. I have never made a crocheted cushion before and I was a little stumped about how to fill in the gaps around the outside of the hexagons to make the cushion top round. I kind of made it up as I went and I think it turned out pretty well. Then I realised that round cushion inserts were unlikely to be found, so I made one up out of calico and fibre-fill. Seemed to do the job nicely. The back of the cushion is plain green, crocheted in the round (forgot to take a pic of that) and then I joined the top and bottom with a line of double crochet (UK/AUS terminology).
My mother-in-law, Margaret, lives in a nursing home and has dementia. While she probably won't remember where this cushion came from, I hope she gets pleasure from having it around. It has lovely texture and colours, and is soft and squishy :)
We celebrated Margaret's 80th with a lovely afternoon tea hosted by my brother-in-law and his wife at their home. Margaret's older sister Joan made the journey down from Canberra by bus for the occasion - a big effort for a lady who turns 82 on Friday. Margaret and Joan's brother Neville was there with his wife Jean, as was her brother-in-law Pat and his wife Joan. Add to that almost all of her children and grandchildren, and we had quite a gathering!
Here are a few photos:
|Margaret with several of her grandkids.|
|My boys with their cute cousin|
|Margaret with sister Joan, Joan and Pat, Jean and Neville.|
|With her darling daughters..|
|The cake - couldn't quite fit 80 candles on there.|
|The birthday girl with her eldest son.|
|"Happy Birthday to you"|
|Margaret with her older sister Joan and younger brother Neville.|
|Catching up with brother Neville.|
|Margaret and five (out of six) children.|
I do have photos, however, of some cards that were made for me. My birthday was on May 30th and I had a beautiful, peaceful day. Morning tea with my dear friend E and her little man, lunch at home with my darling husband, out for a quiet dinner with my 3 boys and then home for cake.
|From my spunky hubby - he respects my choice of AFL team, even though it's not Richmond :)|
|By C - complete with hand drawn family portrait :)|
|By J - with a red balloon because red is my favourite colour :)|
|Cake made by My Mr :)|
|So happy to be turning 35 and sharing my life with these two amazing boys (and their beautiful Dad). I am one seriously blessed girl :)|