I often laugh at the way I write down all I am going to do in my engagement book, and then other things happen instead. I suppose it’s still worth writing down appointments and agendas, though I’m not quite sure why!
Last Saturday morning I found out that my younger daughter, whose husband had just had to fly to Germany for a family funeral, had come down with a nasty stomach flu. So, I had a good excuse to drive to beautiful Bellefonte and help her and have some playtime with my enchanting grandaughters who change by the minute! Clara can stand up (and sit down) all by herself now, and is so busy exploring the world and practicing her smiles on everyone in sight. And Sofia is like a little girl version of Busy Timmy, never still for a second! She loves to draw and paint and work with playdough and talk to the people in her doll house and play games, though she doesn’t quite know how yet. Still, she can do many things, move the pieces, count, name the colors. This is a time to absorb all a small child is doing. It is such a precious time of charm and enchantment, and goes by so quickly!
Fortunately Emily’s virus was quite short-lived. By Monday afternoon I was on the road home again, and when I arrived I found in my mailbox an exciting envelope with a return address from Norway with the gift of a lovely postcard of Reykjavik around the lake and a pierced metal bookmark with the look of filet embroidery. They are from Britt-Arnhild Lindland whose House in the Woods blog is the first I read every morning…
On the little holder for the bookmark it says, ” Our grandmothers crocheted beautiful lace doilies. The evening sun, when shining on the delicate work, made wonderful shadows that triggered our imagination”. There is a link to http://www.heima.eu.
I both collect bookmarks and love filet work, though most of what I have is the Hungarian style worked on a base of hand-made netting rather than crocheted. This lovely bookmark with its design of vines, butterflies and flowers is very charming – like a grandmother’s garden – and is joining the bookmarks in the blue glass near my computer (when I won’t be using it to mark my place in a book). Thank you so much Britt-Arnhild! I wish I could have photographed this more successfully, but I hope everyone can see the pattern anyway.