It was our nanny's birthday this week and I wanted to make her something special from the boys, as she is leaving us in a couple of months (sob! I will have to look after my own children!) so won't have another birthday with us. I suppose I could have saved this for a leaving present but I suggested it to Teddy and he was so enamoured with the idea it seemed a shame not to do it.
Both the boys drew a picture of the nanny (I think the art world need not get over-excited just yet...) and I traced it onto some lovely linen I've had hanging around for ages and embroidered, with my extremely basic skills, their pictures.
To be honest, the bit that threw me the most was the mitred corners when I was making the tea towels. I can see, with hindsight, that mitred corners are extremely simple, but for some reason I had a complete pregnant brain moment when making them and just could not get it. I think it was about the fifth attempt that finally went right. I added a hanging loop to one corner of each tea towel, and that was as advanced as it got. I think with the embroidery and the sewing it was probably a sub-five-hour project, which pleased me.
I've just noticed I have a handful of finished projects to show off that I haven't blogged, so my aim is to get them all up on the blog this week (assuming the baby stays put for a little longer, which it seems quite content to do, what with being breech and wedged firmly up in my lungs somewhere).