I made my "precious" Le Challenge jewellery bag at the tail end of an afternoon of Christmas card writing and ironing, not at the same time, but almost. And whilst doing this I was watching an Inspector Montalbano dvd, difficult when I don't speak Italian and I was trying to follow the subtitles. I am currently typing this, watching Kirstie Allsopp do magical Christmas things and waiting for a taxi to take us out for a meal.
Apart from the really precious things, my family etc my most precious things are my pearl necklace and earrings. Of course I would put my family first, well I have to, they bought me the earrings and necklace.
The necklace was from my husband and 3 adult children for my 50th birthday. I feel really sentimental about them because the day they gave them to me was the same day as one of my sons' graduation. (The timing was slightly off though, the cheapo pearls were worn to the graduation and the "real" ones were given to me before we went out for the celebration dinner.) The earrings came last year as an add on after I thought I had lost my previous lesser pearl earrings. They turned up after I was bought the good ones. (strange that).
Liberty has always had a precious place in my heart. My parents met whilst working in London (they were both civil servants at that stage) in the late 1950's and they always spoke fondly of Liberty, that magical shop in Regent Street. My mother unfortunately died young, so Liberty, the shop that she loved to window shop in always felt a connection to her, she loved the old fashioned properness of the shop and also of course the arts and crafts fabrics and the flower shop at the entrance. On the rare visit to London, my father took us to Liberty, much more interesting to me than Harrods. And of course the actual fabric is precious to me, it is so dammed expensive!
|Liberty fabric jewel bag|
I made this little Liberty jewel bag from the Liberty fabric I bought from Shaukat, on the Brompton Road, London. I have no idea what the fabrics are actually called, the outside is a large green flower, a carnation type thing and inside it the eponymous Liberty peacock fabric in green. The photo is not great, it is a phone photo, I have "done something" to the space in the laptop the camera card fits in, in other words, I have broken it. Although I have a travelling pouch for my pearls, it is still quite large if I am "hand baggage" and have to stuff everything in, this can fit in the inner zip pouch of a handbag, and is fine for a day or two.
If there was a fire what would you grab? Most people say their photo albums, well we would grab our photos too except they are handily placed in a large frame in the hall. This is incredibly precious to all of us, maybe my sons don't realise it is precious, but then they are sons. Again the photos are pretty poor but I wanted to show you this labour of Hercules, finally finished maybe a year ago, but I wanted to share it anyway.
|the top half|
|the bottom half|