Just wanted to pop back in here to say that I'm going to be slacking off again for the next few weeks because Mum and Dad are here!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes, these are that illustrious seamstress and chef extraordinaire Mum and that crafty retired-art-teacher/archery coach/DIY carpenter/leather-top-stitching, sewing-machine-sharing Dad that I've sometimes mentioned on this blog. They flew in from Singapore this afternoon and, like the master of efficiency that I am, I misread their flight times (thought it was 355pm) and almost left them stranded at the airport (they touched down at 1255pm). You'd think that, having taught Physics to teenagers, I'd at least have some number-recognition skills. Had to cancel one zoo camp session and one gymnastics class to get us all to the airport and home without losing anyone.
They came bearing gifts - fabulous art supplies and Chinese outfits for the kids (Yes! I don't need to sew them Chinese New Year suits next year!). And, like all good mothers, Mum brought me fabric and haberdashery. But, like all excellent mothers, she brought me FOOD. Dad brought me replacement blades for my NT cutter, so I can continue cardboarding for the next 30 years. Auntie Laura sent me an assignment (she also sent jewellery but I cannot write about that here without frothing at the mouth, so I'll wait till I can take photos) - she needs to mass-produce a particular stuffed animal for a charitable cause so can I look at the sample she's provided and create its paper pattern (without cheating by unpicking the sample to use the pieces of fabric)? Interestingly, this is the second assignment like this I've been given in the last two months, and I'm thinking I might have found a new career path, if ever I tire of cardboarding - you send me photos/samples of things you covet and I'll design the sewing paper pattern for you. Unless it has the unmistakeable aura of the 1980s about it, I mean. We must, after all, be considerate to the general population.
But back to the point of this post. We have a lot of catching up to do, Mum, Dad and us, so you might not see a lot of me here over the next month or so. We might do crafts and sewing, because all that is in our blood. Might I finally attempt a dress shirt for the husband because Mum is here to draft together with? Hm. But mostly we're going to be daughters and granddaughters and parents and grandparents and just hang out. And I'll poke my head in here from time to time just so you know I haven't gone and died from overeating Mum's cooking or something.
P.S. Haven't forgotten that I'm supposed to be deconstructing Fleur.