Actually, I'm not ungrateful, but I have been very remiss. I have received three lovely gifts recently and while I have thanked the senders by email, I have not posted pictures (I am sure this is not the first time I've said this).
Who is this cheeky little gnome snuggled up to Charlie's SuperMarioMushrooooom? Why, it's Hamish McGnomish, who I won in a giveaway from paper-and-string. Thank you Sarah!
Hang on a minute, that's not a gnome, it's a Happy Tree! Sarah's stitching is exquisite. I have no idea how she makes such tiny even stitches, especially given the humungous number of felty cupcakes she creates.
Second off - after I admired Ali's hand carved stamps, she sent me a big block of the carving medium to play with - thanks Ali (but was I really *that* obvious?!) Of course, now I have to actually pluck up courage to carve something - I know what I want to make but I fear my ideas are going to outstrip my ability.
And finally, Elaine from Thimbleina sent me a lovely package of fabric deliciousness and buttons in exchange for a crocheted headband. She even sent me one of her knitted dishcloths that is doing sterling duty in the kitchen. Thank you Elaine, you' re a wonderful swap partner and I FINALLY have your package ready to post.
So, to make up for my tardiness in saying thanks, can I offer you ladies one of these jam-doughnut muffins? They're from Nigella's Domestic Goddess and I've been meaning to make them for years. They are delicious but dangerously moreish ... don't say I didn't warn you.