Hello sunshine!! Yes, today the sun is shining, and the birds are singing – spring is here – for today at least!!
The image above is from – goodness – three years ago now – but is so cheerful and sunshiny, especially the dandelion. Did you know the name comes from the old French dant-de-lion, meaning lion’s tooth, from the deeply serrated leaves? Neither did I before I did some research on dandelions for a short article in the April Bustle & Sew Magazine!
Whatever the weather, we can be cheered by the celebration of Mothering Sunday here in the UK. This falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent – between 1 March and 4 April depending upon the date of Easter Sunday itself and this year Mothering Sunday falls on 26 March. Originally the day was marked by processions to the mother church of the diocese. When these were discontinued, it became a day on which young people working away from home would return to visit their mothers, traditionally bearing a gift of Simnel cake. This is a rich fruit cake filled and decorated with twelve balls of marzipan placed on the top. These represent the months of the year or, if the cake is baked for Easter instead, eleven balls represent the apostles minus Judas Iscariot. Today we more usually refer to Mother’s Day – a name imported from the US where it falls in May.
But whenever you celebrate Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday it’s always nice to have a special gift for your Mum. I included a special Mother’s Day pattern in this month’s Bustle & Sew Magazine – some pretty applique teacups for the Best Mum in the World! And I thought it would be fun to give away the sample in time for Mothering Sunday here in the UK. The finished project measures 12″ x 4″ and would make a great alternative to a card for one lucky mum this year!
For the chance to win this sample please just leave a comment below and just for fun, if you’d like, tell us a little about why your mum’s the best mum in the world for you.
The giveaway will close at midnight GMT on Monday 6 March and the winner will be chosen by random selection. I will post anywhere in the world.
Good luck everyone!
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