|one fat quarter's worth of scraps|
|a scrappy pot holder|
We have to include a small something from where we live. I live in Nottingham which was famous for its lace industry so I wanted to get some lace. There is this fab wee shop on a really really quiet street and the owner (Debbie Bryan) specialises in antique lace in really novel ways. So I popped into town this morning and bought the cutest coaster made using lace samples from the 19th century embedded into resin. Debbie offered to wrap it up for me so I don't have a photo. Hopefully my partner will take one for me.
PS. I don't normally go for hijacking other countries' customs. In fact, I wrote a terse letter to the Editor of the Guardian last year complaining about a big spread they did on making food for a Thanksgiving party (no reply...how rude!). Still, I guess when big things happen, it is worth stepping back and being thankful, like being thankful for having had a great mum who gave me a totally amazing family and being thankful for my own little family that almost didn't happen makes even the dreechest days seem brighter.