Monday, 9 August 2010

I have this naughty friend Nellie ...

... she works in a fabric shop and is always on the look out for fabric treasures, which she duly purchases, stashes away and posts to me, out of the goodness of her heart. Her parcels arrive, unexpectedly, and often at a time when I really need cheering up! She is such a lovely friend to me, and we've not yet met 'for real'. Her poor husband has his 'axe-murderer-internet-friend' suspicions!

Anyhoo ... why naughty? I nicknamed her 'Naughty Nellie' because she keeps sending me beautiful fabric when she really shouldn't! She spoils me way too much! I came up with a brilliant plan to, in some small way, thank Janelle for her generosity.
The conversation went like this:

Me: "Nellie, thank you so much for sending me beautiful fabric AGAIN! Please allow me the pleasure of making you a Frilly Dilly bag to thank you. The deal is, you send me five x 25cm fabrics of your choosing, and I will do the rest". (See this post for context!)
Nellie: "No deal, unless you allow me to send you one of my rosy bags".

Doesn't she drive a tough bargain! Resistance was futile. This arrived in the post last week:
Janelle is making these GORGEOUS bags and has just opened her very first online shop to sell them. They are really beautifully made, wonderfully textural and oh so glam! She has some of her PVC totes available for sale too, all made with 'to die for' fabrics. You can find her shop, Janelly Belly Bags and Things, right here. Please pop over for a browse, and tell her how wonderfully talented and lovely she is. Bloom said so!
And these are the amazing fabrics she has sent for me to transform into a Frilly Dilly. I'm very excited about these. So vibrant and happy, just like Nellie I'm sure. Can't wait to see how they come together. I'm thinking they will make for one very cute Frilly Dilly.

Love to you Nellie. You are an absolute treasure!


  1. Awww shucks Muriel, you are such a sweetie and you so deserve to be blessed! It will be lovely to meet face to face - eventually.
    Love Nellie xx

  2. How lovely Ros.... Janelle and I have exchanged a couple of emails/parcels over the last little bit too.... she really is a sweetheart!
    I'm in Love with your "imagine" hooks the beautiful bag is hanging from too!

  3. What a sweet post about the wonderful Janelle! I am lucky enough to have her as a real life friend and am also the proud owner of a couple of her bags. Can't wait to see the Frilly Dilly Bag - such a fun design and Janelle has exceptional eye for fabric.

  4. what a cool rosie type bag! Beautiful - and the fabrics are beautiful. Sounds like Nellie is a great friend...look forward to seeing the Frilly Dilly when you're finished sewing it up!

  5. That Janelle really does seem like a lovely person ! My daughters name is Nellie and she really is a naughty Nellie , lol !

  6. After you showing the roses bag and the to die for fabrics, I must rush over. I can't wait to see the frilly bag with those fabrics.

  7. What a great 'naughty' friend Nellie is !!! I love her rosy bag and am heading over to look at her goodies. Can't wait to see what her Frilly Dilly bag looks like.

  8. We all NEED a friend like Naughty Nellie! Lucky, lucky YOU. Lovely rosy bag and lovely fabrics!

  9. This black bag, is beautiful. ADORABLE.
    I invite you to visit my blog, and I hope you like, and may be you will tell me what you think!!!



  10. Could you give Naughty Nellie my address?? ;)

  11. What a lovely sounding Nellie friend you have there, I'm off to check out more of her stuff, on Blooms say so!


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