When we were living in France we were based up in the tiny alpine town of Oyonnax, at an outpost of hubby's Grandes école (for those of you not familiar with French, that's a particular type of university outside of the normal system). But we also took regular trips into Lyon, a city I absolutely love. Often our trips would be for DH to go to classes or meetings, so I'd be left on my own in the city for a few hours. One of the things I almost always did when I was by myself was go and wander the bookstores and admire all the beautiful craft books they have in France.
There was one particular slim book that I absolutely fell in love with. . Sweet Home: petites maisons a broder au point de croix (little homes in embroidery and cross stitch).
The patterns in this book are just gorgeous. The French really know their cross stitch and embroidery!
At the time we were on an extremely tight budget. The book wasn't massively expensive at all, but it was enough that I couldn't really justify buying it without a reason! DH saw how much I loved it and said some magic words: 'I'll buy it for you, and it can be your congratulations present when you find a job back in New Zealand' (I'd just started putting in applications anticipating coming back).
For over nearly 6 months it's been stashed away in the top of the wardrobe. I've been good, I haven't even looked at it in all that time. This week it's coming down and taking pride of place on my bookshelf :)
In just over a week I start working full time for the district council in two of their rural libraries/council service centres. While I'm working they will pay for me to do the post-graduate training I need to become a qualified librarian. Yay for having a job, a possible career path and one that I know that I'll love!
Now to keep working through the list of things I need to get done before then. . .