Edited to add: As of Twelfth Night (6 January 2010) this chart is no longer available as a freebie. It may return at some point as a chart for sale to raise money for the MS Trust
I've always found the conflation between 'king' and 'wise man' confusing. I guess it just goes to show the limitations of translation ... even before Babelfish!
I'm not a huge fan of Royalty (typical British understatement here) but I have seen members of our Royal family. When they holidayed at Balmoral, they used to pass the top of the road 200 yards from my grandmother's place, where we were having our own - somewhat less grand - holidays so we would sometimes go and watch them wizz by - my sister was quite the little Royalist, and is still fascinated by all Queen Victoria's children and grandchildren. My dad - a policeman - used to be on duty for Royal visits to our home county. Charles and Diana visited Chesterfield in the first year of their marriage, so there was quite a crowd to see them. My dad said Diana had amazing blue eyes ... I don't think he was struck by our future king, though!
Gosh, deciding to write a little story or holiday memory about every design - what have I done?Well, that was my first thought. And my second. And then the old grey cells got to work, and dredged up from the back of my memory the reason why this little lantern looked familiar. I remember my mum making one like this, with orange cellophane on the windows. I can't have been older than seven or eight so it was many years ago now! My mum is probably the main reason I craft, because I saw her do it. It's nice to have something to share. I'm hopefully now passing some of the skills I have down to my niece - my sister gardens and makes fabulous cards, but is not a needlewoman. Odd how the genes work...
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Edited to add: If you feel so inclined, a donation to the MS Trust for this chart would be appreciated. Pennies will do - and you can make payment via the link in my sidebar or by clicking here.
This pattern is offered for personal, non-commercial use only. Items made from this pattern may be sold on a small scale basis such as on Etsy or at craft sales. Sales for charity are positively encouraged! This pattern and the text and photos contained within, may not be copied or reproduced for any purpose other than personal use. Please direct people to this blog rather than forwarding the pattern, thank you! Copyright 2009 N M Wray