Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Eeek....

Where is the time going? Can it really be November?
I haven't been around for a number of reasons. We had Ofsed inspection at school before half term, so it was all hands on deck to put on a good show. This meant working late and all weekend before hand (for free) put it paid off and we did well. I'm now working full time, having been offered extra hours, and the home/work juggling act is becoming harder. The time I have at home is spent with my kids, catching up on housework and preparing resources for work. I do however still manage to fit in a little "me" time for crafting, usually in the early morning as I seem to be waking up at 4am, otherwise known as "Silly 'O Clock".
So without further delay here follows a few pictures of my recent crafts.
I bought this lovely pattern book last month and have started 2 projects for the girls already. It's a great little book and I would recommend it to anyone.

The blue is for my youngest, the red for 3rd daughter.

These mitts are going to Christmas pressies for close friends, I have 3 more pairs to make!
The second part in my Bluebirds BOM stitchery from Buttonberry.

The last 2 projects from The Fat Quarters Club. Bonzer is a lovely koala, I've yet to make his mate Beaut. And the needlecase is this months project which I whipped up this weekend.
So as you can see I am still cramming every spare moment with crafts, work will not take over!!

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Has it really been a month....

...since I last blogged? How did September go so fast?
Well the new job is still great, but very time consuming. I'm in school more hours than I had anticipated and when I'm at home I'm making resources and writing up notes, but the main thing is I am enjoying it.

The down side is that everything else has taken a back seat. However I have still manged to fit in a little bit of crafting.

On my needles I have a pair of socks for one of my girls. One down one to go. I've even sat in the staff room at lunch time knitting which got a few strange looks but do I care? NO

I joined Buttonberry BOM, Janelle Winds Bluebirds, and the first block arrived last month. Some how I have found time to do it! Then I reread the instructions and realised I had completed the centre of the flowers in the wrong colours. Well, I was a little cross with myself, but there is no way I am unpicking it, so they are staying as they are. It is going to be a really pretty quilt, with all my favourite colours.

I have also managed to finish the second month from The Fat Quarters Christmas club. The Fat Quarters Bag is lovely and there is no way I am giving it away as a pressie. But I may make more later on.
So somehow I am getting the balance of work/home/craft sorted out without even realising it. Well I guess my need to craft is inbuilt and cannot be ignored.

Should have some more knitted things to show next time as I have started a jumper and cardie for my youngest two. Might have to take them into work too.

Saturday, 6 September 2008

It's been a while..

I know, it's been some time since I blogged, not quite sure how it happened. Just lost the need for a while I guess.
Holidays are over and just in the nick of time too as the kids were a little fed up of each other. All back at school now, eldest to 6th form, no.2 to High School and year 9 (we have a 3 tier school system here) no.3 in year 7 and youngest in year 4, top of the school. They all seem older and bigger, funny how a new uniform can make them grow a few inches.
I too started my new job on Tuesday. Everything is up in the air, I don't know exactly when I'm working or what I'm going to be doing, it's all " let's see how it goes". I've already put in more hours than I'm contracted for, but that's because I love it. I just love being with the kids and listening to them, and getting to know them. The little boy I work with is delightful and I'm sure we are going to make big progress in the coming months.
Of course new job means less time for crafting. This week I've been in bed asleep by 9pm, so I haven't even picked up a needle. Hopefully that will change as things settle down.
I did however manage to finish the cowboy last week. So now Archie is no longer alone as he has Beau to keep him company. And what a handsome cowboy he is too!

Monday, 18 August 2008

Warkworth Castle.


Saturday was spent at
Warkworth Castle as no.4 had another dance display.
So I drugged myself up (in order to get there without puking) and off we went.

The sun was actually shining!!! Although it was quite breezy.

Warkworth is the most beautiful setting to be dancing in, just look at the ruins in the background.

It was the Warkworth Flower festival on Saturday, so there were lots of tents with local produce and homemade items on display. My favourite tent was the handmade goods where I found 2 lovely ladies demonstrating spinning. I chatted to them for a good half an hour. They were producing yarn from fleece and silk. It was amazing to watch and I'm keen to have a go now, something else to take all my hard earned pennies away.
By Saturday evening I was completely worn out and not feeling too good (side effect of the drugs!) and the rain had returned so I curled up in my chair to complete my cowboy...more of him to follow.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Gee Up horse!

Finally I have finished.
So I'd like to introduce you to..
Archie The Mustang.
I made him from this book .
Isn't he just adorable? I'm really pleased with the way he has turned out and am tempted to have a go at another one now.
The saddle is made from felt and hand sewn. I think I'll add a strap to keep in on and maybe make a bridle too.
The blanket is made up of crochet granny squares and of course I had to use my favourite colours of the moment.
Even the riding gear has those colours in. (I wanted to do them in brown but didn't have any)
I think my knitted babes are going to love their new addition. Think I'll make a rough and ready cowboy too so they can have some real fun!!!

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Swaps Down Under.

Well finally I can post pictures of the swap I sent to Maree at Farmyard Crafts . I had taken pictures but they seem to have vanished so I've borrowed Maree's (I'm sure she wont mind)
Firstly the mini quilt with a butterfly catcher on it.
Then for her kids I made a bucket from a pattern I've had for years and a crochet doll (from here)
I enjoyed making all these goodies and think they have been a big hit down under too.
Yesterday I took all my girlies to see Mamma Mia (yes second viewing for me and just as good). They loved it and we all sang along throughout, as did most of the audience which was fantastic. Strangely enough the little old lady I was sat next to fell asleep in the adverts before the film and quietly snored her way through most of the film!! Bless.
Today I have nothing planned. There is a kite festival down on the sea front so we may head there. As long as the sun shines I'll be happy. Enjoy whatever you are all doing.

Saturday, 9 August 2008

The Locket's Pay us a Visit.

On Thursday, after much pleading from our children, Lucy Locket and I got together again, this time at my place. The kids were soooooo excited to see each other again and immediately disappeared into various parts of my house, leaving Lucy and I free to have a cuppa and a natter.
We did a shared lunch each providing a bit of this and a bit of that.
No sooner was it out, than the monsters devoured the lot and I only just managed to get a picture.

The young ladies about to go into year 7 went off into the bedroom to do some sewing and private chit chat and then left us and went for a walk to the allotment.

My eldest and Lucy's youngest got on really well too. Little Fred is soooo cute and my no.1 was so good with him, showing him how to play on her prized possession ( a DS)
Isn't that a sweet shot?

After re-filling the dinning table and dragging the roller blading queens in, we all sat down to watch a movie. There were bean bags and cushions all over the floor, not to mention children, popcorn, chocolate biscuits, etc, etc.

One of my daughters seems to have escaped the photo shoot......little minx!
And before they knew it, it was time to go home. There was much protest, Fred tried to attach himself to the table leg so he couldn't go home, and just look at these 2 hugging!!

Don't worry chicks, you'll see each other next week I'm sure.
Thank you Lucy and the lovely little Lockets for a fab day.
When the children are happy it makes me feel happy to, and having another adult to chat crafty things to is just the icing on the cake.

And finally a picture of Harriet Hare that I made from
here . It's was made with "help" from youngest daughter.

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

And so they returned!

My beautiful girlies are home, tired, smelly and happy. They have had a wonderful time but were very pleased to be back home. They had a campfire most nights which they loved but did make them a little smelly.

They went mountain biking in Whinlatter forest. And even though it was raining (as it does in the Lake District) they had a fantastic day.

Their campsite was just outside of Keswick. Just look at the views from the tent! They are breath taking. I could wake up to that every morning .

They brought me......... some chocolate from the Keswick chocolate shop, yummy!

And............ a MAHOOSIVE pile a washing!! This is just the start of it. I've done 3 big loads, there's at least another 4 there, then I have to do the sleeping bags!!! Then I'll have to iron it all.

But I am happy to have them home again. I missed them.

Well I guess I'd better go see to the laundry!! And give my girls another hug.

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Not long now.......

.....'till my girlies return, with mountains of wet, dirty, stinking washing. I think I'll herd them straight into the bathroom to be fumigated and go stock up on washing powder this morning. I can't wait to see them though, it has been strangely quiet all week.

Yesterday no.1 daughter and I had a very quiet day. We did a bit of shopping, popped into town to buy some toy filling and spent a couple of hours at the allotment. The day ended with pizza, ice cream and a movie. A great end to our week. I finished knitting my horse (you'll have to wait for photo's) he just needs sewing up, stuffing and accessorising now.

I also signed up for a new Block of the Month quilt from Buttonberry . (see picture below) I just can't resist those colours, they make me feel really happy and I can't wait to have it in my hands and get started.

And that's it for this morning. Will report on the holiday once the chaos of their return has subsided.

Monday, 4 August 2008

Last Day of Freedom

Well the kids return home tomorrow and my peace will be shattered :(
I have missed them, but probably for all the wrong reasons.
I've missed the incessant bickering they all do,
no.2 singing out of tune at the top of her voice over everyone else's noise,
no.4 constantly clog dancing around the house
no.3 with her "eeww I don't like that at" every meal time

Yes I've missed them and am looking forward to seeing them again, but hope they've left some of those traits in the Lake district!! Somehow I doubt it.

As a final treat, no.1 daughter and I went to see Mamma Mia last night.
It was fantastic, I didn't want it to finish. I think it would be great to go with a big group of girlfriends and sing and dance along, it was very hard not to do so. Oh and Pierce Brosnan is just scrummy, even if he's a bit old for me and he can't sing. I'm going back to see it again later this week with all my girls. If you haven't see it yet you really have to go, even if your not a huge Abba fan it's just so funny and makes you feel good.
Also yesterday I did a bit of crafting, but as the camera is camping I have no photos. I made Lenny the Guinea pig from here . The patterns are very easy to use with super diagrams, so go buy yourself a couple and have some fun.

I've almost got my Etsy store front sorted it's here if you want to have a peek. Now I just need to work on my stock. I'm quite scared to be honest, sounds silly, but I worry about copyright issues even though everything is my own design and I worry about value for money and other things too, but if I don't give it a go I'll never know will I? So hopefully in the next month I should have my first items in their.

One final picture (no I'm not going to embarrass my sister again, hee, hee) A lady on Ravelry has been knitting up my Bunny Boo rabbit pattern and just look what she has produced.
A whole basket full of them. I was delighted to know that she loves the pattern and has given a rabbit to all her friends. Think I might get some of them in my store!!

Friday, 1 August 2008

An Afternoon of Sewing.

The girls are away, the sun has stopped shining so what's the best thing to do? Sewing of course.
I had intended to make some of the dolls from the patterns I bought earlier this week but in the end I decided to make the first project from the
The Fat Quarters Club
She is just adorable and I'm going to pop her away until Christmas for a certain little girl who loves dolls. I still need to paint her shoes on but haven't got any green paint so that will have to wait.
Whilst I was busy sewing my doll my eldest daughter (who didn't go camping) decided to make something herself. She had a good look through this book pictured below and a rummage through my scrap box and then went away and made a doll.

Polly is a very weird and wonderful softie and she is very proud of her creation. We had a super relaxing sewing afternoon. This is what holidays are all about.

I'll leave you with a picture of my youngest sister playing one of our craziest games. See how many grapes you can fit into your mouth at one time!! Very immature I know but so, so funny. The record is held by my other sister who managed 16 grapes. You can only place the grape between your teeth and cheeks, not on your tongue. It's so funny and very hard to keep the grapes in your mouth once you start laughing. I'd recommend it for parties, it's gross but good fun.Well you've seen into my crazy world a little, now I'm off to knit......

(Apologies for the grainy pictures, my camera has gone camping so I'm relying on my mobile which just isn't the same.)

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

All is quiet.

Well the girls have gone off camping with their dad and it's all very quiet here.
I spent yesterday gutting their bedroom as it looked like a bomb had gone off in it. It is now beautifully clean and tidy. I'm going to sort through their clothes this morning and get rid of things they have never worn, best done when they aren't here. I may even go through their toy boxes and selectively remove the odd thing their too.

This afternoon I am going to indulge in a little sewing. I bought some new patterns yesterday from here and I'm going to have a go at making these. A guinea pig and some cute prim dolls.
It feels like an age since I've sat and done sewing just for fun so I'm really looking forward to it. I really need to get my fabric stash sorted too so this will be a good opportunity to get it all out and weed some of my least favourite pieces out.
I am going to take the plunge and open an etsy store in the very near future, woohoo, the only thing I'm scared about is sorting out the postage, but I'm sure I'll get the hang of it soon. I'll do a whole post when I'm ready to go, it's still in the design and planning stage.
The sun is shining here so I think I'm going to have my breakfast in the back garden.
Hope you all have a good day.

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Mail from Down Under.

During the week my poor postman called again with a parcel. he made a comment about how much mail I had been receiving and said he hoped it wasn't anything illegal!!! as if!!! I didn't have the heart to explain about swaps, he wouldn't understand so I'll let him think I'm up to no good instead. As you can see from the stamps (which are beautiful) this parcel came all the way from Australia to me in the UK. That in itself gets me excited. I carefully unwrapped the package .....and found the most beautiful mini quilt inside. The parcel was from Maree from Farmyard Crafts we decided to do this swap as she missed out on Queen Lockets mini quilt swap.
Isn't it beautiful. Maree took her inspiration from the Tilda craft book and has done a lovely job, the photo really doesn't show how gorgeous it is. I just love it to pieces. thank you so much. It is going in my bedroom which is slowly starting to fill up with small quilts :)
Maree also enclosed a few extra goodies, a little angel make up bag, an eye mask and a tiny tea tray which is just the right size for my morning cuppa and a biscuit. So a huge thank you Maree, mine will be with you very soon I promise.
And now I'm going for a cup of tea a slice of homemade window cake (er I mean battenburg) made by mini quilty no.2, hopefully Mr. P has not got to it first!!!