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!!!

Friday, 25 July 2008

Awards

Well before I pop off to work and then go to the beach with Lucy and mini Lockets this afternoon I need to post about 2 awards I have recently been given.
The first came from
pink-petal-designs and I just have to add it to my side bar, that's it! Thank you for the award Sarah.
The next award came from
Jenny at happystash and there are a few rules to go with it.

1. The winner can put the logo on their blog.

2. Link to the person you received your award from.

3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.

4. Put links of those blogs on yours.

5. Leave a message on the blogs you’ve nominated.

6. Write an acceptance speech in the style of the Academy Awards, thanking every body’s mother, father, sister, brother, aunties and uncles and the kitchen staff at your favorite restaurant!
Ok so the seven people I want to nominate are, in no particular order:-
1 Sarah at pink-petal-designs because she makes the most beautiful things and was a great swap partner.
2 lucy locket as she is a great friend and the Queen of blogging (and no you don't have to pass the award on or make anything for anyone, just accept it gracefully)
3 Penny at sew take a hike for being a great partner in the kitchen goodies swap.
4 Michelle from ginghamworld she's the one who inspired me to start blogging, I love reading her daily posts.
5 Charlie at The pigeon loft for always being able to make me laugh and for making the most adorable pigeons.
6 Emily of ravenhill I just adore her Matryoshka dolls
7 Kitschy of kitsch-n-zinc for making me the most beautiful mini quilt.
Few that's them all listed.
As for an acceptance speech well, I just want to thank everyone who takes the time to read my ramblings, I didn't think I had anything worth reading but there you go. I'd like to thank everyone who's blogs I visit for inspiration and sometimes a good laugh, you all help me keep off the medication!! Lastly I'd like to thank my dear Gran for passing on her love of handmade items and taking the time to show me how to do all manner of things. Love you, miss you x
Ok I think that's just about it. I will post comments to my award victims tonight and add them to my bloggy friends if I haven't already.
Off to work now.

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Introducing..........


Mr.
Charles
Abraham

Pigeon.

AKA Mr. P 034

Look who arrived at my house this week. Yes I actually managed to buy one of Charlie's pigeons.

Being the mature and sensible 38 year old woman that I am I quietly smiled to myself on completing my purchase...............................................................then ran about the house singing "I've got a pigeon, I've got a pigeon!"

Anyway, he was hand delivered by Miss. Pigeon Loft herself (lovely to see you Charlie) and he is now making himself very much at home by rummaging through my cake tins!!!!

Is that chocoalte cake he can spy?

Yes it is! He must have sniffed it out.

Welcome to quilty's mad house Mr. P 034.

Friday, 18 July 2008

Drum Roll Please.....

I have got a job!!!! a real, on the payroll, proper job!!
As you can tell I am a little excited. As of September I will be working 15 hours a week in my local school as a Learning Support Assistant enabling a small boy with severe learning difficulties to stay in mainstream school. It may only last till Christmas and the pay isn't great but I am so delighted to have all my hard work and studies finally rewarded. I am really looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into this challenging roll and hope it will be very rewarding. This will mean I have a bit of spare cash for crafting supplies but less time to craft, however I'm sure I will find a way.

And on a crafting note, my Kitchen goods swap has finally arrived in America (it took weeks even though I paid more for faster delivery) This is what I sent to Penny :- a handmade half apron, a picnic cutlery roll with embroidered napkins, a tea cup and tea, a recipe book with some of my favourite recipes written in and a few pieces of fabric. I think it was well received and a big thank you to Sarah for organising it. (photo below nabbed from Penny's blog, it looks way better than my photo!)What else, well I've done a little knitting and little shopping. This tea cosy is from a Martin Storey pattern and it was super easy to knit, all it needs is a pompom on the top and it's done.

The postman (my poor, poor, postman) brought some books. First of all Debbie Abraham's Beaded knits which I've already dipped into and had a go at making a phone cosy. I can't believe how easy it is to knit in beads, I should have learnt years ago it's so clever. The next is the newest Tilda book, so many projects in there I want to make. I still prefer the first book, but this one does not disappoint. I also got a Rowan knitting book and have a list made of the things I want to make. (I can see my pay isn't going to go very far!) Then the first project from The Fat Quarters 2008 Club arrived. I am very excited about this and want to make it this weekend......well very soon anyway. I just love Rosalie Quinlan's Designs and the colours are right up my street.

And finally my first born daughter turned 16 on Wednesday. Where does the time go? How can she have reached this age without me noticing. Happy Birthday Fran, thank you for being the best daughter any mum could wish for.

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Wet Thursday

Today I feel as though I have had a little rain cloud over my head. Every time I set foot outside the house I got soaked and as soon as I went in the rain stopped!! So much for British Summertime, send me to a sunny place any day.

There is still no crafty news in the Quilty house at the moment, too many other things going on and of course a daughter to keep company. I have some projects in mind but I'm just longing for the schools to break up before I indulge. But look Alyoops has had a go at making my Ziggy pattern and I rather like the way she has done it, very different from the original but very appealing. It's lovely to see someone else's version.
Daughter no.3 did very well in her skating competition at the weekend, managing to come 4th which I think is fab for her first time. The downside was we had to get up at 4.30am as her level skated at 5.30am so I spent the rest of the day feeling like a zombie and on Monday I felt as though I had a huge hangover ,even though I don't drink, just because I was dog tired. It's taken all week to feel human again. Glad it's all over for a few months, now I just have to think about making a new costume for next time.... a girl can't wear the same outfit twice you know.

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Checking in!!

Just a quick post to let you all know I'm still around.
Been spending some quality time with my eldest daughter now her GCSE's are over and that has taken priority over everything else. It seems like so long ago that it was just the two of us at home together before the other 3 arrived. It's so lovely just to natter away to each other without being interrupted. We've had some lovely walks along the sea front together, and spent whole days baking. It's a real treat to have this time, so I'm making the most of it before she gets bogged down with A'levels and disappears off to Uni. So apologies for my absence but I think it's well justified.

Crafty news......
This arrived in the post yesterday, my kitchen swap from
Penny . I just love everything especially the picnic bag with all the goodies for two!! I can see it being well used over the next few weeks for myself and No.1 daughter.
Also received in the last week or so were these goodies that accidentally fell into my shopping cart on etsy!!


A Passport cover from Pink Petal Designs.
A gorgeous purse from
moogsmum which I'm using to keep my hexagons in for the family quilt.
A litle Russina doll from
ravenhill
and Annie Downs newest stitchery book. Plus I'm waiting for the new booklet from
rosalie quinlan to plop on my doormat any day now.
And that's just about it. I'm off to finish sewing sequins on daughter No.3 ice skating dress as she has her first big competition at the weekend. I'm very nervous for her but also so proud at the same time......watch this space, we may have an olympic star in the making.
Hope you are all enjoying the sunshine (in between showers), be back soon xx