Thursday, 15 August 2013

Half Way.

I can't believe the summer holidays are more than half way through. How did that happen? Part of me feels that I have wasted the time and achieved nothing and another side thinks "so what!" I needed the rest. Maybe I'll get my butt into gear in the last 2 weeks.
 I haven't just sat staring into space mind you. There has always been something creative going on. More bunnies, minions, Dobby and a few other bits and bobs. I have tried to make something every day even if it's just a bunny head. I've also been working on my Etsy shop but more news on that next time.
 Well it's exam result day today for my 18year old, I've got everything crossed for her. She's worked really hard and deserves to get into her University of choice. We'll know for sure by 8.30 am. ( no wonder I couldn't sleep last night!) Here's hoping for the best and that the sun comes out so we can celebrate in the garden.

Friday, 12 July 2013

My latest craze has been knitting. Rabbit knitting to be precise. I can't get enough of these little rabbits. Even my daughter has started making them.

The pattern comes from Julie of Little Cotton Rabbits and if like me you have always wanted one of her creations you can now make your own. She has released a pattern for a boy and girl rabbit and a whole wardrobe of girls dresses. She is planning on writing patterns for some of her other animals too, so worth keeping an eye on.
School will be over in one week and boy am I ready for the break. Still loads to do though. I  have 2 graduation gowns and caps to make (anyone know of a free pattern for caps?) class gifts to complete and teacher presents to sort out. Plus my eldest daughter turns 21 on Wednesday and I haven't sorted anything out for that yet! I think we are going to have afternoon tea in the garden which we did for my mums 70th last month.
We have leavers assembly for the year 4 children who are moving up to middle school and a whole host of "lasts" to get through. Then I need to start planning my summer holiday craftivities and felt and art crafts for the new term. No rest for the wicked.

Friday, 28 June 2013

Is this summer?

Well here it is the final term at school and already half way through.
A time of lasts for the children I work with as they are moving on to middle school.
It's going to be a sad time as I have been with this group for 5 years now and know them all really well. I will miss them all in one way or another.
A big event for them this term was an educational residential trip, where they all went away for 4 days and 3 nights with 2 teachers. Sadly some children were unable to go so we had a fun week at school instead with a topic week focusing on Australia.
We made Koala finger puppets and created some Aboriginal art.
My sewing group are working their way through a pile of sea creatures. We have made jelly fish and are now onto starfish.
Looking forward to the big finish and 6 whole weeks off work.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Summer term

Summer term 1 is over and there are only 7 weeks left before the summer break.
It's been busy as always but the kids in the sewing group have been as enthusiastic as ever. 
This term we made our own version of angry birds something all the kids are mad about.
The pattern is a simple 4 piece ball with the detail stitched on after the ball is made.
The results as always were amazing. These kids never fail to challenge and inspire me.
The results speak for themselves.

Next term the theme is the sea.
I can't wait to see how they do.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Easter Rabbits

Spring term at school is finally over and it's been a funny one.
The year started with my eldest daughter being seriously ill and spending 2 weeks in hospital. I had to take some time off work to nurse her back to full health and so I have no sewing pictures for you from the first half term.
Fortunately daughter no. 1 is fully recovered and back at Uni now, so the sewing recommenced.
We made some hearts for mothers day, but they were whisked away before I had time to photograph them. Then we made bunnies for Easter. This project took far longer than I expected as the group of 8 year olds I had spent much of their time chatting rather than sewing, however it all came good in the end and each child took a completed bunny home.
Now I need to think of a project for next term but I'm struggling. I have a mixed group of 9 year olds 2 of the 12 have Special Educational Needs. I was thinking key rings or bookmarks. Will have to go and have a play around with my felt I think.