Tuesday, 9 January 2018

2017 Round Up

 It's not that I have been idling my time away during the past 6 weeks

Had some Christmas sewing to finish up

Started these ..... ages ago
 Then there was the Birthday cake for little Miss  and 12 dozen Mince pies (in the first batch!!)

 And a Santa painting session with my girlies

 Some Childcare commitments down 'Sarf
 Where Pooh Sticks is always a favourite

 And then the un-damming of the stream because the sticks got rather large ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

The receipt of my Designer badge from the Brownies ( for my work in repairing and remaking the dress for Big Duck )
So proud๐Ÿ˜Š
A lovely surprise parcel (that you know is going to be good when the first thing you see is a box of Betty's tea) from a friend made over on Instagram 

 Never actually met this lovely lady but looks at the goodies that she sent!

 The opening of this years Advent Calendar sent from my lovely baby sister

And then four extra adults and three children (under 4) spent 5 days with us, just before Christmas !!

It was lovely, noisy, exhausting and lovely.

When they all went off to the in- laws on Christmas Eve,  a quick blitz on the house and a couple of hours just staring at the walls ๐Ÿ’†before a quiet Christmas day for us.

Boxing Day saw a jaunt over to Naseby to view the Civil War Battlefield

 A cold but beautiful and very interesting day that is right on our door step!

 Then a sorting of fabrics for a gift for Sister 2

Then we were at New Year!  More childcare whilst the young 'un's partied
and a visit to the coast to return said littlies
 A lovely meal on the sea front
 with desert of course
 And then a nice walk on the longest pleasure pier in the world
 half way!!
 But we made it to the end, despite the changeable weather

 As a child, I was always afraid of waking on a pier. I was terrified that I would fall through the gaps and have many pictures of me clinging to my Dad's neck.
It still makes me nervous!!!
 Then back up the promenade and home for a cuppa
the Pier in the distance

We live about as far away from the sea as anywhere in the UK but water featured a lot during another long walk this season
The river running very high
and some flooding

And the sewing?  Twin bed runners. All done and dusted

All using scraps

 Both with pieced backs

A sort out of more scraps to be sent off to a friend
tidies my box up a bit ๐Ÿ˜‰

 And the runners all wrapped and in my suitcase ready for delivery ....... soon.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Its been a busy couple of weeks

 That started off with a card that melted my heart

My sisters niece Florrie who is 7 had sent her favourite Big Duck's dress for repair.

 It was actually beyond repair, but after trimming all the threadbare hemline and adding lace , making some tiny lace rosettes to cover the holes that had been rubbed into the little dress, I had made the best job that I could.

 It still was not a pretty sight,  so I selected a piece of very pretty Liberty Lawn fabric and made Big Duck a new outfit too.
  It took HOURS. Even though it was TINY!! 
But Off they went in the post back to Big Duck, and a few days later this arrived in the post.

Every minute taken was worthwhile ๐Ÿ˜Š

 Poppy Pete has returned to the village for a stay
 He sits guard over the Memorial on the Market Square
We have had a little family celebration...

On Friday 13th November 1987 this Darling Girl came into our lives.

 Lucky Lucky us ๐Ÿ’—
Happy Birthday Susannah x

The house has been invaded by the smell of onions ๐Ÿ˜– But they are now in the jars and will be ready for the festive season
 I am about a month late making my Christmas Puddings, but the fruit has been soaking and the rest of the ingredients will be added tomorrow and then a marathon steaming session will take place. 
 Sister 2 has told me how many calories there are in a homemade Christmas Pud ๐Ÿ˜ณ  so now I apparently have to run 2 miles for every slice ๐Ÿƒ - as if that's going to happen  ๐Ÿ˜‚

 I have managed to quilt my Scrappy Ladder to the Stars quilt
 Which included a pieced backing

and I think I will call this one Outlander as I watched a whole TWO seasons of the series whilst piecing this  - and then the 3rd season (so far) whilst quilting.  

I think I may be hooked ๐Ÿ˜
Well, why not ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

And There It Was - Gone!!

Though I cannot claim to have done nothing this last month!

There have been several days out including a girls jaunt down to Alexander Palace to the Knitting and Stitching show.
 Which was soooo busy even though we went on the Wednesday, which has always been the quietest day. It looks like lots of people have heard that ๐Ÿ˜’

We were all tempted by Spellbound Beads display of twinkling goodies 

so we all met up a couple of weeks later for a beady day.

And yes - this took me ALL DAY to make this ๐Ÿ˜ฒ and I love it so will definitely will make more

Mr T and I went off to see (not before time) the film Dunkirk.  A great movie.  The numbers of stranded soldiers that they were talking about  is hard to comprehend. A trip over the Channel is on the cards in the spring.

After the movie we went up to Kilworth House for a gifted (Mr T's birthday last year)  afternoon tea

 It was scrumptious and well worth the wait

Far too much time (and I don't care at all)  has been spent cuddling this little treasure

who is 12 weeks old now! How did that happen!!

SIL had a Big birthday and a little celebration dinner went down very nicely.
Baby came too.

I also looked after little Miss O during half term
 and some cousin love was going on. She now wants to change her name to include her cousins - Bless her

The first request when she comes to stay is a trip to our Library.
 And dolly has to come too. It's very worrying because with the council cuts that are happening, it looks like Higham Library is under threat of closure!  Madness!

Learning to pedal a bike was also on the cards.
After walking her MILES around the streets we can tick that off as a success too.

Little Miss was delivered back to her parents, and little brother. 

Hmmm.  ๐Ÿค” Whats that ๐Ÿ˜ฎ  He was fine in the morning ๐Ÿ˜ท Chicken Pox !!

So off we go down to look after Master L whilst Mummy went to work (she had only started back a couple of weeks ago!!)
Looks poorly, doesn't he!
We are now sitting in a darkened room

On the crafting front - Well I have done a little bit

Played yarn chicken with the shawl I was making
 and won!

The yarn for this was a birthday gift and is super soft and squishy

A Flex Frame bag workshop at my local group produced this 

My Mini Mania Challenge was completed at the beginning of the month as I knew I was going to be busy
 And I have been diving into the scrap box again to make some little bits for a Brownie sales table this month
 These little purses are so easy to make and just have to have one of the little flex frames to be inserted.

I think that's it for October.

Hoping to set aside time this month to quilt two tops that i finished a while ago, and then I have a quilt waiting to be payed with.