Day Ten



It has been a beautiful day- despite early morning mist; and I have been so busy today trying to get things together for the craft stall. DD has been with me as she is also under the weather. The day started with a trip to the doctor’s, and it continued with us just sitting and chatting, sewing and drinking coffee. I loved it.

Yesterday, one of the conversations with my friend was about if we really appreciated the simple things in life, or are we always looking on to the next thing.

I have to be honest and confess that I am usually looking about what is going to happen next, rather than focussing on the great thing that I am doing at that moment. My sister always finds it amusing that I can focus my attention and patience to sewing, knitting or crochet activities as I am usually racing all over the place trying to get kids to certain places, running the house, deadlines to meet and lessons to plan and prepare. Because of all these demands on my time, when it is something that is special for me I am always looking to try to pack so much into the little pocket of time that means I get to the end of an event feeling cheated about what I hadn’t done and wondering why I had spent my time faffing around.

But today it was different. The sun was out and it was gorgeously warm in the conservatory where I usually do my creating. Pottering and pootling with my girl, without the demands of little (or big) boys. Stolen time that is very precious. I have to admit to enjoying every minute of it- and no guilt!

So what did I make?

A breakfast set!

You have to forgive me for substituting bread rolls and croissants for apples, but you get the gist! The brilliant thing about the basket is that you just untie the sides and it can be stored flat- taken anywhere- picnics, barbecues, breakfast- there are hundreds of uses.

DD (Moo) is also very enthused by this blog and she wants to share with you some of the things that she has been creating at school. She has spent half a term (semester for our transatlantic cousins- more about this in a minute!) Tie dying, measuring, cutting and sewing and she has produced this –

A fully functioning wash bag complete with a care label! She is very proud of this piece, and rightly so as she worked very hard on its production. Well done Moo. xxxx

And so to why I am so excited. Well I am always excited when a finished piece comes together; but today my heart was set aflutter just by turning on the laptop.  I was checking emails etc and thought I’d have a peek at my pages here. Guess what – A Year on the Make has hit the shores of the USA! Six people from across the Atlantic have looked at my pages, and a load of my world map that shows who is looking at my pages has turned orange. Hurrah!

I didn’t start this blog for anybody but me. I am delighted that people want to read my ramblings and monologues – which is a good thing as I would have probably winged it and not made stuff on some of the days without your vigilance: – so thank you. I do have to say I am completely flabbergasted at my little bit of cyberspace being viewed from such a long way away. (This does put added pressure on my Norwegian cousin who has been sent the link and not checked it out yet- Norway is still white!)

Welcome to A year on the Make and my mad cap adventure! Hopefully you will be with me for even  a little of my journey.


PS. Strike that- Norway has just turned orange too! See you in 2 weeks Nat xx


About Ickleed

Hello! I am a married mother of three very lively children who keep me on my toes. When I am not cooking, cleaning, gardening, shopping or socialising, I work part time as a primary school teacher.

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