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Days 187- 213: A post at last!

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Good morning, afternoon or evening my old friends.

I know you may have been wondering where I have been- well I have been here, and I have been crafting, but I just haven’t found time to blog.

I have really missed the excitement of writing my daily post, and the excitement of looking at my statistics to see how many people have read it. I guess all those years of dreaming of becoming a famous author as a child have just been hidden down in the depths of my brain waiting to come out, and I can honestly say that I have missed you all. So why have I had a little holiday from my blog? Three words……

Back At Work!

Being a responsible adult in charge of littlies takes up so much of my time. The new school year has brought the usual amount of work, and it is so time-consuming. I had to make a choice. Craft or blogging?

I think you can guess which one had to have the holiday! Yes the blogging. I figured that I set out on a year on the make, and so I have got to complete what I set out to do. Believe me, mum has been on my case for you all- giving me gentle reminders that I have not blogged since September the 13th. It has been a constant frustration and one that I am determined to right over the next few weeks.

I am going to make you all a solemn promise. I know that it will be impossible for me to blog everyday- that is just asking too much of myself. So he is what I am going to promise you all-

I, Ickle Ed, Promise that from now till the end of my first year on the make, I will blog at least once a week. I will not let time run away with me again. Cross my heart and hope to die.

Not sure about the last sentence but I think you get the gist.

So what have I been doing? Well big news in the Ickle Ed household is that we have now got these………

I have never been a cat person. I thought I didn’t like cats at all, as they chased my guinea pigs and rabbits when I was a child…….and they still do! DH on the other hand, is a cat person and has frequently commented that he would love a cat, usually followed by a blanket ‘NO!’ response from myself.

During my recuperation, I had time to do a lot of thinking, and decided that it was unfair for me to dictate, after all the Monsters and I went and got the guinea pigs without DH. So I relented and let him explore the ‘idea’ of having ‘a’ cat. (Note the singular!)

He wasted no time in getting me to ring up a local charity and, after a home visit, we were soon on our way to pick up our new feline. On arrival at the foster house, DH decided that one was not enough, but we should have the little brother too. Boo, being there, agreed and I was out-voted. One became two, and the rest is history.

I was determined that it would be DH who was responsible for them- especially the litter tray, and that I would not have anything to do with them at all. So how has it worked out so far? I do have to admit to have being adopted by these two little fellows. The little black one in particular- who we were told did not like human contact, has for the last two weeks followed me around- does this make me an alien? DH is highly amused that I have suddenly been, against my will,  thrust into the role of a cats mother- but the little monkey can not be discouraged and he follows me to bed every night, wakes me up in a morning and sits by me when I find five minutes to watch the TV in an evening.

So does this mean that I have suddenly become a cat fan? Well I like these two!

The other big news is that after about 4- 5 years waiting we have eventually got an allotment. It all happened very quickly in the end. I was saying to DH on Wednesday that I needed something else to focus on as well as school and craft. Many suggestions were made, but then the decision has been made for me with the arrival of the letter on Thursday morning. I am very excited, especially when we visited the site. It is a little over grown, but nothing I can’t rectify so fresh fruit and veg are on the agenda for next year.

The major patchwork is still under construction- hopefully with a Tah dah in a month. With the changing of the colours on the trees, and the smell of bonfires in the air I even took out ‘blast it’ again, staring wistfully at the remaining pieces, wishing that it was made and ready to wear. Who knows it may be completed by Christmas! Chutney has been made using the gorgeous autumnal ingredients that are in abundance in the shops at the minute – (F.I.L. will be very pleased.) I do have to say that as growing seasons go, this year has been rubbish; but I have managed to grow beetroot and celeriac which due to be harvested. Roll on a better crop next year.

Ho hum! Autumn days with the nights drawing in and the christmas trees building up in the local shops- already!  Plenty of time for crafting and blogging in an evening.

It’s nice to be back.

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Days 149- 186 : Patches! Patches! Patches!

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Good morning, afternoon or evening. I hope you are all well.

I am so sorry for my absence. How long it has been since I have been in cyber space. The summer holidays are over, and guess what…….I am back at work!

I found the holidays so enjoyable and frustrating at the same time- if that is possible. Spending time with the little people in my life brings so many rewards, but at the same time is so exhausting. Days of planning entertainment and fun for the littlies, I found myself crawling into to bed at 10 every night; only to hear the abominable phrase “What are we doing today Mum?” every morning! Exhausting. Painting, baking, making, sight-seeing, playing, den building, visiting, pajama daying and creating all done, it’s back to school for all of us.

Now the Olympics and Paralympic games are over too, DH is back in our lives after a summer of goggling at the box. National pride is at a high-  On the down side it’s  back to the domination of football on our screens, and I, yet again, become a hockey widow. The evenings are drawing in and believe it or not I am contemplating finishing ‘Blast it’ as the temperature has dropped by about 10 oC this week.

I must admit to struggling to keep motivated on the makes. I am determined to finish my year of makes, and belive it or not I am over halfway through now. I think this latest slump is due to the slow progress of my latest project, and my return to work which is requiring a certain amount of evening time for planning, marking and preparation. I am endeavouring to chip away at it though. Slowly. Slowly.

So what have I been up to? Can you guess from the title of this post?

Yes the patchwork marathon continues.

Cutting hexagons……..

……..covering…….

……..sewing…….

Endless. I am about a quarter of the way there- it is going to be huge!

Luckily Boo has taken a shine to i,t and it looks like it is destined for his bed.  I am really enjoying it, even though it doesn’t sound like it. As I have mentioned before, this is my favourite of all the crafting disciplines, hexagons in particular, it is just so time-consuming as this is all hand sewing. I have got to get it finished double-quick as I am making my sister-in-law a door hanging patchwork for her 40th. She wants it be done for Christmas, so I know what my next project will be.

So here I sit in the rolling hills, halfway through my year, back at work, and back on the blog. I have missed my daily catch up, so I am determined that there will be a return to the good old days. I need to refocus, and with Christmas just around the corner and a Church bazaar to prepare for, expect to see lots more of Ickle Ed over the coming weeks.

Who knows…you may even get to see a finished blast it very soon! 🙂

See you soon.

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Days….. from my last post to today! (I will work it out later)

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Good Morning, afternoon or evening. 🙂 Long time no see? Many apologies, but I intend to address my cyberspace absence in this post.

Have you ever noticed…those of you with children, and those of you without…..how the days just seem to roll into one during the summer? I started this project ready to dedicate myself to making or contributing to a make, everyday for a year. The pace of things seem to have slowed down over the past few weeks, although despite my absence from posting, the makes have continued even if it is only sewing a patch on the mega patchwork.

I am guilty of lots of things over the past few weeks these being……

  • spending time with my children and neglecting my makes
  • starting new child friendly project everyday with not a hint of guilt about ignoring my crafty ones
  • forgetting to write my blog, even though I have taken hundreds of photographs to show
  • Having lots of new inspiring experiences, but not sharing them with anyone on the blog

Am I to be court martialed for being absent without leave from the blog, because I am enjoying time with the little people in my life?

To answer that I have to think about the priorities in my life. What is most important? As this is my blog, therefore it makes me judge and jury. How do I feel about not blogging everyday?

Personally, selfishly, I have missed it; but as a mother, do I put my electronic child before my organic ones? Definitely not! The time that I have spent with the monsters is precious and only happens once. How can I justify spending time at the laptop and sewing machine when there are adventures to be had? I’m glad you agree!

So what have we been up to? Have a look at these………

Home grown potatoes ready for the pot…..

Beetroot coming on nicely!

Potatoes ready for roasting with rosemary.

We then had a little visitor. Mr ED!

Now I have not had a hamster since I was 13 years old and I had forgotton what a racket they make at night! He is really a cute little fellow..just noisy. We got to 1.30am when DH could stand it no longer and had to remove the wheel form the ‘hamster palace’, the sound of which was reverberating through the floor to our room from the sitting room. (We have put it back in again this morning though Mrs H!) Eddie didn’t seem to mind though, he just spent the rest of the night running through his tube and up and down his stairs. I’m sure we will get used to it though. It occured to me why are we spending so much on wind farms when we could have hamster farms with wheels attached to the national grid? It’s a win win situation….they get exercise and fun, we get light!

Unfortunately the monsters now want a hamster!

Back to the garden………..

More rhubarb and ginger jam to replace the diminished store!

And a visit to the latest Sheffield tourist spot…………

Then we had visitors to our road. Roo was loving seeing all the monster trucks come and go. He sat on the garden wall inspecting what was going on for nearly a week.

We had to drive up and down the road a bit to check it out….just like Lightening McQueen.

After all of that Moo decided to have a go a baking……….

Gorgeous cakes…..shame about the state of the kitchen when she had finished!

An eventful two weeks so far I think you’ll agree. I’ll be back tomorrow to show what craft I have been up to.

See you then.

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Days 139- 145: Olympic Fever!

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Good morning, afternoon or evening.

So how are you? Enjoying the Limpicks? I have to admit to something. I am actually watching it all…even without DH being there! Shock! Horror!

Our celebrations continued last Saturday with an Olympic BBQ. We didn’t see much of the nephews who visited….they were firmly ensconced in front of the TV watching the first days events.

This week began with a trip down to London. What for I hear you ask? Well what do you think! ‘Limpicks!’

Wednesday was our anniversary, and so we put the Olympics aside and took a trip up to town. London however is definitely in an Olympic frenzy however…even Nelson’s getting in the Olympic spirit

Leicester Square sported Olympic medals…….

But Shakespeare remained un-amused and undecorated. It took a pigeon to use it’s initiative to try to decorate him.

Carnaby Street and China Town also showed their patriotism…..

See what I mean!

We had a fantastic day….without having to drag tired monsters about the sights. A visit to the National Gallery to see lots of grand Masters, soaking up the atmosphere in this very international celebration, and a long ago promised fulfilled with a meal in China Town.

We also saw the man who has cycled here all the way from China…..

I have to admit to having very sore feet at the end of the day, but this was very welcome………

Then we went to the Olympics!

Don’t believe me?………….

We were there! DH was very excited!

Before the match started…hence all the empty seats.

Holland verses China. Holland won.

Watching the big screens……trying to get on telly!

And the Royal Barge. Moored just behind the BBC centre.

We had a fantastic time, and I can confirm that the Olympic park is brilliant! Just wish we could go again. Ho Hum!

Well time to revert to the giveaway that is up for grabs. It’s not too late to enter.

What do you have to do? (A reminder)

•Tell about a creative way you are celebrating throughout the olympics.  EG. An opening/ closing ceremony party, an event BBQ (eg Men’s hockey final), rejoicing in a gold medal win of your favourite athlete etc.

•Comment on where in the world you are watching the Olympics. Telling the event that you are watching, and the time that you are watching…I know some of you may be up in the night or very early morning to see.

•Don’t like the Olympics? Tell us about the creative ways that you are avoiding it all. Have you booked a 2 week cruise down the Nile? Decided to climb Everest?

You can include a photo if you want or email it to me at ayearonthemake@gmail.com and I will post it for you.

After you have commented, sit back and relax.  The winner will be drawn on Sunday 12th August 2012.

Just drop me a line.

See you tomorrow.

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Days 83-90

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Sunday 3rd June 2012

Our journey began pleasantly. The first CD was in place…Stepen Fry’s hypnotizing voice was soon drawing us into ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’. We have found that a Harry Potter is a must on all family holidays. Everyone enjoys listening to the story, even Roo. The first 50 miles disappeared quickly, as leaving so early meant there was no traffic on the road.

As the CD drew to a close however, my enjoyment melted away with te realisation that I was the only one awake, the rest of the CD’s were at DH’s feet and he was snoring in te seat next to me.

‘I’ll put the radio on instead’, I thought. Curses…..folk hour! Nothing against it- just not my taste. Will it keep me awake? No!

Press onwards.

I gave up after 137 mile. DH took over….next HP in place. The world was at peace again. In fact it was me who was at peace. I woke myself up with a snore 20 miles down the road. (Well at least I wasn’t drooling!)

At Portsmouth, the Rooster awoke. According to him we were going to Paris apparently to stay in a hotel. I asked if it was the George V; he said it was. (Yippee!) DH feigned sleep.

……….and so began our holiday!

Every time I go on holiday I write a diary of our adventures. I suppose you could say that this was a fore-runner to blogging. As you have probably noticed I like to bring humour into my writing. The reality is very different…so you could say that these diaries, and in fact this blog is to a certain extent a work of fiction- or just trying to look at the funny side of life and human nature! The above extract is from day two of this years epic.

I’m sure that Auntie M will approve of the decoration on the front of this years cover, and I hope that she has finished her latest make so I can put it on the ‘Your makes’ page. Then you will see why she will approve.

I am including this epic in my makes for the last week too. It takes a lot of effort to keep up with this writing everyday…especially when you are on holiday. I do love writing it down, rather than typing. Pen in hand, my notebook came everywhere with me. I have always written….not to the extent of Cousin Nat who wrote everyday in her diary, but writing is something that I feel confident about, and I enjoy re-reading about our antics and saying ‘Oh yeah! I forgot we did that!’

We were staying in a very quiet caravan site in St John de Monts, in the Vendee. This is a great area to go to this time of year as the weather is better than Brittany. The site is perfect for families, and is nestled in a pine forest. As the bank holiday had been pushed back a week, we also missed the French and German bank holidays so the site was quieter than usual. We were missing the Jubilee celebrations however, and so we decided to take our celebration over to France.

I think the French were amused by this quaint patriotism. We were not away to escape the celebrations like some were. We raised a glass or two of the local cider to her Majesty, and had a special tea on Monday night. We spent the night of the concert however, sitting in a French bar watching their equivalent of Dragon’s Den with the sound off. I hope they produce a video!

Being unable to exert myself too much, meant that swimming was out of the question, as was cycling. So I amused myself in other ways.

I know this is cheating slightly, as I have made these and shown them to you so many times before…but I have never made a strawberry hat sitting on a beach in France before. This is for a friend who wants the next size up for her growing strawberry. And this is where I sat and stitched…….

Gorgeous isn’t it! This is a place that we discovered on our first visit to this area ten years ago. It is on Noirmoutier, and Island joined to the mainland by a causeway and bridge. It comes in handy having a husband who speaks French so well he is mistaken for a local. He gets in with the locals and finds out the best places in the area! This little place being one of them. Imagine our horror when we opened the Sunday Telegraph on the ferry yesterday and discovered that our place had been reviewed in the holiday section! It is all it says in the article…..of the tourist trail, mainly used by the locals and beautifully picturesque. I love it.

On return we stopped at the local fishmongers and bought freshly caught mackerel for tea. The book I always read in this part of the world….Coastliners, by Joanne Harris, is set on an imaginary island off Noirmoutier. She writes about eating fresh mackerel…and we tried to capture the dish ourselves.

 I know they are on a barbecue…but they do look like happy fish don’t they!

They were delicious and in true French style, (and mine) we made a celebration of it…..

Lots of Faff….Father, Mother and Sister in law will be pleased that I took my faff with me! Can you spot what else I took?

We had good days. We had bad. We had rainy ones. We had sunny. It wasn’t so much of a riot as we have had in past years, no running here and there, site-seeing; but the GP was right. It was just what I needed.

Time!

Time to sleep. Time to play with my children. Time to talk to DH. Time to read. Time to think. Time to laugh….something I have not done much of lately.

Regretably, this time soon came to an end. We packed up the car in a monsoon, and set off home.

Makes packed up too. The  strawberry, journal and ‘blast it’ cardigan. (Unfortunately I may have to give up on the cardigan as I just can’t make it work) We returned home to the rolling hills, dreaming of next year.

See you tomorrow.

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Day 16

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Good evening 🙂

I am posting earlier tonight as a friend, who shall remain nameless, was disappointed last night that her bedtime reading was not there. I have therefore been given strict instructions to make sure the day’s blog appears before 10.30pm GMT, so she can snuggle down with her hot water bottle and ovaltine! So following orders………..

After yesterdays monster tidy up I awoke this morning feeling that rigor mortis had set in. Muscles that I had not used for a few weeks had seized up, and I rolled, rather than sprang out of bed. Moving slowly I managed to get myself organised.

Owing to the unusual weather we are experiencing, I found it necessary to get the fake tan out, and rummage for my Birkenstocks from the bottom of the wardrobe. What’s all that about? Fake tan and sandals in March! Nevertheless, it felt marvellous to snuggle in my favourite sandals. I must be getting old as I definitely go for comfort over fashion these days!

I had a full day. Visitors and visiting! In between the comings and goings I had decided that I was going to finish lots of different little jobs that had been started. I was also going to attempt driving too for the first time in 5 weeks. But I was thwarted by DH as he needed the car. 😦

I had a delicious time over lunch with friends. Home made soup, bread and cake- Scrummy! I want the recipes for all so I can be Mary Berry too! I probably wouldn’t be able to make all three for the same meal however, I would have to cheat somewhere.  Excellent company – very comfortable and uncomplicated. I could seriously get used to this not working lark!

The evening was spent pottering about just getting little jobs done. And here is one of the finished items……….

Really cute aren’t they- but fiddly to knit! Can you guess what they are to accompany?

Tadaa………….

These little cuties are adorable on. I recently made a strawberry set and a blueberry set for a friend who had twin girls. They do look cute in them, even if I do say so myself!

Well! I have not got much else to report today, so I will love you and leave you as it is nearly my 10.30 deadline and I still have lots of other things to finish.

See you tomorrow. XXXXXX