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Trees! Trees! Trees!


Whoops! I wrote this a couple of days ago and forgot to post it. Well I say I forgot; the net was so slow that I waited so long for it to do it stuff that I ran out of time and I needed sleep. I promised myself I would post it the next day……but forgot! So he is the post!


Good evening. Just taking a break from the marking! I was sifting through my pictures of the years makes and I realised that there was one particular item that seems to crop up again and again.

Digital Camera

Trees for Christmas……


Trees for Easter…..


Trees for Summer and…..


Trees for Winter.

These trees have been very popular as you can see, and I seem to be constantly asked to make ‘just one more’! Not that I am complaining as they look really sweet nestled on a book shelf or in the middle of a dinner table.

Guess what I have been making today!

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Day 59


Good evening folks. Is it really Thursday again?

I had to stop today and look about me. I have been so immersed in getting ready for the fair this Saturday….(Baslow, Derbyshire, 10am – 4.30pm would love to see you!) , and sorting the monsters out, that I had not noticed how dusty everywhere had become! So it was on with the marigolds and out with the mop and bucket, Pledge and dusters. Worked up quite a sweat as it was quite warm here today in the rolling hills.

There is something quite nice about sitting in a tidy house. It is very calming. It is a time when you wish that somebody would call round, obviously leaving the house with the impression that it is always neat and tidy! Unfortunately I was thwarted with that today, as visitors arrived while I was in the thick of it……Bah! Never the less I had an enjoyable half hour without cushions being crumpled, throws being pulled off the sofas, Picasso’s next masterpiece left on the coffee table, shoes and socks being left by the front door and DVD’s  littering the floor.

Then the monsters came home…and I have to start all over again tomorrow! Curses!

I had put all of the sewing back into the conservatory, ready for me to sort out. I was dreading going in there as there was all manner of things that I had to finish before Saturday. When DH came home all my excuses for putting off sorting it all out literally ran out the open door. The time had come to face it!

Actually it was quite enjoyable…a bit like when facing a pile of marking; banging your head against a wall is preferable to starting it, but then once started, it is fantastic to find out that what you wanted the children to learn has been accomplished! There has been lots to do. Want to see?

I started off by making these………

…..these were what I couldn’t finish on Monday night. I still have 2 more small ones to make, but I can’t face doing those tonight.

After I had made these I needed to do this……..

 Can you see it tucked in there. Yes labels had to be sewn into all the baskets.

….as you can see I have made quite a few!

 In fact: two extra large, three large, two small bread baskets and three coffee pot covers have been made by my own lily white hands! So you can see why I cannot face making two more small ones tonight!

Anyway, I need to press on. Somewhere under a huge pile of clean washing is my bed. I can just about hear it calling to me….it’s a bit muffled as it’s a big pile of washing! I need to sort all that before I can retire.

Good night all, and see you tomorrow!


Day 56- Post 2


Good evening.

I have to admit to be exhausted tonight. Bank holidays!  Having three children to entertain really takes its toll. The problem is the wide age gap from the oldest to youngest. They each have their own interests, and all three have their own opinions!

We settled on going to the cinema….until I checked up on what was showing. The only thing suitable for all ages was Beauty and the Beast in 3d. Two boys objected most strongly, and Moo just said

‘Beauty and the Beast! I’m nearly 12 you know!’ I took it as a no!  So what to do? The arguments continued and squabbles nearly set in for the day…until I suggested we go to buy a DVD and set up a cinema at home.

So off we set to the supermarket. Now the only way to shop when we are en mass is to ram raid…not literally, but to dive in, run round like lunatics and get out again as soon as possible. It’s best for everyone concerned…especially our fellow shoppers. Wherever we go there is always lots of noise you see. So on our arrival we split. The littlies went to the toy aisle, while I collected the groceries together.

By the time I met up with the monsters, they were proudly holding up the film that was to become our cinema night. So we set off home, listening to Boo’s new CD…Moshie Monster’s and the proud owners of Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked!

On arrival I decided that I needed to complete the days make, and to take my mind of the evenings entertainment.

As you can see I have adjusted the bread basket design…and made it bigger!

I love this fabric! I seem to have made a lot out of it over the past few weeks.

These bread baskets are quite a bit bigger than the last load that I made. They are deeper too. I need to think whether they need press studs on them, like the previous batch…I made these in a slightly different way

I decided to do coffee pot covers for this fair too.

… I have got other baskets to make in this fabric..but not today.

Well we have watched Alvin and the Chipmunks. Not as bad as ‘Hop’, but I could have used the hour and twenty minutes in a better way.

Anyway got to go. I need to get uniforms organized for tomorrow…and the Rooster has fallen asleep waiting for Daddy. I did tell him DH would not be coming back today, but as I said at the beginning, all my children have their own opinions!

See you tomorrow


Day 47


Good evening folks.

What a day! We seemed to have disaster after disaster today.

We had a very early start, courtesy of our organic alarm clock. Did you know that you should not sleep when it is daytime? No, we didn’t either! Anyway the Rooster was very excited as It was his friend’s birthday party today and so the usual tricks didn’t work…he was hyper from the moment that he got out of bed!

A trip to town followed soon after. Sausage sandwiches all round, then present and costume buying. (It was a fancy dress party.)

Getting into the car for the journey home, I realised that it was 12.20pm. Shock! The party began at 12.30pm! Rushing home, it was action stations. Moo sorted Roo into his costume, DH was on card duty, I was on present wrapping. Then it was out to the car and off.

We dropped DH and Roo off- then realised we had forgotten the present. GRRRRRRR! So Moo, Boo and myself set off homeward bound to retrieve it. Nearly there we received a phone call from DH to tell us that there was nobody at the hall for the party.

I ran inside the house, picked up the present and the invitation…..it was on the 29th! TOMORROW! NOOOOOOOOOO!

We set off to find the very disappointed little boy, and Roo! (Joking!), and headed to the spring fair being hosted by Dad’s choir. On arrival the time was 1.10pm. The fair was supposed to be from 11.00 till 2.oopm. Unfortunately the raffle numbers were being called and people were packing up early. FOILED AGAIN! So after purchasing a couple of dinosaurs and an eagle, we set off home.

How was this day to be retrieved? Boo decided that he had, had enough of playing families, and so disappeared to the local park with his friend. Moo decided that she needed to watch as much television as possible to make up for missing so much due to the town visit; Roo decided he was going to join her….and promptly took over the TV to watch James Bond. DH decided that Saturday sport was in order. That left me, in the kitchen on my own. What was I going to do?

Well! I have been doing lots of preparation for the makes for the next craft fair. I have been measuring, cutting and sorting things ready to be sewn. After yesterday’s jaunt I only had time to cut a few things out last night, so the machine was calling me.

I have to admit that I have been feeling really fed up. It is not  as good as you would think being signed off work. I even felt that sewing was too much for me to do. But today I really think I have got my sewing mojo back! What do you think?

We have it in white!

We have it in black! In fact………………….

We have three of them altogether. All of them……….

….have the red lining, and of course the Ickle Ed label!

DH’s comment about them were that they should appeal to New Zealand Rugby fans at least; cheek! But I suppose he is right.

I also have this to show you……

Auntie M’s birthday teacosy, in place in her kitchen! Actually this is the large version of this cosy…and her teapot is small  so the poor pot looks rather like a baby brother wearing big brother’s coat! She assures me however, that she does have a larger pot that she uses when visitors come. I do have to admit to being quite chuffed with the outcome of the cosy. There are a few things that I would change next time, but it is great  for a first attempt!

Anyway, DVD night beckons…well it has already begun, so I had best go and join the gang.

See you tomorrow.