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Ta Dah!

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Good evening. I hope that you are all fine and that life is treating you well.

I am not going to go into details about my long absences again……it’s the same old same old- work, work work!  No I have got something to share with you all. 🙂

 

Look………….

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I was so happy with how this turned out that I have to broadcast it everywhere!

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Fully lined, and with a drawstring to keep things nice and safe. I have made it big enough to fit a lunch box so my lunch is going to be beautifully presented at work tomorrow!

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I was so happy to be behind the machine again I cannot tell you. I have really missed the daily make and upload, but I am not going to beat myself up about tha lack of posts anymore. I am going to enjoy what I do and tell you all about it as and when. It is has been a hard lesson, but I have learnt it and realise that I can not post and make at the same rate that I was this time last year.

Yes! I have completed my year! I am now onto A year on the mark part two, and loving the free and easy crafting that I have started. It’s the craft equivalent of yoga! Calm and fulfilling. I am loving it. I can honestly say that I completed my year too. I will admit that some of the craft was literally sewing patches for the monster patchwork flag, but I created something everyday which is what I set out to do. I had a ball along the way, and a few tears, but all in all I enjoyed it so much that when the webpage was up for renewal I did not hesitate.

So you have me for another year. What do I want this year to bring?

  • I am not going to put as much pressure on myself to complete and post everyday- or week, but I will set myself time to post. I am thinking about doing a weekly post on a Thursday night with photo’s of that weeks make…not sure will let you know.
  • I aim to complete the monster patchwork. I thought I would have done by now, but like “blast it” I lost interest and it finished up with a couple of patches a day. I will show you what I have done so far later this week.
  • I intend to have fun and try new things instead of doing the same things everytime- as much as I love the baby berry hats and shoes I want to have a go at rag rugs and upcycling!

So my friends the other rule remains the same- I need to do something every day without fail- even Christmas!

Wish me luck for year two. 🙂

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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And the winner is……..

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Good morning, afternoon or evening.

How are we all? I have to make a huge apology……I haven’t given the results of the give away!

Time has simply run away with me, and here we are the middle of the week again.

So here we go……..

I included all the names of people who have emailed me or left a comment about the Olympic give away. (There are quite a few of you who are dreadfully shy!)

These were placed in an appropriate container……….

….and Roo picked one out.

And the winner is………

Congratulations Julie. Please can you email me with your address details and your prize will be rushed to you.

Thank you to everyone who commented or emailed me with your Olympic stories.

See you later.

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Days 126-134: One patch at a time.

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Good morning/ afternoon/ evening! How are we all? We are all fine here, in fact we are getting rather excited as Summer is upon us…..Hurrah! Yes the sun is shining and we are all in our summer gear that has lain for many a month at the bottom of the wardrobe.

I can’t believe that it is actually a week since I last posted. Naughty me. Last week went so fast. as the last week of term always does. Concerts, assemblies, collective worship, own clothes days and disco’s all seemed to fill my days. I sat in the evenings with my crafting project, (which you will see in a minute), and wondered where the time was going.

And so the holidays are here. Children are baying to be entertained. Honestly I do not know how they would cope without a TV! When I was younger the children’s programmes finished at 10 am and we had to amuse ourselves throughout the day. Boo asked me if I was born in Victorian times when I explained that there were no such things as videos let alone DVD’s, I player or Nintendo WII’s when I was his age! Cheeky monkey!

We have had a Fab day today in Konk! I have to explain that this is a pet name for York. Roo has trouble with some words and he knew there was a K in it somewhere. When asked where he was going some time ago, he replied with ‘Konk’! The name has stuck.

The sun shone all day for our stolen excursion. We had a gorgeous lunch. Visited Jorvik viking museum, leaving with bows, arrows, daggers and a sword. (Heaven help us!) Then it was a boat ride on the Ouse. Always a lovely treat when it is not raining. Finally the Castle Museum. This is a particular Favourite of mine, as I remember visiting for the first time with my Grandad. I also remember snagging my tights on a seat in the Edwardian pub! The smell of the sweet shop in the Victorian street brings back memories of me waving to Grandad through the window as he peered inside. Bows, arrows, daggers and a sword were firmly placed back in carrier bags for this visit. Then back home, on a delayed train, to be met by DH who had to work today. (Hence the stolen excursion!) Hot, tired and ready for a cup of coffee, we enthused about our day…..to a grumpy DH!

So I am just catching my breath and revving up for the make of the day.

You will no doubt remember the organising that I was doing last week in preparation of the next big project. Well this has certainly gathered pace.

I have begun with the blue as this is the largest colour. I wanted to make sure that I had divided the different patches equally between the eight blue sections. This meant that I had to share the patches out, bag them up ready. Talk about faff!

I set to, to make the first section of the blue. I’m not sure if I told you, but I love patchwork! Seeing all the colours working their magic together is fabulous. It soon became apparent that I needed to start on the white and red too. Having completed the first blue section, I want to make sure that it fits together like a jigsaw. I don’t want a repeat performance of ‘Blast it’! So I set to again with the scissors.

White, red and more blue patches ready to be made into hexagons. I have also cut more card templates ready for covering. It is definitely full steam ahead. And I am loving every minute of it. I hope I will be back very soon to show you an update.

See you later.

xxxxxxx

PS. DH has read the above and told me off for calling him grumpy. So I will put it another way…….perturbed at not being included in the trip to ‘Konk’, as he had to work, DH was quiet and a little disinterested at our enthusiam for our stolen day out. (Is that better DH?)

Day 67…or are we 68? I am too tired to care!

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Picture the scene……

The stall is set up… it’s looking beautiful…..people are celebrating the colour in the corner. You have just settled down after a couple of good sales……

When you hear…..

‘Duff! Duff! Duff!’

(Pssst! It is a true Jurassic Park….water glass….Teranosaurus Rex type moment!)

People are turning towards the staircase wondering what creature will appear from around the bend. Is it Godzilla? Mr Staypuff?

People are wondering should they run away in fear? Some are frozen unable to move! I am standing…eyes closed….because I know what is going to happen next………

“Mummy!!!”

Eager faces charge to my stall proffering sandwiches and apples.

“What are you doing here? Is it a craft fair?”

Smiles turn in my direction (reprieve all round!)…..”Oh so it is her that is causing the commotion!” ( “I ‘aven’t done owt!”)

In my head a chorus of voices sing the praises of my stall and the positivity it makes them feel.

Reality…………………………..

“I didn’t want to come…Dad made me!”

“I’ve had to put up with this all morning!”

“I want a cake!”

“Have you only got one chair! Tuh! Where am I going to sit?”

“Cor! We’ve got a telly this time!”

The Cavalry had arrived! And very pleased I was to see them too. I am always pleased to gain support from my nearest and dearest. But when it comes to any type of shopping I adopt the old Yorkshire saying….

” Oh! Thanks for coming! ( (Whispered)Thanks for going!)

It has taken 14 years for me to accept that the men in my family simply do not like shopping! Any shopping! The fact that they turned up…..noisily……to support me, shows that they are willing to put aside the hatred that they have for the ‘Beelzebub’ activity of retail therapy, and entered hell on earth, in their eyes, to walk alongside their wife or mother for a while. I greatly appreciated them coming…..and I didn’t care about the knowing smiles from some, (whose monsters are a  home,) scornful looks from others ,and ‘I’m glad it’s her’ sniggers from the rest. These are my boys! And as noisy as they are…especially in any type of retail space…and how ever much of my ‘we made this for you’ sandwich the pinch; they are there for me!

Moo on the other hand can’t get enough of this craft business! She came at lunch…and stayed till the end of the day. (That’s my girl!)

So what was the day like?

I loved it!

We were in a fantastic space….with fabulous original pictures of the walls. I had fantastic company with the other stall holders. What more could I ask?

It’s all getting a bit ‘samey’, these shots of the stalls I am doing! Just different locations….so I promise, if I do another craft fair, there will be no more shots of the stall….unless I decide to go for a different  arrangement. Promise!

I also did a make today…although I have not finished it yet, the big reveal will have to be tomorrow! I promise.

Why did I enjoy today so much? To be honest last weekend was a bit of a kick in the ribs. I have spent the week asking myself lots of questions

‘Are my makes too boring?’

‘Are they too expensive?’

‘Are they just simply rubbish…..but my family and friends can’t tell me!’

Anything to explain why I did so badly last weekend. I have to remember that everybody was in the same boat. The fact I sold loads today shows me that the effort I am putting in is worth it. I am so pleased!

I’m a very happy bunny tonight,

See you tomorrow. (With today’s make plus tomorrow’s!)

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Day 67- Feeling tired now!

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Good evening folks.

I hope you have had a really good Friday…….Yippee! It’s the weekend!

Not that I really need to celebrate…still off work. 😦 And I have to admit that I don’t actually work Fridays so it’s not so much TGI Friday, but TGI Thursday for me usually.)

Waking this morning it felt a little like the morning after the night before…only I had not had a drink. Waking up in the middle of a particularly loud snore, it suddenly dawned on me that I had something important to do today. What could it be? It hit me like a sledgehammer that I had…in a moment of crass stupidity, signed up for another craft fair; tomorrow! WHY??????

OK! Let’s not panic Mr Mainwaring! Where do we start?

Right! I started by sorting out everything that I already had. What was I going to take? I only have a small table this week, and my wash stand that I put the cushions on. As it is  vintage and craft fair, I thought that cushions and bags should be the way to go. What other things have a got? Dolly pegs? Maybe.

I then hit on the idea of using vintage fabric to make something modern. Cue……….

….I took the idea of the bag that I made yesterday to make these. Do you know what it is? Want a clue?

……yes Netbook/ IPad wallets! Woo Hoo! I love these fabrics. They are 100% cotton too. I have placed batting in these too to add a bit of protection. Like everything I have experimented with…I know where I need to make improvements. The biggest problem was that I don’t own an IPad, so I haven’t got a clue how big they are! If anyone can send me the length, width and depth of one it will be greatly appreciated. The next problem will be that people don’t like them and so I finish up with 10 IPad cases and no ipad! Ho hum! They will then become another kind of wallety thing.

Ideas on a postcard please.

Anyway; I still have loads to do before tomorrow. (I even have DH painting pegs at the minute….it’s very therapeutic apparently 🙂 )

See you tomorrow

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PS. I am not a Euro Millionaire…..again! So we had better have a better day  at the fair tomorrow!

Day 66- update

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Good evening again!

Just to let you know, it is confirmed that I will be at a craft fair again. This time it is at The Workstation on Pater Noster Row (near the Showroom), Sheffield City Centre.

It will be lovely to see you!

I am in panic mode now as this fair is Vintage and craft, so a competely different clientele. How many bags will I be able to make in the next 24 hours?

See you tomorrow.xxxxxxx