Saturday, 17 February 2018

Half Term

Half Term is nearly over and its gone super quick!


We've done a lot of nothing.


My Daughter has spent her time revising and sleeping in.


My Son has spent his time on the dreaded technology and spreading around playing with Lego.


Today we had a trip to the 'Beachside' **


Penny loved it, lots of open space, lots of dogs and lots of tangling us up in the lead.


Back to school on Monday (after the boy completes his homework!!) 
and luckily for me I have a new work project to start.


On the sewing front, I got the fleece backing for my quilt and its WHITE.


Just how I sew using white fleece with Penny in the house, I'm not sure.
Maybe she needs to visit family for the day!!!

** I'm not sure when the term Beachside started, but my children called the Seaside Beachside when they where little and it stuck. So for our family Seaside will always be Beachside!!!

Friday, 9 February 2018

Moving the sewing off the table. . . . . . .

So if you follow me over on Instagram you'll know I've been doing a little sewing.


I'm not lucky enough to have a dedicated sewing space, so its the dining table or no sewing.


I'd made a sketch, calculated, measured, calculated again, all the time terrified of cutting the fabric and making a mistake.


So the first blocks took a while and needed some fussy cuts.


I did forty eight blocks in total, then trimmed them all to exactly the same size.


With half term starting this afternoon I really needed to sew all my blocks together, then my sewing can be moved off the table!!!


So next its the backing, quilting and binding.




Friday, 26 January 2018

Just another week.

A week of procrastination.


This week I planned to start a sewing project.


This week I planned to sort out the greenhouse.


This week I planned to sort through lots of family junk.


This week I planned lots of long walks with Penny.


But all I've done is put things off,


Accomplishing very little.


So today I cheated slightly, I jumped in the car and headed out for some fresh air and glorious views.


Penny enjoyed the walk and all the stuff I need to do is still waiting for me at home.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Forecast for today - Sunny

So today's weather forecast for the Ribble Valley said 'Sunny'


I planned a 5 mile walk with Penny.


Organised someone to pick us up 'in case of emergency'


Picked my route to give spectacular views . . . . .


But all we got was mist/fog, mile after mile.


We didn't see another person for the whole route.


Penny kept looking over her shoulder, spooking me out, thinking there was someone (or something spooky) following us.


Maybe we'll try again another day . . . 


Just a quick look back to the other week, when I did some of the same route.


That view is worth the 2.5 mile uphill walk
 (or a quick drive up in the car)


Monday, 8 January 2018

New Year - New Attitude

Happy New Year 
(I know I'm a bit late.....)


Today the children headed back to school and the house fell silent.


The start of the year.....


Long cold weeks ahead, health issues for my Son and GCSEs for my Daughter.


Definitely need some positive mental attitude.


Penny's very positive.


She's positive she looks great really close up!! 


So this morning we had a good long walk, leaving behind all the house work!


This afternoon, whilst Penny sleeps away the afternoon, I will be ploughing my way through the ironing mountain.


If you see me out and about, I'm the one with the dog running wild, whilst the dogs lead is tied round my leg, leaving my hands free to quickly take a snap!!

Sunday, 3 December 2017

A Christmas Sock for Penny.

Both my children have hand made Christmas socks, made by my Mum.


My Daughter thinks Penny needs a Christmas sock, with it being her first Christmas!!!


With fabric left over from the Christmas skirt and to avoid thinking about Christmas shopping, work began.


My Daughter arranged the colours.


I didn't add any wadding, just lined them with white fabric.


Then onto the binding.


All ready now for Father Christmas!!


(Just a quick reminder for my Mum, those beautiful twin grand daughters will need a sock in three weeks. So you better get sewing!!)

Monday, 27 November 2017

A Christmas Skirt.

Saturday was the day for our trip to the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching show.


We always take our own lunch and get to use the Royal Hall, it really is lunch with a view!!



I was very restrained in my purchases this year.


The book stall I love wasn't there this year and many of the smaller fabric sellers seem to be missing.


I did get a scrap bag with a hint of Christmas through the little window.


Although the rest of the party doubted I'd finish by Christmas (this year). . . . . . 


Well here it is, a skirt for our Christmas tree.


Now its time to put the sewing machine away and start some Christmas shopping!