Friday, 25 June 2010

Here it is!!

What a busy couple of weeks since I last blogged. Laura's been back at school and it's like groundhog day everyday of the week, just with something different happening every night after school. What with French club, footie, swimming, another club and having friends over she has a much better social life than her mother that's for sure. Ooops I forgot Rainbows as well. Yet another bad mark against me for forgetting that as well. I know that a mother is many other roles as well as being a mum but I seem to be a social secretary now too.

I've been knitting like a crazy thing on a night time. I've started a very very lacy top for me which may get finished for next summer at this rate and I'm trying to get finished a strappy summer top for Laura too plus a duck handbag for her or her friend as a birthday pressie. I also decided to have a go at altering a dress of Laura's that is just too small for her this summer. I managed to make a half decent skirt but if she didn't go and snap off some of the daisy braiding around the top of it whilst putting it on for the first time!!! GGRrrr *shaking fist wildly*.

Anyway the photo on this blog is the felted stripy bag I made a few weeks ago. I decided to make it with a few different 100% wools in my stash and with a variety of sizes of stripes. It was huge before felting and stayed on the large side so I was thinking it may be great for a beach/day out tote. I have a feeling that this will make a great pressie for my Aunt who's birthday is on the same day as Laura's in July.

Double GGGRrrr and more fist shaking going on because for some reason this laptop of mine has decided it won't allow me to upload the photo at all. I will try later I promise.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Card swap from August 2009

Alway in August I do a swap theme of Artist's Choice. This is always welcome when everyone is busy with children, school holidays and generally enjoying the summer!! Not so much good weather last year now I come to think of it but never mind we got through it all pretty much unscathed.

The card in the photo is by Sue Tate.

Monday, 31 May 2010

Natural Earth September 2009

This theme was undertaken by the swappers in September 2009 and was universally deemed to be a challenge. The first card is by Sallyann Reed who sadly no longer takes part in the swaps and the second is by Veronica Hutchings. Two very different interpretations of the theme.

Remembrance Sunday Swap

Some of the swappers asked to do this theme as one of our swaps and I put it in for October 2009. The first card is by Frankie Papierowski and I love the way she has used the real poppies from the Royal British Legion. The second card is by Jan and I like the way the main image is replicated in the backing paper. Two very different ideas for the same theme.

Victorian Christmas theme

This swap took place in November and December 2009. This card is by Frankie Papierowski.

St David's Day

This swap took place in February 2010 and here are the photos for the St David's Day theme that I received. The first card is made with Parchment techniques by Mary Wells and the second card is by Frankie Papierowski.

George and the Dragon

This was the theme for the swap which took place during the months of April and May. It was a joint swap this time because of the diy-ing taking place here at home. This lovely card was by Victoria Pritchard-Davies.

Where does the time go?

Too fast and too quickly that's for sure. I can't believe that it is almost a month since I last blogged but I've not had a lot of time to spare in between doing my shop, sorting Laura out, my normal day to day stuff (all my different female hats that I wear) and diy-ing as well.

Our diy is cracking on. The front room is almost done now. The walls are going to be sanded tomorrow ready for painting. Then we have to paint the skirtings and archetraves, fix them up, finish the radiator and hang it again and then do the floor. Oh yeah and move in!! LOL. Should be done by the time Aaron goes back to work on 9th June.

I've also been busy on a night time doing some knitting too. I've several lots of WIP (work in progress): a summer strappy top for Laura and a cute duck handbag again for Laura and could be rehashed for friends birthday gifts if it works out. I've got a project in mind for a cardi for me for the summer but haven't got started yet and I have just finished a bag - a huge tote bag perfect for the beach which will be photoed when dry. It was felted earlier today and is still damp.

I'm going to add some photos on here from the monthly card swap that I organise. Each participant makes a card to the given theme and posts by a particular date to their swap partner. We have been running for a couple of years now and the swappers make some really lovely cards. I shall put the photos on here gradually. If you want to join my card swap please email me and I will let you know when you can start.

Monday, 3 May 2010

Who knew there would be so much dust??

Blimey, we have been diy-ing for a few days now and who knew we could generate so much dust. Our front room is totally empty, one partition wall has been removed and floorboards lifted to get to the electrics. Had to move more stuff to storage as well - van is totally full of stuff. Where the hell does it all come from and why do we need so much of it? Where am I going to put it all once we are up and fully functioning? I think that I am going to have to be very ruthless and get rid of lots of it if I can.

On a brighter note I have chosen the curtains already so that I can match the paint. My big jobs next week besides all my usual tasks is to strip off the remaining polystyrene ceiling tiles and strip the wallpaper. Maybe get round to doing some painting too once I can decide on the colours. We have several on our shortlist so must study the wall covered in tester pots now to make a definitive choice.

Laura's gilet knitted hoodie is coming on rapidly. Two front panels are complete and the back is knitted up to the armholes - I have done the shaping and now need to add the length then it will be making the neck shaping. Only the hood, the fur collar and sewing up to do, oh yeah and buttons to buy. Must remember those next week.

Right, I'm off to Minchella's for ice cream - my reward for not moaning about having to move all 4 units and their contents in the hall for the second time in about 4 weeks. A coke float has my name on already I think!!

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Phew ....

...... what a busy day!!! Had a lovely breakfast in a local coffee shop with Aaron and Laura, then we went to South Marine Park again. Not so sunny today though. It was warm but really cloudy with a few of those pesky April showers every now and again. During one of the said showers we went to play in one of the Amusement arcades near the sea front. We only do this once or twice a year cos we would bankrupt ourselves each visit otherwise. Laura really loved playing on the 2p falls and I actually won 2 toys at the same time out of one of those grab machines. Not so bad for a couple of quid. Then back to South Marine Park when it cleared up. After tea, bath and bed time I've done some parcels - 19 - ready to post tomorrow as it is now 2 days and counting til the big DIY project begins.

I've started a new knitting project for Laura. I found a fab pattern in Knit n Purl in Shields yesterday for an Aran gilet with a really easy cable down each front panel. Done one already and took the right hand front with me and I've just got 6cm to do now until I shape the arms. I've chosen a gorgeous clovery pink for it and as the yarn is plain without any tweed or striping effect you can really see the cable. I might even go so far as to say that I will keep the pattern and knit it for again when she grows out of it - albeit in a different shade next time. It is even hooded and with a funky eyelash yarn trim.

Will add photos another day - too dark right now to take them. Right I'm off to watch the Elemis hour on QVC to grab a bargain or 2 I hope.

Friday, 23 April 2010

I've landed - again

Here I am in blog land again. I decided to set up a new blog where I can spout on randomly about anything that wanders into my mind at that moment. I've called this blog by the same name as my online and ebay shop simply because it is easier for me to remember. The shop and my family take up the most of my time but I love to read, scrapbook, make ATCs, knit, crochet and research my family tree.

I am really in a knitting frame of mind at the moment - I seem to love hobbies where there is an end product. Don't get me wrong, I still love my scrapbooking but this last couple of days I've had to put most of it away because Aaron and I are about to start doing some major DIY in our flat next week.

Aaron is my boyfriend/partner. We have been together for 9 years this year and have a lovely daughter called Laura who will be 7 in a couple of months. We live in a lovely Edwardian flat in South Shields in the North East of England. It is by the seaside and also the River Tyne and is where the Tyne meets the North Sea. A really fab place to live especially on sunny days whether warm or cold. The beach is such a fantastic place to visit for a bracing winter walk or to relax and chill in the summer. The best thing was seeing snow on the beach earlier this year through the awful snowy spell we had.

The other big thing in my life, besides my family, my business and my hobbies, is my weight loss. I have been going to Weight Watchers since the end of November 2009 and have lost 37lbs so far and am hoping for more come next Tuesday!!! I have been wanting to lose weight for a long time but the death of my Mum in August 2008 really knocked me for six. Once the dust began to settle and we had got things sorted and her house rented out, I decided that I must do something about my weight as I really wasn't happy with it. I know that my journey has just begun but I am on the right track at the moment and am determined to continue, even if I do have the odd bad day or bad week.

As I said earlier on my hobby of choice is knitting at the moment. I have knitted several scarves for Christmas 2009 just to get me back into the swing of it. I have already done a cardi for Laura and a gorgeous hoodie knitted in Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake which knitted up to look like fleece. I did a short sleeve cardi for me, several hats, a tank top for a baby boy and the project on my needles is a short sleeved cardi for a 2 year old girl in a fab self-striping yarn from Wilko's of all places. My next project is another short sleeve gilet/cardi for me to be knitted in Patons Smoothie Dk khaki shade. I will put some photos of some of my projects on here soon when I get more organised. I have done one bag that I have felted also that I use as my current knitting project bag - the picture at the top of the blog is of that bag.