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.