Monday, 27 April 2009

A Sewing Day

So, after days of glorious sunshine, the weather wasn't so great on Saturday. Helen rang and suggested a sewing day. So, I gathered up my sewing machine, some fabric and ideas. And off Phoebe and I trotted.

I made this door-stop, which has been on my to-do list for yonks.

And Phoebe made some bunting, using up the last bits of the spotted fabric. It's destined for her shed, but it still needs some tweaking - where mommy missed missed the edge of one of her triangles, when sewing on the (boring) tape!!

Sarah x

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Easter Hols

A picture heavy post coming up, to catch up what I've been up to lately. This definitely counts as a diary type entry...
Sandcastles on the beach (not ours, but borrowed, this time)

Drinks overlooking beautiful beaches.

Many cups of coffee, in some lovely cafes. This was one of our favourites, at Trevaunance Cove.

A bit of culture - Truro Cathedral.

A trip to our favourite beach.

Then back home to Easter.

Blossom on our trees.

A taste of Cornwall with our bought in Cornwall Clotted Cream ( I know you can get it out of Cornwall these days, but it's always better from there) and a homemade cream tea. The scones were delicious, but not very pretty, we ran short of flour so they looked a bit like rock cakes.

Some tidying of Phoebe's play shed.

And making of curtains for said shed. And also a quick bag (hung on the door) for the carrying of essential items to the shed.

A birthday - that would be mine... With a cake - and candles - made by the girls.

And more cake... They also made about two dozen that I took to work, which went down very well.

Lots of lovely presents, with a definite pink theme noted by me in the wrapping, the cards and the presents themselves... And then I un-wrapped this...

Even more pink!!! For those that know, no explanation needed. But for the rest of the world - it's a Bind-It-All! I can now bind my own little books. So far, I've only made books using scraps from my paper and card box - no pics yet, but great fun!

A day spent scrapping with my sister and all of the girls (oops, no pics) and a birthday meant my work table could not be seen, so some time spent organising, tidying and actually getting rid of some (older) stuff. I was so excited it was clear, I never took a pic before I cluttered it up again, but this time with crafting, not junk.

Hundreds of photos taken of the girls playing, in the hope of catching that elusive shot of Phoebe's head above the top of the trampoline. Pheobe's head above the trampoline is not elusive, the photo of it is. I might try again today, with Luu's better camera - I want the pic for a scrapbook page - I am so into scrapping at the moment.

So, there you have it, if you're still with me. A quick round up of the Easter Hols. Now it's time to get out the summer uniform, and find the P.E. kits.

I'm going to try and refine/define my blog a bit more, and get some more regular posts on here - a birthday resolution of mine, let's see how long that lasts...

Sarah x

Sunday, 5 April 2009

This way to the beach...

So, tomorrow we're off to the beach. Woohoo! The bags will be packed, the car will be loaded, and we''l be heading south - to Cornwall. I can't wait. Tomorrow, whatever the weather, I will be on the beach, feet on the sand, gazing at the sea, looking for sea glass and other treasures and dreaming... one day, I could live here.

Meanwhile, back in the real world. I finally finished Phoebe's knitted rabbit.

I say finally, there's quite a tale behind this rabbit. I started his sibling just fourteen years (yes, I did say fourteen YEARS) ago. You can see the date on the magazine.

He was to sit in the top of toddler Louise's Christmas stocking. He was enthusiastically started, then we moved house, so his various parts were placed in a Miss Selfridge bag (wonder if I could sell that on Ebay?) and he languished in the loft. Occasionally thought of, occasionally wondering if he was still actually there? So, last autumn, during a sort out of the loft, I found him! So, he was brought down, and finally completed. He now sits (un-photographed, I'm afraid) on Lou's (teenage) shelves. In a dress. Which I had to also knit. With no pattern. And he's still a he, even in his dress. So, with one rabbit under my belt. I swiftly moved on to knit one for Phoebe. He was completed in mere weeks. Then it took months to get around to sewing him up.

I was waiting for a bright day, you see. Last Sunday was such a day. So rabbit number two was completed, and put into his jumper. But, apparently the jumper is not quite right, according to Miss P. So I have been asked to knit an alternative jumper. Again without a pattern. So, it takes me ages to knit - but I still have to make up my own patterns for these little outfits! I'll show you the results. Shall we make a date, say, next Easter?

Then, yesterday, Helen and I went to another crop, no pics as yet. We had another fabby day, and will definitely be going again.

Sarah x