Thursday, 27 October 2016

I'm ranting! (feel free not to read)

Over the last six years I have been juggling two jobs.

In both jobs I have been self employed, no security, holidays, sick pay and I've needed an Accountant.

One job was low paid, low skilled, but regular hours.
The other job is better paid, more skill required, but often no work for months.

I suppose its similar to having a zero hour contract and if you listen to the media, they're GREAT.

So a few weeks ago I had an email saying not to come in the following week as there was no work. O.K I thought, its only one week!! But it wasn't only one week, I received a similar email every week in October.

 All business can go through 'low work' periods but this wasn't the case. 

The person I had been working with for six years had advertised for my replacement without having the common courtesy of telling me I wouldn't be getting any further work.

This week I returned my keys.

I do still feel very cross but this rant is the end of the matter, I have to stop going over it in my head, its done.

Luckily I have my other work and today I also have Autumn leaves and PVA glue.

Time for a cup of tea, rant over!!

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Weekend work and weekend walking.

Last week we continued to tidy up our hallway.
 I've painted all the walls and before I painted the woodwork we needed to sort out the floor.
Its going to be carpet for the stairs but we bought laminate for the ground floor.

This weekend we needed to fit the quadrant piece around the edge and we have our favourite house guest here to help!!! Always just where you're working.

After lunch we headed out to the little village of Chipping for a walk.

Hoping to exhaust the dog and the children!!

The weather was glorious

The signs of Autumn . . . . . 

Beautiful views (of walks for another day)

Back towards the village, passing the once bustling chair factory.

Down the little steps to the stream. Daughter taking photos and the dog (and nearly my other half) taking a dip.

Are we a dog family? 

On a nice sunny day, ooh yes!

Thursday, 13 October 2016

On the horns of a decision!! (or maybe the antlers of a decision)

So I've had a sewing project waiting in my head for weeks and weeks.

Sometimes I struggle to motivate myself to get the sewing machine out.

This week I finally started cutting fabric. 

I think the technique is called 'winging it' 

After some unpicking I could finally see the beast taking shape.

So I now have one reindeer!

The question is, do I continue and make another eight (for a quilt) or
 do the sensible thing and make a cushion!!!

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Maybe just one more pet . . . . .

On Thursday evening, whilst watching nothing much on TV, my Son announces that he'd like a pet Octopus!!!

He had a look on Google and told me LOTS of  Octopus facts.
(On and on he went . . . . )

Friday morning he mentioned again about how cool it would be to have a Octopus as a pet, whats a Mum to do?

So I fashioned a pattern and found some suitable fabric and got started.

I had until 3.30 to get him/her finished.

The legs (all eight of them!!) where pretty easy, but attaching them all together was  . . . . . .tricky!

Time was rushing by. definitely not time to worry about tiding up all the ends.

Using a drinking straw, a thick needle and some doubled up thread I managed to turn the legs right side out.

Filled with stuffing (body only) and the hole sewn up, just in time.

So there you have it, a pet Octopus for a very happy boy.

Ooh and his name is Geoffrey.

Friday, 23 September 2016

School Germs

This week my Son started with a cold, it doesn't take long after there back to school for the germ sharing to start!!

So yesterday, to be blunt, there was way too much snot to send him to school.

Today he seemed a little better but wasn't well enough for school (so he said)

So to blow away some of the germ we headed out for a sneaky walk 
(I say sneaky because I was brought up to believe that if you're too ill for work/school you shouldn't leave the house!!)

It wasn't just the two of us, we have a house guest this week!!

This is my Mum and Dads dog, on holiday with us whilst my Mum and Dad are on there holidays

One thing I have realised is that holding the lead and trying to take photos is nearly impossible, much better to hand her over to the 'sick child'

We had a lovely walk, super fast, stop and sniff, super fast, stop and sniff...... 

Back home and they are both lounging in front of the TV, peace at last.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Quilt stack

The trip to the Great Northern Quilt Show started me thinking 
about another quilt. . . .

I gathered up some of the quilts I have hanging around and decided to get a few photos. . . 

The quilt above isn't mine, It belongs to my Daughter. She was given it by my Mum just after she was born and its been on her cot then bed ever since!

My interest in sewing has always been there but several years ago I decided to have a go at making a quilt. The quilt above is my first quilt (I also made a mini version)

Lots of sewing later and I made my Daughter another quilt.
(There's a bit about it here and here)

Going away from girl colours, I made my Son a quilt, making it up as I went along!!

Last year I made a 'Bed Runner' sort of thing to go along the bottom of our bed.
(Some thing that you make, you enjoy and look forward to seeing the finished item. This project I soon fell 'out of love' with, I didn't really enjoy making it and only finished it so I could start something new)

So back to looking through my new book, mulling over ideas. . . . .

Thinking, I'm sure I've made another quilt. . . . . 

I realised I was sat on the one shown above, we have it on the back of our sofa.

I've spent the afternoon looking through my Blog and I've actually made lots of stuff in the last few years!!!
 But what to make next? I'd really like to use fabric from my stash, maybe I need to keep looking at my books and have another cup of tea!