Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Drum roll please, Ta-dah

 I love starting a new project, the collecting fabric, the planning, the experimenting . . . . 
I don't like finishing things  . . . . .

This project started in March this year

It got folded and stuff in the cupboard for another day.

But the challenge in September was to finish it without buying any more fabric!

So the back was pieced together using some fleece and a few leftover squares of fabric.

This is now on the arm of our cream sofa. 
(To keep dirty paw/hand prints off the sofa which is difficult to clean or I could keep the children and the dog out of the house as an alternative)

Another long term project was new cushion covers.

This one started way back in June 1016.
I'm not sure where the idea came from, probably Pinterest. 
Its now got a back and is almost ready for stuffing.

This curvy cushion front was started in January 2015
This was an idea from Pinterest, as soon as I started putting it together I wished my fabric was more contrasting, not quite so green.

Another idea from Pinterest, but no idea when it was started!

And the last one to be completed was another Pinterest find.

This really needed hexagons to be randomly placed on the cushion, but the area really wasn't big enough and I hold my hand up, I'm not very good at random!!

If I made one change to all the projects it would be the background fabric.
It is a 'Linen Look' fabric but it can be a bit unstable, sometimes it gives you an extra bit of movement when sewing but it can be difficult when you need to be accurate.

The very best bit about seeing all these finished projects is  . . . . 
I can start multiple new projects without 'Unfinished Project Guilt'.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

October? How did that happen?

So September is long gone and I'm not really sure where it went!!

The children are now both relatively settled in High School, but it has become clear that organisation is not something that comes naturally to my son!!!

My days are now filled with all the 'home jobs' that I've put off over the summer.

And lots of walking with Penny.

This week I'm hoping to finally finish the sewing that's stacked on the kitchen table.

And we have a house guest coming later in the week, the four legged variety.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Summer Holiday - Snap of the Day (Catch up)

What happened to the last week of the holidays?

It started well, we had some lovely weather and did some Family walking combined with an ice cream.

Bank Holiday Monday and my Son was due at Summer School
 (Getting him ready for the move to Big School).
He wasn't feeling great when I dropped him off and when we collected him it was obvious something was not quite right.

 So we spent the evening in the local Urgent Care Centre, followed by Children's A&E, then X-ray, etc. 
We got home just after 1:00 with an appointment for later in the week!!

The best part of Tuesday was the news that my Sister-in-law had given birth to two beautiful baby girls. 

So it was back to the Hospital to visit the babies, who are sooo beautiful.
Then back the day after for the all clear for my Son, who by then was feeling much better.

On Saturday, I left the children at home with there Dad and made a dash for it!!!
After six weeks of children's chatter I needed a break and it just happened to be Harrogate Quilt Show.
(Don't ask what I'm planning to do with my new fabric, I'll probably just add it to my collection)

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Summer Holiday - Snap of the Day (Kittens)

On Friday we had arranged to visit my Sons friend from school.
Not a normal 'call around to play'.

A long awaited visit to see there new kittens!!

All super cute and very playful . . . . . and then its time to rest!!!

Now every time we pass the end of there street I get 'Can we go and see the kittens?'
I said ' I don't think your friend will be in'
He said  'We could just look in through the windows, we'll be able to see the kittens!'
I'm not going round peering in through peoples windows!!!!

Summer Holiday - Snap of the Day

How exciting, on Thursday I went to the car showroom to pick up a new car!!!!!

Sadly it wasn't for me, I was just the chauffeur.

But my lovely Niece is now the proud owner of a shiny new car!!

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Summer Holiday - Snap of the Day

Earlier in the Holidays we did a bit of Mum/Son DIY.

We made a planter for an ugly/shady area in our garden. The ferns went in on wednesday, all we need now is some barkchip mulch to finish it off.

Summer Holiday - Snap of the Day (Beach)

We do like to be beside the seaside . . . . 

Wow, was it hot on Tuesday. 

Penny had a little paddle but was lovely and dry when we got back to the car.
Spreading sand in the car just like the children, taking half the beach home.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Summer Holiday - Snap of the Day

What can I say? 

I've been dairy free for over a year, but the children are definitely not.
Apple pie flavoured and Lemon meringue flavoured.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Summer Holiday - Snap of the Day

Last week, as my Son painted the shed I began the epic task of painting the fence.

Sunday afternoon I finished the fence around the back of the house.

Eighteen fence panels, all painted BLACK!!

I love it, it really shows off the plants. Just got the panels round the front to do . . . . 
(I realise black isn't to everyone's taste, but I love it) 

Monday, 21 August 2017

Summer Holiday - Snap of the Day

Is it really August? Was it still summer on Saturday?

We had a ride to Morecambe and it felt like we'd moved forward in time, to WINTER!!

Penny enjoyed a brisk walk along the sea front and she met a lovely Cocker Spaniel puppy, just the same colour with just as much energy!!!

But yes it was definitely a coat day.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Summer Holiday - Snap of the Day

Boys can multitask!! Yes on Friday my son painted the shed whilst talking non stop.......

So the shed got painted and I learned things I didn't know about YouTube, Xbox games, etc,etc.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Summer Holiday - Snap of the Day (Skipton)

We had a drive over to Skipton on Thursday.

A lovely wander down the canal. . . .

Then a look around the shops
(taking it in turns to look after Penny)

And we finished with a cup of tea in Cafe Neros where Penny happily sat under the table.
(Probably dreaming of having her very own Frappe Creme)

Friday, 18 August 2017

Summer Holiday - Snap of the Day

Wednesday was an early start, 8:10 dentist appointment!!! Ooh how those children love an early start.....

Followed by a little uniform shopping, what more could they ask for!
Shirts, bags, pencil cases, stationary, shoes......
(And a sneaky book for me)

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Summer Holiday - Snap of the Day

Tuesdays challenge - keep the boy off technology during the day whilst staying home.

Maybe a bit of woodwork will do the trick.

The power tools always help, he's keen to use the drill but sawing semi wet wood is a job for Mum (so I'm told)

We did finish our new garden planter it just needs filling up. So a successful day.

Summer Holiday - Snap of the Day

Jobs, jobs, jobs......
I hate staying inside doing household jobs when the sun starts to shine.

So on Monday afternoon I dragged persuaded the children and Penny to join me on a trip to the local garden nursery.
Just a few purchases as there's not much in stock at the moment, they are waiting for autumn bulbs.
And NO the children where not allowed to put Penny in the trolley, even though they went on and on about pushing her around!!

Monday, 14 August 2017

Summer Holiday - Snap of the Day (Lancaster Canal)

After spending most of Saturday washing clothes and sorting out after our time in Oxford, I was determined to go out on Sunday!!!

I returned to our challenge of cycling the Lancaster Canal.
Now we have Penny I've updated the challenge to include walking and today we completed a small section. 
Garstang Marina to bridge 71 Cabus Nook Lane.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Oxford - Part 2

Thursday was wall to wall sunshine all day!!

Perfect for some outdoor wandering.

Along Broad Walk. . . . 

 Past Christ Church Cathedral.

Our destination was the Botanical Gardens 

It was a lovely tranquil space in the heart of the city.

After the gardens, with our trusty map, we went in search of a book shop!!!

This is no ordinary bookshop, the shelves stretch for miles . . . 

Then just across the road to the Museum of the History of Science.

By this point we all had blisters, all that walking . . . . 

We had a place in mind for an early tea.

But enough time to spare for a wander around the courtyard at Nuffield College.

A beautiful place to sit and rest our weary feet.

Friday was time to check out and head for home.
(Called at Ikea on the way home, well we where passing . . . )
(Well done for sticking it out to the end, there really are a lot of photos)