Saturday, 31 May 2014
Friday, 30 May 2014
Thursday, 29 May 2014
The wonderful Tanya over on Larger Family Life recently shared a fab tutorial for a reversable shabby chic bag. Feeling inspired and surrounded by some fabric scraps I took the plunge and had a go.
My bag differs slightly from the instructions given as I had to hand-stitch it, so I opted to tack the centers of the squares together rather than stitch the full X shape. I also omitted the strap due to lack of fabric and used the left over strip from some horrible net curtains I cut up a while back.
The pale squares are from an old pillowcase, the blue squares are from a stained Laura Ashley skirt I was given, the inside fabric is the beige check curtains from DD's room. I needed nothing new to make it and it took me just over a week of sewing in the evening which isn't bad for me.
Currently it's being used as a peg bag as it's just the right size and length to keep the laundry pegs handy.
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Wednesday, 28 May 2014
SoFSo far though it's making my house smell wonderful! !!
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Monday, 26 May 2014
I sent Cat a handful of typical English goodies (sweets, tea) a little book of English tea etiquette and a postcard of the Queen (as close as I could get to tea with the Queen). I hope you enjoy them Cat :)
Sunday, 25 May 2014
Saturday, 24 May 2014
Friday, 23 May 2014
Thursday, 22 May 2014
I've been learning to cable this week with the kind help of the knit and natter ladies. The photo above shows my current progress. It isn't the most even and neat but as a learning piece I'm pretty dang plearsed with myself. Learning a basic cable pattern has been on my to do list for an age! It feels good to finally tick it off the list.
I'm planning to knit it until it's about the length of a tea towel so I can sew it up into a carrier bag tidy. I swear those things breed in my cupboards when I'm not looking.
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So I'm sat in our little video game store with two little girls who are full of beans and a little fearful of the long loud rumbles. And one grumpy husband trying to run a business around us.
Knowing how to whip up a calm and quiet activity for the girls in this situation saves a huge amount of stress for everyone. Being stuck indoors in a small space can drive a family mad in minutes.
Here's my two secret weapons.
For Baby D it's a simple game. A handful of paper strips (a cut up flyer in this case) and an empty drink bottle. She will happily sit for a whole afternoon posting the paper into the bottle and then tipping them out again.
For DD we give her a cardboard box from a recent delivery (if we don't have a box an envelope will also do) and some pens. DD loves imagination play and will happily turn the box into anything from a baby cot to a rocket ship, narnia wardrobe or treasure chest.
It might not work for everyone but it works for us.
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Wednesday, 21 May 2014
I thought I'd share my new cross stitch project with you while testing out the Blogger app.
My mum has very kindly passed on a bag full of these little kits. They are just the right size for me and I usually do some while on holiday as they are light to pack and great for beach crafting.
I also sneak in a few stitches while settling Baby D for the night. Our usual routine is sitting next to her in the cot as she drifts off listening to some gentle tunes.
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Monday, 5 May 2014
Its been a hectic morning for the Randoms today. I ccan't believe quite how much we've managed to get done.
Our poor old car has broken down so the next few weeks need to be super frugal while we save up sone funds to replace it.
I've made an inventory of food from the freezer and cupboards so we can reduce our food bills this month as much as possible. While digging around I discovered half a jar of popping corn. We made it on the hob together for snack time, the girls were fascinated with watching it pop.
After snack time I did a few little jobs in the garden. This included tepotting a blackcurrant bush with DD from the 99p shop. Hopefully we can find some top soil soon and get it into a more permanent home for the future. Blackcurrent squash a huge ofavourite in this household so I'm hoping in a few years we can start picking a few handfuls of our own.
After all our gardening had used up some physical energy, DD and I sat down and used up some mental energy. I picked up some workbooks on a recent visit to the 99p shop. This month we are focussing on the letters of the alphabet. DD is getting really good at the common letters but still struggles with unusual ones like q and k.
And finally a little update on my prayer plant which has recovered nicely since we bouht it. Now in its new pot and getting plenty of sun its really cone on nicely. As you can see from the photo it now curls its leaves up properly and everything. Definitely a bargain for £1!
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