Thursday 16 June 2022

Thursday's Th-somethings

Yesterday was spent enduring Sport's day. A full day in the blazing sun on AstroTurf with minimal shelter. By the time we arrived back home I felt awful, DH very kindly let me have a lay down to recover while he cooked the children's tea. 
Today I still feel headachey and lethargic but it's not to bad. I've managed to get all the jobs I wanted sorted out today completed, albeit a bit slower than planned.
On this afternoons school run though I had a lovely surprise. One of the school run ladies I often chat with passed me a heavy carrier bag and said her friend had given her a load of bits and she didn't need these but wanted them to go to a good home. 
Can you guess? 

A big tin of buttons! All shapes, sizes and colours 😍 What a lovely gift! 
There's several really pretty metal buttons, some very classic looking vintage buttons and even a few cute shaped buttons for children's cardigans. I'm going to make great use of them all.

In other crafting news here is a quick progress pic of Baby C's blanket. I'm still getting strong ice cream vibes from it but DD1 said it makes her think of tropical sunsets 🤔

 I guess we'll just have to see how it evolves.

Take care and stay hydrated

X x X


Tuesday 14 June 2022

Tuesday's twitterings


We've had quite an exciting day. I dropped off DD2 and DS at school as usual before heading to our usual Tuesday morning group.

This week we made cards for Father's Day. 

After our group we decided to spend ten minutes in the park enjoying the lovely weather. We were just finishing on the swings when an air ambulance started to circle overhead and landed on the grass almost beside us. 

The tiny two were fascinated by it for a good while. I was initially worried that some very ill person was about to be rushed across the park on a stretcher, not something I wanted two young children exposed to, but it was what they call a "Dr Uber" that delivers specially trained medical staff to the scene rather than transporting anyone away from it.

The helicopter was there for a fair with just the pilot who had to tell a lot of people to please stop touching the helicopter.  I can understand many people stopping and watching but the idea of rushing over to take close up pictures and get in the way of people doing important jobs seems a very poor one.  Someone was even asking to take a photograph sat in it! 

After the helicopter excitement there wasn't any time to rub home for lunch before the afternoon school run. We ended up heading into one of our favourite cafes and sharing some banana pancakes. After polishing them off Baby C took a nap and DD3 and I read a book together back in the park under one of the trees. No more helicopters appeared which I think DD3 found disappointing 🤣

Once home I found a quick few minutes to finally give Miss Rabbit her face. It's not perfect but I'm pretty pleased with it over all. Hopefully Baby C will agree on her birthday.

X x X

Sunday 12 June 2022

Sunday shenanigans


 DD3 enjoyed today's birthday party. The entire venue was princess themed from the hostess down to the party favours. DD3 has come home full of princess magic and happiness.

Miss E's birthday gift was very well received and we got a lovely message thanking us for it, which I thought was very sweet.

This weekend I have finished making a crochet bunny for DD4's birthday stash. She needs a face embroidered and a little dress made but neither will happen until the house is quieter during the week and I do it uninterrupted. We can't have a bunny with wonky eyes and that's exactly what will happen if I rush it or get distracted 🤣

My current pick-up-put-down project is a simple stripey blanket for DD4. Now she's going to be 2 a lot of her baby blankets are to small for good winter snuggly sleeping so this one will be a little bigger. I'm doing a simple 5 row pattern of whites/creams and pinks. So far it's looking a little ice creamy so I might make some applique ice cream cones to sew on once it's done. I'm sure I can find some patterns on Pinterest somewhere  for free, or make something up on the fly. 

 How was your weekend?

X x X 

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Wednesday 8 June 2022

Back to routine


We've officially been back to school for 3 whole days and I'm already tired 🤣
This week we have 4 freshly moved PE days (why they have to change EVERY term I don't know!), a school trip, an after school club, a swimming lesson and a September new starters meeting to juggle.
And once we get through all that there's a birthday party on Sunday to squeeze in before church. 

Thanks to the Cost of Living Crisis there is almost nothing in the birthday gift buying budget but we don't let silly old things like money, or a lack of it, get in our way. Quickly to the craft stash!

DD3'S friend Miss E will hopefully enjoy her baking apron at much as Mum and I enjoyed making it.
The main fabric is a simple but durable cotton ticking, a few lengths of ribbon from who knows where and a little floral cotton fabric for the E and the pocket lining. We used a tea towel as a size guide which seems to have done just the job.

Once added to with a fancy paper chef's hat and a fun cupcake kit I think we have a reasonable gift for a little lady on Sunday. 

Wish me luck

Friday 3 June 2022

Happy Jubilee week!

Goodness me, we have barely stopped this half term! There are so many wonderful events being put on each day and the majority of them are free, so we've been spoilt for choice!
It quite a lovely problem to have when your choosing what to attend and what to skip. I'm feeling very blessed.
Today we attended a big picnic in the park event which was full of music, displays and interesting stalls. 

We met a wonderful lady called Helen McArdle who is a historic costumer. She had a table full of hats (regency, victorian, georgian etc) and bits of costume you could try like corsets, waistcoats, farmers smocks etc. Mum and I spent a lot of time chatting with her as she was extremely knowledgeable about her craft and spoke with such a inspiring passion about it. 
DD2 looked adorable in a floral bonnet 😍 

Once home I spent a little time finishing off a pair of tiger paw socks for Baby C. I'm popping them away for her birthday next month. I'm very tempted to make a pair for my nephew as well as his birthday is in October. 

My next project is deconstructing this pretty but unwanted wedding dress that I was gifted for free. The lady who gave it to me was quite adamant she just wanted it gone from her house. I watched it for a little while on one of the Facebook free pages to see it there were any takers before temptation overwhelmed me and I asked for it.
My plan is to make my 4 girls satin nightwear for Christmas using the satin, lining and embroidered decorations. Once that's done I'll assess the leftovers and work out what else we can do. My mum suggested lavender bags and sleep masks which sounds like a great plan.
 I'll let you know how it goes.

X x X