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New Easter Outfits — April 4, 2018

New Easter Outfits

At Easter I don’t usually buy my daughter much chocolate, I usually end up buying her clothes, a new outfit or some pyjamas. Now that he is nearly 15  I tend to give her some money to get something as of course, being a mum I have no idea about fashion and God forbid that I should dare to give her anything handmade!

However, as you know, I love making little outfits for my great nieces and I thought Easter was the perfect time to make some more. As they are so young, they don’t complain that the styles may not be ‘designer’ or the latest trend. I have also found it very therapeutic and it a strange way it helps me to relax (despite all the swearing and tantrum throwing when I have to unpick something I have put together upside down or inside out)!

Having a bit of time on my hands before I start back at Uni, I have knocked up a few little bits for them for summer (assuming we get any).

Anything but Books Tag — November 28, 2017

Anything but Books Tag

I have been tagged by my lovely blog sister Ritu to take part in the Anything but Books Tag. If you are not familiar already with Ritu’s blog then do check it out, as there is everything on there from recipes and healthy living advice, to anecdotes about family and so much more.

Q1. Name a cartoon that you love. 

I enjoyed lots of cartoons as a child but one of my favourites is Wacky Races. I love Dick Dastardly and his failed attempts at sabotaging the other racers. A colleague recently told me that I laugh like Muttley too, and she is right!



Q2. What is your favourite song right now 

This is going to be tricky as I do not follow anything that is in the charts at the moment, but one that I listen to a lot that isn’t too ancient is ‘Chandelier.’ Sia has such a powerful voice and puts o much passion into the song. I love it.


Q3. What could you do for hours that isn’t reading

I think that would probably be sewing. It can take quite a while just cutting out the patterns before I even get started on putting everything together. It is time that I enjoy and productive too.


Q4. What is something that you love to do that your followers would be surprised by

I love to play games like ‘The Sims’ or Farmville but get a little obsessed. I always have to tend my farm, every morning before work or Uni or anything else!


Q5. What is your favourite, unnecessarily specific thing to learn about

I have always loved learning new things, and of course being at uni at the moment I am learning in much more detail things that I only had a basic knowledge of before. I am really getting into anatomy and physiology, and the more I learn from it, the more I want to learn.


Q6. What is something unusual you know how to do

Bull boots, wire a plug? Are they unusual? I am not sure. I don’t really have any hidden talents.

Q7. Name something that you’ve made in the last year

I have made several things but the most recent is some Christmas pyjamas that I wrote about  here 

Anything but Books Tag



Q8. What is your most recent personal project

For me, it has to be going back to University to study for my Nursing Degree. I really wanted to gain a qualification as a Registered Nurse rather than the Associate Practitioner (Nursing) that I had before. To get this degree will be an ambition fulfilled.

Q9. Tell us something that you think of often

I am always worrying about losing weight and become healthier. It seems to be a struggle for me at the moment, as the slightest sign of stress sends me into ‘comfort eating’ mode.


Q10. Tell us something that’s your favourite, but make it oddly specific

It is my nails which are pretty at the moment. As we have no practical work for a while I can get away with wearing some nail polish and growing my nails a little and. I am making the most of it.

Anything but Books TagI would like to nominate the following to have a go, if they want to, of course.





Free-For-All Friday: #9 — May 8, 2015

Free-For-All Friday: #9

It’s Friday already. which means that it is time for me to share some more wonderful posts with you that I have discovered over the last week. I have tried to choose a variety of posts from all types of blogs. It goes without saying, that all of them are worth checking out.

Nutsrok Linda never fails to amaze me with stories about her crazy family! The fact that she is such a brilliant story-teller and is so funny as well, really adds to my enjoyment.

Vashti Quiroz-Vega This post caught my eye as I am really getting into Haiku writing, and I thought both of these offerings were brilliant in totally different ways.

Homemade Naturally Now although I like  to have a go at sewing from time to time, I am not that good. However, I saw this, and loved it, and am actually tempted to have a go at it as it does look quite simple.

Fourth Generation Farmgirl This is an inspirational post that shows what you can achieve with a lot of determination and perseverance.The follow-on post is the culmination of this, and the end result is stunning.

I Refuse To Follow Your Blog This post made me laugh! I love the way he writes, getting his point across in a humorous way. It works for me 🙂

Smorgasbord – Variety Is The Spice of Life I just had to include this one as I didn’t stop laughing throughout the whole post. That is no mean feat at the moment either!

Wild Daffodil I loved this post. We take many things for granted and don’t often see the beauty in nature. This shows just how lucky we are to have such beauty surrounding us.

I am sure you will enjoy these as much as I did.

Episode 21: All Sewn Up!! — October 19, 2014

Episode 21: All Sewn Up!!

As Christmas will soon be upon us, I decided that I would get out my sewing machine and try to make something festive….

My younger sister is pretty creative; Every Christmas her house is festooned with stockings that she has made for various people, all named,and with other little personal touches to make them extra special. She has festive bunting, also home-made, plus loads of other little Christmas bits and pieces that she has created over the years, .This along with the various tasteful lights she has, always makes her house seem magical .

Christmas dinner around her house is not only a gargantuan feast (she is a fantastic chef),  but everyone has a little personalised place-name, and the table is dressed to perfection, everything matching, and it is obvious that a lot of thought and effort has gone into it.

I am rather envious of how homely and welcoming her house is, and thought that I would have a go at making something Christmassy for my daughter that she can use each year, and maybe even for her own future children; after all Christmas is all about family and tradition….

I had already seen some thing that I wanted to make, It was an Advent bag! My sister had handmade a beautiful Advent Calendar herself with lots of different materials and little pockets for gifts each day, but I thought that might be a little ambitious for me and the Advent Bag  it was going to be.

I had actually bought the materials I needed over the last week, as I had seen this pattern some time ago. Mr Grump had resigned himself to the fact that I was determined to make this bag, and he reluctantly accompanied me into the fabric shop. I got out my little list of things I needed, but I hadn’t really been very specific so I ended up buying far too much stuff! A metre of velcro sounds about right. Oh and I need some fabric glue etc, until I came out of there as light in the purse as Mr Grump was purple in the face!!

I searched the town for other bits I needed, and ended up buying some velcro dots as well (they seemed easier to use), E Bay took care of the other small pieces I needed, and today as I had got all of my equipment together and had a bit of time on my hands (This giving up smoking lark has given me a bit of extra time plus I needed to do something with my hands) I was ready to begin.

Looking at the Tutorial (I had to make sure it was a step-by step one with photos) I reckoned it would only take me about an hour and I was looking forward to seeing the end result,..By the time I had got out my sewing machine, ironing board and other paraphernalia, I had lost a bit of enthusiasm, but as Miss Hap was out playing, and Mr Grump had fallen asleep in his chair, I decided I would get on as I had a bit of peace, with no interference.

I cut out all the bits I needed according to the pattern, and now came the exciting part of putting everything together…

Step 1, prepare pocket….I hadn’t cut out a bit for a pocket, there was nothing on the pattern for a bloody pocket!! Oh, well. I’ll have to wing it, and cut a bit of fabric that looks about the right size. That done I started on the outside…of the bag..After 3 attempts of sewing and unpicking, then re-sewing, that looked ok, so now the inside…great I have to attach the sodding pocket but it doesn’t say how..I did  what I thought looked right and carried on…

The velcro dots I bought were way too big for what I wanted, as were the lovely bright number stickers, but undaunted I made do with what I had, and wrote the numbers on by hand, plus cut strips of velcro from the metre I had bought (I used in total about 20cm)! Great now all I had to do were the finishing touches…

As I turned the bag the right way round I realised that I had put the bottom on the bag the wrong way around! Never mind, I managed to unpick that and put it right, Also the stupid pocket was sewn in down the side instead of across the back! Bugger! Oh well I took the scissors to the bag and cut the offending pocket straight out, no-one would even know that it was supposed to be there anyway!!

At last the finished result!! Mr Grump had somehow managed to sleep throughout most of my swearing, cursing and slamming around, but he wisely said  I had done a good job.  Miss Hap, however, had just come in from playing, and I said to her to stay out of the front  room for a minute as I was making something for her, and I didn’t want her to see it! “Oh no, you’re not making me a Halloween costume are you?” Great! I had spent ages making this damn thing that I hoped she would enjoy come December, but unfortunately Miss Hap has had previous experience of my sewing frenzies in the past (She still has the summer dress I made her out of ‘liquorice all sorts’ material unworn in her wardrobe)!!

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