Thursday, 29 October 2009

Time to take a breath!

Well, another extended break between posting unfortunately. Why is life so busy? In a week that saw us having 3 kids all ill with coughs and colds, a rock concert, a visit to a sixth form college, a workshop at work and a husband who was away inbetween all this, we were all very glad when schools finished for half term. Unfortunately since then, I have come down with the family cough and cold - so nice of them to share.

Anyway, I think that my body has finally said "Enough! It's time to slow down a little bit!" As a result of the cold I have now got the mother of all coldsores - would you like to see photos (as suggested by my delightful daughter!). No, don't worry, I won't inflict that on you - just know that I can scare children at the moment as it stretches down to my top lip and up my right cheek. Given that I work in a shop, it is not the best of things to have really. One of collegues yesterday tried to tell me that it was okay, you couldn't see it - she's not a very convincing liar.

So, I think I need to slow down abit, take a breath and try to enjoy life a little bit. I have enjoyed the half term week, mainly because it has meant less driving for me. I take our oldest two to school on a daily basis - no biggy there I hear you cry. And normally it isn't, however a local road has been closed, which now means we have to go the long way round - a round trip of 30 miles - twice a day!!! And I don't know about you, but I am really struggling with tiredness this week due to the hours change at the weekend, I cannot get my body clock in line with it.

Anyway, in a bid to calm down and take thing a little easier, I dragged two of the kids out to Mottifont Abbey, about 15 minutes from us, for a walk and cuppa. Luckily for me they were doing a "Kids go free" day! DD took this photo - hello flowers it's October you know!!!

Look at the size of this tree!! That's the kids stood in front of it to give you some idea of just how big it is. I believe it is the biggest of it's type in Britain - not sure what type it is though.

On a quilty note: First quilt finished and handed over. She loved it and nearly cried, which is always a good reaction - well, I think it is anyway. Lessons learnt from this one? Many! I think I over quilted it, so much so that I ran out of thread!! A bigger meander would been better maybe. Anyway, the next one is on the frame, but waiting until the weekend to start it.

Next project for Sew Hip should be out this week I think. Stupid of me, but I sent it off without taking photos - must try harder. Found a way to use some lovely giant red rick rack though!!

Okay, time to take carrot cake out of the oven, have a cuppa and a quiet day. Who knows - I might even get some sewing in!!

Back soon!

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Okay, okay, so I am not going to be the most regular of bloggers. What can I say?? I could give you a long list of reasons why I haven't posted, but I don't want to bore you with the mundane details of my life/kids/work! Anyway, I have at long last managed to get some photos off the camera - hurrah!! Unfortunately I did have to ask DH, and wouldn't you know it, he put the card in and it worked fine first time - not fair!! So below are pictures of my new toy, which I love by the way, and also a picture of my first proper quilt that came off it this weekend!.... Big drum roll please..........

As you can see it takes up most the ahem... dining room. That is a practise piece on it there. The real quilt is for a friend in the village who has been a listening ear to all my children worries over the past few weeks. I have been saying that I was going make her a quilt for a year now - well, finally she has one. Well, not quite yet as I have to bind it yet. There just aren't enough hours in the day!!!!