Thursday, 18 April 2013


I'm approaching the end of my last week at home full time with the children and I've been sure to fill it with stay at home mum clichéd activities. So there's been home-made houmous and flapjack, a promise to make bunting for a friend's wedding, meeting old friends for coffee, a picnic in the park, feeding the ducks and supervising countless artworks by Youngest. 

I even bought some shoes - ok so they're sensible Clarks ones for work, but y'know, all those Yummy Mummy points have to add up somehow...

All in all a pretty good week, the sun even came out several times, miraculous! I've also done all the practical stuff, including sorting out a rota of people to pick up Youngest from preschool, as although the job fits into a 9-3 school day, preschool sessions are only from 9-12, meaning a bit of juggling before we get to the school holidays (and the wonders of holiday club).

Yesterday evening I caught up on the most recent episode of The Great British Sewing Bee, where one of the tasks was to make a child's sundress. I've always wanted to make clothes, and this project seems simple enough for a beginner. I happened to have some shirring elastic to hand, so spent 10 minutes earlier doing some test runs on scrap fabric. I've found a piece of eye-wateringly bright floral fabric that was approved of by my daughter that should be just big enough for the job. I'll have a bash at it at the weekend (may not do such faffy straps as on telly).

I even managed to score a few buttons to add to the button jar at my friendly local charity shop. It did feel a little like buying something a bit 'specialist' as they keep them under the counter for the discerning customer...

If you're inspired by the BBC's Sewing Bee, A Hell of a Woman is running a Great Twitter Sewing Bee Challenge over on her blog, which would be great to link up with. Happy sewing :)

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