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 clich├ęd 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 :)

Monday, 8 April 2013

Ch ch ch changes...

Image of patchwork quilt draped over a chair
This post has been swirling around in my head for the last week or two. I've not been focussing on the creative side of life so much recently and there's been a few reasons for that. One prosaic one is that it's been the school holidays and I've been a DIY widow for most of it whilst my husband and his brother fitted a new kitchen in their mum's house.

As my children get older and theoretically more able to entertain themselves I find that they often seem to want more of my attention when we are together. Riding bikes is more fun if a parent is there to see how proficient you've become, even better if they're happy to get on their own bike and ride alongside. I think we're all aware that we're moving out of the baby/toddler/preschool stage, as Youngest will be starting at full time school in September. I watch my fiercely independent daughter as she masters such tricky things as putting on her own socks, and tackling the fiddly zip on her coat. She's so proud of her achievements, but also needs the reassurance that she is still little enough to be looked after when she needs it. "I want to stay with you forever Mummy" is a fairly constant refrain.

The other thing that's been occupying my time is job hunting, and I'm pleased to say that this time it appears to have been successful. I've been offered a part-time admin job with a small local charity which should fit round school hours (bit of a holy grail post-children). It's my first step back into paid employment after nearly four and a half years at home full time. I'm nervous but excited to make a start on something new.

I should probably insert a cliche about new beginnings/springtime here... (but I'm sure you can provide your own).

The picure about shows the one creative project that I have on the go at the moment. It was a bit of an experiment with a couple of cheap rolls of fabric strips. It's pretty much done, I just have to finish sewing the binding around the edges. It's not huge, but should keep toes warm whilst curling up on the sofa of an evening (as it's still pretty nippy around here).

When I started this blog two years ago, one of the things I wanted it to be was a creative scrapbook of projects I've worked on.  I think I've managed to achieve that, and it's satisfying to have a record.  I'm not sure how much time I'll have for sewing and blogging over the next couple of months, but I'll check in when I can.

Thanks for reading :)