Sunday, 29 April 2018

DH's Birthday Week

Took last week off, not sure why but just felt I needed a rest. Have a lot coming up in the next few weeks so may be AWOL again.

Last weekend was DH's Birthday, had a lovely Chinese meal courtesy of M & S. Watched King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Very good, love this sort of film.

Back to sort of normal the last week. Did stitch out 3 bunny purses over last weekend.

In between an opticians visit, had to have 2 pairs of new glasses one for long distance and the others for sewing. My old sewing glasses are now for computer and my sun glasses will make do. Sadly DH was not so lucky, they did all the tests but have had to refer him to Royals Surrey Ophthalmology as he has a cataract that has developed quickly. It will need to be operated on. Quite a shock for both of us and he is a bit subdued about it now, gone very quiet.

In the garden the space between us and next door has always been planted with a horrible spiky plant (put in by old neighbours). We have finally removed our half then the new neighbour removed the rest as they did not like the plant. Edging boards put down, membrane and shingle for our side. We can now put the hose through the side of the garage instead of going right round the house, so much easier. More plants added, this time a Viburnum and 2 tree peonies, buds on already and so pretty.

That is it for this week, hope to be back next week.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Another Handmade Week

The weather has again been hit and miss, sometimes dry, sometimes springlike and then the constant rain. Flowers bed's resembled mini ponds and it got cold, although the weather people may disagree. It was cold, brrrr!

Sunday: completed planner for the week, always do in pencil then day's can be changed. As my time is my own so good to be able to do what I want each day. Can always spare time for coffee with  friend.

Monday: A day of nothing, felt rough due to asthma so took it easy.

Tuesday: Cleaned downstairs and drafted a pattern for a new bag. Will be a crossbody bag. I have so much fabric and thought this would be a good way to use up the larger pieces.

Wednesday: Hair cut, Frensham Garden Centre then Forest Lodge, finally a trip to the farm shop.
Cut out the bag and pressed straps etc. Got the machine ready and finalised my Waitrose delivery.

Talking of my favourite grocery store. I love this 'Michael McIntyre on Waitrose' video, so funny and can watch again and again

Thursday: Clean the bedrooms and change the bed.  Looking back seems as if always cleaning, just like to break it down to easy. Waitrose delivery.
 Started to sort my dies, bought some magnetic boards from Hobbycraft, special offer if you bought 10 packs of 3 but not used them yet.

Must admit much easier than in a drawer and have found that I had a couple of duplicates, oops!!!!

Friday: You guessed it cleaned the bathrooms, that is all done now for another week.
Started the cross body bag, had to stop at a certain point as only ordered the D rings and sliders on Tuesday, they should arrive today. PS They arrived early and bag finished. 

Also ran up a personalised make up bag, this one is for Nana but any name or endearment can be used. Had to add a Swarovski hot fix crystal to the crown, a girl can never have too much bling! Can also be made in other colour's.

Saturday: Using up the left overs from the crossbody bag. Think this is better than putting in a drawer and taking up space:

2 Pixie Baskets - useful for all those bits and pieces, such as make up etc.
1 set of 3 Lavender Sachets
2 Handbag tissue cases
1 wrist key ring

Update blog and schedule for Sunday

Used the lawn raker to clear some moss on the lawn, put down some grass seed and DH rolled it in.
A busy week after all.

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Until next time when according to the long range weather we should be having a mini heatwave!

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Handmade Monday No. 70

Hope you all had a good Easter. The weather was not so good either rain or snow and cold. Roll on spring.

Stock Sorting

As mentioned last week my first event is in May but always find it exhausting and stressful getting ready for an event. This year started early, the stock is now all labelled and dumped stored in the garden room. DH is not too sure about this as 6 weeks away but it is staying.

Back to this week:

Sunday: Updated blog post for last week. Priced craft books and added to Paypal app. finished off the stock sort as above image.
Bought myself a crochet book for beginners. Now have always wanted to learn, can do a very, very long chain but never understood how to go back and stitch. This book and hook came in a kit form and so far excellent. It clearly explains what to do in each step. Have started on the bag as shown, worked in SC. Will post a pic when finished. I think crochet could get addictive, lol.

Monday: What did I do all day?

Tuesday: Popped up to the farm shop for some more pea gravel for the back path's, delivery due tomorrow. This is a farm shop and nursery and they only have plants in season which is fantastic for us, this way we know what will grow. Plus very reasonable compared with the garden centres.

Wednesday: A day of doing nothing, could not be asked but did catch up on my magazines: Daphne's Diary and Where Women Create got some wonderful ideas to store away.

Thursday: Decided not to have a grocery delivery this week, dived into Sainsbury's for some basic's instead. Then onto the garden centre at Rake for a browse round. Such a beautiful day spent most of it  in the garden and walking and playing with the dog. Set up my embroidery machine for a project to start on Friday

Friday: Dog walk, washing out on the line and in my sewing room

Saturday: New section 'Parisien Boutique' all things French themed, so far

8" X 8" clutch bag

Tissue Case

Key Fob

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That has been my week, hope yours went as well. Until next time.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Handmade Monday 69 and Happy Easter

Happy Easter

Do you decorate for Easter? I do. Only the mantlepiece though but love to have a bit of decoration up.

I even put a banner up for Valentine's Day.

The car had it's MOT last Tuesday, passed which we were happy about. Checked the milage have only done 900 miles since last March. The car really needs to get out more. We walk most places so we can take the mutt. He creates in the car and you end up being deaf. We would be the car that goes up the road with loud barking coming from the back seat! Tried to sit in the back with him but he stomped all over me in a panic, just not worth the aggro. Looking at him butter wouldn't melt. Put him in a car and he becomes a raving loony monster dog.

Back to Handmade Monday, number 69 already!

Not as much made this week but have completed the dream catchers, they took longer than expected, my fault as used too long a thread and kept getting tangled. Found it easier to stand up and cover the rings in the end.

Had some mini canvas boards, covered again with rice paper this time cherry blossom. Stitched out some lace butterflies in random lilac thread. Highlighted the blossom by adding a bloom in pearl silk and a diamante to the centre of the flower.

Now stock all over my sewing room floor as I start to sort what is being taken to my first fair in May. I know a bit early but may add as I go along. Planning on using this event as a sale one, lot's of bargains with many items half price.

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Until next week, don't eat all the chocolate eggs, lol