Thursday, 26 November 2009


It's been a good morning. J is feeling better and has been back in school this morning,
and the best thing is, he came out smiling!
Then time for a quick treat on sofa under his new blanket and then preschool.
His brother on the other hand is now poorly.
With the news that Mr D breaks up tonight for a long weekend, I'm dreaming of catching up on some sleep and hopefully getting a chance to get sewing.
Fingers crossed x

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Adapting to Change

Sometimes it feels like we'll never settle into a routine that works for us all.
At the moment we're all having to adapt to the many changes that are going on around here.
The boys have thankfully got use to having a baby in the house very quickly. Especially the older one J who thinks his baby sister is lovely. Its really brought the caring side of his nature out for all to see. He is so proud of her!
It's J who has got the most changes going on in his life at the moment.
He started his induction mornings at his school he'll start in the new year, last Thursday. It's quite something I think for a 4 year old and we are all finding it hard.
You just hope that these sessions go well and that he enjoys it.
Unfortunately when I picked him up on Friday he looked awful, morning session hadn't gone well, and the teacher commented that she thought he might be a bit warm, well that was an understatement.
Eventually on Sunday after 2 days of high temperature and no improvement in the way he was feeling, we ended up seeing a doctor who confirmed he had conjunctivitis and an ear infection in both ears.
So this is what you get from attending school!!!
I spent most of Friday in tears.

And then just as I felt like curling up in a ball, J came back from the shops with his dad with these lovely flowers.

It was such a nice surprise to get the flowers that I burst out crying and then had to explain to J that mummy was crying out of happiness, not because I didn't like them, confusing the poor boy no end!!
What makes these flowers so special is that J choose them, telling dad that "mummy and baby E like these colours a lot." This surprised Mr D as mummy usually steers well away from pink but when they got home J pointed at the fabrics I was using for E's mini quilts and it all became clear.
"See" he said "the flowers match mummy's fabric, and he was right. His awareness constantly surprises us as do his drawings.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Xmas Mini Quilts

My "Presents to make" xmas list is going badly.
So badly in fact, that my xmas 2009 list is quickly becoming my xmas 2010 "to make" list!

As for my "presents I would like" xmas list, this is going very well!!!!
There is a theme, surprise, surprise. This year it is quilting.
I don't really know why its taken me so long to start quilting.
I guess I should have seen it coming . It started with making baby blankets, and spending far too much time on fabric sites which lead to me wondering just how difficult a quilt would be to make.
And now I few months later my "presents" xmas list consists mainly of quilting books!!

One of the things on my xmas to do list that I really want to achieve is a couple of mini quilts for my daughter, to be hung in her nursery.
Mini quilts have been a revelation to me. One of the things that put me off quilting was the idea of working on something so big, why I thought a quilt had to be large I'm not sure!
Then I stumbled across "Mini Quilt Monday" on flickr, which is a great place to find inspiration.
The idea of creating a small quilt to use as a piece of art. Something that hopefully won't take me too long to do from start to finish sounds the perfect place to start learning how to quilt.

So with my fascination for log cabin blocks, I have decided to do two mini quilts using Alexander Henry's Yui Kokeshi fabric. I bought the print in both black and pink quite a while ago and haven't been sure until now what to use them for. I think quilts out of these prints will be perfect for a girls room.

I've got as far as cutting the fabric for the first quilt, and selecting some of the fabric for the second so surely I can complete them before Christmas!!

Where To start?

Sewing takes over your life. It gets into your blood and as for fabric,
I close my eyes and can see colour and pattern and an idea for another creation,
you could say I have become obsessed!

There aren't enough hours in the day right now to make everything I want to.
Most of my time is taken up looking after my flock,
especially my youngest who is only 6 weeks old.
So why an earth do I want to start a blog when I struggle to find even a few minutes a week to go on my sewing machine?
A good question and one that maybe I should think about a bit more!
But why not.
I love looking at craft blogs and reading what people are up to, so I think it's only fair now to show a glimpse of what I find time to create and maybe share with you a bit of the madness that goes on around here.

So here goes.
Maybe if I can find inspiration in other peoples, someone can find inspiration from this blog -
I hope so.