Friday, 24 April 2009

What a day

Today hasn't been very productive, managed to clean the house while keeping an eye on youngest who has been complaining of a tummy ache. So as promised in previous blogs here are the piccies i've promised.

This little lovely was sent to me by Emma, and I've always admired her beautiful work but to get one in the post I was over the moon. My youngest is probably going to get this in his room as he throughly enjoys being in the garden and our allotment has become his most favourite place in the whole world!! So a great big thank you Emma, it's fab!

I meant to blog about this ages ago, I entered a give-away hosted by the 6 o'clock Stitch. I received this gorgeous postcard congratulating me on being a winner, love the spotty background! I received some cute little Cup cake paper cut outs in cute pink and black papers, can't wait to use them in a project.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!

Today hasn't been very productive, did manage to clean the house but had a little boy unwell so have kept an eye on him. So here as promised are the piccies I've promised in previous blogs.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Back in blog land

Well hello there, I'm back in blog land with lots to show and tell. This is my swap that I received from Tammy, I took part in the semi-slackers swap and this little beauty came all the way from America. I sneakily opened it up without the boys about otherwise I'd never have got a look in!! And look at all the lovelies inside, a really cute handmade bunny, a hollow milk chocolate duck, some lovely smellies, which my youngest has already taken off to the bathroom! , a lovely tea towel, cute pink bunny, a memopad and stickers and some lovely fabric.......

A close up of the cute bunny tea towel and porcelain pink bunny.

Extremely cute fabric.
Thank you so much Tammy, it's always nice to meet new blog friends and receive lovely parcels of goodies!

The other day I purchased this cute little tote bag from Matalan, couldn't resist the gorgeous strawberry pattern, but did think I'd need to add a little bit of stitching.......

.........and taaaaa daaaa the felt strawberries are made and attached, love it! :)

I do apologise for lack of blogs but been busy being a new Auntie, looking after my munchkins, one of which has the bruised remains of an egg shaped lump on his head where he ran into some parallel bars at gym on Tuesday-The trials and tribulations of being a parent!! I've been designing again the last couple of days, and have received some samples of my work on gift wrap which I'll post tomorrow.
Also pay it forward parcels will be going out tomorrow.
And I've enrolled on my crochet course.
Have a good evening!

Monday, 20 April 2009

Good excuse for not blogging

Ok, have been very slack since Thursday but will put full update on later.
What has prohibited me from blogging is the new arrival of my First baby nephew, who is just sooo cute!!
To say I'm excited would be an understatement, had my cuddles and popping in for another visit this arvo, obviously to see how my sister is getting on!

To all my Pay it forward friends waiting for gifts, they'll be on there way by the end of the week!!

Have a great arvo in the sun!

Thursday, 16 April 2009

What A Fab Day

Well what a great day I've had. A group of us girlies and children all trooped off for a morning at "Pets Corner" then a picnic in the local park. Yes I must admit we looked like the Waltons(we numbered 18), but with so many enthusiastic kiddies you couldn't fail to hear us coming!

After looking at numerous rabbits, goats, chickens, pigs, sheep, reptiles and various other small animals, and feeding them(at this point can I just add that I really don't like animals and scream like a right girlie when anything comes close, so picture me with lots of wet wipes and anti-bac)

My two boys we're really brave and wanted to hold the bunnies which were only 6wks old, very cute, very fluffy but hell no we're defo not having any new residents in our home. One very proud mummy took lots of piccies and did venture to stroke one cute lil'bunny as I felt my 2yr old was showing me up! Also my youngest had a run in with two small goats in a small space, I'm still giggling at the memory-he'll learn why mummy says don't go off without me, did feel like it was an "I told you so!" moment.

Had a great picnic, I had managed to make some crispy cakes first thing this morning 24 of them, so there was lots of happy chocolately faces. I don't know whether I've mentioned why we had our little day out, firstly it's because we all go stir crazy over the Easter holidays but secondly and probably most importantly all us Mummy's are going shopping tomorrow in Norwich, all day! We can't wait for a day full of shopping in "Women's" shops, without tutting, whinging or full on tantrums,and that's just our husbands. A full day to indulge and pamper ourselves, a relaxing lunch uninterupted and not having to share half of it, then more shopping, then an evening round one of the girlies having a few beverages!!

To say I can't wait would be an understatement, one of my friends already has everything ready for the morning, I'm not that organised. The only short fall is that my sister still hasn't had her baby and I can guarantee it'll happen tomorrow!!

Also received a lovely print today from Emma, will blog the piccie over the weekend, Thank you Emma it was very kind of you can't wait to put it up.

I also received a prospectus today for short courses, I'm considering Dress-making, Crochet or Fun with Textiles. I really can't decide, would appreciate any feedback from you fellow bloggers. Crochet appeals as I have never had the patience to learn ................

Have a great Friday, I'm going too!!


Monday, 13 April 2009

Look what I got....Swap 2 and 3

After a great Easter weekend I've finally managed to get my swap piccies on my blog. So here goes, get ready for picture overload.....
This was my "Make" swap with Jaime, look at all my lovely parcels wrapped with tissue and tied with ribbon, which has all been kept for later use! Inside my packages were a lovely beaded purse, a little teapot book mark(i think?), a needle case and brooch, cute silver heart box and choccy bunnies, gorgeous handmade ear-rings and 2 divine smelling oatmeal, milk and honey soaps-how lucky am I?!?

I was so pleased with this needle book as I haven't got one and the brooch is so sweet, can't wait to use them.

Close up of the handmade ear-rings, really lovely and I'm wearing the black and silver ones as we speak.

My second parcel from Emilie contained these wonderful Easter tins, how cute, and very intriguing.

Inside this beautiful little box was the cutest magic glass egg which changes colour with light and water, thank you Emilie my boys were amazed with this!!

The other tin contained this wonderful Americana garland and bucket, just love them both!!

This is my gorgeous glass egg which changes colour in front of my bunnies, Emilie also included some really cute little bunnies which I have forgotten to add but they're on my display with my Easter goodies( will pop piccie on in a bit)

These last piccies are from my Easter display, my fat hens look right at home with the bunnies and chickens!
By the way my eldest has named all the Hens, this one is Bryan!

This one is chicken pox!!

Happy Bank Holiday xx

Could Vintage girl,Beaky and Blueberry Heart contact me......

Ok girls, 3 pay it forward comments so could........

Vintage Girl,


Blueberry Heart,

Please e-mail me their addressesand i'll pop something in the post to you, thanks.

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Pay it forward...........

I've joined this thing called pay it forward (has anyone seen the film-Haley Joel Osment is in it?), anyway..................... For those who don't know, it goes like this - the first three people to leave a comment will receive a hand made gift from me! The only thing you have to do is participate and carry on the gift giving to three more soon as you have left a comment do a "pay it forward post" on your blog and continue the giving. I've signed up for the one over on Bex's blog. It's such a great idea!!

Happy Easter, and enjoy those choccies eggs!!

Friday, 10 April 2009

Have a great Easter weekend

Just a quick check in, busy few days, so will update everything with piccies in the next couple of days.
Firstly my sister is due to have her first baby in the next couple of days and i spent Thursday over the hospital with her as she thought the baby was on its way- unfortunately not yet but we did get very familiar with all the hospital areas as we walked laps around the top floor!

Secondly my Easter party was the same day, so thank god i'm organised as i arrived home 10mins after the party started, great day had by all.

And finally my swaps arrived which i've been so excited about, must take some pic's as keep forgetting to take them when the sun's shining, everything's been a bit delayed and jumbled up.......i'm so excited at the thought of becoming an Auntie.

Will be back the start of the week with more swap pic's and hopefully news of a new arrival!!
Have a great Easter weekend!!

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Grab yourself a bargain!!

For any of you wanting to grab yourself a bargain, my e-bay items are due to finish in the next 3 hours, go and have a look!!!

Lovely pin cushions, hearts, rabbits, chickens, ribbon and much much more...........

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Getting ready..............

Now I can finally show you all what I included in my swap parcels as they have arrived at there destinations. My first swap was with Emilie from A Bunch of Scrap, it was a mini Easter swap so I included a few cute chickens and Easter stickers, sweets, brooches, hearts. After getting to know Emilie I found she likes the Union Jack so I've manipulated it into a cute little heart hanger with gorgeous strawberry fabric and spots. I also made a cute doulbe ended strawberry book mark which you can see on the edge.

This is the reverse of the heart-cute green spotty fabric.

These are the brooches I made for Emilie, to have another look at the goodies, Emilie has blogged about them on her site. Thanks for Emilie for my first international swap!!

This was my second lot of swap goodies sent to Jaime, it was a Makers swap, so I could pretty much do whatever I fancied. Through e-mails we got to know each other, and I put together one of my flower ladies in her favourite colours. I also included a few goodies which I hope Jaime liked, and a bunny for her son.

A close up piccie of the stitch work that went into the flower girl, included Jaime's name in beads. Also the brooch that I made for her as well. This was a great swap as it gave me the freedom to create anything.
I'm trying to persuade Jaime to create a blog so she can join the online world of crafty bloggers!!

So that's it, I do have one last swap partner who hasn't received her goodies as yet, will post pic's as soon as hers arrives.
I have spent the day turning my house into an Easter grotto, well something similar-sounds a bit strange saying putting up my decorations!! But that's what I've been doing, getting ready for the Easter party tomorrow afternoon when 12 children will descend on my home for an Easter egg hunt, Hat parade, Pin the tail on the bunny and lots more fun in the garden, don't know who's more excited.......probably me. Have just finished the chocolate nest cakes topped of with a fluffy chick, I just love Easter can't wait, will post pic's tomorrow if I haven't run out of energy.
By the way Bewilderwood was fantastic, a totally magical experience from the boat ride when you get there to the tree houses, mazes and den building, well worth a visit!!

Monday, 6 April 2009

Do you ever go blank?

Do you ever get a blank when you've got a free reign on what to design, well that was me first thing this morning. No kids to distract, just the dull ache I've had in my ear and throat all week.

So being the practical kinda gal that I am, I started to tidy the masses of fabric that's always in my studio, and arrange some of my design inspiration and hey presto a design popped into my head.This is a peek of part of my design, I love the reds/creams and browns, it works so well.
I think I've been getting to het up with designs and thats why I keep getting blanks, my agent suggests relaxing and trying to enjoy the design process again, fab idea so I'm going to take it slow and go back to basics. As any woman knows you're always juggling several eggs in one basket(hee hee ideal for Easter)and I never feel like I have enough time to completely concentrate on one thing, plus I always feel guilty. So tomorrow is going to be a better day, got some antibiotics to help with the aches/pain in my ear. Also Mr S had to put olive oil in my ear, which was a strange experience, But it's helping!
Finger's crossed the weathers good as we're off to Bewilderwood, which is full of Tree houses, Zip wires, and jungle bridges up in the tree's. Can't wait should be great will post pic's after our adventures!
Have a great Tuesday!

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Have you seen Skinny la minx in print?

Having just purchased the latest addition of Sew Hip, I was casually flicking through when I came across a delightful selection of tea towels and who should be there as No.2 but a design by the delightful Heather from Skinny la minx.
If you have never visited her site pop across to see some more of the gorgeous design work she does. Ok enough said, just got a tad excited at seeing a fellow blogger in print, back to my magazine!
Have a great arvo !!

Friday, 3 April 2009

Look what I got....

I have managed to sneak in another work day this week, which was good as managed to get another design layed down-did take a couple of attempts and did nearly throw it all in have a tantrum that my 2yr old would have been proud of, but with patience I finally got there!!

I also finished up my last swap which will be winging it's way to it's partner soon. I've been busy tying up all the loose ends with my swaps this week and have found it great to make my own things but a bit aprehensive as to what my swap partner will think?!?

Last thing this arvo I managed to get these (flat but will be fat) chickens made, thank you Claire I appreciate you sending across the pattern. Thinking I may adapt the design to incorporate a tail as my eldest asked where it was!!! I have changed the legs slightly but I'm pleased with the overall look and love mixing different fabrics. I wonder who's going to want one of these for Easter? Today I also received my first blog award from Emma , which I was totally chuffed about. Thank you Emma for choosing me it means alot (glad someone reads my ramblings!!) I love your blog too!

So, the Easter holidays are nearly upon us, my eldest has finished nursery for the hols and he was a little bit tearful as most of the kids he goes to school with will be going up to reception after easter, I'm sure a few chocolate eggs will take his mind off it.
Tomorrow me and the boys are going to get the Easter tree out and decorate it, pic's will follow. Love decorating the house for any occasion, I'm sure Mr S thinks I'm mad but he's grown used to it-I think?! Any excuse to have lots of pretty decorations out which means no dusting for a week hee hee!
Have a great weekend!

Give-away at stitches & scissors

I have just found a delightful give-away for all you fabric fantatics out there, pop over to stitches and scissors. The lucky winner will be in with a chance of winning 3 Fq's from the lush line.
You'd be mad to miss it!!!

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Grab yourself a bargain..going going gone

Ok, I've been a busy bee listing some of my items on e-bay, so if anyone is looking for a bargain or gift I've got, ribbon, pin cushion, Gisela Graham items, shabby chic decorative items and many more, please feel free to log on and have a look.

For any of my eagle-eyed bloggers you'll remember that I recently had a sale for my othe business, I am trying to clear out stock so your bound to grab a bargain!
I will be listing more items in the next few days!!

Emma's e-bay items