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Monsoon and a BBQ

August 27, 2012

Well its been a busy few weeks since I went back to work hence no posts. I think we are now firmly established in a routine which allows us to leave the house at around 8:10am. Little Man is nicely settled in nursery and loves all the attention he is getting. I don’t get any tears in the morning now I think it is because he knows when he gets to nursery he can have some toast, little man loves toast. I must say I am still finding it hard at work. I have definitely been thrown back in at the deep end.

I have a little bit of bad news…do you remember my 1926 Singer? Well I tried to get it up and running a few weeks ago. The motor stayed on and burnt out the rubber, the foot pedal then stopped working. I have looked on the interweb and found a fix kit which includes a new motor and foot pedal so hopefully I will be able to get it working soon.

However, in the meantime I have been pondering whether to buy a new sewing machine. I have been looking at the Brother LX37NT but I really want one that will enable me to try my hand at quilting. I think I will have to visit my local sewing machine centre. Any ideas of models that are good for quilting?

Well what a bank holiday weekend it has been…

It was such a lovely day on Sunday, we actually managed to used our BBQ for the first time this year whoop whoop 🙂 But then today it has done nothing but rain and at times it has been really windy. Typical British weather for you!! We are going to a carnival on Saturday so I hope the weather picks up by then.

I started a Herman cake last time I posted, well here is a picture of how it turned out…:-(

To be honest I wasn’t very impressed with my efforts. I baked it in a large square tin. The recipe said cook for 45 mins at 175 degrees C. But after 45 mins it was still raw, I ended up cooking it for well over 120 mins but the top burnt a bit. My major mistake was cooking it in such a big tin.

I have had another go today and it is much better but this time. I added apple and blackberry so it looks nicer as well. I also cooked it in a tray rather than a tin. I now have three lots of mixture so I think I will be making these cakes for quite some time!

My new project…

I here you all say not little squares again!!

Well I have to admit I have an obsession with little squares. This time I am making a baby blanket for my friend her baby is due in December. I am really excited and thought I would try to make one similar to the one I made little man. But this time I am going to try and make it using bright colours. My friend isn’t planning on finding out the sex so it needs to be suitable for both. I did a little rummaging and found some left over Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in my yarn stash. So I am going to use that and then get some more. I think Red, Orange, Green (or lime green), Purple and Ercu will work quite well, we will see as it grows. I will keep you posted…

Happy posting everyone…

The end of a long week

August 3, 2012

Hello all, Well my first full week at work has finished. What a week its been hard getting the brain back in gear after being off for over 12 months. I am experiencing a different type of tiredness (mental rather than physical). Little man has had a good week at nursery where his key worker is really happy with the way he has settled in. Although he has been in the accident book twice in his first week. Once for a bump on the head and another for a scratch. He appears to be enjoying himself although dropping him off in the morning results in a few tears. I feel guilty enough already!!.

My return to work unfortunately meant that a colleague of mine for several years has now retired. She kindly agreed to stay on whilst I was on maternity leave but Tuesday was her last day. It was very emotional and it will be a different place without her. She was a valued member of the team. To show my appreciation I decided to make her a cake…

                                  

 

In return today I have received a Herman German Friendship Cake…

                                   

As you can see it looks nothing like a cake at the moment with lots of bubbles on the top. I have to look after it and feed it for the next 10 days. Then it will be ready to eat, very unusual but a lovely idea. I will keep you posted on my progress.

Before I went back to work we spent the day at Attingham Park, it was lovely I thought I would show you some of the pictures…

   

   

Well I hope everyone has a great weekend, I know I will be enjoying mine 🙂

 

Back to Work

July 26, 2012

I found the picture above on a really great blog called Growing Sweet Pea, it is a really nice blog putting life as a mom into cartoons.

I think this picture is quite apt, this will be me tomorrow, at my desk thinking of my little man.

The past 12 months have been so wonderful it is unfortunate that it goes so quickly.

I have got everything ready for tomorrow and aim to be out of the house at 8am (we will see). Little Man has had his pre visits to nursery and seems to have settled in really well, tomorrow is the longest he will have been there though, but I am sure he will be fine. He has a key worker called Helen who is really nice.

My manager rang today to let me know that I will be able to sit back at my desk tomorrow, initially there was a possibility of me hot-desking for a few days. I am pleased because at least this means I can have a sort out, clear my emails and get the desk clean, it is probably caked in dust.

I will then be able to put a picture of little man on my desk, so at least I can see him.

Well I am off to have a chinese and a big glass of wine yum yum 🙂

Birthday Celebrations

July 14, 2012

Well as you have all read it was little mans 1st birthday last monday. I can’t believe where the year has gone, whats more I can’t believe I have been off work for over 12 months, it only feels like yesterday when I was counting down the days until my maternity leave started.

I am a little annoyed with the weather as I had so many things I was going to do whilst I was off work i.e. spruce up the garden, go on days out in the sun. None of which have happened due to the darned British weather. You know what will happen, I will go back to work and the sun will emerge from behind the rain clouds and it will be the hottest summer on record!

Anyway enough moaning back to the celebrations. After much organising and the daunting task of feeding 26+ people in our small two bedroom end of terrace. I managed to put together a small buffet on Sunday for Little Man’s 1st Birthday. I was really pleased because everything was homemade…Quiche, sandwiches, Lemon and Blueberry Scones, Banana Cake, Pecan and Walnut Cake, Chocolate Brownies, Sultana Cupcakes, Bakewell Cupcakes, Fairy Cakes and Lemon Drizzle Cake (which was really yummy :-))

Everyone turned up and there was a struggle for seating, I had to go begging for chairs around the neighbourhood  but the weather held off allowing the children to play on the grass. Little man enjoyed himself…

As many of my followers will know I like making and decorating the odd cake now and again, and of course wild horses could not stop me from making little man’s 1st birthday cake. After two weeks prep…here it is…

Unfortunately I didn’t get a really good picture before the cake was cut, everything was a bit hectic..I have edited a photo and removed the background to try to show you a better shot. Here it goes…

The top tier is chocolate marble cake with chocolate and hazelnut cream, the bottom tier is a traditional victoria sponge with strawberry jam and butter cream. I decided to make some models of Little Man’s teddy bear ‘Crumble’, and his monkey ‘Cheeky Monkey’, they are both made out of moulding chocolate (his close relatives recognised who they were supposed to be, which is a real compliment). The alphabet blocks are made out of half of a mini Battenberg cake and covered in icing and decorated. I am really pleased with the result.

It was a very busy day, I didn’t really get chance to sit down during the party and I could not have done it without my mum who helped me so much xx.

On Monday Big D and I planned to spend the day with Little Man by going to our favorite place, ‘The Long Mynd’. We went for a pub lunch on Wenlock Edge and then went to the Long Mynd in an attempt to fly a kite but unfortunately there was not enough wind. Luckily a gentleman turned up to let some homing pigeons go, much to little man’s enjoyment as they flew around and around his head before they headed for Shrewsbury.

Although it looked very grey, it was warm so we sat on the picnic blanket to take in the view… all in all it was a lovely day 🙂

One Lovely Blog Award

July 13, 2012
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Well I finally managed to sit down and write a post after a very busy couple of weeks. I am pleased to confirm that little mans 1st birthday party went well. The rain held off until half an hour before the end so the children could play on the grass for most of the party.

As promised I will now fulfil the rules of the Lovely Blog Award.

First of all a big thank you again to Divine Debris and Rainbow Junkie Corner for nominating me for this award.

The Rules are:-

The Rules for accepting this Award is as follows:

1. Add the award to your blog.

2. Thank the blogger(s) who gave it to you.

3. Mention 7 random things about yourself.

4. List the rules.

5. Award up to 15 bloggers.

6. Inform each of those 15 by leaving a comment on their blog.

Seven Random things about me:

1- I love to be organised. If things get out of hand I start to get really frustrated and irritable.

2- I started off a lover of neutrals but since starting my blog I have developed a love of colours (as you can probably tell). It is now getting out of control and starting to take over the house.

3- I am desperate to learn and start quilting, but unfortunately I don’t have any space.

4- My favorite thing is to let my husband make his special chilli con carne and enjoy a nice glass of wine, whilst watching a good film.

5- I have been off work for over 12 months and I am not looking forward to going back. There is also the added guilt about sending little man to nursery.

6- I have developed a ‘Game of Thrones’ obsession since watching the first series, I am desperate to watch the second series.

7- I am 1/4 Polish, coincidentally so is my husband.  My grandad was from Katowice, near Krakow, Poland. He moved to England after the second world war.

Now for my nominations in no particular order. Each one is a lovely blog and is definitely worth a visit.

Madeformollyrose

Sew Much Choice

Life multithreaded

2kidsland

Stitched up mama

Lynnberry’s Blog

Granny Square Cushion Cover Ta Dah…

July 5, 2012

Well I finished the cushion a week or so ago. I must say I am really pleased with the result. It is so bright and cheery. I am also impressed with joining the squares using dc rather that the whip stitch. It definitely gives a very different finish.

Granny Square Cushion Cover Ta Dah…

 

I finished off the back as I did with my last cushion cover…

However, I did do a little bit more with this one because it was a gift, and the finish on the  last one bugged me a bit. The seam under the buttons on the back was very messy on the last cover, because I just cut the jumper across and didn’t finish it off. I don’t like things to look messy so racked my brains to resolve the issue on this cover. Well this was what I did…

I put a line of granny squares at the back, where they will not be seen once the cushion is buttoned up. I know it is a lot of work for something that won’t be seen but I think it does make the finish better. My grandmother was so pleased with the cover when I gave it to her. Every time I go she keeps plumping it :-).  Which makes me smile.

It did also look rather nice next to my last cushion cover.

I also finally got around to doing a herb pot cover whoop whoop…

  

Instead of using a soup carton or tin as per Lucy, I used a plastic pot which actually contained a one pot veg dahl. It was the perfect size for my basil.

Well I am so excited its my little man’s 1st birthday on Monday :-). I am frantically trying to organise a birthday party, baking lots of cakes and trying to put his birthday cake together. I did a very silly thing… we live in a small two bedroom house and I stupidly invited 26 people to his party. You know how it is, you invite more people just in case some people can’t come. Well for the first time ever everyone is coming!!! eeek!! Gladly I only arranged it for 3 hours so it is not a whole day job, but definitely concerned about seating! I am also counting on it not raining, which is a lot to ask at the moment.

Anyway I can’t believe it has been nearly a year since my little man was born, the year has gone so quickly. Unfortunately it also means I will be going back to work soon :-(. Little man will have his first taster session at nursery next week in readiness for me going back to work on 27th July.

One Lovely Blog Award

A big thank you to both Rainbow Junkie Corner and Divine Debris for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog award. I am truly touched and pleased that you like my blog so much. When I have a little more time and probably once the party has been sorted I will complete the criteria for accepting the award. Many thanks again 🙂

 

Secret Project revealed…

June 25, 2012

Well I have been working hard on a secret project for a few weeks now…

It was coming up to my Aunties birthday and I really wanted to make her something different. I suddenly had an epiphany when my mum visited. My mum has recently bought an IPAD and had purchased an expensive cover to go on it, the same one that my aunt had. I noticed that my mum’s cover was already scratched. I know that you will probably be thinking ‘well that’s what a cover is for, to protect the IPAD and take all the knocks’.

After speaking to my mum I realised that the majority of the damage was occurring when my mum put the IPAD in her bag, pens and other bits in her bag were scratching it.

At that moment I decided to make a ‘IPAD Cover’ cover.

I knew that my Auntie put her pad in her bag sometimes, so I thought it would be a useful present.

I started by making a chain of 90 and then joined the chain to make a round. I then crochet dc in each chain and carried on until I had done enough rounds to cover the IPAD. I then joined the bottom of the pouch with dc. At the top I created some braces by crocheting dc to the desired thickness, the braces were to be secured with two buttons.

The finished pouch looked like this…

I then got to work embellishing the pouch by making lots of little flowers and leaves…

And the final result was as follows… ready for the big reveal of the secret project?

An IPAD Cover…

Well its my Aunties birthday today… HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I definitely think she liked it :-). I find that it is always nicer to make something and give it as a gift, it gives me so much pleasure.