A rather full and fun week



I haven’t actually wrote a family post for a week. I do have rather a bit to cover. Nothing of importance but we have had a good week :).

Starting last Sunday one of our local country clubs had a FREE family funday – its the China Fleet Country Club, in Saltash, Cornwall. It has strong links with the Navy and as hubby is in the Navy we have free membership, which is amazing.

The free family funday was great. There were free rides, free games, free bouncy castles, free candy floss, free entertainment. It was great. The kids had a whale of a time, as we don’t go to fairs etc often due to the cost and the fact no 3 can’t deal with really busy places with his autism and sensory processing disorder. As we went early on it was quiet and he had a great time.

The hubby took the youngest two for a walk. No 3 also is wary of dogs. Apparently 3 came running up to them, number 3 said ‘ooooooooohhhhhh!!!!! a doggy army!!!’ he is so great with the language he is learning πŸ™‚ The hubby was in stitches πŸ™‚

He does have bad days though. He has a chromosome disorder 47 XYY syndrome (which means he has an extra Y chromosome). His form of autism is a rare form, called pathological demand avoidance (PDA). It means that he has problems with demands being placed upon him. He gets very anxious if he feels out of control. He has a special needs buggy as, as well as the behavioural issues which means we have to be able to strap him in for safety, he also has hypermobility. Most mornings is a real struggle and we have to follow certain strategies in order to get him to school. The main one of these is to give him choices, which mean him getting to school but him feeling in control, so a couple of times a week he goes to school in pyjamas (or a superhero costume haha) IMG_3131

This particular morning we had to wear our pjs and take a boat haha πŸ™‚

I got a delivery of some sale fabric and some sale simplicity patterns from daisybuds fabric shop IMG_3133

Can’t wait to make the dottie angel kids frock especially

I have cut out a few dottie angels to be getting on with:

I have sewn the adult one up as of writing this blog post, will do a separate post as it went quite a bit better than the first time πŸ™‚

I have been trying to make the most of the youngest as he’s starting school in September. He isn’t 4 until the middle of August so I’m so very sad. This week as we were in Plymouth looking around a high school for the eldest to start in September 2017, we decided to go to the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. We had a great time. He is so much fun on his own.

On Thursday as well as knit and natter at the core cafΓ© in Saltash I had a Jamberry party. Not one person turned up. Not one. Just my friend who came to help. I was gutted, but hey ho. I think it still looked nice. IMG_3317

I have given myself a new jamicure, and also met another friend for coffee and applied the ones she bought off me at my launch party for her.

Hubby and I organised a works party to paint this building when they were trying to re-open it as a community place. We didn’t choose the paint haha – although I quite like it πŸ™‚

I have also been practising my papercutting more, these designs are all paperpanda by the way πŸ™‚

My favourite is the teapot πŸ™‚

Yesterday there was a vintage fayre at a local National Trust place – Cotehele – beautiful place. The kiddiwinks all loved it. Their favourite bits was of course the vintage cars.

It was a great day. Wish we’d of been able to spend longer.

So, that’s been our week! Hope you’ve all had a good one too πŸ™‚

A very hot week…

It’s been a glorious week here in Cornwall, and the kiddos were back at school. We didn’t do a lot on Monday, and Tuesday the youngest was at nursery so I sewed and made (see the bunting, bags, and mixer cover posts).

As Wednesday was forecast to be yet another beautiful day and I didn’t want to miss out I arranged to go to the waterfront with a friend. We are so lucky to live where we live. The waterfront is a 10 minute walk from my school. The view is beautiful.

The youngest and my friends little girl had a great time πŸ™‚

I’ll say it again, we are so so lucky to have this within walking distance.

After a few hours in the sun we went for lunch, in a ‘posh’ wine bar – perhaps not the best place to take the youngest but the two of them were really well behaved.

That thing with the egg timers on is apparently a steeping timer, to let you know when your tea is stewed, was still far too weak for my taste though… I like a strong builders brew without the sugar… pg tips for me! yum! haha IMG_2750

Was a lovey day πŸ™‚

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it but, I’m poo free/no poo – which means I don’t use shampoo. I stopped using it because my skin is very sensitive on my face and scalp and having used everything I could and my scalp still being in a mess I stopped. I didn’t use anything except water for 3 months, and have been using baking soda and apple cider vinegar for the last 2 months. The kids got nits as soon as they went back to school and ‘kindly’ passed them on. No poo meant a scramble to see what I could use… I came up with olive oil… and cling film! hope it worked! lots of nit combing too…IMG_2826

Had my Jamberry launch party – didn’t go very well fortunately and didn’t have the interest – I’ll keep trying but was quite disheartened. Although I’m still enjoying them immensely!

I also voted in the EU referendum and I proudly voted to remain, for a myriad of reasons, but everyone will vote their own way πŸ™‚ I am terrified if we come out though hat it will mean for families and our children. IMG_2853

In order to cheer me up after the disaster of the launch party the hubby ordered me a new handbag knowing how desperate I was for a new one, and knowing I’d seen one I really liked in the national trust shop at antony house at the weekend, bless him. IMG_2850

I have also been practising m papercutting.

Papercutting was featured on make! craft Britain – a bbc four programme. They all said the same as I – that you get so absorbed in it that everything else fades away – which is why it is a fantastic mindfulness activity. I thoroughly recommend it πŸ™‚

Finally, I’ve got a few sewing projects in the pipeline that I cut out with my new rotary cutter. I have completed one already and am part way through another! All of them I shall detail in blog posts πŸ™‚

I’ve got a coffee afternoon for my Jamberry on Thursday this week at a community cafΓ© – really nervous but hope that goes well. Wish me luck.

Hope we all have a good week πŸ™‚ IMG_2956


My week :)

Firstly, the big news: I signed up to become a Jamberry consultant :). I have been so impressed by the products that I decided to shell out the Β£99 to become a consultant. This may sound a lot but the kit is pretty good and my manager gave me a Β£25 gift card for joining! You also get a minimum 30% commission so I am fairly pleased. I just hope I can fit it in! πŸ™‚ IMG_1336

In celebration I have given myself a new Jamicure, and had also ordered the girly a set of the junior jamberrys πŸ™‚ IMG_1387

Β The sun has been shining (well, a little bit). As soon as the youngest saw this he insisted I get a paddling pool and put it up:

Despite him having his wet suit on and me having put lots of hot water in with him he didn’t last long! I put him into one of my favourite outfits – a towelling all in one that was no3s from little bird by Jools Oliver at Mothercare. I do love the little bird range πŸ™‚

He was freezing by the time he’d stopped playing – and judging by these pics the mummy cuddles wrapped in his towel in the sunshine were just what the doctor ordered πŸ™‚ love his face – I think he looks like the cat that got the cream πŸ™‚

I do want to savour these moments. Then I looked up and saw this: IMG_1374

Sometimes you are so busy you don’t look about and notice some of the simple things in life.

Speaking of being busy, Sunday was quite busy, the youngest and no3 were invited to an superhero birthday party. No3 went as Spiderman and the youngest as doc mcstuffins πŸ™‚

The eldest had a football tournament – which his team won πŸ™‚

I’ve also been doing quite a bit of papercutting from the book I bought by paper panda.

A couple of weeks ago one of my friends from knit and natter asked me to sew her a dress that I have made several times which she liked, if she bought the material. She did and I started to cut the dress out, but there wasn’t quite enough material to make the whole dress. So I am awaiting the rest to be delivered to her so I can complete cutting it out and then sew it πŸ™‚ So look out for that pattern How I did… πŸ™‚

I also made some cushions – which I’ll cover in another post πŸ™‚

Busy days

Although I’m missing my friend, I have had a lot to do which has taken my mind off of things a little bit.

On Wednesday I had a friends association meeting to attend for the school, to organise some summer events to raise money for some new equipment.

During the day on Wednesday hubby had taken the youngest to Porth beach in Cornwall, for a beach clean he had organised with some newly qualified submariners and surfers against sewage. The youngest had a great time being the centre of attention:

On Thursday mornings I usually attend a knit and natter local group, run by creative space Cornwall, at a local community centre. Β At the moment we a making knitted squares for the St Germans festival in July to yarn bomb a tree (? :/ ?) haha. We do plan on making the squares into blankets for the homeless once they have been finished with. We have yarn bombed previously, but on a much smaller scale. so this should be interesting! IMG_0552

I have quite a few sewing projects in the pipeline. I have been cutting and preparing for those these last couple of days as the hubby has been busy with his coaching and work commitments it has taken me a couple of days! haha

I’m looking forward to starting the actual sewing soon πŸ™‚ look out for the pattern reviews πŸ™‚

On a Friday IΒ go to the ‘Make It…’ craft classes again with creative space Cornwall. At the moment we are doing paper cutting classes. If you have ever seen paper cutting you will have seen it can be absolutely beautiful. What you may not know though is that it is very relaxing, enjoyable and satisfying. You feel you can achieve quite a bit in a relatively short space of time. Have borrowed a cutting board and knife until next week so if I get time I can have a bit more practise :).

At the rock pooling session last weekend one of the leaders mentioned that my eldest might benefit from taking rock climbing sessions as he seemed to have a natural ability. The hubby took him, the girly and the youngest tonight to the local rock climbing place. The older 2 climbed and the hubby and youngest watched. The youngest then came home having learnt a few new tricks…

The youngest really is a bit of a wild child haha πŸ™‚

You may be aware that our no3 has autism. He has never really been one to draw, he can write his name, but doesn’t see the point in writing anything else, and certainly not drawing unless there is a purpose to it. So when the hubby found this picture in his bag I was so very touched. I’m going to get a frame and hang it in my sewing corner. It means so very very much to me πŸ™‚ The fact his first inteligible drawing was associated with me has really touched me, as with him we haven’t always felt he even knew we were ‘special’ people to him, not just people who lived in the same house. He is a lot more engaged with us now, but this was still lovely πŸ™‚

This is the picture of my sewing machine and him as he is typically enjoying milk πŸ™‚

Anyway, hope your week has been good and will blog again soon πŸ™‚