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 ๐Ÿ™‚ The hubby was in stitches ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 cafรฉ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

I have also been practising my papercutting more, these designs are all paperpanda by the way ๐Ÿ™‚

My favourite is the teapot ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Hope we all have a good week ๐Ÿ™‚ IMG_2956

 

Bunting and bags…part two

I do love bunting! Girly, patriotic, vintage, any type catches my eye! It was one of the things I desperately wanted to sew prior to learning, so it was one of the first things I sewed! IMG_1873

This particular bunting was the first ever bunting I sewed and the 3rd thing I ever sewed – it is farm fabric out of fat quarters which I got from hobby craft and I still have it hung in my kitchen ๐Ÿ™‚

I was asked by my friends mother in law if I would sew her some nautical themed bunting to be hung above the bar in her boat themed private bar. I also wanted to sew some bunting for the Jamberry coffee afternoon I’m putting on next week.

There are many, many ways to make bunting, none are wrong, all are right, its just however you want to make it.

For my Jamberry bunting I just wanted to quickly sew it up, for the nautical bunting I obviously wanted to produce a more substantial bunting.

Firstly I needed to cut out the triangles. I decided to try the pre-printed bunting triangles from Rose and Hubble fabrics

I will definitely use these again, so much easier than how I had to do the Jamberry triangles

Next was the lettering, I do this by measuring the width and height I need for the letters (make sure and measure the width at the most slim part of the triangle where you want the letters to go)

I draw squares onย  felt or fabric I’m using with these measurements and then draw the letters in to fit within these dimensions

Hands up if you spotted the (non) deliberate mistake? yep, I wrote the letters the right way round, they should of been the wrong way round! I still do that almost every time by the way haha IMG_2596

Cut one out the wrong way around before I realised my mistake!

I cut the rest out correctly. IMG_2597

Next is to pin the letters onto the triangles to ensure they fit.

Prior to appliqueing the letters on you need to ensure they are approximately all in the same place on the triangles. I do this by measuring up from the bottom point of the triangle and put the bottom of the letters the same distance up on each one.

I personally like a large zig zag for applique

10 is my zig zag stitch, the 4.0/6.0 is stitch width, 2.0/3.0 stitch length.

Next is to carefully applique around the letters

I did make a good mistake on the first R I did, of stitching the front to the corner haha

This is where the nautical bunting differs from the Jamberry bunting. I made the nautical bunting double sided.

I pinned another triangle onto each flag, right sides together.

Then sewed them together, leaving a gap on one side so as to turn the flag right side out.

So as to attempt to get crisper sides and points when turned right way, I then trim the seams. I leave the gap with more fabric though to make it easier when sewing it shut ๐Ÿ™‚ IMG_2636

I then turned it right way out,

I then topstitched around both to close the gap and to give the flags a crisper view

I went to my local haberdashery place bought some nautical ribbon. I love this ribbon, it is gorgeous. I was going to make a channel for the ribbon to go through the flags, but this ribbon is so cute that I decided to sew it to the actual flags.

I sewed it both at the top and the bottom of the ribbon so as to make sure it was secure.

For the Jamberryย bunting as this doesn’t matter so much the finish I decided to use my pinking shears to cut around the edges to prevent them fraying instead

ย and then put to ribbon on in the same way as the nautical bunting as it was a quicker way than making a channel, even though I’d done it for aesthetics on the nautical bunting.

Finished!

and some other bunting I have made over the last 21 months, in all different ways. As I said, there is no right way to make bunting, just do what you feel like! and they all look great and are easy to do so give bunting a bash!

Bunting and bags… part one

I have been making a few smaller projects recently, most as promotions for the Jamberry business. I also had a commission to make some nautical bunting for a private boat themed bar.

I decided to make my own gift bags for any Jamberry customers who book a party with me. I couldn’t decide the best (easiest) design to do. I did some planning after looking on my favourite place for inspiration: pinterest. I decided on a Japanese knot bag. If you don’t know what these are (& I didn’t!) they are bags with two handles at the top, one shorter that the other. The shorter on loops over the longer one to form a ‘knot’ and then the longer loop goes around your wrist to keep it secure. Brilliant, simple Idea. Mini Japanese knot bags it was then.

I drafted my own pattern, using my trusty (and cheap!) greaseproof paper. IMG_2197I decided to buy some spotty,ย purple fabric as this would go with the Jamberry branding. However, the fabric I had bought was a little thin,ย therefore I decided toย double layer it. This would also negate the need to hem around the handles etc. I decided to makeย 10, therefore needed to cut out 20 of these, on the fold.

I then sewed two of the bags together – to make a double sided piece of fabric. I did this by sewing right sides together

I left a gap on one side of the handle so as to be able to turn the bag right way out

In order to close the gap I decided to top stitch along the seam of the handle. IMG_2298Next was to join the shorter handle sides.

Now to make it into a bag, once again, right sides together, I sewed from the bottom ofย one handle around to the bottom of the other handle

Then I turned it right side out to complete the bag! Nice and simple ๐Ÿ™‚

I decided that I wanted to make something extra to pop into the bags. This is were the hearts came in, once again inspiration from pinterest.

I had toย draw the heartsย onto the fabric, not my forte! I should have really made a template – but I was being lazy so they all turned out uniquely shall we say!

ย In order to be able to make a lot of these quite quickly I stitched around the heart on the right side, leaving a gap for the stuffing

Next was to insert the stuffing through the hole I left in the side

I needed to close the gap, so I decided probably the easiest way to do this was to use my zipper foot and stitch that gap shut.

Next, in order to stop the material fraying I used my pinking shear to pink around the outside.

I thought this was a little plain, so decided to add some embellishments! IMG_2351

Buttons, lace bows and lace hanging loops, then I put these into the bags along with some other Jamberry goodies.

Hopefully they will entice people to book parties!

I will detail the bunting I have made this week in the next post: bunting and bags part two!

Half term fun :)

 

I have been rather AWOL for a few days as I’ve been suffering (with my ear), making and creating, and making memories (in equal measure).

Firstly I have been busy with trying to promote my Jamberry business. I had my launch party last night and it did not go well ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But so long as I know I tried my best then that’s good enough for me ๐Ÿ™‚ and I still love the products ๐Ÿ™‚ I jamberryed my big toe and painted the rest of my toe nails and everytime I look down with my sandals on I get the happys ๐Ÿ™‚IMG_2583ย I have handed out some leaflets to my neighbours in envelopes with free samples in, I papercut some hearts and glued them onto the envelopes to make them look like Jamberry symbols

I have also arranged a coffee afternoon to try to get people to try and buy for a week on Thursday at a community cafรฉ IMG_2135

After last nights disappointing performance I’ll just be glad to get my investment back ๐Ÿ™‚ so hoping this generates some interest

It been lovely weather here all week too. We’ve been trying to make the most of it including getting the pool out again

and the first bbq of the year ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s my grump – I mean hubby – ย trying to get it to light haha IMG_2190

Early in the week my finger slipped (a lot) and I ended up ordering a few fabrics….

Including Lewis and Irene, free spirit, riley blake and windham fabrics… ooops, I may also have some more fabric and patterns coming too …..

I have also been enjoying more paper cutting:

Some of my designs I put into frames, the apples and red riding hood I put onto acetate first and they are in box frames, apples in my living room and red riding hood in the girlys bedroom. The rainy girl is going to the mother as a present

It was the girlys birthday this week too – she is growing up way too fast, it makes me sad how quickly my childrens’ childhoods are going

She has quite a bit of playmobil and what she desperately wanted was the new summer fun water park sets:

These are brilliant! So much fun, didn’t take too long to assemble and all 4 have non-stop played with them ๐Ÿ™‚ they are great (all kids love playing in water – and most adults too haha)

I also got her a cheap soap crafting set off of amazon – so the girly, no 3 and I all set about doing it:

For the price this was good value and we enjoyed it. It was fairly easy to do as well, so long as we were careful. I would definitely make soaps again – but with different scents ๐Ÿ™‚

On Sunday we decided to take a trip out to Antony House, which is owned by the National Trust. We have been here many many times, and we have National Trust membership, and have done for several years.

A quick mention about National Trust membership. For families it is great, and especially for larger families such as ours it is amazing value. Your family membership covers two adults and as many children you can manage haha ๐Ÿ™‚ It gives you access to over 300 places in England – great when you camp and also go all over the country. I would highly recommend it, and the National Trust has really become child friendly in recent years, from games out on lawns to touchable exhibits in houses, and indoor and outdoor quizzes and parks and play equipment.

If you don’t know Antony House was used when they filmed the newest Hollywood remake of Alice in Wonderland for some of the scenes. It is beautiful and huge – you can spend hours there and not realise it! Our children enjoy it whenever we go

For me personally one thing I do love about going to National Trust properties is the beautiful things there is to look at, and gain inspiration from, both inside and outside.

Some beautiful fabrics, paintings and interiors at Antony house. One thing I did find questionable was the position of this loo on the first floor mezzanine: IMG_2544

Loo with a view…. of you! haha ๐Ÿ™‚

On the way back we went travelled home we took a trip over the water to Devon via the Torpoint Ferry as the kiddiwinks love it and on a warm sunny day looking across the Tamar is beautiful, and the dockyard awe inspiring.

Hope this weather continues and you all had a lovely week ๐Ÿ™‚

 

A burst ear drum and half term.

Well, its half term this week, so the kids are off school. Hubby has gone away with work for the week also, so the parents are down for the week. On Sunday night I suddenly began suffering from horrendous ear pain – which culminated in me crying and screaming for about 10 minutes until suddenly my ear drum burst with blood and pus everywhere (lovely). So I’m on these babies for a week as it was caused by an severe ear infection. Cannot hear a thing in my right ear, hope that improves! IMG_2004

In other news my Jamberry consultants kit arrived:

I’m pretty pleased ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve booked myself a few parties – one facebook, and one at a local cafรฉ ๐Ÿ™‚

If anyone has stood still lately I’ve been jamberrying them haha

The eldest, youngest and my latest Jamicures, and the youngest being 3 and insisting on doing it himself haha ๐Ÿ™‚

We have also been out and about whilst the weather was good. Prior to my exploding ear drum moment we went to the beach at Cawsand (one of our favourite beaches)

I, of course, took my knitting ๐Ÿ™‚ IMG_1632

The next day we set up our new paddling pool ๐Ÿ™‚ The kids went mad for it ๐Ÿ™‚ Havin 4 kids we need a fairly large one now haha

Been enjoying my paper cutting lately too

Unfortunately though Iย ran out of blades and my replacements didn’t arrive until today ๐Ÿ˜ฆ IMG_2039

So I can resume what I was doing! yay!

I have also made a quick dress for my mum, its called a Jiffy dress, a reproduction of a 1960s simplicity dress pattern. IMG_2031

I really liked this simple pattern, it was very satisfying – I will go more in depth in my ‘how I did’ post ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ยฃ99 to become a consultant. This may sound a lot but the kit is pretty good and my manager gave me a ยฃ25 gift card for joining! You also get a minimum 30% commission so I am fairly pleased. I just hope I can fit it in! ๐Ÿ™‚ IMG_1336

In celebration I have given myself a new Jamicure, and had also ordered the girly a set of the junior jamberrys ๐Ÿ™‚ IMG_1387

ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ love his face – I think he looks like the cat that got the cream ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

The eldest had a football tournament – which his team won ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ So look out for that pattern How I did… ๐Ÿ™‚

I also made some cushions – which I’ll cover in another post ๐Ÿ™‚

Life over the last week…

 

Firstly, I haven’t been particularly industrious this week, especially on the sewing front. This is due to a number of factors but mainly because we’ve all been struck down by this horrid cough and cold that seems to be doing the rounds, so each child has had at least one day off this week. IMG_1165

No 3 has been the worst affected due to his asthma so hubby and I have been up several nights with him.

Due to some of the kiddiwinks being off school I was unable to go to my paper cutting class on Friday. I have been practising at home however!

One of the things I enjoy about paper cutting is that you work at cutting out from the smallest piece to the biggest piece. This means it requires you to be ‘in the moment’ and concentrating on figuring out the right order. This makes it a great mindfulness activity and I would recommend anyone who suffers from anxiety to give it a try! You also can see each picture getting more clear as you go on. EZFZ1909

I stuck some of the smaller pieces onto card – glueing them onto coloured paper first – that didn’t go to well – I don’t think glueing is my forte haha. IMG_1065

I am so enjoying paper cutting and am finding it such a good mindfulness activity that I have bought some equipment, not a massive investment as its quite a cheap hobby!

The eldest wanted to try papercutting also, so I allowed him under constant supervision, with my heart in my throat – but sometimes children need to experience threat to know how to handle it. He is 10 years also, I wouldn’t allow any of the others to do it, but he’s old enough to learn from it.

He seemed to enjoy it.

I also updated my Jamicure – and got some more free samples as I’m hoping to become a consultant at some point in the next few weeks for Jamberry.

I have also been beavering away making knitted squares for creative space cornwall’s (who I go to knit and natter and the craft classes with) yarn bombing project (of a tree) in July.

I framed the picture that number 3 drew me – I’m hoping to persuade the other 3 to draw me one each in their own style, which I’ll also frame.

And finally I have done a bit of sewing this week. I covered two of the projectsย  in How I did … blog posts already. The third, the kimono did not go well…. I will detail why in the blog post about it, but it was entirely my fault, and not because it was too hard either!

Heres to hoping we and you all feel much better next week ๐Ÿ™‚

Fun & Family

 

I’ve lots to blog about, but have been too busy to come on and write about it haha.

My family have come down for a impromptu visit over the weekend. But first, to the sewing!

They didn’t arrive until Saturday evening, the weather was pretty overcast, and we had chores to do, so we spent Saturday in the house. On Friday evening I had spent the night cutting and planning what I was going to sew so I was ready to go whenever I got chance, which happened on Saturday. I decided to start sewing with the free Mccalls pattern from Love Sewing magazine: IMG_0576

I enjoyed this pattern and found it the right level of challenging. I will do a pattern review in another post, but I’m pleased with how it turned out:

Whilst I was sewing this, the hubby took the 4 kiddies out to the fun fair (a yearly rip-off that comes to our little town). Even no 3 wanted to go and had a whale of a time – which we didn’t think he would as he gets stressed in noisy/ busy places due to his sensory processing disorder. I am so pleased he was able to go though:

As you can see, lots of smiles ๐Ÿ™‚

My sister is a professional performer with Aida cruise ships. She trained in London at the URDANG in musical theatre. She spends most of the year on board, travelling the world and singing, with her boyfriend of 2 years, a lovely man from the Ukraine, called Sascha. As a result of this I’m lucky if I get to see her yearly, so whenever we get the opportunity we try to get together and the children love seeing their glamourous Aunt. She drove herself and my parents down from where they live near Manchester for a flying visit over the weekend. They arrived on Saturday evening bearing fish and chips – always a winner in our house!

I did my sister, the girly and the youngest a accent nail each out of Jamberry nail wraps on their big toes:IMG_0709

This went down a treat, as did the slippers she brought us from Amsterdam: IMG_0718

Clogs! A pair each – and they are soooo comfy!

I think I have also found a new craft after my current Friday classes: paper cutting. They leant me a cutting board and knife to practise with and I am finding I am really enjoying it – it is so relaxing as it doesn’t require any thinking, so I have ordered a knife handle, some blades, a book of templates and a cutting mat off amazon so I can keep it up. Here is my latest effort: IMG_0740

Oh, and on Saturday morning the 2 youngest decided to have a play with some food colouring.. luckily they decided to play it in the bath so it was mainly them affected!

Everyone since has been randomly finding themselves with blue food colouring on them!

On Sunday we decided that as it was such a beautiful day we would take my parents and sister to one of our favourite beaches further down into Cornwall – Perranporth. We had a great day if got a little sunburnt!

We all had a great time. My sister and I actually managed to get our picture taken together, which is very very rare! This picture perfectly sums up the differences between us, our mother said in her facebook post, my two lovely daughters in a perfect picture of them both, Anna looking glamorous in her wetsuit, Kate looking like a Cornish farmers wife! I was wearing my memademay purl bee free tutorial dress ๐Ÿ™‚ which I love for the beach and am planning on making more, and my wellies as I hate sand haha: IMG_0825

Another Kate make on the beach was worn by the girly, some Jo Cole simple flares in capri length out of Rose and Hubble fabric, with rick rack around the bottom which I love ๐Ÿ™‚ I think they look really retro ๐Ÿ™‚ IMG_1004

I did suffer the stupidity of not putting sun cream on: IMG_1035

You’d think at my age I would of learnt by now!

The parents and sister left today – which is always a bit sad, but the parents are coming down for half term in a couple of weeks as the hubby is going away with work.

Of course I’m very excited for the great British sewing bee beginning again tonight – but I’m gutted that for a few days at least I won’t be able to ‘sew along’, as I had to post my machine’s foot pedal off this morning to sewing machines direct. It has been randomly cutting out and slowing down for the last few weeks, and it is only 3 months old so we are trying a new foot pedal, but I needed to send mine in first ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’m really hoping it is just the foot pedal as this means I can’t sew for a few days, if my machine had to go in then who knows how longs I’d be unable to sew for?!?!?! IMG_1042

Maybe I am being a tad dramatic haha, worse things happen at sea as they say! And at least it gives me chance to catch up with this and have a turn with my other crafts ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope we all enjoy the great British sewing bee tonight ๐Ÿ™‚ sooooo excited ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Last few days…

I’ve been very busy creating! I’m loving the applique at the moment. Had a few gifts to make and been a little busy too.

Firstly some nice pictures taken by the hubby at the park:

The youngest 3 having a good time in the sun ๐Ÿ™‚

Next, I have been no poo for 14 weeks now – just using water only. I have very greasy hair naturally. My hair did balance itself for a couple of weeks after about 10 weeks, and then I used hairspray and my hair just panicked and became a grease bucket again – I decided I needed to ‘wash’ it so have used some baking soda and apple cider vinegar – just a little bit but enough to de-grease my hair slightly – I think I’m going to have to do this once a week as I’ve reached my breaking point with the water only unfortunately – I’m still no poo though! ๐Ÿ™‚

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My new no poo kit ๐Ÿ™‚

I finally managed to dig out some of my summer clothes so as part of me made may here is my ‘duck dress’ worn today (my megan dress by tilly and the buttons from her love at first stitch book)

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I’ve been creating a few appliqued gifts. One is a tote bag which a friend asked me to create for her sisters birthday, the other are two cushion covers to give to friends who are leaving this week to remind them of Cornwall.

My friend is very tall so I’m assuming her sister is also, so I made the straps quite long – hence why the bag looks so long on me (I’m 5ft 1in) haha. I piped around the cushion covers and took some pics to do a basic post about piping ๐Ÿ™‚

Lastly, I’m planning on making some bunting for my neighbours who are leaving (as well as the cushion cover) as they have been exceptional friends in the time we’ve known them. I’m really going to miss them. I did get a nice surprise this evening from the consultant who conducted my Jamberry party the other night – a lovely card and some wraps and other goodies ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s all for now ๐Ÿ™‚ take care all ๐Ÿ™‚