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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂 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 🙂

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 🙂

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

Hope we all have a good week 🙂 IMG_2956


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 🙂

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 🙂 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 🙂 I think they look really retro 🙂 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 😦 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 🙂

Hope we all enjoy the great British sewing bee tonight 🙂 sooooo excited 🙂