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


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™‚


Enjoying the sunshine


The sun is finally out, and he definitely has got his hat on! Hip, hip, hip, horay! and we have most definitely been trying to make the most of it!

The kids were playing out on the first proper warm sunny day, and one of the neighbours got out his hose (NOT a euphemism!) and got them all soaking – which of course they all loved:

And with the sunshine comes the excuse to get out the summer clothes:

And today the National Trust at Wembury had a rockpooling session. The forecast was not great but actually it was really very warm – glad I shaved my legs and wore shorts! We had a lot of fun and actuallyย caught some things. I do love the National Trust and didn’t realise that there was such a beautiful, sheltered beach just 20 minutes by car outside of Plymouthย city centre.

And long may the sunshine stay – hopefully it’ll be like this in August whilst we are camping!