South Coast Sunshine

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I’ve arrived in Eastbourne which is situated on the South Coast of Eastbourne. Our hotel is situated right on the sea front and our room has the best view!

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Today we had coffee (and cake!) on the Waterfront harbour. There are some seriously expensive boats ( or is it yachts ?) moored in the harbour. Definitely not you average canal boat!

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Not a Thing to Wear

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I suspected that there might be a problem when I threw out all  most of my clothes! Now I’ve nothing to wear! Surprise! I reckon it’s a reaction to loosing Mum, well I have to blame someone. I needed to cheer myself up so I’ve booked a party for my birthday in a few weeks. I just wanted a happy party! Now I haven’t anything to wear so I’ve temporarily cheered myself up with a new hair cut, manicure and new lipstick. Oh and I’ve booked a holiday next week with a friend. I’ve still nothing to wear so next week may or indeed will, include a large dose of retail therapy. Sounds like good therapy to me!

I forgot to mention that I have also joined a gym, I love swimming. I’ve bought a new Fit bit and I’m going to the Arctic Circle in January. How mad is that? Life is an adventure.

Remember “Adventure before Dementure”

 

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The “Art” of Re-purposing A Vintage Sewing Pattern

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The “Art” of Re-purposing A Vintage Sewing Pattern

I could open a pattern shop! But you never know…. I might just make something!

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I’m so excited to share another great project from Lulu Spencer!  If you have a box of old pattern packages, or even newer ones; framing them is a an easy, affordable and creative way to give your  sewing or craft room walls a unique, colorful fashion make-over that’s fun and funky. If you have sewing pattern packages that are just sitting in a box; dig them out and give this a try!

sewing-pattern-art Re-purposed Framed Vintage Sewing Pattern

I love how she left the Simplicity label on the side visible and these 60’s pj’s are super cute! This project is simple to make and if you don’t have any pattern packages you can usually find vintage ones at most thrift stores. Remember – it doesn’t have to be a retro pattern; you might want to frame a pattern  of something special you’ve made or something you’ve never made but love just…

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How not to sort out!

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Remember the big sort I was telling you about last week? Well the project continues but with chaos abounding.

1) We had to buy a new bed for our spare room. After MUCH discussion Hubs refused to buy a new mattress as well so I ordered one anyway

2) Whilst we are sorting out the new bed I virtually threw out all my clothes from the spare room wardrobe. I feel cleansed but maybe I will have to organise something for the Winter! We took seven bags of clothes to the charity shops.

3) Its amazing how much I had stored under the old spare room bed.

4) As we were buying a new bed it seemed sensible to decorate the room. Hubs agreed after some gentle persuasion.

5) The bulb had fused in the spare room so Hubs sort of removed the shade to replace the bulb. The light fitting broke so now we need a new light fitting and an electrician to fit it.

6) The TV in the lounge died so we are off to buy a new one tomorrow.

7) Because we are expecting a new bed and re decorating I have bought new bedding. Well you can’t use old quilt covers on a new bed can you?

8) It seemed a good idea to buy curtains to match the new quilt.

9) The electric kettle gave up so we need to buy a new one! I guess we’ve made too much calming tea with the other kettle.

10) Maybe I will sort out our master bedroom next! Maybe not as I don’t want a divorce!

Pause for thought:

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A Scatter Gun Approach

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I have decided that I definitely take a scattergun approach to life!

Today I went with Darling Daughter to the Stitching Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show at Event City in Manchester. The show itself was just about OK BUT I bought ( at vast expense I might add) lots of wood carved stamps for fabric printing. Another hobby, project to learn, as if I’ve not got enough to do!

I must concentrate on one thing at a time! I really do know myself. When I studied Psychology I frequently had my personality analysed. I always turned out top score for starting projects and nil points at finishing projects. So true!

Meanwhile I am excited at starting another project.

I’ve bought the paint, pads and stamps so now I just need to source some nice silk to print. Oh and focus! One project at a time. I confess that I’ve just bought three books on various crafts. This is becoming a Splatter Gun approach.

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Cheers!

Confession

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As you know dear friends I am in the middle of a “Big Sort” I’ve striped my wardrobe nearly bare and am regarding it as an opportunity to buy more clothes! Well not really as I do have another wardrobe that I’ve not touched yet. I remember being told that we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time, this I think is true so why clog up the wardrobes with 80% of stuff that I’m never going to wear? It’s really liberating this de cluttering.

I have a HUGE stash of yarn, textiles and craft items. When I sorted my wool stash I put it into one of those bags that you use the Hoover to suck all the air out and shrink the package for storage. Now I have a confession to make. I actually couldn’t use the Hoover!! It’s not that I don’t Hoover the house honestly. I do nearly every day, but I never use the extension tube. Hubs always hovers the stairs so DONT tell him that I couldn’t use it! Oh the shame! ( not)

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What’s Normal?

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Life is assuming a normal rhythm after a difficult summer. But what is normal? Mum has gone, summer is waning, Hubs has gone walking and Benji Dog has a sore head! I seem to be overcome with the urge to sort out everything. Now this is NOT normal! I have discarded most of my clothes, no not the ones I’m wearing!. I have sent six bags of older clothes to local charity shops. The ( spare ) wardrobe can now breath. I haven’t even started on the main wardrobe.

Hubs has gone on a long planned holiday with the ” boys” I use that word in the loosest sense. He has been lovely this summer whilst I retired to my cave to mourn. He even bought a new spare bed when the Grand children found it didn’t work as a trampoline. This is maybe what has given me the urge to sort everything out or maybe it’s a reaction to loosing Mum.

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Benji dog had a visit to the vet yesterday at vast expense. It’s seems that whilst running through undergrowth up the hill he has torn the skin on his forehead and got an infection. He’s very sad but I’m not sure if that’s because Hubs has left him behind or he feels sorry for himself.

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I have been looking for my craft mojo and think that I might have found it, probably hiding under the broken bed. I have found mountains of wool. Well not found it, I always knew it was there. I have collected it all together and sorted out a new project for when the current one is finished. I have put it all into one of those bags where you suck the air out for storage. OK the Hoover sucks it out!

Whilst clearing out the wardrobe and looking for my craft mojo I accidentally weighed myself. I will say now more just bring on the lettuce. Now THAT is normal!

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My Mum

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Its been a little quiet on the blogging front this past few weeks. As regular readers will know my Sis and I have been sitting with Mum as she faded away. Well she died last Friday in a quiet and dignified way. I will miss her forever.

Not wanting to be gloomy I have reminisced with Sis and we have enjoyed each other’s company. Not only that but we have enjoyed a cream cake every day as well! I now find that I’m slowly wanting / needing to craft, knit, create. I think that I’ve found my craft mojo so thank you Mum for showing me how!

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Mother love. There’s nothing like it whether you’re the Mother or the Child. ( wasn’t I a lovely child?!)

Bye Mum! Good night and God bless.

Competions part 2

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Yesterday I told you about one of the competitions that I won quite a few years ago. Well I have won quite a few more but as I said not recently. It is high time that a jumped onto another winning streak!

A prize that I once won included car hire for two weeks and the ferry crossing for a car and family to France. Whoo Hoo! We hired accommodation in Normandy and spent the two weeks exploring the Normandy Landings Beaches from World War Two. Not as grim as it sounds as the boys were very young. We all enjoyed the holiday beaches and exploring the multitude of mini war museums. Fascinating for 10 and 7 year old boys. We picnicked on Omaha and Gold Beaches and played cricket in the sun.

The car was a new Ford Sierra in bright red – very trendy in the 1980s and I remembered, most of the time, to drive on the right hand side of the road instead of the left.

I have also won multiple shop vouchers, Cookery books, a television and toasters. Oh the toasters! I won an electric toaster, very nice I might add. The next day another toaster arrived and the day after another! I rang the company as a fourth arrived and they said not to worry and don’t bother returning them!! I gave toasters as many  charity raffle prizes that year.

Competions have changed so much. I used to always post them, then the telephone became the main entry route. Now most are done via the Internet. Not quite as much fun as wishing a postcard good luck as you drop it into the postbox. But someone will win and it could be me!

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So I will send out good vibes and hope to win something exciting soon!!