This last weekend I was looking after my Gorgeous Granddaughter (or maybe she was looking after me!). She lives a couple of hundred miles from me so it’s always very special to see her. Her parents were away so we were home alone. I searched, trawled the net and tried to find something different to do with not a lot of success. Then I found a Salvage and reclaimation show not too far away. The sun was shining and the sat nav worked and we found Ripley Castle without too much trouble.
Despite being told that taking a child to a Reclaimation Show was tantamount to child abuse we had a great time! We saw chairs, nuts, bolts, garden furniture and so much more.We each bought a lovely snugly throw, we ate Asian take away and found decorative shells. A very happy day!
Ps mines the blue throw.
Another week and more attempts at focusing. This past week I have worked hard at finishing not one but two Quilts! The first quilt is a lap quilt destined for my gorgeous granddaughter. It is soon to be her birthday but this is not a “real” birthday gift. I don’t mind if it’s kept in a cupboard so that one day, in the distant future, she can take it out and snuggle up thinking of me! I am really looking forward to giving it to her this weekend.
The second quilt is also on the edge of completion. I made this quilt perhaps three or four years ago but never finished the binding. I am delighted to report that this WIP (work in progress) should be finished this week. I am so pleased that my halo is choking me!
The motivation to complete these Quilts has been not just the pending Birthday but the thought of starting another quilt! This next one is a Block of the Month and has just arrived. I can’t wait to start it and I’m certain that I will be blogging about this new quilt in the near future!
I recently met “my boys” and Gorgeous Granddaughter in The Lake District for a short camping trip. Gorgeous Granddaughter and I stayed in Damnvan1 whilst the boys camped in a tent nearby. ( I think the girls got the best deal!). We were blessed with good weather and explored around Keswick and Derwentwater.
We had brunch in jail. The local Wetherspoons has been opened in an old court house, complete with prison cells. It’s a great preservation of an old building with a long social history. We ate in one of the prison cells but the food was one up on bread and water!
We fed Ducks and Geese on Derwentwater, we had a BBQ and sampled some wine. Happy days.
Well I reckon that most hair styles are a result of hair dressing products. I am no exception. I wash, condition, mousse, spray and gel most days! This routine is often done whilst on automatic pilot. Take yesterday as an example. I completed a reasonable effort to make my hair look good, reached for the hair spray as usual and STOP! I’d absently picked up spray glue! Not much different than hair spray you might think. Wrong! You try washing it out!
I have used spray starch by mistake in the past. There seems to be a pattern forming here and my hair isn’t that fantastic. I really must separate the household products from the beautification products!
I didn’t tell you how amazing my birthday cake was did I? Darling daughter made a Piñata cake which was fantastic
It appeared as an ordinary, if rather tall, white cake embellished with Happy Birthday candles. When I ceremonially cut into it a beautiful rainbow filled with multi coloured sweets appeared, with the sweets cascading out! It was absolutely lovely. Thank you family for a different treat.
The base was surrounded by multi coloured buttons, probably the contents of Darling Daughters button box, which Step Granddaughter begged to take home. A budding crafter here!
Hello dear crafting friends. Result! Achieved! Done! Whoo Hoo!
Yesterday we were Grandchild minding and at a loss how to amuse her. Then…. The light bulb moment! We piled into the car and headed to Abakhan- a sewing, crafting wonderland. Grandchild was wide eyed with amazement at the amount, colours and variety of textiles for sale. She was to be a designer whilst I was to be the seamstress.
Grandchild chose a pattern ( with just a little guidance) and some fabric ( with more guidance.) Home we went to set up a sweat shop in the dining room. It’s some time since I made a garments but the pattern choice was relatively simple and away we went. I measured, cut, stitched, pressed, unpicked and stitched again. After the final press it was ready. Haute Couture wrap around and reversible dress. Lovely!
The pattern was Simplicity 8104.
The instructions were straight forward and the fabric a firm cotton.
Grandchild had chosen contrasting blues.
The model twirled and danced.
Two dresses in one go. Result!
This project has inspired me to make more. Roll on the Great British Sewing Bee.
On a visit to North Yorkshire I’m in charge of Gorgeous Granddaughter and Delightful Dog. The dog is a Six month old pup and into everything.He is a West Highland Terrier named Toby. Toby loves to watch TV especially when there are dogs on the screen. He would also like to learn to crochet but running off with the wool is no way to get round me!
This week I’m having time out with Gorgeous Granddaughter and it’s lovely. We spent time exploring the garrison town of Richmond North Yorkshire. I am “catching her young” regarding crafting and treasure (vintage) hunting. We,well she,found some cute silver spoons and a butter knife! We enjoyed a hunt around a fantastic multi roomed antique shop called York House(Antiques) http://www.yorkhouseantiques.co.uk
Watering cans in the Yorkshire Rain
We spent a while preparing strawberries, and then ate them! We also bought some blue and silver wool to practice our knitting (it had to have sparkle) and returned to her home to get the campervan ready for tomorrow.
A lovely day was enjoyed despite rain and awful British Summer weather.
I have been sorting out my stash. Thinking about it, I have multiple stashes, all of which I love and are no calories! I have a fabric stash, a yarn stash, a magazine stash and my lovely, gorgeous Lush stash! Today it was the turn of my Lush stash. I took off the wrappers, smelt, felt and nearly devoured my collection of Lush soaps, bath bombs and massage bars. I now have them perfuming my bathroom until I can no longer resist and actually use them.
I do have a few favourites. I adore the current Golden egg but have (unwillingly ’cause I wanted it) sent it to my Gorgeous Granddaughter.
I saw this Golden Egg demonstrated in the Chester Lush shop and it is glittery beyond belief! Granddaughter you will SPARKLE! I photographed it on one of my many China dishes which I pick upmassage, in Charity shops for pence. This one is Wedgewood and cost £1.
This blue and white Vintage China tray is holding a French Kiss and Shades of Earl Grey Massage Bar. Very romantic and gorgeously lovely. The Shades of Earl Grey contains lemon and Bergamot oil. The massage bars are held between your warm hands to soften and then massaged into the skin.Mmmmmmm. The French Kiss is a Bubble Bar with luxurious lavender and Rosemary with extra virgin coconut oil. Fab!
The Vintage China tray is my current favourite soap tray and it is fairly unusual to find a square tray like this. I suspect that they were originally bought to hold sweets or similar. It is a truly vintage piece of China and always lives in my bathroom.
Happy days! What better stash could a girl want? I’m off to Italy at the weekend so not sure if I will mange to talk to you whilst I’m away. If I see an Italian Lush shop I will let you know. Hopefully there will be many photo opportunities. See you soon!