It's been a funny couple of weeks. With the kids off school I seem to have had very little time or energy for crafty stuff.
My new job starts on Monday and I have a feeling crafty doings may take a bit of a back seat, as I readjust to trying to fit my whole life into about 2 hours a day!!
I'm looking forward to my new job now. I've received an intinerary for the first month and most of it fits in really well around the children, so fortunately I shouldn't have child care to worry about.
What I'm not so happy about is that someone in HR accidentally miscalculated my salary - by forgetting to take into account the fact that I will not be working during school holidays!!!! This has made a considerable difference to what I will earn but, obviously, I'll still be earning more than I am now!!!
Right. That's enough whingeing and bellyaching for one post.
Onto much nicer things.
She and I have been on our own for the past two days, as Monster has been at a football holiday scheme.
Minx wanted me to turn her lovely Fairy Mary picture into a real live doll.
I wanted to try to reproduce her picture exactly as she'd drawn it.
She had other ideas!! (she wasn't keen on the wonkiness - whereas that's what I love about it).
We entered into prolonged design negotiations. The upshot of it was, that I was given a detailed brief to make a doll similar to one I'd made for her brother, (loosely!!) based on the very lovely Jodie's dolls.
The fabric choosing took quite some time, as she wanted to use some very odd combinations.
In the end.....gulp......she decided that my beautiful Anna Maria Horner fabrics were just the ticket.
Minx was most insistent about curly hair, so her poor mother was forced to use some very lovely real chunky merino wool that I'd been saving for a felting project.
So here is Fairy Mary in all her Chocolate Lollipop glory - complete with big black iron mark on her blouse!!!
Her trousers are some gorgeous fabric that Leigh sent to me, for my birthday, that coordinates perfectly with the AMH fabrics.
Minx did want Mary's face to be as close to her picture as possible - somewhat wild and staring... and now, I've just noticed, with unevenly dilated pupils too!
Apparently, I have to make her a hat today to finish her off - 'cos that's a hat in Minx's picture, apparently, and not a prematurely balding fairy!
I now hope to be showered with dozens of wonderful comments about what a wonderful Mummy I am for:
1. giving up almost 10 hours of yesterday to make sure I got FM finished for Minx!!
2. using my very bestest fabrics that I was saving for 'something special'.
3. realising that nothing could really be more special than a little dolly for my naughty Minx :)
In other crafty news - I've been working on my mini-quilt for my swap partner :)
Also, a huge thank you to Leigh, who has awarded me this lovely You Make My Day Award
Thank you Leigh...and right back at you with this one!!
As I'm a very lazy blogger and have been very remiss at taking up a couple of tags I've been sent recently, and replying to your very lovely and very much appreciated comments, I'm going to continue this trend!!
Rather than list everyone who makes my day .....partly 'cos I'm chicken and get scared of missing anyone out!!!!!.......I'm going to pass this on to everyone who reads my blog, whether you comment or not....I know you're there 'cos sitemeter tells me so :)
All of you make my day :)
Have a happy weekend xxxxxxx