Some days are smilier than others and today was one of those.
First off I met a lovely teacher at a school in Southsea and she has booked me in to run some recycling sessions this term. Made me feel good to see my diary filling up!
The sun was shining brightly and the birds were singing.
On the way home I managed to fit in some rather lovely retail therapy - more of which later.
None of that was as exciting as getting home to a very nice delivery from the postman - yesterday I got a note to say a parcel had been returned to the sorting office and I was fed up because I was expecting this and thought I'd have to wait 48 hours to get my mitts on it! (The one at the sorting office is another accidental purchase from Mr Amazon).
I had been told by someone to expect something very soon.
Very tasty wrapping and a beautiful Lavender card - with a very funny message inside :)
My mini-quilt from my lovely, funny, mad 'cos she's making 22 of them, friend Lucy Locket.
We've had one or two hilarious conversations in which my fat a**e has been mentioned.....and her curvaceous sexy one!!
Here's a close up of my fat a**e:
The stitching is incredible and the colours are really me.
Lucy also sent me a gorgeous bundle of fabrics to play with....they are so gorgeous....I got squeeky on the phone to Lucy at this point :)
She also very kindly sent me an emergency supply of fabric for another little project. I had been stuck for the right fabric and my lovely Locket buddy came to the rescue!!
Thank you sooooo much Lucy!!! I adore my quilt and the fabrics are fantastic.
The emergency stash is already being put to very good use:
So...onto that bit of retail therapy I mentioned earlier.
I found a lovely shop I hadn't been to before on my way home. This is a real gem of a shop, selling beautiful and good quality yarns. My local wool shop is an acrylic dream but rarely has anything super special on show.
The young lady serving was so helpful. She helped me to find the right colours....
.....for some cute little projects. Although the patterns say Worsted (aran?) weight I bought DK and will just use a smaller hook.
I bought these gorgeous patterns from this lovely etsy seller last night after seeing another of her designs here on Clare's site.
I also succumbed to a bit of this:
...and a ball of this with free crocheted purse pattern:
I will no doubt be going there again as I will be working in Portsmouth a lot this year - what a shame ;)
Talking of things retail.....I got a fabby fab bargain schmargain in Sainsbury's on Tuesday......a water slide......for.......wait for it.........£2.99!!!!!!
It had to be used on Wednesday evening of course :)
Minx - who is a real water baby - absolutely loved it.
In fact she loved it so much that she winged, cajoled, moaned, nagged and pleaded for me to set it up again today as soon as we got back from school.
Being a very good Mommy I did as I was told, forgot any idea of doing anything I wanted to do and set it up.
She got changed and hovered impatiently. It's easy to set up but it does take a minute or two.
Once it was all done I went into the house to sort her brother out who was nagging to go on the computer.
I turned around (30 seconds later) and there she was, dripping all over the hall floor.
On asking what she was doing, she told me she'd had enough, it was a bit cold and she'd changed her mind.
I was not best impressed!!!! She was sent to get changed with a flea in her ear and the understanding that she needn't bother to ask for the water slide again for at least a week!!!
Now I had better check that the sausages aren't burning and get my naughty children fed :)
Hope you all have a lovely and sunny weekend!