Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I just wanted to wish all of you lovely bloggy friends a great big
Wherever you are, whatever you're doing and whoever you're with I wish you a joyful and peaceful time. I hope you've all been very good and that a certain man in red will be filling your stocking tonight.
To those of you down under - hope you had a great day!!!
Loads of love and hugs
p.s. guess who we saw in panto on Sunday?
p.p.s. just so that the little green duck's song doesn't stick in your head all day have this one on me
p.p.p.s or this one - aah that's better :-)
and finally - thank you for all your great name suggestions for Mr P0045 - I'll be back with news of a winner after Christmas.
Friday, December 19, 2008
After too many days looking at some very very ripe bananas languishing in the kitchen I just had to find a way of using them.
My good friend Google came up with this lovely recipe for banana muffins. To make them a touch more Christmassy I added a good pinch of ground ginger and cinnamon.
They filled the house with the most delicious smell.
After a bit of chopping, stewing and mashing of said apples, I baked another batch of muffins, using the same recipe but just substituting what looked like an equivalent quantity of fruit.
She could barely contain herself when this was the first thing to fall out of the package...
...see how thrilled she is with her new head gear?...
The little something will be on it's way to the winning pigeon namer in 2009!!!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I finished work today and the children break up tomorrow. Not a day too soon as they are both very tired and very ratty indeed - not helped by the fact that they have been in the school play this week, which has entailed two late evening performances.
The school did a fantastic version of The Wizard of Oz. Monster was a crow and Minx was a poppy :-) All of the children were quite brilliant and I'm sure there were some future stars among them.
It's been very cold and grey in these parts this week. Fortunately Mr Postman provided a bright and cheery moment by delivering a very pretty and unexpected parcel from my superhero bloggy friend Maria.
Nestled within were two beautiful hearts that are now adorning our Christmas tree.
Thank you so much Maria - you really did brighten up a very very dull morning of 'end of term report' writing!
There has been a little craftiness going on this week.
......my second pair of socks came off the needles this week.....
.....and then I found some very happy yarn at Hobbycraft.....
As these are surprise socks I needed some other knitting to fill those moments when the nosey smalls are about.
So just two and a bit pairs to go - by next Tuesday - easy...right?
Not wanting to get bored I also decided to dabble in a bit of homemade confectioning today. Rather squishy chocolate fudge for the teachers' pressies.
Feeling strangely goddess like I turned to Nigella for further sweet inspiration.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I imagined I would do this post two days ago.
Someone stole those two days from under my nose - which is why I am here at Silly O'clock on a Sunday morning instead!
First off I have to say a big Thank You to Kitty for this lovely award. Just in case you haven't got your reading glasses on, it's a 'Gift of the Gab' award .....who me? I'm sure I don't know what you mean Kitty ;-)....but thank you anyway!
My Christmas tree makes me smile every time I look at it, thanks to my very special decorations that will be loved and treasured for many years to come.
Thanks to your support, I decided not to let certain people put me off making handmade gifts.
What every Princess needs to help her have sweet dreams is a lavender pillow right?
I'm delighted to say that this little Princess's Mum told me she loves the cushion and she was so pleased to have such a special gift :-) Can you tell I was mentally sticking my tongue out at a certain person when I heard that?!
I wanted to leave you with a really special treat.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
We've been invited to a wedding reception next May and I've been researching the 'hotel vs taxi vs one of us drives' scenarios.
During this research I came across this fab fab bit of hotel customer service info - scroll down a bit and read the 'terms and conditions explained' bit.
We may have to stay here cos they sound like loads of fun!!!
Hope to be back tomorrow with thanks, awards and the Christmas tree photos :-)
Monday, December 8, 2008
I'm going to do my usual shirking of any responsibility and say I'm going to pass this award on to anyone who reads my blog - in either a commenting or lurking capacity - and to all those lovely blogs I read too :-)
I'm also feeling somewhat guilty as another lovely blogger sent me an award a week or two back and I can't find it anywhere...or remember who sent it to me! How ungrateful can you get? In my defence yer'onour I have trawled through my comments and emails twice and now dots are dancing before my eyes...so I gave up! What I will say is THANK YOU.....whoever you are!
Now then, down to business.
There's another reason why I love you all.
Because you appreciate the handmade in all it's forms.
Because you understand the simple joy to be found in making something for those you love.
Because you appreciate the love and thought that goes into handmade gifts.
For valueing those handmade 'things' above anything that you can buy just because it's got the right label.
I don't know if any of Moogsdad's family ever read this blog. I'd rather like to think not as it's my space to be me and not to be their idea of who I should be.
I had yet another full-on experience of S-I-L's snootiness about my crafting this weekend, during a family trip to the theatre.
Minx was wearing her new jacket and skirt combo on Saturday and looked, might I say, extremely gorgeous. When S-I-L arrived she looked over at my baby and said (imagine sneary voice here) 'Oh, Mummy's been sewing again has she?'
Not 'Oh lovely - did you make her outfit?'
Or ' Where did you get her jacket from?'
Or ' Oh my God woman how can you send your child out looking like that?' - which, I imagine is what she was actually thinking!
I responded by bristling and saying ' Why, does it look homemade?'
To which she replied 'Yes' - I then went on to thank her for her kind remark and she then tried to bluster her way out of it by spluttering about 'designer boutiques' and 'a fabric combination that was very you'!
Do you know I have felt quite sick about it since?!
This is why I will not be making her children's presents this year. Things I have put hours of thought and love into in the past have met with a very frosty response. This is the woman who returns most of hers and her children's Christmas presents to the shops on Boxing Day people!!
She's scuppered when I make things 'cos she can't return them!!
If it doesn't have the right label she isn't interested. She seems to regard people that don't do this as somehow beneath her. Sad, huh?
I'm not going to let this put me off making things for my beautiful girl. She appreciates everything I make for her. In fact, I've got three very funky patterns at the ready for the next assault on the sewing machine :-)
p.s. if she does read this......consider yourself told!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Google Reader tells me I have 437 posts to read.
I'm missing out on all that's been going on.
I have no idea what you've all been up to.
I lay all the blame for this period of neglect squarely with my tendency to become obsessed with the latest project.
A couple of weeks back I was all about socks.
Then it was folding paper.
This week I are been mostly revamping Minx's wardrobe (say in Jesse's voice please) :-)
But first there was a little pressie to be made for her classmate's birthday (she strikes me as a bit of a bling girl!).
So far so good - both skirts fit like they were made for her...and she likes them!!
To make sure she looks cool and trendy and not homemade and dweeby, she'll be wearing this with some groovy tights and the fake Ugg boots that she bought with her pocket money last week - for the princely sum of £8 at Tesco's!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
I've been asked to make 'recycled' gift bags with a school next week. I have an hour and a half session booked, with 15 children. As I'm not sure how long the bags will take I thought I'd better have some other options up my sleeve.
Lucy told me about this fab tutorial and I just had to give it a go.
The Argos Christmas catalogue :
I found a great tutorial for the gift bags here. I used two layers of newspaper to make mine and reinforced the base and 'the bit that the handle goes through' (very technical term!!) with cardboard.
Thanks to Ali for posting her great origami wreath tutorial I have another option if we need to fill the time. These are made with the weekend travel section of M-I-L's newspaper.
Monday, November 24, 2008
I may have realised that four hyped up boys and two equally excited little girls does not make for a good night's sleep.
At least we have a few months to recover before we have to do the same for Minx's birthday!!
P2 - Feeling like a zombie on Saturday morning was not the best, especially as Minx had a party to go to on Saturday afternoon.
There was no way I could have coped with any form of retail transaction so I got out the sewing machine, dusted off my befuddled brain and made a quick zippy pouch for the birthday girl's present.
Friday, November 21, 2008
It can't be nine years......can it?
This gorgeous young man is NINE years old today!
How did that happen?
Happy Birthday Sausage Monster!!!!
We're having a 'We're never going to sleep' over tonight. Four loud boys and two (relatively) quiet girls are terrorising the Moog. Moogsdad and I are flagging already.
It could be a long night!
Picking up Ali's tag I thought I'd do six things I love about my little boy:
1. The fact that he just came over here and said 'I love you' even though his three best friends are in the same room.
2. Those beautiful hazel brown eyes and those long long eye lashes.....just made for winning hearts :-)
3. How the world lights up when he really really laughs.
4. How he seems to know (and remember) everything about Star Wars - like a 'mini-me' version of his Dad.
5. Even though he's all long and boney he still curls up and fits perfectly on my lap.
I could go on.
I'm just proud to be the Mum of such a sweet, kind and fun 'young man' ...who will always be my little boy!
I've also nearly finished my first pair of socks!
Sleep/insomnia permitting, they may be finished tomorrow!!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Even the fact that our reserved seat was one of only two wedged into a corridor between the toilets and the (closed) buffet kiosk could not dampen our spirits. Nor could the fact that buffet trolley man chose to winge at us, at great length, about the stresses of his job and the stupidity of passengers, diminish the euphoria.
See how excited Gloria looks?
Whilst I tried desperately to look totally engrossed in my book and avoid the eye of buffet trolley man, Gloria watched the world speed by.
Before we knew it we were being met on the platform at Waterloo by the mad Mrs Trash and the very lovely and long-suffering Wonderwoman[not!] or Maria as she is known in the real world.
Then it was off to Islington to meet up with the lovely Gina, my mad and funny friend Locket and her bossy BIG ( currently blogless) sis Ally.
It was a lovely day, with loads of laughs.
L to R -Gina, Trash, Maria, Locket, some strange woman.
There were some lovely gifties too :-)
A gorgeous partridge for my Christmas tree from Trashy.
A very pretty fairy from Gina.
A crochet hook roll from Lucy - see, Locket they all fit and I just need to find my others to fill it up!
Plus, all the way from America via Edinburgh and Newcastle, a beautiful bunny pincushion from Thimbleanna! (You were there with us in spirit Anna!!).
That naughty Mrs Trash also treated us to a very cute button badge from Poppy Treffry's beautiful stand at the fair.
After a fun time at the fair, sampling plenty of the wines on offer in the food hall, we said a sad goodbye to Gina and went on a mission to find Loop - the most gorgeous wool shop with the most patient and obliging staff!
We played spot the chicken with Gloria - who was very much admired by Lovely Loopman, by the way, Charlie !
Then that naughty Mrs Trash spoiled me even more. I recently won a bet with Trashy and thanks to the sterling efforts of Team GB I became the proud owner of a skein of the most gorgeous Collinette Jitterbug sock yarn and a set of beautiful bamboo dpns!!
We then said a very fond farewell to Trashy and Maria and headed to our luxury hotel for a three course gourmet meal.
Gloria was beside herself with excitement at meeting Vera - seen here modelling the gorgeous Baby Pebble's footwear. Vera even brought Mrs Stash Basket with her!!
and another really beautiful bracelet from Dottycookie....they are so pretty and I've had to fight Minx off several times as she has her magpie eye on them!
...and here is what is/was left of some of Michaela's deeeelicious fudge - chocolate and walnut...mmmm - and cherry and ginger ....aaaaah!
It was so wonderful to put faces to blogs and also to feel as if we knew each other already. To feel so at ease with people you've only just met (in real life) or met once before is quite amazing.
This last bit is for you Trashy....as you can see it's going pretty well so far :-)