Posts tagged ‘newness’

September 9, 2013

A Little Change

You wait for something to change then everything changes at once.

J has got the GCSE grades he wanted and is off to sixth form college to do A-Levels. Miss Froo has lost more teeth and had another birthday celebrated with a cat and dog party. I had a cat-astrophe with the cake as it didn’t cook in the middle of the corner. I hired the tin from the fantastic Masons for only £1 a day. It was decorated by J under instructions from Miss Froo. Can you see why the letters on it are F, C and D?

IMG_2433 (768x1024)

After a great amount of palaver, this one went out and almost didn’t fit in the car to take away to store

IMG_2426 (1024x768)

and this one came in after fitting in the car remarkably easily despite being at least a foot longer than the brown one!

IMG_2446 (1024x768)

It is quite bizarre how one piece of furniture can transform the room and what we do in it. Mr G can lie on this sofa, I can lie on it too and many, many children can sit on it all at once. We can’t stack up laundry on the arms or the back in quite the same way so we’ve been processing washing better than before. We’ve had to move the lamps around so the light in the room is a little different. The new sofa brightens up that side of the room and it is also very comfy to sit on. It’s a bit stained on the seat cushions and this tablecloth I ‘found’ in the fabric recycle bin at the dump just covers it well.

Our view of the sky from the kitchen changed a lot a few years back but we still saw this the other night, did you?


February 19, 2012


The day is over so this is yesterday’s news

She’s already thinking about turning 10 which just makes my head spin.

This big girl used to be a tiny weeny girl with size 3 red wellies

J took her to town today to buy a cake and some books and it poured with rain so hard when they were out that they called El Famosisimo to pick them up in his car and drive them home. She came through the door soaked but beaming, flanked by two big brothers who had humoured their little sister on her special day.

We knew that it was a special day as she has been talking about it for about six months. Now the day has passed but we are stretching it out by having a party later today and making a birthday weekend of it.

Now we just need to wait for Miss Froo’s birthday which is due in September which despite her wish for it to be next week is actually a whole spring and summer away. Thinking about summer makes me yearn for a day without needing to wear something woolly but I must wish my life away!

Tags: ,
November 9, 2011

I have done a crazy thing

Many will say that this is not unusual but it counts as one of the more crazy in my own mind…. I’ve bought a caravan!

From thinking about it on Friday night to buying it today and having it delivered tomorrow this is also one of the fastest decisions ever made in this house bar the sewing of emergency party bags or winter ponchos.

The thing that promoted such madness was the forlon deep voice of El Famosisimo on Friday night telling us that he misses us and wishes that he could live with us all again. He moved out a couple of months ago to share a flat with some friends but it isn’t working out for him. He really only moved because the offer of a bedroom to himself was too tantalising to refuse and the folks he was to share with work nights whilst he works days. It might have worked all but for the fact that my boy is a very loving and sociable chap who has yet to yearn quite enough for peace and solitude.

We miss him, the girls miss him, his brother misses him. This is all normal but it is a bit more painful because Mr G and I feel that we are terrible parents for not being able to give him his own space. We know that we have given him a lot of other things but this we have failed on quite spectacularly.

When he first decided to go I was hopeful that he would be happy but seeing that he isn’t prompted some mad brain storming that led to the caravan search. We have a driveway at the back of our house which can hold such a vehicle as an extra living room. As the idea permeated my every moment I began thinking that I could move my whole fabric stash out of the house into it; I could keep the overlocker in it instead of under the kitchen table; I could sew in it and of course EF could use it as his living room with his tv and record player and books and stuff. What a perfect solution!

So after measuring the driveway in the dark last night (available space 19ft x 10ft) today I went to have a look at this retro 1980s beauty.

She is all old fashioned and cool all at once in a way that makes me want to bring her home so that no-one else has her and gets rid of the cushion covers and the flowery wallpaper in the toilet. At only 12ft long and just under 7ft wide she will fit on the driveway just nicely and we should still be able to get in and out of the garden and to the shed! Mr G had a fleeting concern about what the neighbours will think but frankly I don’t give a damn. Collectively they have hemmed us in with conservatories and extensions, my sunsets will never be the same again and many of the plants I have nurtured can no longer withstand car wheels driving over them on a daily basis so I’m not fussed about their opinions at all.

There is ton of space under the seats, a wardrobe, a toilet room that we probably wont use so could have shelves in it, eye level cupboards and a sink, a grill, hob, oven, fridge, heaters… I peeked in one of the cupboards and found a set of melamine cups and saucers so goodness knows what else there will be to find once we go mad in it tomorrow.

So I am going outside now to clear all the bikes and scooters off the drive to make way for our new room to arrive tomorrow.

(unrelated picture of the week)
Look what they did to my eggs!

In other news, Miss Amoo has read a previously untried recipe, weighed out all the ingredients and baked her own biscuits – twice. Every now and again she does something like this that makes me wonder at how she has learned so much all by herself without me needing to make her do homework or fight to get her to school. She even allowed Miss Froo to assist her with the more menial baking tasks such as getting the ingredients off the shelves and getting the baking trays ready without it ending up as a shouting fest.

So many possibilities! I’m not going to be pushing the girls into any competitive baking or buying a towbar just yet though!

October 13, 2011

Back from the Big Smoke

Wow! That is just for starters. Birmingham’s World Famous Rag Market is really something else.I have never seen so many fabric notions in my life. Ribbons, trim, pom-pom edging, beaded zips, twinkling, jingling, jangling things in all colours and designs and so many mind boggling things to dazzle the senses. Who knew that I could find all this a mere hour and a bit away from home?

I am getting too used to living in a small town! Birmingham was busy, busy, busy with people everywhere I looked and some of the buildings were amazing. Queuing to get up an escalator was a novelty as we don’t even have any buildings with escalators here in our town!

Anyhow enough with the awe-struck city cum country girl thing and onto the business of the day. Scruffy Badger and Minnado had organised the Birmingham rendezvous for like minded bloggers to get together to buy fabric and that is what we did – as well as eat a bit and drink a bit and chat a bit. I didn’t take my camera so if you want to see what we saw you can pop over to Scruffy’s to have a look.

What I brought home was this little lot:

This is a metre of lovely soft brushed cotton which was one of the most expensive fabrics I bought at a whopping £5 per metre. It will probably become a smock or pinafore for Miss Froo

This is only half a meter but it was too lovely not to have a little bit of it. I will probably make it into purses our use it to accent something else. The green-ish fabric underneath is a herringbone sort of wool-feel which is satin backed. I got a metre for a skirt and some of the others also bought some as for only £1 per metre it looked very useful as it won’t need lining.

Next are two knits, both for me. The blue one will be a long sleeved top and cost something horrendous like £3 per metre and the white patterned one might be a vest or scarf and cost just £1

This purple and black striped knit has a lovely handle and is said to be Marks & Spencer quality. It certainly feels like it and it has washed beautifully. This will be a top for Miss Amoo once she settles on a pattern she likes.

Only four more things to see – hang on in there!

Some grey stretch suiting which I hope to make trousers from – probably New Look 6190

Stretch lace with a scalloped edge? Who knew such a thing existed? Half a metre will make some glamorous undies to sit alongside my upcycled jersey t-shirt undies in the drawer.

Then to the notions and some swaps. Thank you to Mimi for the pattern and Sarah for the letter A brooch. Miss Amoo loved it as much as she loved the purple paisley ribbon! The wild velvet ribbon is to re-hem my orange wool skirt for a new winter, the beige-ish velvet ribbon is to hide the fraying bits of the neckline of a jumper (thanks to Mimi again for this idea) The bundle of cream elastic is for edging undies with and I also bought some jumbo ric-rac in golden yellow and turquoise but these have been hidden away by Miss Amoo and bits already used to make badges with – see below!

So that’s all the fabric purchases. I also bought a little envelope of Bay leaves for 40p and some beaded bangles and mango lollies which brought the grand spend total to a very decent £37.20. I was so pleased to have been able to get such a variety of fabrics despite not being able to get any fleece backed sweatshirt material for some trousers for Miss Amoo which was on my list.

All in all it was a fantastic afternoon out with some lovely ladies and I am looking forward to sewing all this fabric up over the next few months and then perhaps meeting you all again one day. Next time I won’t order soup so that I can eat with a bit more decorum like the rest of you!