Saturday, December 30, 2017

Habits of a Squirrel!

A very Merry Belated Christmas to you all!

I was swamped on the run up to Christmas with work, craft commissions, secret Santa makes, craft days, nursery parties and my own Christmas party. It was such a relief to know that my term-time holidays were on their way.  

We had a relatively quiet and cosy Christmas. We started off the Christmas celebrations by finishing up the shopping; both presents and food on Saturday which meant Christmas Eve was a day of indulgence.  We watched Christmas movies, played classical music on the radio and made mincemeat pies together (tradition).  Christmas morning we started with a glass of Bucks Fizz each (one of our other traditions), and then we unwrapped our presents.  We always tell each other which one to open and we rip the paper off at the same time, it's fun and since we don't have any children, only a fur baby, we do spoil each other, a bit.  Well, I say a bit, I guess I was spoiled a whole lot.  I received a beautiful tan Timberland bag (Paul said he didn't want me carrying around a cheap version) and a gorgeous blue cowl (he said he felt sorry for me having to wear thin, lightweight scarves) by the same company.  He also gave me a pair of Van high tops and lots of nik-naks. But the gift that brought me to tears; the beautiful Sylvanian Family- Walnut Squirrel.  I have longed for a Sylvanian Family since I was a little girl, but never, ever, received one.  I gasped when I saw it, and tears welled up in my eyes, I hugged the package so tight; it's so fitting that it's a squirrel family (my nickname). This gift was such a surprise. I do remember telling him that a little one had come into nursery one day with a Sylvanian rabbit and how precious it was to see the little one play with it.  I never thought in a million years he would take a hint from my brief comment, a comment I just made in the passing, but he did.  I think sometimes I take him for granted and I don't nearly tell him enough that I love him, but  I do.  More than words can say.  (*Aggghhh! I'm crying again). 

Stitching Santa; a beautiful swap run by the wonderful and super organised Sheila over at Sewchet
This is my second year participating in this swap and boy it was so much fun.  We don't know who is sending to us and we have to refrain from opening our presents until Christmas Day.  Last year I posted to Tracy from Mad About Bags UK, and this year she sent to me and what a beautiful parcel she sent.  She stalked me (in a good way) to a tee; she knew I love gardening and sent me a handmade gardening tool apron, a gardening bag, a gardening kneeling mat, three books; colouring-in book, a Christmas decoration book and a book for journaling in. Plus lots of gorgeous extras- like wool, mug, decoration, sweets and bath bombs.  I can tell you I was pretty overwhelmed by Tracy's gifts and I messaged her immediately to thank her. 

My swap partner this year; the very talented Margaret over at The Crafty Creek her blog is fantastic, as is her crafting.  Margaret wrote a beautiful piece all about my makes and me over on her blog  (link above).  Please take a moment to have a look.  I have included some photos of the gifts (above) I sent Margaret.

Prizes; well December was eventful.  I was contacted by Love Sewing magazine to be told I had won some stunning Mettler sewing thread. Then at the beginning of the month, I was contacted by Jade Earley (The Great British Sewing Bee finalist 2016) The Girl With The Bright Red Hair about a competition I had entered, and guess what I came first.  I will tell you in my next post what I had to do to secure first place. For now, I will leave you with the bright red shiny box and its contents and of course my tired out little fur baby. Never seen a Rhodesian rip open Christmas paper like my tiny pooch.  What an expert! Lol!

xoxo xoxo


*I don't like talking about this, as I'm not seeking sympathy.  Since 2016 I've been suffering terrible anxiety and just before Christmas I was told perhaps a mild form of depression too. My anxiety materialsed after my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015.  You see we have lost so many relatives on my mum's side of the family to this disease and we thought it had stopped in 2005 but no. It struck again and this time even closer to my sister and I. My mum after receiving a mastectomy and aggressive Chemo and Radiotherapy is doing fine, she has been given the all clear and enjoying life to the full.  I'm still in therapy and will probably be so for quite sometime. They are trying to put me through a grieving process for loved ones I have lost, along with how to cope with medical appointments to safeguard my health.  I'm currently working on CBT and trying to modify my thought process' from negative to positive using a list format.  It's working, it's slow, but I'm getting there.  There are days I have to scrape one foot in front of the other and prise myself out of bed, heck even showering is a chore, but I make myself.  I have to, I can't lose myself again like I did during the PTSD years.  That just ain't going to happen.


Sunday, December 03, 2017

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Baby It's Cold Outside!



Brrr! Where did the cold snap come from all of a sudden?  It's been threatening for weeks, but this is the first time I have woken up with the ground all covered in frost. Not that I'm complaining. I would much rather have frost than the torrential rain we've been having since the summer, anything is better than that.

So to celebrate the cold snap in weather, I have promptly posted new items in my Folksy shop, in the form of children's hats.  These range from 6-12 moths months (no moths in these goodies) up to 8 years. At the moment I only have girls hats, but I'm hoping to have boys hats and adult hats up in the next week or so.  These hats are made in a cotton/acrylic mix and are super cosy. Do you know, if I could wear all of them I would, but I would seriously have to adjust my head size by a lot.  You can't beat a handmade hat, so much more cosy that shop bought I think. If you fancy looking at any of my other goodies, please click on Folksy link in this post or on the sidebar.

I'm so looking forward to participating in Sheila's Stitching Santa (Secret Santa) sign-up.  I loved this gift idea last year, and I'm so looking forward to finding out who I'm sending to this year. Not long until Christmas now, but I won't scare you by writing down the days.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Ho Ho Ho!

Hello!  Did you miss me? Just looked at the date on my blog and realised I haven't been around in a long time. I was going to write a post about it, but then I decided it was way too sad. So, I may save it for another day. Anyway, there is just too much excitement going on at my shop. 

Lots of new things happening in my Folksy Shop right now! These are just a few of the items (see photos) that will be appearing over the next hour, days and weeks.  I know Christmas I hear you saying, we haven't even had Halloween yet, but "if you're not fast you're last" as they say.  

The Christmas Decorations come in a set of 3 Christmas Baubles which are crocheted in coordinating colours using top of the range bright, luxurious cotton yarn. Each bauble comes with a glittery hanging loop and measures approximately 21cm in circumference. I would like to think these pretty decorations would look stunning on any Christmas Tree or equally dashing in a bowl or glass jar all year round. 

With thanks to Kaleidoscope City and AterGcrochet for their beautiful patterns.