Thursday, 16 February 2017

How to upset your youngest granddaughter

This is my eldest granddaughter Ever, you can tell from the beautiful smile! She is modelling the collared cloak I made with the help from her younger sister Ruby and her Mum Leanne yesterday.


Here is the view from the back. 

Younger granddaughter looks scared doesn't she? Beautiful but scared.


And here you would of thought we had been torturing her.


Story behind these photos starts off a long time ago in the fabric shop.  I found this lovely soft fabric in 2 colours.  They have like a rose swirl design on them.  I was so taken with it I dragged my daughter in to ask what she thought and maybe if something could be made for the girls with it? The girls are in need of dressing up bits so we decided this colour would make a brilliant princess cape for over the princess dresses they have.  At this point Ruby is in love with the fabric, so soft and fluffy.

Fast forward to yesterday, text from Leanne and can we do something together? We decided on a making day. So dragged out the fabric and a pattern and had a lovely time cutting out the pattern pieces, Ruby helped all the way including with the pinning and ribbon choice etc.  Lots of 'I do it's' and 'I help' Absolute delight in the whole process,  And believe me she helped a lot. She was enchanted watching the sewing machine sew. And after a few hours we had this beautiful satin lined cloak.

Then She refused point blank to wear it for a photo for me her Nana. OK fair enough, it went home with her and Leanne said she would try after shower time. Then I think it became all to much for her and there was no way this was going to happen willingly.  Poor child looks like she is being tortured into wearing something she really hates lol. So in the end the beautiful Ever stepped in and modelled it perfectly for Mum so I could have some photos to share.

So that folks is how to upset your granddaughter, simply get her to help make something she really loves and ask her to wear it.

So onto more less dramatic items I think 

Take care
Jules


Thursday, 2 February 2017

Slow day

After I blogged  yesterday I managed to do a lot of damage to my shoulder lining, don't ask me now how it happened because I never know what causes it.  Today had therefor been full of slow steady movements and gentle activities.  Even lifting a cup of coffee can be painful.  Luckily I am well versed in how to deal with this reoccurring pain. 

Managed to finish my Nancy dress yesterday apart from the hook and eye at the back neck opening, simple right? Well no it took me longer to reason between an hook and eye or a popper.  Finally decided on the popper so I can get dressed and undressed without help.  

Not to happy with how the dress fits, mainly because I am big anyway and the dress just makes me look bigger.  So will have a think on shaping more or maybe making a belt for it.  Trouble is the dress goes on over your head with no zips etc so to much shaping and I won't be able to get it on or off. Definitely more thinking than I am capable of this evening anyway.

We had a meeting this evening, am impressed at how smoothly that went considering. But when we got home and realised there was no plan for dinner things nearly went a little skew whiff ( love that expression) No way do the 2 dishes exactly go together but they were tasty and used up the veg in fridge, some vine cherry tomatoes and a can of kidney beans, sauteed and braised a little and seasoned with garlic, parsley, smoked paprika and lemon


This was served up along side this really terrible looking risotto.  It was started as a pretty basic mushroom risotto, and finished off with a fresh dressed crab we got at a fish stall yesterday.  The parsley is not showing up at all, and we served this with lemon wedges. Tasted great. 


So that pretty much is the excitement for the day.  I cannot pose for dress photos until I can easily put the dress on and off without trying to not make loud pained noises and try not to swear as I do something silly like move my shoulder.

Hoping I can play a little with something crafty soon as really starting to get bored of this whole relaxing lark. 

Also looking at things to do in the half term coming up soon. If anyone has any good recommendations then let me know, I am based in Hampshire UK

For now Take care
Jules x

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

February already wow

I know I know I haven't posted in an age. And January just slid by in a mass of what the heck is happening here and illness.  I didn't make any resolutions exactly but vowed to simplify  life a lot more.  Easier said than done.  I think I kind of got there but, it took time. 

Sewing wise I am slowly getting back into some sort of routine.  Cooking wise, I needed to make lots of changes and realised why I was losing my cooking mojo since I started Slimming world.  It all seemed rather negative in my mind life wise in January. By the end of January I think I know what I need to change and how to change it so a good start. 

Today we needed to head into Winchester for a visit to the hospital.  I didn't personally go to the hospital so I walked around the town centre for a while. The photos are out of order.  I am still kicking myself about not taking my camera and only having my phone on me.  First photo is a view of the town hall from the bus stop as we were waiting for the park and ride bus. I love this building and am not sure why.  I have never been inside and may have to explore a little next time we are in town. 

This is the cheese man stall.  His selection is amazing. Very helpful chap.  I had visited him last year when a friend was visiting.  I walked by today and the smell was heavenly to me. I am a person who would rather have a small slither of a decent cheese once a month, than a supermarket plastic wedge of cheddar everyday. So a few pieces were bought. Definitely will be returning if only to shop here occasionally.


It's been a smelly kind of day.  This mans history with onion selling goes back to his grandfather at least.  I didn't buy onions or shallots it was the smoked garlic that caught my attention so we came home with a braid of 12 gorgeous smelling smoked garlic.






Popped into C&H fabrics and saw this tile on a wall going up the stairs in a display with lots of others.  Made me smile. We spend so much time sometimes worrying how others see us we forget our opinion is the one that actually counts not someone else.


And here is Eevee once again in a sink.  To be fair it is usually her sister Bobbie who is to be found in sinks most of the time.


Busy ish night this evening as the cats have a check up appointment and I have a slimming world weigh in to go to.Tomorrow I am hoping to finish a dress I started sewing the other day.  The Nancy Dress, pattern from over at Sew Over It  

Managed to complete 3 sewing projects in January which impressed me being I am totally feeling like I hadn't sewn at all. 

Anyway I will leave you for now and pop in again soon I hope to let you know what else I am up to :o)

Take care 
Jules x