Sunday, 28 October 2012

Christmas is Coming

Where has this year gone?  Christmas is less than 2 months away, clocks here in the UK have just jumped back and it is suddenly all frosty in the mornings...!?

Please note that my shops will be closing for a Christmas break on Sunday, 2 December 2012.  The last date that I will post orders will be 3 December.  My shops will all reopen on Friday 11 January 2013.

I might just keep the TLF shop open with a notice on the front door, so that orders can be placed between 2 Dec-11 Jan.  I haven't quite decided yet...

We are super-excited to be off to visit family that we have not seen in a long, long, long while!

Friday, 26 October 2012

Monday, 22 October 2012

Rose Petals and a Movie

I took the day off work today.

Flower Daddy has been so busy paving at the weekends that I have had zero to none in the 'me-time' department.

Me-time keeps me sane.  It stops my brain from becoming overwhelmed.  It helps curb my grumps.  Me-time can mean pretty much anything...whatever is causing my brain space to overflow.  Lately it is fabric designing, printing, ink colour choosing and sewing.

When the girls are around, I just can not design or print.  Designing, for me, requires some quiet brain space.  Ava and Chloe are noisey, chatty and demanding.  I love them and their noise to bits - but Oh Man, I need regular doses of quiet time.  Printing involves paint.  Paint + two little monsters with verrrry enquiring minds and who like to be involved in and touch everything = equals beeeg mess.

So, today, I had planned on mixing some new colours and printing my new petals design.  I also wanted to print my new poppies and dandelion designs - which I still haven't found time to do {hanging my head in shame} and I had also hoped to sew.  Mixing - check!  Printing petals - check!

I am a bit frustrated that the rest didn't happen.  But, Flower Daddy was lurking around and suggested going to the movies.  We haven't been to the movies since I was pregnant with Chloe - who is just about 18mths old..!  I said no thanks, but then felt guilty.  We don't get much time to ourselves.

Anyhooo, we watched Taken 2.  It was good and nice, just us two.

Oh!  And if you neeeeed to get your mitts on some of this gorgeous linen with rose coloured petals scattered all over....looky no further than here!  I am head over heels in love with this new design.  You can expect some sewn rose petaled goodness to be coming soon!!

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Robert - and Ava's rogue artwork

I finally dug Robert out from under a pile of other WiP's the other day - sewed him up - and last night stuffed and sewed him shut.

He was left on the dining room table, to remind me to find time today to photograph him so that I could list him in the shop....

..well, I was allowed a little lie-in this morning.  Which meant that Ava dug out her crayons and apparently with much excitement coloured Robot in.  Well, started to.  Until Flower Daddy realised what was going on and stopped her.

Robert has the makings of a pink heart on his chest.

...and rainbow stripes on his back...

Oh well, tonight I will stuff and sew another.  This one I will be leaving somewhere out of little fingers reach!  Tomorrow, hopefully, I will photograph him and list him in the shop.

When Chloe next sleeps I will pull out our nice fabric crayons and let Ava have a proper go at turning Robert into her own personal and very cuddly work of art.

Never a dull moment in this little house!

Friday, 19 October 2012

Just a about a week late

My intention for Kids Clothes Week Challenge was positive.  I wasn't 100% confident that I would find time  or energy for children's sewing related *stuff* every day...but, I was indeed hopeful!  High-hopes.  Very High Hopes.

Thursday: fabric arrived and was washed.  Inspired by those lovely fabrics, patterns were traced.  Friday: patterns were cut.

Saturday: fabric was cut.  {including my most favourite and very well worn maternity jeans - 2 pregnancies and 2 post-pregnancies...holes everywhere and hems worn through}

Then the rest spilt into this past week....and all I have to show for it is this little dress finished today.  And, only finished today, because Chloe slept for 3 hours this afternoon!

Poor little munchkin - for the last 3 weeks Chloe has been drooling more than she can drink.  We are more or less back on track this week, but last week was tough.  On all of us.  With two proper nights sleep in parents were walking zombies.

The little pile of cut fabric is sitting on my sewing table - soon to be leggings, long sleeved t-shirt and little knit skirt - all for Ava.  All patterns from the Autumn Ottobre.  Maybe tomorrow....

My burning question is when did Ava grow so tall?!  Last time I made her clothes she was a size she is 102cm tall (according to size charts 4 year old's are 104cm tall, she is 3 1/2).  So to allow a decent amount of growing room, I am sewing 110cm clothes!! (which is the next size up from the 104 in the Ottobre patterns).

She is growing up so sweetly...but far too quickly...

In between mopping all the drool, changing clothing and comfort giving, I have been practising plaiting this very beautiful, short, fine and very, very silky soft blonde hair.  Ava has been insisting on plaits in her hair - day and night.  The plaits are kept together with the very best ever DIY fold over elastic hair bands.  No snagging and super kind on her silky soft locks.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Perfect Poppies

I have just uploaded some new pieces of fabric to my shop - my new poppy design in linen and cotton.

Let me know what you think of them, I hope that you love these cheerful flowers as much as I do!  

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Fabric - Yay!

I love fabric.  Give me great big piles of it to snuggle long as it was natural fibres...and I would be one happy bunny.

I went off in search of work pants the other day, with the girls in tow.  Not recommended!  We only managed one shop and one trying on session.  To be brief about it - I grabbed a pair of pants that seemed ok and ran out the shop (of course, paying first).  What I ended up with was a pair of nasty clingy, static-y polyester!  I do not like clingy polyester.  Needless to say they were returned.

When I sew for the girls, I always use cotton fabric.  Often with some elastine content.  I love the funky fabric that the likes of Dots n Stripes and Ottobre sell.  Those bright colours, fun patterns and funky stripes would be my choice for their clothing first time every time....but, they are pricey!  So I really don't buy them very often.

Ava is in need of winter clothing - simple stuff...leggings and long sleeve tops and a pinafore or two.  To get me started, I decided to buy a few pieces of fabric from one of my favourite shops.

The fabric arrived this morning and has been washed.  That is as far as I have gone really.  When I finish up here, I will be clearing all the *stuff* off of our dining room table and spreading out a few pattern sheets to trace a pattern or three.

...fingers cross that is a reality....

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Sewing Non-Starter

It has not been the greatest week ever.  On Sunday, Chloe had a very croaky voice - which *hanging my head in shame* I found rather cute and amusing.  Since then, we have barely slept.  Cold + teeth = a very unhappy little Chloe.  Painkillers aren't helping and she doesn't want to eat anything except yoghurt....poor little sausage...  Plus, with all her drooling and spitting and sneezing - she has kindly shared her germs with me.

Tonight we have given in and she is snuggling next to Flower Daddy on the couch.  We desperately needed a break from the constant upstairs-downstairs business of the last 4 nights.  I never get to see her like this - all still and quiet and sleeping.  Normally I am chasing after her and plucking her off of whatever it is that she has decided to climb.

So - to say that I have not lifted a sewing related finger for KCWC would be an understatement.  The closest I have come to doing anything is to pull out the latest Ottobre magazine, pens and tracing paper....with lots of good intentions.  I am knackered and my nose is streaming.  That is my excuse and I am sticking to it!  I suppose that I should be tracing those patterns now instead of writing this?

I need those gorgeous fabrics from Ottobre to arrive to give me some va-va-voom!  Mushrooms and Little Red Riding Hood are needed!  Never mind the half made dress (for me) sitting on my sewing table waiting for my attention....

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Kids Clothes Week 2012

I have just committed to doing an hour of something sewing related - for the girls - for 7 days, starting on the 8th.

My time is so limited....  but, Ava needs some new warm clothing!  Check in again soon to see how I am getting on!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Thieves in the Night

Tonight, every little noise is giving me the heeby-jeebies and creeping me out.

We were up around midnight last night, with a restless Chloe.  Around 12:30, while I was sitting quietly with her, I heard rattling noises - like a stair gate or hot water pipes under the floor boards jiggling about.  The noise stopped.  Then, lying in bed a few minutes later I heard it again.  Definitely different noises to what our house usually makes.  I asked Flower Daddy what he thought the noise was, at which point he hopped out of bed and eventually looked out of the window.  Only to see someone in our garden!

*** You might remember that we are doing some paving work around our house - so we kind of look like we are in the middle of a construction zone - piles of gravel and paving blocks in our front garden and some big heavy tools 'safely' in our back garden. ***

Holy Moly!!

I called 999.

The lady on the phone reassured me that the police would be here soon...all the while asking questions about what we could see, where the people were, what they were doing, how many of them there were.  The stuff of Crime Watch.  Although it was dark inside and outside the house, we didn't want to move the curtains too much - and disappointingly I could only just make out 2 darkly hooded shapes - slim build, tall and seemingly young.

When I watch crime programs on TV, I always wonder how the victims couldn't see anything.....always thought that I would be more observant...

Around the point when the lady said the police were about 30 seconds away, the thieves disappeared from view.  The police just missed the buggers!

Next thing, there was bright torch light being swept over ours and our neighbours garden with about 5 police men looking around.  One man even jumped over our back fence.

We eventually realised that the thieves had got into our garden via our side gate.  The gate was open, with the heavy duty brass combination lock missing.  So all that rattling that had alerted us was them climbing over the gate and someone from the outside of the gate trying to cut the padlock.  There must have been more than 2 of them.  The policeman said that they take the padlock with them, because they know that it is the only thing that the police could get finger prints from - something smooth and shiny and clean.

The only thing missing was a whopping heavy (and rented) paving block cutter, which Flower Daddy assures me needs at least 2 men to carry.  I guess it's the perfect thing to take to one of the scrap metal places and get money for!

So now, the 'what-ifs' and 'thank goodnesses' are left rattling around in my little head.  What if that chunk of metal was not enough for them and they had wanted the TV, or more?  What if they had broken into the house - then what?  Thank goodness they didn't break into the house and thank goodness we didn't have to find out what would have happened then!  What if they come back for more?  What if I had had my camera upstairs - I could have taken a photo of those personal space invaders!!

Tonight, every creak and crunch and tick and rattle makes my ears prick.  I have the heeby jeebies in a much, much, much bigger way than I thought I would have.  I worry about the girls in bed.  I worry what would happen if someone were to get into the house and how we would get everyone into a single room.

I just worry.

This weekend, you can be very sure that we will be putting up our video camera's, which have been sitting in a box for far too long.