Archive for October, 2009

Sunday night

October 26th, 2009 | Family | 4 Comments

The clocks went back late Saturday night, making my boys’ usual 6am start a 5am start… so, by 6pm (7pm) Sunday night they were, how shall I say it politely?  er… over tired… Having exhausted everything else I could think of (and about to go round the bend), I threw them in the garden with their head […]

Blue Sky Thinker

October 19th, 2009 | Patchwork and quilting | 10 Comments

So, here it is: a long overdue tutorial. One which will hopefully solve the perennial problem of what to make for all those really ‘hard to craft for’ men. You know, those weary I.T professionals  who have to sit through hours of cliche laden management speak every day.   1. Get your materials ready. I have re-purposed […]

Down to Earth

October 14th, 2009 | Other, Patchwork and quilting | 9 Comments

Tea stained calico (muslin) hand quilting and embroidery and a free machine drawing of a bird. Almost finished months ago, but actually completed this week, after only 40 minutes more work. As ever, I was working whilst listening to Radio 4 on the iplayer and came across Dame Ellen MacArthur on  Desert Island discs (link will work […]

Henry’s train

October 12th, 2009 | Family | 5 Comments

Henry decided to spend his Sunday afternoon playing trains. And despite having his own bedroom and the rest of the house at his disposal, he chose to build a very involved train track here:                              


October 8th, 2009 | Family, Other | 5 Comments

This is probably the nicest little ‘pocket’ you will ever see. It was made and given to me by the lovely Joanna of Things Handmade, as a special thank you for a recent commission.      Making it a completely unexpected and very generous gift. I love it. Now, such a pretty pocket deserves to hold something special doesn’t it? So, […]

Thrifty find

October 6th, 2009 | Crochet and Knitting | 6 Comments

Lucky, lucky, lucky me! I just found a 100% pure wool, fairisle jumper made (according to the label) by the Shetland Knitters Association Ltd; at 111, Commercial Street, Lerwick. (Which is now home to a soap making company). And what did I pay for this treasure? £8. I know! How jammy was that? I can’t find […]