Sunday, 13 October 2013
Thursday, 5 September 2013
One of the things on my mind has been my blog and what I blog, when I blog (not very frequently obviously) and the reason for blogging. When I first started my blog it was intended to be a record of my creative side, mainly some scrapbooking, photography and cross-stitching at the time.
Well as it has a habit of doing, life has rolled a bit and since then our life has altered completely and I now have 2 lovely small people who take up a huge amount of my life, as they rightly should. So to reflect that I have decided that this olde blog needs a bit of a face lift and a slight change of focus.
I'm still being creative (when I can fit it in!) but there is so much more going on these days that I need to record much more than that, and more often too :)
So it's a case of 'So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, adieu' from my Funky Scrappy blog and why not pop over and join me on my new bloggy home from home - Sunshine & Cheesebugs to see what me and little gang are getting up to, hope to see you there :)
Friday, 9 August 2013
It's been a time of change in our household recently. Phone contracts being renewed and what not. So I'm currently playing with my noo phone (Samsung SIII) thingy to see how well I can blog with it.
My lovely hubby has also been very generous and donated me his BlackBerry Playbook. Its a tablet type gadget doodaa. I foolishly lost my beloved Kindle Fire at the beach a few weeks ago and despite contacting the police again there is no sign of it. I bought an e-reader some time ago but never really got to grips with the concept of reading without holding a BOOK. However I was lucky enough to come into a little drop of money just for me last year and, along with my new Janome, treated myslef to the kindle and loved it! I used it every day and was in the middle of a really good book when I lost it. Still getting used to the Playbook but at least I was able to finish my book. (Kathy Reichs - highly recommend her if you have never read her before).
Ive also been trying my hand at cathedral windows. Only managed the cutting and a teeny, weeny bit of the ironing last night but I love how the wee blocks look. Careful ironing of the corners is vital!
Saturday, 3 August 2013
July has been a busy old month in this household. Firstly we went on holiday to a lovely place called Southerness. Good old caravan holiday, I love it :) We had a pleasant surprise when we turned up at our allocated caravan as we had a verandah (ooohhh!!!!)
Not much on the making side of things has been done lately but we have gotten outside into the garden. At long last we painted our shed and garden fence.
Domestic Light & Magic fame (I say old in no reference to age, purely on the basis that we have actually been friends for over 20 years, it fact it could be over 25 years if my maths is right). The gorgeous Wee Hoolits quilt for Little Miss. So this is her modelling it, wearing the fab outfit also gifted from Lynz (she has very good taste).
Sunday, 28 July 2013
We all have lists of things we want to make, or try our hand at, and sometimes we work through those lists. Or probably like most people the list just gets longer, whether or not we actually manage to score things off it is a different matter!
Well one of the things of my (endless) list has been bunting. I know right, it's not like it's the hardest thing in the world to make, but it's something I've never quite gotten round to trying out until last week. I had been into my work the week before for a meeting (even on maternity leave!) about a motivation boosting event which was being organised and I found myself saying 'oooooh I'll make bunting'. So after a week of
The afternoon at work on Friday went quite well, it was a 'celebrating success' event and we all made the effort by getting dressed up. So I was at work on Friday, while on maternity leave, wearing a dress and heels! That is completely unheard of!!! In a way it sort of started my mental preparations for returning to work in 4 weeks - eeekkk!!!
Friday, 12 July 2013
What is the normal done thing for a pre-pre schooler to give to their teacher. It was a whole new ball game for me. So I hummed and hawed for a few weeks and, as is my default position in life, left everything to the last minute! Mug rug was considered and then forgotten about when I came across this little gem by Karen over at Quilty Creations. Bingo! This was just up my street and perfect as a little leaving gift for a teacher. Karen's instructions are fab, but as usual, I managed to
I tweaked the pattern a little bit, used one long strip instead of making the inside flaps different and I didn't finish by double sewing the edges at 1/8th inch.
We've had our holiday and slowly slotting back into a normal routine, well as normal as I can do before returning back to work after maternity leave in 6 weeks. But more about that next time, off to finish watching The Adjustment Bureau on LoveFilm - which is turns out we've seen before but neither of us can remember what happens!
Saturday, 29 June 2013
This all happened the same day that the Dude had his nursery graduation (I know it's a bit daft but good for the kids) and the school Headmaster did his last nursery graduation speech as he has now retired, it was a great speech, very much from the heart! So Thursday was the day for emotions!
Looking forward to getting away for a few days next week to switch off and recharge my batteries. We are off to a caravan park near Dumfries and as long as it doesn't rain EVERY day I'll be happy. I was trying to think early of something to take with me to work on next week and I suddenly remembered I have still to finish this
Sunday, 23 June 2013
This made me think about how many pictures I have of me with Little Miss (2 I think?) and with the Dude (probably about 3/4?) and this link made me realise that I need to stop being so self conscious about photos and capture our lives before time marches on and the moments are gone with very little record of them.
So with this in mind, this quote sums up my thoughts for today :)
Friday, 14 June 2013
So with that in mind I am giving serious consideration to doing the Edinburgh MoonWalk next year. I've done it once before, the full 26.2 miles, and it was hard but I probably only did 6 months worth of training. If I start now, and encourage a few friends to do it will me, that's all the motivation I need. The icing on the cake is raising money for Walk the Walk charity, who are funding the building of new Maggie's Cancer Care centre at our new local hospital, which is due to open next year. Oh yeah and I'm 40 at the end of next year and want to tick a few things of my mental 'do before 4-0' list :)
With all this in mind, this quote rings very true for me today
Wednesday, 12 June 2013
Quote for today, perfect for anyone who gets out of the wrong side of the bed!!!!
Tuesday, 11 June 2013
I mentioned in this post that I was starting the Scrappy Round the World Trip quilt that blogland has been going crazy over for, well longer than I've known about it. I'm always last on the scene with these things. Anyhoo, I knew I'd chosen my fabrics, cut them into strips and had started to sew them together. Now a little time had passed since I'd done that so I was CERTAIN that I still needed to sew the long strip together but when I finally got my butt in gear I discovered this .....
I've already done that (yay), (I've made one block just to get an idea in my head what my materials look like - it's VERY scrappy!) Next was cutting the long strips/tubes into 2.5" strips/tubes and then unpick the short strips/tubes so that the blocks have the 'step' look. Now that all the loops have been unpicked I need to sew them together. That is tonight's task, well starting them. Got 24 blocks to do and I seriously doubt I'll get them all sewn in one sitting. Especially as they need pressed first and I've got to get the ironing stuff out then I really do the slightly large pile of ironing first. At least then I can sew relatively guilt free!!!
My other minor obsession at the moment is Pinterest. I (heart) Pinterest, doesn't everyone? Currently my Pinterest obsession is the quotes section. Some of them are funnies, some of them are motivational, some of them are inspirational. I'm planning that I'll share one on every blog post. (I was going to say daily, but really who am I kidding thinking I'm going to blog every day, need to be realistic here!?!?!) So here's today's little bit of wisdom.
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
Well the Dude had a birthday, we now have a 4 year old who won't let me call him a baby :(
Saturday was taken up with a small birthday tea party with family and this year I attempted a Rainbow Cake, really it should have looked something like this but I was happy enough with the results. I do really, really need to work on my icing skills - fondant icing is not my friend!!
Missy Moo is 15 weeks today :o She is coming along great guns, started chatting in the last few weeks which is great (not so much at 2.45am but at least she doesn't scream the house down at that time!). It's great to see how similar she is to how her brother did things but so different at the same time. She's definitely a happy little soul, my little smiler.
Thursday, 2 May 2013
Some of things we got up to included visiting the Giant Pandas, Tian Tian & Yang Guang at Edinburgh Zoo
Euan had a fairly impressive (if I do say so myself!) Pirate birthday cake
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
I'm also very happy that in the middle of all the chaos I've managed to get the Dude's quilt finished.
The last few days has also been busy/tiring due to No1 son coming down with good old chickenpox. I noticed a couple of tell-tale blistered spots as he has getting ready to go to his new gymnastics class on Saturday morning (typically it only started the week before) and decided we'd be best not to go. So Saturday morning he looked like this (one little spot on the side of his nose)
Thursday, 18 April 2013
I have been slowly starting to make stuff again - yay! Nothing exciting to begin with, more function, than frivolity, but still getting back in front of my sewing machine. To make this lovely ............
The other thing I've started is adding the binding to a quilt I'm making for my son. The quilt top has been a UFO, hanging about for ages (like many other things) so I've made the binding and pinned it to the quilt. Just need to attach it now, maybe I'll get that done on Saturday night when Pedro's at work).
Sunday, 24 March 2013
But I do a a couple of very good reasons to get back on that horse, get back into the loop. One obviously my delectable little girl
And secondly I was in the fortunately position a few months ago to be able to upgrade my sewing machine
so treated myself to this lovely beauty - a Janome XL 601
Although I have been out of the loop, one thing I have picked up on is the scrappy round the world that is doing the rounds at the moment, I think there is also a flickr group too, and to be honest I think I might have joined it but I can't actually remember. (Yes my memory is THAT bad these days) When I started my maternity leave I decided I would attempt to start a quilt so I went through my stash and came up with a fairly decent scrappy bundle of fabrics. So I've made a start but that was 4/5 weeks ago, not much has been done lately but once Little Miss gets into a bit of routine at nights then maybe I'll have the odd hour or two across a week to pick it up again.
Thursday, 7 March 2013
since I blogged anything about what I've been doing or why I've been absent for such a long time.
Lots of things have been going on, work stuff, family stuff but mainly I've been working on a special New creation. A very special one.
Little miss Megan was born on 19 February at 6:53pm weighing in at 8lbs 4oz. She has slotted in fairly well into family life but it does feel like starting all over again in some respects. The dude is almost 4 so you kind of forget just how small newborn babies are and just what the techniques are for dealing with sleep deprivation - not quite mastered that one yet.
But she is just perfect, my family is complete and I'm one very happy (although a little tired) mummy!