Sunday, 19 September 2010

Lost in the Wilderness.....

Well, I've not been very good at the making and posting business have I?!  After the summer holidays and getting the kids settled back into school (btw thanks for the kind words after my last post, she's settled in great, having loads of fun and only a few tears.  She's being bribed with stickers and that seems to work well!) I just haven't got back into the swing of things.   For my recent birthday my OH bought me an overlocker

but my local sewing shop has had trouble getting it from Brother.  I was really excited about it at first now its dragging on a couple of weeks and the novelty has worn off!  The chap phoned me up on Friday to apologise and is going to give me some free threads to make up for it so maybe its not too bad.  When it does arrive I have a list of things to get started on, not all of them NEED to be done on an overlocker but I don't see the point in making them on the sewing machines when I have a new toy to play with!  As it was my birthday we went to Hobbycraft to spend a lovely few hours wandering round looking to see what I could spend my birthday money on.  Spent so much time looking at things I wasn't really interested in (does anyone else get seduced by Hobbycraft that way?  I'm not really into cake decorating but spend ages in that aisle?!) that I ran out of time by the I had got to the fabric bit (must go there first in future).  Anyway I bought myself a new sewing encyclopedia but I was actually looking for a drafting book to complete the one I already have, maybe one of the Built By Wendy range.  I also bought a storage box in a vain attempt to organise my stuff, I find its the fabric thats the problem, my cupboard is overflowing, needs some stash busting projects to get the scraps out of the way!

I'm about to decorate our office and I have bought fabric for curtains but wanted to see how much of it I can do on the overlocker!  Hoping most of it with just a little top stitching on the s/m. 
I'm also going to make some water bottle holders for the girls as they will be having school lunches after Christmas (school is a building site atm as they put kitchen facilities BACK into the school, gotta love the local council for closing down the kitchens years ago and now spending millions to put them back in!  God bless Jamie Oliver!) and I'm sure most of that can be overlocked (is that a word?). 
A friend has just had a baby girl and although I already gave her some goodies I'm itching to make some delicious adorable baby girls things.... dunno what yet!
Bought some Halloween fabrics intending to make some bunting for the spooky day

Also planning on decorating Miss M bedroom and I intend on making lots of lovely cushions, duvets, curtains & bean bags for her.  She's in the process of making me a mood board so that we both understand what she wants and can achieve it (Her plan was to turn her bedroom into a performance area with a stage and curtain!!!!!).

So lots of projects in my mind but waiting on the overlocker to arrive....  Don't worry you'll be the first to know when it arrives!


Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Off topic.....

So like everyone I'm getting organised ready for Back to School.  The clothes have been bought and labeled.  The PE kit is packed the lunch bags have been made....

This year is a bit different though Miss C is also going.......  I'm sure you've all been through this the youngest starting school buts its a bit scary to realise that she starts on Friday!  She had a trial run of her school uniform the other day and she looked so cute, but she also looked really grown up and also way too small all at the same time if that makes sense!  Shes very positive about going to school, her big sister will be in the same school, her best friend in the same class so she's really excited about it, I'm going along with that and I know that once she goes in on Friday I'll feel OK about it but at the moment I'm having a bit of a wobble.  That's why I thought I would off-load on the blogosphere so I can process what I'm feeling without letting on to Miss C that I'm anxious about it. 

When Miss M went I'm sure I felt like this but I don't remember it.  Miss M's personality meant that I didn't really have any concerns about her starting school, shes so confident and independent that she barely gives me a backward glance going off to do new things!  Miss C can be a little more reticent at doing things on her own, she's usually OK when there are other kids around  and she's one of the gang so I'm know she'll be fine. 

I guess it comes to the fact that I know she'll be fine in school, she will prosper and grow the same way Miss M, she will learn skills I can't teach her, she'll make friends I haven't found for her, she'll have fun I'm not involved in and she'll take the first of many steps away from me.  Miss M is well on that path to independence and with our support has flourished at school and Miss C will be the same, all the same I feel sad that the baby stage of my life has ended. 

I was looking at a family in a cafe the other day with a beautiful pudgy little 4 month old and I felt nostalgic for the days gone by.  Don't get me wrong I'm not broody, I don't want another one, but I kinda wanted to go back to those days just to be able to smell them again, to hold them again and to feel that they need me as much as they did then.  Babyhood is gone in a flash and you don't realise it at the time, it seems like an endless round of sleepless nights, dirty nappies and crying babies.  If you still at that stage with your children give them a extra hug from me and try to remember that smell! 

Right enough wallowing from me, I've offloaded my thoughts on your guys and thank you for listening, normal service will resume soon, I'll have more time on my hands so I might get some sewing done soon!