Monday, September 28, 2009


A couple of weeks ago I spent the day teaching the (Lincolnshire Bailgate) Young Embroiderers how to make atc's. It was hard work, the young E's ages range from 5 to 15 but they worked equally hard and were absolutely wonderful. They were interested in what they were doing and of course, their atc's were way better than mine.
Unfortunately the battery on my camera died and so this pic was taken on my phone and some of the atc's are upside down.


A day at the seaside, notice the happy smiley faces. I am the one wearing the nappy.

I finished something

I am still searching for the perfect bag. There were one or two trials and tribulations but at least I finished this one. It is far from perfect and hopefully the next one will be better. The pic on the left is the bag empty, on the right is the same bag stuffed. This one has great potential.

The pattern for this one came from 'Easy Japanese Quilt Style' by Julia Davis and Anne Muxworthy

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Well, colour me

Your rainbow is shaded violet.


What is says about you: You are a creative person. You appreciate beauty and craftsmanship. You are patient and will keep trying to understand something until you've mastered it.

Find the colors of your rainbow at

Friday, September 11, 2009

Bad girl

I need a new mobile phone, (more about that later) so went into nearest town (aka Grantham) to have a look at one or two. On the way back I had to almost drive past the Boundary Mill Store.
I popped in to see if I could see anything I might like to wear to the wedding next year, but everything I tried on made me feel old and frumpy. I only went over to look at the shoe section to see if they had any boots for C. They didn't but they did have these scrummy comfy red shoes. To get from the shoe section to the door I had to walk through the handbags and this one shot off the shelf into my hand. I didn't feel quite so ancient on the way home :)

So - I bought a Polaroid Pogo at an incredible bargain price. It arrived the next day. I took a pic using my mobile phone and tried to send it to the Pogo. Oops. My phone is so old it doesn't have Bluetooth! That was why I was in Grantham looking at mobile phones.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

I finally have my sewing machine set up

I used to have a brain. I am sure the cells are still in there, they just don't seem to be connected these days.
I bought the Janome 6600 a while ago but struggled to use it efficiently as it sat too high. I considered buying a Horn cabinet but - have you seen the price?
I decided I needed a comfy chair anyway so allowed my lovely parents-in-law to buy me this one for my birthday. Unfortunately when it is raised high enough for me to sew comfortably, my feet don't reach the foot pedal. No problem, I built a shelf to put the pedal on. Brilliant, but then I couldn't get the chair with me sat on it under the table, so I still couldn't reach the machine.
I scoured e-bay for a new desk and eventually found this one. Ace condition, beautifully made, inexpensive and local. It even fits into the room. Big smile, happy me.

Now if only I could remember why I needed the Janome in the first place.......

Friday, September 04, 2009

WOMEN drivers

Busy three lane motorway. Approaching the section where the road divides, one lane leads off to the M62, two lanes continue along M1. Slow moving traffic in the one lane, fast moving in the other two. Woman driver (A) driving in the slow lane follows the junction to the M62 ie the left lane, Male driver (B) shoots across the carriageway and cuts her up, slams his brakes on as there is a queue, Woman A hits man B.
Woman driver (C) behind slams brakes on and stops a breath away from A. Congratulates herself for saving her 2 day old brand spanking new car. Looks up into the mirror just in time to see car (D) slam into her. Male driver.
Three cars written off. None of them belonging to the MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN THE WORLD who considered traffic jams not for the likes of him.

My daughter waited 3 months for her car. She had it for 2 days. She will be ok when her shoulder heals and she gets her nerves back into shape. She is a fantastic driver. I will be ok, I still have my daughter. You see, behind car D was a HGV and we have all heard the stories of what happens when one of those slams into a car. My beautiful fantastic driver daughter had swerved far enough onto the hard shoulder that the hgv managed to drive past them without harm. I feel very lucky.

For those of you have been reading for a while, this all happened within yards of the very place that the tire blew out. She has to be one of the most competent drivers in this country. And she is a woman driver.

And I love her (and her sister)