some cards to share

Hi! Just a quick post today.

Just wanted to share some cards I made recently, well actually a little while back! πŸ˜‰

First a simple thank you card, practicing some hand writing:


Secondly, a baby card for my neighbour (which I delivered over a month ago! Just forgot to share!)

DSCF5504***DSCF5502*** DSCF5496And that’s it for today! Hope you are all having a good and productive day! I need to tackle some paperwork that has sat on my desk for far too long! And then maybe some more painting, this time the shed πŸ˜‰


happy mail – goodies galore! :)


I have had 2 lots of happy mail this week and I am super excited! πŸ™‚

First, this turned up on my door step a few days ago:

DSCF5607I seriously thought I must have a secret admirer! Well actually, my first thought was that they must have arrived at the wrong address LOL ! They are gorgeous! A couple friends of mine from school sent them as part of their wedding gift to us (they said they were going to send us a few surprises in our first year as husband and wife, what a lovely idea! and this certainly took us by surprise! πŸ˜‰ )

Then, some much awaited happy mail from Canada finally arrived today! πŸ™‚ And shockingly, I didn’t rip into it straight away! I was in the middle of my painting jobs for today, so made myself wait until later. Didn’t want to get paint all over my new goodies for sure!!

DSCF5634a first sneak preview… I was bouncing up and down on the sofa lol ;D

DSCF5636*My* gorgeous new bag!! I looove it to bits!! It’s just perfect in every way, thank you soo much Carla!!Β 

DSCF5639Ooh, what do I see?? A punch! Loove!! And I haven’t got a butterfly one yet πŸ™‚ (only circles and a flower punch so far) And I love butterflies! πŸ™‚

Let’s see what other goodies I got, shall we?

DSCF5641scrapping goodies as part of our lil swap. I have never made an album before, but I already know what it’s going to be: my favourite photos of me and my OH I think! Or maybe just favourite pics in general.. we will see πŸ˜‰Oh and I love thickers! πŸ˜‰ and the blossoms too.. so all really LOL!

DSCF5644A stack of fabric scraps! Lots of lovely fabrics that I can’t wait to dig into! will definitely share once I do πŸ™‚ May make my first bib using some of these scraps πŸ™‚ Haven’t photographed these apart as there are too many lol!

DSCF5647And finally the goodies Carla made for me. I ordered the tote bag, wristlet and all-in-one purse. The little zippy and the scrapping supplies were part of a swap I did with Carla.

Carla, thank you soo much for the lovely happy mail! It totally made my day πŸ™‚ Hugs.

Right, I’m off to cut fabric. going to get my 2 cushion covers done so that I can get started on some baby stuff! πŸ˜‰ A bib for my neighbour and a baby set for a friend due end of September. Can’t wait to get started! πŸ˜‰

Ciao, see you again soon!

P.S. to see some decent pics of the gorgeous sewn creations I received head over to Carla’s blog here, here and here!

Using things up – 48 days to go

48 days.. eek! soo much to do! πŸ˜‰

well in an attempt to get everything done and packed up in time we started packing a couple boxes today. 2 boxes, just full of books (not super large boxes as we still need to be able to lift them!). And we still have enough books around for at least one more box! but it feels good to have made a start. Got me all excited! πŸ˜‰

In an attempt to use up everything in my kitchen before we move, I am making pavlova today. This …

pavlovamagic… has been sitting in my cupboard for donkey’s years (honest!). It belongs to Alex. It actually comes from Australia! He loves pavlova and insisted I kept it when I found this in his cupboard 3 years ago, despite it being out of date. He was certain nothing could go bad, a bit like honey.. who knows? Anyway, today I decided to use it so it’s gone LOL! (I won’t be eating it anyway, so it doesn’t bother me that it was out of date, and he seems happy to eat it πŸ˜‰ ). One thing less in my cupboard! yay! ;D

other things on my to make list for using up ingredients:

– tarte au raisineΓ© (delicious speciality from French part of Switzerland) -> to use up a bottle of raisineΓ© (a sticky syrup made by boiling down apples and pears that are not good enough to sell or eat raw)

– semolina pudding

– oat biscuits

that’s the list for now. This week I have also made tuna rice salad and buckwheat salad in an attempt to use up all the grains left in my cupboard. They were both well received and I had fun throwing them together πŸ™‚


all sorts of *new* stuff :)

Hello there!

hope you are well and happy. I definitely am! πŸ™‚ I have lots of reasons to be happy and bouncy today, and I would like to share πŸ™‚

DSCF5580My “new” (not) sewing machine! She is 20 years old, but since splashing out for a top to toe service (totally worth it in this instance!) she runs like a new machine! I am super duper happy and excited! πŸ˜‰ It makes sewing sooo much easier and a lot more fun! no more worrying whether she can cope with several layers or that she might get her strings (thread) in a tangle!!!!! I will be sewing my heart out now (I hope!) πŸ™‚

And here is the first result with my “new” darling … my first ever cushion cover, and with piping on top of that! There is room for improvement, but still I am very chuffed.

DSCF5585***DSCF5590***DSCF5586***DSCF5589***DSCF5591this photo shows where the piping joins, room for improvement here πŸ™‚ Also want to do a concealed zipper on the next cushion (making too more from the same fabric)

Now, I had some trouble putting together these cushions at first. I sewed in the zipper first, then pinned together front and back panel (which for some misterious reason despite lots of calculation didn’t line up πŸ˜‰ ) away from the edge and finally put the piping in place (no I did not sew the piping separately first (as the tutorials I checked later, after completing the cushion, suggested; I just got on with it all in one go). This is where I struggled. Because I was using upholstery fabric I couldn’t pin 4 layers together! what a pain. I started tacking, but what a slow process, and ouch for my pinkies!!

Thankfully, Carla mentioned Wonder clips on her blog (or FB?) a while ago, so I went digging for their name and ordered myself a box of 50! They came today – happy mail πŸ™‚ – and so I got on with my cushion straight away. I must say, I LOVE WONDERCLIPS! They are amazing! They are super easy to use, very strong (the fabric did not slip at all) and super duper fast! I cannot rave enough. They sped up the process enourmously.

DSCF5597um… I have bought a FQ bundle at the same time as the clips? LOL This is Harlequin/Bermuda by Robert Kaufman I bought the bundle and clips from “plush addict“, a great UK online store! They are very speedy at processing orders, have some great sales, and the happy mail came with a sweetie too πŸ˜‰ (munched it whilst sewing lol)

well, that’s it from me. I’m off to plan my next sewing project! πŸ˜€

54 days to go: Sunday night chit chat

Not sure yet whether having a count down is helpful or stressful.. but it will certainly get my backside in gear, which is what I need right now! πŸ˜‰

spaWent to The Sanctuary in London with my Mum – special treat for the two of us. It was a lovely day, super relaxing (which I totally needed that day! but more on that later) and had a great time with my Mum :). Lots of chatting and downloading! πŸ˜‰

What are you:

Reading? Not much as always.. still got the same books on the go. maybe by the end of the year I will have finished them and will be starting a new one?!?! Oh, well I actually added another one to my pile this week… So I seem to be good at starting books, but not at finishing them πŸ˜‰

Listening to? Washing machine (I am way behind on this, and of course it is raining today so no chance of hanging stuff out!), cars driving by on the wet road, me typing πŸ˜‰

Watching? Still hooked on Monk ;). not much apart from that at the moment.

Cooking/Baking? Planning on making a courgette loaf today. Now that things have finally started growing at FIL’s farm we are once again inundated in courgettes and tomatoes ;). So I tend to make a lot of Ratatouille (no peppers or aubergines for this yet though), courgette gazpacho and courgette loafs during the summer. Courgette loafs look particularly funny, as you see green bits in the cake, some may think i have “doped” my cake! ;D It tastes delicious though πŸ™‚

Happy you accomplished this week? I went to London to get my health check for my visa done and coupled that to seeing my MIL one evening and spending a day and a night with my Mum too. I had a great time :). I managed to save my MIL from getting arrested (!) by a trainee detective countable who clearly didn’t know what she was lawfully allowed to do! She was let into the building by someone else, turned up on the door step and threatened to arrest my MIL – without a warrant – based on an *allegation* of racial comments !?!!?!?!?!?!?!?! WTF is all I can say! The story goes on and gets even more crazy, but I will leave it at that. But check this: her excuse for not calling by phone to arrange an appointment at the police station (which is all she was trying to achieve) was that she didn’t have the phone number! LOL!! surely the police are capable of finding out a telephone number ????? Anyway, we shall leave it at that. (thus I literally *needed* a relaxing day at the sanctuary with my mum after this incidence πŸ˜‰ )

Back to the question ;). I got a load of painting done so now we have bright white cupboards in the office (rather than murky creamy coloured) and the bathroom is finally done! Well 2 more jobs to go, but they are not on *my* list ;). I have also finally started sewing my cushion covers (bought the fabric… last October? πŸ˜‰ ) and my first project on Betty. And finally, I got my *normal* sewing machine serviced and now she runs like new!! Soo happy about that, didn’t know she could run that smoothly! LOL (I inherited her when she was already 15 yrs old. she had been barely used and therefore was very stiff).

Looking forward to next week? hopefully finishing my 2 sewing projects, finishing the bedroom, meeting a friend of mine for lunch tomorrow, visiting a friend of hubby’s who is a sailmaker and thus does a lot of sewing. I am hoping he can show me some tricks and maybe I can even talk him out of some scraps ;). I would like to make some sturdy patchwork bags and surely anyone who sews regularly must have an overflowing scrap pile? I will let you know how successful I am πŸ˜‰

Thankful for today? you must be getting sick of this, but as always I am thankful for my OH. We just have such a good time together πŸ™‚ and he motivates me to do things. this week I we got loads done decorating wise as we kept each other going so well. I figured out that he is very good at starting projects whereas I am better at finishing them, so we make a really good team ;). Once something is started, I have a massive urge to finish it, but I find it hard to get started. Hubby of course instantly responded to my remark: “do you mean I am rubbish at finishing things?” Well, .. yes πŸ˜‰ but also, I am rubbish at starting! LOL He didn’t take it badly at all, it was fun and also kind of good to know πŸ™‚

Bonus question: what was your least favourite subject at school? I never liked history! It’s not that it is a boring subject as such, I just didn’t like the way it was taught. But even now, my attention span for history is limited, unless the story is well told. I do love historical novels though! ( = story well told πŸ˜‰ )

and that’s it! if you would like to join in, head over to Carla’s wonderful blog!

sunday night chit chat

bettymy new baby ;). she purrs massively lol! haven’t sewn anything proper yet, just testing her out on some scraps for now. Sewing on PVC is definitely not the same as cotton! LOL. Can’t just turn things inside out once sewn! so have to think of different ways to do things.Β 

What are you…

reading? not much at the moment. every now and then a little, still working on the same books… but I better pack a book for my coach ride today!

listening to? the kitchen clock ticking, reminding me that time is running and I better hurry to get everything done on my list before lunch time!

watching? still the same -> currently watching Mr Monk season 3 in the evenings. love it! and so does Alex (lucky for him ;D ). Its just so funny and clean and never boring!

cooking/baking? not much at the moment as I am away for 3 days. If I had been organised I would have made Alex some cake… but I am not! πŸ˜‰ I’ll defrost some scones instead πŸ˜‰ (homemade at least!)

happy you accomplished this week? got on with a load of painting (mainly doors which take for absolutely ever as they need so many coats of paint! makes you feel like you have made no progress at the end of the day), did some research on flights to Australia (I really hope to book them on Wednesday when I’m back!!! It’s stressing me out..)

looking forward to next week? Going to London to see my Mummy πŸ™‚

thankful for today? my husband (as always πŸ™‚ ). He is just amazing!! I am also grateful for my (future) PhD supervisor who is doing everything he can to secure me the funding I need to do my PhD.

Bonus Question – Do you know any 2nd (or 3rd!!) languages?Β I do! πŸ˜‰ I am fluent in GermanΒ and French. German is my “first” language (I grew up bilingual English German in the german-speaking part of Switzerland) and French I first learned at school and then became fluent as I studied in Lausanne (in French). I really miss speaking French now as I don’t get many opportunities living in the UK. I would love to learn another language, love Russian (!), but not much use really.. did start learning Spanish but it’s all gone again. I have a long way to go to reach my dad though; he speaks German, English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish! Don’t know how he does it ;D

meet Betty – my new baby!! :D

we have had *summer* in the UK for the last 2 1/2 weeks!! wohoo! ;D Trying to spend as much time outside as possible, while it bl**dy lasts! LOL! Lots of gardening and outdoor maintenance has gone on. Today is the first day of rain, so back to blogging I go? πŸ˜‰

Anyway, on to Betty!! You must be dying to meet my baby?? πŸ˜›

She was rather unexpected, to me anyway ;). One day Alex mentioned her, the next day I was off to collect her!

Well without any further ado, here she is. She is adorable!

bettyyes, she is a sewing machine, and a sturdy one at that! she is designed for sewing sails and boat covers, but is also great for sewing canvas and PCV in general, and will be perfect for denim and leather too (need to get a special, less grippy foot though so it doesn’t destroy those fabrics ;)) Love the hum that she makes as she whizzes along my fabric πŸ˜€

for those who are curious, she is a sailrite ultrafeed LSZ-1. can’t wait to get started on her! I will be making some outdoor covers for various things, and then using scraps to make bags and stuff :). will share pics as I get round to making things.

well, I better put Betty to bed, as she is taking up the entire dining table at the moment and I am hungry! πŸ˜‰

hope you are having a good weekend! I know I will be dreaming of my adventures with Betty tonight ;D