Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Well I'm hoping it will be soon...I have won one on fleabay tonight.
Christmas shopping is well under way :)
I'm thinking they both need grocers pinnies - yes?? And proper brown paper bags to put their produce in.....I'm excited - I shall have a fab Christmas playing shops lol!!
Thank You all for looking out for me and all your ideas...blogland is great x
Back soon with a WIP and to do list...have decided its the only way i'll get anything finished!!!
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Monday, 21 September 2009
There is no order, no system and its beginning to drive me mad!!
These drawers contain some cardmaking stuff that mum gave me and I don't like cardmaking, so have decided will keep the blanks I have (I like bondawebbing felt and fabric to make the occasional card!) and get rid of the rest.....
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
I have some more boats cut out waiting to be sewn...but I keep getting sidetracked...really must make a list so I don't have so many half finished projects!!
Monday, 14 September 2009
Cath Kidston fabric baby and toddler bibs
Non Cath bibs too....... Perhaps a bit too nice for splodges of carrot but great for parties!!!!
Stars and Stripes Bunting for a little boys room
Vintage embroidered bunting....dresser sized!!
And that is phase 1 of sort the playroom complete...phases 2, 3 and 4 to follow, mostly involving toy chucking so has to be done during a child free hour or two!!
The home organising is going well, the house still feels clean and tidy and I am finding just as much time for crafting too...
Speaking of which, another advent calendar update...
Pockets now hemmed at the top and positioned how I want them so just embellishing to do now then stitch them on, which will be done on the machine.I hemmed the pockets with a running stitch in metallic gold thread...its horrible thread to use so doubt I will be using it in the machine, the metallic fibres kind of separated from the thread, meaning I had to start again a few times..
This message was waiting for me when I walked through the dining room last night.....from my eldest son.....Are todays kids really so dense that they ask for permission to do all the things we did behind our parents backs...I'm waiting for the mum I love you can I go binge drinking message lol!!!
Much as I am pleased the blackboards are used for lovely messages and enjoyed getting all those kisses...I still said no!!!
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Monday, 7 September 2009
We moved this shelf unit from the dining room into the kitchen and I have sorted out the stuff that had accumulated on it..
I've wanted to have my chilli lights somewhere useable for ages and they are perfect here, we left them on last night and it felt all Christmassy in the kitchen! I've only got 1 shelf of CK china..much as I love it, the rest has gone in the cupboard as all in one place it looks a bit much!! Can you spy a flour dredger?? (middle right!!) It really is lovely and well worth the money..
This is the dresser top I got off ebay last christmas time, I think it only cost me £5...or could have been £20...can't remember...either way it looks perfect in the kitchen, I planned to paint it but glad I got it put up out of the way as living with it has made us keep it in its natural state (its not as orange as the pic!!).
I am never happy with how it looks though..I may put my cookbooks on the bottom shelf..but then I'll have to get rid of the blue and white china I have aquired and I don't really want to!!
So then this freecycled 14months ago dresser came out of its corner in the playroom and into what will be its final resting place in the dining room...lovely husband sanded it yesterday so all I need to do is get the undercoat out...the plan being that whilst it stands all dingy in the already too dark dining room ..it will annoy me and I'll be more inclined to paint it....watch this space!!
Finally, Floss recommended this book when she commented on my last post...it came this morning so I am looking forward to reading it.....if I got this lot done this weekend without, I can't begin to imagine how organised I shall become...................................
Thursday, 3 September 2009
I sent 2 out of 4 boys back to school today.
A starts Year 10. GCSE's start this year. His carefully (aided by parents a little!!) chosen subjects will begin to be taught, he is very excited to be doing graphic design, not on the Year9 curriculum! We have had a chat about the importance of the next 2 years, thankfully all talk of joining the infantry has ended....and he knows that everything is riding on good results in the next 2 years.
(Nothing against the British Army, I have no problem with him joining the forces actually, but I do object to a straight A student going in the infantry to be sent to Afghanistan 16 weeks after signing the papers....)
W started Year 7 today. Now I know in most parts of the country he would be starting senior school but here in darkest Suffolk we still (for the next couple of years anyway) have the 3 tier - primary, middle and high - sysyem of schooling.
He has actually started a new school purely because he was going to an out of catchment school involving 20 miles of travel by car a day. The start times were going to clash with C's new school in January and we had also had several incidents in Year 6 ranging from petty to not so petty that the school totally mishandled. He chose to change schools, so the brave boy went off today as the only Year 7 newbie. I am a bit anxious and looking forward to 3.15.
He will be walking home with his big brother, another 1st for him. Its still out of catchment (my catchment middle is pants to say the least!!) but its walk/bike able!!
I still have C off kindergarten until Tuesday - I refused the school nursery place as his pre school is excellent, more flexible than school, and C is happy - he starts full time after Christmas (yes that was me jumping up and down with joy :)!!!)
So on Tuesday, with just my baby boy at home, my new year will begin.
I love September. Today is proper back to school weather...its windy, a little cold and a little bit rainy - real Autumn :) September means its nearly Christmas and I think we have determined how much I love that ;)
Floss has talked about New Years Resolutions on her blog today (she is having a giveaway over there too)
I have been making mine all through August!!
I shall become more organised.....this will include the making and purchasing of new storage to ensure everything has its own home, and people will be educated in keeping it in its new home!
This will also mean I will sort out the 2 drawers and 2 cupboards in the kitchen that contain all kinds of junk - one drawer is full of cut out recipes - these must be filed or thrown away!
I will utilise my time better. Making sure there is a fair balance of housework, laptop time, play with small children and sewing and crafting.
I will paint the dresser I got off freecycle 14 months ago. Once this is done I will sort out the eclectic mix of pretties I have and be ruthless and get rid of those that do not have a home...well at least put in a box in the loft anyway!!!
I will get all our cd's put on the ipod we bought in April...thinking A may like to earn some money doing this... then I can take the huge cd shelf off the dining room wall.
I will print out the photos on the computer, I think its sad that we have so few printed out to hold in our hands and look at.
I will make sure all the boys get a little quality 1:1 time with me. This will be the biggest challenge.
I think I may also make a list of house and crafting projects I want to do and try and see if writing them down helps them to get done!
I'm hoping I can stick to these resolutions...they are not rocket science and are probably things that a less slovenly housewife achieves all the time.
Here's hoping that by Christmas I have a house that is shipshape and a me that is contented....