Saturday, March 29, 2014

Handbag making!

I signed up for a handbag making course a few weeks ago and today was the day!
I am not confident with a machine, I've had mine for about 10 years but I have never even changed its needle and although I have made things like curtains and cushions, they are only made with the same running stitch as I never move the dial!  So could I make a handbag?

I was a bit nervous as the class was held in another village and I didn't think I would know anyone but as I pulled up into the car park another lady got out of her car and said she didn't want to go in on her own as like me , she didn't know anyone so that made it easier to go in together.

We paid our course fee, £25 and the  materials were included in the cost.

First I chose my materials, the tweed for the outside and the pink floral for the lining.  We had a choice of three types of bags to make, a shopper, a small handbag or a bag with a flap.  I chose to make a small handbag with straps that I could put on my shoulder.

I made two pockets for the lining, don't look too closely at the stitches!  I've never made a pocket before so I felt quite chuffed to get this far.
After making the straps we took a little lunch break and it was nice as we all sat together and chatted.  I had taken a small flask of homemade lentil soup and a banana.  
An hour later I had got got the makings of a bag!

I found putting the magnetic catches on the hardest part as it was fiddled but I got there in the end and now for my tah-dah moment .....

And  take a look inside

I am so pleased with it and I want to make another if I can remember how to do it all, I did take notes as I went along. I think this one will go to a family member for her Birthday.

Everyone went home very happy with their new bags.

Terri X

Monday, March 24, 2014

Our 33rd Anniversary

My true love hath my heart and I have his.
By just exchange one to the other be given
I hold his dear and mine he cannot miss
There never was a better bargain driven.
My true love hath my heart and I have his.

(Sir Philip Sidney)

Still More Decluttering!

The sun was shining when I woke up this morning but it certainly was a bit chilly!  Temperature -7 but up here we don't have to worry about protecting plants from the frosts at the moment as we are about 6 weeks behind those gardeners further south and we don't have anything flowering yet. Our growing season is a lot shorter unless you have a poly tunnel so as yet I haven't planted anything.  Usually I grow some potatoes, carrots, spring onions, raddish, salad leaves and chard as well as a few herbs but I have learnt through trial and error that its not worth bothering too much.  One year my sis-in-law and I grew 50 tomato plants but we didn't get one tomato!  As it was very wet last year I didn't do very well with potatoes but they are getting so expensive to buy so I will probably do some more this year.

I have been doing more decluttering although to look at my craft shelves you wouldn't think so!

I am trying to keep everything contained within this shelf unit 

These pics are after the tidy up and condensing!  I do sewing, knitting, crochet, card making, rag rugging and painting bits and pieces.  I have tins full of ribbons and buttons, baskets of made cards, knitted hearts, paints and glue gun, lots of tools and tool boxes full of material and card making bits.  I think I need to hide it all underneath a curtain!

I went through all my cookbooks to pick out my favourites as I want to keep them contained to a wicker basket on my work top.  

I gave a couple away today and I have a few for the charity pile. The wire hanging down is attached to my chilli lights which are draped round the kitchen window. I have had them for years but I love them on in the evenings if I have a dinner party.

I also emptied the chest freezer and wrote a list of everything in there so its much easier now to do a meal plan.  I did a small food shop on the internet to restock some of my staples like stock cubes, oil, flour, tinned tomatoes etc as I can get it delivered for £3 and it would cost us £10 diesel if we went to the shop.

I put two loads of washing out on the line today, I was going to do it yesterday but we kept having snow showers.  Some items were still a bit damp when I brought them in.  I made a large pot of chilli for tea and I had found some garlic & coriander wraps in the freezer so the leftovers will be used inside these tomorrow.  A quick meal because I will be out doing the pattern course in the morning and then going to work afterwards.  

Terri X

Friday, March 21, 2014

Happy Decluttering

I have been decluttering a lot since the New Year and this week, with help from my OH, we tackled all the family photo's.  This was quite a big job as I decided that I wanted to get rid of all the albums and choose the best pictures to keep and condense the space they take up.  We set abt this task but it took us ages as we reminisced over holiday and party pics, laughing at our memories and I got tearful looking at pics of our children who are adults now, didn't  their childhood fly past so fast, the best years of my life.

It took us two days to go through every photograph but in the end we had condensed them down by about half and OH burnt the rest plus the albums in an old oil drum we found in a field.  It was a good job done and now I feel relieved that they are all in one place and I dated a lot of them on the back.  My daughter is so looking forward to coming up and having a browse through them all.

Today I decided we needed to decluttering all our CD's.  This didn't take long at all once we got stuck in and we reduced their numbers so again they fit into the rack now instead of the overflow in drawers and cupboards.  I have taken the box full to our nephews to have a pick of any they might like as we have quite eclectic tastes!

Other things this week, i made my first hexie!  I am using scraps of material i have  and i am finding it quite relaxing to sit and handsew them of an evening.  I am not sure yet what to make them into but i will just continue with making these just for the fun of it.  I dream of one day being able to make a quilt though.

I was lucky enough to get a cashback payment through which i converted into an Amazon gift card and after buying some cat flea and tick stuff, i had enough to treat myself to Jack's cookbook.  I have already tried a couple of her recipes and you can see some of the yellow stickers i have used to earmark some of the other recipes i definately will be trying out.  This is a great book for someone like myself who is on a very tight budget and it is written by someone who truly knows what food poverty is like.

Talking of food, OH had very little work this week but he was given a dozen fresh eggs as a thankyou for his help.  These unexpected gifts are such a blessing and as usual we are again thankful for the help given by our family when we struggle.  Tonights dinner is a sausage casserole padded out with extra veg in and tinned potatoes

I am making homemade yorkshire puds and some cabbage to go with it.  Nice and warming too as the weather has definately turned colder today..  We awoke to some snow this morning and have had a couple of snow storms through the day but it is mostly wet and windy.  It is expected to freeze overnight.  We are being stingy with our wood supplies to eke it out so today we have relied on the calour gas fire for a bit of warmth and put on plenty of layers!  The cat sitting on my lap warms me up too!

Terri X

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Staying In

It has been wet and very very windy the last two days.  Looking out the window it is so grey and you can't see the mountains at all.  I was out working yesterday but today I just felt like staying in. 
I lazed in bed this morning determined to finish a book I was reading and the cats waited patiently for their breakfast and snuggled on the blankets with me.  Eventually I got up as OH lit the fire in the lounge as on days like this its nice to keep one room warm and cosy.  It is just the day for soup too so I set to making some for our dinner

Whilst it was cooking I decided to make a few cards as it is Mother's Day soon and our Anniversary this month plus another Birthday card needed.

I am quite pleased with these and I have used odd papers and recycled cards to make them.
OH has sat in front of the t.v this afternoon watching all the rugby so I have been catching up with reading some of the blogs I follow and re-arranging a shelf.  The photo's are a bit dark because of the weather but I decided to go for a kind of woodland theme

I took down my printers tray and replaced it with this hare picture which was done by a neighbour and I think it is very good

I included a wooden toadstool that I brought OH at a local craft fair along with some toadstool tea lights that caught my eye when i last went to Dunelm.

There was this little owl too that I propped up against a little brown jug.

It fits in well colour wise alongside the green candle which smells like pine when lit.  In fact that has given me an idea go outside tomorrow and pick up some of the fallen pinecones after these winds and put some in the bottom of the hurricane jar.  They will fit as they are the tightly closed kind.
Doesn't the time fly when you are just poodling about, it is now tea-time and I am going to warm up the soup.  Think I will get into my PJ's early.

Terri X

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lovely Morning on a Croft

How lovely to see the sunshine!  The day started off cold but it soon warmed up and I headed off to a friend's croft for a coffee and took some photo's which I thought I would share with you.

First we headed down the road to feed the sheep.  There is still a bit of snow on the peaks.

It was so bright, look at our shadows on the road

A mother with her calves watched us with interest

A lot more snow on this mountain

Then off to see the horses

and Billy the Goat

and lastly we fed the chickens

Terri X

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Grandad what are you doing?


Today was the day allocated to do all the jobs that our daughter had asked for help with.  We came prepared, travelling down with a toolbox and drill, dustsheets and paint rollers in the boot of the car and his first job was to fix her kitchen cupboard door.  This was quickly sorted and then he was cutting and hammering wood to repair the back gate that had been damaged in all the bad weather.  Grandson No.3 watched him work.

Don't think I got away with everything!  I was keeping an eye on Grandson's 2 & 3 whilst doing two lots of washing to hang out on the line.  It had been a sharp frost overnight but the sun came out and after trying to hang out the first load I found out there was a peg shortage!  I left OH and daughter painting the first coat of paint in the hallway whilst I popped out to the local Waitrose.

Where we live there is not a Waitrose within 100 miles and as this one also has some of the John Lewis store, I looked forward to having a look round.  Grandson No. 2 helped me choose some cakes to take back to the others and I found some pegs in a peg basket for £3.  We headed back after a little detour to a playpark and we spent a happy half hour on the swings and slide and singing nursery rhymes whilst bouncing up and down on the seesaw.

The first coat of paint was drying so after putting in a new lock on the back door it was time to have a look at Grandson No. 2's bike. 

An adjustment to the saddle and pumping up the tyres, it was time to learn how to use the pedals and take the step forward from using his balance bike to riding a proper bike with stablizers.

It will take a bit of practice but he was getting the hang of it.

One very happy boy, very proud of himself!

Last coat of paint was done and I prepared the potatoes for tea.  Grandson No. 1 and Grandaughter both have classes after school today, football and street dancing so we are having an easy tea of sausages, mash, spring greens, carrots and sweetcorn.

OH did the washing up and is now having a well deserved rest, until tomorrow when we are going to visit some other relatives.

Terri X

Monday, March 3, 2014

A short break

I am having a short break away down south to see my Grandchildren.  Lots of cuddles needed to stock up for the months apart so back soon.

Terri X