Saturday, 31 May 2008

The last day of May

I climbed Mount Everest and conquered it... YAY!!!!
The feeling when you get to the top is amazing.. Truly!!
Ok so my Mount Everest was actually Mount Ironing and it is done. I know that some of you people dont believe in ironing but it just had to be done. It was spreading and spreading and taking over the house.

The last month has been hard trying to post every day and I have only not posted once which is not bad really. I wasnt going o do it again but the topic for this June is Home, Home is something that is very important to me so I may just have to post again for June. Please forgive me if I dont get it done every day.. The days I work are pretty dull as I am sure you wouldnt want to hear about my day at work but I have afew ideas for Home...

We are hoping to go camping in a couple of weeks time and have spent the day looking at various tents, ours is just not big enough for the four of us. It is amazing how much stuff you end up taking and I am talking essentials NOT the tv or DVD player. It has been a super week been with the children and now we only have seven weeks to go until the end of term and then we have the summer holidays.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Sarah xxx

Friday, 30 May 2008

Show and Tell Friday

Please call over to see Kelli's Blog and her Show and Tell Friday
Here is my show and tell for this week.
My Mum made this bear by HAND SEWING as a gift for my Daughter.
It is fully jointed and is the most beautiful thing. She sits in my Daughters room keeping an eye on her. She even has a little Tutu, Ballerina shoes and flowers in her hair.

My Mum is a truly wonderful crafter.
I hope you like my show and tell for this week.
Sarah xxx

Thursday, 29 May 2008

Mini Quilt Swap

Today I received my Mini Quilt Swap from Sally-Ann at Dotty Designs , just look at his lovely parcel waiting to be opened.

Here is the beautiful quilt I received.

And lots of other goodies

Here is the back

Sally-Ann it truly is beautful, Thank you so very much..
Sarah xxx

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Happy Birthday

Just to say Happy Birthday to my "Little" sister Kelly... 27 Today...

We had lunch and even cake but I forgot to take a picture..ooops!!!!

Tuesday, 27 May 2008

The things my Mother taught me

My Mum sent me these as she thought I would like to share with you..

* My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE - if your going to kill each other do it outside- I just finished cleaning.

* My mother taught me RELIGION- you better pray that comes out of the carpet

* My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL-if you don't straighten up I'm going to knock you into next week

* My mother taught me LOGIC- because I said so, that's why

* My mother taught ne IRONY-keep laughing and I'll give you some thing to cry about

* My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS- shut your mouth and eat your supper

* My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM- will you look at the dirt on the back of your neck

* My mother taught me about STAMINA-you'll sit there till all that spinach is finished

* My mother taught me about WEATHER- it looks as if a tornado swept through your room

* My mother taught me how to solve PHYSICS PROBLEMS- if I yelled because I saw a meteor coming towards you would you listen then

* My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY- if I've told you once I've told you a million times don't exaggerate

* My mother taught me THE CIRCLE OF LIFE -I brought you into this world and I can take you out


Anything sound familiar?

Monday, 26 May 2008


The flowers from the clematis growing in the garden.

Sunday, 25 May 2008

Cannonball !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We took advantage of a lovely sunny windy day and took the children out for a bike ride. There is a lovely park near to us which apparently used to be a coal mine and they made it into a beautiful park and there is also a woodland. It is within walking or riding distance of our house but the roads are so busy I took the children over in the car loaded with bikes whilst Andrew cycled over ther and met us. My son wanted to take some pictures whilst I was driving so the next couple of pictures are by him and not me as I was driving.

Andrew joined us and off we went. It is the perfect way to explore the park and we found bits that we had never seen before. Cannonball is what my son shouts as he pedels off "REALLY FAST MUM".
I have no idea where he got this from. There is a skate and BMX course in the park and he looks longingly at it every time we go but I usually tell him it is too buy for him. Well today I was a brave Mummy and asked the "Big Kids" if they would let him have a turn around for one minute. To say he was thrilled was an understatement and the big kids were shouting him on. Shame that Daddy had gone off with the camera so I didnt get a picture.

Here is one of me, well sort of.

We even had a cycle around the woodland, it was perfect.

My son asked me what the noise was, all you could hear were the trees.
Perfick !!!!

Saturday, 24 May 2008

I have been tagged

I have been tagged by Sarah at Miss Sew and Sew , here are the rules

I have to answer 6 questions about myself. At the end of the post I then get to tag 6 other people and post their names, then go to their blogs and leave them a comment, letting them know they've been tagged and asking them to read my blog. Then let the person know who tagged me know I've posted my answers.

1) What was I doing ten years ago?

I was 22 and would have been working in a horrible job whilst my dear Husband worked away in London, this was not the best way to start married life with us both living at different ends of the country.

2)What are 5 things in your to do list today?

* To go Rock Climbing with the children.
* To collect our new Chest of Drawers for the bedroom.
* To ring my Nephew and tell him I love him and wish him happy birthday.
* To take my children for a ride on their bikes.
* To snuggle with Hubby and watch some TV together tonight.

3)Snacks I enjoy

Chocolate, Chocolate and ermmmm Chocolate. Oh yes and toast, there is something about toast and butter that i cant resist.

4)Things I would do if I was a billionaire

I would buy a house in the country and have my own small bit of land. I would then of course help out my family and get them houses..
Andrew would probably want lots and lots of motorbikes and I would have a VW Campervan painted in Duckegg blue with flowers along the side. I would give the rest away.

5)Places I have lived

Goodness I have not moved around that much but have lived in the North East of England all of my life. When I was a child we lived in Middleton in Teesdale and Barnard castle and then we moved to County Durham. I live in Tyne and Wear now.

6) Six people that I want to know more about.

This is hard as I am really nosy and want to know about everyone sooooooooooo I will open this to anyone who wants to join in and have a go. If you do ley me know you joined in.

Edit to Add ***************Well I am off to have a well earned rest, every muscle in my body aches today. On Thursday I went Rock Climbing, Friday I did 40 lengths of the pool after work and today I took the children climbing and we also did the bike ride. I am exhausted and if it would not spend eternity living on my hips I would be heading for one of these....

Friday, 23 May 2008

Show and Tell friday

Kelli is yet again hosting Show and Tell Friday, pop over to her blog and have a look.
Hello, todays show and tell suggestion was something you got on a trip. Well my recent trip to my parents house brought back lots and lots of goodies and here is one that I wanted to show you. It is a little cardboard box with tiny boxes inside about the size of a box of matches..

There are 18 boxes inside and they are full of wonderful little sewing goodness.

Here are three and the others have things like pins, needles and hooks inside. My Mum had two of these boxes and she said that she picked them up at a car boot sale.
I will be finding somewhere for them soon.

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Holiday memories

Nearly two years ago we went to beautiful Cornwall on holiday, it truly is the most magical place and we would love to go back soon. The children ad the most wonderful time. i thought that I would share a couple of pictures. The first one is of Polperro, quite the traditional quaint fishing village.

Here is the Eden Project. If you are ever looking for inspiration for environmental issues then this is your place. It was so good that we went back again. I think that this was the highlight of the holiday for me.

Just some flowers taken whilst walking around The Eden Project.

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

I am so lucky

I had a wonderfull time today as I took off early and spent the day with my Mum and Sister. We had a look around some of the shops and had a lovely lunch. I would have take a picture of the cake but I ate it too quickly and all that was left were a couple of crumbs (Carott cake, Lovely)..

My Mum has been having a sort out and had some things mainly from her sewing room for me and been the kind daughter that I am I was only TOO happy to take them off her hands. I cant possibly show you everything that I got as it will be the longest post ever but take a look at the next picture of the boot of my huge estate car and you will get the idea of just how much I came away with.

The books are actually hiding alot as there is another bag underneath them. My poor Hubby been the kind gentleman that he is never said a word when I asked him to reverse the car into the drive for me. He just looked at the back of the car, said something under his breath and smiled.
I thought that I would show you some of the things that I was VERY lucky to be given. All of these things apart from the ribbons were made by my GreatGrandmother who was born in 1892 and her sister Emma who was born in 1872. My GreatGrandmother was raised by her sister when their mother died, their were eleven brothers and sisters.

The top one was used to trim the edge of a pillow case and the two on the bottom are ribbons.


This was a collar from a dress or a blouse and has been trimmed with lacework on the bottom.
We think that the top is a cuff from a dress, it looks and feels very delicate. The bottom crochet.

I love all of these but this has to be my favourite, it is crochet and is the cuff from a dress. I would love to have clothes like this, all made to look beautiful with ribbons and lacework. My sister thinks that I was born in the wrong period. I would love to be able to time travel to other times in History, I may not want to live there for long but to experience these places and times would be wonderful for a short time. Would you like to time travel? Where would you go to?
Iam not sure exactly how old these things are but they are so lovely. My GreatGrandmother was married in 1912 , this is a photograph of her on her wedding day.
I am lucky that my Grandmother kept things and have a box full of newspaper cuttings and birth certificates so that I am able to find out information about my family and complete a family tree.
I will show wome of the other things another time, I just have to find somewhere to put them now.

Tuesday, 20 May 2008


Oh dear oh dear oh dear......... What can I say... It has been a hard couple of days at work and well chocolate is my friend.....

Iam working on some organisation here at home and hope that I can work at getting the house and my life a little more organised. The cycle of washing, cleaning, ironing and other stuff just never seems to end. Any tips or hints on how you are organised would be greatfully received. If I dont do something I will have to turn to more chocolate and you dont want that do you?

Monday, 19 May 2008

Soon to be in the garden.

Just a quick update on our lovely goodies growing in the porch. The beans and peas are ready to put out into the garden and the tomatoes and strawberrys are going to stay in the porch away from slugs and snails.

I cant wait for these to ripen. Last year all of our strawberrys were eaten, we think by a mouse in the garden.

All our vegetables are grown without the use of any nasties.

Sunday, 18 May 2008

Make, Mend and Do...

I am finding it hard to post everyday at the moment. First it is difficult to think of something everyday and secondly finding the time is hard.

I wanted to post about this for a while so here goes.

When I was a child we used to snuggle up under the warmest sheets ever and they were a brushed cotton (i think this is what you call them). Now you dont find these type of sheets here anymore and they are just the normal type. I am lucky enough to own afew sheets that were handed down to me by my Mum and were actually my Grandmothers. Imagine my devistation when I found this

Yes, my dear children have worn them into a hole right in the middle of the sheets where their little bodies snuggle up just as their Mamma did. I have used them for about seven years and they belonged to my grandmother who dies nearly ten years ago, so really they have been well used.

Well after a chat with my Mum, I have cut them in half, sewn the two hemmed sides together and re hemmed what was the middle to form an edge. Now I have perfectly useable, warm and snuggly sheets for the childrens bed and it has cost me nothing. My Mum informed me that she can remember her mother doing this and also her Grandmother. This would be done until the sheet was well used and could not be sewn back together to get further useage and then it was used for something like a rag or the decent bits of fabric would be used to be sewn into something different.

Years ago I would have probably thrown them away and ran to the shops to buy brandnew bedding and thought nothing of it. I am not the Queen of Green and must confess that I did this mainly for the financial benefit of not having to buy new bedding but it also means that there is less thrown away for landfill.

For more inspiration on Greener living have a look at this blog,

Our Green Year

Friday, 16 May 2008

Out of the mouths of babes.

I hada conversation with my 6 year old today after he spotted a Blood Donor sign and wondered what it was. He then told me that when you are having a baby they take lots of blood (his teacher has recently had a baby). He then told me,

"When I was in your tummy I can remember that I had to dodge the needles"

It would appear that he thinks that they take the blood from your tummy and the baby has to dodge the needles, what is more concerning is he can remember DOING IT.

My 5 year old Niece also told me today that she loves me a million billion.

Children are so funny at times.


I never got chance to post yesterday, I failed.... I spent the morning making my mini quilt for Lucys swap and seem to have got on well with that. I cant how you but here is a sneaky peek

I hope that i wil get it finished over the weekend and then in the post. Then in the afternoon I went to the local climbing wall with my daughters school for a climbing lesson. I managed to climb the 10 meter wall, it doesnt sound much but when you stand at the bottom and look up it is a L-O-N-G way up. I love it though, what an acomplishment to climb the wall and get to the top. I hope to go back soon. After leaving there and doing the school run we had a tennis lesson for my son and get my daughter to brownies. I was also very lucky to be having a meal out and a trip to the theatre which was an unexpected treat provided by my Daughters school. So you see I have a good reason not to have posted yesterday.

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Reduce, reuse, Recycle

This is something that I have been thinking about today. Our wheelie bin was collected and as I watched the bin men take it away it got me thinking about what we all throw away and just how much. When taking the children to school there are rows and rows of bins outside houses waiting for them to be collected and some are overflowing. I am not judging people on what they should be doing but I do hold myself accountable for my own actions and what I can do to make my wheelie bin a little less full. I dont think that we do badly for a family of four, we usually only fill the bin to half way. HOWEVER there is room for improvement.

Packaging has to be the worst thing, you go to the supermarket and perhaps buy some yogurt. You have just paid for 4 little pots with lids and then most of them have a cardboard container supposidly holding them together. There are other itmes which are over packaged and not only is this making waste but we are actually paying for this packaging and then we throw it away. You may as well just throw some money in the bin, I bet people would never dream of doing that. Here are some intersting links that you may like to have a look at,

I shall get off my soap box now, normal service shall resume.

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Lucky Ducky

Oh My, Look at what I got today. This was waiting for me when I came home from work and it came all away from the USA and the Lovely LEIGH.

Inside were three balls of really pretty wool in lovely girlie colours and an American Knitting magazine.
I also received a pretty card and even the envelope was nice,

Here is the inside of the card.
thank you so much Leigh, thi really made my day. I have had a difficult two days at work and I am sure that I have more grey hairs than I did on Sunday night. However I was cheered up LOTS today. This is a PIF and I have not forgotten that I have people to forward PIF's to send out and I promise I will get it sent out to you soon.

Monday, 12 May 2008

Jamie O'Neal - Somebody's Hero

I thought that you may like to listen to this song. Enjoy

Sunday, 11 May 2008

Out of the Mouths of Babes

My six year old son was watching a game show tonight where the contestant had won one thousand pounds. He comented that this was alot of money so i asked him,

"What would you buy if you had one thousand pounds?"

He said, "I would buy us a caravan to go on holiday"

He is such a cutie

Saturday, 10 May 2008

Scrapbooking and Tea Towels

Today we have spent most of the day in the garden digging over the veg patch and then we took the children to the park on their bikes but I forgot the camera. To save you from looking at a picture of dug over soil and horse manure I thought that I would show you some scrapbook pages that I have been working on. The photographs are not recent as you will see but you cant rush these things. This is my Mother in Law and my Daughter,

b oth the children swimming
Having a walk and bike ride in the snow with dolly of course

These are some towels that I bought recently from Laura Ashley, I feel that they are far too good to dry the dishes and no doudt someone with grubby hands will use them. I have decided that I will probably use them to make a couple of cushions for the Monks Bench in the Kitchen. I dont know how I will do it but that is the idea for now anyway.

I have two very tired children right now, The eldest was sleeping at a friends last night so you can imagine how much sleep they got and so she is sat watching Riverdance, the ther has spent the day digging out weeds in the garden. Daddy told him that he would pay him 10pence per weed, at last count he had over £4.00, either I have lots of weeds or he got lost with the maths somewhere along the line.