Made it Monday #5

So it’s Monday. The first Monday of our Easter holidays and made it Monday number 5.

What am I going to show you today? Well today I would like to show you a bag I made for little lady to carry her dancing things to class.

I love this ballerina fabric and I bought it specifically with some kind of dance bag in mind.

The lining is a pink check fabric I already had in my stash. There are butterfly’s embroidered every so often and this fabric is leftovers from the amount that was originally bought to make little lady’s christening outfit. :) Which makes it extra special in my eyes.

Barbie cakes and JCB’s

Well happy birthday to me! Another birthday and another year older. I am in a much more positive headspace than this time last year. I am still the same weight but, thanks to my running, I am now fitter. The weight will come off eventually. We have been decluttering quite a bit and the house is starting to look like we are getting somewhere :D

So today I am going to list a few things I am thankful for today.

My birthday cake. Chosen and mostly made by little lady. (Hubby decorated it and supervised)

This JCB parked up the road from our house that made D go “wow!”

The face mask made by little lady that made me smell so so chocolatey.

And rolling the mat back to play trains with D.

I am feeling very blessed this year and I am very grateful for that.

Even if hubby has just walked through the door after coming home from work ill, not even an hour after I had to pick little lady up from school, following an accident with a hula hoop! (Don’t ask!)

Day Zero list

Way back last year Lucy was talking about her Day Zero list. It’s a list of 101 things you’d like to do in 1001 days so better than a bucket list that you might never get round to doing in the belief that you have loads of time left!

Lucy’s day zero list finished last New Year’s Eve and I remember thinking what a fantastic date to finish on. End of the year and all that. So we got talking and Lucy said that she was going to start again on the 6th April 2014 which would make 1001 days later New Year’s Eve 2016. I had to get me some of that action!!! Problem was, Lucy sent me a tweet on the 5th saying “I’m nearly finished, how’s your list going?” And I kind of went “ARRRRRRRRGH!!!!!!!!” I had forgotten all about it. So I had to rush to get my list done……….

And it’s still not done. I have come to the conclusion that I am a very boring person who has no interest in doing anything at all :(

The up side though, is that hubby has also started writing a list. Hubby, who shows no interest in the future whatsoever!!! Just between you and me though, I think he’s stealing items off my list!!!!

I’m going to put the list that I have under a new tab at the top of the page so that’s it accessible and I can cross things off as I do them. I will attempt to add the 34 more items it need to make the 101 target. I would love to know if anyone else has a day zero list. I’m nosey like that! :D

Made it Monday #4

Where is the time going? I’m finding the weeks are going so fast, I’m struggling a bit to keep up. I have a few blog posts that I want to write up but time is running away with me. I am sneaking in this post while Little Lady is having her piano lesson.

So made it Monday. What have I made this week? Maybe I can introduce you to Eregion?

One of the other mums up the schools makes reborn dolls. Personally I find them so real looking that they are scary. I really struggle putting these dolls in a bag, they can be so lifelike.

Eregion is an elf doll. He has pointy ears and everything!! I was asked if I could make him a little elf outfit before he was sold rehomed.

He is wearing a green tunic and trousers and the most epic elf hat I have ever seen. I loved the pattern and it looks really nice on the doll.

I know he is up for sale at the moment in her shop. I do hope he finds a home soon.



Can you believe hubby and I had a social life this month? We were invited to a surprise 50th birthday party. Now the last surprise 50th we were invited to (many moons ago) the birthday boy spent all night fuming as his daughters had lied to him about not doing anything for his birthday!!

Even with this in mind, we don’t get invited to many 50th birthday parties, surprise or not, so we decided to go. I had the most gorgeous fabric in my stash already I just needed a pattern. You know when you have a really nice length of fabric that you are actually reluctant to cut into it?? No?? Surely that’s not just me?

I found this pattern. An original 60′s pattern that I had been given a few years ago. I was a bit dismayed when I pulled the pattern pieces out of the envelope as the pieces were all scrunched up. Not only that but I found pieces of 3 other patterns in there too. Shame it wasn’t kept in better condition. But it was still useful so I decided to use it.

I had a bit of trouble working out which size to use. I had to convert all my measurements into inches only to find I am a different shape to women of the 60′s! Adjustments made and it was time to cut it out. I didn’t have time to make a toile so was bricking it a bit, cutting into my precious fabric. But I don’t think I did a bad job even if I do say so myself.

What do you think?

Made it Monday #3

I’ve got a few things to show you over the next couple of weeks. I have been struggling to sew as the craft room progress means that some of my stuff is upstairs and some downstairs and nothing seems to be where I am!!

However I am managing to make a few things so I should be able to post in this series more often.

Today’s item is this

This was a present for a very special family friend. I bought a plain white mug and cut out stencils of his name

I used a sharpie pen to colour in the letters then added 2 sachets of hot chocolate and a bag of mini marshmallows. Looks pretty good altogether I think.


Spilt milk

In order to ease up on our finances a bit I have taken a second job. I work every other weekend in the evenings. This way it doesn’t affect childcare as hubby is home and it won’t affect my main job either.

I spent my first weekend shadowing and as a result didn’t have a proper pay. As it wasn’t a proper pay I decided to treat both hubby and I. We don’t treat ourselves very often so it was nice to have a bit of spare money to be able to :)

Hubby chose a DVD. NCIS season 9. This was a DVD I was going to buy him for his birthday but at nearly £40 I decided not to. It has since been reduced and I bought it for just over £18 inc p&p :)

Me on the other hand. What did I want as a treat? To be honest, there was nothing that I could think of. I must be getting old :(

I have been frequenting charity shops looking for wooden photo frames for a project I have in mind for the front room and on one visit I saw this.

A lovely jug and plate. Reminds me of the old wash bowls but in miniature size.

I was rather taken by it and since I have been looking for a milk jug for my tea set for a while, I decided to buy it as my treat! And at £2.50 who could say no??


I’m not exactly sure if it was meant as a milk jug as the bowl throws me slightly. Anyone know what it would have originally been for?