Belated Mother’s Day celebrations

I know Mother’s Day here in Wales (and the rest of the UK obviously) was last Sunday but as hubby’s parents decided to surprise us last week, my mum and I made a date for today. My sister even came home from “the other side of the bridge” to join in the celebrations.

My mum is the hardest person to buy for on Mother’s Day. She will not have “overpriced” flowers, chocolates are a no-no til after Lent and when asked she will tell you she wants “nothing”!!! So this year we decided to do something a bit different. A “at home afternoon tea”.

I was lucky enough to be invited to afternoon tea last year when a friend celebrated a “big” birthday so I knew I needed sandwiches, cakes and scones.


Ooh and a nice outfit.


A good time was had by all especially baby D who enjoyed all the goodies being at an accessible height on the coffee table. And I think the goodies went down well too.


Now who wants to come and do the washing up??

Strawberries in spring

I have seen more strawberries last month than I care to count and its not quite spring! They weren’t even the lovely juicy edible ones either 😦

At the beginning of February my little lady was looking through her wardrobe looking for something to wear. Apparently I can’t be trusted to decide, having only been dressing myself for the last 25ish years! Anyway it turns out little lady has, according to her, “nothing to wear” in the overflowing wardrobe of hers. The problem was solved temporarily, by a boycott of clothing altogether (oh to be 5 again). So what had caused this?

Little lady has always been small for her age but has suddenly shot up and now a lot of her dresses are getting too small. She was quite saddened by this so we decided that a trip to the fabric shop was in order.

She has very good taste and chose this fabric for her soon to be dress.

So one Monday when lady was in school and hubby and baby D were off doing “boy things” I borrowed one of her dresses and botched fashioned a pattern for the new dress. I found an old quilt cover to use as lining and off I went.


Little lady tried it on (over her pyjamas naturally!) and apart from some minor adjustments around the armholes, it fit nicely.

All that’s left to do is to bind and hem it and its finished.

Ta da…..

Oh dear I have just realised that the pattern repeat is so small it makes the photo look blurry. Sorry for that!

Happy St David’s Day

Just a quick post to wish everyone, welsh or not, a very happy St David’s Day from all of us here at a lifetime of DIY

Photo taken from the Caerphilly Observer as our daffodils are not quite out yet. Shame on them! 😉

Little lady has gone to school today in her welsh costume, with welsh cakes in her bag to share with her class and a bunch of daffodils for the headmistress.

Hubby does not celebrate as he originates from the ‘other’ side of Offa’s dyke.

And me? Well baby D and I are off to our first ever stitch and bitch group. (Baby D has been promised play doh!)

Hope you all have a lovely St David’s day whatever you are up to.