Pattern sale

We have been decluttering here in the alifetimeofdiy household. I have touched on this subject before hereΒ and in this post I told you how I had quite a lot of craft items that I needed to get rid of.

Over the years I have bought a lot of sewing patterns, only for most of them to lie in a box unused after I learnt to draft my own patterns. In the interests of decluttering, here I am offering some of those patterns for sale. Most of them are unused and the ones that have been used have been traced and refolded neatly (following the original fold lines) back into the envelope unless otherwise stated.

The patterns are Β£3.50 each plus Β£1p&p. If you are interested in any of the patterns please leave a comment at the bottom of this post or contact me on twitter @mehubbyandkids thank you.

Simplicity 7231

Simplicity Easy 4917

Sewing for Dummies 5744

burda 9830

burda 8321 size 6-18

Simplicity easy chic 4369 size 8-16 The top that comes in this pattern has two shoulder straps. View A has a slight tear where a sticker was peeled off making it look like it only has one strap. The pattern itself is in no way affected.

burda 8561 size 8-20

burda 2590 size 8-20

Simplicity 5097 size 12-18

Sewing for Dummies 5592 size 8-14

Vogue V8473 Size 14-20

Simplicity 4578 Size 6-12

New Look 6464 Size 8-18

Simplicity 5304 Size 12-18

burda 8827 Size 36-48

Simplicity 4989

Simplicity easy 4526 Size 6-16

Bellville Sassoon Vogue Designer Original V2880 Size 10-14

Tom and Linda Platt Vogue American Designer V2847 Size 12-16

Vogue V1042 Size 14-20

Bellville Sassoon Vogue Designer Original 2481 Size 14-18

burda start 3168 Size 18m-10yrs

Simplicity 4015 Size 10-16

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Universal Collery

October 14th 1913, the morning shift has just started at the Universal Collery in a small village in the South Wales valleys. 950 workers went underground, 439 of those men and boys were never to come home. At 8.10am the pit hooter was sounded to alert the people in the Aber Valley to the worst pit disaster in the UK. One man also lost his life in the subsequent rescue mission.

October 14th 2013, the original pit hooter was sounded from the site where the mine shaft would have stood. A valley stopped in memory of the 439 who lost their lives that day. Many of us can tell stories of family members who were killed in the explosion, or like in my case, men whose lives were saved due to not working that day.

Today is poignant for all of us living here in the former mining village not just because of the huge loss of life but because this is our history. Every family living here would have at least one male working in the mines, if not more. Women in the village waved their loved ones off everyday not knowing whether they would return at the end of the day. 100 years ago today, 205 women became widows and 542 children were left fatherless.

Every year on this date the whole school would walk down to the memorial and hold a special service for the lost miners. Today on the 100 year anniversary of the disaster, the lost will finally have national recognition. Recognition for the work they did for the country. Recognition of the devastation left behind.

Next month the whole country will stop to remember those who lost their lives fighting for the country. Today let’s just stop and remember those who lost their lives working to keep this country in fuel. Without whom the country would have ground to a halt.

A full roll call of those who lost their lives can be found here.

Handmade parties

We are fast approaching the busiest time of year for parties in the lifetimeofdiy household. Here in Wales (not sure if it’s the same elsewhere?) the children who will be he oldest in the school year start school part time at 3. In little lady’s case it was those with birthdays between September and December. There were 10 that started and these 10 have become very close friends. As you can imagine little lady gets a number of party invites during this time. Plus we have 4 family birthdays before Christmas. It could be very expensive but we try to be sensible and limit our spending. Within the family a handmade card is the best present ever. We love all things handmade and would rather a homemade cake with fingerprints in the icing (baby D I am looking at you!) than a shop bought one.

The first birthday is my sister’s. Little lady calls her Anti. She has never added her name to the end like with the other aunties. She is just Anti. As a side note my brother is called Uncle πŸ™‚ he doesn’t have a name attached to the end either πŸ˜‰

So Anti’s birthday. Little lady and I made a cake. A pink cake.

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We also made jelly that not only refused to come out of the mould but when it eventually did, it sagged and looked a bit pathetic 😦

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And let’s not forget the handmade card

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Anti loved her tea party and little lady was happy it was over with as that means that the next family birthday is hers!! πŸ˜€