Monthly Archives: January 2015


We have more of this forecast for tomorrow but I don’t think it will be enough for Treacle!  I have been working all day today and tonight I have a basket of ironing and I really wanted to get on with cutting out my new projects 😦

DSC04000One thing I have decided is to use the pattern I was asked to test out last year by Amy of Sew Incredibly Crazy (she has the pattern for sale on her website) for my super secret projects!!!  I may also use this for Youngest’s quilt which I need to get cut out too with the fabrics he chose.  One thing I do need though is more white from the quilt store as I used up my final bits on this one last year!

One benefit of the cold weather is the wonderful winter dishes you can cook for dinner.  Tonight we are having beef casserole which everyone loves.  I will post the recipe on my new page.

Hope you are having a Terrific Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie x


A Quilty Weekend!

The weather this weekend was stormy, lots of rain combined with high winds.  Fortunately we didn’t experience any damage in the garden or to our home but Scotland and the North of England did.  However it was the best excuse to stay in and quilt!

A job I was going to do over the Christmas break, but didn’t get around to, was sorting out my stash.  It was stored in a deep draw in the chest of draws in our bedroom and it was jammed!!!!!  DH managed to source some of the great clip boxes but our local store didn’t have them, but it didn’t stop him driving over to Nottingham to their big store where they had lots.  Now I have sorted my stash out it doesn’t seem so big!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Perhaps I need a trip to the Quilt store!!!!!

DSC04357 DSC04358This was a project I began last Easter (!) but hadn’t managed to get around to finishing them.  They are scraps left over from Baby Evalyn’s quilt and I was making them into baby blocks.  I have made the blocks then quilted them and then sewing them together.  However when I  came to sew the strips into the blocks, my machine was not happy in fact I broke three needles having a go so I have now decided to hand sew them, which I think will be easier when I get to do the final one and turn them right side out!

Whilst I was sorting my stash I have picked out some other fabrics for a few secret projects I am going to do.  Will show you more later.  Love this bit of the planning and sorting stage, just need a few hours to get the cutting done.

Today has been busy with work, as most Mondays are and there is a swimming meeting tonight, oh joy!

Hope your Monday is going well.

Hugs, Susie x


The Best Ball Boys In The World!


Billed as the 'best ball boys in the word', the obedient dogs proved to be better than the real thing

Now you all know that I love Tennis and Dogs and Treacle is very keen on Tennis Balls.  Take a look at this article and the video in the article.  They are sooooo cute!  If it was Treacle, of course, she would be running off with the Tennis balls and you wouldn’t get them back!!!!!!!

Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetova were recently treated to canine ball boys during a warm-up match

It made me smile.

Hugs, Susie x

New Year Aims

2015 AIMS

DSC03518Having read lots of the Blogs I read every day, everyone has the same view of Resolutions, we make them then break them quite quickly.  So following the trend I am not making resolutions but Aims.

Last year one thing I tried to do is do some quilting every week and I mostly did that until we got to summer when house and garden jobs took over or activities with the Boys.  SO this year I am going to Aim to do some quilting every week and keep this up during the whole year.

Another Aim is to be healthier, again if I say I am going to loose weight then I just resent it and don’t do anything so again, just be healthier.

My final Aim is to carry on with my three happy things in a day and write them down.   I don’t want to have too many Aims either or I will get bogged down.

DSC03960So this weekend I will be busy quilting!  I have one or two new projects to look at and see how my stash is going to get them done, I have Eldest’s quilt to sandwich and pin so I can start quilting that and I have a few more projects to plan out!  Hopefully I will have some pictures to show you.  The weather here is forecast to be cold, very windy and grey!  Just the sort of weather to stay in and quilt.

I hope everyone has a lovely safe weekend.

Hugs, Susie x

img_2012.jpgTreacle enjoying the snow we had just after Christmas!







Christmas Trip

Usually between Christmas and New Year we have tried to take the Boys somewhere interesting and sometimes something to help with their school work.  We took Eldest here, The Imperial War Museum London, when he had started his GCSE work and now Youngest has begun his, he wanted to go back.

We went down on the Tuesday after Christmas and it was very busy with tourists but not so much that we didn’t get to see everything.  It has just re-opened after a re-fit so we could see the difference between our two visits.

DSC04337The Entrance Hall

DSC04338A vehicle used by the media in conflict areas

DSC04339Another vehicle on an upper floor

DSC04343The same vehicle

Youngest and DH think that the following vehicle would be good for me, especially on a road out of our village which is extremely narrow and some people race along like it is part of an F1 course!  The rest of us, including me, slow down to a crawl or stop when cars are passing but a lot don’t!

DSC04340 DSC04342 DSC04341Yes I would be happy with this on the school run!!!!!!!!!

DSC04335 DSC04336To get to the museum we went over Westminster Bridge next to Big Ben and we could see the London Eye (you can see how busy the bridge is)  They were getting ready for the fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

The building which houses the Imperial War Museum used to be the Bethlem Royal Hospital or Bedlam as it was better known and opened in 1815

This picture was taken in 1896

In 1930 the hospital moved again and the building was given to London County Council where the park was developed for the locals and the building was opened to house the Imperial War Museum in 1936.  Bethlem Royal Hospital is still in existence today and is now purely a psychiatric hospital.

Tomorrow is a House Job day and grocery shopping and at the weekend, I am pleased to say we do not have anything planned, so I am going to try and get some quilting done!

I hope you are having a thrilling Thursday.

Hugs, Susie x

The Wednesday Wag!

DSC04303Well all the decorations have been put away for another year and Mom cleaned up a storm afterwards so all is back to normal.  I had a lovely Christmas but on the Saturday after Christmas and before New Year I was in a lot of trouble!!!!!!!!

Mom is always busy beforehand making lots of lovely things for Christmas, some things I am allowed to try and some I am not.  She makes mince pies, Christmas cake, Christmas puddings, sausage rolls, cookies and a lovely Christmas Log.

DSC04296This is one of the Boys favourite things and it always looks real.  Mom always makes one of these because her Grandma always made one at Christmas time.  Anyhoo Mom, Dad and The Boys all went out for the day on the Saturday to the cinema and for something to eat and I was left at home of course.  When they got back they found this ……

DSC04333I am afraid that the temptation was too much and I had the lot, including the plastic robin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Mom was not pleased!  Especially as us doggies are not meant to have chocolate and there was 500g of chocolate on the cake as well as 250g of butter which is also not good for us doggies!

Fortunately as the chocolate had been “cooked” to spread onto the cake Mom thinks that it was not as bad as “raw” chocolate.  But I was sick and Mom found the plastic robin!  But I was sick in my bed so I now don’t have a nice comfy bed in my basket!  Mom said it serves me right!!!!!  She relented though and ordered me a new bed which is coming all the way from America and it will have my name on it when it arrives!!!! 

DSC04334This is my “I am really sorry Mom” face! 

Fortunately I was only sick once and eating the whole thing did not give me any other problems and I had a great time after that!!!!!

Youngest is now back at school so it is just Mom and I at home and she is busy catching up on work.  I am counting off the days until my new bed arrives, my basket is just not as comfy at the moment.

(Treacle you have no shame! Mom)

I hope all of you had a lovely Christmas and Happy Woofy New Year.


PS  Next Christmas (!) the most eagerly anticipated film is being released!  No not Fast 7, Taken 3, Star Wars or Fifty Shades of Grey (whatever that is!) No the film of the year is the Peanuts Movie! I am definitely going to see this!  Go here,, to see the trailer and photos.