Monthly Archives: March 2016

Well Really!

Last night here in the UK we saw Episode 6 of Season 10 of The X-Files and they left us hanging!  I mean really!!!  I do hope we are not going to have to wait for another year before they make the next six and lets face it, the die-hard fans we really need more than six episodes. 

I have read a few of the critics comments and some like and some don’t but for me the writing was just the same and they were good.  It was also good to see the “older” characters as well, especially Mulder’s line “I don’t do stairs anymore”!  I loved it! 

 

The weather is still spring like but it has turned cold again and today is overcast, but we have seen the sun for a few days which was great.  Treacle spent yesterday on our bed.  Our room is at the back of our home and gets the sun from 11.00am until evening and it was very warm through the windows, so she was basking!!  She will need it from tomorrow as it is her spa day!

Work took up all of yesterday and the whole day was busy and frustrating at the same time.  It started first thing when my hairdryer decided to break!  Fortunately I had finished using it and today I was going to get it cut but my hairdresser called to cancel!  So I will have to have a trip out to get a new one.  The rest of the week looks busy too as I have to bake cakes tomorrow for Thursday for the swimming club’s Sport Relief fundraising, a bake sale.  DH is out at a meeting Thursday evening but has to get back as it is also our Head Coach’s 30th Birthday on Friday, so the Club are giving him a gift and we have a card signed by all his swimmers. 

 

Friday we are going out to see friends who we haven’t seen since the beginning of the year for dinner and then Saturday we have friends coming to us for dinner and we haven’t seen them since last July!!!!!  So looking forward to this weekend.  I will hopefully get some pictures of our dinner on Saturday.

Still busy quilting things for the stall, some of which work and some don’t but the pile is growing 🙂

I hope your Tuesday is going well.

Hugs, Susie x

 

What a Great Spring Day!

Having done the school run in the fog I thought it was set to be like that for the rest of the day but as soon as the sun appeared it burnt off the fog and turned into a lovely spring day.  Cold still but at least you feel that Spring is making itself felt.

ac81e-2218399I have spent the day grocery shopping, cleaning and generally tidying everything in sight, including Treacle.  As the day was so nice she spent quite a bit of it outside until I caught her digging!   She was then brought in and sent to her basket, after having dried and got the mud out of her paws!!!!!

Whilst I was out shopping today I got the various Easter Eggs which we give.  Usually with the children I get a small egg and then a book, which we always did with our Boys.  They also got the small eggs which we used to hide for the Easter Egg Hunt but as they are now twenty and sixteen they don’t want to do the Hunt anymore!  So they have small eggs and Eldest has a half bottle of champagne to share with Girlfriend and Youngest has asked for a new jumper!  Better than lots of chocolate. 

Quilting on HolidayMy Easter Egg is always some fabric from the quilt shop of course!!!  There is a quilt shop in Beauly near Inverness and it is lovely.  The lady who runs Patches Corner has her shop on their farm and she carries a large range of fabrics so DH always goes with me and then pays!!!  Over the weekend I will also be getting some more things done for my stall. 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and the weather is kind to you wherever you are.

Hugs, Susie x

 

Another Excuse to not do Housework but Quilt!

As if Quilters need any excuse to find time to spend the day quilting instead of doing all those annoying jobs, March 19th is Worldwide Quilting Day!  It is a Saturday for all those quilters who work during the week and for those who work at the weekend perhaps they will be able to join in, in the evening. 

Unfortunately, but it is a good unfortunately, we have friends coming round for dinner that night and we have not seen them for months.  In fact I think we saw them last July at our Carnival so we have lots to catch up on and I will be spending most of the day cooking.  However I don’t have anything on March 20th and so intend to spend that day quilting then.  I am sure it is not in the rules that you can spend a different day quilting!

 I have been doing some research on craft stalls and getting some ideas from Pinterest.  There are also ladies sharing their experiences of selling at craft fairs and what has and hasn’t worked for them.  It is really interesting.  I am also hoping to attend a few craft fairs which happen locally to have a look at what is out there.

 

One of the biggest things and was raised by a very good friend who comments on my blog, is what to charge.  Not so much for the small things but quilts!  We all know that people will not want to pay what a quilt is really worth but how to actually pitch it.  I don’t mind if I don’t sell lots as it is the fun of making things and another way to look at it is that I will have all my Christmas gifts made early this year!!!!!  I have seen also on blog land some calculators for working out how much to charge for a quilt and I will have a look at those.  I made the small lap quilt and it was from material I had already bought and cut out for a previous quilt but I will have a look at the calculator and see what it comes out at.  I did see on Etsy some quilts which were not particular complicated blocks or the quilting and they were up for sale for £1,500 which obviously is a lot of money, especially in the current climate.  There is also the thing of pricing yourself out of the market!

 

I am also going to do a mock up of the stall a couple of weeks before so that I know how it will go together and what it looks like.  Its all really exciting.

Tonight we have swimming club and Youngest is swimming for the club on Saturday night so hopefully I will get some more quilting done then.  At least by doing this I am fulfilling my New Year Aim of doing some quilting each month!!!!!

Hope you are having a Thrilling Thursday.

Hugs, Susie x

 

The Wednesday Wag!

IMG_20160301_163005Dad was working from home one day last week and he had a snack with his tea at 4.00pm and they smelt wonderful.  He did give me one to try and it was very nice but he said I couldn’t not have lots of them as they are not doggie treats.  Speaking of which I am still working my way through my Christmas treats.  The ones I like best are the turkey and cranberry ones.

Mom has made an appointment for next week for the Doggies Spa as she says I am looking like this

I don’t know what she means, although when I get wet it is taking rather a long time to dry me.  What we need is one of the drying cabinets that they have at the Doggie Spa, I really like those.

DSC05003It has been raining most of the day but there was a break in the weather and Mom said I had to go outside, I didn’t really want to but I did and the worst thing – there were no cats to bark at!

Have a Woofy Wet Wednesday

Treacle

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Very Cold Weather But….

IMG_20160121_081438This has been what my car has looked like every morning, heavy frost and very cold.  But I just love the patterns of the ice on the window.

The weather is supposed to get a little warmer by the end of the week but at the moment it is really cold but still no snow.  However these days do provide some great pictures.

IMG_20160203_164558The sunset when I was on my way to fetch Youngest from school.  Love the tree in all its bareness!

On March 6th the weather conditions were just right for lots of parts in the UK to see the Northern Lights, especially in Scotland.

Brian Doyle captured the kaleidoscope of colours over Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire

This was taken looking over Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire (from the BBC News Website).  We have had friends who have paid quite a lot of money to go on trips up the coast of Norway and into the Arctic Circle specifically to see the Northern Lights and have not seen them at all!!!  We didn’t see them here in Derbyshire unfortunately.  However as we are going to Scotland for our vacation in a few weeks you never know, we may get to see them then!

Tonight I have a basket of ironing to do but hopefully tomorrow evening I will be able to do some more sewing.

I hope your Tuesday is going well.

Hugs, Susie x

Where Did The Week Go?

Last week disappeared in a rush of work, house jobs, dealing with The Boys and I honestly don’t know where the days went!  I think the Cosmos had something against me!!!!  I have also been going through a period of waking up at 4.00am every day and I am finding it hard at the moment to break the habit.  I have no problem going to sleep but I do have a problem staying asleep!!!

Yesterday was Mother’s Day in the UK and it was very cold and quite dull day weather wise and I think we should move our Mother’s Day to the US one in May when the weather is usually better!  I got lovely cards from the Boys and my gift was this :

Now you may think this is a weird Mother’s Day present but it is something I actually wanted and really do need!  Why you ask well

DSC04823This is our Village Carnival last year and you can see the various tents/canopies for the various stalls, well I have decided to have a stall this year and sell some quilted goods!  This is a huge decision for me, especially putting myself out there and showing the things I have made and in fact asking money for them, but nothing ventured, nothing gained!!!!  After last year being Secretary for the swimming club and also the quality officer and running the dog show at Carnival and making the teas on the day, it all got a bit too much.  So I decided to stand down from three of the jobs which means I have time at Carnival to do something for me!

The last few weeks I have spent some evenings and weekends making things for the stall and here is what I have so far

DSC05174A Tote Bag

DSC05185Christmas Stocking – Never too early to start Christmas shopping!!!!

DSC05184A small lap quilt.  I had all the squares already cut out from a quilt I made previously and just had to sew and quilt it.

DSC05183Bookmarks

DSC05182Doggie Bandannas in small and large

DSC05181Bags, large and small.

DSC05180Needle/pin and sewing books.

DSC05179Chicken pin cushions, they need stuffing and their eyes!

DSC05178Empty hearts which will be filled with lavender.

DSC05177Lavender pillows

DSC05176Mug Rugs.

DSC05175Tissue Holders.

That’s what I have at the moment but I am really having fun making them and using up all my scraps of fabric.  It is amazing what you can make out of really small bits of material.

DSC05173This is the state of Eldest’s room at the moment, but I can find everything I need!

IMG_20160228_114845Here is Treacle modelling one of the Doggie Bandannas.

We have ten weeks before Youngest starts his exams, oh boy!  We are looking forward to our vacation over the Easter holidays and I will be taking my sewing as Youngest will be spending quite a bit of time revising, so I will be able to get lots done then.  I also have my commission quilt to do which will also be done whilst we are away.

Swimming has been busy and the Club were at a memorial gala on Saturday and they won!  Youngest posting some great times and coming first in a few of the races so he was really pleased.  Although he has developed a cold over the weekend and is really tired, so I am dosing him up with vitamins so he can get rid of it quickly.  We have swimming again this Saturday evening and on Sunday Evalyn, her Mom and Dad are coming for the day.

Hopefully this week will be a little less chaotic! 

Hugs, Susie x

Hopefully Spring will arrive soon!