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Friday, 26 January 2018

ONE YEAR ON

Happy New Year everyone, and let's hope it's slightly better than last year. We recently went to London for a couple of days on our own after the Christmas madness. Almost a year to the day, we arrived in London having just found out that I would have to have chemotherapy for breast cancer, the trip had been booked and under much deliberation on my part we decided to go.  One year on, and all done with the cancer thing we had a very much more relaxed and enjoyable time.

We stayed in the The Hub (part of the Premier Inn Group) - they're cheap, small but clean and in really central locations, we stayed in Brick Lane - I would highly recommend them.



Admiring the East London street art.




Found a great place for breakfast  The Breakfast Club in Artillery Lane, loved the food and the atmosphere, a mix of city workers and builders, in a retro setting.  The first evening we met up with friends and had dinner at The Flat Iron in Curtain Road, amazing steak, dripping chips, and creamed spinach, followed by caramel mousse and sea salt. The next day, a little bit of shopping, a visit to the National Portrait Gallery and then more dining with friends at The Bike Shed in Old Street. Home for a rest!



And because life's not all about gadding around cities (unfortunately) I've also been hard at work starting on a new range of dresses and bags.











And using up all that spare fabric I've been making some big tote bags for ladies.




Thursday, 11 January 2018

GOODBYE 2017

Just a little bit late with the last post of the year, and Christmas feels like a bit of a distant memory. I could have left it, and started afresh in 2018, but I think I really needed to close this year properly, as it's been a very poignant year for me and my family. It's a year I'm glad to see the back of, but I leave it feeling, a stronger and better person. I also leave it feeling a very, very lucky person.

The lead up to Christmas included dinner with friends, school carol concerts, a jewellery workshop with friends, the arrival of Harry's brother from London, and lots of shopping, eating, drinking, laughing and dancing. 


A great afternoon with friends, at our friends jewellery workshop. Kate makes amazing jewellery using ethically sourced gold, silver, diamonds and pieces of sea glass found on local beaches Glasswing Jewellery I had no idea about jewellery making, but with Kate's help I managed to make a lovely silver ring stamped with 2017. I absolutely love it.


Christmas Eve we met up for a few glasses of mulled cider at the Blue Anchor 



Christmas dinner for 9


We started New Years Eve in the pub, and then back to our house to say goodbye to 2017 with friends and the in laws. Later we set off to a friends party, where we danced until 3am. Needless to say New Years Day started with a hangover.


GOODBYE 2017!

Sunday, 24 December 2017

CHRISTMAS PREPARATIONS



We started our Christmas shopping in Exeter and combined it with a visit to the RAMM to see the National Portrait Awards. These are a few of my favourites.


 Then off to the Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market, to wander the lovely stalls and sample the mulled gin in the bar tent, where Harry met the chaplin of Exeter Cathedral. We did get a little bit of shopping done, before stopping for lunch at Compotoir Libinais



Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without one of the girls performing or singing in a show.  This year we were watching Bella perform ballet in Alice's Adventures at the Palace Theatre in Torquay



Christmas decorations out of the cupboard 


and all in place



Mabels 9th birthday was celebrated in fine style with a family meal 


and a disco party



No new makes at this time of the year, but everything has been reduced on the website

Friday, 1 December 2017

A SHORT BREAK


Much awaited break with friends to Bath. Love Bath, apart from being a beautiful city, it's also so easy to get around, with great architecture, bars and restaurants.


Gin lovers we all are. We found a great bar to taste, among others Bath Gin.


I only have two fairs this Christmas, so I've being thinking of little bits to add to my stall. Inspired by Mabel's obsession with dogs (especially sausage dogs) I made her one of these and then continued to make a whole family.




And for the cat lovers .....


New makes







Still enjoying the beach, but the weather is getting a lot colder, luckily there's a hot chocolate stop at the end to warm us up for the walk home.



Monday, 6 November 2017

CELEBRATIONS

A few weeks ago I bought 30 used coffee sacks, I've spent some time making them into cushions and bags. A bit of a messy project, but I've been pleased with the finished results








Big milestone in our house, (and a week of celebrations) 21st October was Bella's 13th birthday. Celebrations began with a family meal at Turtle Bay, followed by a couple of friends going to ibounce and Pizza Express a few days later, and then at the weekend a visit to London with me to spend her birthday money.

No trip to London at this time of year would be complete without a visit to Liberty's and their Christmas floor.



Our trip coincided with my friends daughter's 30th birthday celebrations in Amersham






New in, these pink star print dresses 


lovely pale blue unicorn print skirts


and something I haven't made for some time - Superhero capes.

Now we're into November and the sun is still shining and we are still having beautiful days out with and without friends. Not wanting to sound too 'cheesy' but after the year I've had I feel life is a celebration, we should never take it for granted and always try to be grateful for what we have. I'm definitely feeling very lucky.








Treatment update 

Well... glad to say there is no treatment update! I continue to have Herceptin, my hair is growing, my energy levels are back and I wait to see when I can have my ports out, probably after Christmas.
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Friday, 20 October 2017

BEACH WALKING

We've had some freak sunny days, which have been a real treat, especially when you're living 5 minutes from the beach.  With the tide out we walked along the beach until we could go no further, and then under the railway line to a new little cafe only accessible when the tides out called Salty Dog, which does amazing home made sausage rolls, devon ice cream and many other delicious treats, perfect after a long walk.



 A new fabric which is mix of candy skulls, peace signs and flowers, comes in pink or khaki green





Marvel Comic Skirts 


Cath Kidston skirt


and original 70's Holly Hobby fabric dresses in both sleeveless and drop sleeve