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Thursday, 11 January 2018


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.


Sunday, 24 December 2017


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


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


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.

Friday, 20 October 2017


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 

Sunday, 1 October 2017


On the 18th September we headed off for a much deserved family holiday to Spain. We haven't been on a Summer holiday during  term time since the girls were tiny. It was such a treat, as the queues were non existent and the airport was virtually child free.

Blue skies, lovely temperature, fresh fruit, a swimming pool, a good book and a gin and tonic.  What more could you want?

While we were there, we celebrated Harry's birthday with a meal at Siete De Julio (The 7th July) (the day of the running of the bulls.) Not for the vegetarians, this restaurant speciality is beef, which arrives on the table ready for you to cook as you require on coals. Accompanied by some tasty tapas, including cod omelette, jamon and chorizo all washed down with as much free cider as you can manage from the barrels.

Temperatures were still in the 20's in Valencia in the evening. It was so lovely to enjoy wandering around the city watching the world go by, visiting some new bars, eating tapas and a night at the Hotel Reina Victoria

After our homemade Sunday paella we took the girls into Valencia. Unknown to us it was no vehicles weekend, which made wandering around the city so much more pleasant. We were lucky enough to come across the Valencian Orchestra, who were playing film score music in the square. (look at the colour of that sky at 9.30)

Back home and the start of a new season of dresses.

Sunshine & Showers fabric made up this range of skirts and sleeveless and long sleeve dresses 

Unique Spiderman fabric dress

Original 70's bright flower fabric sleeveless and pinafore dresses

Surf dress, Save Our Forest pinafores, dinosaur skirts and Rock Chick dresses

treatment update

I had another pump up before I left for holiday, I've just got another small one left which I'm having on Tuesday. I had my three month heart check, which confirmed everything is good with my heart so I can carry on with the herceptin injections, (I had my 5th one on Friday)   Although I seem to be a regular visitor to the hospital, the appointments don't fill me with fear like they used to, waiting for results was something I dreaded, and hope thats all behind me.