Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Hello

Well it's certainly been a while since I have been here! I have no excuses it's just you blink and another week goes by - anyone else feel the same way?

I have lots to share so I will be back in the next few days with posts.

Laura

Friday, 7 November 2014

Grand Plans

Phew it's Friday already, I can't believe it.   I had such grand plans this week, hubby was at work and the children back to school.  I was going to get loads done.  Well none of it happened.  I don't seem to have had 5 minutes this week to do what I wanted to do.   I am usually in the house everyday apart from school run and grocery shopping.  I was out everyday this week with school trips, hospital appointments, driving lessons and reading with children at school.  I seem to have kept on top of the basics but always being in a rush throws me out of sorts a bit.  
 
I started a quilt top Sunday night and I was hoping to get it finished, basted and ready for quilting this weekend but it just never happened.   We are all in this new routine with my husbands new job.  When he was in the military I was very lucky that he was here to help get the boys ready in the morning and help with breakfast.  He also got home from work at 4.40pm.  Now he is out of the house 7 - 7 and I'm finding I need to be a lot more organised.  This isn't a bad thing it's just taking a bit of getting used too.   
 
I have also started driving lessons again.  I have stopped and started over the years, I would have a few and then something would go wrong in the house and my driving money would be used to fix it. As I am now having to catch the bus to pick the boys up from school and the bus journeys are taking 3 hours of my day, it has become quite a necessity.  The boys go to school 3 miles from where we live and we can't get transport as we are out of the catchment area.  I NEED to drive!
 

Anyway enough of my rambling, I wanted to show you some quilt blocks I have been making.  I have made 3 quilts before but they have been very basic just using squares.  There is a quilt-a-long over on instagram and I thought I would join in.  I haven't squared my blocks up yet and they are completely not straight but I am enjoying the process which I suppose is all that matters. 
 
Above is my first block and below is my second. 
 



I am not convinced on the above block I think it needs a bit more white but I will see what it looks like when they are all completed. 
 
Below is the fabric I am using, it's very retro and vintage looking which suits me perfectly. 
 
I am running a bit behind and everyone is on block 8 already.  I have up to block 7 cut out ready and I have promised myself that after the housework is completed tomorrow morning I am going to sew them all up.   If you fancy looking at what everyone else has done it is #SIMPLESIXINCHSAMPLER
 



Well thank you for visiting and if you read this far well done.   I will hopefully have a crochet finish to show you next week.
 
Have a fabulous weekend whatever you are doing.
 
Laura 

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Happy Sunday

 
 
Well it's certainly been a while since I was last here.  It has been a hard and busy last few months.  Dh has a job and starts tomorrow.  I have been trying my best to be as frugal as possible.  There are still many areas I need to work on but I can't imagine just spending money frivolously anymore.   I am continuing to be frugal as we need to build the savings back up. 
 
I am having another year where I make as many of my Christmas gifts as I can.  I have wrote a list and I am slowly plodding my way through.  I have 3 quilts to make so when the boys go back to school tomorrow I am going to make a start on those. 
 
 This is a bag with a set of cards I made for my Auntie.  I have so much stash I need to start using some of it up. I used to sell papercraft supplies so I have a fair bit of it here. 
 

 
I thought a bit about this blog in the last few months, I was going to start another one as I never really got this one started but I have just decided to keep this one going and I aim to blog at least once a week.
 
 
Thank you so much for visiting.  I have taken lots of photos the last few months so I certainly have a lot to show you.
 
 
xx

Monday, 16 June 2014

This weeks frugal ways

Good morning and thank you for your comments on the cookies, if you made them I hope you enjoy.
 
I have been reading a blog for a long time now called The Prudent Homemaker Here.  This lady is so inspiring,  each week she does a post with her frugal accomplishments of the week.  They are not your usual ways to save money and really make you think about the little things we do. 
 
My husband is out of work at the moment.  He finished his military career last Monday.  He is actively seeking work and fingers crossed will find a position soon.  I wont go in to details as my Mother taught me it wasn't polite to discuss budgets but we are okay for the rest of this year thankfully.  Because of our situation I have been thinking about the things we have done this week to save money.
 
 
I cut my husbands hair this week - I am not a qualified hairdresser but he just has the clippers all over so it was very easy to do.
 
I dyed my own hair.
 
I made a dishcloth with some 100% cotton wool that I was given.  I have been given 8 balls so I plan to make as many as this one only took an evening.
 
 


I made strawberry jam with strawberries reduced to 25p a punnet in the local shop.  I managed to make 6 jars.
 
I cooked all of our meals from scratch.
 
I made my fathers day cards and posted them last Monday so I only needed a 2nd class stamp.
 
I started some crochet bunting to decorate the dining room.
 
 


 
I was given 4 mens shirts which I have taken the buttons off to go in to my button jar and will use the fabric (cotton) for sewing projects.  There is a lot of fabric in a mens shirt.
 
I picked flowers from my garden to make a posie for the side of my bed.
 
I have made the most of the glorious weather and dried all of my washing outside instead of using the tumble drier.
 
I used some birthday money from last year to buy some fabric to make my son a quilt for his birthday.  I got the fabric for £16 including postage.  In total I got 12 meters which is a massive bargain. 

 
 
So there you go.   I have been doing a lot of these things for years.  It's one of the reasons I get to be a SAHM.  One of my favourite sayings is that I have more time than I have money, so if I can make it I try to do that first before buying anything.
 
What little things have you done this week to save money?
 
Thank you for visiting. 


Friday, 13 June 2014

Cookies

Good afternoon I hope you are enjoying the glorious weather we are having at the moment.  I have been busy pottering in the garden which seems to have suddenly come to life. 
 
Last night my eldest son (12) told me he needed 24 cupcakes to take to school today.  He was just walking out of the door to scouts when he hit me with the news.   I explained that there was no way he was going to be able to take that amount of cupcakes to school.   He then told me to do what I thought best ;-)
 

 
I decided on cookies.  They are easy and easily transportable.  My only problem was that I had no Chocolate for the choc chip.  I begrudgingly decided to use my bag of Galaxy Minsterels that I had bought for myself. 
 
The cookies turned out wonderfully and were very moreish.  I sampled one or two - okay it was actually four!!   I used my own recipe and I thought I would share it here. 


 
These were the ones for my boys to have last night. 



Galaxy Minstrel Cookie - makes lots I think roughly about 55

340g Self Raising Flour
170g butter / stork
170g granulated sugar
170g soft brown sugar
2 eggs
1tsp vanilla essence
1 pinch salt
1 extra large bag of Galaxy minstrels - you could use choc chips, nuts, m&ms, etc

Preheat oven to 170c, gas mark 4

Grease two baking trays or use cookie liners (I get mine from poundland)

Cream the butter and the sugars until fluffy, add the vanilla and the eggs.

Mix in the flour and the salt and your minstrels.  - I pulsed the minstrels in the food processor for a few seconds as the rolling pin bashing was not working at all. 

Using a tablespoon drop the mixture onto your trays.

Bake for 13 - 15 minutes.

Do not try to remove them from the tray straight away or they will break and you will have to eat them - be warned.

 
 
I hope you enjoy the cookies if you make them. 
 
Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for visiting
 



Thursday, 10 April 2014

Mand-a-long

Hello and welcome.  Apologies for not posting the laptop completely broke and I couldn't seem to make a post from the ipad.  Dh bought me a sparkly new laptop this week so I will have no more problems.
 
I have been reading lots of blogs and I am inspired by all of the beautiful mandalas out there.  The lovely Chrissie has been running a Mand-a-long and I have been desperate to join in.  I have had a few other projects that I have needed to complete before I started but today is the day :-)
 
These are the colours I have chosen.  The picture doesn't do the colours justice at all.  The green is a more sage green and the blue is not as bright.  I am making my mandala to sew on some fabric to go in a embroidery hoop.  We are decorating the landing and I want some 'different' art work. 
 
 
 


If you would like to see other mandalas in progress please pop on over to Chrissie Crafts Here where she is hosting a link up.

Thank you for visiting

Laura x

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Stitch from stash update

You might want to get a cup of tea and come back, it's going to be a long one.....

Hello are you comfy? Apologies for the delay in posting February has been a hectic month. Dh has retired from the armed forces after 24 years service which has been emotional and we are busy looking for a new job for him. We have also been affected by the horrendous weather. Luckily we have not had any flooding like the south west.

Anyway I have been stitching quietly away in my own little world and have achieved quite a bit this month. I set myself quite a few goals but they weren't all achieved. It doesn't matter there is always next month.

Firstly there was a lot of valentines stitching going on. I didn't manage to get them 'made up' but I will have them already for next year now. (I will add the links in for all of the designers when I get on my laptop)

The top left hand corner is a free Lizzie*Kate design. Then we have eat, pray, love from The Sampler Girl. The heart I am not sure about I printed it off ages ago and didn't write who it was by - if anyone knows please can you let me know so I can credit the designer. The Halloween design is by The Stitcherhood. I am stitching a Halloween/autumn design each month to go on a mini black tree I bough last year in the sale for £1.50




Next is a Midsummer Night Musings freebie that has been in my stash for years. I personalised with our initials.



This is the start of another Halloween design. Again it's a freebie by Maryse.





I am itching to start a new design so I have kitted this Emily Bronte sampler that was in The Gift Of Stitching Magazine. It is designed by The Sampler Girl. I am hoping to start this over the weekend.



Another Project I am working on is CCN Daisy. I love CCN and LHN designs. This should be finished pretty soon.




I am doing another ornament which is the LHN design from the 2011 magazine. I should have this finished tonight.




Lastly here is a Lizzie*Kate design I stitched and managed to 'finish' this month.




Phew if you are still with me well done!

I have spent no money at all this month which is fantastic. I have to say I haven't even looked at the new stuff that is coming out.

Thank you so much for visiting please come again.

Laura x



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