Monthly Archives: September 2008

Warning!

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This is a warning for anyone who does not yet have children – THINK! Think before you decide to embark on this uppy-downy path of life. It can often be quite a rollercoaster ride. When one begins to think of churning out offspring, one tends to do so with severe short-sightedness through rose coloured glasses (or in my case lavendar since I love purples). Images that come to mind are of sweet little sleeping cherubs accompanied by that distinctive baby smell which is so soft, gentle and makes you want to cuddle the baby so you can breathe it in. Cooing sounds, tiny, adorable baby clothes and tiny hands clasping huge fingers. It may even extend to imagining baby’s first steps. However, the vision rarely (if ever) goes beyond the toddler stage into proper childhood, pre-teens, tweenies, teens, etc. No it tends to linger in those very early, short years that make up a fraction of the child’s life. This aside, the vision also neglects the realities of all the equipment needed and certainly never includes the cost of all thi stuff (moses basket, cot, car seats (yes, plural as you need more than one), buggy, highchair, play equipment, toys, bathing tubs, the list could probably go on indefinitely!).

Don’t get me wrong though. I LOVE MY CHILDREN & WOULD NEVER REGRET HAVING THEM. But I do wish I had received some sort of warning, even the tiniest peek of what to expect or more poignantly what was to inevitably come. At least I could have been better prepared – for this …

Puppy Head

Puppy Head

After insisting that I pretend to be her kitty, she tortures my head with a brush and a hairband to get it into this style (btw my hair isn’t really long enough for this so it was a bit painful!). As a parent or even as a human being, we will never know what logic there is in a child’s mind at the best of times. However, calling me kitty, having me meow and then making me look like a Yorkshire Terrier … well that just doesn’t make sense!

So YOU at least have been warned! Do you already have a sweet little baby or toddler? Your time will come 😉

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Apologies in advance for this being a short blog with no pictures.

6th October. This is the first day of lectures for me this year. As I await the arrival of this momentous day (heehee), I am doing my best to deploy every tactic I can think of to distract my mind from the way I always feel at times like this. Waiting for something to start is not easy to someone who is naturally and relentlessly Impatient (and yes, that is Impatient with a Capital “I”, although there are times when one could and should capitalize the entire word where I am concerned!). I always feel that I am stuck in a state of limbo and this makes me very restless. Restlessness leads on to irritability and a distinct lack of concentration. But I am trying to avoid this whole horrible scenario this time!

“How?” you may ask. Well, to start, I have been cutting out patterns like mad for 2 days now. The thought process behind this is actually logical. In preparation for returning to studies, I want to clear the sewing clutter that has taken over every empty nook in the sitting room. All unneccessary fabric and clothing is to be stuffed up into the loft to await rescue next summer when I will have the time to play with my sewing machine again. But it seems too drastic to stuff it all up there and to be honest I am not 100% convinced that the ceiling wouldn’t collapse.

So I thought I would cut out lots of little projects (bags, etc.) to fill 1 medium sized wicker basket which I will keep out along with machine and the smaller basket that holds all my notions, cutters, etc. That way if I find anytime and am desperate to sew something it is all ready to go.

So at the moment the kitchen has been overtaken with scraps of fabrics, piles of stuff waiting to be cut, patterns, etc. And I still haven’t stuffed anything into that loft as yet! I did recently manage to finish a air of flannel pajama bottoms (the shirt is cut out and awaiting sewing) which I will post a picture of soon – I promise! 😉

Pincushions 2

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Pincushions 2
Originally uploaded by Psaryce

Fed up with keeping my pins in a bowl shaped container with lid, I decided to have a go at making my own pincushions. These cube shaped beauties are made from samples I received of upholstery fabrics and stuffing from an old pillow. Thanks to my lack of a decent camera at the moment, you cannot see the colours very well but the stripey one has a deep purple bottom.

The smiley face is thanks to Hoovy. She has decided this one is a hedgehog and enjoys giving him different hair styles … including a few Mohawks.

If I do another one, I think I’ll put a weight in the bottom but still it is far better than those horrible tomato ones!!!

Buddha Peppers & Garden Update!

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Buddha Peppers!
Originally uploaded by Psaryce

I spent part of today in the garden tidying up, weeding, etc. This picture of one of our pepper plants shows just how happy they have been. While not easy to tell by this photo, the plant is loaded with peppers!

Other updates, the first bunch of main potatoes were dug up and although most are small, they were plenty of them! So I’m leaving the other 5 bags for a few more weeks before harvesting. And the apples on our second tree are just about ready for eating. We’ve had a couple from this tree and they are sweet and very juicy – we’re all looking forward to next years crop already!

All Hail The Prince of Orange!

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Prince of Orange
Originally uploaded by Psaryce

I bought this little herb as a seedling by post from a Scottish cmpany called Barwinnock Herbs in Ayrshire. In the few months I have been looking after him, he has frown very well. The smell of his leaves when rubbed is a strong citrus scent and I have grown fond of the little darling. And then he flowered!

The unexpected dainty little pink flower was a wonderful surprise and I love it!

Further images of the garden are available on my Flickr page and include our yummy apples, a weird cucumber and sweetcorn in the making!

Hoovy’s Custom-made School Shirt!

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The Shirt!
Originally uploaded by Psaryce

Well here it is! I finally finished the shirt this afternoon- phew. Hoovy was getting concerned it wouldn’t be ready for tomorrow and made a few comments that indicated she’d resigned to wearing it on Thursday instead. She kept a close eye on the progress as I re-attached the sleeves and sewed the buttonholes and buttons on. As I did so, she was comparing my work to that of the pajama shirt she was wearing – making sure I was doing it right!

It started out very well until I got to the sleeves. I asked her about how she wanted the cuffs and she choose pleats over gathers. It was simple enough once I got my head around how exactly to do it so they were symmetrical. The real troubles came when I attached the sleeve to the shirt and we discovered it wasn’t just puffy, not even just poufy … it was a mix of mega puffy/poufy! It reminded me of the old Victorian nightshirts it was so ridiculously wide. So the only way to rectify it was to remove the sleeves (grrr – unpicking white on white late at night can make one cross-eyed!). Then I had to re-seam the sleeve (I had opted for false French seams so a bit of extra work there) but luckily managed to taper to the cuff so I didn’t have to re-do that bit!

Once the thinned out sleeve was attached, the rest was a breeze. 8 buttonholes & buttons, a quick wash in the machine to get rid of tailor’s marks, a bit of time on the washing line to dry and finish off with an iron and it was all done. Much to her joy as I know she secretly wanted to wear it tomorrow and so did I. At least I finished it all before she went to bed. She has it all hung up with her other bits ready for the morning 🙂