Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New Year!

Hi everyone. Did you all have a great Christmas? I do hope so.

Mine was lovely. It was nice to spend time with the family and have a few days off from the television and computers. Even Emily managed to stay off her laptop for a whole day (no mean feat I promise you!!). The children were delighted with their presents - all total surprises. We played games - card and board although Pictionary promised more than it delivered!

Can you guess what I got? Here's a little sneaky peak.

Not only did I get a Cath Kidston mug . . .

Look at all the other fabulous goodies that I got, including my beloved Cath Kidston bag and the complete Season One of Glee - I am a lucky girl indeed! I also got a Robbie Williams CD and calender and a Robert Pattison calender, as well as some chocolates.

We have been quite busy since the Christmas weekend. Emily has been revising for her mock exams which happen as soon as she goes back to school. Edward has had a large amount of homework to complete (and he hasn't finished it all yet eeek!). Mark and I have tackled our bedroom, sorting out all of our clothes and generally decluttering. We have filled bin bags full of rubbish and have two huge piles of clothes to take to the charity shop. Whilst it has not been the most thrilling of jobs, there is quite a feeling of satisfaction, particularly as we can now see the floor and get into our wardrobes!!!
And so today is New Year's Eve. Where has the year gone? It seems to have flown by in a flash. I haven't planned any New Year's Resolutions yet - I know I want to push myself a little bit more with my crafting - mini books are something I want to make more of. I want to give my blog a bit of a face lift - make it a bit more colourful. I want to get a bit more exercise and be a bit healthier (we'll see how that one goes!!). And that's it for now.
I would like to take a moment to wish you all a very Happy New Year. Thank you for spending time with me this year and I hope you continue to visit in 2011.
M x

Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas

I would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and I hope that the New Year brings you health and happiness.
Michelle x

Monday, 20 December 2010

Christmas bits and bobs

Today is the start of my Christmas holidays - what a joy to wake up on and a Monday morning and not have to go to work.

I was overwhelmed with gifts from the children I work with, as well as some lovely home made cards. They are such a lovely bunch of kids, I'm very lucky.

My Dream Blanket is coming on a treat. I'm really enjoying making it, and half the fun is deciding what colour should come next (I always defer to Emily - she is my Artistic Director after all!). I have 32 colours in total (couldn't choose, so bought loads!!), and size wise, it's a perfect size for my double bed. Emily has asked me to make her one next, but she wants to limit it to about six colours and have more rows per colour.

We decorated our house for Christmas yesterday and now we feel nice and festive. Emily took some lovely photos of the tree, and both the children went a bit mad putting tinsel everywhere. I don't mind because it was lovely that they were so involved and excited.

Why is when you don't have to get up early, you are always awake at a ridiculous hour. I was awake before 7am and up and dressed by 8am. As the children were still asleep I thought I would be a little bit self indulgent and watch my Eclipse DVD which came two weeks ago and I haven't had a chance to watch. I really enjoyed it (again!!) - a great start to the day!

I've also managed to make my parents' Christmas card (sorry Mum and Dad if you're reading this). I didn't really leave it to the last minute, but my Mum has seen all the cards I made so I couldn't send them one of those. Anyway it's done now!
Have a great day.
M x

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Questions questions . . .

I love these festive questionnaires - I've spotted them on a few blogs over the last couple of days, such as here (Chickens in my Kitchen), here (Little Tin Bird) and here (Just Me) and wanted to join in the fun. Have a go, go on, I dare you!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?

Definitely wrapping paper. I try to have a colour scheme each year - this year is green, blue and silver (never gold), with matching ribbon and bows. As much as I do like gift bags, there are too many presents at Christmas and I would spend a fortune!

2. Real tree or artificial?

In a perfect world, a real tree as you can't beat the smell, but sadly not in the Frecklepuss household. We have a very lovely artificial one without the mess of dropping pine needles.

3. When do you put up the tree?

We always put our tree up the weekend before Christmas. It would drive me mad having it up from the beginning of December. By the time the children and I have broken up from school I can start to look forward to Christmas and enjoy the decorations.

4.When do you take the tree down?

Always on 12th night, never before. Some traditions need to be observed!

5. Favourite gift received as a child.

One of the presents I remember most was a pogo stick I received from my mum and dad when I was 9 or 10 - it took me ages to master it!

6.Hardest person to buy for.

Mother-in-Law without a doubt! It's not that she's difficult - just boring. It's either slippers, a cardigan, a jigsaw puzzle or Cadbury's chocolate. This year we have pushed the boat out and bought her a dressing gown - hope she likes it!

7. Easiest person to buy for.

My daughter Emily. It's hard to stop buying for her as I am always seeing things that she would like. Edward's pretty easy too - Xbox games and plenty of books. He's harder for stocking fillers though.

8. Post or email Christmas cards.

Definitely post. I am a passionate card maker - wouldn't dream of using email. Prefer the personal approach.

9. Favourite Christmas film.

Whilst not strictly a Christmas film, my favourite film to watch at this time of year is Meet Me in St Louis, guaranteed to make me cry every time - particularly when the little girl is smashing down the snow angels - it's a must.

10. When do you start Christmas shopping?

Bits and bobs start trickling in around November, but serious shopping starts at the beginning of December. Have done most of mine online this year as I abhor shopping.

11. Have you ever recycled a Christmas gift?

Oh yes! I'm sure most of us have a some point.

12 Favourite thing to eat at Christmas.

My mum's stuffing - divine!

13. Lights on the tree - coloured or clear?

Clear - I love the simplicity of white lights.

14. Favourite Christmas song.

I believe in Father Christmas - Greg Lake.

15. Travel at Christmas or stay at home?

Definitely stay at home. Family come to us. We've always done it like this ever since we had the children.

16. Angel, star or ribbon on top of the tree?

Well that's a contentious issue in our house! Emily likes the angel and Edward prefers the star, so we alternate (and I take a photo as proof for the following year!!).

17. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?

Honestly! Christmas Day of course! It's not Christmas until then.

18. Most annoying thing about this time of year.

The fact that people want to celebrate Christmas from the 1st December - why? And while I'm having a mini rant, I hate adverts and magazines that go on and on about how to have a perfect Christmas - talk about heaping on the pressure! OK - I'm done now - sorry!

19. What do you want for Christmas this year?

Apart from the fact that I want us all to be fit, well and happy - I'd like a Cath Kidston bag (I know, I'm sorry if that sounds a bit shallow, but I'm only human! I wouldn't say no to the boxed set of Glee either).

20. Traditional colours (red and green) or other colours?

I like contemporary colours - pink, purple, blue and all with silver. I'm not a big fan of gold, red and green. But having said that, our decorations are a mish mash of things collected over the years and there is no colour theme. I like to buy a new decoration for each year - this year, some really bright coloured baubles.

I'd love to see your answers, so if you give it a go, don't forget to link back to me please.

Hope you are all coping with the snow. We have quite a lot in our corner of Hertfordshire. Take a lot of care. I'm not going out at all if I don't have to. Off to watch the Strictly final now, bye bye.

M x

Friday, 17 December 2010

It's been a while

Sorry for not being around much recently. The last two weeks of school life have been pretty manic and I have barely been able to draw breath. We always pack so much in, with three Christmas performances, staff panto, Christingle, Christmas parties etc, that sometimes it's hard to put on a happy face for the children, when all you feel like doing is staying at home and curling up under the duvet.

Anyway we got through to the end and I am relieved that we have broken up today. I haven't had much time or energy for crafting, although I have been crocheting my Dream Blanket when I have been able to stay awake! Hopefully a photo will follow shortly.

I am finally feeling a bit more festive, and am looking forward to a relaxed weekend where we can put up our decorations at a leisurely pace.

Be back soon.

M x

Saturday, 4 December 2010

A Good Day

How are you all? Hope you are all taking care in the snow. We have been very fortunate and only had a mild dusting which has vanished after today's rain, but I know there are people who are a lot worse off.

Edward has been affected by the weather though, as he was supposed to go to Lille in France on his first school trip, but unfortunately it was cancelled due to all the snow in Kent and Northern France. He was very disappointed, but I was relieved as I have been worrying myself silly about it.

We went to see Spamalot at the theatre last night - us four, my parents and my niece. It was our Christmas present from my parents. We are real Monty Python fans (apart from my niece) and we really enjoyed it - the children were in stitches all the way through. Edward, particularly is a big fan of the Holy Grail and can recite great chunks of it! My niece, however, sat through the whole show without a smile, she never laughed and didn't even clap. She admitted at the interval that she just "didn't get it"! Her reaction was so funny.

Today has been so busy but really productive. We have finally been able to tackle Emily's room and make her new bed. We had to clear a lot of it and move most of the furniture around. Emily has been brilliant - really helpful, which is amazing as she has been suffering with Labrynthitis this week and feels dizzy a lot of the time. Her new bed is great and such an improvement on the high sleeper one that we have just taken down - just hope she sleeps better.

I had my second craft fair today, well a stall really at my school's Christmas Fair. I did so much better that the one I did two weeks ago - sold more flower brooches and snowflakes, as well as note cards and, well, more of everything really! Gave me such a boost.

Hope you have had a productive day too, if not, a restful one. I'm off to work on my Dream Blanket. Take care.

M x

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Countdown to Christmas

Can you believe that it is the 1st December today? I don't know about you, but I am really struggling to get to grips with how close Christmas is - we have less than three weeks of term time now, and a packed three weeks at that.

I've been rushing about trying to get as much done as possible and consequently, am absolutely pooped! Internet shopping is a must - thank goodness for Amazon and Play! I made Mark take me shopping on Monday after work and managed to get lots achieved even though I can't stand shopping (sorry to all you professional shoppers, but I loathe it with a passion!!). I've even managed to get half a dozen presents wrapped.

Today was our whole school trip to the panto (not my favourite thing), but it was actually quite good. We went to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - one of the better productions I have been to. The children loved it and really got into the spirit of it even though a lot of the jokes went over their heads.

Still crocheting away at the Dream Blanket and will hopefully have something to show you soon. It's the only crafting I have been doing recently, as I can do it in front of the television. I do have an order for a personalised wedding card - one of my jobs for the weekend.

Well that's me done for now. I'm off to catch up on Kirstie's Homemade Home that I recorded last night - wonder what she is up to this time?


M x

P.S.Hope everyone is keeping safe in the snow. We are quite lucky and have only had a mild dusting. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we don't get any more, as Edward is off to Lille on Saturday on a school trip to a French Christmas Market. Take care. x

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Busy Weekend

Phew! I think I need another couple of days to get over this weekend. It's been a good weekend, but a busy one - trying in to fit in jobs, homework and shopping, as well as buying Emily a new bed, finishing off some Christmas cards, making lists for Christmas shopping (bah humbug!) and going to the cinema (and that was just Saturday!).

Has anybody seen the new Harry Potter film? We have been desperate to go as we are all big Harry Potter fans, and we managed to go late on Saturday afternoon. I really enjoyed the film and felt that it was very sensible to make two films out of the final book - I feel they have done it justice so far. There's quite a lot of Daniel Radcliffe's bare chest in it too - Emily was happy! Roll on the summer for the final instalment.

We had a lot to fit in today aswell but it didn't quite go to plan. Edward had a football match at 1.30 which we were trying to work round, but that got cancelled in the end. We wanted to install Emily's new bed, but she wouldn't get out of the old one - so that's a job for next weekend. Mark and I went into town whilst Edward did some homework, and Emily did a bit of tidying (shock horror!!) and I bought myself a new phone.

I've been wanting one for ages as my old one hasn't been very reliable. My new phone is a Smartphone (it's taken me all day to get to grips with it!!) - an HTC Wildfire in silver. It's pretty cool, can even send emails - I won't know myself!
Not much crafting has taken place - a little bit of crochet of the Dream Blanket, but not a lot - nothing to show at the moment.
Think it's going to be a really busy week. I am feeling slightly panicky about Christmas - I truly hadn't realised how close it is. The children have only got three weeks left at school. I need to get myself organised. Does anyone else feel a bit anti-Christmas this year? I'm fed up with every advert showing how perfect your Christmas could be - it's quite depressing really. And on that grumpy note, I shall good night.
M x

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Dream Blanket

Coming along a treat!

M x

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Craft Fair

Well today was the culmination of all my weeks of hard work and I had high hopes. I had lots of flower brooches, hair clips, snowflakes, birds, notebooks, and note cards to sell - a very full table indeed.

And how did I do? Well it was pretty poor to be honest. Four hours of very little people traffic - if only I had taken Paige's advice (from here ) and taken my crochet - I could have finished my blanket! It didn't help that the school hall had no heating and I was absolutely frozen. We won't dwell too much on the annoying old man who kept loitering around everyone's stalls putting customers off!
Anyway - another one in two weeks time and then I may have to resort to Ebay!
Take care. M x

Saturday, 20 November 2010

How lucky am I?!

Look what I got today! A lovely package of goodies from the very kind and talented Autumn Mist at Chickens In My Kitchen, from her recent giveaway here . The magazine has lots of lovely projects in it and I feel very inspired. I was surprised and delighted with the three cards that were in the package too, all hand made by Autumn Mist and simply beautiful. Thank you.

I've had a busy day of shopping (replacing Edward's lost school shoes!!) and making the final touches for my craft fair tomorrow. These mini notebooks needed finishing off, and I had to go get some little gel pens to put with them - Poundland had 14 pens for £1 - a real bargain. So I've been busy with the cellophane to make them look professional. And now I'm ready to go, I just hope it's successful.

I'm itching to get back to my Dream Blanket - it's coming along a pace, can't wait to show you!

Have a good one.

M x

Friday, 19 November 2010


I'm so excited! I've finally started my Granny Stripe Blanket! I have had the wool (from here ) since the summer holidays and have been so tempted to make a start, but I knew once I had begun, I wouldn't get my craft fair work done. But since I have managed to finish it all, I have been able to start - hurrah!

It was really difficult choosing the colour order. I liked the Aster Blue a lot (on the left in the photo), so I started with that, then I let Emily take on the role of my Artistic Director and she has chosen the rest. So we have Aster, Aspen, Citron, Violet, Pomegranate, Saffron and Turquoise.

The pattern of course comes from the lovely Lucy at Attic 24 here , and it is simply addictive! It grows so quickly and is so easy to do - just clusters of trebles, you could almost do it with your eyes closed. Emily and I have christened it The Amazing Technicolour Dream Blanket!

My first craft fair is on Sunday and I getting a bit nervous. I've worked so hard on the things that I want to sell, that I will be really disappointed if I don't sell anything. I've made flower brooches, hair clips and snowflake tree decorations, as well as the packs of notecards and some notepads (below). Just got to wrap the pads in cellophane with a pen each and then I am done.

Wish me luck! Have a great weekend. I am off out in the fog to collect the children from their schools - one of me, two of them, different schools, 5'o'clock pickup - hmmm not sure how I can be in two places at the same time - oh well!
M x

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Happy Birthday Mum!

Today is my Mum's birthday and here is the card that I made for her. The papers are called Ice Cream Parlour and they are from Craftwork Cards, as are all the materials I used, apart from the Petaloo flowers.

I bought her some sets of Promarkers for her birthday present - she is very keen to start using them. I may have sung their praises once or twice!!

I've started a new crochet project today as I have finished all of my craft fair work. I'm very excited about it and can't wait to show you my progress soon.

Take care.

M x

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Craft Fair Goodies

I've been trying to finish off all my crocheted flowers for next week's craft fair. I'm really pleased with my work, but one thing struck me when I had them all laid out like this - they are predominantly red and purple. I hadn't realised this at all until I got them all out, so this week I have been frantically crocheting other colours, blues, greens, yellows and even brown. Hopefully that will even up the balance.
I've still got some notebooks to finish and then I should be good to go. Hopefully I'll get to show you everything next week (I've got a really busy week ahead of me I think!).

Hope you have had a great weekend. M x

P.S. Just wanted to show you Edward's amazing artwork for his homework last week. Edward doesn't consider himself very good a drawing, but I beg to differ. The homework was to make a faithful copy of a Seurat picture and shade it using charcoal. I think he did a pretty good job.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

A Super Day Out

After quite a difficult week, my lovely husband Mark suggested a day out to cheer us all up. It was also a good excuse to dust off the National Trust membership cards. Unfortunately not much is open in November! However one place that was open was Ightham Moat in Kent, a place Mark and I had visited and loved before we got married, over 16 years ago.

Only a couple of the rooms were open in the house as November is the month that vital restoration work is carried out (apparently!), and those rooms were decorated in the style of a Victorian Christmas. Whilst the decorations were beautiful, I'm still not ready to think about Christmas - I'm in denial (although I confess that I did buy a little Christmas decoration, just couldn't help myself!). I loved the decorated table - so formal.

It was still early by the time we had finished at the House, so we headed off to Southend for something to eat. Mark was hoping for a Harry Ramsden's but sadly he was disappointed! It was quite a chilly, grey day but nothing stops the bright lights of a busy seaside town shining! I'm not particularly fond of Southend, I think it's a bit too tacky, but we had a nice couple of hours there and the children had a blast playing Air Hockey in one of the arcades.

We had a great day out, it was good to forget about the boring chores that normally make up our Saturdays and just have a nice day. Now we are having a quite evening, catching up on a bit of TV, eating cheese and biscuits and drinking a glass of red wine (adults only of course!) - heaven!
Have a good one. M x

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

What a day to visit Parliament!!!

Today was our Year 6 trip to London to visit the Houses of Parliament, as an entry point to our new topic of Leadership and Rulers. Who knew when it was booked, that it would coincide with the student protests about university tuition fees!

The trip itself was great. We saw the Speaker enter the House of Commons for Prime Minister's Question Time (I bet Nick Clegg wishes that David Cameron wasn't in China today!!). The lobby was absolutely silent as they proceeded in - it was full of pomp and ceremony as only we know how to do. We got an opportunity to go in the House of Lords - a truly mouth dropping experience! The room is so ornate and gorgeous - fancy that being your work place! It was made very clear that we weren't allowed to sit on the red leather seats - only Lords are allowed to do that. I certainly felt very privileged to be able to be there.

We finished up in Westminster Hall which is hundreds of years old. The place of the trials of Guy Fawkes, William Wallace, Thomas More, John Fisher and Charles I, as well as the Laying in State of Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother.

We then had a workshop in Portcullis House to help the children how the voting system works.

We were supposed to meet our coach in Millbank but a policeman advised us to stay away as that was where the trouble was brewing, so we made our way to the gardens by the London Eye to await our coach. An hour and 20 minutes later it arrived! Because of the protest roads were either blocked off or gridlocked. We were cold and very hungry as all our coats and packed lunches had been left on the coach. A mercy dash was made to the nearest McDonalds where 32 hot chocolates were purchased! We finally made it back to school at 5.10pm - nearly an hour later that expected. Thankfully, at no point were we in any danger. I was rather shocked to see the footage on the news. It's a shame really, because I am behind the protest, particularly as the tuition fees increase will certainly affect Emily and possibly Edward, I just don't like the violent aspect.

I was so excited yesterday to find out that I had won a giveaway from the lovely Autumn Mist at her blog here . I'm so thrilled because I have never won a giveaway before. She was celebrating her 200th post and 50 followers, as well as blogging for a year - a great achievement.

That's me done, I think I'm off to my bed after a thoroughly exhausting day. Cheerio!

M x

Monday, 8 November 2010

Going Buggy Giveaway

Check out this great giveaway here -all the Promarkers you could wish for! Plus some really helpful tutorials. Thanks so much Enfys.
Hope your Monday wasn't too miserable with all the rain. I got wet walking to school - not the best start to the day (or week come to that!!).

M x

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Happy Anniversary Mum and Dad

Today is my parent's 46th Wedding Anniversary and here is the card I made for them. I used one of the new Ice Cream Parlour doilies from Craftwork Cards and some of their Card Candy. Mum and I saw a version of this card on the CC stand when we went to the stamp show at Alexandra Palace. My parents are away for the weekend in Glastonbury - I hope they are having a lovely time.

I have been overwhelmed by the reaction to Emily's Tinkerbell dress - thank you so much everyone, and to all the kind messages I have received regarding my health issues at the moment. I wouldn't normally post about something like that - but some days it's hard to switch off from it. I'm OK but I'm hoping for a diagnosis soon so that I can deal with whatever the problem is - it's the not knowing that is hard to cope with.

Looking forward to seeing the pumpkin for tonight - Mark is carving it as I type (with a little bit of help from Edward!). Happy Halloween!

M x

Friday, 29 October 2010


Yesterday we went to our local farm shop to choose our pumpkin for Halloween. We couldn't persuade the children away from the traditional orange version - but look at the glorious Autumnal colours in the photo below.

It was tricky getting this photo as Edward wouldn't keep still, he kept running off - it was like shopping with a toddler!

My day of baking didn't quite go according to plan today. I had one batch of chocolate cupcakes mixed and ready to cook when I discovered that the element had gone in my main oven. I did cook then in the top oven but I'm not sure they have been successful - they seemed to need nearly twice the cooking time, and they don't look as spongy as usual. I was keen to make some Whoopie Pies from my new book, but they will have to wait until another day.
Have a great weekend.
M x
P.S Thanks for the kind comments from yesterday's post. Emily's dress is hanging on the dining room door and every time I have walked past it today I've given it a little stroke!

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Where has the week gone??!!

I can't believe it's Friday tomorrow. It only seems 5 minutes ago I was posting about the children going off to my parents and now they are back and the week is almost over.

Monday was my one day of totally chilling - I only made one card. I caught up on some programmes and watched a film. It was really relaxing. Then Mark and I went to Pizza Express for a treat - it seemed odd without the children.

Tuesday I had a doctors appointment which I wasn't looking forward to. I've been waiting for the results of some tests I have had recently. I've had some serious joint pain in my shoulders and hips since July and have been living off painkillers for a while now. The tests were to check for auto-immune disorders like Rheumatoid Arthritis. The upshot is that they don't know what is causing the pain so I'm being referred to a Rheumatologist. Deep joy - more tests! Anyway, to take my mind off my health worries, I got on with Emily's Tinkerbell dress.

It started life like this :

And ended up looking like this!!

I'm so pleased with how it turned out (not bad without a pattern!), and I think Emily looks beautiful. She is absolutely thrilled with it, so I'm very happy.
Yesterday and today have been busy days - the children returning, haircuts, new glasses for me, shopping, pumpkin buying etc etc. I've got lots of things still to do - craft things for my two Christmas Craft shows, baking etc, but somehow I don't think I'm going to get it all done. Mark has been on holiday today and is off again tomorrow. He wants to go out tomorrow to a National Trust property, so I'm not sure what is going to happen yet. We will have to wait and see.
Take care. M x

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Happy Days!

This morning is all about getting the children ready to dispatch them to my parents for a couple of days.

How different they are! Edward at 11 - jeans, t-shirts, underwear, pyjamas - packed in 5 mins flat! He spends more time choosing how many and which books to take.

Emily at 15 on the other hand, is still not packed, most of the clothes she is taking are being collected from that well known storage area - her bedroom floor! Her priority seems to be uploading photos to Facebook, Tumblr - where ever! And if I even mention her science revision, I am shooed away with a "ALRIGHT - I KNOW!!" Happy days!

We are leaving in less than an hour - will she be ready on time? Probably not!

Have a good day. M x

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Hello, Hello!

It's been a while - I'm sorry. I've not had the best couple of weeks - have being feeling very low. Apologies for not visiting many of your blogs, I am looking forward have a peep soon. Anyway I'm back now and have a few note cards to show you

You may recognise this first one, as it is a design I have revisited. My mum really liked the first pack, so I gave them to her because she has been helping me out a lot recently - she's a whizz with iron!
This pack uses a sheet of paper from my new My Mind's Eye paper stack that I posted about a couple of weeks ago. I love the shabby look.

This next one is my absolute favourite - I love the colour and the glittery flower. I almost want to keep them for myself!
Purple circles with a jewel and a Prima paper flower.

The next two are on white cards (not sure if you can see that from the photos) with a panel stamped using distress inks and then rubbed with a sponge to give a mottled, textured look. The stamp is a Hero Arts one I've had for over a year and never used - simple and elegant.

The final design is quite contemporary - can't remember where the paper came from, I've probably had it a while.
I've got enough cards to make another two packs, so hopefully I will get those finished this week.
I've been really busy today, I've pinned out and starched 7 crochet snowflakes (just need to sew on some sparkly beads), but my main project has been to make a glittery Tinkerbell dress for my 15 year old daughter to wear to a party next week. I've been flying by the seat of my pants and making it up as I go along, with no pattern. So far the bodice is completed, the skirt is next, then the dreaded zip. I've had a couple of hairy moments, but it's looking pretty good, even if I do say so myself!
I'm going to have a relaxing, creative half-term. The children are spending a couple of days with my parents so I'll have a bit of "me" time for the first few days. Emily has a lot of revision to do for some science exams at the beginning of November, and Edward has some holiday homework too - so they'll be busy, busy!
Ta ta for now. It's Pimms o'clock and time for Strictly!
M x