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The following is an actual scene involving actual family members:

My gorgeous little nephew (he is 3 1/2) was in school the otherday, and they had completed an art project which they were to give to someone they cared about very much.  The teacher sat the class down and asked them who they would be giving their special project to:

Teacher: So, Child 1 who are you giving your project to?

Child 1: My mummy, I love her best.

Teacher: and what about you child 2?

Child 2: Erm, my grandma because she lets me have nice things.

Teacher:  Remember you are to give this project to someone who you love a great deal, someone you really care about.  What about you Nephew?

Nephew: Erm…..(looks at project thoughtfully), hmmmm……i think I am going to give my project to me because I love me the best. (Grins, pleased with his answer)

Teacher: (shocked into silence)………………

I’m telling you now, the child is going to be great.  You heard it here first.

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In my infinite wisdom I decided to dust off the sewing machine and start to sew again (not that I really knew what I was doing in the first place) and I decided to try and sew patterns…..

It all ended reasonably well – I made flishies for the kitties.  Filled with catnip – they loved them!  Unfortunately there are no pictures as they won’t leave them alone – I do have a video though.  Unfortunately I am going to leave it for another day, as I can’t work out the picture thiny let alone the video bit this post if going to obese enough.

Now this was dangerous you see, because now I was caught with the bug.  I wanted more and more and before you new it I was designing the worlds next fashion show, so I talked myself down and decided that I would pick up a project that I hadn’t even cast a second glance at in 14 years! 

A sewing UFO

 

I dusted off the box, and looked at what I had completed.  I had cut out all the material and made the head.  Aww!  Then I sat for the next 5 hours and continued to sew until Toby Bear was born.

I love Toby bear.  He sits and guards my rocking chair in the corner of the room. 

The probem was that Toby had created a monster – I was convinced that I was invincible in the sewing world.  I could do anything!

I HAVE THE POWER!  (sorry bad he-man quote).  Ahem.

I thought that I could make my own pattern – easy.  I knew how to add zips in – they were easy.  And I created a bag that made me eat sleep and bathe in humble pie.  The sewing was wonky, things were sewn together that weren’t meant to be sewn together – the bag was *just* big enough.  Litterally another hair in there and the bag was too small.  So with my cheeks burning in shame I went into a corner and sulked.

After I had had a massive temper tantrum dusted myself off and patted myself on the back for maturity I went back to the drawing board and created this….

 

It is for my ipod.  There is a pouch for the headphones.  A rivet hole to thread the cord through.  My own piping, zipper the works.  I am back to being the ruler of the sewing universe a person who is able to make my own stuff.  I am incredibly proud of this bag.

The next item I made on a whim.  Just because I was bored.  I looked at what fabric I had and went from there.  And made this.  I love this little pillow, I found a tutorial online and made it from there.  The tutorial is fab, very clear and concise.

I have decided that I will be keeping the gift for a Christmas gift.  That is that for the sewing.  I have plenty of plans but haven’t got around to doing anything about them yet.

The other craft I have been working on is a Macrame ipod bag.  I had never heard of this craft, but really liked the look of the product, so thought what the hell, I’ll give this a go.  I got the tutorial from craftzine.com.  I haven’t finished the bag yet, but I am enjoying making it.

That is all for now, check back soon.

Easy Summer Cordial

Originally uploaded by welsh_millie

When my mum was small she had to have a restricted diet. One of the things my nana used to make her was this cordial.

Although my mum has talked about it for year and years this is the first time that I have ever made it, but it is going to be a certain mainstay in my fridge. The dink is tangy and refreshing, just right for a long summer afternoon in the garden.

You will need:

1 orange
1 lemon
Boiling water
Sugar/Sweetner

Slice the lemon and orange thinly and place in a jug with sugar or sweetner as desired. Fill to the top with boiling water. Leave on a window sill to cool with a tea towel on the top of the jug. (I left mine overnight).

Once cool, enjoy in a tall glass wth ice.

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view on the way home

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Another view on home – the scenery round there is beautiful.

On the way home 2

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This is a picture of the view on the way home from Llandrindod Wells. Lots and lots of green – is it any wonder that it is my favourite colour.

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