Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Come Fly With Me...

I got up at the indecent hour of 5 am this morning, which might not seem so bad to some people but as it was close to 2am when I actually went to bed (and by bed I mean dozing on the settee whilst watching Comedy Central).
I have an absolute terror about missing flights so if We or any of our family are flying early I can't help but stay up most of the night to ensure the flight is caught on time!
   Anyways our middle daughter the lovely Mica (or Meetle or even sometimes Mim) is en route to the USA now, she is due to land in Chicago's O'Hare Airport at 6pm UK time and catch her connection to St Louis and finally arrive there at 10pm our time or 4pm CST.

 So no Mica for a whole month...
Its going to be very quiet around here but I'll miss her loads, and I'm dead jealous of her..I have to wait until October for my holiday!
Em xxx

Monday, 28 June 2010

Crafty Sunday.

Ok I know its Monday evening and I'm only just getting around to posting my 'Crafty Sunday' post...but at least I'm doing it this week, I've had to miss out for a number weeks for various reasons.
To be truthfull I haven't done much in the way of crafting this past week because We are still doing bits and pieces in the kitchen and the lovely weather has sort of put paid to anything that involves anything more strenuous than sitting in the sun doing nothing much!

I did get around to sewing some of the flowers I'd crocheted at my Grans onto the bag they're destined for yesterday whilst catching up on about 10 days worth of 'The Archers'.

 My plan with the flowers and bag is to cover both sides and handles I think in flowers with shell button centres, then decorate in between with more buttons and embroidery and finally line it in something yummy!
Have a nice evening.
Em xxx

Friday, 25 June 2010

Farewells,Familiar Faces and Flights of Fancy.

Yesterday was the day We as a family together said our last goodbyes to my lovely Grandma.
She had 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren!
So there was a lot of us there,some had travelled all the way from from a small town in the Republic of Ireland called Enniscorthy where my Gran was originally from.
As with all funerals there were tears and a few laughs too and the bit where you know its going to be a really sad day but you can't help but look forward to catching up with all those familiar faces you only really see at occasions like funerals and weddings.

 On a much happier note its that time of year again where people get away from it all on their holidays, my middle daughter Mica is flying out to the USA on tuesday to stay with our family in Centralia, Il for a month.
Its Mica's third year of travelling out there on her own,but I'll still end up sitting anxiously tracking her flights until I know she's arrived safely.

 We are looking to book a trip away this weekend too, but We aren't planning on going away until October, We are going to Tunisia to visit our friend Adel and his family out there. But as Adel works for most of the year in Italy October is the only month He'll be home for any significant amount of time.
I'm hoping to take the oppurtunity to pick up some goodies for Mousy Brown's 
Snail Mail Swap.

 As I am the November swap partner.
So I'm going to try and get off the tourist trail and find some really nice tunisian lovlies.

Anyways thats me for now.
Have a lovely weekend.
Em xx 

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Hooky Eye Candy.

This little book arrived yesterday much to my pleasure as theres nothing like like some good old crochet eye candy to brighten my day up.

  I think this blanket is definitely one for me to have a go at later in the year, I learnt my lesson making a huge blanket in the middle of last summer...I fell asleep so many times sat under it whilst I was trying to get all the squares stitched together!

And I quite like the look of the little lovelies too, I might make some of these for my new kitchen, which since I mentioned it is progressing nicely if a little slowly, but to be honest whilst the weather is so lovely who wants to be stuck inside doing boring old DIY?
Not me thats for sure!
Anyway back to the book...my verdict is that its got some cute and easy looking patterns in it. It cost less than £5 from Amazon and I got it delivered with their super saver free delivery.
The only real downside is that some of the colours used in the photographs are a bit garish, but some nice soft muted shades should sort that out!
Em xx

Monday, 21 June 2010

Mess, Mess and More Mess.

Whilst I am one of lifes messier people I cannot stand any sort of disorganisation or upheaval in my life so this week whilst We've been fitting a new kitchen I've hated every minute of it.
When I said 'We' just then my sole contribution to the kitchen fitting was to hold a drawer front for about 20 seconds and moan lotsa about the mess, the water been off last night and most of today, the plumber taking too long etc etc etc.

  Coco checking out the contents of the cupboards stored on the kitchen table!

So to get away from it all I've tried to get out as much as possible this weekend.
My Mum very kindly invited us all up to hers for tea on Saturday evening where she cooked us a selection of delicious curries and a pudding called 'Eton Mess' which I've never heard of before but my Mum assures me is a very famous dish.
Anyway whatever it was delicious and I ate far too much.

               The kids worked off their curries by playing table football...

                         and jousting with brooms!

On Sunday when the really messy and inconvinient stuff got underway, in other words the sink unit came out and the water got turned off, I made a swift exit with Evie to my sister Ruby's house.
We spent a lovely afternoon lazing with her and her girls in her garden,which was marred only by Evies screams when she got bitten twice by red ants.

            Why have I never noticed Ruby's beautiful roses before?            
                               Lunch al fresco with Ruby, Poppy and Lola.

Anyway as of today the kitchen is nearly finished, sink plumbed in, washer and dishwasher fully functional again...just a few cupboard doors to hang and a few other bits and bobs to finish, then I can put everything back and paint the walls.

 Coco guarding the under sink cupboard contents current stored on my living room floor.

                                          Definitely a WIP
And finally
Last but certainly not least I want to say thank you so much to all the lovely bloggers who left me lovely comments after I posted about my Gran last week.
I truly loved and appreciated every single comment.
Thank you all so much.

Enjoy the sunshine.
Em xx

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

My Unique and Lovely Gran.

I've not been around the blogosphere much this past few weeks..just a quick look now and again really because I've been pre-occupied by other things happening in my life.
My lovely wonderful gran has been seriously ill and finally fell asleep for one last time yesterday evening.
My Gran was everything and more that a Grandma should be...she was feisty but not fierce, she had an amazing sense of humour which lasted right until the last morning when she laughed at me for demanding the bacon sandwiches she'd forced upon me almost everytime I'd ever seen her in my life.
As I spent a lot of time sitting at my Grans recently I also spent alot of time crocheting loads of little flowers to cover a denim bag...


I could go on for ever talking about my Gran, I have so many funny and happy memories of her,but as she has been a constant in my life for over 40 years I'm not quite ready to let go and think about life without her.
Em xx

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Goodies Sent and Recieved.

I had to nip out for a doctors appointment this morning and when I got home there was a lovely parcel waiting for me...I love parcels don't you?
Especially when you've no real idea whats inside, but you know its going to be nice!
Anyway these lovelies were sent from the Lovely LaaLaa was a runner up in her recent give away.
I was so thrilled to finally win something in a blog give away...I just couldn't wait to get my parcel opened this morning.

 It arrived wrapped in absolutely gorgeous paper and I really should have taken a picture of my parcels before I unwrapped them but I was sooo excited I couldn't wait!

This little lot are the things I sent for my fabric addict swap, it was my very first swap so I was a bit apprehensive about what to send and if the recipient liked my things...anyways I heard from her yesterday and she did!!

 Anyway thats all for now as I'm off out for Wednesday craft night.
Em xx


Monday, 7 June 2010

Swap Goodies and Yet More Yarn!

My very first swap parcel arrived over the weekend and I was so excited to recieve it, I was like a 6 year old on christmas day!

 I'm already thinking I'll use the gorgeous strawberry fabric and little zips to make some cute make up bags or little purses all coutesy of this lovely lady HERE ,thank you so much Simone.
I'll post a photo of what I sent in return as soon as I know she's recieved her package too.

A quick trip to my local yarn shop this afternoon found me yet again buying more delicious yarn, although this time I do have a use in mind for it.

 As I only popped in the shop to get my Gran some buttons for some cardigans she's knitting I only had enough money on me to buy 2 balls but I'll be back in the next few days for more!
anyway what I plan to do and infact have started is crochet loads of lovely coloured flowers to sew onto a denim bag I bought a few months ago, I was planning to embroider the bag but I know I'll never ever get around to finishing it if I do!
Have a lovely week.
Em x

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Vikings, Ice Cream and Big Knickers!

As I'd mentioned in previous posts We went to York for the day yesterday, I love York its such a beautiful city with lots of historical interest which I always love.
But yesterday was a day for my daughter Evie and my youngest sister Hermione so We did plenty of child friendly fun stuff and I didn't go any where near the 'Cath Kidston' shop...not even when the strap on my bag snapped!
After an open top bus ride and a sandwich and coffee stop we headed for the Jorvik Centre.

Then after Jorvik more coffee for us grown ups and ice cream for the rugrats and onto the Castle Museum which I was very excited about as I'd never visited there before..

            Pretties in the 'Victorian Living Room' display.            

The living area of a Yorkshire farm house...just look at that quilt and the gorgeous screen by the bedside.

 My Mum was very pleased to see a Sixties display and wandered around pointing out things that she used to own or remembered including these very big knickers!!!! 

Does ice cream taste better from a vintage ice cream van...apparently so as it was advertised as 'Yorks No 1 Ice Cream'
 Em xx

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Re-Visiting My Childhood in Saltaire.

Todays trip to Saltaire was great fun and full of memories for both myself and My Mum who I was with.
My Grandma lived in Saltaire until she moved to Pudsey 11 years ago and before that She had lived, worked and raised her family there so it was interesting and a little poignant to go back to old haunts I remember from my childhood.
As We had four children with us including a couple of very young 'uns it wasn't the day to do too much pavement bashing and as the weather was a bit rubbish...constant drizzle, you know the stuff that seems to make you even wetter than actual rain We didn't stay too long but I'm definitely going to go back very soon.

When I was a child and we used to go to Roberts Park I was always desperate to join the huge crowd of kids who were allowed to play in the river at this weir!
Looking at it now I'm not surprised my Mum always said no!!

 I think this pretty houseboat is actually a cafe or restaurant, I really didn't want to get too close as I was holding on tightly to a lively 3 year old and worrying about a clumsy 8 year old at the time.

Salts Mill, I went inside for the first time ever and loved it, but got very nervous about the above mentioned children when I noticed ceramics costing upwards of £995 in 'The Home Store'...eeek!

I did buy a few pretties though...

and this postcard is a print of one of the architechtural drawings before the mill was built in 1851-53.

 I'm very excited about tomorrows day out in York. York is my most favourite city in the UK and I've already planned a day full of museums for us to browse!

Em xx