Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Patchwork Crafts

I adore handmade crafts and recently featured some local businesses from around Derbyshire on my Handmade Locally feature. I was so impressed by the quality and workmanship of some of the items that I showcased that I now really feel the urge to start making things again for myself. When my boys were little I knitted lots of garments but unfortunately due to the pain and stiffness in my hands I can no longer do this.
 I would love to invest in a sewing machine and try my hand at patchwork or quilting, maybe starting off with something small like cushion covers. There are so many gorgeous materials on the market at the minute from stunning floral designs to oriental patterns which would look stunning in my bedroom.  The more I look online the more inspired I become to create something unique and a little shabby chic.

Now considering I have not actually done any sewing since I left school I may be being rather optimistic that I can make something spectacular in the first instance and with this in mind I have been searching the Web for ideas and found this great picture of an owl on Pixabay, wouldn't he look great on cushions? Two of these would make a great feature for any room. I think he would look great in muted tones of browns and beige.
The only thing left to decide is what type of sewing machine to buy?  I don’t want to purchase something that is to fancy and hard to understand but a machine that is practical and will allow me to alter tension and give me a good straight stitch but also zig zag stitch for appliqué work, although I do understand that you can buy different feet for this kind of craft machine which are interchangeable depending on the kind of sewing you are undertaking.  I also need to be able to store the sewing machine away as I have limited space.

With all these things to take in to consideration it will not be an easy task and I would appreciate any comments from my readers that would point me in the right direction. I cannot wait to get started on a new project. 

Contributed by Tesco.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Silent Sunday 14th September 2014

Black and White Week 10

I cannot actually believe that we have reached Week 10 of the Black and White Photography Project.  It is so much fun seeing what everyone has captured.

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Learning for Mums

I am once again linking up with Kate on Thin Ice who has come up with a great idea for Mums to support others Mums through weekly blog posts. This week the subject is learning and I have answered the questions that Kate set for this week.

When was the last time you gave your brain a workout?

I try to learn something new on a regular basis and in bitesize pieces, therefore not over committing myself to too many hours a week, this way I will not suffer the failure of not completing work when it should be done.  FutureLearn have some great short courses which can easily fit around my work and family commitments and best of all they are free.

What would you really love to learn?

After completing a Forensic Psychology witness investigate short course I would love to take this further.  The new course Psychology and Mental Health is inspiring me to find out more about the human mind.  My goal would be to do a full degree in Forensic Psychology.

What prevents you learning something new?

Time, money the list is endless.  I really don’t think I could devote as much time as would be needed to do what I really want, therefore I will make do with the small chunks of learning that I can do.

Who can support you with your learning and how?

Hubbie will take control of Grotbags for me whilst I complete the studies that I am doing currently but I could not expect him to do anymore than he currently does due to his work commitments.

Kate on thin Ice Striking Mums

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Silent Sunday 7th September 2014

Black and White Week 9

I have been trawling photos this week to see what I could come up with due to being at work all week and Grotbags being away from home.  This one is an oldie but I do love it.

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Saturday, 6 September 2014

Striking Mums

The lovely Kate has come up with a great idea for Mum's to support each other, so I decided to give it a whirl, as they say, by answering this weeks questions.

1. Are you match fit as a mum?

I spend far too much time at work which is starting to affect my health.  I am currently waiting to see a specialist at the hospital and hopefully this will help some of my problems.  I have suffered with bouts of depression since being young and I take each day as it comes, I have found it helps to get plenty of fresh air and enjoy the simple things in life.  After having a full hysterectomy years ago due to cancerous changes in my womb I had another scare recently when I found a lump in my breast.  I feel so lucky that this was nothing to worry about after having a mammogram but it was an anxious wait for the results.

2. What baby step can you take towards your hopes and dreams this week?

I need to finish work on time and not bring it home with me, that way I will have more time for Grotbags.

3. Who can help you on your journey? Are you reaching out to them? If not, why not?

I'm afraid I don't really talk to anyone about my problems, I find it really difficult to trust those closet to me (not my lovely sisters) and my husband talks to other people about things, so I just bottle it all up.

Kate on thin Ice Striking Mums