Monday, 21 December 2009

Stylish Puppy About Town

Bonnie went out in her new coat yesterday and was the most stylist puppy in the park if I do say so myself. The coat isn't quite finished, the strap that goes around her tummy was held on by safety pins; but boy was it cold yesterday, so I really wanted her to have the extra layer.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Instant Gratification

I've just bought a downloaded pattern for the first time, talk about instant gratification. The only downside is you can't save the PDF provided, you just have to print it straight off, instant might be a slight overstatement when you are printing off 40 odd pages on a little inkjet printer.
Yes, the picture above is of the pattern I bought. I've been meaning a make a coat for Bonnie for about a year now. I'm not one of those scary people that usually dresses up their dog (the pink aisle at "Pets at Home" truely disturbs me), but Bonnie is camoflage dog. She blends in so well with the leaves at this time of year that it very difficult to see her. So I am going to make her a nice blue coat that is easy to spot and will keep her warm. I am predicting she will try to shake it off within two seconds flat, but what is a Doggy Mummy to do.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Bon Voyage

My Brother, his Wife and their little one (not so little at nearly 4) are flying off to Australia today. I wish them a safe journey and look forward to seeing them on their return, when ever that may be.

Bah Humbug

This has become my new name at work. Why? Because we're not doing Christmas! Yippee!

I've been trying to get the darling Fluffrick to knock Christmas on the head for about five years now and in August he actually suggested that we not do it this year. Me doing ALL the driving on our two week holiday in Scotland seemed to make his mind malleable to my suggestions. So I've been doing the "we're not doing Christmas" dance ever since. The dance consists of me sitting in my chair and jigging a bit - it is quite disturbing.
I know there will be a great number of people who can't comprehend why I wouldn't want to do Christmas, but you wouldn't believe how relaxing it is. No cards to make and write, no gifts to buy and wrap, no Christmas tree lights to fight with, no trips to "Meadowhell", simply no seasonal madness to endure (there will probably we some food shopping madness to tolerate, but I can handle that). I will be cooking lunch on December 25, but then I cook every other day of the year so it won't make any difference.
So why don't I want to do Christmas? Well the stress reduction is obviously a big plus, but the main reason is that I'm an Atheist. I don't believe in Christ, so why should I have to go through the trauma of Christmas?
I'm not quite sure how my Mum is going to deal with all this, there will be Christmas going on in her part of the house. But if I want to give my Mum a present, or anybody else for that matter, I'll give then a present, I don't need to wait until the end of December to do so.
I'm just a rebel with out a pause! I don't think so.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

We love Terry

My Darling and I have a thing about monkeys, we went to Monkey World twice last year on holiday. I don't know what it is about our Simian friends that we love, we just do. So to add to our ever increasing monkey family my I introduce Terry.

Made by the wonderful Sian of Sianburys. Thanks you Sian for letting Terry come live with us.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Off to the Big Smoke

My Darling Husband and I are off down to London tomorrow, to see Kevin Smith at the O2 arena. I am expecting to be in pain on Wednesday with laughing so much.

I don't really like visiting London, it's strange but I find it claustrophobic. Anyway I will be dragging the Darling to as many fabric and haberdashery shops as I can manage tomorrow afternoon. I probably won't buy much (I'm think option paralysis will be a big problem) but I will drool a lot.

Introducing Betty & Belinda Bucket Bag

I've been busy sewing this weekend and seting up a Folksy shop, all so that Betty and Belinda can go off and explore the world. Lets hope they get the chance to have a big baggy adventure.

Friday, 9 October 2009

People say the nicest things

So my bag in the Bag Swap arrived safely and here are the lovely things Annelies has said about it.

Thanks, now I can't wait for mine to arrive.

The strange things I do in the name of amateur dramatics

Wednesday, 7 October 2009


This is a bag I made for my darling a few months ago (it, sorry she, got a lot of use this summer). Originally she was a pair for Fluffrick's shorts, but the zip had broken and there were a few paint stains, so they were destined for the bin until I had a brainwave. So Simone was born:

As there are rather a lot of bags residing at our house we tend to give them names, a request of "Darling can you get me my green bag" is likely to result in five different bags being dropped in your lap. However, "The biscuits are in Simone" and everyone is happy.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Handbag Swap

I am taking part in the Bag a Holic bag swap as hosted by the lovely Made By Petchy.

Here is a sneak peek of the bag I have sent to Annelies in Belguim

Taking back the blog...

My better half, darling Mr Fluffrick has started up a new blog over at Wordpress ( I think he is sulking with blogger), so I decided to claim back this blog for myself.

Here I can talk about what I’m sewing / refashioning. This now includes making costumes for "The Heeley Hoofers".

I can mull over my embryonic notion of opening an Etsy/Folksy shop. Do I have the time to blog and sew and cook and fuss our terrific terrier and rehearse and oh yes go to work. I could easily give that going to work business a miss, except for the fact they pay me, oh well.

And just because no post is complete without a picture, here is the terrific terrier, the lovely Bonnie.

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