Sunday, 27 July 2014

Apologies in advance .....

Hello my friends
Happy Sunday to you!

As the title says ..... apologies ..... One Hundred apologies
This IS a Christmassy post

I'm terribly sorry (not really!)

I have been busy writing up my very first PDF pattern
I've been making and selling my Bunting Advent Calendars since 2010
goodness only knows how many cute little pockets I've stitched
and I still REALLY love making them
so I thought it was about time that I wrote a pattern
 so that you could stitch up your very own!

It has taken much longer than I had anticipated
possibly because it's my first pattern
and possibly because I'm a pernickety pernackerpan
(as my Mother~in~law would say)

Anyway it's ALL done now
and available to purchase and instantly download from my Etsy shop
if you fancy having a go at stitching one up!

It's certainly suitable for beginners
as I have written the pattern nicely detailed
as that's how I like patterns to be
Twelve pages in total
with all of my tips and tricks for a perfect finish
including little heart ends ~ with a whole page of templates on the back page
 and a 'How~To' on rubber stamping
It has colour Step~by~Step photos too
which I also love in a pattern

My dear little friend makes a special appearance too!

I have plans for more patterns in the future
may be even Percy Pecker ..... who knows!

and it goes without saying
 that if you have any questions about the pattern or have any problems
just drop me an email
I will be here to help.

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This pattern is however, for personal use only
make as many as you can for friends, family and loved ones
Go Bonkers!
 P.l.e.a.s.e  do NOT sell them
that would make me very sad indeed

(I have had a LOT of copycat issues with my advent buntings)

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Before I go I have SO many thank you's to say

Thank you ..... 
for all of your kind and wonderful wishes to my Sweet B
she LOVED all of the kind comments
she REALLY did.

Thank you .....
for all of your kind wishes, thoughts and prayers for me
you have given me more strength than you can begin to imagine
things have moved on
surgery date has been set for the 5th of August
I've had so many tests that I've lost count
and still more to come on Thursday
I look like a pin cushion
I'm still working on the art of distraction!

and lastly

Thank you .....
as even though I haven't been visiting you much recently
you have still been leaving me such beautiful and kindly words
You're fab
yes you truly are.
After the 'thing' that I can barely bring myself to think about 
I shall have lots of time to recuperate 
and I shall look forward to visiting you all and see what you've been up to
it will give me something positive to look forward to

I have a couple of posts that I'd like to share before the 'thing'
so I'll be back soon

BIG love 
x Jooles x

Friday, 25 July 2014

Yesterday .....

this happened .....

Such a
Happy Happy Happy

We are SO full of pride, love and admiration
for our wonderful, beautiful and very VERY clever girl


We now have a first class honours zoologist in our midst!

My heart is in a million trillion zillion little pieces

..... this also happened

Back soon

BIG love 
x Jooles x

Thursday, 17 July 2014

The Art Of Distraction .....

that's what I've been trying to perfect this week
putting Scary Worrying things aside
(or trying my best to)
and searching out love and beauty

 With everything going right now
I have dramatically pared down my shops
just ready made items or quick to make things in~store for a while
I will have to close them for a few weeks soon
I'll let you know when.

This has given me time to cut endless  B E A U T I F U L  fabric squares
from my 'Treasure' stash
slowly slowly
I'm making a quilt just for me
using my most adored fabrics
some of them just enough for one square
Vintage Laura Ashley
a beautiful but damaged vintage table cloth 
and even a few of my mother~in~laws pretty hankies
something special to remember her by

I do a bit here and there when I'm feeling up to it
its soothing for my soul
especially when accompanied by Mary Berry baking something delish

I've also indulged in a little, pretty retail therapy

I have been a huge fan of Viv's work for many years
who wouldn't be?
It's insanely gorgeous
I had some birthday money left so treated myself to this delight
she is such a lovely lovely lady too
this will be highly treasured ..... always

I also added a  V E R Y  pretty new baby mug to my collection

It's called 'Carnation' but to me it is a pink

it looks very at home

This Zinnia made me happy too
look at the  G O R G E O U S  colour

June's cross stitch
~ A firefly in a jam jar ~

I've not started July yet
got a feeling I may get rather behind on this
You can read more about my Cross Stitch Challenge here

Before I go I have been meaning to show you something .....
Have you heard of Sugru?

It's jolly clever stuff
a self~setting rubber
I had an email from a kind lady from the company
she offered to send me some to try out
it arrived in the nick of time
my mac cable was hanging on by a thread
(a new cable is £70!)
so I used some to mend it
such a genius idea

It can be used in  L O A D S  of crafty ways too
just take a looky at their website
So thank you very much to Clare and Sugru
I shall be up for a play when I'm feeling better

Thanks for popping by
It's lovely to know you're there
and I can just ramble away to you
and I adore to read your lovely comments

BIG love
x Jooles x

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

I'm still here .....

Hello my lovely friends
Sorry I've not been around for a while
I've been feeling rather under the weather of late
but your kind wishes have cheered me up no end

Thank you for so many wonderful comments on my kitchen tour post
I'm really REALLY so happy that you like it too
It's funny ..... sometimes when I've been out and then come back through my door
I'm quite thrilled at the beautiful kitchen sights that greet me
I almost forget that we have such a new PRETTY kitchen
 it's like seeing it again for the first time
I'm totally smitten with it.

My hospital appointment went fine thank you x
I've had some more tests
I'm waiting for my consultant to get get in touch
hopefully tomorrow
to see what happens next

The day of my first hospital appointment
was the beginning of a few days holiday for Mr Sweet and I
Dodgy timing ..... but I didn't want to turn down the appointment.

Our holiday was a bit of a non~holiday in the end
with appointments and pain
we did manage to make it to one of my favourite places

Ahhhhhh I love it there!

It's heaven having my Sweet Bee home
Oh how I love that busy girl
she has turned into a whizz in the kitchen since living away from home
She made a gorgeous bean chilli for tea last night
(it's so lovely to get a night off cooking)
and last weekend she made lychee and passion fruit panna cotta

I think it has to be my favourite dessert of ALL time
so divinely delicious.

She's been out and about .....
she managed to fight off millions of other graduates
(ok ..... quite a lot)
and got herself an internship over the summer
with the Hampshire Wildlife Trust
Guess what she's doing?

A BEE study!

It's so funny

She goes to a farm
where the farmer has treated strips of land next to his fields in different ways
in some the grass is left uncut
some have been sown with a pollen and nectar flower mixture
some with a wild bird seed mixture
there are more but I can't quite remember them all
you get the gist though .....

Sweet B and her fellow bee watcher
have to collect data to determine which strip encourages the most bees
they record the number of bumble bees on each strip
the species
and the flower they were feeding from.
All very interesting and worthwhile stuff
they walk for miles
she really loves it
and it couldn't be more perfect for her.

Well I shall be off for now
wishing you a lovely rest of the week

BIG love
x Jooles x