I've done an A-Z before, (pause while I go and look up the link - ah, here it is!) but that was all about my crafting likes/dislikes, so when I spotted this one I thought it looked like fun and decided to have a go too.
A - Age: *whispers it* - 41
B - Bed size - just a regular double (4'6")
C - Chore you dislike - cleaning the loo or oven
D - Dogs - No, unfortunately. We are a dog loving household and Joe absolutely ADORES them (we have to stop and stroke practically every dog that we meet) - I am trying to persuade P to let us have a dog as I think it would be so good for Joe but, so far, he is sticking to his guns and saying no. :-(
E - Essential start to the day - breakfast! I know some people say they can't face eating first thing in the morning but I can't function without it! I'd even go so far as to say it's my favourite meal of the day.
F - Favourite colour - Pink (no surprises there then?)
G - Gold or silver - Silver. When I was younger I preferred gold, but I realised that silver works better with my colouring. I think the only gold I wear on a regular basis is my wedding ring
H - Height - 5'4"
I - Instruments you play(ed) - I did recorder at primary school and also violin for a little while, can't remember any of it now though. I wish I could play the piano. (I'm not too bad at Guitar Hero though!)
J - Job title - Domestic Goddess, Stay-at-home-mom or general layabout, take your pick (I am definitely not a housewife though!)
K - Kids - Two gorgeous boys, Will (13) and Joe (8)
L - Live - In West Kent, in the South East of England
M - Mum's name - Patricia
N - Nicknames - My brothers used to call me "Small" for a while when I was (alot!) younger, and one of my penfriends gave me the nickname "Theo" when I told her I didn't have one.
O - Overnight hospital stays - hmm, not actually sure of the exact no of nights - I had my tonsils out when I was 18 (in for several nights I think), wisdom teeth out when I was 19 but that may have been an in-and-out-same-day job, I was in for a whole week when I had William but only one night after having Joe (although both labours went right through the night so you could add on two more). I also stayed in for one night with Will when he had his adenoids out.
P - Pet peeves - Husband not stacking the dishes for washing up properly
Q - Quote from a movie - "Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you're gonna miss it" Ferris Beuller's Day Off
R - Righty or lefty - Right
S - Siblings - Two older brothers
T - Time you wake up - On a school day the alarm goes off at 6:45, at the weekend though, I usually wake around 8.30
U - Underwear - M&S
V - Veg you don't like - Honestly, it would be quicker to tell you the veg I do like. If it's green the chances are I don't like it.
W - What makes you run late - I am very rarely late for anything as I inherited from my mom a very strong instinct to always be ready with plenty of time to spare. Even if things go a bit pearshaped in the morning, we can usually still make it on time.
X - X-rays you've had - Numerous dental x-rays over the years, plus I had my hips x-rayed in my early twenties (little bit of back story - I had clicky hips as a baby and when I was in my late teens they started playing up again, clicking at inoportune moments, aching if I stood up for too long etc, so I got them checked out. The x-ray didn't find anything so I just had to put up with it. Funnily though, after having two babies they are much better, although they still click and ache at inoportune moments!)
Y - Yummy food you make - Well, I do like to bake, as I'm sure you all know, so I would say that I do make some rather yummy cakes!
Z - Zoo favourites - My favourites at the last zoo we went to were probably the meerkats, but I think my alltime faves would be the dolphins and manatees that I saw at Seaworld in Florida in 1996.
Inspired by iHanna's beautiful pink embroidered inchies, I decided to have a play around with my embroidery threads too. I have nothing specific in mind for this, just playing around for the fun of it, but I think I may have found a new addiction! I already have some ideas for how I could use these tiny pieces of embroidery, but next time I think I will stick to one colour at a time!
The Charley Harper Quilt Along is getting well under way, with participants choosing their inspiration images and making a start on their pieces. I finally made a decision yesterday, and chose this sweet little wren on a washing line as my inspiration.
I think these images are perfect for applique as many of the pictures use very clean and simple lines. I traced over the shapes on the reverse of this print out, then traced those onto some Steam a Seam Lite, cut them out and fused them onto my fabrics. Some very careful cutting out and positioning later, the pieces were fused to the background fabric.
I've handstitched around each shape using a simple backstitch - my freemotion sewing skills are still pretty much non-existant so there was no way I wanted to risk doing this on the machine! I obviously still need to add some more details, the washing line and sheet etc, but I love how it's looking so far. If it turns out well I might be tempted to have a go at another, more ambitious piece. I've just received a book of Charley Harper bird postcards, which are so beautiful, so there's plenty more inspiration there if I want it.
I've been making some pillow cases this week. I don't have a huge fabric stash, but I do have a small cupboard stuffed full of fabric, the majority of which I have no immediate plans for whatsoever - it's just there. As lovely as that is, I was slightly bothered by the feeling that I really ought to use some of that fabric and that's when I had the idea to make pillowcases. They're really easy to make, don't require batting or quilting and will make my bed look pretty!
I'll try and get some pics of them with pillows actually in them for next time.
This lovely, shiny new toy arrived for us on Saturday, and we've been having fun trying it out!
It's the new Wii U-Draw game tablet, and we purchased it mainly for Joe's benefit. Because Joe hates writing but loves using a computer, we had been toying with the idea of getting a graphics tablet for our laptop, so that he could a "pen" but see his writing or drawing appear on the screen. However, when we saw that this new gadget was being released we figured that this would be more likely to engage him, as he loves playing on the Wii and it is probably more child friendly than a proper graphics tablet (cheaper too, which is always a big consideration!) He didn't know we had ordered it but when it arrived he was super keen to have a go and spent about 20 minutes carefully drawing and colouring a picture with it. I'm hoping that this will help build up his confidence with using a pen and am intending to use it also to practice his letter formations, spellings etc.
On a related note, I've been reading up on the condition dysgraphia. It's not very well known, indeed I had never heard of it before last week, but it sounds like Joe down to a tee. As I'm sure I've mentioned before, like many kids with Asperger's, he is very good at reading but really struggles with the writing side of literacy. I'm going to speak to our Senco about it - I'm not sure if our LEA would even formally recognise it but I think that, if this is Joe, then it might be in our interests to get a formal diagnosis. I'll keep you posted.
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