This time next week I will be at the Fat Quarterly Retreat in London and I can't wait!! So today I am joining in with the linky party for all the other bloggers taking part, to get to know them all a bit better before we meet next week.
(Urgh, isn't it just a nightmare trying to take a decent photo of yourself?) This is me, Rachel, I'm 42 and live in Kent, England with my hubby and two sons, W who is 14 and J who is 9. J has Aspergers and mild ADHD and I have just recently started home-schooling him, which is why there hasn't been much sewing of late.
I started blogging and sewing at about the same time, just over 4 years ago, and quickly discovered that I loved patchwork and quilting. I love this blogging community we have, it has taught me pretty much everything I know about sewing and I have made so many "virtual" friends, and now I am going to be able to meet some of them for real!!
I have started packing my kit for next week - I'm only there for the Saturday but I'll be doing freezer paper piecing with Kerry and embroidery with Aneela, I have a very special lunch "date" and I am just generally looking forward to meeting everyone.
Click on the link at the top of the post to go and visit all the other bloggers taking part.
Last weekend was my dear Daddy's birthday. Every year it gets harder to find something to give him but this year was made much easier as he was getting a Kindle and so I was asked to get him a nice cover for it. As luck would have it, I knew just the lady for the job, my lovely blog friend Emma of Bagladee had made some very pretty leather Kindle covers recently, so I asked her if she might be able to produce something a little more masculine. I asked her to put my Dad's initial, "H" on the front, and this is what she came up with:-
Didn't she come up trumps? It was exactly as I imagined, in gorgeous soft leather. More importantly, my Dad was absolutely thrilled to bits with it!
On Tuesday J and I popped into town to visit the library and get a few bits and bobs and, as a special treat, we paid a visit to the golden arches for lunch. J is always most interested in the freebies that come with the happy meal and, I have to say, this time I was actually quite pleased at what we got! (Yes, I had a happy meal too!)
Grow your own cress kits. Now, I know it is ridiculously easy to grow cress but I would probably never remember to actually go and buy some seeds and do this otherwise, so this was perfect, particularly as he had been doing an online activity about plants that very morning. (Also, I am totally not into gardening but even I can manage this!) The seeds came cleverly embedded in a sheet of tissue, so we wasted no time in setting up the boxes and gave them a drink.
The next morning, they looked like this:
See the little tiny shoots starting to sprout?
And then, this morning, they looked like this:
One of the sheets had completely dried out overnight, so I was worried we might have killed them, but I gave them another drink and, by lunchtime, they were looking like this!
We've been checking on them lots and making sure they're kept nice and damp, and you can almost see them growing!
I realise this is not the most exciting post of all time but it's a little part of our home-school experience and to be honest, it's all I've got at the moment!!
Next week though, I think there's going to be an FQ Retreat linky party, so I'll have to get my finger out for that one!
The sun has been shining today for what feels like the first time in ages! I hope it hangs around so we can get out of the house a bit more. Whilst it's very nice not having to go out on the school run in the rain, we do tend to go a bit stir crazy if we're stuck inside because of the weather. I can't believe how quickly the time is whizzing by, I'm afraid I'm going to fob you off with another list, because that's still about all I can manage!
* Last time when I described home-school as feeling "easy" I was really referring to being at home with J all day. The actual teaching/learning bit is a wee bit harder, as I have well and truly learned this week! It has been a little ... trying, shall we say? The things that I want him to do most are all things that he really doesn't want to do at all, and when he doesn't want to do something, he just won't do it! So we had a couple of tricky days when I was pulling my hair out a little, but I decided to chill out a little yesterday and today has been better. I know there will be plenty more ups and downs like that, I guess I just need to keep thinking of the bigger picture. And I still need to work on finding some "me" time as well.
* This morning was a good mail day! First of all was an envelope which I guessed contained my name tag for the Fat Quarterly retreat, but I was slightly flummoxed by the return name & address on the back of the envelope. It had come from "Mandy" in Hampshire, but the only Mandy I knew of in the group lives in Oz! Little did I know that she was already over here, as it was indeed from her!
I absolutely love it!!! I cannot wait to meet Mandy in person, she is a very special blog friend as we share our unusual surname (although I'm fairly sure there is no family connection, but how cool would it be if we discovered there was?)
* I also discovered that the tag I had made has arrived safely with it's new owner, Claudia, and she seems to like it! Big sigh of relief!
* I am starting to panic slightly because I still haven't made my samples for the retreat sample swap. I turned one of my teeny tiny blocks into a pincushion as planned, but it's so small, I'm just not sure that I'm happy with it. So back to the drawing board...
* Also in the mail today was a naughty fabric purchase : a jelly roll of Athill Range by Cabbages & Roses, which was on sale at Simply Solids.
This is going to be turned into a quilt for someone who I really should have made a quilt for by now but haven't. Goodness knows if I'll actually find the time to do it, so watch this space. In the meantime though, I'm enjoying just looking at it, the prints are all so very pretty!
Oh dear, I'm not doing very well at this blogging lark at the moment, am I? Time is slipping away from me - the will to blog is there but finding the time in which to do it is proving a little tricky, not to mention lack of subject matter. There's not an awful lot going on at the moment, apart from home-school stuff. At times like this, I think a list always works quite well, so that is what you're going to get!
* Home-school is going - okay! I'm slightly surprised by how easy it is feeling, which probably means I'm not trying hard enough, but I'm consciously trying to keep things fairly laid back, for now at least, while we really get into the swing of things. I am insisting on J doing a little bit of "real" work each day - reading, handwriting practice and basic maths - (as well as other, more fun, activities!) in return for which he can earn time on his beloved computer games, and that seems to be working. He seems pretty unstressed too, and doesn't seem to be missing school, so that is good.
* I did manage to find some time to make a couple more blocks for the Siblings Together project, which have been sent to Maria, who had kindly volunteered to make up a quilt top.
* That is the only sewing I have to show you.
* However, I have thinking about sewing quite a bit, and have finally got all the bits I need in order to complete W's new quilt, backing, batting, binding fabric, even the right quilting thread, so I have no excuses now for not just getting on with it. Oh, well apart from an active 9 yr old being at home all the time that is!!
* These two awesome FQs arrived on the doormat this morning - ordered with J in mind, obviously! They are sooooo cute! I was thinking of turning them into a pillow case but J has informed me that he wants a quilt in these fabrics. He may have to wait a while...
* I am feeling very excited about the Fat Quarterly Retreat, which is just a month away now! I have received my class list and need to start planning and preparing - oh, and finish the little pincushions that I started for the sample swap! I am so looking forward to meeting some of my lovely blog friends!!
That's all for now. Hopefully it won't be so long before I make it back again!
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