Impulse buy 🤗

Oh I am so excited to share this post with you. In December I had no sewing machines. Then at Christmas Sissy arrived.

Now, sissy has an older sibling! Welcome to serenity! Hopefully sissy won’t get too upset, she’s still the baby after all!

This came about when I went into a local antiques and vintage store and saw this beauty sitting on the side.

How could I resist??? Do you blame me???

She stayed in the shop last night so we could go and pick her up in the car today.

This afternoon I was going to have a rest but then I decided to find out if she really worked!!

Several you tube videos later and I had succeeded in winding the bobbin and loading it into the shuttle, and I had threaded the main thread. I played around with a scrap of material, quickly discovered you can’t go backwards with a hand crank but have to turn the work so you can oversew it.

Then I made this spring weight infinity scarf for my niece using the flamingo materials she had sent me. I fear it may be too long for her but I think she’ll enjoy it anyway!

Look at this lovely stitching!

I’m loving having a piece of history in my home, especially one so beautiful. I’ve put her to bed under her cover but it seems a shame to hide her really.


Allsorts (not the licorice ones!) 

Today rosie and I carried on with creative things. We headed off to Slimbridge and spent a while sketching flamingoes. Rosie understandably struggled with the fact that they kept moving, and she wasn’t happy with the way she drew their heads, but i love the way she uses the pencil so she doesn’t get solid lines round the edges, and i love the variety of birds she’s captured with their heads under their wings and their necks twisted up in different ways, and the fact that her sketches have movement in them. It’s really interesting how we view our own work as i really like one of rosie’s pictures that she thought was no good and actually crossed out! 

I had fun trying out my metallic pencils and then getting more adventurous with pens. It was interesting to use slightly different colours because those were the ones I had. I’m a bit annoyed with both my pictures… The first because of the solid line round the edge and the second because I think i ruined it with the baby one flapping and jumping up and down… Mark thought it was a scarecrow!! That said, I’m really pleased with the shape of the flamingo with his head back, and i really like the colours together. 

When we got back we got the henna out. Rosie had never used it on anyone before so she tried a simple design on my foot and then did a more tricky bird design on my other ankle, combining bits of two different pictures in one. 

Rosie then found a floral design she wanted on her arm (so it will be covered by her blazer sleeve when she goes back to school), and i did that for her,adding birds flying across her wrist. 

After that we watched ‘you’ve got mail’ which she’d never seen before (I feel that it’s an important part of my role to educate her in great films)! And i finished off my octopus while we were doing that. His  eyes look weird but as rosie and mark both say ‘a premature baby isn’t going to mind about that’! That said… Next time I make one I think i will leave it without a face at all! 

Rosie worked hard and finished her paper cut too. I’m so proud of her as she’s put tons of time and effort into it and she’s done  a fab job, especially seeing as it’s the first time she’s ever done it. 

it’s been so much fun doing all this with rosie and I’ve loved being able to give her the opportunity to try new things while she’s been here.