Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Its all going on...

The winning just keeps on going, Capello from No Appropriate Behaviour the winner of the 100th post liberty giveaway emailed me to say she is not a knitter so I will swap the shades of blue yearn for a fq of some fabric from my stash. Which means the yarn is up for another chance to win, or should I keep it my stash??? OK we did another raffle, this felt like a fair thing to do for a few reasons, as I have two children, two more names, the yarn being one little giveaway (unless this winner is also a non knitter) and the other will be a handmade pin cushion.
So in second and third place of the raffle the winners are...Joanna from On the Blossom Trail and Julia from Vintage Heaven. So get your address over to me and the goodies will be sent at the end of the week.
Ok that's it all done, now to concentrate on the next 100 posts... I had to throw in these two gratuitous photo's of flowers, I blogged about them earlier this month. They are my favourite flowers and as a florist I like a LOT of flowers. They are from my garden and the previous post about them was when they had just budded. Well they are now picked and in my kitchen. A whole week earlier than usual. They are my birthday flowers. I love flowers in the house and these are just special to me. Since the first year I have lived here (they only got planted in the first year) they always flower on my birthday. So they will have blown over by them sadly, but I am enjoying them now. I am hoping to buy a little treat for myself from a fellow blogger, you know when you look at the stuff bloggers sell and you really want it, but don't do it. Well maybe this time I will...I believe in making birthdays special no matter what age you are, the gift of life is a precious thing and should be celebrated. Also being adopted Birthdays can make me quite sad. So I always like to chase away the blues by making it fun and what could be more fun than sharing it with my children.
Now talking of children, this is the moment I have waited for...whilst my youngest slept in the garden on Sunday my older son asked to play with my sewing machine. I had gone to great lengths to get him one for Christmas, a child friendly one with a safety cover by the needle. Well I agreed we would set him up, he was so excited. We pulled out the safety machine (my child has suffered from poor hearing and it has had an effect on his hand eye co-ordination so I was a little concerned). I watched his face fall as the silly little machine was utter RUBBISH!!! We hit the garage looking for the box that had stored away my VERY OLD and well used first machine, it had discoloured somewhat, but it did work. He took to it like a duck to water... NO, straight seams are not for him, with in minutes we had mastered circles (admittedly a little wonky) and he just took to changing the stitches without any advise form me. The end result is a picture of a little stick man. No photograph of this as its in my sewing room ready to be turned into a fabric quilted picture. Talk about a proud Mommy moment. This was a nice moment as it was fathers day and as their Dad was too busy working and I was missing mine it helped with the emotions of the day.
Anyway this sort of play continued, my child just itching to do the stuff that he sees his Mommy doing. Whilst I was taking some pictures he wanted a go. This is just one of his photo's, his first self portrait. As a family we do this style picture in the summer on the beach as you get great shadows and contrast, I have a record of them growing up just from this kind of picture.
So its all going on here...all the busy stuff I had on last week is done, the flowers in Church turned out OK, not as happy with them as usual but I was racing the clock, not to mention a little helper who wanted to run off with everything. The school fair was a success, I had two helpers in the craft room this summer and they really did a good job, the children enjoyed it and it was a lot easier as the things we made did not need so much one to one help. The sell out was the Grass Heads, so if your about to arrange a summer fair I can recommend this one, the kids love it and our grass head (Bert) is getting watered daily on the kitchen window ledge. I so love watching kids do art work, allowed to do their own thing the work and ideas they come up with are so inspiring.

Last but not least...
I was delivered some joy by the postman, my swap with Rebecca from Crafty Goodness arrived. I had expected one possibly two magazines from her and look at the bounty of stuff I got. Plus some cool vintage goodies. I am so enjoying these magazines, I have really dipped into them over the last couple of days, a joy indeed. Over the pond the magazines are sooo much more interesting than the ones you get here. Country Living, Coast and the new Charlie and lola craft mag are about as good as it gets here. So I thank you Rebecca from the heart, the postage on its own was a fortune. I really appreciate it and I hope you enjoy your goodies.

12 comments:

sarah said...

I hope your package gets to you soon. I'm getting nervous that it was lost or something. I love that your eldest is taking an interest in your interests. That must be sooooo satisfying!

Sarah and Jack said...

Jack is endlessly fascinated by the photo of your little boy sewing!

capello said...

wow? more goodies for readers?

you're so nice!

and, oh, i look forward to the day when one of my kids want to sew.

at least they like to play with my scrapbooking supplies, so they are on their way!

Ragged Roses said...

Lovely to see your boy at the sewing machine. Glad everything turned out okay at school fair etc. Those flowers are beautiful. couldn't you keep one to press as a special birthday pressie to yourself?
Kim x

French Knots said...

I agree with that birthdays have to be special for everyone, what better way to make sure you get what you want than buying it yourself!
Glad your son is enjoying sewing, my daughter is learning to knit which isn't something I can do apart from casting on and a few rows of plain stitching!

julia said...

Finally this year I decided that yes, I will be celebrating my birthday rather than letting it pass like any other day, so I'm totally in agreement with you!

With regards to sewing my 6 year old son has never been interested in any after school activities until needlework came along. He loved every minute of it and one day I'll post a picture of the bear he made.

Sounds like you've had a good couple of days, long may they continue!

Julia x

Caroline said...

Wow - what a lot going on! Loved reading this blog today - made me feel all happy!

alice c said...

mmmm...I love those paeony pictures!

Rodrigo said...

Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Até mais.

Soo said...

Those flowers are beautiful....They're one of my favourites too and now I'm thinking about planting some in our garden too!

Barbara said...

Congratulations on your 100th post. Add me to the draw if you are still giving away the yarn.

Rebecca said...

LOL you know I think that you have WAY better magazines than we have here. :) I guess it's always nice to see something different.

I'm so glad you enjoyed everything and thank you again for my wonderful bag and belt! I'll be posting about them today (finally).

And what sweet picture of your wee one sewing!!

cheers!