Life. Don’t stress!

I have spent the entire day lying on the sofa feeling a little burnt out and not particularly well after a crazy couple of weeks. This has then led me to feel guilty about all the things I have yet to do but can’t quite muster the energy to start. I have also had a realisation that point 2 of my new years resolution has been totally blown out of the water!!

There are the company accounts, the little Oliver & S dress that I have yet to finish (it’s only been 2 years!!) It keeps looking at me with it’s scrummy yellow and grey cotton eyes, saying, finish me, finish me!

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The last roman blind for a client, cleaning the front room after birthday sleepover for son number 1 (which also took 5 months to come around, don’t ask.).

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The pencil cases for Africa (actually have a few people helping me out on this one, update post to follow),

Pencil cases

Knitted top for headmistresses new baby (thankfully not due until July),

Erica Knight-Ribbon-tied wool vest

Scarf I promised to knit my daughter to go with the beanie, cute though huh!

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Putting stuff to sell on Ebay, sort out my house, etc, etc

But if all of this stuff doesn’t get done today, or tomorrow for that matter, no one is going to die. This is my favourite saying from my lovely husband. When I am stressing about my usual overload he says ‘is anyone going to die if it does’t get done?’ to which I reply ‘well,no’ and then with his Yoda of London wisdom he says ‘then stop stressing’ And he is so right!

In 2009 I went on a missions trip to Rwanda. I was instantly struck by how content the people were. They had, by our standards, nothing. No fancy clothes, no iPads, no iPhones, no toys, no tv, just each other. They had to walk for 4 miles daily to get to school, most times with an empty stomach and they arrived with smiles and laughter just like the happiest of our kids. It made me feel slightly ridiculous for filling my life with unnecessary stress and determined to chill out and spend all of the time, which I would then clearly have on my hands, to spend with loved ones. A fail of epic proportions then ensued but I kept it up for a couple of weeks. It made me realise that we shouldn’t let life steal our time.

I am learning slowly (very,very slowly) but surely how to take less on and how to be more relaxed and today was a good reminder of that.

I would like to leave you with my favourite quote;

Everything will be alright in the end, if it’s not alright, it’s not the end………Anonymous

Pom pom perfection, part 3.

Good evening All!

Hope you had a glorious day?

Okay, so here is the third and final instalment of my pom pom tutorials.

This way of making these little bundles of joy is really easy and one of my favourites (before I tried the fork way of course). I remember when I first tried it I thought, far out, this is so quick!!

Let’s jump straight in!

For this tutorial (bah ha ha like I’ve done loads of other ones) I used the Clover large size contraption. For all of you in the UK you can find one here.

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Looks complicated I know and when I received it I nearly cried, well, I put on a worried face. But hopefully we can demystify this little wonder.

Let’s start off by opening it, taking a look and getting ready to pom pom ourselves into a frenzy……… aaaaaaand breath.

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There are two bits on each side so four altogether.

Just get your wool (I used Rowan big wool which is perfect for this project and makes it even quicker, yay!!) and start winding. Make sure you hold the two prongs together when you first start winding otherwise it can be a bit wonky to begin with.

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Keep going back and forth until you have a nice fat bundle of wool.

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Make sure you end up at the end where it folds into the middle so that you can pull the wool through and start winding in exactly the same way on the other two bits. The side you have just finished should fit snugly back into the middle. Sometimes because I wind so much on I have to shove it in a bit. You can see by the picture that you are passing the wool through and starting at the hinge end on the other side of the pom pom maker.

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Once you have finished and closed both sides you should have a lovely looking thing like the one below. I am so easily pleased!! I really do see this as a thing of beauty.

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Now the exciting part! Get your trusty shears out and follow the grooves on the side and start cutting.

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The best thing about this wool is that when it’s cut it looks like sea anemones……

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Cute huh!

After you have finished all the cutting this is what you are left with:

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Almost there. Take a long piece of wool and starting at the bottom tie it around the pom pom through the middle grooves thusly…..

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Tie about three very tight knots, not sure why just makes me feel like it’s more secure. Then we open the blue bits like so,

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And then the middle bits easily come apart revealing the loveliest ball of yum ever!

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Isn’t that pretty! And how easy was that.

So there you have it. Pom pom tutorials done!! I can now cross that one off the list.

Hope you enjoyed this and if you have any other ways of making these things then let me know!

Big love from me and the pom pom’s

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Pom pom perfection. Part 2

Hi All, Hope you all enjoyed the best Sunday? Not sure if I’m quite ready to get back to the normal term time routine of, get up, get kids ready, school run etc . It’s just been too lovely being tucked away in our little cave. Oh well I guess I will just start counting down to the February half term holiday.

As promised here is my little tutorial on the Fork pom pom. I was thinking it would be a bit naff but actually it turned out pretty well. So here goes………..

First make sure you have some wool and a fork, dah!

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Then start winding around the prongs like so:

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I think it is good to keep winding until you have quite a fat amount of wool, can you even say that? A ‘fat amount of wool’? Oh well, you’ll know what I mean when you see the pic below:

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Cut the wool and then cut a long piece which is used to tie around the middle. You thread the fabric through the middle space of the prongs and then wind it up and over the top of the fork also through the middle space.

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I tied a loose knot around the middle and then slipped the whole lot off the fork. Then I tied it super tight around the middle with a triple knot. Please excuse the fuzzy photo here but I still want you to see.

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Now cut all of the loops like you would do with any pom pom.

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Et voila! An almost perfect pom pom.

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Now all you need to do is trim it down a bit to make it less oval in shape and roll it between your palms again to make it lovely and spherical (love that word!)

Here is the finished product:

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Hmm maybe it still needs a bit more of a trim?

This is definitely very easy and lovely and quick if you want to make pom pom’s with minimum time and energy.

Tomorrow I will show a really cool pom pom machine which is also pretty fast.

Now go forth and create my pretties, mwah ha ha ha.

Pom pom perfection. Part 1.

Hello lovely ones,

Hope you are all enjoying your New Years break? I’m loving having this time with family it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

I’ve had a lot of people say that they never knew how to make pom pom’s. Apparently the last tutorial helped so I thought I would do a small series on different ways to make pom pom’s.

I made one the night before last for a baby’s hat so lets start with that one.

I like to use the little plastic discs that are specifically for making pom pom’s, find the link here. They make three different sizes so pretty good for a lot of different projects. This is the mid sized one.

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You can always make your own out of cardboard. You just cut two discs in the size required and then cut a hole in the middle. As I am the queen of cutting corners the plastic ones are perfect for me.

You then put the discs together like so:

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Then we start the absolute mammoth task of winding on the wool. This tiny little pompom got me through 2 1/2 episodes of Homeland!!

Start by pulling your wool through the centre keeping the discs together. You have to keep pulling the wool through until you have covered the entire disc as below. Wind each bit next to the last in one direction making sure not to leave any gaps. If you only want a quick pom pom thats not very full then you could probably stop once you have reached the beginning.

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I love my pom pom’s to be as full as they can be so I go around and around until the hole in the middle is non existent. I use a yarn needle to push through the centre when it gets really small. When you are finished it should like this:

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Once you’re done we then start cutting around the outside. Turn the disc on to its side and slide your scissors into the gap and start cutting. Ooh how exciting!

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Once you have cut all the way around you take a long piece of wool and tie it around the middle in between those grooves in the plastic. Tie it super tight so the bits don’t come undone. You then slide the disc off each side to reveal your fabulous pom pom.

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I find rolling it between my palms helps the shape and sometimes I will cut little bits off to perfect it.

Voila! perfect pom pom for the perfect little hat.

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I will put up another blog in the next few days about 2 other ways to make lovely pom pom’s. You are all totally capable at making theseHave a wonderful day people’s. Big Love!

Happy New Creative Year!

I have just completed the obligatory, pre party ‘but my house is always this tidy’ clean up but the exciting thing is it’s only 3pm so that has to be an all time record!! I’m usually still going just as the bell goes. Just time enough to blog one more time before 2015, woohoo!

I always start the year with at least 30 new years resolutions so that way if I only do one I still feel pretty good about myself; less pressure.

This year I intend to:

  • Try and keep the house tidier (hmm, good luck with that one).
  • Not to over load myself and say yes to everything (bah ha ha yeah right)
  • Spend more time with each child (do-able me thinks)
  • Try and do something crafty once a day (no worries) and clean up afterwards (oh come on!!)
  • Make more clothing rather than just accessories.
  • Be kinder (even when I’m in the car)
  • Be happy with where I am right now in life.
  • Love my body and face (I certainly can’t afford to pay for new ones!)
  • Complete the #crazynewyou instagram challenge on Crazy little projects
  • Complete the #sewmystash year long instagram challenge on Project:Leasa
  • Knit a hat and scarf with one of my Instagram mates
  • Do my tax paperwork every month rather than the whole lot two days before the deadline (wah ha ha ha sorry just fell off my chair)
  • Go back to point 2 and cut this list down by half!!!

These are just a few. But you know what, I love this time of year. I love the feeling of a new start, wiping the slate clean so to speak. If I start well maybe I’ll finish well, maybe not. But thats okay, I’m doing my best just like every other human on this crazy planet and that’s enough.

Huge love to you all and I hope you have the most magical, amazing, creative, productive and peaceful year. Remember, you rock!!

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Umm, that was meant to be blowing you all a big kiss but my son reckons it’s an epic fail, what does he know! Bah ha ha and now all the three of the kids are comically imitating me! Lucky I can laugh at myself! they think they are clever now but just you wait until they are older and want a car!

My first creative post woop woop! Wish me luck people’s.

Hello my Pretties.

Well, after some expert tutorial advice from my best mate Bedlam & Bird I feel I may just be able to post my first actual craft related post and maybe even share on Facebook, ooh do I dare? (Did you notice that link I did up there, pretty clever huh?)

Okay so, I thought I would show you a very basic project I worked on over Christmas.

This is one of the easiest, quickest and most rewarding projects. It took me about an hour and cost me about £7.

The excellent tutorial I followed is on the lovely blog Best Birthdays. I found this on Pinterest along with most of the other ideas I have ever made. I bought 5 contrasting balls  of uber cheap yarn from the Wimbledon Sewing Centre (my go to place for all things Haberdashery) and tied and cut till had these adorable huge pom pom’s. Then I simply tied them onto ribbon and Voila! the cutest pom pom garland ever!

Here are a few photo’s that might help to use along with the blog link above.

Make sure to tie it super tight otherwise the strands fall out. One tip I totally ignored on the first pom pom is to make sure that you leave a long strand when you tie it in the middle so that you can hold it when cutting the loops.

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After you cut the top as well you have this little puddle of loveliness. I know it looks like a mess but once you have taken your trusty shears to it it will become beautiful!

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Yes it’s true you lose a lot of yarn after shaping the pom pom but I am going to use it to stuff a pillow me thinks so that there’s no wastage.

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Let me know what you think and have a fabulous, safe and creative New year! Big Love and God bless!

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This is terrifying!!!….

No really! This is truly terrifying! I am not a scaredy cat by any means but putting myself out here into the great unknown blogosphere (is that what it is even called?)is just a little bit scary.

I sat here looking at this page and for the first time in my life was lost for words.

What to say? What not to say? Am I witty enough? My friends seem to think I’m pretty funny but maybe they have no sense of humour? Of course they do, I think they are hilarious!!

And just what is a widget? How do I get all those cool things on the side of the column over there ——> How do I link it up to Instagram & Pinterest? What on earth are tags? Are they like the hashtag things I have only just started working out on Instagram? Do I really have to read the ‘how to’ section on WordPress? Does no-one on here realise that I have a very short attention span not to mention no patience!

How do I? What should I? How could I? Will I? Will they?Aaaaaargh!!!!

Okay Lady, stop aaaaaaaaaand breath. Phew, okay. Here goes, wish me luck I’m going in………