Sunday, 10 May 2009

I'm a busy girl!

What a week!!! I started Amelie on some pumpkin and pear last week in the the evening as advised by my community nurse, but what a mistake. She went from sleeping well at night, to sleeping in 40 to 80 minute blocks. She had terrible tummy pains, a red raw bottom and I changed so many nappies I think I went through a week's supply in only 3 days. We decided to stick to a tiny bit of baby rice at breakfast the last few days and she is a lot happier. I just don't think her tummy is ready for anything else quite yet and she has only just got the hang of eating off a spoon. As a result of all this drama, mummy has had very little sleep and can't concentrate properly on anything.

May I give you an example. Last Thursday I made a lasagna. The sauce tasted beautiful, the béchamel was perfect, but then my brain went to sleep. I have no idea what I was thinking, but as I layered everything together, after the first two layers of lasagna sheets I forgot to put the remaining sheets in. The result was a very sloppy mess when I served it. The lasagna tasted lovely and the next day it was quite firm and easy to cut, but at the time I could have cried. A whole day's cooking wasted. At least my DH and Aurelia thought it was still great and happily ate it anyway.

I think the severe lack of sleep has attracted frogs to our house, who I swear have taken up residence in my sewing basket. Everything I touch I have to re-stitch several times. I did manage to get my Prairie Schooler exchange stitched and my Blackbirds Design exchange is progressing, but I think I may have been a little too ambitious with this one.

This last week, we have been cleaning out the cupboards and storage areas and I have listed a whole lot of items on eBay. I am really surprised at how well all these items have done. The best part is that me DH says I can keep all the money from the sales to spend on stash. How great is that!

This is what I stitched for my mum for Mother's Day. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out, although finishing with Lugana is a bit difficult as you really can't fold back the edges of the fabric.

Design: Summer Flowers Sewing Set - Biscornu
Designer: Lody Steward (Gift of Stitching Magazine, Issue 31 August 2008)
Fabric: 28ct Lugana - Antique White
Thread: DMC
Finish: Biscornu

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

10 Years Down....

On Friday the 1st, my DH and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. I can't believe it has been so long as it only feels like yesterday that we were married. My DH took the day off work and organised lunch for myself and the two girls at a secret location in the mountains. Lunch turned out to be at Silk's Brasserie which is a very nice place to eat. I think it has been many, many years since I have had the opportunity to experience some fine dining. This place was wonderful and the chef happily adapted one of the dishes for Aurelia. She was a complete angel and behaved herself very well during the whole lunch. She was given some crayons and the table was covered with some paper and she scribbled to her hearts content. She scribbled on her side of the table, then on Daddy's and then on Mummy's until there was hardly any empty space on the paper. I must say, my husband and I had a little fun drawing on the table as well. I am just sorry we didn't take a photo of it. Here is a photo of our dessert.

We also took a visit to my LNS, where I just couldn't resist and made a tidy purchase. When I saw the Jeanette Douglas Pineapple biscornu, I knew that I just had to have it and then Aurelia saw it and said 'Mummy, can you make me a little pillow? Just for me, not for the lady, so I can keep in my room." The 'lady' refers to whomever I am making an exchange item for at the time. Now, how can I say no. I also picked up the last two charts to stitch the Blackbird Designs mystery sampler and the latest Just Nan Over The Top Tin called 'Grow'.

After lunch, my DH took me back to my LNS so that I could buy my anniversary present. So without further ado, I present my very own and brand new sewing machine.

Now all I have to do is learn how to sew........
Oooh, I almost forgot! I also visited the local patchwork shop and these are the yummy fabrics I picked up.