Tuesday, 9 February 2010

the gherkin challenge for nspcc

Notice the wee little people in the foreground... and the HUGE building behind. Keith was all ready to climb the 1037 steps...

Here he is, looking very professional... microchipped and vested up.
And an after shot. I think he could do it all again! He was brilliant. 51st out of 210. And he completed it in 7 mins 25 secs. We are all so proud of him.
He raised close to £1100. Hurray! Thanks to all who sponsored him. He is a real hero! xxxx

Friday, 5 February 2010

heart swap

I am participating in a heart swap, organised by the lovely noodle bubble from folksy (still struggling with my clickable link for some reason... I will get back to it!).

It is great to be stitching together something... not worrying about the time it takes, or the need to make multiples for sale. Saying that, it is the second one I made. The first heart went walking (via Harry, actually). And of course I found it once this was nearly complete. And then decided the other one was really rubbish... so heart prototype 2 for the swap. It will wing its way to Millie Rose.

I have used some of a beautiful traycloth I have been hoarding. It has some old embroidery, worn through in places, making a pretty abstract pattern. With red spots on the back, a blue patterned yo yo and vintage button, I am really pleased. It would be a great pincushion or sit happily on a shelf at home. It is filled with fibre and lavender.

I also tucked a peg doll into the package with a length of vintage cotton trim.

I really hope it is enjoyed. And look forward to my valentines' heart in the post!

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Please click on this link to see my lovely hubby's Just Giving Page. He is participating in a Step Challenge up London's mighty Gherkin building. We are all very proud.

Since January last year he has worked so hard to build up his fitness level, going to the gym four mornings a week (he leaves home at - gasp - 5.45!) That and going up the stairs at work... he should be OK for the big climb on Sunday. We are all heading in and will take him to a celebratory lunch afterwards.

And with two small children, the NSPCC is a great cause to contribute to. Thanks so much to all who have donated so far. He is up to £1000. Hurray! If you would like to give, the site makes it very simple... just a matter of logging in details.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

dunstable downs

It has been so cold here! I spend the day in (cheaper version) Ugg boots and 2 cardigans and a big scarf. And that is just inside the house. I have to be honest, I find it hard to get outside for the usual activities to keep the boys busy. But we drag ourselves out as much as possible.

Five minutes away from us, we have the beautiful (wild and cold) Dunstable Downs. It is always resplendent with kites flying, gliders and even paragliders. There is a really clever and modern National Trust Centre for a bit of shelter and hot chocolate.

The boys did brilliantly on Sunday and we all scootered (yep, I have one!) quite a way. There are surfaced paths, so it isn't a problem for scooters, bikes and buggies. There is a small fee for parking, or it is free for NT members. Have a visit!

paper baskets

I have just got around to emailing a (very) quick craft to our local NCT magazine - Small Talk - for the Harpenden and District Branch. It is embarrassingly simple... that is if I have explained myself correctly!

This craft would be fine to do with children from around 2 years old... and would make great party bags or Easter baskets.
Here are a few paper baskets lined up... looking slightly wonky...the bunting is just triangles of wrapping paper threaded onto string (use tape to secure on the back).
Step 1:

Wrap a rectangle of paper around an upside down plastic cup. Leave a bit of excess at the top. Secure it with tape. (Notice the decorative zigzag trim... I should really get some paper pinking shears. As it is, I can't bear to use my fabric scissors).

Step 2:
Wrap/ fold over the top to make the basket base. Secure with tape.

Step 3:

Add a paper handle before decorating with felt tip pens, stickers, paper flowers... there are endless possibilities. You can always decorate the paper before making the basket.

If you change the size of the paper and cup you have endless possibilities. And try different papers : newspaper or wrapping paper looks nice. I have an old road atlas I want to use, too. Now where is it??

Monday, 1 February 2010

my special news!

Excuse the background but more importantly... here is our baby! I am expecting baby number three: all of us are over the moon. We aren't finding out the gender and are looking forward a little bundle of joy toward the end of July. xx