Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloweeeeeeen!! :)  We've had a Maaaaaad day here ... I'm exhausted but determined to write an entry today on the 31st! We've been busy carving pumpkins, baking pumpkin pies and cakes, roasting pumpkin seeds (which are actually quite yummy and a surprising hit with the little peoples!) answering the front door to 'trick-or-treaters' and most importantly EAT-ing Pumpkin pie :)) And in the midst of all this we had two very active Angels, a surprise visit from Grandma and Grandad ... who wanted feeding too ... the cheek of it  ;) ... lol! And  another unexpected visit from some Church members  .... who got faaaaaar more than they bargained for from two very exciteable Angels ... hehehe ... they didn't stay long! The Angels have spent aaaaall day dressed up in their Witchy costumes, and loved every minute of swirling and twirling around. We ditched the broomsticks and opted for glowing wands instead ... less painful when you're bashed over the head :) A full and busy day and I am Oh soooooo ready for my bed!

I didn't go to the Pumpkin Farm Shop this year, didn't want to make the hour and more journey in case there wasn't very much out, it seems to have tapered off in the last year or so ... Instead the Angels went to a 'pick your own' farm with their carers on Saturday and brought home Angelically picked pumpkins  :)
This is our pumpkin crop this year, The biggish one at the back and the  one with the slightly curled stalk (really more of a leaning stalk than curled .. haha) are the Angel's pumpkins. The other two were 2 for £2 from the supermarket - a bargain! And my day was completely made by finally finding some coloured Indian Corn  (always, always wanted some Indian Corn!) and there was also some 'munchkin pumpkins' (seriously thats what they were called in the supermarket) The pale yellowish pumpkin is one that I got last year and has survived a whole year in my kitchen! More than can be said for the plants on my kitchen window sill ... hehehe.  Bet you never realised how interesting Pumpkins could be ... just trying to keep the Pumpkin Love alive  :) 

This is what we turned our Pumpkins into ...
 I don't think they turned out toooo bad :) The tealights inside them have been lit and relit at least a dozen times, a certain little 10 year old Angel has discovered that if she 'heavy-breathes' the flame goes out, she can't quite purse her lips to 'blow them out' :) ... lol!  She was soooo cute, trying soooo hard, that we didn't mind that we practically went through a whole box of matches :)  It was strange this year without our chief Pumpkin co-ordinator here, supervising and carving ... but Abi has been busy sharing the Pumpkin Love at University ... in true co-ordinator style she has supervised her roomies with carving and baking pies too ... bless her cotton socks she even telephoned home to get a copy of the recipe :) 
 
I just about managed to get all the Pumpkin and Autumn decorations up in time, here's our Spooky corner ...
 

Doesn't look toooo spooky during the day but it gets better at night ... but not much ... hahahaa

The Pumpkin Patch on top of the piano ...
I still love those pumpkin pillows, and the raggy garland is purposefully not 'garlanding' in the official sense ... its often needed for draping around sweet Angelic little necks that may or may not be strangulated at any particular time .. all in a very pumpkinly loving way of course ;)

And  the Pumpkin Dresser ...
I don't  feel I've quite hit the mark this year, not up to my usual Pumpkin deliciousness .. haven't even got all my Pumpkin/Autumn wall hangings up ... but Life is sometimes ... I'm not going to beat myself up over only doing half a job :)  I still have November to go before the Christmas decorations come out at the beginning of December, there may yet still be a Pumpkin on the wall! :)

Lastly it wouldn't be October if I hadn't made yet more fabric pumpkins with a teensy bit of woolly love thrown in ...
These are little velvet pumpkins, supposed to be olde golde and ivory colours but the olde golde looks more 'dingy dirty brown' than I expected and the ivory seems quite yellowy but maybe thats the way they're supposed to be. I really wanted to make some  orange velvet pumpkins but I just haven't been able to find the right orange or orange velvet thats not stretchy and viscouse-y ... does that make sense ? :)  I'm very picky about my pumpkin fabrics ... lol! The woolly sunflower mini runner is yet another PG wool kit (sloooooowly making my way through my immense woolly PG stash ;)

Well I'm truly pooped-out now, time for a sneaky slice of pumpkin pie before bed ... if there's any left! May need to get the Pumpkin Police out to a certain big boy who seems to be eating faaaar to much at the moment! :)

With ooodles and ooodles of Pumpkin Love
Wendy x x x

Friday, 26 October 2012

Booo-Hoooo!  :)   Soooo much happening and soooo little time ... what's the old saying? "Time waiteth for no man", wish he'd wait for this woman! My favourite month of the whole year has just flown by, a large part of it I've spent in tears missing my first baby who's flown the nest to go to University (Abi's doing reeeeaally well and loving every minute of it!) Then we've had a frantic couple of weeks moving house for Mum and Dad ... lots of boxes to pack, trips to charity shops and the recycling centre. Along with lots of waiting around for several deliveries and men to come and flick switches ;) Not aaaaall bad the waiting around, I was able to get some serious 'quiet' sewing time in ... hahahaha.  Anyway we have Mum and Dad safely relocated from Wakefield in Yorkshire to Southport ... (I think they are now in Merseyside, don't think its Lancashire, but I could be wrong)  They're thoroughly pooped out but enjoying their new home. They've moved from a large 3 bedroom semi detached house to a comfortable 2 bed apartment ... a retirement complex type of thing ... although alot of the other occupants don't seem to be that retired to me, they're still going out to work etc.. Mum and Dad are happy and their new home will be alot easier to manage and whats even better is they've achieved their desire to live by the Seaside! :) Not that I've ever seen alot of the sea at Southport ... the tide always seems to be out when we're there ...lol! But they do have donkeys on the beach .... haha.  So whilst I've been busy packing, moving, re-settling and unpacking Mum and Dad, my own home just looks  a bit neglected and very messy!  I'm not complaining though as Hubby and Jacob have been sooo supportive and patient whilst I've been in and out, they've had their hands full with two little Angels ... lol!

And talking of Angels ... My littlest Angel has a very special birthday today ... she turns double figures! My Baby is 10 years old!!!!! In actual fact ten years ago today she was probably still in my tummy waiting to come out .... do you know for the life of me I can't remember what time she was born... I've a feeling it was late evening because I wanted to go home and the midwives said it was too late for the doctor to come round and discharge me ... 4th baby! I do remember that Mim's birth was the one where everything went more easily, The induceing went ok, the epidural was great and I finally got the hang of how to use the gas and air thingybob ... not that I want to improve the technique with baby number 5 ... lol! Just glad I figured it out in the end ... hehehee   Ooooo all  those baby memories, now we're in the Teenage/Young adult memories, it really is scary how quickly time passes by :)  Sooo my baby Angel is 10 and as full of mischief and Angelic chaos and mayhem as ever :)

 Its the last day of school today before the 1/2 term holidays and Mim's class is having a Spooktacular Party for Halloween and birthday treats for Mim (they have birthday cake and treats for each child in class ... its great, a party for Mim with all her little classmates, no mess or stress for me ... I just send in the cake and treats! :)  She went into school dressed in her pretty costume as a Witchy Angel ...lol! She refused to wear her witch's hat but really enjoying whacking anyone and everyone with her broomstick ...hahaha.  Esther's class wasn't having a party  :(  but she was soooooo excited at seeing Miriam getting all dressed up that I didn't have the heart to not let her dress up too ...so I sent her into school dressed up too!!!! hahaha :))   Bet her teacher won't be expecting that! I don't think they're likely to send her home on disciplinary grounds for flouting the school uniform code ... not on the last day ;) hahaha.  So I have the day to do a mad tidy up , wrap up the last few presents, blow up about a hundred ballons, bake another cake (OK , not exactly bake another, I did cheat and buy a cake for school!) and prepare general birthday festivities before the little red bus brings my 'Witchy-Angels' home! :)

Before I go face all those ballons here's some of my stitchings that I've been able to do whilst 'waiting' .. I got soooo much sewn that I am considering hiring myself out as a professional 'wait-in-for-deliveries' person :)  
 I finished my Salem Village Cross stitch ...

So so so loved stitching this piece, not sure why, maybe it was the threads or the fabric, the design was very easy to follow. It truly was a joy to stitch :) I'll certainly be looking out for more 'Plum Street Sampler' patterns :) Still not quite thought how I'm going to finish it, I'd like to frame it but its just finding the right frame ....

Another of the monthly 'Country Stitches - with thy needle and thread' designs sewn ....
September all stitched - love the apple tree and school house :)
And I've even sewn ....
October ... before the end of October!!! I did make a teensy boop with this one and had to add a small trio of mini pumpkins to 'fill-in' but I think it still looks OK :)
 
 LOTS of stitching happening here  :)  and thats not all in one uninterrupted morning awaiting a 'between 8:00-12.00' delivery that actually came at12:45! I managed to completely sew this woolly wonder ...
And surprisingly the camera has caught the actual colours beautifully! This is a Buttermilk Basin Design kitted by the one and only Primitive Gatherings (of course!...haha) Loved this one ...isn't it sooo nice how sewing brings out the love in me ...hahahaha ;) I'll probably finish this one as another cushion ... I soooo luuuurrrve my cushions and pillows ...lol!
 
Lots of sewing time  although unfortunaately very little time spent on my BOM's, no further progress on 'Heart & Home' quilt, although all the blocks and final borders have arrived :(  And the new BOM I signed up for as a birthday treat 'Jaquelines Album'  with PG has started , think we're already at  block 4, again I've not started ... just stock-piling woolly goodness! I really need to get back into the swing of my woolly BOM's. I decided not to go back to the sewing group this term, partly because class fees had increased and with Uni and College students to support pennies need to be counted ;) And although the day time class was easier to attend than the evening class, it was a well established group of ladies and I never quite felt like I fitted in ... and I missed my evening class friends, no-ones fault just the way it fell, c'est la vie .... Ooooo turning continental now... haha. Thats my sorry excuse for falling behind with my wolly BOM's :o  I just need to be disciplined and use the allocated morning that was for the sewing group to actually do some woolly sewing at home .... all the best laid plans and all! ;)
 
Well, I started this blog/journal entry this morning, paused to tidy up and bake a birthday cake, didn't quite get all those ballons blown up! My  Witchy Angels have been home from school for hours now, we've had our birthday tea, and opened presents, wrapping paper everywhere! Lol! And we've just sent Daddy out for ice-cream to finish off the evening watching Stardust on TV :) A Happy Birthday for a new little 10 year old Angel :)
Last picture of a Witchy Angel dancing in front of the television whilst she's waiting for her ice-cream ...
not quite the birthday Witchy Angel she was moving tooo much for me to catch on camera ...lol! This is the I-want-to-get-in-on-the-act-and-dress-up-too Witchy Angel ;)  Her teacher thought her outfit was fab and loved it so no school disciplinary action to worry about ... hahaha
Oooooo ice-cream has arrived!  Will try to be back before the end of October with some Pumpkin goodies ;)
 
Love and Hugs     Wendy   x x