Showing posts with label friends. Show all posts
Showing posts with label friends. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

My Boy



Our boy turned 6, last Saturday. Instead of the usual family invitation for cake and coffee, he had two friends over to play. We had cake with them instead. The cake is from Nigella Lawson's book Feast. The mothers stayed while the boys played and Colm took a few hours off and joined us. We had a lovely afternoon, sitting outside, while the boys played with Lego and generally acted like boys! ie...shouted, tumbled, ran around and jumped off things!

His name is Tadhg and for those of you not familiar with the Irish language, it is pronounced Tye-g, and has apparently no true English version, but Timothy is the closest.

He was rather a large baby when he was born at 10lb 4oz (4.72kg, apparently)...



He has had problems with nightmares for the last few years and frequently came into our room in the middle of the night, until a couple of weeks ago. He also slept with a sheet/comfort blanket every night. A while before his birthday he told me he was ready to kick both habits! (Apparently the nightmares have lessened) And I am very proud to say he succeeded with both....

As he went to bed on his Birthday....We had a lot of this....


To get a photo like this..... sans spectacles
He is an incredibly curious boy and likes to know how things work. (unavoidable, I'm afraid, it's in his breeding)...he is brave and kind and we love him dearly.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

More tops for me....

I ordered two back issues of Ottobre women a little while ago with plans to make a couple of new tops for me. I am fed up with my Vogue pattern for knits that I used for the grey floral top I made a while ago. I gave the top to a pregnant friend the other day, by the way! So I wanted to try a new pattern for knit fabric.

This is the first one I made...... Really sorry for the poor photo.....

I had the coral coloured fabric in my stash and the green was ribbing I had too. I made this as a wearable muslin and really just threw the fabrics together, but everyone seems to like them! I am really happy with this pattern. I could imagine I'll make it lots....

On the other hand......

I think the body language says it all!

I've tried everything to make it look better but to no avail! I look like a 'Sack of Spuds' in it! ( That's a bag of potatoes BTW)

I really like the fabric and I think I can hack it up and make it into a skirt for the summer.....all that work on those pin tucks.......

The children are on mid-term for a couple of days, so we're trying to catch up with a few people that we haven't seen in a while.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

New Machine

For a while now I've been thinking of getting an overlocker, but couldn't bring myself to buy a new one. A friend of mine mentioned to me that the one she had bought a while ago, was sitting idle, after a difference of opinion between har daughter-in-law and herself, on the subject of hand-made clothes for the Grandchildren! I tried my hand at mediation, as the DIL is also a friend, but to no avail.


So, the upshot is that my friend decided to sell the overlocker/serger to me at a much reduced price, despite it only making two garments! It is a Bernina 800DL. She bought it in the Netherlands, where she's from, so I bought some English instructions, just in case I had difficulty reading the Dutch ones!!!
So last Saturday, I headed off, child-less, to collect the machine and get some tuition on it. The short version is, that having only used it twice, my friend, Siena, was no expert on it, so I took it home not sewing, and had to learn from scratch. Needless to say, I am glad I have English instructions! I have the 3 thread stitch working spot-on but the 4 thread is giving me trouble, I'll come back to it.


On the way I stopped in my local fabric shop, taking advantage of the fact that I was on my own, and got a couple of plain fabrics that I thought might go well with the Denyse Schmidt Hope Valley fabrics I got here a while ago.



And I also picked up some very fine, printed, corduroy.I was thinking of a skirt for myself perhaps?


But the thing I wasn't expecting was that my friend Siena was not only getting rid of her overlocker, She also decided to de-stash. I came home with all this.....
and this......
She also gave me several unopened cones of thread for the overlocker......


Such a generous friend.... I love being at her house, it is so peaceful and lovely (maybe that was the lack of children!) I always enjoy my visits with her. She and her husband moved from Holland to Ireland in the 70's and lived near my father, he was the first Irish person to speak to them, they then introduced my parents and the rest is history, as they say. The two families have remained friends over the years despite several several changes of address. So thank you very much Siena. For the overlocker, the fabric and all the kindness.
PS. I forgot to mention that it was this lady who introduced me to Ottobre magazine too!
Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday

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