Monday, 25 February 2008

Wool Longies Charity Auction for SANDS

As some of your may know my daughter Abigail Scarlett was stillborn in November last year. I have made a very special pair of longies for her in my own handspun wool and I am auctioning them to raise money for SANDS, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. They do some brilliant work and they were there when we needed help after the death of our daughter. Please help support SANDS so they can continue to support bereaved parents and research the causes of stillbirth.

View the auction HERE. Thank you!

Sunday, 24 February 2008

A typical day of madness and wool

Babylonglegs tagged me in her blog and ask to share what I do in a typical day.

Every day is chaos at the Flowerpot house! I wake around 6.45am to the sounds of my DS2 kicking his cot to bits. I swear one day I'll go in and find him sat in a pile of firewood! I get DS1 and DD up, change DS2's nappy and convince them all to go downstairs for breakfast. I make breakfast for everyone, which is not an easy task when everyone wants a different cereal and a different drink AND they change their minds at least 3 times.

At around 7.45am Mr Flowerpot gets up, drinks a cup of coffee and then at 8am we all get washed and dressed. 8.40am and DS1's childminder picks him up to take him to school, 8.45am and my PA arrives to take DD to nursery. My PA returns and we spend the morning playing with DS2, doing chores, I check messages on my computer and perhaps doing a little knitting.

11.45am and my PA fetches DD home from nursery and DD plays on the computer until dinner is ready. I make dinner and DH comes down from his office to eat. (DH works from home in the corner of our bedroom AKA the office.)

After lunch is quiet time, DS2 goes down for a nap, DD will watch a DVD or play jigsaws and I can get some spinning, sewing or dyeing done.

3.30pm and the chaos starts. DS2 gets up from his nap, DS1 comes home from school and kids and cats all pester me demanding snacks. Much screaming ensues and I try and keep the peace until 5.30pm when we have tea. We watch tv before bed then at 7pm it's bathtime.

By 8pm the kids are all clean and tucked up in bed and I sink into a hot bath or bottle of wine. I spend the evening talking to DH, knitting or crocheting, wasting time on the internet and planning world domination with handcrafts. By about 11pm I am exhausted and I fall into bed.


Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Chocolate Box Sunset

We get some wonderful sunsets, the sky turns the most amazing colours it takes your breath away. I took this photograph last night from my daughter's bedroom window. I guess it's a bit "chocolate box" as my old art teacher used to say but I think it's amazing.

Thursday, 7 February 2008

My first wheel handspun

I think I'm getting the hang of my new wheel. This is the first thing I've spun on it. 75g of Corriedale kindly given to me by my friend Babylonglegs. I spun it, plied it and then hand dyed it. My 3 year old daughter chose the colour, she kind of likes pink!

Wednesday, 6 February 2008

It's here!

The waiting is over! This afternoon a large package was delivered to my door and inside was this little beauty!

It took me a little while to put it together and figure out what went where but I think I got it right and after a few false starts I managed to spin this:

Not bad for a spinning novice eh? I love it!

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Just call me Mrs Impatient!

I am not the most patient person on the planet. I like instant gratification. When I buy something I want it now, next day at the latest. When I ordered spinning wheel from the Netherlands I knew I would have to wait. It takes time to ship something like that from one country over the sea to another. It's only been a few days but I WANT IT NOW!

I have been so impatient I have been browsing spindles on Etsy. I like my spindle but it seems way too plain and boring in comparison to the wonderful exotic wood, stone and decorated spindles available. I can't really afford to buy another spindle but browsing is passing the time until my wheel gets here.....

I might do some crocheting to take my mind off it, or design that bag I'm going to make with my spindle handspun...

Happy pancake day! The Best Before date has rubbed off the bottle of Jif lemon juice. It has been lurking in the fridge for quite a while but lemon juice doesn't really go off does it? I guess we're going to find out!