Sunday, 27 December 2009

Belated Christmas wishes!

OK, so I didnt get to blog before Christmas, but in my defense I was rather busy, much like the rest of the country, ney the world really!!
Anyway, things have been good here in tinsel-less town. I am calling my home town by that name as the Christmas decorations that the council have decided to bestow upon us this year are in a word - Pathetic. Some hastily thrown up real trees with a few equally hastily thrown together decorations hanging from them, Lovely (not). That's enough about my lovely home town, now lets get onto the 'me' part of this blog entry.
Craig is home from University and will be here until the 10th Jan when he goes back for his second term. He is doing really well and loves it, even learning to fend for himself!

As it is Christmas I thought I would blog about my presents that I received from Santa.
To start with I got this:

It is my new sewing machine; a Janome. Nice eh! Notice that I even managed to thread it correctly and what's more I even made something with it! Scary that!
This is what I made, his name is Marvin and he is the cutest little monster and not bad for my first attempt at machine sewing in absolute years.

I also got some sewing books for Christmas, the 'How to Sew' is a set of little books that cover everything from the basics to how to sew sashiko (whatever that is!)
The other book is a quilting book; which I am going to attempt, wish me luck, I think I will need it!
Tony bought me this Cath kidston sew! book, he bought it from WHS, but believe me it's a lot cheaper on Amazon, half the price in fact. It's a great book and includes not only all the full size patterns for everything in the book, but also the material to make the bag pictured on the front of the book.
Now, I love Rag dolls, always have and always will. I used to have the whole set of Holly Hobby rag dolls, years ago, but stupidly got rid of them during a tidying up frenzy (also years ago, have learnt my lesson since then, never throw anything away!) Anyway, I have tried and failed to buy myself at least one Holly Hobby doll on Ebay, but have always been outbid at the last minute :(. I was moaning to Tony just before Christmas about the HH dolls during our last minute Christmas shopping dash in town. He was nodding and making the usual 'I'm not listening, but will make out I am' noises when we popped into BHS. Well, my heart skipped a beat when I saw these lovely rag dolls and Tony's heart skipped a beat when he saw they were knocked down to half price. He bought me all three of them and now they sit in various areas in my craft room.
How sweet is she!
I have tried uploading pics of the other two, but blogger is being a pain at the moment! The other two have different coloured hair, one being black, the other being ginger, they all have the same style of dress, but in different colours, the one pictured has cherries sewn at the bottom of the dress, the other two have a strawberry and a daisy sewn to the bottom of their dresses.
I also got crafty stuff from the kids, the Just dance Wii game, Ministry of sound 'One' album, a huge bundle of material to make things with, bath smellies, slipper sox, scrapbooking kit, a lovely purple winter hat and various other stuff that escapes my memory at the moment.
Speaking of memory, or the lack of it, I must tell you what happened the other day. It started with Tony coming home from getting the weekly shopping, while he was trying to calm our stupid dog down I put the shopping away. Well, Tony comes into the kitchen and starts to tell me that he bought my favourite washing machine liqitabs and opens the cupboard where they are kept, thinking I had put them away already. Not there! He asks me where I had put them, my answer "no idea, haven't seen them". After he stopped swearing about losing them he opened the fridge to get the milk out to make a coffee and guess what was sitting on the shelf? Yep, the liqitabs!! I swear I didn't put them there, I am sure I didn't put them there. Oh I must be over tired! It can't be my age, I'm not old enough to be forgetting things yet!!!
Anyway I must go and check where I put the mince pies!!!!
Happy New Year to you all. x x x


  1. A great post ... perhaps you could do a tutorial on how to thread a Janome sewing machine ... I got mine for my birthday about three years ago ... and it is still in the box!!! *LOL* I needed it ... honestly :0)

  2. great post niki, glad to see you back blogging again, love the sewing machine, and the rag dolls, although i prefer robots eself......check out my blog. loads of lovely books to keep you busythen, and well done on first make. katharine xx

  3. Hey Niki!! What a load of fab crafty pressies!! Enjoy them and I look forward to seeing finished products!! LOVE Cath Kidson!