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Catching Up…

Sorry I’ve been absent from blogland for the last couple of weeks. I had a week-long visit to my mum’s in Kent, including celebrating my daughter’s second birthday. Then I had a hectic week with her party for her little friends at home, and lots of work planning and running creative writing courses, one for the weekend just gone, down at a residential education centre in Somerset. And to top it all off my hubby has been away for store training for 3 weeks just as daughter enters the terrible twos – so I’ve been getting very tired out, and only had time to blearily read a few blog posts and prompts from Shimelle’s class before I’ve fallen asleep each evening!

Thankfully hubby is arriving home tonight, and I don’t have too much work over the next couple of weeks, so I should be able to play catch-up!

We had a great time spending the week with my mum, and my sister and stepdad. We also get to see my brother and his wife and kids when we visit as they live in the same town, so it was great for my daughter to have some quality time with them. She also enjoyed the fact that granny has a garden (we only have a paved-patio space), she did some twig collecting and some watering the plants for them:

Watering Can

I really want to get her a little watering can and plant some flowers in a pot at home now too!

It was her birthday while we were there, and we spent the day playing with her cousins and then having a b-day tea of pizza and chips followed by cake! Then on the following day, when daddy didn’t have to work, we all went to the farm, also joined by my parents in law and hubby’s foster sister. There was thirteen of us! Unlucky for some, but lucky for us as we had a fab day despite the drizzle. We watched a bird show where my daughter got to stroke an owl, saw some farm animals, and played on the boucy pillows (like bouncy castles but without the walls!). We also had a feast of a picnic for lunch (all our birthday celebrations seem to involve a lot of food!) Here she is (and me in pic 2) enjoying the day:

Enjoying The Farm

Enjoying The Farm

The day after we got back home to Dorset we had a little birthday brunch for her at our friend’s house, where one of her presents was this little owl puppet/egg cosy:

With Rosie & David

And the day after she had her birthday party with her friends from playgroup – 4 little girls and a baby brother came so it was busy and fun! She really had an extended birthday – four days of celebrations – I’m quite jealous!

To finish off for now I’ll show you a pic of her with a couple of the presents we gave her – disney princess barbie dolls. I wasn’t sure whether to get them yet as I thought they might be a bit old for her, but she’s really got into watching the films lately so we bought them – and she loves them! Plays with them all day long! As she was playing with them I remembered I got her this snow white costume at a car boot sale last summer and put it away until she was big enough. Her eyes really lit up when she saw it and she kept showing me her dress and the snow white doll’s dress like she couldn’t quite believe they were the same! I want to get her more costumes now!

Snow White

That will do for this evening! I’m off to try and so some stash busting from the inspiration in Shimelle’s Something from Almost Nothing class, so watch this space!

Jennifer x

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Sunny Days

It’s been lovely getting a bit of sunshine the last week or so, even though it’s still been cold! It’s meant that we could get up to some outdoor activities: clearing the garden, feeding the ducks, and going for some nodding-snowdrop and glittering-seaside walks.

Little Miss on a walk 2010

My dad came down for a visit and took us over to Swanage for the day. We went for a walk in Durlston Country Park, along the cliffs to see the lighthouse. For that portion of the day I had come prepared with welly boots for my daughter, so she could splash in the muddy puddles and kick stones about without me worrying. Then we went in to Swanage town centre for a wander around the shops, so I changed her into her flowery shoes and left the mucky wellies in the car.

On the way back to the car she shouts “beach, beach,” and I don’t often turn down a walk on the beach, so we had a stroll along the sand, with my little girl holding my hand, throwing stones into the sea and running away from the waves. On the way back up the beach to go home she sees the perfect stone.

“One more?” she pleads.

I’m feeling lazy by now, so I say “Okay, off you go,” and watch her run her cute little run back to the sea, and it’s a perfect moment for a sunny beach shot, so like a dutiful scrapper I get out the camera and get a beautiful picture:

Little Miss in the sea 2010

 

Then I decide to zoom in for a closer shot. Hmm, something isn’t right…

Little Miss in the sea 2010

 

Arggh! Ankle deep in seawater with pretty flowery shoes on! I shouted to her and she turned around with a bewildered look on her face, still standing in the sea. “Get out then you wally!” I call, running towards her, but she just looks forlornly down at the stone still clutched in her hand, not sure whether she should throw it first or obey mummy’s suggestion! She decided on a compromise, quickly dropping the stone with a splash and stomping out to me with her soaking feet!

Luckily I had some spare trousers in the car but no spare socks, I put my woolly gloves on her feet to keep them warm, which she wasn’t sure about at first but got used to as the car lulled her to sleep to recover from her ordeal!

The skies turned grey and threatening again this afternoon, but I had some good news to cheer me up. I’d won a Giveaway on Laura’s blog, the prize being a place on Shimelle’s new class ‘Something From Almost Nothing’ (click the image below to find out more about this). I was very excited to win as I’d been reading lots about the class from other participants and I wanted to be part of it, especially as it should help me use up some of my stash (and therefore give me an excuse to buy more!)

 

So thanks Laura for not only having a fun to read, inspiring blog, but also for giving us the chance to win great prizes!

Talking about great prizes my ‘Blogging for Bliss’ book that I won on Sian’s blog arrived very quickly and look how prettily it was packaged:

 

I love it! I’m sure I’ll use the fabric and the ribbon on future projects and the book is already proving to be a very interesting read, except that it’s so packed with good blogs to visit that I want to spend hours cruising around them instead of writing my own…!

They say good things come in threes and it looks like I’m on a winning streak, so tomorrow I’m definitely off to buy a lottery ticket! (Though I’ve probably jinxed any future win by saying it out loud. Oops.)

I’m off to investigate the Shimelle class forum and to look forward for the start of the class tomorrow – yay!

Jennifer x

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Wandwomen, Rag Rugs And Junk Creations…

I spent today in Dorchester at Dorset Women’s Day, an event organised by Wandwomen (Wand = Women’s Action Network Dorset; http://www.wandwomen.org.uk/). It was a day of free workshops, goodie bags, interesting stalls and yummy food, I had a fabulous time!

It was discovered by my friend Rosie, who picked up a leaflet about it a couple of days ago, and we were so intrigued by all the things you could do that we had to go check it out! There was even a free creche so I could take my little girl and have her looked after for the bits she couldn’t join me for. We took part in Street Dancing, a Self Esteem Workshop and two craft activities. The first of these was junk sculpture, building beautiful things out of rubbish, driftwood and odds ‘n’ ends! I asked my daughter what she wanted to make and she asked for an elephant so here he is:

 

She kept trying use the ‘trunk’ as a telephone until it was all glued together! I really like him, though I think his trunk needs some colour. It made me really want a glue gun so I can make some more funky stuff like this!

The other craft activity was rag-rug weaving on a peg loom. I let my daughter choose what materials I should start with – she picked a strip of pink bubble packaging!

 Dorset Women's Day 2010

 

So the rug evolved as a pink / white / blue fairy rug!

 

Here’s Rosie with her purply green creation (I was a bit jealous of her colour choice!)

 Dorset Women's Day 2010

 

I would love to do it again one day, and make a bigger rug without any bubble packaging in it!

I will definitely be looking out for Dorset Women’s Day next year. Perhaps I’ll help out this time? But then I wouldn’t be able to attend everything too!

See you soon, Jennifer x