Monthly Archives: April 2014

Just a quick post….

Where has the past week gone? It’s flown by and it’s been one of those weeks where I don’t seem to have achieved very much. I have caught up with the mundane things, ironing, housework etc. I’ve also been tidying up in the spare bedroom as we intend to move in there in a couple of weeks while I decorate our bedroom. We’re going for  complete makeover, new carpet, curtains, furnishings, so a busy time ahead………watch this space.

I did complete one little sewing project; I had seen this delightful little Origami fabric pouch on a sewing forum and tried to work out how it was made.  I had cracked it while ironing a nice square napkin (it relieved the boredom of ironing for five minutes while I tried several ways of folding the napkin to achieve the  shape of the pouch LOL) however,  Dina, AKA Bossymamma, posted the instructions on her blog recently so I decided to have a go with some nice fabric. Here is my finished project;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This little pouch would be ideal for jewellery when travelling, or make-up, or a useful holder for sewing bits and bobs. It has five pockets in all, made by the way the fabric is folded. Dina’s tutorial was really easy to follow. Here is the link to the blog; www.bossymamma.blogspot.com

Well, that’s about it for now, take care and I know I’ve said it before but, if you see someone without a smile…give them one of yours.

Jenny xx

 

 

 

 

I Believe in Angels………..

How could I not? You see, I have my very own angel, Natalie. She was taken from us at the young age of seven, but I don’t write this looking for sympathy or to make you sad but, in some small way, to pay tribute to a little girl who, although she never walked or talked in her short life, gave so much love and made me the person I am today. Anyone who follows my Pinterest boards, will see I am a collector of Angel quotes and there is also a board just for Natalie. Having said this, I also have a board dedicated to the loves of my life, which has some lovely quotes inspired by my darling OH and my dear son, Colin.

Natalie was a beautiful child, with the curliest dark hair. She endured all sorts of problems and was often in hospital, but somewhere along the way, she gave me the strength to cope. It was very hard to let her go, but, thankfully I had a very supportive network of family and friends and I know in my heart that Natalie was able to be free from the restraints of her wheelchair and run around just as  other children did. Well my little girl would be forty years old now, I do wonder often, who she would  be, what career path would she have chosen, would she have had children of her own if she had not been born with such cruel and crippling disabilities. These things were not to be, but I know I held an angel and that she is looking down on me now with the same love that was in her heart all those years ago.

As we celebrate Easter, my thoughts are with another mum, who lost her son last week. He was one of my special needs students. At nineteen, he had been confined to a wheelchair by a degenerative illness for most of his life, unlike Natalie, he was able to talk and communicated with the most amazing sense of humour. He was such a lovely person, never complaining, always smiling. Sadly he was hospitalised with pneumonia several weeks ago and never recovered. This young man will be sorely missed in college and we will a say our last goodbyes at his funeral, but I am confident that he is now free of his wheelchair and, as the song from ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour  Dreamcoat’ says, ‘There’s one more angel in heaven, one more star in the sky’. RIP Connor.

If, like me, you believe in angels, Lorna Byrne’s book, Angels in My Hair, is a wonderful read and on April 24th, she has a new book out, Love From Heaven. This is going to be a ‘must read’ for me. I shall curl up on the sofa and enjoy it, knowing my angel is sending me love from heaven on a daily basis.

 

My angel Natalie

Wishing you all a very happy Easter.

Jenny xxx

My Apologies……..

 

I am so sorry that I haven’t posted on here for such a long time, I have no excuse other that I fell out with my computer! The reason being that OH, very generously, bought me a super-duper new laptop in August and it has Windows 8 on it. I have found it so hard to get used to that I use my iPad instead when at all possible. My embroidery software still doesn’t work with Windows 8, although I have tried everything, I still get my dear old Sony Vaio out when I want to digitise embroidery designs.

Well, what has been happening in Cobbie’s little corner of the world since my last post? In September we celebrated my sister and brother-in-law’s diamond wedding with a wonderful family party in my niece’s garden. My lovely son and daughter-in-law came down from Cambridge for the weekend and we had great time. Pat and Alan were picked up from their home by a beautiful vintage Bentley, which was a complete surprise to them and had been arranged by their daughter Annie. I was privileged to make their cake, a three tier diamond shaped cake with a tier of fruit cake, a tier of carrot cake and a tier of lemon drizzle. Annie’s husband, Phil, did all the catering and the food was five star, the baked cheesecake was to die for!

 

The vintage car that picked Pat and Alan up

 

 

 

 

The three tier anniversary cake

In October, OH and I took off for Las Vegas once again. We had a whale of a time and I managed to find even more fabric and quilting shops.

November came and went in the usual round of Christmas preparations, I did manage to make quite  a few of my Christmas gifts this year, which was very satisfying.

December had us celebrating again, this time my older sister’s eightieth birthday, and guess what, I completely forgot to take a photo of her birthday cake!  Oh well, it all got eaten so I guess it was OK. We had an early Christmas day in Cambridge with Colin and Allyson, then spent Christmas day proper with my darling niece Boo and all of her family. A dear friend of ours celebrated his 60th on Christmas day and his family arranged a surprise party for the Saturday after Christmas. Brian is a great Kyle fan and his daughter asked if I could make a cake shaped as Kyle’s butt in those famous hot pants?!!! This was the resulting cake,

We also celebrated my great nephew’s thirtieth birthday the Sunday after Christmas, another cake made!

The new year came in with one more cake to make, my lovely neighbour celebrated her seventieth birthday on New Years Eve. Got to say, I was pretty ‘caked out’ by then.

January and February passed by very quickly and, at the beginning of March we headed off to New York to celebrate our pearl wedding anniversary and my birthday. We had the most amazing time and enjoyed every minute of it, despite temperatures of -13 C, in fact the temperature never rose above zero for the whole week. On my birthday we made a visit to the 9/11 memorial gardens. this was the most moving experience, made more poignant by the fact that a white rose was placed by the names of victims who would have been celebrating their birthdays on that day. This is something that is done daily. There were eight people who would have shared my birthday.

 

One of the eight who shared my birthday.

 

 

Our hotel in New York

By the way, our lovely Kate is doing the London Marathon next Sunday, she is raising money for a child bereavement charity, Winston’s Wish. If you would like to sponsor her, here is the link; http://www.justgiving.com/Kate-Jones88

Now Spring is upon us once more and the blossom is looking beautiful, I have been busy dressmaking, OH is getting the garden up to scratch (when he’s not tinkering with his motor bikes), and I feel truly blessed.

I promise I won’t disappear from the blogasphere again, I have (almost) mastered Windows 8!

Take care and enjoy the sunshine,

Jenny xx