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Wednesday, 22 March 2017


Last week we had a few days in the Hague in Holland, to visit a friend and see the band Underworld. Booked before Christmas, for our wedding anniversary and my birthday we were a bit uncertain as to whether we would be able to go, as it came in the middle of my next treatment, but they kindly moved it, and off we went. A beautiful city  the weather was kind to us and we wandered it's lovely streets and ate and drank the atmosphere.

Harry who has been before is always waxing lyrical about the street kibbeling and  yes it was gorgeous. Fresh pieces of cod deep fried in a thin crispy batter with a mayonnaise tartar sauce dip. Delicious.

On Tuesday evening we went to see Underworld at the Tivoli in Utrecht, they were amazing, what a great night. Couldn't believe the lead singer is now 60.

We didn't get to see the tulips in Amsterdam but the crocus in the Hague were just as beautiful.

This weeks makes have included some new Scandi design oilcloths.

Spring around the corner I'm back making school uniform (to order) 

chemo update.

Back from Holland on Thursday and straight from Gatwick to Torbay Hospital for a pre chemo blood test. Friday was my second treatment and luckily before it was set up I realised I had mixed up my tablets and had been taking sickness tablets instead of steroids. 

Number one rule, no steroids, no chemo (I felt so stupid) but as always they were very understanding, so on Friday I was given the steroids and one part of the treatment (which isn't steroid necessary) then went back in on Saturday for the chemo. For seven days after treatment I'm now having an injection into my stomach to boost my neutrophils to stop the problems I had with the first one. As these are done at home I've delegated them to Harry who is doing a great job.

Last week Harry shaved off my hair to a number 4 as I was shedding everywhere. I've enjoyed experimenting with new headwear and also not having to bother with styling and straightening. I'm now officially bold, and it's not that bad.

Monday, 6 March 2017


This weeks dresses included these vintage Star Wars - Return of the Jedi fabric lined pinafores.  I had a piece of this fabric back last year in a sandy colour, but I'm loving the red and am always amazed at how vibrant the colours remain after all these years.  

This is a new style dress for the Summer, and it's perfect for contrasting pieces of fabric.  These are made with a black and fabric showing buildings that remind my of holidays in Greece and the top of the dresses is red and white Cath Kidston 

chemo update.

Last week I started my first chemotherapy session, all went well until a few days later I got the most terrible acne, I now know was caused by the steroids.  On Wednesday my temperature went up (although I felt ok) and I was omitted to hospital with neutropenic sepsis. I have spent 6 days in hospital 4 of them confined to my room being given intravenous antibiotics. Finally everything has got back to normal and I'm ok leave. Having flagged up my weaknesses on the first one, I'm now armed with all the relevant medication to eliminate them from the second one on 17th March.  The care and commitment shown in hospital never ceases to amaze me. Our National Health Service is truly amazing. 

Friday, 10 February 2017


I could never have predicted the start of this year, funnily enough it didn't feature in my plans, but it's happened, and I'll deal with it. Breast Cancer. After my yearly mammogram, and this year an MRI scan I was asked back for a biopsy on a lump that can't even be felt, and a week later got the news. I was understandably blown away at first and didn't know how I was going to deal with what I have ahead, but as the days passed, I've got my head around it and feel more positive (not denying I have the odd wobble.) I feel ready, with the help of my friends and family to face this. A few days after my diagnosis I had the terrible news from one of my best friends that her 16 year old daughter had been diagnosed with leukemia, (what a start to the year)  The first of my six chemotherapy sessions begins on Tuesday 21st Feb. 
Let the battle begin!

Life goes on and so does My Sister Mabel and our lovely new dresses.

Scandinavian apple print short sleeve dresses

Love this beach hut fabric  and the new drop sleeve dress design

Red cherries and cream

Cath Kidston polka dot cotton top with blue and white star fabric denim

 The Queen Of Hearts 

Upcycled Black Cherry Fabric

Continuing the fruit theme The Strawberry Dress.

all available on the website My Sister Mabel

Sunday, 1 January 2017


Proving the beach is not just for the Summer and warm weather we headed down to The Ship to meet up with friends on Christmas Eve for carols, with fake snow and a bonfire on the beach. Then back home for a Christmas Eve stew before getting ready for Santa. 

Christmas Day presents opened and it was over to my parents and Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.  Well done to my Mum!

Boxing Day we headed to the beach for the annual run into the sea.  Not for me, I'm always happy to be a spectator (events do need spectators)

Eating and drinking too much, whilst sitting on the sofa watching films is a great part of Christmas BUT long walks along the beach are much needed.

Dawlish Warren Beach 

As we head for the end of the year there's hardly room in the fridge for the milk. HAPPY NEW YEAR 

Tuesday, 27 December 2016


Although the days are very short, the skies have been stunning.  After a day indoors we took a stroll out along the seafront, this was the sky at 4.30

The girls attend a weekly theatre group and their end of year production was a great collaboration of Roald Dahl and The Christmas Carol.....Brilliant!

Christmas shopping virtually over, Mabel and I caught the train to Exeter with friends to see According To Arthur at The Barnfield Theatre, with lots to see on route, including birds of prey and limbo dancers.

As the end of the year draws close I always like to take a moment to thank all my customers old and new and to make a little montage of happy customer photos.

Christmas wasn't even here, and we were already trying to revive our wilting tree, taking off all the decorations and lights and chopping the end off of the trunk in the hope it would take in more water and pick up......I'm not sure it's worked. Note to self:- don't buy Christmas tree before 15th Dec next year.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016


Carrying on with the preparations for Christmas, I managed to get a few days in London visiting friends, drinking and eating too much and fitting in a little bit of Christmas shopping.

Met my friend Jaz at Liberty's, and spent a lovely day catching up and wandering the beautifully lit streets of London.

Love Liberty's at Christmas

Back home and after two more Christmas fairs, Christmas carol concerts, rehearsals for plays, and christmas shopping, I set about decorating the house.

Saturday I took Mabel and some friends to see The REAL Santa in the prehistoric caves Kents Cavern in Torquay, truly magical. It made me a little sad wondering whether this may be the last year of really believing for Mabel. A pizza at Amicis and a sleepover followed!

Falling right in the middle of the preparations is Mabel's birthday. This cheeky little baby has now turned into............

this cheeky little girl. Aged 8

With less than two weeks to go before the big day, there's a fair amount of wrapping to be done and there's also 20-25% Off everything over on the website.