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Tuesday, 23 May 2017


Two weeks since my last post and lots of making and socialising has past. The first, are these three lined pinafores a piece of old Ikea fabric given to me by my friend Tina.

More Moomins, pink and striped

Fabric given to me by my Mum, left over from a dress my Mum made for a party. I made these three skater skirts. 

and two lovely gathered skirt dresses, unique and perfect for Summer 

Upcycled big bright daisy print.

Pale pink Moomins

Well, the partying started with my Mums 70's 70th party everyone got into the spirit and had  a great night.

The sun came out, and what started as a quick walk to the beach ended up with us meeting up with friends, a few beers and a few hours later we returned home to pack for our trip to London 

A great couple of days in London, catching up with old friends. A meal at Zedels Brasserie, a stroll along the Portobello Road for a few drinks, breakfast with a friend from Belfast who had been house sitting, a trip to Kingston to see friends for a meal, and getting signed up  for a pub quiz. A lovely Italian lunch, and meeting my friends gorgeous daughter for the first time. Huge thanks to my Mum and Dad for looking after the girls

Back from London on Friday, Bella was off to a skating party and Mabel and me went to China Blue  for cake and china painting

The sun shone on Sunday and we went to our first BBQ of the year to celebrate our friends birthday. We spent the afternoon eating some lovely food and relaxing in the sun, only briefly disturbed by Mabel falling into the pond fully clothed! Cloudy lemonade for me, as I had to start my steroids for chemo on Monday. Joy!

Haven't taken many photos of the girls together for a long time. I thought these really summed up their differences. Mabel the rock chick, leather jacket and Rolling Stones t shirt and Book Chick Bella looking demure in off the shoulder top and messy bun. 

Maths and literacy are not Mabel's favourite things in the world, but drawing and art is where she excels. She was asked to draw a picture of the school for a governor who was retiring, and here it is. 

chemo update. 

Earlier this week I attended a make up course "Look Good, Feel Better" organised by the MacMillan Trust. There were seven of us, different ages and various stages of breast cancer treatment. Speaking of my impending surgery, a couple of the women asked if I'd like to see their reconstructions. So make up course finished a lovely bag of free gifts including Chanel nail varnish, Liz Earle moisturiser and shower gel and Lancome eye serum, we retired to the toilet. In a rather surreal way, there I was inspecting the new breasts of women I had only known for all of two hours. Don't you just love women!

I'm now 2 days post chemo number 5. I feel like I know the procedure now, how I'm going to feel and on what days. I'm so looking forward to June 12th, my last one. 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017


Midweek visit to Totnes, and our favourite vegetarian cafe Seeds 2. We're both meat eaters, but this has such a lovely selection of salads, and my favourite, macaroni cheese.  Eat as much as you like for 7.50 and then sample their selection of cakes. Really worth a visit.

Seriously thinking of Summer but not really seeing too much of the sun.  I've made some short sleeve Summer dresses from this fresh  honey bee cotton.

and this Scandinavian style leaf print. Still need to wear a jacket with them at the moment.

Love this Denis the Menace fabric with contrasting spot bodice. I like to mix the girlie full skirt style with the naughty fabric.

You would hope that walks on the beach at this time of the year would be a little warmer but the easterly winds made for a rough sea.

and happy surfers

using up some of my superhero scraps. I made up some little bags 

and restocked on a few old favourites, like these Scandinavian bird print Bella Bags in yellow and grey

and the always popular denim spot

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to come across quite a lot of Moomin fabric, which is a real rarity, and I was really pleased with the first of the dresses 

and made some bags from some of the smaller pieces.

Found time to get out for a night with friends, although I had to stay on the mocktails as chemo was looming

chemo update

I had chemo number 4 on Tuesday and the end is in sight.  All good so far and not too many side effects thanks to my injections and vast amount of tablets, for two days after chemo I'm taking 16 tablets a day, which can be a bit of a struggle first thing in the morning. 

Monday, 1 May 2017


It's that time of year again, when I cut up my scraps of oilcloth, and make up some Big Fat Devon Beach Bags in preparation for Summer on the beach. They are all unique and measure 24"x 17", lined with blue and white ticking, with a large pocket inside, magnetic fastening and strong grey over the shoulder nylon handles. I have one available on the website.

 had another order for a couple gingham Summer school dresses.

Found some lovely cheerful vintage rainbow fabric, just enough to make up five little some dresses.

A few bargains over on the website My Sister Mabel last seasons remaining Mabel Messenger Bags are now just £12 

and the last of each of these dresses now have 30% OFF

chemo update.

Well, chemo number three came and went without a stay in hospital, the neutrophil injections and tweaked medications all seemed to work well.  I had a half way ultrasound and was so pleased and relieved when the radiographer announced that the tumours where virtually undetectable.  The treatment is working well, and therefore I am staying on the same cocktail of chemo for the remaining three sessions.

A photo of Bella and me appropriately taken on Easter Sunday as have a very fitting egg head shape!

I've also visited The Lodge run by MacMillan for a wig.  I was very anti nylon wig, but once there I was quite surprised and opted for the blonde, the dark is real hair. Don't know if I feel that comfortable in either of them but at least there an another option. 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017


The girls broke up for Easter holidays on Friday. On Monday we decided to have a city break in Bristol. We booked the girls favourite (a Premier Inn)in the centre of Bristol.  On the way up we stopped off at AirHop, the Worlds Biggest indoor trampoline park, and it was pretty amazing. Had a visit to At Bristol Science Centre and Bristol Art Gallery.

We also visited At Bristol Science Centre, always a favourite.

While wandering around we came across some interesting sights 

The whole bridge adorned with locks 

and of course a Banksy although a little vandalised 

A shoe tree, hundreds of pairs of trainers 

Back home the weather was great and we had some time on the beach and my first Mr Whippy 99 of the year.

On Thursday Bella took part in a Under 14 classical ballet group Dance at The South West Dance Festival, they came first with a merit!!

On Saturday I had to have a blood test at Torbay Hospital so that done we headed off for some shopping and a walk along the front.

Some new makes this week have been these four little cotton Summer dresses and some fresh cotton apple print dresses.  All available on the website.

Mabel the animal lover was in her element when we visited Powderham Castle and the walled play area and pets corner where she got to feed a lamb.

chemo update

As the week comes to an end I'm due for my next chemo on Monday. Everything crossed I don't end up in hospital for Easter.