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Thursday, 22 June 2017

SUMMER'S HERE

Sunday, Harry and Bella took part in Colour Rush, a charity event organised to raise money for the local hospice Rowcroft. This is a 5k run, which takes place partly on the beach, while having coloured powder thrown at you from three different stations. I'm pleased to say they both managed to finish.




Part of the week we had our friend Graeme staying from London, always a good place to bring friends in the evening, The Ship, down on the river.


This weekend it was just me and Mabel. On Saturday we met up with some friends at the Bishopsteignton Village Fair. The sun shone, while we took shade under a tree and chatted for hours. It was a lovely day, and I felt a little like I was in an episode of Jam & Jerusalem 


It was swelteringly hot on Sunday so Mabel and I headed for the beach. Harry was away for work so there was no Father's Day celebrations.



New makes this week have included these Love London fabric dresses.




Finally got Mabel in front of the camera again


A lovely piece of striped fabric made these sleeveless dresses with full skirts. I think they have a bit of a retro feel.





and enough to make these A line dress with pockets





chemo update

Well I finally got there No.6 and last chemo. 
It's not been easy at times, but my friends and family have all been amazing, as have our wonderful NHS. 


On Thursday I had my first ever blood transfusion for anaemia, which did help with some of my symptoms. I'm currently week two post chemo which is pretty much when you are at your worst, but it's great knowing that your not heading for another one.  Slowly my medication will decrease, and so will the head to toe side effects which have included, apart from the obvious hair loss, acne, twitching eyelids,  watery eyes and running nose, nose bleeds, tiredness, breathlessness, dizziness, changing tastebuds, leg pains, sensitivity to hand and soles of feet and now just to finish it all off I'm losing my nails. I'm now waiting to see my breast surgeon to discuss Part 2 The Surgery.



Sunday, 11 June 2017

A LONG & PLEASANT HALF TERM

As the girls broke up for half term, it looked like we were in for some good weather (but it didn't last) Met up with friends on Bank Holiday Monday on the back beach, and then a visit to the fair on the way home.  Mabel jumped on the waltzers with Harry, and spent the whole ride absolutely petrified screaming and crying, while Bella and I looked on with cruel amusement.


 Thursday we drove to the lovely town of Cheltenham. Bella was competing with her ballet group in the All England Dance finals. We stayed over night, went for dinner, and sat outside some lovely bars people watching (which can only be done for so long with children) Harry and I have decided we will return on our own soon.



On the way home we stopped off a AirHop 


My Mum celebrated her 70th birthday (doesn't she look good)on the 12th May with a fancy dress party. She kindly took us out for a family meal this week to celebrate at Fresco Italian a little family run Italian in Teignmouth serving delicious freshly cooked Italian food. I didn't have room for a desert which is a rarity.


Bella returned to school after a week off, but Mabel's had another week. Very handy if you have both children at the same school, and are able to get away. The weather could not have been worse, and a promised boat trip and fossilising on Charmouth Beach, didn't happen.  I secretly envied the people who had jetted off to warmer climes. So it was more indoor play areas, in the shape of Bear Feet in Newton Abbot and Ibounce in Exeter. A chance to catch up with friends for both of us.


Not an awful lot of making going on recently, but I did enjoy making these lavender bags with my scraps of Liberty fabric. I thought they would make good end of term teacher presents 

and even some for kids. They are available on the website although most of them have already sold. I will be making more.


A lovely day at The Contemporary Craft Festival 2017 in Bovey Tracey with friends. The weather changed between fine rain and sunshine, and in true British style we carried on in the mud regardless. And as  the rain got heavier, we sat huddled around a table with big umbrellas and Prosecco. 




chemo update

Chemo No. 5 has seen my nails turn a funny colour, and it looks as if I will lose my big toe nails. This one has been particularly tiring, whether this is the accumulative effect, but my energy levels  plummeted especially on the second week. Although looking back while writing this blog I don't think I've done too bad! My last chemo is actually today.  hooray!!!


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

IT'S ALL ABOUT FRIENDS

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

GOOD FOOD, BAD WEATHER

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.