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Friday, 20 October 2017


We've had some freak sunny days, which have been a real treat, especially when you're living 5 minutes from the beach.  With the tide out we walked along the beach until we could go no further, and then under the railway line to a new little cafe only accessible when the tides out called Salty Dog, which does amazing home made sausage rolls, devon ice cream and many other delicious treats, perfect after a long walk.

 A new fabric which is mix of candy skulls, peace signs and flowers, comes in pink or khaki green

Marvel Comic Skirts 

Cath Kidston skirt

and original 70's Holly Hobby fabric dresses in both sleeveless and drop sleeve 

Sunday, 1 October 2017


On the 18th September we headed off for a much deserved family holiday to Spain. We haven't been on a Summer holiday during  term time since the girls were tiny. It was such a treat, as the queues were non existent and the airport was virtually child free.

Blue skies, lovely temperature, fresh fruit, a swimming pool, a good book and a gin and tonic.  What more could you want?

While we were there, we celebrated Harry's birthday with a meal at Siete De Julio (The 7th July) (the day of the running of the bulls.) Not for the vegetarians, this restaurant speciality is beef, which arrives on the table ready for you to cook as you require on coals. Accompanied by some tasty tapas, including cod omelette, jamon and chorizo all washed down with as much free cider as you can manage from the barrels.

Temperatures were still in the 20's in Valencia in the evening. It was so lovely to enjoy wandering around the city watching the world go by, visiting some new bars, eating tapas and a night at the Hotel Reina Victoria

After our homemade Sunday paella we took the girls into Valencia. Unknown to us it was no vehicles weekend, which made wandering around the city so much more pleasant. We were lucky enough to come across the Valencian Orchestra, who were playing film score music in the square. (look at the colour of that sky at 9.30)

Back home and the start of a new season of dresses.

Sunshine & Showers fabric made up this range of skirts and sleeveless and long sleeve dresses 

Unique Spiderman fabric dress

Original 70's bright flower fabric sleeveless and pinafore dresses

Surf dress, Save Our Forest pinafores, dinosaur skirts and Rock Chick dresses

treatment update

I had another pump up before I left for holiday, I've just got another small one left which I'm having on Tuesday. I had my three month heart check, which confirmed everything is good with my heart so I can carry on with the herceptin injections, (I had my 5th one on Friday)   Although I seem to be a regular visitor to the hospital, the appointments don't fill me with fear like they used to, waiting for results was something I dreaded, and hope thats all behind me.

Sunday, 10 September 2017


Spent a lovely sunny day in Lustleigh a few weeks ago. Lustleigh is a small village on the edge of Dartmoor with some of the most beautiful thatched cottages, tea rooms, a great pub Lustleigh Cleave and a strong May Day tradition. The crowning of the May Queen has been commemorated with the engraving the names on the rock since 1967

Busy preparing for the new season, so no new items at the moment, apart from these back to school oilcloth book bags. Available on the website.

and another new way to use up some of the left over pieces of fabric , are these quirky hanging sardines.

August Bank Holiday we joined in the festivities for the Back Beach Music Festival, and watched the flotilla of boats celebrating 200 years of the Shaldon Regatta

The last week of the holidays, we headed to Sussex for a few days to visit friends in their new house in Isfield. Had a very rainy day in Brighton shopping, and took a trip to Middle Farm (a place I would often take Bella when she was little) a working farm, with lots of animals, an delicious farm shop and cafe and an amazing range of cider and perry

Back home, and our old friends from Brighton came to visit us on the way back from their visit to Totnes.

And so the Summer comes to an end and Autumns on its way. It's  back to school and time for new shoes. I'm hoping these sturdy new Clarks shoes will last more than a couple of months

 Autumns also means empty beaches, with rain and sunshine all at the same time.

treatment update

Finally got my pathology report, that thankfully confirmed all the cancer had gone. I've since had two expansions of my new boobs, which have taken a bit of getting used to, I have another one this week, and an appointment with my oncologist, then back every three weeks for my Herception injections. I consider myself very lucky! I've been celebrating ever since and recently had some friends over for dinner.  This bottle of home made blackberry gin went very nicely with some really smelly cheeses from Country Cheeses, home made desserts and liquor soaked chocolate covered blackberries. May the celebrations continue!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017


A little bit restricted with Summer holiday arrangements due to my impending op, so we've stayed local (which is a first for us in August for a very long time) and we've enjoyed local entertainment, weather permitting. 

Our local carnival 

some of the traditional sculptures along the seafront made with waste materials

Have to say there's been very few long sunny days in August, but I loved the way this picture captures the Summer flowers against the grey sea and sky

Mabel and her friend Isaac at Charmouth beach. A fossil hunting trip on the Jurassic Coast, but not a fossil did we find.

Another grey day on Dartmoor on beautiful Dartmoor

and another rainy playdate camp.

There's 25% OFF everything on the website. Enter the Code SUMMER at the Checkout.

breast cancer update

I had my masectomy on Monday 31st July. I went down to surgery and returned several hours later with new boobs, four drains, two PIC dressing boxes, oxygen and a heated duvet over the top of me to aid circulation. The best news was that they had found nothing in the lymph nodes. Spaced out on Tramadol, Paracetamol and Morphine I slept like a baby unaware of the pain. I left hospital on Wednesday with just two of my drains removed but everything else in place and feeling painful. A week later I had the drains removed and saw my breast surgeon who said that he was pleased with the way everything had gone. The particular implants I have are expandable so next week all being well I'll have them pumped up for the first time. I have a pathology appointment tomorrow to discuss the removed tissue, then after that it's just back for Herception injections until March.  My battle is coming to an end!!!

Saturday, 29 July 2017


We planned a pre-surgery couple of days in London to see friends and generally relax. We drove up on Tuesday, and during our stop at the motorway services I had a call to say that the operation had been put back to 31st August. I had mixed emotions as I'd got my head around the whole process, but on the other hand I was glad that I could have the Summer holidays with the girls without any restrictions.

Our first stop once we'd arrived was Spitalfields, for a few drinks in the evening sun and to watch the world go by (got to say people watching is a whole lot better than in our home town) A few more drinks at different bars and we set about a meat filled menu at Pitt Cue in Devonshire Square.

Wednesday we headed into town and had my favourite lunch, of salt beef (three layers high) sandwiches and coffee in Selfridges Food Hall. Amazing!

Beautiful chocolate selection too.

With our stomachs full we headed across town to Borough Market, a feast for the eyes and taste buds, but we were still so full that we could only manage a cider at the cider stall.

In the evening it was friends and dinner.

Thursday I met up with my friend Jaz outside Libertys, as always  we wander the floors amazed at the prices of things we like, before heading off somewhere a little more affordable.

Lunch with Jaz was at the YAUATCHA in Soho, Dim sums and cocktails. I've never had such gorgeous dim sums, I'll definitely be revisiting this place with Harry as they also have an amazing range of cakes which I didn't get to try this time.

Putting on a sale at the end of the week there'll be 25% OFF. So I haven't made any new dresses, but did experiment with a new bag. Lined with ticking its a black PVC bag with various bright handles and a big handy pocket on the front.

Just something I wanted to make with my left over pieces of Moomin fabric a huge lined tote bag. Available on the website.

breast cancer update

A few days after we returned from London I had a letter to say my surgery was 31st July.  So after getting my head around the new end of August date I'm now looking at beginning of the week.  Part of me is disappointed because of the girls summer holidays, and then a part of me just wants to get on with it.  This also means we won't need to change our planned Summer holidays in September to October. I've also got a week which will include the Carnival festivities that take place at this time. Hey it could be worse, I could be on crutches all Summer.


Saturday, 15 July 2017


Great evening with friends celebrating the end of chemo. Felt so lucky to have spent the evening with great people and in such a lovely setting.  We started the evening at Wetherspoons drinking prosecco and ended it at 12pm sitting on the beach still drinking prosecco. 

New makes this week are some old favourites, the school book bag made with oilcloth and lined with ticking with a velcro fastening.  I'll be making some more in the next couple of weeks ready for back to school in September.

This week I did my first craft fair of the year, the school Summer Fayre. I'd planned to do the Exeter Cathedral (and several others) this year but had to cancel due to circumstances. 

Had a lovely Sunday, the sun was shining and we went down to the back beach for a few gin and tonics (so nice to be able to drink again) Then, it was around to the front beach, were Mabel did a bit of swimming, and then home for a family Sunday paella. 

Two new oilcloth designs this week, blue tulips and sardines 

Mabel was so brave this week.  First was a visit to Torbay Hospital for a CT scan, to see how her stent is preforming. This is normally done under general anaesthetic on children of her age, but she braved it, had a cannula put in and then went into the X-ray by herself.... only to fall off her scooter the next day and bash her lip and chin. 

Breast Cancer Update

I had the first of my 12 herceptin injections. Herceptin is one of the three drugs I had as part of my chemotherapy, and is another cancer killing drug. I've had several pre surgery appointments this week and lots of tests, I've been given the procedures for what to do, and what not to do. So, there's no ironing, no doing the washing, no hoovering, no lifting, no cooking, no sewing or cutting out,(which is a bit of a problem) and limited use of the computer, so I think there'll be a lot of films and reading.  I'll leave hospital with four drains and lots of pain killers.