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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. 

Tuesday, 29 November 2016


Have to face it, there's no denying it any longer, Christmas 2016 is just around the corner. I've Christmas shopped with my Mum, I've also shopped on line (with a glass of wine) I've done my first Christmas Fair and the calendar is filling up with the usual carol concerts and Christmas plays. I've been posting a new  Alternative  Christmas over on my My Sister Mabel - Facebook Page

Still finding time for some wintery walks

cold grey sea

and the end of the Autumn leaves

and beach all to ourselves

new makes this week are these Bella and Mabel bags.

Love this combination of black and white Christmas trees and polka dot sleeves.

I've loved making these sparkly hair accessories for the fairs

and these bib and burb cloth sets 

Back in the 80's, I loved the 2Tone scene (and still do.) Being slightly too young to go to concerts back then, I never got to see any of the bands live, until this Friday when I saw The Beat at the Exeter Phoenix.  Danced all night, they were fantastic!

Saturday Bella and I spent the day at the Bishopsteignton Christmas Festival which takes place in a barn on Humber Farm. It was cold, but very festive( I even had my first mulled wine of the season)it was a very successful day.

Dare I say it, I think I'm liking this "Christmas Thing"

Tuesday, 8 November 2016


 It was a week for replacing electrical items that I couldn't live without, the dishwasher and my sewing machine. There was a few days of living without the dishwasher, and as a family we decided to do the dishes the old way, the four of us in the kitchen sharing the washing and drying. Disaster! Bickering, broken glasses and general disharmony. Was I glad to see the dishwasher arrive on Sunday? My sewing machine, old and over used decided it was time to rest and so a new one was bought.  An expensive but happy week.

This Weeks Makes

Love this Anorak fox fabric with it's Autumnal colours

A small piece of this cherry fabric made just three dresses. One I pre-sold and the other two sold straight away. Because of the nature of my fabrics I don't know if I'll ever come across it again.

This week the temperature definitely dropped a few degrees and there was no getting away from it Winter was here, (not my favourite season.) Having dropped off Mabel at school I decided to get the ferry back over the river. Sitting on the beach pretty much on my own, I had a very calming reflective moment. The water was like glass, there was a slight mist over the river and there was a tide line of Autumn leaves. Very peaceful.

Still loving making these towelling backed bibs. This little group are all made with vintage fabrics.

These are a mixture of Cath Kidston, Orla Kiely and others

New bags included these red and a white stag print 

Walking to school with Mabel in the morning, with the wind biting our cheeks, the low Winter sun was still rising in the sky. I had one of those WOW! moments. 

This week we tried another of Exeter's new restaurants Turtle Bay 
Loved it, and will definitely be back for more. 

Another new line for My Sister Mabel are these double sided kids aprons. Inspired by a cooking loving Mabel who has been wearing her dads oversized apron, she asked me to make her one of her own, and then I just kept on making.

We ended the week with a stroll along the beach with friends. Ness beach has the added fun of being accessed only through this old smugglers tunnel.

A little Winter rainbow.