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Wednesday, 27 June 2018


The recent half term we found ourselves in the usual position where Bella has one week off and Mabel has two. Mabel and I decided to take this opportunity to go to London and visit friends and family. Prior to our visit I offered Mabel a show of her choice in the West End, but she turned  me down, and explained that what she really wanted to do was visit Battersea Dogs Home, the location of her very favourite TV programme.  For The Love Of Dogs. 

First stop was to my cousin Richard and his wife Mervi, who have recently returned back to England from New York and now live in Ottershaw. Mabel couldn't have been happier as they also now have 
an 11 week old puppy Duke.

The next day it was off to Kingston and friends Steve and Ang and their daughters Megan and Emma.  Funny enough they also have a young Spingador Charlie, so once again a very happy Mabel

We left Kingston the next day, and headed into London. First stop had to be Hamleys, and because for all other children half term had been the week before, it practically empty

I was very exciited by the prospect of being in town for the Summer Art Exhibition at the Royal Academy, but alas we were about 3 days too earlier, so we wondered around anyway and took in the sights, and a little Grayson Perry preview.

We stayed with our friends Scott and Heather and although they don't have a dog anymore, they do have Gino their son,who Mabel enjoyed  getting to grips with playstation games with. 

Scorching hot the next day we headed for London and the Embankment. We took a stroll through Battersea Park and eventually got to Battersea 

And then we were there, and with a £2 entrance fee, it was considerably cheaper than a West End Show.  I was amazed at the size of it, and obviously how generous people are to this charity.  We weren't aloud to photograph the dogs but  they all looked longing at us as we passed their kennels (which was a little heart breaking) and of course we then went upstairs to see all the cats and kittens. 

Finally that evening we stayed with my friend Chrissie who was celebrating her birthday with a great group of women, many of whom I hadn't seen for a while. The next day it was home.

Treatment update

I haven't done a treatment update for sometime, as there has been nothing really to tell, I finished the herceptin in March and then the day the girls broke up for half term I went in for my last bit of surgery my "designer nipples." this was a small day surgery operation done under a general anaesthetic to reconstruct the nipple, tattoo the areola, and remove the ports (which had been used to expand the implants)  Of course there was the usual list of possible complications, but I feel lucky to say it all went very well and I'm very pleased.  I have one follow up appointment in a couple of weeks and then thats me totally finished.  Hooray!!

Thursday, 7 June 2018


I've had fun recently putting together a range of sparkly accessories to sell at my forthcoming events. Although getting Bella to model as a thirteen year old, extremely self concious teenager can be challenging at times

Star head/hair bands 

feather and glitter crowns, fastened with ribbons

Magic wands


Birthday age rosettes

Tuesday, 22 May 2018


Our half term took us to London and beyond, to stay with friends and see the sights. We took a stroll to Buckingham Palace, through St James Park, had lunch at Ed's Diner, some delicious street food in Portobello Road, and a visit to friends in Amersham where we had a couple of hours at the Roald Dahl museum and an evening spent celebrating a friends birthday.  


And even though we enjoy going away, and we do very much. In the words of Dorothy "there's no place like home" and as the sun shone it felt like we were on our holidays all over again, with visits to the beach with friends, barbecues, belly-boarding and evenings by the river.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018


Its been over a month since my last post and so to bring my blog up to date here is a brief synopsis of what has happened since. 

I finally turned 50, and we thought we needed to celebrate that, plus finishing treatment and getting over cancer last year, so I had a party at The Bronx Bar in Teignmouth. I invited friends from far and wide, and luckily with the second bout of snow forecast everyone made it, but by Sunday the snow was coming down thick and fast and delayed some getting home. Although I say it myself it was a great party and quite emotional realising how many friends I actually had!!

Although I've been celebrating, I have managed to keep making and that includes these cute up cycled Anorak fabric sleeveless, and short sleeve bunny dresses.

New oilcloth designs for the Bella Bags

and these cute bright animal print dresses 

and also having some fun making up these big tote bags with some left over pieces of vintage woven fabric.

So now to get myself back into work mode and to start getting my stock levels up for the fairs I've booked over the Summer. 

Wednesday, 14 March 2018


It was a bit of an Orla Kiely stem print kind of week. 

and a little bit of bird print too. 

Love this french banana fabric, has a bit of a pop art feel. 

Just when we thought Spring was on it's was along comes storm Emma, hitting the South West with strong winds and snow.

What a treat, thick snow. School was closed for two days. We  bought a sledge and headed into town, meeting up with friends and enjoying the snow. 

First milestone this week was my 50th birthday. Very happy to have reached 50. On reflection I've had a great 50 years, I've lived at 21 addresses in 11 different towns and cities, visited 13 countries, had 6 jobs, started my own business, married a wonderful man, had two beautiful daughters, lucky enough to have lots of amazing friends, and beat cancer twice. So, I'm really very happy to be 50

The second was finishing my cancer maintenance treatment. I've had 12 further Herceptin treatments since finishing my 6 initial chemotherapy sessions.  So after visiting this unit regularly for a year it was goodbye. Mixed emotions as I left, saying goodbye to the amazing, dedicated staff, but also hoping that I never have to come back through these doors.