Tuesday, 23 September 2008

First Bread

IMG_0341, originally uploaded by blackdoganna.

Fingers crossed, the girls and I are hoping to make our first homemade loaf tomorrow!
We will be using a bread machine, I hope that's not too naughty but I think it's a good start.
I just hope it's eatable!
Results will be posted tomorrow!

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Thursday, 18 September 2008

Nimble Fingers

Nimble Fingers, originally uploaded by blackdoganna.

Had to post this, I picked this up in one of our local charity shops yesterday it's a vintage 70's sewing magazine, with all the patterns of knitting, sewing and crochet, I think some of them look quite contemporary! If only I could sew properly I'd love to run one up...a future project me thinks!

Unfinshed Projects

IMG_0335, originally uploaded by blackdoganna.

I don't know about you but I seem to have unfinished projects squirreled away, mostly all cross stitch. After the initial excitement has worn off, all longish projects seem to go through a 'quiet' period and once it's been put down I find it hard to make myself pick it up and finish it again.

I did a birth sampler for my first daughter, started it during pregnancy......and finished it when she was two!! I haven't even got daughter #2's out of the wrapper!
So I think I need to tackle this and also make this blog work for me, so I'm going to post pictures of all unfinished projects to shame me! I think I might also give myself a little incentive too, a metre of new fabric for every one finished?! (I'm desperate to get a fabric stash going, but it all seems so expensive and I can't justify the out-lay for no good reason when money's tight!)

So this is the first one I've uncovered, a rag doll that needs the dress finishing with a design on the back and the teddy that needs just one more colour to inject a bit of interest, these will then be Christmas presents as I intended them to be in 2006! I'll keep progress updated and also dig out the other projects that are lurking....!

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

All the fun of the Fair

Ahh, the fair came to town...the noise, the music, the smells....
Having lived in my hometown all my life, there are a lot of memories of going to the annual fair and now taking my own children it's really lovely seeing the excitement on their faces.
It's a real community event, it seems as though everyone from the town comes and you can't help walking around seeing people you recognise that you may not have seen for years, that's the other nice thing about living in your hometown.
Aeryn thoroughly enjoyed it all, she never fails to amaze me with her lack of fear and confidence in wanting to go on anything, I guess I should learn from her, she really is Holding my Hand in showing me life and teaching me.

Sunday, 14 September 2008

I saw these berries on the way home from picking my eldest daughter Aeryn up from a Birthday party, (holding Mummy's hand incidentally - hence the name! - it's one of my favourite Mummy things, holding a small hand and chatting, time seems to slow down and I enjoy the moment) and I loved the shiny redness of them. I pictured them being on a possible blog and being the start of photographing what I see to stimulate ideas and thoughts.

First Post

Well, this is the first post of my first blog and I suppose I should list what I hope to do here and why I'm doing this.
I have been a lurker of lots of crafting blogs lately and they've all really inspired me and got me fired up to actually get on with doing stuff that I keep meaning to and putting off.
I've always liked art, craft and sewing but since uni and having kids I'd lost the drive and motivation for doing things.
I don't know about you but after a day of being at work or with the kids, in the evening I'm not usually good for anything, I like to crawl into bed after doing chores with a cup of tea and even then I usually fall asleep before drinking it!
But earlier this year I made an effort to sign up for a photography evening class and I really enjoyed it, I wasn't too tired after work and I really enjoyed having that creative time to myself.

So I hope to keep my creative brain ticking over, first up I've found out lots of great crafting ideas on-line, I've bought a sketch book for ideas, I'm trying to carry my compact camera around wherever I go for documenting inspiration and I've just started learning to knit and crochet! I hope this blog will give me a reason for doing all this, for keeping me going and providing an outlet, like an on-line sketchbook.

So fingers crossed and I shall see where this journey takes me....