Monday, 31 March 2008

Can you spot whats missing from my Roberts radio?

I'm very lucky that my mum and dad have Emily and Elliott for the day on a Saturday, unfortunately poor Steven has to work so we don't get much of a family weekend and try to pack everything into Sunday! On a Saturday the house turns into an oasis of calm and I stick on my Roberts radio and busy myself cleaning the house. Then hopefully I get a little me time, check my computer, read some blogs, take a long bath, read a magazine utter bliss! However to my horror this week I went to switch it on and found that a knob was missing arrrh!! and nowhere to be found. I was not a happy bunny!
I think Mr Elliott is the guilty one he's taken to climbing in a big way recently and I've caught him afew times climbing over the sofa onto the side table where it sits and pressing the buttons goodness knows where he's put it. It's not in any of the obvious places, it's not unusual to find things in the fridge, posted inside his toy garage or down the loo! Arrrh it's driving me nuts I'm sure it will turn up in the most ridiculous of places he's also managed to take the batteries out of the remote and hide them too! Cheeky monkey!

Sunday morning we was up bright and early to find lovely clear blue skies so we decided to go to the car boot we had a quick breakfast and took the half hour drive there. I was all eager in the anticipation of what goodies might be there only to find it was not on I was so disappointed. I did however find this vintage canteen set of cutlery in my local charity shop earlier in the week so I suppose this makes up for it. I've been after some cutlery for a while I just love the cream handles on the knives.

On the way back from the car boot we decided to stop off at Calke Abbey. We put Elliott in the new backpack and had a lovely walk by the river. It was so nice to walk somewhere where we couldn't normally get to. Your so restricted to where you can go with pushchairs. Emily really enjoyed it climbing over the stiles by herself and she managed to walk quite along way. We saw canada geese and deer which were fenced off, we were really surprised when one deer came right up to the edge of the fence to say hello. It's so beautiful there and I could of kicked myself for not having my camera with me. The sun shone all day and it really did feel like the first day of spring. I think it's probably my favourite season I just love to see all the trees come into blossom and flowers and plants awakening in such abundance. Heres the magnolia tree in our garden just coming into flower.

Thought I'd better show you some sewing now seen as this blogs called Miss Sew n Sew and not a stitch in sight yet! Here's an applique and embroidered castle I made for Miss Emily sorry about the rubbish photo. It's either going to end up framed or on a cushion not made my mind up yet. I'm starting to get very frustrated on the creativity front. Lately I seem to have very little time to get going on things and spend alot of time thinking about ideas and very little time doing. So sorry if my projects on here are few and far between. I've decided I'm going to try and manage the little time I do have more effectively and spend at least one evening a week being creative!

Here's Miss Emily in the garden looking all cute in the tutu I managed to snap up in The White Company sale. I am so looking forward to more sunny spring days and being able to get out in the garden with the little ones instead of being couped up in the house.
Roll on spring! Hope you all had a lovely weekend whatever you did!

Sarah x

Seem to have a huge gap here and don't know how to get rid of it whoops!

Tuesday, 25 March 2008

Easter and a parcel in the post!

I'd like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone whose made the effort to leave me a comment on my blog it's really nice to read your comments and I hope you all re visit my blog soon. I hope you all had a really Happy Easter!

Before I went on holiday I entered Jessica's jug giveaway and to my delight when I got home there was a message waiting, I'd won! I haven't won anything for donkeys years so I was really chuffed! Look what the postman brought me this week the cutest jug you ever did see all beautifully wrapped in pink!

Jessica also put in some extra goodies these pastel mini egg decorations some pom pom decorations and some really pretty lace trim and ribbon. (not pictured) It was so nice to receive something from a fellow blogger I've been admiring her blog for a while The White Verandah it's in my favourites list do go visit it's lovely.

Thanks to Jessica I had enough eggs to do an Easter tree it's a bit bare I've seen far better ones on here but at least I made the effort hey I shall have to look out for some reduced decorations for next year.
We had the family round for Easter dinner Stevens parents and my Brother and Sister In Law and guess what we had?......... Turkey! I know not very Easterery! We had a turkey left over from Christmas don't ask it's a long story. Anyway after tossing several saucepans around my tiny kitchen whilst attending to the needs of my two young children and turning my kitchen into what looked like a bomb site it turned out very well! It even snowed outside while we were eating just to add more Christmas to the occasion anyway it was nice to all get together and we now have loads of turkey leftover! So it's turkey for tea, supper and Stevens pack up!

Sunday, 16 March 2008

Holiday snaps

Were back from our break and despite picking the worst week for weather rain and gale force winds we did enjoy ourselves! Above is the cottage where we stayed. Its in a village called Bourton-on-the hill I highly recommend it to anyone thinking of staying in the Cotswolds it was a little gem. Emily called it her fairytale cottage. Below my little Elliott looks a bit cheeky in this pic playing with his sis.

This is the pretty kitchen on the opposite side of the room is a huge inglenook fireplace where we enjoyed log fires on the stove in the evenings. This was Emily's room. This is a village called Lower Slaughter it was so peaceful the sun was shining with just the sound of the ducks quacking and splashing around.Also visited the villages Stow, Chipping Camden, Broadway, Bourton On The Water, Burford and fitted in a farm with activity playground and Warwick Castle. The Cotswolds was just as I had imagined very picturesque and full of character the villages were full of antique shops but after struggling through what seems like a obstacle course with a pushchair and a three year old who's like a bull in a china shop I gave up. We did have plenty of cream teas though there were pretty little tearooms everywhere like this one we visited.

Here's my little Emily eating a very large bun with raspberry spread! Its inside the Sally Lunn tearooms the oldest house in Bath which was once a bakery to Sally Lunn. They still bake buns to the exact same recipe today.
The day out to Bath went a bit wrong as it was 1hr 20 Min's drive from our cottage and it wasn't till we got there that we realised we had forgotten to put the pushchair back in the car after drying it off from the rain the day before! So after a few crossed words we ended up searching for a shop and buying this back pack. Mind you it's ended up being one of the best things we've bought its so much more easier to get around on days out. This pic is the roman baths which were amazing well worth a visit. After the Baths we went in search for the Cath Kidston shop all bit shattered at this point supplied Emily with a bag of sweeties to keep her happy. Never been to a Cath kidston shop before there was eye candy everywhere I looked. I treated myself to the glass tumblers also got a pink spot oilcloth gadget case for the new digital camera I'm planning for my birthday!
The toaster is from a shop called Octopus can you beleive we've not had a toaster for 6 yrs as we've always wanted to save for a Dualit one enoughs enough no more waiting for ages with the grill. Its very funky and brightens up my dismal kitchen (yes I don't like my kitchen it's a case of having to make do for now).

Bath had so many really good shops could of shopped till we dropped but it had been a very long day so we headed off back to the cottage.

Stevens back off to work tomorrow for a rest! The children are very full on when he's around because they love to play with Daddy and I'm back to my usual routine my house looks like a Chinese laundry at the moment honestly the amount of washing we get through is ridiculous I just look at it all in despair!

Thursday, 6 March 2008

Hello welcome to my very first post!

I didn't even know what a blog was 6 month's ago until I read an article in a magazine about blogs and thought how strange it was for other people to read all about your life. Anyway I decided to explore since then I've been addicted I've stumbled upon people who have the same interests as me a love of interiors, scouring charity shops and car boot sales for vintage finds, lots of people with amazing creativity making beautiful things and mums just like me enjoying the ups and downs thrills and spills of looking after their children.

I've always thought I was a bit weird being in my thirties and liking the things that wouldn't look out of place in my Grandmas house! My brother in law always jokes that I should of been born in another era! But its nice to know that I am not alone.

I thought it was about time I did my own blog seen as I while away many an hour nosing at your gorgeous homes! Ours is not so gorgeous we live in a Edwardian cottage on a quiet lane it has lots of potential we'd like to add a 3rd bedroom in the loft and add a Edwardian timber conservatory kitchen extension on the back and redecorate throughout not much hey! I do love our little cottage and know that when its finished it will be just perfect for us.

The photo is of my mothers day cards one from my 3 yr old daughter Emily and one from my 14 mth old son Elliott. Daddy chose them obviously! He has very good taste don't you think?

I hope I've not rambled on too much it's very nerve racking doing this first post.Will anyone really be interested in little old me?!

Were off on our hols on Saturday to the Cots wolds should be right up my street lots of beautiful old villages to explore and plentiful gift and antique shops to visit! Will put lots of pics on my next post!