Monday, 28 November 2011

Sewing machine broken - AGAIN!

Well after only having my machine back for a couple of weeks it is not working again - dropping stitches, getting stuck and all sorts. Would love to get myself a nice new digital one!! My local repair man is having a look at it today so hopefully it will be back with me by the end of the week, so I can finish the million and one projects I start and then get bored.... they include a duvet cover for my youngest using an old duvet cover that belonged to my late Grandparents, some bunting for twin girls (these are unfinished due to the machine packing up) and a big eclectic mish mash patchwork quilt.

I started a new job this week, at M&S - just over Christmas. I am hoping that they will give me something permanent after my contract ends and then I dont have to take as many cake orders - dont get me wrong I love making cakes for people but it just got a bit too successful a bit too quick (I should be grateful I know, but everyone and everything seems to get neglected - children, housework etc) and I am only just learning to say 'no' to people, so this month I have exactly what I didn't want - every weekend in December is booked for at least 3 cakes, plus a wedding, which is extremely stressful stuff. So I have decided to cut down on them a bit, make some more stuff that is non edible (and experiment with edible stuff too!) and enjoy my children and writing my blog. Life is too short for too much stress! 

So since I last wrote it has been my birthday - we took a trip to the wonderful Emma Bridgewater factory in Stoke on Trent where we went on a factory tour, decorated our own pottery, had a lovely lunch and spent far too much money (and a little wander round Ikea on the way back with some meatballs thrown in for good measure. And yes I did buy tealights. It's the law, right?!) I treated myself to a lovely Joy bowl to display at Christmas and some dinner plates. My lovely Tom made me a cake for my birthday - bless him! It matched my favourite Emma Bridgewater mug too - so thoughtful.

My amazing cake made by my amazing hubby to be!!

I got some great books for my birthday - Lorraine Pascales new book, and Kirstie Allsopp's new craft book - cant wait to try some stuff out, the Lorraine Pascale book has some lovely looking stuff in it, I will let you know how I get on! Hoping to do a bit of a 'Come Dine With Me' evening for some friends at some point so that seems the perfect time to use the book!

My Birthday Haul!!

I will be doing some Christmas shopping this week (hopefully) - I'm one of those people that always says "I'm going to get it all done by November" and then never does it... Well take care folks, til next time.


Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Chatter chatter chatter

Welcome to my blog..... I've only started this because I love to talk, and sometimes, what with being a stay at home mum, people to talk to all day are few and far between - there's only so many conversations about Peppa Pig you can have with a 2 year old, and only so many times you can ask "What did you do at school today" only to get "I cant remember" from your 5 year old. Don't get me wrong I love my girls and chatting with them, but I thought I would like somewhere to say what I wanted to say, not what I thought I should say or what someone else thinks I should say!

So let me tell you about me, I am in my late twenties with 2 daughters and a partner of 7 years (dont speak to me about weddings) and we live in a little village in Cambridgeshire. Last year I started up my own cake business from home, things are going good - the plan is to build up a big enough customer base so I dont have to return to full time work when daughter number 2 starts school. I also love to make things, I love sewing and have recently got my sewing machine back from being fixed so hopefully will be getting started with lots of crafty bits soon.

The next project we are taking on is to make a play kitchen out of 2 unused bedside tables.... hoping we can pull it off and give it to the girls for Christmas, much prefer handmade presents!!

I have got a wedding to prepare for this weekend, making 120 purple roses for cupcakes...... aaagghhhh!!

Please keep visiting for cakes, crafty projects and ramblings :)

Leanne x