Category Archives: Crafting

Things Will Always Get Better!

Well I’ve been neglecting my blogs lately, I’ve always been a bit of a procrastinator! But here I am, better late than never and a bit more positive than last time!
The husband has gotten a new job which pays slightly better. It’s only a stopgap because he is in the running for another job which pays exceptionally more than both and offers more in the way of promotion. So finger’s crossed on that one, we may just get out of the financial shit creek we’re in!

Anyhow, thinking positively, my crafting is going well, especially the crochet blankets and rice charms, it’s so rewarding when people appreciate something you spend so much time and effort creating.

The school holidays are going well, we’ve had some great days out.  A group of us had a picnic in the park for a friends birthday, the kids played happily and the princess juice was flowing for us mums, it was one of those carefree days where everyone’s happy.
Then we had the pirate adventure in the woods… 7 adults and 11 kiddies = another great day out.
We’ve had a few days in the park that became more hours than planned but I love it when you don’t have to check the time and you’re engrossed in good conversations with friends.

My cousin is coming out of care this month and as I write to her, I’m hoping for a meeting at some point. Some details in her files sit badly with me as I know she was blamed for things she didn’t do and I want her to know the truth, there is no reason for a child to be blamed for another child’s injury when it was one of the parents, it is disgraceful. I can’t wait to see how she’s grown and how she’s doing. I can’t wait to tell her what a precious little girl she was and how we love her and truly missed her. How we have a photo of her in our living room right next to her cousins. I want her to know we never forgot her. And most of all, I don’t want her to feel like I did when I was her age…


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A Sunshine Award to start off the Summer!

When I started this blog, it was for a few reasons… Firstly, I guess it was just because I like to write, it’s something I enjoy doing almost as much as I like reading.  It’s also a form of therapy for me… I write about things and those things become clearer in my mind.

The thing is, for some reason, it hadn’t occurred to me that people might actually read it! So imagine my surprise when I checked my emails today to find a Sunshine Award from fellow blogger justbetweencousins!

I’d like to say a big Thank You (!) for nominating me for the Sunshine Award and for actually taking the time to read my thoughts on here, it’s much appreciated!

Now, in accordance with the Sunshine Award Rules, I agree to;

  • Include the Sunshine Award image. (check)
  • Thank the person who gave you the award. (check)
  • Answer 10 questions about yourself. (Apparently, the giver can make up new ones. It could get interesting!) (check)
  • Pass the award on to 10 Sunshine-worthy bloggers (Only 10?!) (check)
The Questions…

Love or Money? Love (can I have some money thrown in?… no?… okay just love!)

Favorite Book? I love childhood memoirs, my favourite being Ugly by Constance Briscoe.

Who is the Television Character you simply adore? Waynetta Slob… Kathy Burke is truly a comedy genius! (Though I do love Nan Taylor too, Catherine Tate is too funny!)

Favorite Music? I love strong women that say it how it is. Pink, Linda Perry, Eva Cassidy, Jessie J and Amy Winehouse to name a few.

Favorite type of movie? I like comedies best, thrillers are great but NOT horrors!!

Facebook or Twitter? ooohh, I can’t decide, I love both… facebook just edges it… for now!

Favorite number? 13. I was born on the 13th so consider it my lucky number!

Favourite Animal? Horses, I love them just because they are so beautiful.

Giving or receiving? Totally giving, I just wish I could afford to give some more!

Favorite flower? Poppy… that’s why I named my daughter Poppy!

And last but certainly not least, here is my list of Sunshine Award bloggers in absolutely no particular order…

One Fierce Mama I love Mummy blogs, they give us mums a way of expressing ourselves and proves there is a lot more to us than ‘nappies and baby sick’! I especially like the ones that keep it real!

Journey to my Heart… a day to day discovery we’re around the same age and have so many things in common, yet are so different. It’s refreshing and interesting to read about someone that you feel even the smallest connection to.

Heaven 4 Earth I love reading things that make me think… truly think on a really deep level. This is a blog that makes me think.

A Three Day Hat Another Mummy (or Mommy!) blog that ‘tells it how it is’!

Grenglish I went to school with Sarah and though we weren’t in the same circle of friends, the power of Facebook put me in touch with her blog… brilliantly written and touches on subjects everyone can relate to.

Cathy’s Voice Now I love her honesty and her fearlessness when it comes to her sharing her voice.

Texas Gaga because repurposing and upcycling is a dying art… but the only way we’ll save our planet…

Precious Paper A new blog but proof that upcycling is beautiful!

Missy B & Family She is ME!  But she makes it much more interesting!

Pearlyqueennotebook reworking beautiful things… I need say no more than that!

These Bloggers old and new have caught my interest, inspired me, or made me look at my own life differently. I think that’s an amazing talent to possess and should be recognised.

Enjoy your Sunshine Award nominations and pass it on.


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Here we are then!

I’ll start this with a little about myself.

I spent 15 years of my childhood in care and was pregnant with my 1st son aged just 17. I was a single mum of 2 by the time I was 20.

Me aged 27.

At 25 I met my husband and we were married within 5 years. We had another 2 sons, then last year we had a beautiful daughter.

My eldest now 19, (or #1 as we call him!) went to start his University Degree a few weeks ago. He’s the musician. He plays guitar, drums & violin. He is studying music technology as he has been making, recording and producing music from a little recording studio in his bedroom for a few years now.
My 17 year old (#2) is more of a ‘hands on’ lad, preferring sports. He was (until recently) doing an engineering apprenticeship. He has a hot temper but he’s got a huge heart and is immensely loyal. He’s had a tough time lately, he lost his job, his girlfriend of 2 years and is feeling it a bit. He’s decided to go and stay with his dad for a few weeks to get his head together and come back fresh when he’s more able.

My 11 year old  (#3) has some problems and he has Asperger’s Syndrome, he’s very into wrestling, I guess it’s more of an obsession than an interest, but that’s Asperger’s for you! He is a keen boxer and he’s just found out he’s being carded in the new season.
My 4 year old (#4) is a typical 4 year old. One minute he’s laughing, the next he’s having a tantrum! He is very much into the Superhero Squad… Spiderman, Ironman, Hulk… if it’s got superpowers, then he likes it and of course Toy Story!

Then there’s my 17 month old (#5) she’s adorable, my little princess. She smiles and everyone smiles, she lights up the room with her huge blue eyes and she’s so bright. She’s a model.
So I’ve had children in my teens, my 20’s and my 30’s and I have to say, it’s harder to cope with the sleep deprivation now than it ever was when I was younger!

Up until 3 years ago, I was an army wife living in St Johns Wood, but my husband left the army and we now live in Suffolk, which is ok but I so miss London, I’m a city girl at heart and I’m sure if we can ever afford to move, I’d love to go back to SJW. I guess I miss the community spirit that forces families have but I was born and bred in London and I love it there so much.

In my spare time (when I actually get some spare time!) I like to read and I also crochet like a granny! I enter (and often win!) lots of competitions too!

I am also a strong believer in karma and staying positive, always being thankful for what we have instead of dwelling on what we lack in life.

Too many people are so negative and don’t see just how very lucky they are!

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Posted by on June 21, 2011 in Crafting, Help!!, Kids, Parenting


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