Mamma Mia - Here we go again!

16:55 Karen 0 Comments

And I certainly would if I had the chance. Gracia and I went to see the film yesterday (I know everybody else in the whole world has seen it already, but we are late starters) and if I had the time we would have gone again today, we loved it so much! It was the start of one of our rare 'girly days'. The lyrics from the song 'Slipping Through My Fingers' really struck a cord and made me realise how quickly the next 3 years will go and then Gracia will be off to uni and if I have done my job properly - be completely independant (other than needing financial support).

After going to the cinema we went into Ipswich for an afternoon shopping. Gracia shopped for England and I wisely took a newspaper to read during the lenghy time spent in changing rooms trying on her potential purchases.

The weeks seem to fly by at the moment and I am finding it difficult to find time to do much scrapping BUT I did manage a day at Wyverstone on Saturday and made 2 los and a mini book.

The lo was from a kit and I have been waiting to scrap these photos of Gracia when she was a 10 year old tomboy for ages

A sneaky peek of the star mini book and a lo I made with the latest Scrapagogo kit which is so beautiful - it is almost edible.

Also as a special treat to myself I spent the day at Eileen's on Tuesday and made a patchwork lo out of bits of paper left over from Scrapagogo kits.

Speaking of Scrapagogo their November kit is now on line and available for single kit purchases. Just pop over and have a look but don't blame me for the dribble on your keyboard - it is simply gorgeous.

Other things this week - I have got half way down the body of the cardigan I am knitting - woooo hooooo!

I am off to help at the soup run for the local homeless tonight so am hoping it doesn't get too cold. Even if it does I still have a warm home to come back to which is more than they do - so I really shouldn't complain.

Reasons to be cheerful:

1. I though I had to get the VAT done by Friday but it is not due until the end of next month!

2. Gracia and I had a fabulous day yesterday.

3. Although our house is not the warmest it is still warmer and dryer than not having a home at all.


We're All Going On A Summer Holiday .......

17:49 Karen 2 Comments

We went to see Summer Holiday yesterday and what a performance it was! Gracia looked so good with her 60's beehive and false eyelashes (not that I am just a little biased). The eldest in the show is only 24 but what talent they all have. I was especially impressed with Gracia's dancing as she gave it her all and it really showed. Her dance teacher went to see the show on Tuesday and said that out of all the dancers you could tell that Gracia was a trained dancer. I must say that the way she held her body and her dancing was something to be proud of. David and I sat through the performance, lighting up the theatre with our own little glow of pride. Gracia has absolutely loved doing this show and over the past year has been in West Side Story, Aladdin, a Dance show and a show showcasing pieces written by the Saturday Theatre group she has just left. Although she had the female lead in Aladdin she said that she has loved doing Summer Holiday more than any other show EVER!

I had to pick Gracia and three of her friends up at 1.00am this morning from the after show party and then deposit them at Becky's for a sleepover (how much sleep was actually had is debatable) so my alarm went off at 12.40! I learnt my lesson from the West Side Story after show party as David was supposed to pick Gracia and Hannah up but unfortunately fell asleep on the sofa. When he woke up he got ready for bed and only at the last minute did he remember that he had to get the girls. He was an hour late picking them up - not that they complained.

On the knitting front - I am just about to unpick my last 6 rows (the same 6 rows I have unpicked 4 times already) as after googling some of the knitting terms I have been doing it wrong. If nothing else this cardigan is certainly teaching me the meaning of perseverance.

Reasons to be cheerful:

1. We have a beautiful talented daughter.
2. I finally know what the blasted knitting pattern means.
3. I have had a feeling of calm wellbeing all day and long may it last.


I feel like a knit!

17:40 Karen 0 Comments

The last thing I knitted was a red and black striped jumper, when Gracia was going through her 'Dennis the Mennis' phase. That was about 7 years ago and I have never been tempted since. One of the blogs I always try to follow is Shimelle's one and in July she mentioned that she was knitting a garment designed by a lady called Ysolda. Being nosey I went onto her website and instantly fell in love with the pattern for Matilda Jane as I knew that Gracia would look lovely in it. I bought the wool on Tuesday and started it that night. It is more complicated that I had anticipated but I will crack on and hopefully complete it by Christmas. I am now looking for some fabric to make the bow at the back and a matching skirt for her.

I have also managed to make a double, yes you read that correctly, a double lo this week (only the second double page I have attempted) and here is a little peep at it.

Oh well I must get going with my knit one, pearl one and undo the bit I did yesterday as I am sure that it is not right!

Reasons to be cheerful:-
1. It has been a beautiful bright sunny day.
2. Gracia is absolutely loving performing in Summer Holiday.
3. I have all evening to myself to do exactly as I please and more importantly eat exactly what I want.


High Tea and High Praise!

18:21 Karen 0 Comments

Woooow, what a weekend. Very busy but very satisfying. Although Gracie decide to give up her Saturday morning theatre group in September, yesterday was the first day she has been at home with nothing to do. She stayed in bed late as she has had rehearsals for Summer Holiday AND Guys and Dolls this week and looks like the walking dead. Today she has had a rehearsal at the practice hall and I have just dropped her off at the Mercury Theatre for the second rehearsal of the day - a technical rehearsal. But I am going off the point, as Gracie was in bed I got an uninterrupted morning to get my house in order - tidied, polished, hovered, washed paint and cleaned windows. At one point David was all for calling up for a second opinion as he was convinced I had completely lost my marbles - he knows that me and housework are never in the same place at the same time! How satisfying to have a tidy house for a few hours, I know that is all it will last for but never mind.

Today I have cut out the components for my Rainbows to make 'running' gingerbread men and made enough real gingerbread men for them to ice and decorate tomorrow. But the best part of today was that in-between her two rehearsals Gracie had 3 friends round, Matilda (who has been her friend since they were 8), Becky (a friend for the past 4 years) and Mim (a new friend). I made them 'high tea', well sort of - it was a modern version with pizza instead of sandwiches.

As I was making gingerbread men for the Rainbows I made 4 gingerbread ladies and iced them for the girls - this is where the high praise bit comes in. Gracie has been a little offhand this week due to tiredness and we have had several little upsets but today she said, upon spying the gingerbread ladies "Mum you are a superstar, you are so good, these are really cool". From a 15 year old girl that is high praise indeed. On that note, and with a smile from ear to ear, I am going to now go and tackle the pile of washing up start the ironing for next week and finish my cold cup of tea.

Reasons to be cheerful:
1. I am a cool mum who makes awesome gingerbread ladies.
2. I remembered to take photos for my blog.
3. I found a tiny slot this morning to do a little scrapping.