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Piran { April 2015 }

April 26, 2015

Piran42015I have hardly seen you this month – you have spent it all outside.

You loved pulling faces for my video.

We had a great holiday – you loved being away and with our family.

You discovered you love to play tennis, especially with your Dad.

You love to write – I wish you would confine it to paper not the side of your bed.

You are still a steadfast Chelsea supporter.

You are the best big brother ever, I am so happy you will be there when Kate starts school.

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April 24, 2015

I don’t seem to have the time to blog. A mix of school holidays, running a Nearly New Sale for the local toddler group, working and life in general hasn’t given me much spare time. I was just about to head to bed, but have decided to just spend 15 minutes on my blog. I think it must be missing me.

:: School :: Last Thursday I got the notification of Kate’s school place. I knew she would get into the school, so no worries this time round about what it would say but getting it knocked me for six. Such an insignificant little email but it felt like such a seismic shift in reality. I know she will be ace, that she will take it all in her stride. I think I am just sad that life was such a struggle at times over the last few years that perhaps she didn’t have the best of me. And now she will be gone all day everyday. She is just such brilliant company these days and we are getting on so well. I just have to make the most of the time we have left.

Completely engrossed and bathed in sunlight today at The Arty Space drop in group.

:: Four :: Kate is Four in 10 days. How is that even possible?

:: Early nights :: I am going to bed between 9.30 and 10 every evening. I feel much better for it especially when I wake in the mornings. I have started getting up at 6 to work which I really like. I think my children have turned me into a morning person!

:: Walking :: I am still out there, walking as often as I can. I still love it and get twitchy if I haven’t been out for a couple of days. This week I walked into Lewes over the Downs and then I decided to walk back again. The route up to the top of the golf course nearly killed me on the way back but it was so worth it. Walking at sunset one evening was blissful too.

Usually I walk down there. Today I'm headed up the Downs on a new walk. #amonthof

:: Sewing :: Time has been short in the studio this month, and I have lost a bit of my sewing mojo. Next week I need to focus on a commission for another website and write some really good lists of things I want to make.

:: Blogging :: Plans are afoot to celebrate my 10 year blogging anniversary in July. I am very excited about that. I can’t think of anything else that I have done consistently for 10 years.

:: Honeymoon :: At the start of June Mr C and I are going on honeymoon. So exciting. We got married nearly 7 years ago but had to cancel our honeymoon when I got pregnant with Piran. 7 nights all inclusive with no children. Is it sad that I am most excited about the sleep!

:: Friends :: The last week has been a lovely one with friends. Evenings at people’s houses, a little coffee and retail therapy, a unexpected afternoon with good friends in the pub. I should do it more often.

Today's new thing is not being able to use my phone when out and about as I've run out of data allowance *sob* so this is a latergram of the sign above the Patchwork Dog and Basket's new shop. The sky is the best colour today #amonthof #nofilter

:: 15 minutes :: Is all it really takes to sit down and write a post and give my blog some love. That wasn’t so hard was it?

:: You :: What have you been up to recently?

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Blogtacular Meets…

April 12, 2015

I am over on the Blogtacular blog this week. Click on the picture to find out my thoughts on blogging, including why I started, why my blog is called ‘A place of my own’ and my sage words of advice to others thinking of starting a blog. Oh and why I am going to Blogtacular 2015.

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Finish Along 2015 – Quarter 2

April 8, 2015

Spring Quilt Progress

Well in Quarter 1 I had 14 projects on my list and I finished 12. I am really pleased with that. I wrote about and linked up most of them, with the exception of a Coco (Tilly Button’s Pattern) for me. I did make it but it didn’t turn out brilliantly. It is sad because I would get so much wear out of a top / tunic like that. I need another go but I think I need to do a class on sewing with knits first because I found it really hard.

So onto my plans for the second quarter of 2015.

Rolling over:

1. Christmas Quilt – I unpicked a table runner that I made this year because I decided it really should  be a quilt. I expect this will roll over into other quarters though.

2. Oakshott Quilt – I have had fun making and playing with some blocks using a fat eights bundle that I have had for the past 18months. This is a #sewmystash project. I like where it is going but it is an odd size at the moment so need to work out what to do next.

Adding:

3. #cottonandsteelminiquiltswap mini. I have started this with a paper pieced centre, I just need to extend it before finishing it.

4. #alisonglassminiquilt mini. I have made the front I need to baste, quilt and bind.

5. #IGneedlebookswap Needle book to be made. I have a pattern in mind, and have decided which fabrics.

6. Spring Stitching Club lap quilt. I am making this for me. It is so sweet and it is using up all my scrappy hexies which I love. And it has embroidery on it too. As it will be summer at the end of this quarter I really hope I have finished this (see picture above).

7. A drawstring bag for a friend’s birthday

That is all that I can think about at the moment. I am sure that there will be much more but for now my mind is blank. Hopefully I will get some selfish sewing done too.

I am linking up with Adrianne from On the Windy Side.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

 

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A month of…

April 6, 2015

a month of walking header

I thought that it might be nice in March to have a month of walking. I knew that it would do me good to get outside every day. It was much more than that in the end. I walked my way into Spring. It cleared my head and made me feel great.

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The month started well with ‘Bike to school week’ or in our case scoot to school. The competiton element of it at school meant that Piran was adamant that we scooted or walked every day the first week. We live just under a mile from the school. In the past I have been relucant to walk as it is along a busy road and two small children on scooters was always a little too stressful really. It is definitely better these days. The week ended and I just carried on walking them to school most days. Shh don’t tell them.

A month of walking

The second week I started to walk the longer way home on the days that I drop them both off. Making Kate do both directions is a struggle. I borrowed a buggy around week 3 but I felt it made her lazier and so it went back to its owner and she got back on the scooter. I have to push her a fair bit but that just means I am getting more exercise. I love walking the long way home on Monday and Friday mornings – I get back between 9.30-10 and I feel great that I have already had some head space and exercise.

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I think that in past years Spring always seemed to just happen. This year I have really watched it. It is amazing. At the start of the month it was all bare branches against blue skies and then suddenly there was blossom. A tree that was bare a few days ago can be in bloom a couple days later. Daffodils popped up everywhere – so many different types. Everything has gone from brown to green. So many little shoots poking their heads up. The snowdrops are now gone and tulips are filling their places.

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I found new routes, I went a bit further when I had time. I found my way around the back lanes of my village. I got caught out by the weather – both too hot and wet and cold. I walked during the day, I watched the sun set and the moon rise and I walked at night.  I saw rainbows that ended in the sea. I was usually on my own. I always have my headphones. I listened to audiobooks and podcasts. I occasionally listened to music.

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I have done a lot of thinking. I have bought maps and considered routes. I bought a fitbit bracelet and I count my daily steps. I am aiming to reach 12,500 per day and I managed it almost every day. There was only one day in March that I didn’t walk somewhere and that was the final Saturday. I was feeling so very lazy.I went on adventures – set off without really knowing where I was headed and had the perfect walk. I saw my first bee and butterfly of the year. In the last week I have been amazed by how busy the birds are.

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Now I am at the end. I have walked a really long way (average 40 miles a week when you add up my steps). W on my Alphabet of Intentions was for Walk More. N was for Notice things. I think I have definitely done those two. And I am going to keep on walking.

On the 16th May I am going to take part in The Chestnut Tree’s Night to Remember – a 10 mile walk at midnight along Eastbourne seafront. Chestnut Tree House is the only children’s hospice in Sussex, and cares for life-limited children and young adults aged 0-19, and provides support for their families. I am doing it for a couple of reasons. My friend Kim has a disabled son and uses the hospice services. She asked me to join her as part of her team so there are 15 of us walking to raise money. The ‘Ringmer Rampage’ team :)

Secondly I am doing this as a challenge to myself. I need to be more active and so this gives me something to aim for. As the weeks have gone on I have been extending my distances – doing one ‘long’ walk a week and will continue to do so until I do the 10 miles in May. It isn’t much but for someone who rarely moves herself it is a real challenge. I want to be more active and fitter and what better way to do it than for a great charity.

If you could spare some money to sponsor me I would be really grateful. We are fundraising as a team so you can sponsor me via Kim’s Just Giving Page. If you would prefer to sponsor me in the old fashioned cash way just let me know.

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#1day12pics { April }

April 4, 2015

Each month seems to come round so quickly. I find this challenge much easier to do when I have a theme so this month I decided to photograph the colour and pattern around me as I went through the day.

In bed :: Working :: Breakfast :: Getting dressed :: Town :: Fabric shopping

In bed :: Working :: Breakfast :: Getting dressed :: Town :: Fabric shopping

Sorting through boxes :: Ironing scraps :: Tidying up :: Preparing :: Dinner :: Bathtime

Sorting through boxes :: Ironing scraps :: Tidying up :: Preparing :: Dinner :: Bathtime

It is hard to pick a favourite. I wasn’t sure as I went through the day that I was happy with the pictures but I love them like this all together.

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Silly Faces

April 3, 2015

Another for my alphabet of intentions. M…Make more films.

So today the new thing I did was challenge myself to make a stop motion film in an afternoon. I have been wanting to do one of the kids for ages and so I just stopped thinking about it and just did it.

The results aren’t perfect but I do love it.

Silly Faces from Kelly-Marie Cheesley on Vimeo.

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B….Be Brave

April 1, 2015

My month of walking was amazing – I will write about it in the next few days.

However, it is now April and so I needed to choose what to do next. Victoria has been repeating her 40 New Things for Lent again this year and I thought that would be a good idea. And then I saw this film and decided that it was the perfect idea. It is time to stretch myself, step out of my comfort zone and see what happens.

Dallas Clayton from Field Trip on Vimeo.

I really was so inspired and happy after watching this video. It is 30 minutes long, but I really hope that you find the time to watch it and find out what ‘kid lessons’ actually are.

And then I realised that a month of 30 new things in April slots into my alphabet of intentions perfectly. B is for Be Brave. Time to dare to dream and step out of my comfort zone a little, who knows what might happen.

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From the studio { March }

March 31, 2015

studio view march 1studio view march 2Blue skies for a mostly dry March. This month I managed 10 trips to the studio which is a fair amount of sewing time. I have felt back in the sewing groove too which is nice. We are on school holidays again now, and so there will be much less sewing in April. I bought home two bags of scraps for sorting though to give me something to do.

March Makes

Inside the studio (top row) Siblings together boy blocks for Mary, Siblings together girl blocks for Joanne, Pouches made for Mr C’s goddaughter.

(Middle row) My Totoro quilt for the #studioghibliswap sent off to my partner earlier this month. I haven’t received my parcel yet, I must get better at blogging about swaps. A Wanta Fanta Block for our March Queen Bee, My Alison Glass fabric finally arrived.

(Bottom row) Commissioned by my mum for friends of hers who asked her to make them – two Kitchen Aid mixer covers. Tricky to make as I don’t have a Kitchen Aid myself and might have been seen surreptitiously trying these on in a shop in town to make sure they fit. I find it really hard to make something when I cannot be sure it is right!(Top row)

March Makes1(Top row) Houndstooth block – I was considering this for my month as Queen Bee in April. I decided I didn’t like it that much but I made 4 to be sure first! I played around with the layouts until I decided to sew it together this way. This will now be my mini quilt for the #alisonglassminiquiltswap – just needs basting, quilting and binding.

(Middle row) My first attempt at paper piecing. I have now done a lot of paper piecing this month! I made this star for the centre of my #cottonandsteelminiquiltswap mini and then I added a border and have fussy cut some blocks to go around the outside. Lou was sewing with me on Tuesday last week and told me that she had lost her sunglasses case so I whipped up this case for her quickly.

(Bottom row) I made myself a Wanta Fanta for my sampler quilt, The Star Plus block is the block I have decided to ask for as my month as Queen Bee in April, and I finally made myself this banner, breaking out my Cricut Explore and the pink glitter iron on vinyl.

 

I am totally behind on my blog posts for the FAL Q1 so you may be bombarded by makes in the next few days while I get up to date so I can link up. I think that I have done really well this quarter so I definitely need to review.

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Kate { March 2015 }

March 29, 2015

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After months and months of odd socks you will suddenly only wear matched pairs.

You always insist you were ‘just singing a song’ when we tell you off for saying something.

Your favourite words are wee and poo. So very 3.

I love the occasional mispronounced word you still use. Like Loah (Noah) and JoFish (Joseph).

You are very excited about your 4th birthday. I cannot believe it is so soon.

Your teacher at nursery tells me you have an amazing imagination with a brilliant vocabulary to support it.

I love your proper laugh so much.