Thursday, 29 May 2014

Gorgeous Gifts

Last week was MEANT to be my last week at school (had I not been signed off 4 weeks early).  And, to my surprise, Simon came home with this amazing basket of gifts for me (from my lovely class and their parents).....

The whole thing looked so pretty, I was reluctant to start opening any of the goodies to begin with.  Look at the toadstool paper!!!  

I'm not normally an overly-emotional person (and I COULD always blame my pesky pregnancy hormones), but I was really overwhelmed by the gifts as I opened them up.  Clearly, those little kids and their parents know me SO well, and put SUCH a lot of effort into selecting things that I'd love.  There MAY even have been a few tears.  

Here, have a little look at my gorgeous gifts.....

[a knit-your-own-teddy-bear kit]

[a red and white spotty Cath Kidston mug]

[pearly, heart-shaped buttons]

[pretty ribbons]

[a 'thank you teacher' bookmark]

[a cute toadstool ornament, now on display in my crafting room]

[a box full of multi-coloured buttons]

[and a precious book made up of pictures drawn by each of the children]

What a wonderful leaving present!!!  And what a lucky teacher!!!

Just in case any of the Owls' parents happen to be visiting, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!  

Now I'm off to start on my knit-your-own-teddy-bear (I think I might well be able to do it laying down).....  :-)




Thursday, 22 May 2014

Loop Scarves

Hello there,

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last post - and for your ideas of crafty-things-to-do-whilst-laying-on-your-back.  I did get some inspiration (and giggles) from your suggestions! 

As I've been such a rubbish blogger lately, I do have quite a few makes from way-back-when that I haven's shared with you yet.  Including these.....

They are loop scarves that I made for Christmas - one for my mom, one for my sister, and one for my best friend.  

I was a bit baffled by the puzzle of how to sew them up to begin with, but got the hang of it in the end.  Once the idea of how it should work clicked, they became a reasonably quick and easy project.  

I'll definitely be making more of them (I want one for myself, actually).  

Maybe, when I have the time (and ability), I'll do a little loop scarf tutorial and share it on here.

Until next time.....


Thursday, 15 May 2014


Hello, dear blogging friends. 

Thanks to all of you for sticking around when I’ve been such a bad blogger (writer AND reader, I’m afraid).

I thought I should give you a quick update on the baby-front.....

I was expecting to carry on working up until half-term, at the end of May.  And, after a very lovely and very relaxing trip back to England over Easter, I was really looking forward to going back to school for my last few weeks with what has been a really great class (and really great group of parents too).

BUT, that was not how things panned out.  I had a regular check-up with my gynaecologist just before school was due to kick off again, and was told that I’d have to stop working straight away, for the rest of the pregnancy.  That was quite a shock, and the news took a while to sink in. 

But, after I’d been into school to pack up my things and say goodbye to my colleagues, I started thinking that this being a ‘lady of leisure’ thing might be okay after all.  I then got quite excited about all the baby-crafting I could do.  Over the next few days, I was glued to Pinterest, researching all the cute things I could make.....  More toys, more quilts, clothes, accessories, decorative bits and bobs for the nursery.....

Then, at my check-up the following week, I was told that I had to be on ‘modified bed rest’ – I have to spend the whole time laying down (not even sitting).  Oh!!!  So much for my crafting dreams!!!  I’ve yet to find a way of balancing my sewing machine on my belly, I’m afraid.  And, when I tried to work on my crocheted baby blanket, I almost suffocated myself.  And paper-cutting, with a craft knife.....  I’m not even going to ATTEMPT that!!! So, crafting is definitely on the back-burner for now. 

In the meantime (between visits to the doctor), I did manage to do a little bit of making (a few finished projects, and some more half-done).  So, I’ll show you those over the next few weeks.  We also did some DIY bump-photos before I got the latest doctors’ orders (some of which I’m sharing with you in this post).  

I saw my gynaecologist again yesterday (pregnancy/maternity care here in Germany really IS thorough – I do feel I’m being well-looked-after).  She said I need to stay on bed rest for the next few weeks but that, as my due date (5th July) gets closer, I MIGHT be able to get up and about a BIT more.  So, fingers crossed I’ll get a few manic weeks of crafting in then, before baby arrives.....

Until then, if anyone has any ideas for crafting projects that can be carried out whilst laying on your back, please do share..... 



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