Friday, February 17, 2006

On the one hand I guess I must be grateful for the fact that I have a life and am never bored but on the other I find it so frustrating not to be able to find time to blog. Kids, house, partner and business take up every spare moment and I find it hard to get even half an hour a day to myself to listen to my Paul McKenna cd.

So, what have I been up to? What's new in fabricland? Well............. I was taken out on Valentines Day for lunch to a lovely restaurant in Westward Ho! The view was spectacular and it felt like we were on a cruise ship as the sea was just outside. I found the waves hypnotic to watch, they were endless and we could see all the way across to Saunton Sands.

I have a cleaner. This wonderful woman and saviour is coming to help clean on Tuesday before the arrival of the Joseph Clan. I am very excited about this and know that it will help me free up time to do what I really want to do.


It was cake day at school today. Alfie helped me make cakes yesterday and decorated them himself. I was very impressed by his efforts. A litle Jamie Oliver methinks? As you can see from his face, he mostly enjoyed licking out the bowl which, lets be honest, is the best part of cake making.



I have been reading The Magic Faraway Tree to him every night. It's one of Enid Blyton's that I think is good for both boys and girls and is just right for his age group. We have just finished Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator which followed on from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He adores his stories and I love reading to him. I remember my mum reading to me and I think to impart the love of reading is a special gift to children.

My Paul McKenna experiment is nothing short of a miracle. I do not pick or pig out in the evenings. I eat the meals I want (and I mean really want, no dieting) and then feel satisfied. This is unheard of for me. I am always hungry, always looking for the next little treat, then once I have had it think, 'no, that wasn't it, what can I have now?' Now I feel satisfied, full up and happy. Why? Can't explain it. All I know is that it is working as I wanted it to. I am eating like a 'normal' person. I'll keep you updated.

I went to a charity shop today and bought a book about Nick Cave, one of my favourite men, for £1.00. I also found a huge amount of gorgeous satins, silks, crepe de chines and chiffons, all vintage. I got them home and inspected them and some were rather moth damaged but there are a few gems in the collection. I also took delivery of a beautiful selection of 19th century fabrics along with some 20's and art deco fabrics. They are all completely yummy. I will try and list them before the half term starts in earnest so do keep a look out if they are the sort of fabrics that float your boat! I love handling them and feel honoured to be touching some very rare pieces of fabric. I usually only deal with 20th century pieces so the whole thing is a novelty to me at the moment. My fabric business is taking off and I am taking it up a notch now that Lizzy is a bit older. My older fabrics will attract a new type of customer. People who collect fabrics, historians, museums and artists will be interested. This is great because after 4 years of seling on ebay I was ready for a bit of a change. I may even have to get a website going to run alongside it which is what I was just about to do when I heard of Lizzy's surprise arrival!


Finally I would like to introduce you to two new bloggers on the block. Firstly the lovely grumpy old woman who many of you have shared comments with. She has finally come out of the shadows and started her own blog. Secondly the delectable and talented Devil makes work. Wendy has been a valued customer of mine for years. As well as being talented she is a very lovely lady. Check out her designs. Pin It

8 comments:

Wendy said...

Oh I saw Wendy's comment on your earlier post and followed her link and fell in love with her designs and bought a scarf - I am dying to get it! Her things are great and I will definitely buy more.

Also, I want to start sewing some things for my apartment..cushions and curtains and quilts...so I will soon go and check out your eBay shop again because I remember you had some great fabrics there. Those 19th century things sound great. I love old things - wish we also had charity shops here...I used to haunt them when I lived in the UK - and car boot sales.

I might get that Paul Mc Kenna cd too - am piling on the weight at the moment...:-(

The Devil Makes Work.......for idle hands said...

Hi all, thanks for the compliments and the new fabrics sound absolutely delicious....can't wait. I shouldn't buy any more fabric really. About a year ago I went crazy on Linen and now have tonnes, I went a bit mad for Peony and Blossom by GP&J Baker and have about 20 metres in all different colours - goodness knows what I will do with it all! I just like looking at it....

grumpy old woman said...

Thanks for the intro, darling, but I'm not able to blog yet because (for some unknown reson) I cannot see what I've blogged or get access to any comments that have kindly been left :o{

I'm hoping that you can have a look at it for me? xxxx

euro-trac said...

That's great about the PM cd! I ought to find his smoking one! I bought his smoking vid from a charity shop once, but fell asleep!
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Ahhhhhh... Westward Ho! Good childhood memories for me and one good adult one too! One of my favourite holidays with the kids!
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PG said...

What an excellent week! At least with less frequent blogging you can see how much has been achieved.
We had the best pasties ever from a bakery in Westward Ho!. I can still remember the moment of biting into mine...
How exciting about the fabrics, I'm looking forward to seeing what the art deco ones look like. Though I really shouldn't...

The Devil Makes Work.......for idle hands said...

Hi Dons, got the fabric today yummy. Glad you like the books. As for felt - try getting Kunin flet - it's the best range of colours or you could make your own it's dead easy!

The Devil Makes Work.......for idle hands said...

Sorry that should be FELT not FLET!!!!

Gina said...

Nick Cave, I used to be a total fanatical (I followed him from the Birthday Party)! Takes me back.