2 November 2014

New hobby and recycling

Most recently and if you follow me in Instagram or Facebook, you know I have started a new hobby.
Bought a Sizzix Big Shot, and there’s no stopping me
This was the 1st card I made with this machine


There’s just no stopping me at the moment


Apologies about the lighting but it’s a very grey day in this part of the world
But I was up for a challenge, and if you remember some of my transformations
Dad's shirts and Charity Shop Skirts
You just know that transforming something gives me a total buzz
So yesterday I saw this


I played with it


And this is what it became


I love it.
Have a great Sunday x

19 October 2014

The sewing mood is back on

Sometimes it disappears, for a few instances, whether I’m happy, sad or just with lots on my mind
But it’s back, and nothing better than have just one quilt on hands let’s have two Winking smile
If you follow me in Instagram or Facebook you have already seen the one I started for myself
It’s a very soft, light coloured quilt, and I can already imagine that one finished
I love the two colours basically, and I just wanted something as simple and as effective as this one



This will be a very peaceful quilt, for a different state of mind.
I go through stages, don’t know if it’s me, but being a Gemini, change is very important too
So every, so often, the Quilts rotate,according to the moods
And then, well, if there’s not much colour on the previous one, this second one, for a gorgeous little boy makes up for it



Choosing fabric to be added on, it’s proving to be a bit harder
So many options, definitely makes it so much harder
But hopefully soon a decision will be made

As you can see the mojo, is definitely back on, and at the moment there’s no more plans to start a different quilt, because there’s a few sewing projects, on the side, that have been started, but yet, to be finished
Just as well I’m not is a rush Winking smile
Have a great week xx

17 October 2014

It's all a matter of balance

When I started in the Patchwork world, I was amazed how many people in that circle were related to the Finance world, me included.

But it makes sense, because it’s a sort of escape, from numbers, spreadsheets ……

It’s a great combination, I have to admit, to have the balance of these two worlds.

It’s brilliant to be creative, a dreamer but in the other hand it’s a great help to have your feet on the ground and having the ‘real’ side of the brain turned on every so often.

A few years ago, I decided to turn my Life, upside down. I had ‘everything’ in other people’s eyes, but yet, I had nothing.

It got worse before it got better, but my God was it worth it?

The answer to that one is a massive fat YES!!!!

Back then I knew, very deep, that there had to be something much better in the other end, didn’t know what, didn’t know how to get there, but I knew something had to exist.

The path was hard, very hard at times, and when I joined the Patchwork group, I definitely was giving the most important step to achieve, some of my goals in Life

To find the Balance, Contentment and  the Joy that I wanted from it.

Today I ticked all those boxes. I achieved goals, that before I thought that they were going to be ‘almost’ impossible, but never gave up

Today I can tell you that yes I’m a dreamer, but also a doer, and this is what I was after all those years ago.

I found the balance, and never thought that walking in that Patchwork course one September morning that I would find all the answers that I was looking for.

Sometimes in Life something that seemed at the time, insignificant, was one of the most important decisions in my Life.

Dream BIG, because like me when you get the rewards, my God … they are so worth it.

29 September 2014

Where have you been? … You may ask

Well well …. long answer.
I have been a very busy girl, with courses, visitors and holidays. It has all been happening in this corner of the world.
But Life itself, it has been very good. I can’t complain at all.
Finished my sewing course August/ September, so now I’m ready, she says …….. to get out of my comfort zone, and adventure myself into the sewing world.
In the Patchwork world, want to start a baby quilt this weekend, again not following any pattern, just following my instinct. Really Life would be so much easier If I followed a pattern, but it wouldn’t be the same would it?
You know me, just find the part of creating as interesting as the making of it.
So that are the plans for this weekend.
The holiday …….. oh the holiday ……. was just ……….. perfect!!
I had a great time, with family, three generations that got on so well, it was just amazing.
And Lisbon as beautiful as ever …….
The people, the food, the city itself, full of new vibrant places, what a great place
So Life is treating me well, and with age, one thing I’ve learned is to savour every single minute, enjoy every moment and make the most of what it has to offer me.
I’m a very Lucky Lady, have some truly Special people in my Life, so I don’t stress about writing, I don’t stress about much nowadays, wish somebody would have told me this a few years ago.
But … as they say it’s never too late
Plans keep changing, but for now I’m going to make the most of what I have, truly and honestly because I deserve it.
I leave you with a few pictures from my holiday, till my next post, remember…..

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Be Happy, because Life is Beautiful xx

28 August 2014

Time flies

Surely does!!
Work is busy, so many things to do so little time
There’s an holiday approaching, a short one but again with lots of things on
There’s ‘To do lists’ everywhere, before holiday, during and after…..
Life is going at a pace, that to be quite honest, it’s too fast for my own liking.
Life hasn't always been like this
I didn’t like my thirties, yes I had everything, but I had nothing, if that makes sense.
My forties, I surely am making up for the lost time.
I’m enjoying every single minute, and it gets better and better.
Life has been good, and I am so grateful, for every single moment.
A few years ago, I could only dream of what I wanted my life to be.
Today I’m living the dream.
Simply, peacefully and just appreciating every single detail of it.


This picture was taken in my garden yesterday, I’m assuming it’s the last rose this year.
Just beautiful!!
We haven’t had the greatest of the summers in the UK, but this just sums it all up.
In Life when things don’t go the way you want to go, never give up, there’s light in the end of the tunnel
Life is Beautiful
Enjoy it xx

17 August 2014

Quilts Ladder

I was after one of these for a long time, I just think it’s such a great idea.
Whenever you feel cold, they are just there. Handy, tidy and you don’t have to go through your cupboards to get one
And they look good too.
More chances for you to admire your work



I’m pleased with the results!!
It only has four rungs, could do with a few of these Winking smile
Hope you are having a great weekend x

10 August 2014


Yesterday, and for once I did what I was told. It’s not very often, that I do , let me tell you.
With my dressmaking, I was have the problem, that the fabrics I have, are very good, like Liberty.
And because I’m a novice, I think hundreds of time before starting something, and then I was change my mind.
So yesterday and after a trip to my Loft, I picked up some material, that if the project was going to go wrong it wouldn’t hurt
So I did, I wanted to these shorts.
I couldn’t be happier, I can now do some nice ones with Liberty Fabric, feel confident to do so.
Unfortunately the weather couldn’t be any wetter, due to Bertha hitting us today, but once the weather improves I will take proper pictures.
By that time I might have another pair. Winking smile
These are ideal for holidays, to wear around the house, and they are so confortable.
They are not made from a beautiful material, but you know what I really like them, and the contrast with the beige, did it for me.
And I got a chance to try my new sewing machine feet, and it makes such a difference to have all the right tools.
Very Happy girl here today Smile





Apologies for the lighting but today is not the best day to take pictures, but it’s a great day to get back to sewing Winking smile
Have a great Sunday x

6 August 2014

Time for a challenge

Well I do have to start with the sewing.

The problem is the fabric I have is too good for a beginner like me

So nothing better than hitting the charity shops

Excellent quality, lots of material, and most important …… cheap!!

And I do like a challenge Winking smile

So I bought this nice shirt, the biggest size that I could find, and I do love my stripes, as you know




I haven’t got a clue what I’m going to do.

First there’s a bit of unpicking to do

Wish me luck

And let’s see what this shirt will look like, once I decide to strip it

I do love a challenge!!!

2 August 2014

Long time …..

I could give you a list of excuses why I haven’t been around, I could… but I’m not going to.
Because every single one of you, know how the days just fly, there should be more hours
But there isn’t. And before you notice a month has gone by.
Life has been good, with lots going on, but above all, dedicating time to those people that really matter in your Life, gives you that sense of achievement and happiness in the end of the day.
If you told me a year ago, how I would be feeling today, I probably wouldn’t believe
Every day we learn something, every day you meet wonderful people.
I’m so lucky!!!
Don’t think Life has been easy, far from it, but I do believe if you believe in yourself and in your dreams, sooner or later, Life gives it all back
I’m at that stage, very calm, very content, and my God, I’m going to make the most of every single minute.
So what I can tell you, it doesn’t matter how much Life throws at you, be strong and always keep your dream in your mind, and even if you give a very small step every day, don’t give up, one day you’ll get there.
Never give up!!!
Saying that, going back to my hobby or hobbies, just seem to want to do everything now.
Dressmaking course is just great, feel so good, and learning with who knows what they are talking about, it’s wonderful
Been seeing a lot of t shirt projects on the net, via blogs, pinterest and so on, so I decided to try
Started…. not even knowing what I was going to make…… just so me….. think as you go along, seems to work wonderful with me.
I just bought one, that was the only one in the shop, but somehow one was all I needed
One day this might not work, but until then, let’s take chances lol




My opinion about this yarn, well, not the easiest to work with, heavy, I did it in three evenings, but it hurt my hand and my arm.
I have had problems with my arm, so it didn’t help
Don’t say I will never work with it again, no. Never say never, but ……
I love how it turned out, and I know of a sweet little girl that is going to be so happy to have this in her new bedroom
Have a great weekend everybody xx

21 June 2014

My new Liberty Tunic

Long time since my last post, but Life has been busy
This time of the year, with friends, holidays, work, sometimes it just gets like this
The course has re started and we are now learning and making trousers
Apart from that haven’t done much re: sewing, but one lovely Lady has done one lovely tunic for me.
And Liberty too.

Liberty Tunic

I just Love it