Thursday, 16 October 2014

This time next week

I will have finished my first week at work, I have not been to work since July 2013, that is a long ass time ago.
I am very lucky to have had so much time off with my gorgeous baby girl. But it i'll be honest its never enough, i know we are lucky in the UK with mat leave but man the idea of leaving this gorgeous face breaks my heart.

If you had asked me a couple of weeks ago, I would have said no no no hate it no no hate it!! And a few other things along those lines.

Last week and this week we have been doing settling in sessions at nursery, if again you had asked me a couple of weeks ago how martha would be at nursery, i would have said she will be fine its me thats the mess. Turns out its both of us thats a mess.

Turns out nursery is a big deal. I guess they are being left with practically strangers aren't they.

Basically this last week of maternity leave has been a bit naf, without going on and on, martha has been very upset but she has been in for various hours and very slowly she has calmed down a bit and yesterday i picked her up and she wasn't crying! Major improvement!

So now my head seems to have switched a little, I will miss my girl so so very much and hate the idea of leaving her or being without her or missing anything at all frankly but if she is happy then its ultimately all ok isn't it? All you want is for your baby/child to be happy.

I have also been telling myself again and again it could be worse, i have had a long time off, i am going back on part time hours and funny part time hours at that, like on a wednesday i work 3.5 hrs and then go and pick my girl up. Like it could be worse, As hard of i am finding this I am trying to think there is always someone worse off than you.

This new routine is going to take some serious getting used to, never mind the fact i am going somewhere where they will call me by my name and not Marthas mum, I am perfectly happy being called Marthas mum its never bothered me, I don't have that oohh 'adult' time with different conversations, I like baby chat, i like baby groups and talking about my girl, martha currently sleeps very well in the afternoon (thou this week has been interesting) so 'reducing' my time to a lunch hour and not even a hour actually is actually gonna be very weird.

I am aware i am rambling, but it just seems so strange to think I won't be on mat leave, i will be a working mammy, its weird and gonna take me a while to get my head around. 

Wish me luck. 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014


I have loads to share with you but no time to actually share. 
I have tons of birthday photos to share. I have had a couple of lovely family days out with lovely pics to go with that. 
I've finished quite a few things knitting wise and sewing wise, I have completely gutted my craft room and that looks great. 
Martha has started nursery so all of the darn right sad emotional feelings that go with that and I start back at work next week and even more sad emotional feelings that go with that. I need to tidy my house ready for work and sort everything. I need to see everyone one last time, I have a christening to go to this weekend. 

I want to chat about all of these things. 

I will do my best to chat properly very soon. 

I'll leave you with this pic coz it's funny and makes me smile and with so much upheaval it's nice to smile. 

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Yarndale 2014

Hi all, sorry for the delay, i have one million photos to share from marthas birthday 'events' but there is too many to sort just yet and i am working on a birthday photo book that expires very soon so I'm concentrating on that at the min.

But i wanted to share what i have been up to this past weekend.
I went to YARNDALE, yay, i was gutted to say the least i couldn't go last year, and yes whilst i know i had a 5 day old baby and could barely walk it was a very quick lesson in the 'you can't do everything you want when you have a baby' didn't think i would have to learn that quite so soon but alas i shan't dwell (too much)

So on saturday i met my friends Rosanna and Gwen and we drove to Skipton, we used the park and ride service, thankfully we were on the 2nd bus which were only 13 seaters and there was quite a line.

We passed the double deckers which were coming from the station but lots of trains were running so they looked empty.

We got there about 10.30 and there was a massive line, this was at the back but we went to the front where it was slightly less, we will know for next time to pre book tickets and everyone who had them could just walk in.

We got in nearer 11 and it was very pretty. 

I stopped first at Daisy Bun Boo, and I got a fab big bag with mushrooms on it. 

The Knitting Goddess had some gorgeous self striping yarn, but i had just got my Trailing Clouds so resisted 

i had fun walking round with my friends and saw lots of familiar faces, i did run off a good few times to 'hit' the stalls i really wanted.

I stopped at the Tin Can Knits and met Mrs tin can, she had the most beautiful little baby with her and i got to check out her new book Roadtrip. And she said she really liked my jumper, i was wearing not your boyfriend sweater lol, 

My goodies bag was pretty full, but i have been selling loads of things to have plenty spending money.

one side

and the other.

The signal was pretty patchy for our card so rosanna had to nearly go outside to get a signal, police officer just happened to be standing there lol. 

Fyberspates were selling all of the hand dyed at a bargain price as they aren't dyeing anymore so we all made the most of that stand. 

And here is all of my stash.
I will share all my plans for it soon.

did you go? why did you get?

rach x

Tuesday, 23 September 2014


       Our darling girl turned one today. 

      How are we here already. Fastest and             best year of our lives. 


Sunday, 21 September 2014

Pumpkin season.

Sorry I've been meaning to blog for days and days. I am in full my baby girl is one in a few days mode so excuse me if I randomly start crying lol. 

I thought I would share a few things I have been making just to show I do still make stuff lol. 

It is pumpkin season here. 
So first up I made one for my friends little boys first birthday. 

Martha's modelling it here. 

So this is Fin in the hat I made him when he was born and in his new hat. 
I love seeing the babies in things I've made. 

I have knit one for my cousins daughter who I am seeing tomo (it's Martha's birthday party tomo) 

Obviously very similar. 

I started one for my friends new baby Sam the other day. 
So yes busy pumpkin knitting. And these are the yarns I tend to use. I like to use Aran as I often have a fair few to do and they go quicker. 

I've been having a big sort in my craft room. I was lucky enough to snap this offer up. 

So I have been sorting. Lots of sorting. Just trying to keep it a bit neater. 

So I now have. 
Commercial 4ply (& a basket of hand dyed) 
Bamboo type yarn 
Random Dk
Nicer dk
2 tubs of stylecraft


Random Aran
Nicer Aran
Giant comedy balls of Aran
Super chunky 
Box of planned projects for me, in bags with patterns etc
Box of planned projects for Martha

So yeh that took a while. The rest of the room is still completely upside down. 

I did however finish my socks I started in June!! I love them. The yarn is Fab Funky Fibres. I love me some self striping. 

I may have treated myself to a little yarny goodness lately as I have been selling so much stuff. 

This arrived yesterday. Yummy. The merino is on offer at the min and I love it. It's very soft thou grows quite a bit during blocking. 

We went out for tea last night to celebrate the start of Robs 8 days off yay and kick of Martha's birthday celebrations to which there are many 

She's so lovely. 
And I couldn't resist a nearly this time last year. 
Martha was 5 days old here. 

Right best go. Off up north to bake ready for the party tomo. 

Wrote this on Saturday. And it won't post. 

Thursday, 11 September 2014

For Sale

Hi, as i have mentioned before I have been meaning to have a clear out, i have sold a fair amount of things on the Facebook selling group (UK Scrapbooking / Paper Crafts : Buy, Sell, Swap and Trade)

But these are the last few bits I had so thought would pop over here too.

1- I bought this in the US and haven't seen it in the UK, this was perfect for crops etc as not too big, has 3 compartments inside along with zipped compartments and several pockets on the outside, the bag zips up and has a nice length handle on it, it is used but is in great condition £18 inc postage happy to combine postage (happy for collection in leeds)

                                                                             REDUCED TO £15

2- Doodlebug House, brand new in packet- £4 inc postage happy to combine postage

3- Fiskars £6 inc postage

4- Bought in the US- £5 inc postage

6- 12x12 paper storage, £8 inc postage, happy to combine.- SOLD

7- Happy Birthday stamps, only a couple used, £2.50 inc postage

8- collection of stamps, all used, circles has one with dots and the other has little squares, forget the make, the darker flower has squares on it too. £4 inc postage

9- stamps, only one used £1.50 inc postage

10- cloud stamps, both used but great condition £2 inc postage -SOLD

11- One says NOTE and other says DATE, both used but in good condition £2 inc postage- SOLD

12- cinema ticket stub, one part used only £2 inc postage-SOLD

13- large stamp, may have been used once £2 postage

14- this is a double sided block, they are pretty stuck on there, one if the circle and great for journalling £4 inc postage

15- mix of brads, 8 wedding ones, 42 piece christmas brads, 12 coloured snowflakes and 25 silver ones. £5 inc postage.

16. 23 remaining halloween chipboard buttons. 
                                      could remove from packaging and use normal stamp £2 postage.

17. Papermania Trolley, I have this for sale on ebay at the min, you can find it here- SOLD

18. Selection of stickers, all used but still many left on here, alphas, etc £5 inc postage

19- 2 cropper hoppers which holds 12x12 paper £8 inc postage 

I would like paypal for payment and happy to combine postage where possible, or can pick up larger items in Leeds. 

I am also debating selling my desks as well so if there is any interest in them please let me know. 

Mine looks like this but is white. it has a great magnetic board on the right. 


my email is at the side bar on the right so please get in touch.



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