Friday, 14 August 2009

Thank you, Lovely Bloggers!!

Thank you so much everyone for your very kind comments after my post the other day. It really helped me get some perspective. Mr Deravelled is now being much more supportive, and I've already managed to line up another job for September, so hopefully everything will be ok. I can now look forward to the long-anticipated course in September as a fresh start. :)

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

A Bad Day

Today I found out that as of September I will be unemployed. I requested a change of hours, as I am going back to Uni to do a Postgraduate, and so can't do as many hours as I have been doing, but still need to work to survive, and HR got back today with the unwelcome news that they could not accommodate my change of hours request, as it would mean a change of contract, and they don't do that any more. So now I am desperately searching for another job so that I can still afford to do my course. And Mr Deravelled was less than supportive this evening about it all, so I am feeling pretty poo at the moment. :(

I'm now going to watch Friends and eat Poppets to make myself feel better. Toffee Poppets. And I don't care about the calories.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

A lovely sunny weekend

Well, seeing as the weather was so nice, we thought we would make the most of it and do some sightseeing. On Saturday me and the Moomin visited Brodsworth Hall and Gardens with my mum and dad and nana and her husband, Fred (lovely place - a must see if you're ever in Doncaster), and today, Mr Deravelled, the Moomin and I went with some friends to York. The weather held out beautifully, and I got some lovely photos, as you can see. :)

Ahhhhhh this is what Summer is all about! :) I hope all of you had lovely weekends, too!

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

A Fab Bag for a Fab Mum

It's made from some gorgeous Laura Ashley linen fabric (one of their most well known and popular designs), and is lined with a scrummy deep wine tafetta.

It's got a cute little internal pocket.

And the Moomin is constantly trying to swipe it for herself (bag obsessed at 2 years old - there's no hope!!)!

I made it for my Mum for her birthday. It's not until September, but I'm giving it to her this weekend, as she's been a bit poorly and needs cheering up (and she goes on her hols soon, and it's a perfect holiday bag!!).

The pattern is from the latest issue of Sew Hip. It was pretty straightforward to put together, it just took a bit of time to do. I'm quite pleased with it! :)

Hope everyone in Blogland is having an enjoyable Summer - despite the lack of summeriness in the weather!

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Hungry Caterpillar Skirt

Hi everyone!!

Yes, it's been a while. Things have been pretty hectic here at Deravelled Towers, what with one thing or another, but the crafting has continued!!

Isn't it sweet? The Moomin adores her new skirt. It's made from actual Eric Carle fabric, and when I saw it I HAD to have it!! She has had loads of compliments on it, and when people realise that it's the Hungry Caterpillar, it always raises a smile. :) Isn't it great when something as simple as a skirt can cheer someone up??

Friday, 1 May 2009

Friday Brag :)

Ooooh lovely Robert Kaufman fabric on sale at Hobbycraft!!

Hmmmm, I wonder what it's been made into...?

Ahhhh!! A lovely funky party skirt for the Moomin!!!

I was planning to make more of these to sell on my Folksy shop, but it took so long to do, what with all the layers of net and lining, etc, that once I have charged for my time, they'd be out of the realms of most peoples budgets! So I am going back to the drawing board with this skirt design, and will figure out something a little less time-consuming. :) What fab fabric though, don't you think?

Happy May Day, everyone!! (And happy Beltane to those that celebrate it!) Hope you have a great bank holiday weekend. :D

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Naan Pizza

A favourite lunch in our house is a naan bread pizza. It's so simple to make, and really delicious (as well as being better for you than a frozen or takeaway version!).

To make your own naan bread pizza, you will need:

an oven (grill setting)

a naan bread (plain, or for more flavour, garlic and coriander - yum!!)

cheese (pretty much anything goes, here. Today it happens to be double gloucester, as that's what we had in the fridge!!)

a cheese grater

tomato puree

and some ham (entirely optional - replace it with chicken or onion or peppers or anything else you like on pizza!!)

plonk all the ingredients on (artfully arranged, of course!!)

then put under the grill until it looks like the above.

Serve, and hopefully your little Moomins will go from this:

to this:

lol :)

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Warning!! Cuteness overload!!

Ok, so Mr Deravelled's sister got her Puglet today. She brought the little bundle of cuteness around to introduce her to the Moomin, and, well - look!!

Her name is Willow, and the Moomin adores her. So cute!! :)

The little Puglet soon fell asleep and was ready for home. The Moomin didn't want her to go, and said that she would look after her here!! lol She took a bit of convincing to let Willow go home!

Project Planning and Pay It Forward

For Mothers Day this year, the Moomin (with a little help from Mr Deravelled!) bought me this book:

Yummy!! :) The bad thing is, my already long list of projects to get started on has just got even longer, thanks to this fab book. Anna Maria Horner has some great ideas, and has designed some truly beautiful fabrics, all of which come together to make for some serious eye candy that is just too tempting to resist! Ok, added to my project list are the following:

The cute Taxi Tote.

the I'll Have One Of Everything Bag. You could really have some fun with this one!! :)

A super cute doggy bed. I don't have a dog, myself, but Ryan's sister is getting a Puglet imminently, and so I thought it was as good an excuse as any to have a go at making a bed for it!! Did I mention I'm mad on Pugs? :)

The very glamorous Full Contact Cooking Apron. I do actually need an apron. I did have a canvas one with a picture of a cat dressed in a beret and a stripy jersey stood in front of the Eiffel Tower on it (a gift from my mum!!), but I have lost it somewhere, and so am now borrowing the Moomin's wipe clean tigger apron when making cakes!! This is not ideal, as invariably as soon as she sees me wearing it, she wants to wear it herself, and so I have to give it back!! lol So yes, I need an apron!

And finally, the ever so sweet Bo Peep skirt - obviously for the Moomin. She's not that big on frills, so this skirt will be a good compromise, with frills just on the sides, rather than all over it.

Better get cracking, hadn't I?! :)

On another note:

I'm getting involved in the Pay It Forward initiative. The first three people to leave a comment on this post will be sent a lovely little handmade gift from me. The only thing you have to do in return is write a Pay It Forward post on your own blog and spread the goodwill!! :)

Monday, 13 April 2009

Ducks and Ice Creams

This Bank Holiday Monday was spent strolling around a mind-bogglingly busy Bakewell. Parking was a nightmare, as the car park we usually park in was full of market trader vans, who were also at that point blocking off the entrance to the overspill car park which was to be plan B!! So instead we found a car park a little further out of the centre, which was in a field with lovely views of the surrounding countryside, and had the river that runs through Bakewell at one side of it.

So we walked into the town centre, fed the ducks, visited our favourite cafe, Tiroler Stuberl, and ate sausages and drank coffee. Yum!! Then we ate ice creams from an Italian ice cream van, had a potter around the little shops and the market stalls (I bought some 2oz cotton batting to make a quilt with), and just generally soaked up the atmosphere and enjoyed being in the sunshine.

The Moomin's favourite part of the day (apart from the ice creams!!) was spotting all the different dogs that were out enjoying the day with their owners. I was particularly chuffed as I spotted a gorgeous little Frenchie in a cute grey brindle colouring. I have a soft spot for little lap dogs like Frenchies and Pugs!!!

P.S - If you were wondering about the gorgeously cute little kitty brooch that the Moomin is sporting on her handknit jacket, pop over to Joey's Dream Garden, a blog by a fabulously creative Sheffield lady who makes the most gorgeous little felt brooches, which I first discovered at Craft Candy's Spring Fling. I am becoming obsessed with them - I have just this minute popped onto her Etsy shop and bought another of her brooches for me!! I need to stop!! Shhhh...don't tell Mr Deravelled! ;)

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Happy Easter, everyone! :)

Hope you all had a good day filled with family and friends. :)

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Thrifty fabric finds!! :)

Me and the Moomin had a rummage in our local St Luke's Hospice charity shop the other day, and we found a few treasures. Well, by treasures I mean cheap fabric!!

I was so excited when I saw these. They are a pair of curtains made out of original Linda Beard 100% cotton fabric, and are in really good condition. The fabric has the appearance of distressed denim, and I'm having thoughts of using this fabric as the yoke of a skirt, and finding some cute white broderie anglais cotton fabric as the flared part of the skirt. I hope I've explained that right!! lol Mmmmmm. I will now need to rummage for some suitable lightweight cotton to make my creation with! :)

My baby is growing up!!

Well, last Friday 3rd April was the Moomin's first day at nursery. Well, it was just a few hours, to help her settle in, and I hid in the reception area whilst she was in the room, but still!! She has grown up so quickly. I know it's cliched, but it really does only seem five minutes ago she was a tiny little thing in an incubator, with a feeding tube in her nose and with no clothes small enough to fit her. Now look at her!!

She is such a wonderful little girl, and every day is more amazing than the last. I love you, my beautiful, wonderful Moomin! :)

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Another Moomin skirt

Oooh, pretty reclaimed lace.

Awww, cute satin bow at the back!

Ahhh, a pretty party skirt for the Moomin!! :)

P.S If you love this skirt and know of a little girl who would look super cute in it, I have another for sale, here. :)