Friday, 9 March 2012

Rocking Your World Friday

Friday again - anyone else finding this year is slipping away real quick? Time to reflect on all the good and happy moments from the last week to remind ourselves that no matter what there is always something right somewhere :) Started by Virginia over at Celtic House and championed by a faithful team of Rockettes / Rockers.

Let's see people wise first up are my Mum and Dad. Who lovingly put up with myself and toddler for 2 nights to give me a break while dh was swanning around Boston and yes 3 days might have been work, but 2 were jollies (and your still not forgiven for going there when there is the rest of the planet to choose from). Said toddler always loves the excuse of a train ride that visiting my parentals invokes and was happy running trolleys around the fabric warehouse my mum and I visited and charming all the people there.  I am grateful for his personality, ability to entertain himself without causing havoc when needed, his unconditional love and the joy he gives me every day.  

For the friends who come round to visit when dh is awol and give me some grown up time especially Dott who I haven't spent one to one time with in a long while. As a person I survive the day to day by talking through things but that does need a person on the other end.

For the mouthy stitches swap which just worked so darn well.  All credit to the mama's that headed it up. The idea was that we were assigned a partner, stalked them then put together a plan. We then posted up hints and ideas about our plan on our flickr group and then waited for people to comment and hoped that the intended recipient made a comment so you could make sure you were on the right track. I am sure it worked to varying degrees depending on how well partners commented but I did just splendidly both ways. On Monday I arrived back from my hour and a half adventure to deposit child at nursery (my fault never learnt to drive and no desire to  - Toddler enjoys bus rides and of course has to do lots of exploring on the way - dh arrived back 8:25 very jet lagged and deposited himself in bed for a few hours and then on the couch). So anyway I arrived back home and there was a most definitely zippy pouched shaped parcel all the way from Australia :D  and only 8 days in the travelling (amazing). Now when I was looking and commenting (yes I'll show you in a minute stick with me) there was a lot of work that I admired, people from the quilting world. But there was one pouch which I fell in love with and it was the one that arrived on my doorstep :) my partner was Dolores who blogs at labouroflove, I nicked this photo montage from her site because it was so much better than anything I took.........

Turns out that W was for Wendy (and womble and woolly mammoths (furry elephants (and cows for that matter) are brilliant)). Not only is that pouch and all my scraps fantastic but it comes on the back of the fact that Dolores's favourite colour (and 80% of her stash) is the colour I hate most in the world (pink). Which links me nicely into the recipient of the pouch I made whose favourite colour was also pink and therefore provided me with a challenge. Cindy's response was everything a girl could hope for from a swap partner and blogged here. I am very grateful to Cindy for introducing me to Kate Spain's Terrain range of fabrics many of which I adore although they are quite difficult to get hold of here in the UK.

I am grateful to the couple of new bloggy followers/friends I have made through the swap and hope there will be more. I love the chance to chat to people.

I am grateful to Boots decongestant tablets and nurofen express that allowed me to get through a ten and a half hour tutoring session yesterday. The joys of being self employed, no work no pay. Once this is published I plan to do as little as possible today (having woken up at 3 this morning, gave up and got up at 5, all the chores are out the way so it is just the feeding that is essential left to do and hope toddler can mostly entertain himself.

Hope you have all had a splendid week to :)


Annie said...

What a fab post. So lovely to read all the positive things in your life and doesn't it do us good to focus on those?....even the positives of medication to make poorlies go away far enough to get on with what's needed :-)
A x

Virginia said...

Oh bless you a wonderful mix of people and swaps from afar and Boots for keeping you going when you needed to! I hope you have time to relax and get over feeling not hundred percent.

Love that you and your little one enjoy the trips on public transport - a big yay to parents helping too - always a blessing and adult conversations - awesome stuff!

Hope you have a beautiful and blessed weekend


Diane-crewe said...

isnt it great that when you start to look for the good things.... they are always there xx we just have to find themx SO glad you got the bag you wanted. This has been a wonderful swap.... heres hoping they feel like organising another one xx

Joanna said...

I hope you are feeling better, and also hope that you did as you said, and did as little as possible.

Your swap looks fab, what a brilliant pouch from Dolores, really gorgeous.

I'm glad dh made it home safe and sound.

Good ol' Mum and Dad! Train rides are always more exciting when you're a child and travelling with your grandparents :o)

Wishing you a lovely weekend,


Sabrina said...

What a wonderful swap, although it sounds like a lot of work (what with the hints) it sounds like it just couldn't have turned out better. An new bloggy friends to boot!

Your little guy sounds wonderful. I have to say with my brood getting older (10,11,14) I am absolutely yearning for the little people. Enjoy that entertaining little guy!

Have a wonderful week!

dott and The Dog said...

Yay! That pouch is rather fab :)

It was really good to visit and have some you+me time last weekend :)

Sarah said...

ooooh I love the W is for.... bag that you received, but I ADORE the hedgehog pouch that you made and sent out - you've definitely got the hang of this sewing lark!

have a great week

BadPenny said...

How lovely to receive your package full of goodies when you are feeling poorly - must have been a pick me up.
I've been delivering menthol sweets to a friend with sore throat from hell !
I don't drive either. When we moved here it was a major expedition to get Jess to pre-school ! We did a ten hour train ride when the children were very young to see my in laws in Scotland. On arrival at Glasgow a lady commented on how lovely the children had been & I was glowing with pride so I can see how you feel when your little man is happily entertaining himself while you browse.

Sam said...

That pouch is so lovely, the wellie boots on the back are great! All those pieces of fabric look lovely too, I am a bit of a fabric horder from when I used to make quilts!
I hope you feel better today and have had the chance to have a rest!
Have a great week x

Sunshine Girl said...

Gosh what a long post! that looked like a fabulous swap you were in. Are you going to NEC next week?

mammafairy said...

I have tagged you, hope you do not mind, for details see my post.. I suspect you will look anyway!