Sunday, 1 May 2016

A Brand New Adventure...

I've had some time out of late...No blogging, no creating, no fitness, no socialising, no fun etc etc! My last blog post was about our Dorset holiday in 2015 which was great! Since then, life hasn't been as sweet as I have wished, but this is how life goes sometimes. We all go through something. Some experiences are harder than others...some things we bring on ourselves and some we do not and we question what we have done to deserve it.  Some of us are more graceful at dealing with what life deals us, some of us place blame because we cannot deal with the harsh reality that we messed up...some of us just crumble and admit defeat. Some of us move on and learn.

The year 2015, for me, was a year to want to forget...but unfortunately, it's not easy to forget what has happened to me. I DO NOT want to make this a pitty post... on the contrary, I want to connect the dots from then until now so that things make sense to me and why I have arrived at the point and where I am at right now.

RIGHT NOW...I am in a good place. Right now, my perspective on life has changed, right now, my self-confidence is growing and I am learning and boy am I teachable and right now, I have a plan. I am so excited about what is happening to me and where my adventure may be taking me and my family. 

What I have learned within these past months since my misfortune, is that I am on a journey, and I am either going to put things into place to make my future brighter, or I am going to sit on my pitty potty and moan about the past. I am learning, day-by-day, in every way, that I can create my future -  and THAT is no joke!

I have been presented with an opportunity to turn my life around and I have grasped it with both hands. 

This opportunity has driven me to work on my mindset, which in turn will help me to build up my own self-confidence again and look to a brighter future, with lessons in my back pocket.  I am now self-employed and working under the umbrella of an amazing, and well established, global company. I have made some wonderful new friends and the support and training I'm getting is second to none. The company are Gold, Investors in People and are regulated by the Direct Selling Association. The incentives are mindblowingly generous and I am being paid generously and able to work around my family and other commitments. I have been given the opportunity to dream big and I am on track to make them a reality. I have never, EVER been in a position like this before...In fact, my Husband told me today, that he has never seen me have a drive like this before!! My Mum and Dad are amazed at how far I have come, and how excited and positive I am now. 

How grateful I am!

The story continues...

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Spurn Point

Absolutely Loved visiting Spurn Point with my little family. We met a little friend so we all agreed that we call him Rolly. The cutest wild thing we've ever seen.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Dorset 2015...

How long has it been?...

It's that time of year again. Holibobs time, Oh what joy! That yearning for the carefree moments where there are no alarms, deadlines and structures to daily doings. Just the whimsical meandering, moseying and pottering that can only be had on holiday. This year we chose to revisit Dorset because the memories of this place haunted us. We love it in Dorset and the Jurassic coastline. It's nothing short of breathtaking and adventurous. I'm pretty sure that we shall visit again in the near future too.


Portland Bill Lighthouse

 Eype Beach...on the way to Sidmouth

 View from Swanage beach - The Isle of White in the distance.

Nothe Forte - Weymouth

 From Brownsea Island

 Chesil Beach from The Isle of Portland

Eype Beach

Monday, 23 February 2015

A little break from the norm...

Hi all!
We just had a week off school and what a lovely week it was.
My little brood managed to get out and do a few things this last week. Despite the weather being chilly still, we wrapped up and embraced it because there was sunshine. It was like pure gold, so we made the most of it.
Paul and I went away this weekend to Nottingham for a couple of days and strolled around, relaxed and enjoyed good food.

One of my favourite places in Nottingham was Aubrey's Traditional Creperie. I absolutely love her little place. Service really was given with a smile along with a brief overview of how she came to set up her little deli...(deli for deli-sh!)
Aubrey lived in Brittany for a while where she learned the art of the traditional crepe and gallette. She also learned about the brewing of the finest ciders and how they preserve them in France to keep them as pure, untainted and organic as possible.
It was a delight to listen to her passion for food and I admire her bravery in setting up this place in the heart of Nottingham, where there really isn't anything quite like her menu anywhere in this city. It really is a little gem, and tucked away down an little ally of all places...It was a case of " Seek and ye shall find" kind of story.
I loved the rustic tiles on the walls, the blankets outside on each of the chairs to welcome others to utilise her little space. The hanging utensils, the music and aromas are to be remembered.
Aybrey also makes her own salted caramel in house which she sells in the shop. Why not visit her online, or even better, in Nottingham itself if you're ever in the area. You will not not be disappointed.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Rag doll...

A handmade gift for Harriet...

Not sure what my almost, three year old Niece has called her yet but I think they have been well acquainted. 

She was wonderful to make.

Wall Art...

...Handmade especially for my Sister and Brother-in-law for Christmas. 

Loved my thought precesses when putting it together. Not that I had many of them really, thankfully it came together nicely and went well in their newly decorated living room. 

A bit of crochet here and a bit of stitching there and...ta da!

Fabric Roses...

Recently, I took on a project for a friend who was getting married on New Years Eve, and while I was honoured that she asked me to do it, I didn't realise what sacrifices I would have to make to complete it especially right on top of Christmas. 
She had asked me to make her wedding bouquet, 3 bridesmaids bouquets, 2 flower balls for the flower girls and button holes. Each of these flowers were fabric roses, stitched and wound as I went along. I loved doing this and I learned to venture outside of my comfort zone. 
In the end, I was really pleased with the end result because I hadn't done anything like this before...especially with an important deadline and I  "rose" to the challenge.

Family Time - Dorset 2014

Well well well...haven't i missed a lot! I realised that as I was flicking through my holiday snaps of 2014 that I didn't post anything on this trip at all. Don't worry, I haven't been lazy, just preoccupied with a new occupation which I love.

So here are a few pictures from last years Family trip to Dorset, which we loved so much that we have decided to visit again this year. The children loved this place. There are so many things to see but we simply didn't have enough time, and to be honest, I don't think we ever will.

Before visiting Dorset we planned on going abroad to a warmer climate for a change but having seen and experienced this place there's no need to rush, not while there are wonderful places to explore on the South Coast of this beautiful country of ours. How lucky we are.

So here are last years timing is a little off but hey ho. I look forward to making a better and more detailed post this Summer.

Portland Bill Lighthouse

Thursday, 14 August 2014

I made something...

Unfortunately I haven't made anything for a while...this is due to life and goals and generally enjoying the Summer! Happy happy!!
I do however love to make the odd, occasional something for birthdays and general gifts. I am really looking forward to getting stuck into some projects and making some treats for the Autumn and Winter period. I have been otherwise engaged in cycling and running events and I still have a couple to do so when I'm done and it's time to light the fire, that will be my time.

A Birthday card for Mum x