Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Busy creating

Hello everyone, wow where does the time go, it seems I only get to post a blog once a month at the moment :-(  I miss it here in bloggy land :-(

I thought I would log in and update you on our Art from the Heart Auction event that took place on my facebook page a few weeks back.  Well we raised over £1090 in the end and I then organised to have my hair cut short in the Easter half term, goodness was I nervous!  I don't really like having my hair cut at the best of times but when my friend (the lovely Amy) said she could get 11 inches off my hair for the charity I felt rather sick.

I kept the piggy tail for a while as my Mum as on holiday and I wanted to show her what I had had cut off and then I posted it off a week or so later.

I hope they can use it as when I went to pop it in a clear packet (as they request on the site) the top hairband came off and the hair came undone so I had to try my best to re plait it.  I was in a cold sweat trying to do that thinking that maybe after all that growing it may not be able to be used :-(  Lots of lovely likers on my facebook page made me feel better saying that they usually make wigs a few strands at a time so I am hoping they can use it.

Not only was it fantastic to raise so much money for that fab charity and raise its profile a bit but it meant I got to meet lots of lovely, kind hearted, creative souls.  A little while after my cut a new creative friend called Corrine messaged me to say she has left a little something for me at my friends craft shop.  I popped in to collect it and wrapped in some gorgeous fabric and then a layer of lovely tissue paper was this wonderful watercolour of me and the bunny Joy which I made for the auction.  I actually gasped when I saw it, it is so gorgeous and really is my style ... thanks again Corrine!

Another lovely lady called Julie from Seven Stars made a crochet bunny for the auction and offered to send me one - I offered to pay but she wouldn't let me.  This cute little bunny, now named Rosie by little Sweetpea, is sitting on my dresser.  All of the artists who took part in the auction were so lovely and made the process so much easier for me by posting their items off quickly.  It is so wonderful to know that the world really is full of kind hearted people!

On not such a lovely note the Easter holidays were rather hard for me.  The Sweetpeas seemed intent on trying to send me over the edge :-(  The older Sweetpeas in particular were hard work, I just couldn't leave them alone for 1 second without one of them trying to kill the other one.   Middle Sweetpea turned 11 and we all went out bowling for her birthday so that broke the half term up a bit but even though I tried to keep them busy it still didn't stop them all annoying each other.

Towards the end of the seconds week I decided maybe getting a friend round may help.  It worked well, Eldest Sweetpea and his friend dug a nature pond whilst Middle Sweetpea played in the house with Little Sweetpea.  It was just what I needed - I really don't think I could have coped with their arguing much longer.

I am not sure my friend was as happy about me having her son round to play ..... luckily she knows me well and sent him in waterproofs.

They did a fab job with the pond though and the honey bees are enjoying sipping water from the edges of it and we now have two fish in there too.

Another saviour for me was a needle felting class that I escaped to one evening in the half term - it was such fun and a real giggle.  I made a heart and was meant to make a carrot but that turned into a fish which I am still creating.  This was held at my friends craft shop and my friend Louise took the class so that made it even more fun.  Notice how the cakes in the first photo have been moved away from me by the second photo - they were very yummy!

Oh and I have been finishing off my crochet ripple blanket .... more to follow in my next post about that.  Take care all of you xxx


  1. LOVE LOVE LVOE!!! I mean LOVE haha

  2. I think your hair really suits you - I would go as far as to say suits you more! (how bold of me)
    You know I sometimes find our 'precious time together' really hard going here too - and I know from your FB rant we are so not alone. Sometimes the personalities just clash more than others.
    fee x

  3. Well done on donating your hair - that charity is local to me (Hereford) and I know they do really good work. Your hair looks lovely shorter too. X

  4. You look lovely with your shorter hair, Zoe! It was so kind of you to donate your hair. I hope the siblings have all settled down again now :)
    Have a happy weekend.
    Helen x

  5. Congratulations on raising so much money and on the haircut for charity, wow - 11 inches! It looks great shorter though and I bet it's so much easier to wash (or I always think that when I get a big haircut) and such a wonderful thing for you to do. Sounds like half term was pretty stressful, I hate it when mine hit an argue phase and you just desperately want them to stop, just for a few minutes. I hope you are having a calmer time now. Beth/thelinencat xx


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