Saturday, 24 June 2017

Frame my name - A review and competition.

I was offered the opportunity to review a framed name of my own choice from Frame my Name  and the product really appealed so I said yes please. Frame my name do exactly what the title says, they make beautiful framed names.  They also make height charts, banners, cards and invitations, Christening gifts as well as some suitable for the grown ups in your life

. We have so many styles to choose from, suitable for all occasions, including christenings, baptisms, and new babies. Our personalised baby name gifts can include details of the child’s name, date of birth and special occasion. You can also add your own unique message or quotation – one which could make a lasting and profound impression with the baby as he or she grows.

Once you have chosen your design, you then have the following options;
  • Child’s first name (up to 11 letters) 
  • Wording line 1 (e.g. child's full name, date of birth etc if required) 
  • Wording line 2 (e.g. personal message or quote if required) 
  • Frame colour – choice of stained or white frame.

Having seven grandchildren can make things difficult when offered an item to review but I decided that Ziggy was the best fit for this product as she still has wall space left in her room, the others not so much so.

So having liaised with DD2 as to what she fancied for her we settled on the animal adventures print.

Mia sat with her framed name

with her first two names on, her first name on its own we felt was too short to do the product any justice. We chose to keep in the meaning of her name as we did not want a personal message. For the second line we added her date of birth, there was also another line available to add a special occasion or a message if you wished too but we liked the simplicity of what we chose.

The frames are well made and well finished  and the actual print is covered in perspex which will keep off any grubby fingerprints. They make for a beautiful gift and I am sure would be welcomed by any parent. Personally I was not keen on the italic writing that was on Mia's name but my daughter did like it. I found it difficult to read but that may be an age thing.

it looks great on her wall. 

I have two of these framed names to give away in a competition. To enter the competition just follow the instruction in the rafflecopter form below.

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Project 365 week 25


While I was at work the grandchildren came round with a Fathers Day card for Granddad and some home made crispie cakes that they had made unaided in the morning. Minky was really pleased with the card he had made and was very pleased when Granddad put it on the mantle piece, and it is still there.

card and cripies


Hubby did some more preparation work for his shed. Moving slabs to level them up so Lilly helped with the digging.  Her cough has not returned which I am hoping is a good thing. Sadly her appetite is back to normal for Lilly, mega small portions as and when she wants to.

digging under the slab


Sometimes my sewing corner can get rather messy. I had been cutting out another load of purple and white shapes to match last weeks patchwork square. The piles on the windowsill are the piles for each separate square. I was listening to an audio book on my kindle and had a bottle of juice handy as it has been rather warm all week.

messy but organised


The children wanted to come and visit. so DD1 brought them up before nursery.
Bob read a book, Spud fell asleep, Dinky huffed and Minky played nice and stroked Lilly.

Spud,  Dinky and Minky


I have to do a health and safety inspection and write a report on my findings as part of my UNISON training. I have decided to do it on the ergonomics of our Supervisors Office, and do I was printing off the standards that I shall be looking for during my inspection.


The Lilies are looking fabulous at the moment, sadly they have a short life span.


Looking to do something a bit more adventurous with my sewing machine. So I had a conversation with a lovely lady at Toyota who agreed to send me out a few attachments for my machine. A full blog post will follow once I have made something impressive with them. Here I was practising making flowers and just put them in boxes as I had been practising sewing the boxes.

a flower stitch attachment 

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Is organised mess written in your stars?

Organised mess, not two words that would seemingly go together according to their dictionary meanings.

Organised,--- to combine in an organised manner, order, or the like.

Mess,--- a dirty or untidy mass, litter, or jumble.

An example of something or someone who is organised may well look like this, my neat and tidy desk. 

Whereas an example of  something or someone that is a mess could look like this, the wife's sewing table, well actually it is our dining table but she has taken it over and it only sees the light of day now when the youngest grandchild comes to stay.

In the first example that level of organisation  could in no way be described as a mess, and  the second example could in no way be described as organised so this once again leaves us the question - can there be organised mess? Well yes I think there can. The messy table is the wife getting organised to start sewing, but first all the pieces need cutting  and then the correct colours are placed into piles so that when it comes to the sewing all the pieces are in order ready for her to use. Hence all the piles on the windowsill. 

To most folk this shed  would appear to be a total mess as described in the dictionary but not to me,  this is completely organised and the proof of this is the fact that I can lay my hands on any item no matter how large or small instantly. Have to say a new cupboard or two from F@W Office Chairs would not go amiss. 

We were sent an infographic titled "Organised Mess" all about the organisational characteristics of the star signs in the Zodiac it made for very interesting reading. 

Funnily enough both the wife and I come under the signs of Constructive chaos. I agree I drive my wife up the wall I am true to my sign of Scorpio and am a hoarder. The loft, like the shed, is full of anything and everything that one day may come in handy. The wife on the other hand is the opposite of what her sign says and would happily throw anything in the bucket we have not needed in the last twenty eight days. Before you ask yes everything is organised logically in my mind and I can find anything I want pretty quickly. The wife on the other hand would have no idea where to start looking for things and so just sends me up when she needs something that she would happily have chucked away years ago. I have to say I take great pleasure in saying this to her when I produce things from the loft. 

So there I give it to you, some messes can be organised (organised mess) just as something organised can be a mess (also organised mess) so the two words can seemingly go together whether it be a shed, a sewing table or an office desk each can be either or indeed both an organised mess.

This is a collaborative post written by my husband, Mr fun as a gran

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Project 365 week 24


A slow short stroll round one of the ponds this evening. She still likes to sniff and dig so while she is still capable we will let her.

Lilly standing nice


I am looking to do different things with my sewing machine. Cannot justify buying a new machine so decided to accessorise the one I have.  So when I spotted this lot in a charity shop I picked them up, they will do great to practice with and if need be waste.

various colours of thread. 


Spotted these in the shop and so had to try them. Also googled what they were all about abnd good grief some people are labelling them racist as they are all white.  Drawback is I don't like the blackcurrant ones and can't tell till after they are in your mouth which is which.

speaks for itself 


Hubby out playing with one of his toys.


Phoned back to the vet school and they informed us Lilly has two different infections in her lungs. They are prescribing an antibiotic that she needs to take for four weeks. We will then get another appointment and they will repeat the CT scan to see if things have changed. Unless her cough comes back or she goes down hill in which case they will see us straight away.

Watching the four youngest while DD1 takes Fifi to an appointment save her taking them all. Plan had been to go the park but there was enough rain water running down the street to go canoeing in so we didn't bother. We read books instead.

Spud and Minky eating tea


Following on from our phone call yesterday I picked up tablets for Lilly from our vet today. Much easier than driving to Glasgow for them. Here is hoping they do some good.
Ziggy came for a short visit as DD2 was in the area.
Review and competition up in the next few days.

Ziggy with her first blogging gift. 


Got three more applique to make for people and none of them needed desperately so I decided to do some patchwork for a change. Forget how long it takes to cut them all out. Got them to this stage but all the seams need ironing out before I go any further.

first of many squares 

Friday, 16 June 2017

A couple of hours on the beach

We have had some lovely weather her in the last few weeks. So when my daughter said she was going to go out somewhere with the four youngest I volunteered to go with them. So as she was going to have some help she suggested the beach park and then the beach.

Laugh when I go with my daughter, she drives a mini bus, too many children for a seven seater plus all that needs trailing with her and often an extra person. So she parks it in the bus park at the beach.

Firstly we went and played at the beach park.

Mimky loves to play on this and manages to push himself quite well. 

Spud doing some crawling

all playing nicely in the sand pit

looking like a little thug

the two of them, not quite coordinated by giggling none the less

drizzling sand through her hands 

having a strop

Then we headed down onto the beach for a short while before we headed home. Minky would go in holding onto my hand but Dinky was for none of it. We did try to follow Bob all the way out to where he was but Minky changed his mind.

looks like something from Baywatch 

hands in the water

picking up shells

Minky did venture in

Dinky making patterns in the sand

Country Kids

Monday, 12 June 2017

The making of a unique wedding present.

I have become rather addicted to my sewing machine this year, looking for new ways to use it and playing with various ideas. At the moment I have been doing a fair amount of applique as I am selling them for charity. You can see some of my creations on my #cashforkids page.

We went to a wedding at the end of last month and my husband was the best man.  We wondered what do you buy the happy couple who are in their fifties,  already live together and a year ago amalgamated their two houses into one? So I decided I would make them a unique gift, something I hoped they would love and that would remind them of not only the day itself but also the day they first met.

R and T met when hubby went with R to a beach clean up one day in Irvine. They had toyed with either going fishing or out to play with their cameras but fate had obviously decided for them they should go to the beach clean up. R and T along with hubby and a few others had volunteered to go over in a small rowing boat to clean up one of the peninsulas. R and T got talking and exchanged numbers before they went their separate ways that day and then arranged to meet up a few days later and the rest as they say is history.

When they had decided to set a date they came and asked my hubby if he would be there best man, to which I said yes if they got married on Arran as I had never been and it would give us an excuse to go. So they booked the wedding in Arran and then informed us of the date time and place.

I had originally thought about making a cushion with a silhouette of Arran on with a sunset sky made from various red and orange colours with the sky reflected in the sea. But I could not come up with a design that was simple enough that still looked good so I had to come up with another idea.

I decided on two cushions for them, one to commemorate the day they met and the other the wedding day itself.

My starting point was a picture of them in the boat on the day they met, which I adapted in my own interpretation

hubby  (far left) T (thumb up 3rd from left) and R ( on back of boat) 

and a picture of the pilot house, the setting for the event, which I made a pattern of.

and make them into a picture, which I edged in tartan,added and date and made it into a cushion.

The second cushion was to be a memory of the wedding day itself. So I printed off an outline of the Isle of Arran, and then used the print out to draw round and cut out a tartan Arran. I then crossed stitch some  of the town names on and two dolphins. Lastly I added the date of the wedding before edging it in tartan to match the first one.

The happy couple loved the finished results. A truly unique gift.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Project 365 week 23

Not been a good week at all. Poor little Lilly has had a really really rough deal.


Still on holiday from work, so had a long lie, a lazy day, and took Lilly for a walk, She did seem to enjoy her walk and spent ages digging at the rocks which hubby kept moving for her. But had to end up carrying her part of the way home as she was struggling at the end of the street.

there is something under here and I want at it.


Took Bob to gymnastics, sat in the library and did some sewing, had no notion to go for a walk despite the fact it was dry.
Lilly has always been a bad eater, picking at small portions, and we throw away more food that she eats. but for this last week there is no filling her. She would eat ten meals a day at the moment if I put them down to her, I'm not she is getting three but it worries me as to why all of a sudden she is a little grubber that will eat anything and everything.
A strange rainbow tonight along with a red sky at sunset. Quite a grainy picture but was taken at dusk with a cheap point and shoot.

rainbow and red sky


Took Lilly to the Glasgow vet school to see what they could offer us to do for her. The agreed to do a swallow test as she had never been a good eater and struggles to swallow, they took some blood teats and we decided to leave her with them overnight ready for a CT scan on Wednesday morning. We would have had to hang around for four or five hours and  she would have had less than twelve hours at home before we had to take her back so one abandonment seemed better that two.

the consultation room


Lilly had her CT scan, they took five needle samples from the mass in her left lungs to see if they could identify it. They also took a fluid test to look for infection as well. The mass fills her whole left lung and there is no oxygen getting in there at all. She also has some small nodules growing in her right lung. The vet showed us a video she has taken of the mass, looks like a cream coloured round shiny marble. She admits she has never seen anything like it before.
Poor Lilly  has a bald patch on her side, a shaved patch on each side of her neck and baldy bits on three of her legs. Was nearly 9pm time we got home.

I sat and did some sewing. during the day to take my mind off of things.

a baldy patch and a green bandage on her back leg


Hubby and I went and did our bit and voted and then went and sat with the three youngest so that DD1 could go and place her cross. Not that it did much good. Sadly the samples they took from Lillys lung were inconclusive and so we are no further forward into knowing what the mass is. though the vet is convinced it is cancerous. We have pet insurance but this whole carry on is SO expensive, we have used nearly 1/3 of are annual payout to so far find out nothing constructive. Worried we will use the whole amount just finding out what it is and then have none left to treat it with. Need to wait on the results of the infection test before we can do anything else now.
Lilly has been shaking her head for a while but the vet school would not look at them while she was there so I took her to our own vet tonight. She has an ear infection so she now has drops to get in them both for five days.

ear drops


Took Lilly for a short walk round the pond at the fishery tonight. She does not do much running around but still enjoys a slow stroll. This was the sewing I did yesterday.

turned out good.


Hubby spotted this while we were on holiday, so we just had to buy it.

how very true.