Sunday, November 30, 2014

Slow Sunday...


 
Today I decided to take it easy. I have had a very busy week, culminating in an even busier weekend and so today it was time to ReeeeLaaaax. My husband went out of town to a guitar show and I decided to stay home and get the shopping done and just take it easy.
 
This time of year is always busy. On Friday, it was my daughter's 12th birthday. Yes 12!! Can you believe it? I think she was about 3 or 4 when I started this blog. And boy has she grown. We took her and her four school friends bowling and then to Frankie n Bennies - usual hob. She wanted an Ikea bookcase for her birthday and lots of books and so that is what she got. We did get her a few other bits and pieces too. I also made her something which was last minute and I nearly broke my wrist doing it as it was on a 10mm hook. I have the "during" picture but no after picture just yet. You will have to wait to see the finished product in my next post. All I can say though is that it has something to do with the Hunger Games.

 
So after the big rush of birthday madness, Saturday arrived and with it the annual School Christmas fair. As some of you may know, a couple of us teachers have been running an after school club for the kiddos to try and teach them some new skills. We teach them crochet and cross stitch - last term then made Biscornu. This term we have been doing a bit of Decopage. But it all costs money. So, it was up to me and Mrs B to try and raise some funds at the school fair. We dressed our tables up as best we could - Thank you Pinterest! and we managed to get a few sales and raised just over £30. Not a lot but every pound helps. I thought you may like to see a few pictures....
 
 
Blurry pic of my DD helping out behind the stall!

 
My lovely little coffee cup cosies with hand made buttons.

 
My pencil pots - I used Tesco value lemon curd - 22p Bargain then threw out the curd.

 
My granny tissue box covers. Pattern can be found here but I adapted mine slightly. Also some of the cross stitch key rings the kids made in after school club.

 
Bobbles galore! These were the best sellers.

 
Star and tree ornaments. These sold quite well as well.

 
All sorts of bits and pieces. It was a fun day and I loved the feeling of being part of the community. Our school is like a big, extended family.
 
After the fair, we surprised the kids with a trip to see the mew film Paddington. I absolutely loved it. Great British film with a wonderful, Christmassy feel to it. I really recommend it if you have kids and even if you don't! It was so nice to hear all the young people in the audience laughing along at the humour.
 
 
 
So this is me. signing off till another quiet day when I can get my head together a bit. Now you can see why I needed a day of rest. I have managed to catch up with the Cosy CAL and now I am on part 5 which makes me very happy. Oh so happy. The colours are so therapeutic.  
 
Have a lovely week everyone.
 
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19 comments:

VeggieMummy said...

I love that first photo - so cosy by the fire and that drink (latte/hot chocolate?) looks delicious. Haven't seen the Paddington film yet but managed to catch 'The Imitation Game' this week and it was excellent. Can't wait to see what you made for your daughter. Have a good week. x

Shirlee said...

Oh Hazel ... your first photo is the definition of coziness! What a blessed time of relaxing for you : ) Happy belated birthday to your daughter! It's nice that the school works together to raise money like that. The goodies you made were lovely!

Giovanna said...

Lovely work for the fundraiser, what a great show!

Margaret said...

I think it's so wonderful that you do that for the kids at your school. The fund raiser looks fantastic! Wow, no wonder you were so busy crocheting and doing and crafting! Good for you and the kids too. Love seeing that peek of the Cosy CAL. It's so pretty! I, of course, still haven't done anything crochet wise. Still thinking on it though. I might go with Attic24's granny stripe afghan instead. When I get around to it! Anyway, glad you had a quiet weekend! Enjoy that CAL!

Julie said...

Your stall looked very nice and pretty Hazel, well done to you all on the wonderful goodies that were on offer.

Vickie said...

Oh my! The work you all put into the craft sale was wonderful! It looks fantastic!

Rachael G said...

Oh I wanna sit by the fire with a tassimo and crochet xx Well done with the fundraiser.

Tracy said...

Your stall looked great hun, loving those pencil holders great easy idea. I'm still plugging away with my blanket after the restart. Looking forward to my visit in a couple of weeks to have one of those hot choc's ;)

Andrea said...

Sunday IS a day of rest after all! Your stall looked great for your fundraiser.

Cole said...

Happy Birthday to your DD!! I love her request for a birthday gift, my son will be 12 in January and all he's wanting right now is new books too :)

Can't wait to see the after pic of your daughter's gift too, exciting!

Anna van Schurman said...

What a cozy picture you open with. I want to come over and relax!

Annette-California said...

What a lot work you put your heart and soul went into your beautiful table of pretties. It was so wonderful of you to help out the kids at your school.
Your opening photo is beautiful and looks so cozy - love your afghan
love Annette

Karoline said...

Happy birthday to your daughter. Congratulations on doing so well on your stall.

Brigitte said...

You definitely needed a day for yourself just resting. The pre-Christmas time is always very busy at school. Such nice pictures from the fund raising event.
Happy belated 12th birthday wishes to your sweet daughter. Her birthday festivities and gifts sound perfect to me.

Carol said...

Sending birthday wishes to your daughter, Hazel--12 is a very special age :) Looks like you made some lovely items for the fund-raiser--I love the idea that you are teaching the kids new skills with needles!

Heidi Kuijer said...

Hello Hazel! You have been one busy gal lately. I am so impressed with the program to get the kids creative.

A very happy belated birthday wish from me to your daughter. It sounds like her birthday was a happy time for her.

Love your cozy photo in front of the fire. It is important to take some time to relax and it looks like the perfect place to do it.

Hugs from Holland,
Heidi

House with Hearts said...

Wow, you did a fantastic job at the fundraiser! Lots and lots of stitching has gone on there! That first photograph looks so cosy by the fireplace :-) xx

Sally said...

Love your first photo Hazel. Wish I was sitting there with you crafting.

I can't believe your DD is 12! Wow time does fly!

The fundraiser looks great. Lots of lovely things there on your stall.

Can't wait to see what you made for your DD.

stitcherw said...

Loved your relaxation corner picture, it looked so warm and cozy. The display at the craft show looked great, I'm glad you were able to sell a bit to help fund the kids craft projects. Paddington is going to be out here shortly and I'm hoping to see it, loved the books as a child.
Sue