Reader’s block


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The daily prompt on the Daily Post was:

Reader’s Block

What’s the longest you have ever been without reading a book?

This is an embarrassing answer to give, but I think I would have to say I went without reading a book for nearly 5 months!  In my defence I was very heavily pregnant and had many other pressing issues like trying to figure out ‘how to look after a baby!’….in my mind, this justifies things.

Which book was it that helped to break the dry spell?

You’re going to laugh at the choice of book that helped break the dry spell of reading……’My pregnancy Bible’ by Dr Anne Deans!!! I sat in the evening fed my baby and read this book from start to finish on several occasions and like it’s name, it was my saviour and still to this day I have this book on my shelf…..just in case I need it again 😉


Neighbours….everybody needs good neighbours (*sung in an Australian accent*)


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I am a little behind (already? I hear you say!!) on the 101 blogging course and as of yet have still not published my ‘About me’ page nor have I edited my tagline (they are being worked on but I do not have enough hours in the day to tweek/add/edit/write what I want, when I want to).

So tonight, whilst my hubby is practicing more tattooing (on himself!) I thought I would get on with the other assignments, and I have played around with my header, colours and generally personalised (spelt with an ‘s’ not a ‘z’ as I am British!) my blog.

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The latest assignement was to ‘be a good neighbour’ (again spelt with a ‘u’ and not without!) and I posted some comments on their blogs (granted, they were always very constructive but I did do as I was asked).

First off I went to who did a post about being a good neighbour and wrote about all the blogs they had visited, which I thought was a very good idea as it helped promote not only their blog but the 4 blogs they visited too.  So I pinched the idea! Thanks Rompecabezas 😉

I then visited who actually made me laugh, out loud for the best self advertising…ever! in the 101 blogging common room by, and I quote:

‘Greetings Humans

Follow me or die’

Simply brilliant!!! (that was actually my very constructive insightful comment too), thanks Debooworks 🙂

I then went onto mainly because they are also starting a blog and learning all about the intricacies of finding inspiration, personalising and publicising oneself, so I felt I should support and comment on their blog.

I followed this up with a visit to who I mainly visited because they said they were from Cornwall UK, I love it there and I also have family there too. In their post about the above assignment, they also promoted the 4 blogs that they had visited and commented on, which brings me to my final commented post of today.

This final blog I visited was and she had me in stitches from the moment go, very witty, well written blogs.  I read a few of her posts but I especially loved the post titled: My dirty little blogging not-so-secret secret which only highlighted all the of the reasons why 101 blogging course is a good thing to complete (she says, when she only got up to day 20 of last years zero to hero blogging course and is already behind on this year’s one when it’s only day 8! arrggghh).

I hope you go and have a look at these blogs as they are good, and even though I have just worked out that I did not actually comment on some of their actual blogs but on their post within the 101 blogging common room, I do hope that this fulfils the task for this assignment? As I have run out of blogging time tonight and need to go to bed ready for a days teaching tomorrow, so tough.


New name?


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Day 2 of the blogging 101 course and to tell you the truth, I really didn’t want to change my name. Do you know how blummin long it took me to think of this one?!? As I have already stated (on numerous occasions) I do not have a great mind when it comes to thinking up something new and exciting. Most of the time my blog is very random, sometimes it will be about my kids, other times sewing or just whinging and moaning.
I did attempt to come up with a new name but my efforts were rather weak to say the least. The advice was to think of adjectives that describe your personality and have a play about with them to come up with something uniquely ‘you’, problem is all I could think of was: Crafty, arty, temper, highly strung, quirky and boring. Not the greatest of selections, so if anyone can think of something else, my name is staying the same.

Who I am and why I’m here


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I, am a bit of everything!

Vague? Well it should be, I am a collection of ‘not sure’, ‘maybe’, ‘sometimes’, ‘definitely’, ‘hmmm’, ‘well’ and ‘I’ll try’!

Confused? I certainly am!

I like to think that I am organised, methodical, tidy and neat when in actual fact I’m not (but don’t tell everyone!).  I have hair-brained schemes in my head that I start with good intentions yet petter off just as quick. I think I started my blog initially to record all the wonderful things about my children, as that is what most of my friend’s blogs are about (did I mention I am a bit of a sheep! I try to be original but fail most of the time, so I take most inspiration from friends and family). My blog seems to be manifesting into a bit of everything me, from my hobbies, bug bears, pains, frustrations and of course my family, somewhere where I can speak my mind freely.

I have opted to take part in yet another blogging course in the vain hope that I stick to it this year and become a better blogger. Last year I attempted to take part in the

New year, new blog? Make it a great one.

This year I am determined to write and improve my blog! I must, I must, I must improve my blog!

The Daily Post

New to blogging? A new session of our introductory blogging course starts on Monday, January 5 — and all bloggers are welcome, whether you blog on, a self-hosted WordPress blog, or somewhere else entirely.

Blogging 101 is four weeks of daily bite-size assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” — along with a supportive community to encourage you all the way through. At the end of the course, you’ll have a blog you’re proud and excited to publish, and that others are excited to read. Here’s how it works:

My blog has gone from being dull and plain to having widgets and all this shmancy tech stuff, and from having almost no followers to having a loyal following now!
– Microgalactic

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    Assignments fall into three broad categories — publishing posts and pages, customizing your blog, and engaging with the community — and…

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The creative Ford household


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These last few months have been very creative, I made it my mission last year to have a ‘Homemade Christmas’ this year and it turned out quite well.  We started off in November, Lilwen and I made large paper snowflakes, spray painted them silver and glued all manor of glitters to them ready to hang in the house.

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My new foot


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The last few weeks have been an eye opener to say the least! I have finally had the operation on my foot that i have been waiting so long for. I have always had feet that hurt, it doesn’t matter if i am standing, sitting, wearing flat, high or no shoes, they always hurt. So i finally went to the doctor and got on a waiting list to have them sorted out (obviously only 1 foot at a time). It turns out i have a bone abnormality on the ball of my foot which protrudes quite a lot, my foot has protected it as we as it can by growing a bunion on top of it, which only added to the enormous bump on the side. This abnormality was getting so back that it was also pushing my big toe so far across that it was 21 degrees out! Suffice to say i was quite excited about having this sorted out. We had spoken to the doctor and i had asked to have it done over the summer holidays so that as a teacher i didn’t want it to affect me getting supply work and loose money. The latter did not go quite to plan and it got cancelled twice and had to be rescheduled for 3rd week in the holidays! Bearing in mind that i would have to wear a cast for 6 weeks afterwards and be on crutches, so yes, that would seriously affect my teaching work!

But anyway, I had the operation and it went well, I had a lovely purple cast put on my foot and the weirdest looking angled boot, complete with a set of crutches.  I was given pain killers, taught how to walk on the heal of my foot using the crutches and then sent on my way home the same day. I can safely say, it was rather painful for the first few weeks, and because I don’t often take tablets, they knocked me right out! After 2 weeks I was managing ok, but simple tasks like walking up stairs were time consuming and awkward, the children have been good but baby G has struggled as I can not just pick him up when ever he wants.  I went back to the hospital to have the cast replaced and have an x-ray to find out how the bones are recovering, and this is when I found out i had giant screw in my foot! They had not said which proceedure i was having the day of the operation as my doctor and I had discussed so many I had decided to leave it up the doctor, who knew me well and my active lifestyle.  It turned out my doctor had decided to do a relatively new proceedure and this meant that i do not have to wear a cast now on my foot, just wear the weird boot and crutches. I am mega happy not to have a cast on, still can’t drive though and I am still hobbling around like an old woman but I get to see my new foot and my word it is amazing, it actually looks like a foot, it’s slimline which does kind of mean that i will have to go shoe shopping! Ha


I am deliriously happy to have a normal foot and can’t wait to be able to walk on it properly and never have to feel pain in it ever again! Bring on the other foot operation next year

These are the before and after shots



I will be trying this today! Such a simple yet beautifully effective top, thanks for the inspiration

The Renegade Seamstress

This outfit I saw on Pinterest made my mouth water. (No it wasn’t the ice cream cone.) I just knew I could make something similar if I tried. Found this big blue shirt at the thrift store and just started to cut.


I turned it backwards on the dress form and marked the new neckline.

Next, I sewed a small rolled hem.

Then pinned some pleats and sewed 2 lines of stitching about a half inch down. And took in the sides about 4 inches on each side.

I then decided I need to gather the waistline and came across this tutorial on shirring with elastic thread.

Here are the results so far. I’m working on the turquoise necklace right now and I’ll post it when I finish it.


For the tutorial on how to make the cardigan, click here

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