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Five things that are making me happy – and one that is making me sad

9th October 2017

The background of my homemade dinosaur party invitation

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1. Our bedroom is finally decorated and has carpet.  After two years of hideous green stripe wallpaper and bare floorboards we are now enjoying a little bit of luxury.  I sold some modern furniture that didn’t really fit in this house, have bought a vintage dressing table that I love and am now on the look out for some bedside tables.  I still need to add a few touches of decorative colour to the walls and am thinking of achieving this by making some hoop quilts!
2. I have made good progress with my Tilda fabric, making it into JeniBaker’s Giant Star Quilt.  The top is finished and I am hoping to finish it up before it gets too cold.    
3. On Thursday it is my Birthday.  It looks as though I will be home alone for a large chunk of the day with the little man at pre-school and the hubby at work.  I am going to give myself the ultimate treat: some uninterrupted sewing time!  I will probably work on my Tilda/Giant Star quilt as keen to get it done.    
4. We are off to Dorset this weekend for a family trip.  I hope to spend some time sewing the binding on the aforementioned quilt (if I get that far with it) and am keeping my fingers crossed for good weather so we can take the little Pickle to a pumpkin farm.    
5.  The little man turns three in a few weeks.  I am currently planning him a dinosaur themed party.  I am trying to keep it low-key but with a few handmade details.  Am sure he will love it and I am very excited to see the cake creation that my sister is planning for him.  
However, I am really sad that my garden has pretty much stopped producing edible harvests.  It is a very immature garden and space is limited so I haven’t yet managed to plan a year-round harvest.  It has been a wonderful spring and summer filled with homegrown fruit and veggies but I will have to wait for next year to enjoy the excitement of homegrown harvests again.  In the meantime I have a few pumpkins to look forward to and a freezer full of runner beans!  I also made some of Alys Fowler’s Ploughman’s Chutney yesterday with homegrown onions, summer squash and garlic with some of my sister-in-law’s apples to add to my homegrown pantry.   

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