It has been a long birthday with many celebrations and parties with different members of the family. My youngest sister and her family were able to join in the fun as were my brother and one of my twin nephews with his family. My own daughters were not able to join in as the children were ill, chicken pox is doing the rounds, with the exception of Bertie so part of the celebrations were held at the soft play centre 'you can't have a party without soft play' according to Bertie! My Mum certainly enjoyed watching him and making all the appropriate noises when he did something he thought was clever. The saddest thing I forgot to take my camera along so no photos which was a shame. It was lovely to see my Dad with the little ones he really enjoyed them, although he was a little over zealous with the sweet treats at times. He is rather partial to a sweet treat himself, although you wouldn't think so looking at him. I only have to look at a cake and I have put on a couple of pounds. Dad does get tired easily these day so it was only a short outing for him but he loved every minute of it a great 80th Birthday with some rather unusual celebrations for a man of his age.
In other news I have been waiting for a package to arrive with some special fabric ordered to make curtains for Wilbur's new play house which is a pirates den. It arrived on Friday so I was able to do a few hems and drum roll please the curtains are ready to be packaged up and posted first thing on Monday so that they will be hanging and ready for Halloween. A quick and easy job but one that was really appreciated.
While I had the sewing bug I also managed to complete a couple of Christmas cushions. The fabric was in my stash that I bought back from America I love the colour and the Santa's on it from around the world, rather appropriate I thought.
I also made some hot pads to accompany some chutneys that I have made for neighbours and friends, a token to let them know I am thinking of them.
I am doing really well with my handmade/crafted gifts I have managed to complete most of the things I wanted to do so I think this may be the way forward for another year. Everything was made early because of the wedding I didn't want to put myself under undue stress but I am rather enjoying all the little makes with plenty of time to spare.
Do you plan and make things early or are you a last minute person?
See you soon.