Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Easter

Yep , it's been a while but I'm popping by to wish everyone a Happy Easter . I hope every one is relaxing and doing whatever they like to  do at this time of year . I know we are !

The weeks are whizzing by and to be quite honest I've been very low of late and struggling to cope with every thing that has been going on . As well as my mums accident ( she is still in care and progressing nicely but we are looking at the end of May for her Halo frame removing which means she will be back at home then ) my husband has changed his job as well as the hours he works , unfortunately  he is now working a lot of late shifts . So my routine as I knew it has totally changed . But we all have things that are sent to challenge us and I just need to adapt and stop feeling sorry for myself . Yet I think the thing that has really unsettled me is my lack of creating/making time , creating is what makes me tick , it's who I am and I am never more happy and at peace than when I have a needle in my hand stitching or making something or trying out a new idea . I have managed to get a couple of makes under my belt which I think has just about kept me from going loopy . On my last post I shared with you Mr & Mrs Mill Mouse , well before they were dispatched to their new home I had a play with their packaging which I got quite excited about . I seem to have a thing for brown paper and boxes at the moment .

I loved doing this , stitching a box lid and card bunting with my sewing machine ........

..........and putting little extras with the finished item and giving things an extra special tweak.

I've also been experimenting with using bright colours too.

I keep grabbing moments to sew even if it's only for 20 minutes .

But to help keep my sanity I have spent a lot of time in the kitchen  , it is my retreat too place when life feels a bit hard or I'm stressed . I think this is why I have always had a weight problem ever since I was a child as I've always been an emotional eater , except now I share my makes rather than eating it all myself and  feed other people  ,  my family are the main recipients of my  makes but also very appreciative neighbours often have a potion of something indulgent going their way too.

Homemade Apple pie , mmmmmmmm.

Home grown Rhubarb which I turned into ..........

Rhubarb and Ginger cheesecake .

An all time favourite Rhubarb and Apple crumble with custard .

I do cherish and get comfort from the fact that I am able to provide , homegrown , homemade and handmade things for my family and friends as well as myself and I am extremely thankful for this as it is such an important and integral part of my life and at the moment the thing that keeps me grounded .

I've had a lot of pleasure over the last couple of days preparing for Easter and I gave myself a little treat for Easter in the way of a small bunch of  Ranunculus . I decided to make a Spring time flower arrangement with theses as well as adding some in season flowers from my tiny little garden  . I just adore the wild looking floral arrangement and it cheers me up every time I look at it. It's so nice to enjoy flowers from plants you have nurtured with your own hands .

Back in the kitchen my youngest helped me to make decorations for our Easter cake , which this year is Carrot cake . We had great fun making fondant carrots .......

........and I had great fun making the cake , as well as having a slice today , nom nom nom !

It's been so nice to to share with you guys , I do miss not getting chance to call by as often as I used to . 
Once again I would like to wish you all a Happy Easter .
Thanks for popping by and ta ta for now .