As I feared, time is starting to run away from me somewhat and I’m already starting to wonder what it was we did a couple of days ago.
After the excitement on Luton on Monday, Tuesday was intended as a bit of a quieter day at home, punctuated by a lunchtime birthday party for both children at the kind invitation of one of Little Miss C’s school friends. The party was held in a Scout hut in a part of St Albans that I’m not at all familiar with (and hence I discovered a fantastic new playground next door too), and as we were still blessed with gorgeous hot weather here it was particularly useful that this particular Scout hut is surrounded by outdoor space and the children were able to spend most of the party outdoors.
Not only was Master C super confident on the bouncy castle when surrounded by children two or three years older than him, but he also happily sat down in a circle to play pass the parcel and also joined in with lunch – even if he did only eat cocktail sausages.
It was a lovely party (with some amazingly decorated cupcakes!) and a great opportunity for LMC to catch up with some friends too. Master C also managed to completely wear himself out after spending most of the time there bouncing or running around – not easy in 28 degree heat!
When we got home, Master C went off for a nap and LMC sat down for a bit of TV watching, whilst I decided to catch up with some of the things that I want to get done this summer. One huge job is to tackle my craft studio and try and get it usable again before term starts in September.
It’s not exactly a small job!
First thing’s first though, I took out the chair that we picked up at a yard sale a month or so back for £20 and finished the upcycling process. All I’ve done to this is apply a couple of coats of Annie Sloan English Yellow chalk paint and it’s totally transformed it. I started waxing it a couple of weeks ago, but as usual other things kept cropping up, so I was determined to finish it once and for all and finally have now.
I’m hoping this will have quite a prominent role in my reorganised studio.
I also tackled a huge bag of vintage sewing patterns that I was given by my MIL. These originally belonged to her mother and it was fascinating to go through them. I’m particularly in love with this dress one.
Once my sewing machine’s properly up and running again I’d love to try my hand at making this.
Overall, I’ve managed to get all the patterns sorted now and they’re much more accessible than when they were all just in a big bag.
The other thing I came across whilst sorting them out was this old Oxfam paper bag.
Whilst the other side just has the Oxfam logo on it, this side has instructions for how to knit blanket squares for Oxfam to use. I love the way that they made use of their bag like this. It’s really reminds me of the make do and mend mentality which I so love.
It’s strange, I actually thought we’d had quite a quiet day until I sat down to write about it!