Thursday, 29 November 2012

How to embarass your kids in one easy lesson...

My eldest two (aged 13 & 14) have reached that age where they find their parents sooo embarrassing and at the same time I have reached the age where I'm no longer worried what people think!
So this post is dedicated to talking about embarrassing your kids, which I think is something I managed to do on Tuesday.

I was on the school run picking up Tomas as usual but because the older two have a late finish on that day I popped round a friends for a cup of tea and a chat. When the time came to go and pick up Rachel and Jack I left Tomas at my friends playing and headed out in the rain to get the kids. I park on a very small housing estate in the middle of both the primary school and the secondary school, it's basically a square with houses in the middle and all around the outside. Once I've picked up the kids I have to drive around the square to get out and as we were driving round I noticed a wooden ironing board left out with the bins ready for collection.
ME : "Ooh! Look a wooden ironing board! Let's go around again so I can pick it up".

The KIDS : "NO NO Mum that's so embarrassing, our friends will see you".

ME : "No it's fine I'll be really quick honestly".

The Kids : more moaning about how embarrassing I am in stereo from the back of the car.

I ignore them, drive around the block and stop the car outside the house saying "I won't be a minute"

Now I just wanted to make sure it was okay for me to take the ironing board so I knocked on the door of the house it was outside but there was no reply.
By this time the kids are cringing in the back of the car, this isn't helped by one of Jack's friends walking up to the house opposite and knocking on the door.
As the lady opposite came to open the door I declared
"Excuse we I just need to embarrass my kids, do you think it would be okay if I took this ironing board from your neighbours rubbish bin?"

The very kind lady said yes it would be fine and so I happily picked up the ironing board and popped it in the boot of the car.

I would like to say that we all drove away happy but although I was quite chuffed with my ironing board, the kids weren't quite so impressed by their mother's antics!!!

Because it was raining I just put the ironing board in the garage to dry out and today I had a quick look at it and it's a lovely solid wood ironing board which I thought just needed a new cover, but as I opened it up I realised that there was a crack in the board itself, I think that this will be quite easy to replace and once I have made a new cover for it it will be as good as new.

What do you think was I embarrassing enough?

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Cracker Swap Updates

I don't know about you but time seems to be hurtling along at a great speed of knots at the moment...I'm not really sure what I'm doing with my time but it sure is disappearing fast!!

Today we're off to my mum and dad's for a quick visit so will be braving the winds for the drive down. Although it's nice and sunny I don't think we will be taking a walk along the sea wall!!! 

But before we go I just thought I would give you a quick update of all things "CRACKERS"

Firstly the lovely Betty from Betty the Wood Fairy has joined our cracker swap, I will be Betty's partner and we have already exchanged a few ideas! Don't forget to pop over and say hello.

Secondly, we have had a first "Cracker Swap" posts, if you pop over to Joy and Ellie's blog you can see what they sent and received, it really is amazing what you can squeeze into a cardboard tube!!!!

Finally, I was lucky to receive my first cracker yesterday morning all the way from New Zealand (this was an additional swap - Kimberley and I have been exchanging gifts and letters since the rugby world cup earlier on in the year and Kimberley thought it would be nice to do this swap between us, who could refuse such a offer - not me that's for sure!!)

This is what Kimberley sent me 

a Kiwi cross stitch kit

a cute red reindeer decoration

I just love this red and cream Christmas fabric

a snowman cookie cutter and some Christmas cupcakes cases

a very cute jar of Christmas mini pegs

some lovely manuka honey & kelp soap

I love the fact that you get such different sweets when you take part in swaps from other countries and I can't wait to try my Lumps!!!

Now I will definitely have to hide this pen from my daughter Rachel (this is MY pen Rachel!!!)

and finally this handmade Christmas house - I love the fabrics and it will look so festive hanging on my tree

Here are my wonderful goodies altogether, thanks Kimberley for another great swap, yours will be on it's way sometime next week!!!

I hope all you cracker's are coming along nicely we have just under a week to get them posted out 
(unless you have decided differently with your swap partner) and I can't wait to see them all.

here is a link to the flickr group so that you can post your photo's.....

Cracker Swap 2012

Sunday, 11 November 2012

A Great Friday Feeling - finished orders and I'm a winner!!!

Friday was a good day here at Mad About Bags HQ, not only did I finish off and post a custom order but I also won 4 YES! 4 cross stitch charts in an offer run by Sew and So over on Facebook.

At the beginning of half term the lovely Cheryl from Cakes by Chez asked me if I could make an apron and some bunting for her first fair, using the design from her business card.

and this is what I came up with.....

I really wanted to make the cake appear 3D so used some line stitching and curved the ribbon.

the apron is fully adjustable as the straps slide through a channel down the sides, as I don't know about you but I find that sometimes the neck strap is too long on a pinny!

I used a lovely chocolate and cream polka dot fabric for the lining and the strap.

Cheryl loved her new apron and bunting, and is hopefully going to send me of picture of it in action at the fair.

And now onto my lucky win....

On Friday afternoon just before going to pick Tomas up from school I was on Facebook (like you do) and in my news feed was a free order Friday competition run by Sew and So with a chance to win your order for free if you placed an order for £20 or more before 4pm, so I quickly popped over to there website as I had already placed four cross stitch charts in my baskets ready to purchase sometime in the future. I placed my order, paid and went off to school. I had a lovely email when I returned from Yvette over at Sew and So telling me that I had won my order for free Yippee!!!

Here is what I won...

click on each photo for a bigger picture and more details.

You couldn't fault the service as the charts were delivered the following morning, now I just have to resist the urge to start them before finishing off all my other WIP's.
So if you have never heard of Sew and So pop over to their website for lots of lovely sewing, embroidery and cross stitch goodies, and for the knitters amongst you they also have a site for you called Dragon's Yarns.
And that's not all if you sign up for their newsletter you get 5% off your online order.
Right I'm off to use my 5% off to get the fabrics that I need to get started on my first season, I think I should go for Spring (gives me a bit more time to get it finished, but Paul thinks I should just crack on and get winter finished first, what do you think?

Friday, 9 November 2012

a cracker swap update...

The lovely Amanda from Crafty in the Med saw our Cracker Swap and kindly asked if she could be included, of course I said YES!!  
So I have added a link to her blog on the partner list page, Welcome aboard Amanda...(very fitting saying as Amanda is off to meet a friend today who has sailed into Alicante on her cruise holiday!!)

O! that reminds me I must set up the flickr page so we can all see your wonderful crackers and their contents......

Thursday, 1 November 2012

A Cracker of a Swap - Partner List

Evening all!!!
Below is the list of swap partners from my Christmas Cracker Swap, I have added links so you should all be able to get in contact with each other, if you have any problems then just give me a shout.

Shirazz & Claire

Amanda & Mad About Bags

Okay I think that is everyone if I have forgotten anybody or a link isn't working let me know and I will sort it out!

Here is a quick recap on how the swap works


Each of us will be making a fabric Christmas cracker filled with goodies 

1) Take a kitchen roll tube (much roomier and nicer than a toilet roll!)

2) Fill your tube with goodies (you're be surprised how much you can fit in!) I think it would be great to include your favourite Christmas joke!

3) Wrap you filled tube in some lovely fabric and tie the ends with ribbon

4) Send your completed fabric Christmas cracker on it's merry way to your swap partner

5) Receive a gorgeous fabric Christmas cracker stuffed with goodies and a lovely piece of fabric too!


Suggestions to fill your kitchen roll

sewing and crafting goodies in the way of buttons, ribbons and threads, needles and pins, stickers, beads, charms and lots more

Christmas chocolates, sweets etc

pampering goodies like nail varnishes, bath bombs, soaps etc

something handmade (as long as it fits in the tube!)

key rings, brooches, earrings etc

A favourite Christmas joke

A favourite Christmas recipe

Last date for posting out your cracker is 1st December

All you need to do now is make contact with your swap partner get to know each other a little better and get swapping - Have FUN!!!

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