Monday, 17 July 2017

M. I. A.

My poor poor neglected blog. If you were a cake you'd be rock hard and stale. If you were weeds in the garden, you'd be a jungle. It's not that I don't love you, I truly do. I've just had other stuff to doooooo. I promise I will put the effort in and chat nonsense to you about my daily non adventures real soon. ( approximately after Thursday!)
Here's  some highlights  of the last few weeks.

 Tasted so delicious! Hunter gathered by my HG!

 How Miss 23 captures these shots I don't know!

 


 I just love this one! He epitomises pure joy of living.


 My absolute favourite flower in bud and.....



 One of my birthday presents from the HG was this signed copy of 100 Quilts by Stuart Hillard. 

Right, little blog, I've The Perfect Storm on TV to watch even though I know the ending. It doesn't stop me wanting a different outcome every time. In fact I have been known to cross my fingers and hope  that they make it! 

Lots of love for now 
Rachel *still here * Radiostar xx






Thursday, 6 July 2017

D. I. S. C. O.

Our school has a JLT. That stands for Junior Leadership Team. It used to be the School Council. Same thing, different name. The one we have right now is made up of some pretty awesome kids. They decided they wanted to organise a fundraising effort for the victims of the Grenfell Fire disaster.  They decided to hold a disco. It was last night. It was hot, loud and they all had fun.
The older ones made me laugh as they unashamedly sang along to Let it go. We've some excellent dancers and they depleted the hot dogs, fizzy drinks and sweet shop like a plague of locusts! I'm not sure on the actual amount raised but I'm really proud of our young people. They also bought out of their own money, some flowers and chocolates for the main teacher in charge if JLT who made it all happen.
This year our school also raised over £2000 for the NSPCC with a sponsored dance a thon - pretty good going for a school in a 'socially deprived' ( I think that's the Government's official definition ) area.

So, it really really irks me that the school won a lottery bid to erect a log cabin to be used as an outdoor classroom. The lottery bid was for £10000. That was spent on the cabin - currently in pieces on the playground waiting for erection. ( stifles giggles )
The cost to the school by the County Council to prepare the ground and have an electricity supply put to it. Are you ready?

EIGHTEEN THOUSAND POUNDS. You read that correctly. £18k

That's not including the charges for all the planning applications and x y z .

That's why schools have no money. Not because they are paying staff what they deserve. It's because of bureaucracy.

Anyway, I'd like to say sorry for my last whiney post and thank you for your supportive totally self indulgent comments to me. I'm going to just add three photos. Two are of some of my mahoosive and frankly downright embarrassing birthday haul from the HG to me from Embsay Mill. Darling darling material and other goodies! The other is a glorious shot from Hawes. Imagine living in such a picturesque place! We went last weekend and had, to quote Wallace and Grommit - a grand day out. The link to Wallace and Grommit being the Wensleydale Creamery. We've been loads. Cheeeeeeeeese!









Right, best get a shift on.

Love from
Rachel *feeling blessed* Radiostar xxx

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Flaming June 2017

Well, it was until Miss now 23 went home after a lovely birthday. It's more like Damp Squib June. And that kinda describes my mood. Damp squib. Every single fecking day getting up to the rain is bringing me down. I'm being overly dramatic here as we've had a couple of none rainy days but it's that fine stuff that soaks you through. It's too warm for coats and boots. I've a pair of flip flops that don't matter if they get wet but one squeaks. That's annoying me. For the first time in a lot of years I'm actually wishing we had more days left at school because I'm enjoying my work and I've also seventy trillion jobs still to do. I'm just so pushed for time and energy.

I've taken loads of photos for the blog but seriously cannot be faffed with the faff of using blogger on my iPad to add them. I've lots of crafting I want to do but haven't started. The garden us looking so beautiful but I can't sit in it with the rain - which is dashing some of my plants to the ground. I can't peg out.

We are also waiting for a scan appt. the Royal we that is. I haven't updated the other blog which this scan pertains to. Suffice to say, the last appointment didn't go to plan. It was inconclusive. Hence repeat scan.  Permalimbo is really really shit. But limbo is preferable to what I fear is coming. I think it explains the black cloud mood following me around.

 Somebody slap me! I've so much to be grateful for. My birthday was lovely, truly lovely and I received lots of lovely cards and presents for which I'm truly thankful. I'm not even arsed about being 46.

One bright point I'll leave here for my future reference is that at school, whilst teaching my favourite class last week, one little person informed me that they'd had to fill in a school questionnaire for their end of year reports.
I was told that to the question
Q. What do you like best about coming to school?
A. Thursdays and sometimes Fridays because that's when Miss Radiostar comes to teach us.

Immediately lifts my mood and keeps me going! I of course truthfully told them that teaching them was my favourite part of the week!

Lots of love from

Rachel *Now forty six years old * Radiostar xx



Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Facebook Fabric tale 2.




 Firstly, how gorgeous is this material? I saw it on another FB group I'm in, quilting for beginners. Someone said they'd walked into a shop, saw this and they had to have it. Well, it caught my eye ( along with the other 1k plus people who 'liked' the photo and we asked where it was from. The lady said Hobby Lobby. A quick Search on the tinterweb told me it was a US store and the did not ship to the UK. HOW RUDE OF THEM ! Anyway, I lamented my dismay in a comment....only to have a gorgeous human being tell me she would go get some fabric for me and post it to me! Faith in human nature restored! So hello Debbie...you win at being the best human in my week xxx
My fabric collecting is getting out of hand! It's a distraction from real life stuff.






Lola is Miss 22's bunny and Freddie loves her. 











This is Freddie's official Birthday pose! I think he looks rather haughty. 





 Talking of distractions from politics and everything politicky, this tweet had me chuckling a lot. I personally cannot stand the weak chinned simpering fool who poked his nose into education and ruined it. 



Some random photos now... 







 This rather sweet button shaped tin originally had M&S shortbread buttons in it. They are long gone. It now holds my pattern weights!
 I wish I could crochet - this dress is beautiful.



 Half price goodies from Hobbycraft. Thread is always useful.



 Handy
 little square ruler.


 I love this green wool - no idea what it's for yet.

 Half price patterns from Hobbycraft - might make something for Madeleeny.






Last but not least, yet another great shot of the springy one! Cheers me up no end!

I'll leave you with a conversation shared to me by my Night Owls chum and a little owl.

Child: Where's my brother gone?
Adult: He's at the toilet.
Child: He's been aaaaages, when's he coming back?
Adult: He's at the toilet, he'll be back when he's done.
Child: ahhhh, he must be doing a number 3
Adult: A number 3????????
Child: Yes, when you do a number 1 and a number 2 at the same time!!!!!

Good maths work there!



Lots of love from
Rachel *best get her wriggle into gear for work* Radiostar xxx




Sunday, 11 June 2017

Tea Towels

I belong a to crazy, lovely, but crazy cult of people on Facebook who worship the humble Tea Towel.
They travel the length and breadth of Great Britain and beyond searching out the ultimate barginous tea towels.

Well I joined. The creations they come up with are frankly OUTSTANDING. The people on there are truly talented and are also very kind. They are supportive and helpful and there is always something to look at in the grip of insomnia.

Here's my first attempt at Tea Towel magic...
1. Buy tea towels £4

2. Choose a pattern and cut out pieces. This took me two flipping hours! Our fabric, inner fabric, interfacing, batting  - I drew the line at the stiffners instructed.
3. Start sewing. As per instructions.
 




4. It's a SIMPLicity pattern...

5. I sorta muddled through.





6. Finally, pose the bag for the Ta Daaah!




I'm quite chuffed with myself! 

Back tomorrow with another heart warming tale from Facebook. Fabric related, not tea towels...

Lots of love from 
Rachel*doing a bit of knitting now* Radiostar xxx



PS
I need to have you all wish my daughter's lovely Freddie a very Happy First Birthday. She is taking some cracking photos of him and he is beautiful and I love him!






Saturday, 10 June 2017

Voting Day

Well, here is the General Election Day.
I am absolutely sick to the back teeth of all the pre election lies, spin and false promises from all the parties and all the arguing and vitriol against people who vote this way or that way. Then will come the endless guff and arguing from the side that didn't actually win.


That was the beginning of my post on Thursday...it all is still true especially the picking over the bones. The way I see it...despite a really really crap manifesto, the Tories got in, but the way in which the main opposition seems to have gained popularity needs to be taken into consideration. Whoever got in, I will still go to work, I will still pay my taxes and the world will keep turning. AND I will sporadically keep on blogging!

That's all for now,
Off to my sewing room

Love from
Rachel *keeping calm and blogging on* Radiostar xxx

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Summer A May Half Term 2017

It's been lovely and sunny this week.  Then it got ridiculous, temperature wise. I'm Northern and built for sub zero temperatures. Hot and sweaty is slightly under exaggeration when it comes to describing how I've been. Plus, prickly heat is no fun. So I've been inside a lot where it's cooler.

It's been an awful week for our country. Mr 20 has had someone's MacBook in the shop for repair. It was damaged by shrapnel in the blast in Manchester. Had me pondering if the laptop potentially saved someone's life. My heart is breaking for the mamas and families of so many who have lost their precWWWious ones. Not just children seeing their pop idol in Manchester, but a bus full of children in Syria and a queue of children queueing for ice cream in Baghdad.

Did I show you Mr 20's birthday cake. It is a big deal having your baby enter double decades!
Chocolate fudge cake with fresh creammmmmmmm. 
I found those chocolate letters in Sainsrobbers. Fantastic I think. 



Mr 20 went to Slam Dunk Festival in Leeds on Sunday and I took his photograph before he left. I normally do this, because so many young people fail to return after events like these for many reasons, but this time it was because of tI he threat of bloody religious fanatics.


Change of subject now. My beautiful Rhapsody in Blue has shown her colours this hot and sunny week and is awash with blousy blooms. She smells gorgeous. Her offspring n the back garden have flowered too! Can't believe I got free roses from twigs I cut from the main bush! I'm going to but another two mature bushes though, for either side of the main plant. I saw it featuring as a hedge in a google image image. If I needed a hedge, it'd definitely be a RIB hedge.
















I have an exciting show and tell now. A lovely friend of mine has started a new venture whereby she is selling knitting kits in boxes which include everything you need for a particular project. She was very naughty however, when I said I'd buy a couple to kick start her venture, she sent me two free of charge ( with some Thornton's chocolate biscuits too! ) which I was very excited to open.
The wool is gorgeous to knit with and her instructions are so easy to follow. Very quick projects to make too ( it's just me that's so slow! ). You even get the needle to sew it up, the buttons if needed, some tissue paper to wrap the knitted item in and a lovely printed gift tag for you to attach. An absolutely fantastic gift to buy someone, or a kit to start yourself off with if you are new to knitting.
She had so many beautiful projects? to choose from. I went with the baby boy cardigan - I'm about to become a Great Aunt soon - although not sure what flavour the baby will be yet - and a neck warmer/mitts set because I liked the colour of the wool. Here, have a look yourselves...





 


























I decided to knit the hat band in the same rib as the cardigan instead of garter stitch as suggested by the lovely lady herself. It works a treat. That is, the lady suggested the rib instead. I just tried it out.



Sewing show and tell now. I can't recall if I told you this already. If I have, then bear with, my memory is shocking and it's so long since I blogged you might have kindly forgotten too. Well, since the kidney stuff from last year, the HG lost weight and his jeans kept falling off. So he was able to discard several pairs that were still in good nick. He didn't discard them very far. I snqffled them up and secreted them in my craft room. Months later, I blew off the layer of dust and decided to use them to make a pair of baby dungarees.












I got a free pattern on line, illicitly printed it out at work, laid it out, stuck it together and cut it up. The pattern was for two years, one year and six months. I went middle and selected the one year. However, the pattern was ever so just slightly too big, even reckoning in the generous one cm seam allowance. So cut again and six month size it was. Still a tad to big. So I thought, I know, I'll unpick the jeans and iron them flat. Perfect.

So I set about cutting out the material. Did I start with the Asda jeans? No, don't be silly. I went straight for the more spendy Ted Baker pair. Originally I had the genius idea of laying the fronts on one leg of still sewn together jeans, and the back on the other. Perfect. Good idea Rachel.

But now I had four separate leg pieces to go at, so I thought, very cleverly, I'll cut the fronts from the front and the backs from the back. Good idea Rachel again. I used my swanky new pattern weights and my rotary cutter. The pieces were cut out in no time.

I started to follow the pattern to sew them together. I looked at the pattern, I looked at my pieces. I re looked at the pieces. I relooked at the pattern. Durrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
I'd managed to cut out two identical fronts, and two identical backs! Instead of cutting out mirror images - which is what I'd have got if I'd cut them out when the jeans legs were still whole - I'd cut them singly AND WRONGLY! I could have wept. I didn't weep. I did say some bad swears though.

No worries. I turned one of the fronts into a back, patchworked enough denim together to make a new back! All was well. But honestly! Me and my good ideas.

I'm rather pleased with them. I won't make the same mistake again!



Spot the join!

Right, 
I'm away to clean out this chap. 

Happy half term folks. 
Lots of love from
Rachel *freedom face* Radiostar xxx