Recently, I took on a project for a friend who was getting married on New Years Eve, and while I was honoured that she asked me to do it, I didn't realise what sacrifices I would have to make to complete it especially right on top of Christmas. She had asked me to make her wedding bouquet, 3 bridesmaids bouquets, 2 flower balls for the flower girls and button holes. Each of these flowers were fabric roses, stitched and wound as I went along. I loved doing this and I learned to venture outside of my comfort zone.
In the end, I was really pleased with the end result because I hadn't done anything like this before...especially with an important deadline and I "rose" to the challenge.
Well well well...haven't i missed a lot! I realised that as I was flicking through my holiday snaps of 2014 that I didn't post anything on this trip at all. Don't worry, I haven't been lazy, just preoccupied with a new occupation which I love.
So here are a few pictures from last years Family trip to Dorset, which we loved so much that we have decided to visit again this year. The children loved this place. There are so many things to see but we simply didn't have enough time, and to be honest, I don't think we ever will.
Before visiting Dorset we planned on going abroad to a warmer climate for a change but having seen and experienced this place there's no need to rush, not while there are wonderful places to explore on the South Coast of this beautiful country of ours. How lucky we are.
So here are last years pictures...my timing is a little off but hey ho. I look forward to making a better and more detailed post this Summer.
Unfortunately I haven't made anything for a while...this is due to life and goals and generally enjoying the Summer! Happy happy!!
I do however love to make the odd, occasional something for birthdays and general gifts. I am really looking forward to getting stuck into some projects and making some treats for the Autumn and Winter period. I have been otherwise engaged in cycling and running events and I still have a couple to do so when I'm done and it's time to light the fire, that will be my time.
So, for the last few months (and maybe a couple more) I have embraced the bicycle!
My Husband commutes to work each day. He has done this for the last six years and he shows no sign of stopping. His mileage per day is 34 miles, 5 days a week. thats a lot of cycling.
After the realisation that this was not a "man phase" and that he was in this for the long haul...I decided to embrace it myself and see what all the fuss was about.
I was used to spinning at the gym and had been taking these classes for the last 5 years or so. I have done the National Three Peaks, ran some races and kept myself relatively fit and healthy but wanted a new challenge.
I first went out riding with Paul at the start of the winter 2012 on a man's hybrid with a man's seat. Of course, I thought all bikes were like that so I made the most of it and used it to go out as regularly as I could. I was then invited out for a bike ride with my friend who had been cycling about two years. I loved it. We ventured up some hills for the first time...and again, I loved it and started to take it more seriously.
A few months ago, I was given first refusal to buy her road bike because she was upgrading to a carbon fibre model. I jumped at the chance and now I'm unstoppable!
I love cycling and its now a big part of my life.
I recently joined Strava too which is encouraging me to achieve goals and join challenges. I am cycling up to 70 miles in one sitting now along with some shorter distances and hill training for training purposes.
I have signed up for a Sportive event which is on Saturday 28th June. It's an 87 mile radius. This will be my biggest distance yet but I am looking forward to the challenge.
So, all in all...my time has been taken up with family, work, cycling and the odd hand made item here and there.
I have to say, that while I have been embarking on this lifestyle, I have seen some of the most beautiful parts of my local countryside that I had no idea were right on my door step. We are surrounded by the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds, the perfect place for cycling. In my opinion of course :-)
Cycling has opened my mind to my surroundings and nature and It's the time I can forget my worries and let go. i love all there is about it. My only wish is that I had discovered the beauty this sport earlier.
Poppies on a misty morning. my biggest ride...67 miles.
One of my favourite routes...peaceful and quiet...far from traffic noise.
My town in the near distance...hosting the most beautiful rainbow, which cannot be seen very well here.
One of our rides out together...Hubbs and Me!
Sun shining on my face after a good session of hill repeats. Wonderful!
My fellow cycling friend, whom I have known for some years now. She's an amazing person and I am so grateful to her for introducing me to women's cycling.
My wonderful cycling companion and Husband. I now understand why he loves it so much.
Saying Happy Birthday with a card is even better when their names is on the front of it...along with some cute fabric and a heart. This is the way to go for me at the moment because ether are SO many Birthdays coming up and I'll be damned if I'm buying the cards in.
What could be be better than stitching them up and personalising them in the process.
Did I ever tell you that I love machine embroidery, cycling and buttons all at the same time???
Well I love many other things too but I thought this was perfect for the way I am feeling at the moment. Loving my collection of buttons very much. LOVE cycling more than buttons ( sorry buttons...pleasure over business) And I am also enjoying machine embroidery. Love writing and creating with this skill. it's simply wonderful!
So, here are three simple things I love at the moment!