Stripping and other activities!

Lord knows what kind of hits I’ll get with a title like that, but it sums up the activity Chez Stitches this week.

After quite a lengthy hiatus since the rewire, we are finally in a position to commence some work that actually feels like we’re making a start on the renovations.

This week it’s all about getting the wallpaper off.

Unfortunately I can’t wield a stripping knife at the moment due to a ridiculous problem with my neck and shoulder for which I’m awaiting physio.  But when I was asking around to find someone to come and do the work for me, Ma and her bestie Pauline volunteered.

Now, I’m not good at accepting help at the best of time, but having my Mum and her chum stripping wallpaper wasn’t a scenario that was going to break that trend.  Seriously…how could I accept?

Except that they are both strong willed ladies and weren’t taking no for an answer.

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So, I have spent this week slacking in the background doing tea and sustenance, aaaaaaaand…they have worked away like demons getting the walls ready for the plasterer who arrives on the 11th to skim the sitting room and hall/stairs/landing.

Ma and Pauline…you are superstars.  Enjoy your night out tomorrow…you deserve it!


In other news….Aislinn is knitted and sewn up.  She looks lovely and I can’t wait to do the review on her and get some pics.

But first I have to summon the courage to do an afterthought buttonhole.

Or unpick the whole thing and rip the front back to about 2″ above the rib.

That’s not happening any time soon.


Tomorrow, whilst The Husband does more wallpaper stripping in the hallway (thanks honey), I’m slacking off again and heading off to Bambers in Manchester for another day of sewing with the rather marvellous Celia Banks.  By the end of the day I’ll have a fitting shell (skirt/bodice/sleeve) all done and ready to go with a list of adjustments to transfer to other patterns, and a pattern for a pair of cigarette trousers also fitted, with a corresponding list for other trews patterns.  I’m very excited about this.  I think it’s going to help me in the quest for better fitting clothes for myself, and give me a structured approach to fitting that has been sadly missing!


We are now two weeks into the summer holidays and are still taking it very slowly. Today has been a perfect pyjama day…all snuggled up in a pile watching back to back movies (during which we managed to avoid Frozen…result!) and nibbling snacks.

Next week the kids are out at football club every day, so I’ll have a bit of time to get that buttonhole made and sew up a second playsuit that is cut and ready to go.  So I hope I’ll have some pretties to share with you soon.

In the meantime…have a great weekend.  And my top tip for the day is don’t throw stones at walls….

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Apparently they bounce and slice your head open!  Thankfully she’s fine.  I, on the other hand, aged about 10 years in 20 seconds!

16 Responses to Stripping and other activities!

  1. Vicki Kate says:

    Blimey, it’s all go! I hope Button is OK – it’s a unique small person talent; finding new and inventive ways to injure yourself!

  2. The sewing day sounds like fun. Look forward to hearing about it.

  3. K-Line says:

    Egad! Glad everyone is ok. Isn’t this usually the purview of the Boy??

    And I cannot wait to see the Aislinn.

    Your mother is the best – she does it all! Take the help. She wants to help or she wouldn’t offer. Just make her (and her friend) some of that toffee pudding you do.

    Feel better soon. I understand what it’s like, in this time of life, to go from one set-back to another. It will all balance out soon. That’s what I tell myself 🙂

    • Evie says:

      Oh no…she’s just as bad as he is. Her legs are black and blue at the moment from bike riding and tree climbing. I give up!

      My ma is the best…we sent them out for a posh dinner on Saturday evening. They had a blast.

      I’m hoping the balance returns soon. This is getting all a bit tedious now…you know the feeling! x

      • K-Line says:

        Oh, I know. I’ve come down with a whole new thing (not for blog discussion). Aging is seriously freaking me out right now.

        • Evie says:

          I just keep telling myself it beats the alternative 😉
          But…I think I may have found one of the culprits…a doc’s appointment will confirm. Hope you’re doing ok?

  4. Ouch, poor wee Button. Thankfully children seem to bounce back well. Sprogzilla was always doing herself a mischief. Loved your “stripping” remark. That will teach them. Nice of your Mum & friend to give you a hand. Mine helps me witn the garden as I am in a worse state than her. She is 80. The shame………. 🙂 xx

  5. Oh dear – heads do bleed scarily don’t they?! She’ll be a hero though with all the kids! And I thought I was the queen of the Strippers – sounds like your Ma and Pauline are challengers to the title 😉

  6. Oh my that’s an impressive renovation you are doing! I really hope you feel better soon. It’s nice your mom and her friend could help. Certainly Button’s injury didn’t help you heal! Hopefully football club will keep them out of trouble!

    • Evie says:

      There is So. Much. Work to do on this house! We had planned to move but never quite found what we were looking for…that we could afford, anyway. Now the husband is working for himself, we can’t move for a few years, so we need to pull this place back to being something lovely. It will be great when it’s done…now…not so much!
      The kids are having a blast at football club (and doing arts and crafts inbetween as the mood takes them).

  7. Emily says:

    Oh Button! and head wounds do bleed copiously. Poor lamb. Sorry to hear you did some injury too – all better I hope?

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