….and the living is busy!

So much going on here.  The kids are on holiday from school now for 7 weeks. Already we have a playdate with friends and sleepovers at grandparents planned. A week at playscheme will be a good break for all of us, as will spending the last week with friends in Bedford.  It’s hard to believe but when they go back in September Button will be in juniors.

Needless to say everyone is tired.  Boy threw the mother of all tantrums this morning and after 3 hours (I kid ye not) of yelling and stamping and tears and throwing toys around the place he’s finally asleep.  Button is enjoying the respite as much as I. Things will settle soon after a few days of chillin’.

Husband and I are shattered as, despite not completing the reno on this house, we’re thinking the best option might actually be to move!

I know….it was totally outta the blue for us too.  But our current home is teeny tiny with a garden the size of a postage stamp.  After a recent visit to our friends in Bedford and their half acre garden, Button would stand at our bedroom window wistfully wishing that we could knock the fence down between us and our neighbours.  Add in that we have need of a home office  and a dedicated sewing room and only one small room that could eventually be argued over and we decided it’s time.  Trying to sew, eat and run a business from the kitchen table is getting old! We’ve spent the last few weeks looking at everything on the market that remotely fitted the bill.  We think we may have found the ideal candidate. There’s another interested buyer so we may lose out…time will tell.  I’ll let you know as things develop.

So, as you’d expect, there’s not much creativity happening here.

A little knitting…..


This is Brooklyn Tweed’s Longfellow by Michele Wang which I’m knitting in Drops Alpaca in Navy (colour 5575) for Hubby.


There’s also a quilt to be layered ready for hand quilting:


And a new bag kit that I received as a birthday gift from my in-laws:


Mine will be red leather.

That should keep me occupied over the holidays.  I’m hoping to get a little time at the machine too.  I’ve two lots of fabric for shirts for Boy and the yellow blouse is going to be remade for Button.


I’m planning a version of her Liberty blouse, this time with a pleated front as per her request.

I think it will suit her more than me!

I also have a couple of makes that need photographing.  Perhaps we’ll have a day of nice weather soon and we can get out and about with the camera.

Priority for the next 7 weeks, though, is picnics and playing in the park.  Reading and drawing.  Visits to the zoo and museums.  Playdates and pyjama days.  Pretty much taking the days as they come.  Hopefully without too many meltdowns!  Either theirs or mine!

So posting will sporadic…I’m sure you’ll understand.  In the meantime I’m off to do some colouring with a small girl.  I’ll see you soon.


11 Responses to Summertime

  1. K-Line says:

    Sadly, I can relate to a 3 hour tantrum – Lord, I’m sure you were grateful (and in an altered state) by the time he fell asleep! Button’s looking so grown up with the missing teeth 🙂 And I can’t believe you’re thinking of selling the house – after all that work?! Wow. I’d love to hear more about that story if you’d like to share. Definitely keep us posted.

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      I have to admit that last week they broke me. I’ve never been more relieved to see Hubby when he arrived home on Thursday (he’s away Monday morning to Thursday evening at the moment). He had takeout and wine and saved my sanity!

      I can’t believe we’re selling, but all the work we’ve done needed doing before we could sell anyway. The only thing I’ll miss is my vintage fireplace!

      More news soon. Things are progressing! 😀

  2. Annie says:

    Colouring in ahh, I remember it well.

    Exhausting post and I only read it. Pick your battles and go with the flow.

    See you on the other side.

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      The flow escaped me last week, but today has been much, much better. Everyone is adjusting although Boy did ask if he could go to school today.

      I wish….. 😉

  3. Enjoy your very busy summer! Love that quilt – I’m almost ready to start hand quilting a summer one too. And fingers crossed for the house move 🙂

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      The quilt has been draped across the kitchen table for a week now gathering dog hairs and not much else. I’ve got it half pinned. I really must crack on.

      Can’t wait to see your new quilt!

  4. Wish I could say that meltdowns didn’t happen when they get to be teenagers but I would be lying. 🙂 Sounds like a great plan for the Summer. Sprogzilla is off to her Granny’s today so here will be very quiet. I do love that yellow blouse and it will be great if you can reuse the fabric.
    Hoping that you get your house and have a decent size sewing space. 🙂 Xx

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Nooooooooooo! Don’t tell me that! I’m hoping they turn into Saffy from AbFab when they hit the teen years. Or I’m off to Uzbekistan to start a silent order of crafting nuns until they go to Uni!

      Are you enjoying the quiet?

      I may just have secured the mother of all sewing spaces….I’ll keep you posted!

  5. Vicki Kate says:

    Oh, fingers crossed for everything! It all sounds exciting, terrifying, exhausting AND fun! But the best things are! I hope the sailing is smoother for Buttin and Boy for the rest of the holiday too xxx

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      It’s never a dull moment around here. Thankfully they’ve settled into the holidays and we’re all having fun. Hopefully, you’re having the same!

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