Happy New Year

I hope this finds you well and recovered from the excesses of the Christmas and New Year celebrations. We had a fairly quiet Christmas and saw the New Year in with friends. Considering that I had a poor nights sleep the night before I did a sterling job of staying awake long enough to see 2015 in.

Today we went out for a while (the first proper time since Christmas I think), the weather was pretty murky and on the way home I got this picture. IMG_3172

I am really happy with this shot. It was taken on my iPhone 5S and I have simply made it black and white and blurred the edges. What do you think?

I was going to put it on my Flickr album but I have forgotten my password and thought I could log in through Google but this is being discontinued as is Facebook login and the link took me to a page in chinese or japanese and I am not sure if this is legit or not! So for the moment I think Instagram is the place for me!

Can I get instagram on my macbook? i need to go off and check that

Anyway enough for now. Happy new year to you all and see you soon


Oh my goodness me….. it’s been awhile

Firstly I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and got everything that you put on your list. I hope you are all gearing up for the New Year and all that it may bring you. It has been such a long time since I wrote and I have no idea why. Maybe my blog mojo pottered off for a little siesta, maybe I have been so busy in my life that I had little time for blogging but I am still here and still plodding along.

Summer has been and gone and I have been hard studying with my asthma module and then in October I began my Prescribing module at University. This is a challenging module and needs me to be focused and organised.

From a photography and sewing perspective not much has been happening but I keep trying to dabble and will keep on doing so cos I enjoy it.

Then all of a sudden it was Christmas. Savannah got a Kindle and is totally made up with it. We also got her a metal detector that she has asked for for the last 2 years and a walk on the beach the day after Boxing day turned up 3 pence, 2 rusted pieces of iron, 1 nut and 1 washer. I feel that there may be many evenings on the beach in the summer with this gift and lots of fun.

Imogen got so many bits and pieces for Christmas, she was going to have driving lessons but has changed her mind for the moment. She has such a busy year coming up, interviews for University are already lined up, trips to Disney with her Health and Social group, 18th Birthday in the summer. I can’t believe my little girl is nearly 18, how time flies.

Anyway enough babble for the moment, Happy New Year to you all, may you all have health, happiness and wealth.


Gotta love this time of year!!

Savannah by Samantha Halliwell
Savannah, a photo by Samantha Halliwell on Flickr.

So here we are 3 sleeps till Christmas and yup, no2 daughter is poorly. It is my fault because only last week I was boasting that she is never unwell and now here we are with a temperature of 38.5, headache and generally feeling appalling. She even took herself to bed for a couple of hours this afternoon. This is unheard of.

I did manage to use the time productively by finally getting some presents wrapped but now cabin fever is setting in. Not with me you understand but with my husband. He cannot stand being cooped up indoors for more than a few hours so a day at home is pure and simple torture. Added to that the fact that the car is on the fritz, Christmas is sooo expensive and the weather is quite simply appalling going out anywhere was simply never an option.
Christmas boredom sets in and it is still 3 days away!!!!


Love heart decoration

My latest creation is this love heart decoration. I hope to make quite a few of these and use them as part of my Christmas decorations. I have the idea of some kind of bunting design with the jute twine that I have bought. I have cut all the hearts out now just to put them together.

I am still sewing the blocks together for my Drunkards Path quilt as well but I find sewing the same thing over and over really boring so I have to do it in stages. Goodness only knows how long that will take me ha ha ha.

Right I best get back to my hearts


And so our minds turn to…….

…….Christmas!!!! I know I know the kids have only just gone back to school and already the dreaded C word has been uttered but you know it will be upon us in the blink of an eye and we will wonder how time got away with us.

I have been browsing around the internet looking at Christmas decorations and found this fab tutorial and was reminded of my mum making these when I was a kid. Click here to go to the tutorial (apologies for the huge picture must get my head round getting pictures onto my blog!!)

Has anyone else started thinking about Christmas yet or am I alone? My iPhone reliably informs me that we only have 113 sleeps to go eeek!


Happy New year and the dreaded new year resolution fest begins…

As many people do, the end of the old year usually finds me contemplating what I have and have not done and what I would like to do in the new year. Some of these things are selfish like please could I be rich, some are unobtainable like please could I be rich, some are universally known like please could we have world peace etc. I would like to take some time though to be a realist and think about the year past and the year to come.

2011 began quietly for me. Psychologically not a brilliant beginning to the year struggling with what I now think may be a touch of  I hate winter syndrome. Spring bought a new job which I started in June and still totally love now. I was apprehensive I admit for reasons I cannot go into and I do not fully understand but all unfounded and I am a seriously happy bunny in my work life. This is a fab feeling it has been so long since I have felt that good about getting up and going to work I can tell you.

Tony, Imogen Savannah and myself have our health which I am always grateful for. My parents and my sisters and their respective families are generally well and healthy again thank goodness.

Imogen has started working towards her GCSE’s and is beginning to think about 6th form stuff. Savannah was Mary in the school nativity which was awesome to watch bless her. We have some amazing friends around us who are fun to be with, supportive and just good friends too.

Financially things are quite a struggle and to be honest I think will be for a considerable time to come. At least I have a regular wage coming in which does not quite meet all our commitments but does relieve the pressure on Tony somewhat with his self employed status, we are in a better position than some.

What will 2012 bring. Hopefully continued health and well being for us, our families and friends. I would like to be more stable money wise but I think this year is going to be proper tough. We have our holiday booked for the summer I just got to hope I can get the time off now due to the Olympics.

I am going back to school ….I am doing a degree module related to my job from February, this will be a challenge it has been a while since I have done any formal studying and essay writing so I have to knuckle down a bit. Tony is being fab and supportive which is brilliant. Once this one is under my belt and I am back into the swing of study I guess I will revisit my MSc and get back on track with that. Sadly all the credits I acquired have expired so I need to start again but at least I know what it will be like having done MSc level study previously!

As for the dreaded resolution. I am terrible to keeping these and I find myself thinking about advice I give to patients. When setting goals for yourself they need to be achievable so that you know you cannot fail. Feeling a failure is just the worst feeling going so I am not setting any specific goals or resolutions that will be broken before the end of day one of the New Year. I will however like a motto or something similar that I can use to live by. I have some of these already depending on the situation but they are rather negative in their tone so new ones are required. This simplest and most obvious one to start I guess would be Live for Today. So that’s where I will begin my new year, living for today.

Finally I wish that you all have a fantastic safe and happy New Year. I hope that 2012 is a good year for you all, that you remain healthy, that your families stay well also and that at least one of your dreams comes true.

Here’s to 2012


Ruby quilt

Made from a Moda Layer Cake “Ruby” . This is not finished yet cos I need to buy my wadding but I can get that easily tomorrow!
I was worried that the dusky pink would not look ok but I am pleasantly surprised but how right it does actually look and should learn to trust my instincts on my colour choices!
This measures 67.5 inches long (171cm long) and 37 inches (94 cm) wide and I am very pleased with it. I have managed to get over 90% of the lines straight which is a massive improvement for me. I really quite love this!!


I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas. I think I can genuinely say that this has been one of my best ever and hope it bodes well for the year ahead. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to you all for reading my little blog and wish you all a very happy, healthy and propserous 2012


Boys crayon roll

Boys crayon roll by Samantha Halliwell
Boys crayon roll, a photo by Samantha Halliwell on Flickr.

Not often I post something for the boys but I do really really really love this fabric.

I am so busy at the moment making stuff for the Christmas Fair I am doing on Sunday. I hope the weather stays nice, can you believe that this time last year we had snow for goodness sake. Now I am struggling to get my head around the fact that Christmas is only 22 or something sleeps away. It is too warm and lovely still.

Anyway my sewing machine is calling me so catch ya soon