Easter Bank Holiday Weekend 2013

It was cold…so cold that I had to make an emergency trip to Marks and Spencer to buy thermals for the children!

That said, Easter Weekend 2013 has been a lot of fun and rather than write about it, I thought I’d show you…so here you go, hope you like it!

 

 

 

Making, Madness and Macarons…

This week was half term. That’s right, a whole week at home with PFB…lucky me. Well I am lucky actually, as one big advantage of working for yourself is that now, school holidays will never be a problem. So this week, amongst the sewing, baking, cleaning and laundry, I’ve been doing my very best to keep PFB entertained (PSB has been otherwise engaged for part of the week with crèche, grandparents etc). Put it this way, it’s been a challenge…

Now PFB has had two school projects to complete during the week and what a  wrench these have been. When PFB decides that he doesn’t want to do something, he REALLY doesn’t want to do it, so foraging for natural materials to do the ‘environmental patterns’ project was not high on his list of priorities…come to think of it, wandering around the local woods through mud and puddles wasn’t high on my wish list either. In fact, trying to supervise PFB on his bike,  pushing PSB on his, whilst carrying half a tree, a selection of rather large branches, a bag full of leaves and some ivy and wearing entirely the wrong footwear wouldn’t be many people’s activity of choice I wouldn’t have thought. And is the project finished you may ask? Of course not (but it will be by my next post so I may even enlighten you with a photo of our efforts).
I realise that the majority of my blog posts refer to PFB and PSB aka Perfect First Born and Perfect Second Born and the things they get up to. So I thought it only fair that I formally introduce them to you…and what better way to do this than video style! So for your viewing pleasure, I introduce ‘The Tales of PFB and PSB’…popcorn optional.
So whilst snatching a bit of ‘work’ time in between keeping PFB gainfully employed in some kind of activity, I’ve been working on an amazing commission. The customerasked Calonogi for a large framed fabric ‘print’ to celebrate her husband’s 40th birthday…up to this point, it sounded completely do-able. She also wanted her son’s names incorporated into it…still do-able. And she wanted to include every place in the world that they’ve travelled together since they met…still ok…until I saw the list. Their around-the -world escapades amounted to the cutting  out of 125 letters from fabric. Cue slightly sweaty palms at the thought of this, but I thought to myself, ‘ok, I can do it, I’ll just pace myself throughout the next few weeks.’ But then came the deadline…I had 5 days when factoring in the need to arrange courier collection and delivery. It was definitely the most pressurised commission I’ve ever completed, but I have to say, I loved the finished result and more importantly, so did the customer. Well worth the callouses forming on my hands from holding a scissors for four days solid. If you’d like to take a look at the finished article, pop over to my Facebook page to see the photos www.facebook.com/Calonogi.

So at the moment, it’s around 11am and I’m sitting in Cafe Play with the yummy mummies (and daddies) of Mumbles writing this blog post with one eye on the children and one eye on the ipad. Cafe Play is a fantastic soft play venue catering for every whim and desire of young children. And the best thing is that the design of the building allows parents to sit and chat whilst having a delicious coffee and still be able to see their children wherever they may be. A big thanks to Cafe Play for keeping me happy with their fantastic Nutella Hot Chocolates whilst writing…I couldn’t have got to the end of this without you!
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Whilst watching the children tear around Cafe Play, I have to admit that I was anxious to get home to get baking. My plan was to wear the children out so that PSB would sleep for a  couple of hours so that I could get on with making some gorgeous macarons. They didn’t go completely to plan, but they did look and taste fabulous. I flavoured the macarons with lime extract and filled some with Little Black Hen lemon curd and lime zest butter cream and the others with raspberry butter cream which I blitzed with Little Black Hen raspberry jam and fresh raspberries. I love this photo of them…so vibrant.
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Following the macaron marathon, it was time for PFB’s guitar lesson, so a trip into town to visit Cadno Music Shop was called for. Apparently, he learnt how to play ‘Gangnam Style’ this evening!? I’m yet to ask for a rendition…
With the children fed and bathed with Madasgar 3 on Box Office, it’s time for me to have a little bit of ‘me’ time…so off to the shower I go. Now, you may think of having a shower as quite an everyday thing to do, but this one is different. I’ve made my own body scrub and I can’t wait to try it. It’s an amazing mixture of olive oil, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract and honey (for those of you who’d like to have a go at making it, just mix the ingredients according to your personal preference). I shall report back shortly…
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Oh my gosh, not only is my skin gorgeously soft and shimmering, but I also smell like a dessert! I think this shall be the first of many!
That’s it for this evening, hope you all have a great weekend.
Over and out…