Saturday, 8 September 2012


Hello again!!

We have been invited to an evening wedding reception for a friend from work. She and her partner have been together for a very long time so what to bring as a gift?????  Well the lady whose wedding it is has been very supportive of my work that I have shown her in the past and she is quite artistic herself - so a canvas seemed appropriate. But what do put on it??  I love She Art inspired by Christy Tomlinson check her out on You Tube if you haven't heard of her.

So I started creating at around midnight last night!!  (Yep - I'm a night owl!!) finally went sleep at around 4 and finished it off this morning.  I'm really pleased with the result - especially since it is my first one - please let me know what you think!!

Once again - thanks for reading!!

Until next time

Fi xxxx

Awww!!! Hope started School!!!! Bless her heart - she was so excited and looked very grown up!!!

I'm so proud of all my kids - and thank you to Beth for letting me be part of the FIRST DAY excitement!!

Thanks for reading!!

Until next time

Fi xxxxxxx

Tuesday, 4 September 2012


Well, what do you all think of my beautified blog?  I would love to take the credit, BUT, I can only say, once again, a huge THANK YOU to Nicky aka Minky for her help. This is all her handiwork!! I LOVE it!!!!

Now I know that my original post spoke about art that I will post, but as many of you know my family is my number ONE! So I will often post about them too.

Only Tuesday and this has already been an eventful week - my son has bought a motorbike!!! Before he was allowed to have it though and actually ride it, he had to take a CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) course and test. Well today was the day and ............................. he passed!!! Congrats son!!! I'm very proud of you and pleased for you!!! (Please be careful!!)

I can't believe that tomorrow is yet another first day at school. I have had NINETEEN first days back at school over the years!!! How on earth did that happen??  Well my eldest daughter is 23, my son is 18, my second daughter is 13, my "baby" is 12 AND I have a beautiful Granddaughter who is 4.  So I guess that explains so many first days!!

Of course over the years our back to school preparations have changed and evolved - I know, I know, so why am I still up at gone midnight on the night before school - well I said changed and evolved - I didn't say my organisation was any better!!

So yes, this evening I have been hemming trousers and putting names in new blouses, and this is where (I think anyway) I've been a bit clever!!  My youngest two daughters both go to the same high school, hence uniforms are identical but in different sizes. Sooooo when putting their names in their shirts, I have started doing this:

The lower blouse belongs to my 13 year old and the top one belongs to my youngest daughter - can you see the difference???  Just a simple DOT before the name!! Clever huh?? Lol!!  This way when Abbey grows out of her clothes and my original "hand-me-down" kid Paige inherits them I don't have to cut name labels out and start again!! It also makes sorting and putting away easier on wash days. For some reason Paige thinks that this really is the smartest thing I have ever done!! Isn't it funny what pleases kids and what will stick in their memory forever??

Now on to sweet little Hope - my Granddaughter. How on earth is she four already??? I would honestly say that her mum only brought her home a few months ago!!! But nope - she is a  big ole FOUR and off to her very first day at "BIG SCHOOL" tomorrow.

Here in the Isle of Man kids have to have a Pump Bag to take with them. This usually contains their PE T-shirt, shorts and a pair of plimsolls to wear for PE lessons. These bags usually stay on each child's coat peg for half a term, when it will come home to be washed, and the bags are often all the same, black or navy blue canvas purchased from the school. Now every year when my kids were at Primary School I made them a new pump bag, usually out of some fabric relating to something they particularly liked at the time - in the past we have had rainbows, vintage cars and Bratz dolls to name a few, mainly so that when they were little they could tell which bag was their easily and we always got our own clothes back! Well Hope certainly couldn't go off to school without her very own, unique pump bag lovingly made by Ga-Ga (pronounced as per baby speak - not as in Lady Ga-ga!! Just for clarification!! Lol):

Sorry for shaky camera work!!

So I will meet her and her Moma tomorrow just before school time to walk with her to school and give her a brand new Princess bag to take with her!

Exciting times!!! Good luck to all the kids going back to school tomorrow - have a GREAT day!! And Mum's - relax!!!!!!

I'm sure I will post a pic tomorrow of Hope first day, dressed in her little uniform!

Thanks for reading this far!!

Until next time .......

Fi xxxx

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Good Morning!!!!!

I am seriously planning on dressing up my blog this weekend - so hopefully there will be some prettiness to look at very soon!!!

I just wanted to give a BIG shout out to my friend Nicky - aka Minxy check out her blog here Nicky has been doing lots of fabulous work AND getting some great and well deserved recognition for it. In fact - she has her first class next week!!! Check out her blog for more details.

I am VERY lucky to be part of a WONDERFUL on-line community via Twitter and UStream where I have met some talented, inspirational and very, very special ladies - I am hoping to feature them over the coming months so you can share in their talent too!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Until next time -


Saturday, 25 August 2012


Well I've finally done it!!! I have a blog!!!!!

I'm not promising regular posts - but I will certainly share my artivity with you!!!

Thanks for visiting!!!