Friday, 28 June 2013


Thank you, Madonna, for this post title.  
We have just had a lovely holiday and also a special birthday to celebrate.

We didn't get a break at all last year, so made up for it with ten days in Ibiza this month.  Our favourite resort is Santa Eulalia - not quite the foam party capital of the island but lovely and restful for our old bones (I'm not past a good boogie session but we really did need a bit of peace after a bad year!)
We had a fantastic night in Ibiza Town drinking San Miguel, listening to loud music and watching the parade of tourists, drag queens and generally wild and wonderful people wandering about.  Other than this it was chilling, swimming, making full use of the hotel spa and ...
  ... eating!

Not to mention lots of knitting...
... this was my packing!

The celebration, by the way, was Miss Peach Pudding's 2nd birthday.  How time flies!
Happy Birthday, Sweetie! xxx

Wednesday, 26 June 2013


Hello, I'm back from my hols and will regale you with (brief) tales and photos soon but ...
... just today I hope you don't mind my wallowing in a little gloom.

One year ago today my beautiful Mum left us.
Greta Kerridge: born 13 June 1925, died 26 June 2012

She was a truly lovely person, inside and out.  One of those people about whom no-one has a bad word.  She lived for 87 years, most of them happy with my Dad but he left us seven years ago and some of her world went with him.  The last couple of years Mum had many health problems but was very brave about them all.  At the last she had to go into a home to be looked after.  She spent four weeks there, being cared for wonderfully well but she was ready to leave us and her spirit soared away into a beautiful sunrise early on a Tuesday morning with us by her side.

I hope many of you still have mums who you treasure and who treasure you.  Give them a hug for me.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

A Frocky Sort of Update...

Just couldn't let this £4.99 charity shop duvet set slip through my fingers.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

It's Only Frock and Roll but I Like It!

The lovely Little Blue Mouse asked if I had made the patterns myself for my recent tea dress and little girls dress on a previous post.  Well...
... sort of.

Here are the dresses again

The yellow and blue tea dress is made from old curtains and the little dress from a pair of pillow cases.  The girl's pattern is taken from "Homemade" by Ros Badger and Elspeth Thompson.  The tea dress, however, has a shoulder fastening design from "Simple Modern Sewing" by Shufu To Seikatsu Sha but the rest of it is my pattern.
This is the simple fastening, which requires no zip or buttons...
The pointed shoulder edges overlap and are stitched together on the sleeve side.

The little girl dress has a mama dress to look after it now, and I'm currently making more.
You can't beat a bit of reloving!