I know! Being a stay at home mum is treating me very badly, right?! And to think there are people that go to work because they worry that otherwise their brains will turn to mush, well not me sir, nope, nu-uh. Because since becoming a sahm I have learnt the 4:4:4:2 method and that was never written into my my yearly targets before now. One somewhat wonders what I used got do all day? (Don’t answer that.)

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The 4:4:4:2 method, for the uninitiated is View Post

I have never been a shoe person. This is, I would imagine, at least in part to the fact that I have wide size 8 feet an most shoes don’t fit me. In all honestly I have been shoe shopping previously and played spot the fella buying heels such as my shoe size contemporaries seem to be. But handbags? Well, handbags are a different matter and are a thing of wonder and much coveting.

wealdhandmade Somehow, through the magical world of twitter I came across Sarah who runs Weald Handmade, living about two miles down the road and handmaking gorgeous leather handbags that were the talk of the stitch-in I ran the other week. You know I’m a sucker for local things and handmade things and now you know I’m a sucker for a nice bag too. I had loads of questions I wanted to ask Sarah and I thought they might interest you too. Enjoy, and try not to dribble on the pictures of the bags.

1) Ok, so I know you make bags, but I also know that you make tables and I think that you’re at the very least a little bit involved in Barlow and Fields (cafe in Leigh on Sea) and then I saw somewhere that you’re a law graduate?! Is it possible to give a brief run down of what it is you do?! You’re not secretly superwoman are you?!  View Post

I was, like most people, utterly shocked by the news that Oscar Pistorius killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp a couple of days ago. It’s a terrible tragedy, no matter what way you look at it. What really shocked me though was the level of support that Pistorius has received.

It’s one of those things you see about on the news and you think ‘oh, yeah, whatev’s, I’m sure that’s just the theoretical ‘some people must support him’ But then there it is on the BBC news site:

“For me it’s very tragic, I don’t know what side of the story is actually true,” a male supporter in Johannesburg told the BBC. “Even if it turns out to be true I don’t think I’ll be able to believe it.”

What?! Even if someone is sent to jail for pre-meditated murder, for planning to murder someone and then doing it and a court has found them guilty you won’t be able to believe it? Why?!

It’s like there is a belief somewhere sat in the back of our brains that murderers, rapists and people who abuse their partners will have a shaven head and ‘scumbag’ tattooed on their forehead. One in three women are abused by their partner. That either mean there’s a couple of blokes looking like Eastenders extras who go out with hundreds and hundreds of women and beat each of them up, or actually, a sizable percentage of the male population are abusers. A quick look at Dr Google suggests that’s 22% of men. No one is stupid enough to go out with the guy with the ‘scumbag’ tattoo, these men look just like normal blokes.  View Post

#imapiece southendSo, suffice to say I was ‘mildly nervous’ about Monday’s stitch in for #imapiece. Arguably, if you are thinking of planning an event and you are going to try and get total strangers to turn up it probably makes sense to give yourself more than 10 days to plan the aforementioned event.

Thankfully I am not a sensible person, otherwise I would never get anything done and life would probably be quite boring

So Monday came and after a quick, panicked visit to my local sewing shop and a few choice words aimed at the snow which had decided to pay Essex another visit it was time to go. View Post

I know, the tragic life of bloggers eh? A little while ago I was contacted by Groupon to see if I would be interested in reviewing something for them. As you can imagine this was a very hard decision to make. Is a spa crafty? No. Is a spa nice? Yes. Sounds like a perfect fit to me! And besides, as far as I’m concerned I am interested in blogging about places local to me and what could be better than checking out a local business? It took me about 12 seconds to reply to the email taking Groupon up on their offer, and that’s only because the first 11 were spent by me going ‘woo-hoo!’  View Post