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#SundaySevens 84 – Christmas Special!



This will be my last post of 2016, so I’d just like to say Happy New Year to  you!  I hope 2017 will be happy, healthy and full of creativity.

Thankyou for following me, and taking time to read my posts and comment too.

 I know it’s it not Sunday, but I’m on nights over the weekend so thought I’d be early for a change, especially as it’s a 2 week round up from the Christmas period.



I’ve not been able to spend much time at the sewing machine, but have had quite a few nights in front of the TV crocheting another heart scarf.  I’ve made quite a few of these and never get bored of the pattern.   I bought the pattern on Craftsy, it’s quite easy and there’s photos for each row which really helps.  Here’s the link if you fancy having a go.



Rory having a big yawn but looking quite ferocious!!


Arriving home after a night shift has it’s benefits – there’s been some amazing sunrises and sunsets recently.  This isn’t one of them but still it’s easy on the eye.


Hubby won a hamper at work!  The Yorkshire Popcorn was particularly yummy!


I’ve had quite a few shopping sprees in Leeds.  I left H with a pasty in Greggs and popped into Samuel Taylors.  The beige and grey are power mesh which I’ve been meaning to buy for ages.


Christmas hair do!


Christmas eve we went into leeds for cocktails and a bit to eat, and shopping too. I’m stood on a step here but am still the shortest by a mile!


Christmas Day we went out for a curry.  I wore my new frock – made using the Sewaholic Renfrew.


Boxing Day I made a Christmas Dinner


Followed by Play Your Cards Right – thanks Cyber Pops for making the stand on the day!


Big Sister and I drank a little bit too much wine!


Another shopping spree – Leeds from a different angle showing the top of the trinity centre.


And a wander through Leeds market down to the new John Lewis.


There were a few fabrics half price in John Lewis but not many.   I bought 2m of cotton jersey (red) and 2m of viscous jersey (teal).  I’m trying to buy solids to make more wearable garments and less orphans.


A little bit of knitting in between the crochet.  I’m using one of the chucky 25mm needles from Wool And The Gang.


Boxing Day 2015 and Boxing Day 2016 – H with his older cousin and Grandpa.  I think my dad’s shrinking!


Here’s what I was planning to make for Linda’s Designing December……


But made this!! Not sure yet if it will be worn outside of the house!!


Well, I must dash.  I’m on duty in 40 minutes.  I hope the people of Yorkshire will be healthy and safe tonight, and around the world too.

Happy New Year!! xxx

Sunday Sevens – a short blog post with seven/a few/lots of (delete as appropriate) photos from your week, invented by Natalie from Threads and Bobbins.

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  1. Will try to stay healthy and safe in Yorkshire tonight, just for you. Good luck tonight. You are quite a hero doing the job you do. Love the tie dress. Happy New Year.

    • Thanks Cathy, it was certainly an eventful shift but I came off unscathed. Happy New Year, I’m planning a meet up in Dewsbury, it will most likely be February but our shifts are just up in the air at the minute. It would be lovely to meet you if you fancy a trip over. 🙂

  2. Loving the tie dress. Not many people could carry that off. Well done. It’s been educational and entertaining following you this year. Looking forward to seeing your makes in the new year. Best wishes to you and your family K xXx

    • Thanks Karen! It’s been lovely getting to know you this year, in blogland/IG and in real life too! Looking forward to 2017 and all the sewing friendships, and goings on! xx

  3. Looks like your Christmas festivities (and shopping 😉 ) went very well. Love the tie dress! Didn’t you look lovely Christmas Day with new hair and your pretty dress? Wishing you and yours all the very best in 2017, hugs to CyberMum!

    • thanks! And a happy new year to you too! Hope there’s plenty of meet ups and sewcial goings on, and we’ll meet up again! 🙂

  4. Lovely write-up ~ thank you!
    Hope you have a quiet work weekend tonight & tomorrow.
    Wishing you all a happy & safe New Year filled with lots of love, good health, and sewing fun! 🎉 💕 ✂️
    PS/Love the hair pins & pedicure.

    • Thanks Del! We don’t have quiet weekends any more unfortunately. In the ‘olden days’ when I first started I used to take my ironing pile, polish my car and sometime take my sewing machine too. On a positive note though, the shifts pass quickly.
      Happy New Year to you to Del xx

      • Wow – even the sewing machine. Must admit to suffering through days/weeks when there was nothing much to do, and would also rather rather be busy. Hope yours are busy, but not harrowing. xx

        • I came through unscathed Del, with no drunken patients abusing me! I did have an 86 year old lady who had fallen because she had gotten very drunk on whiskey but she was very sweat and not your typical drunk! 🙂

          • Lol! Gives me a chuckle to think about that feisty gal. Good for her!
            Loved your post & all the goodies sent & received. Those crochet patterns look interesting (also clicked over to the puff pattern), and I’ve a pair of those little scissors which I l o v e. But hadn’t thought to put them on a ribbon – will have to give that a try.
            What’s your schedule these days? Tried giving you a facetime call but couldn’t get the proper screen.
            Hope all’s well on your side the pond! We might get snow Sunday, but it’s been low 60’s today. xx

            • Hi Del, nothing popped up on FaceTime, from you or anyone. I’ll check my settings, it might have logged out if I’ve not used it for a while. I’m on 4pm will 2 in the morning (ish!) til Saturday. Then earlies next week. 😘

              • Doubt you’d have seen any message, as fault is on my end (I think), but thanks for this info! May you be safe & not seriously busy. xx

    • Thankyou! Happy New Year to you too! Luckily I don’t have to deal with the drunks as I work on my own on the fast response so they don’t send me to too many sticky situations! I’ve had my fair share over the years though! 🙂

  5. The tie dress looks like the stuff of the ‘red carpet’ and I was just going to make a pouf with Mr. T.’s discarded ones 😉
    Happy New Year to you and your family.

    • thanks Lyn, Happy New Year to you and yours too!
      Have fun with the ties! I butted mine up to each other and stitched them with a variation of a zig zag. I’m hoping to find time to write a post about in this week, so stay tuned! 🙂

    • Thanks Becca! I got off lightly, they don’t send me to too many drunken shenanigans with me working on my own. I nearly ended up in a nightclub in Todmorden at 4am but luckily I was diverted to something else! 🙂

  6. You got to eat out on Christmas Day – well jel! You SO should pluck up the courage to wear the tie dress out – it’s the most stunning thing I’ve ever seen and would be a show-stopper whenever it has an outing. Assuming you revel in being the centre of attention, lol!

    • I don’t mind if I’ve had a drop of something fizzy, especially if I have my sidekick (sister!) with me! It was fun to make and now I’m pestering all the men folk I know for their unwanted tie collection. I think it would look fab in a black, grey and white theme. Watch this space!!
      We started eating out on Christmas day after we had a chip pan fire on my sisters 19th birthday and we didn’t have a proper kitchen. Since then we do if we can. It started getting really expensive so the last few times we’ve opted for a curry as we love it and they generally have the normal menu and don’t inflate the prices. 🙂

      • I think it’s lovely that you can – all the fun without the clearing up afterwards. A monochrome tie dress is a great idea.

    • Thankyou! Isometimes wonder if I should carry on with it and doubt it it’s all that interesting really, so it’s good to read the comments and that you enjoy it! Thnakyou 🙂

  7. Happy New Year, may 2017 be full of many beautiful makes.
    I think the tie dress could be the next big trend…I’m off to raid Mr B’s collection 😃

    • You want to do! Maybe I should do some sort of challenge in 2017? Have a look at the dress in a comment a bit lower down that yours – it’s amazing!1 🙂

      • Yes I’m thinking a challange of some sort but not one that’s too structured where I end up making things I don’t wear!
        That dress is amazing, thanks for telling me to look. Didn’t like the patterns of Mr B’s ties but I’ve just done a tie tutorial so maybe I’ll just make a load of co-ordinating one purposely for a dress😂

        • I’m going to start a collection, I’ve been asking a couple of friends hubby’s who have office jobs if they’ve got any they don’t wear any more and it’s looking promising. I think i might be a lot of work to make them!! :-0

  8. corrineappleby says

    Happy new year! How big are those knitting needles?? See you in Dewsbury xx

    • They’re whoppers!! 25mm!
      Happy New Year to you too! I was thinking February for Dewsbury but as I’ve not announced anything it might be too short notice, so I’m thinking in March now, see you then! xx

  9. Happy New Year! Looking forward to reading more of your posts this year and hopefully meeting up in Dewsbury.
    Those are some knitting needles! In the early days when I was on call I used to knit jumpers on ‘tree trunks’ – they grew very quickly – and also enjoyed knitting Aran jumpers.

    • Anything which grows fast for me is better – I think’d I’d get bored if it didn’t happen quick like sewing does! I’ll be sorting out a date for Dewsbury soon, so fingers crossed we can have a catch up.
      Happy New Year to you too 🙂

  10. All wonderful again, and the idea of a curry for Christmas lunch is magnificent (we always have one on Christmas eve – I wonder if I could get that changed?). Your dress made of ties is amazing. I did see one at an exhibition of Jean Paul Gaultiers work at the Barbican. I was inspired by that then but you have beaten me to it by a country mile. Here is the link:

    • I’m glad it did, its stunning! I am definitely going to start collecting more ties. Do you think it looks like these have been stitched onto an existing dress?
      Glad to hear you’re feeling better 😀

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