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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Grandchildren makes

I love making items for my grandchildren and other babies, before Gilby's birthday, my daughter sent me the top left picture of a little leather waistcoat with a pocket on the back for arrows :)
The little boy does look a little like Gilby from the back. 
I couldn't find any leather so chose faux leather fabric which had faux sheepskin on the reverse, I decided to use the sheepskin as the outer side of the waistcoat and the 'leather' side for the pocket on the back. I used some embroidery stitches on my machine to stitch a pattern around the edge of the waistcoat. Finishing the waistcoat off with an old wooden toggle from my button tin :)
The photo I have of Gilby wearing the waistcoat was a little too dark to use

With a new grandson due at the beginning of May I have been busy knitting and sewing for him too

This little jacket is from a pattern book I bought when my children were young and the jacket is a favourite of mine, knitted in one piece and can be worn with the button at the front or back. It's a French pattern  book by Pingouin.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Visit from the Grandchildren

We have just had three of our grandchildren visit for a few days, without their parents! This was the first time Gilby had been to our house without them but he did great, he wanted to sleep in with the girls so all three had their beds in our smallest bedroom because the room the girls love to use :)
It's been over a year since they have been to visit, since the girls started full time schools they don't really have the time to come up for weekends now and  as we visit Devon regularly we get to visit them at their house 
 So it was so lovely to have them visit and we managed to cram lots into the days. They had just spent the weekend with their parents at our son and daughter in laws in London so we didn't need to take them into the city, we had lots of fun in the country and also took them to the Roald Dahl museum which was a great hit and to the Tring Natural History museum which they loved, spending their time drawing pictures of all the stuffed animals.
They always love to visit the windmill where they ran and ran and played 'it' with Grandpa. And of course Molly joined in with all the fun!

We have many photos of all our grandchildren standing on this gate starting when they were quite little




They are like a little gang, three children and a dog :)

Playing 'it' with Grandpa

The weather was perfect and our visit to the windmill ended with a beautiful sunset

Friday, 6 February 2015


This week saw two family birthdays, sadly we weren't able to travel to Devon to help celebrate so made do with these lovely photos of our grandsons 4th birthday. They celebrated with a camping party in their garden together with family and friends. Our daughter had her 36th birthday the following day.

Gilby Skipp just a few days old he was 11lbs when he was born hence those chubby cheeks


My daughter makes amazing part food, Gilby had asked for a cake with a tent on it :)

This is their tent, Gilby attends a music group and the man who runs it also does parties for children so he was invited over to Gilbys party to sing camping songs with the children

Gilby and his friend enjoying their sausages and beans which had been cooked on the camp fire

Thankfully the weather was perfect after a few days of wind and rain

Archery practice 

Everyone went home with a 'Camp Gilby' tee shirt