Friday, 8 January 2010

Friday Meanderings

Snow continues to dominate. I have been dreaming about it each night (proper in my sleep dreams-not just day ones!), the news is full of it, grit is running out, past years snowy winters are recalled and people express strong opinions on whether schools should be closed or not. Yesterday the two closest schools to us were shut but we were open. The buses are running ok so people can still get in. Our head did thank us all for getting in this week despite it being difficult.
In nursery we have interviewed parents of new children until today, when the older ones returned. This morning nursery had 10 children and this afternoon 8! It was lovely-quiet, and with time to really get into what we were doing. Some built a snowman, then later a snow castle. We rearranged an area of the classroom that is not working well, and this afternoon I worked with Ronnie and Michael as they made junk modelling castles. We had hot chocolate and biscuits too (not healthy I know, but cosy-and left over from the party last term!) Is it a salt? Is it a sugar? No it is a snow. (silly Ali G film about science on my mind here!)
Cute isn't she with her little multilink eyes.
Wondering which fabric to use for a doll, and also wondering whether to take part in One World One Heart this year. I would love to but it is coming up very soon and I don't know if I can fit in making something for it. Hmmm.
This is the door to the hall. I have fixed two hooks into the frame and hung up this fleecy fabric curtain to cut out the draft from the front door. It has made such a difference already! We should probably get an actual door there, but I like this solution for now.
I made another little lantern using stick on tape-it took about five minutes and looks pretty I think. I stapled a doodle into a cylinder too to make another one. So quick-suits my impatient nature. The third one is just plain.
My trusty sewing machine in action. I have had it for about twenty five years I think, though it went for a long time not being used. I am making two more tall skinny cloth dolls to keep this one company. If I get on with it quickly enough I will do OWOH. If not then so be it.
View of the shelf in my, what shall I call it?-studio-ha ha!, spare room, junk room, guest room-again ha ha! Back room. Sewing room. Box room. (I have an oil painting of boxes hanging on the outside of the door-from a charity shop years ago. So maybe box room is the best-it does have a lot of boxes in it) Crafty stuff storage room. Who knows, but if I didn't have it I suppose I would have to store the crafty stuff elswhere so I am grateful! I love these see through boxes. They stack, are pretty sturdy, and can be crammed quite full. I do dream of storage such as that found in this catalogue though.



13 comments:

Janine said...

Sarah, I love your luminaries!

Stay warm, at least you are staying creative!

Linda Sue said...

I remember last years one heart thing- there were late comers added...I am thinking to do it as well but like you I haven't got anything at the moment. LOVE your lanterns- so warming and cosy!

Renee said...

Sarah I love this post so full of life.

I think I met you and fell in love at the OWOH.

Love Renee xoxo

frayedattheedge said...

I love your little lamps -I must have a go at making some! Our snowman looks as if he has shrunk - but it's because there has been so much more snow. We're hoping to go out tomorrow or Monday!!

Rattling On said...

I wouldn't dare photograph my 'work room' at the moment. It's been on the to=do list for about 6 months...

Jac said...

Hi Sarah, Yeah, you'd think we'd never seen snow in this country before! I think it's just because this weather is lasting so long that it's having such an effect. All the schools near where I live are closed. My husband is a teacher so he's quite enjoying being off, although the novelty of not even being able to get out and about because of the roads wears a little thin! Hope there is not too much snow in the South east!

Lynne said...

Hi Sarah,
Are you staying warm and cosy? It looks as though you will be getting quite a bit more snow over the next 24 hours. I was due to come over to the UK via Dublin (there isn't a direct flight to Newcastle) but it looks as though I won't be making the trip because of the weather.
Have a cosy weekend doing what you enjoy doing.

Sam said...

Love those lanterns!! How clever are you?

Yes!!! The news is full of your amazing freezing weather and snow here in Australia!! Looking at the photos - I can't believe it actually! I also can't believe the country is still going about it's day to day routine! Amazing that more schools etc haven't closed in my opinion!

Keep warm - and yes, I'm sure that church in Blackheath was sandstone - the blue mountains are actually huge hills of it!

aimee said...

a snow day REQUIRES a break for hot chocolate! you did the right thing!

Hey Harriet said...

The little snowman is a sweetie. That's some crazy weather you've been having. If I was in the same situation I think I'd not leave the house. A perfect excuse to be a hermit I think :)

snoopydog said...

What a lovely post! Such a sweet little snowman or was it a snowwoman? Cute anyway! Your boxroom looks magical, filled to bursting with creativity. Love it....... especially the string and the 'doll's heads?' I couldn't stop looking at them. Ros

Di said...

Oh yes, snow! Lots of it here too... don't think I'm too far from you here in Ashford, Kent. It's so cold as well. None it really bothers me. As long as I'm warm outside or in, I'm ok! I lived in Norway for a few years so I know what it's like to have this kind of weather for the whole Winter.

I've just bought a little pattern for making my granddaughter a cloth doll.. So I totally am with you choosing materials... what to choose?

Really enjoyed this post, Sarah. Hope you're staying warm and cosy! x

Liz said...

Your laterns are so cute! I hope you are staying warm! They cancel school here if they are calling for snow...LOL!