What I Made: April & May

Looking through my photos I apparently sewed a lot of gifts, of  which I only managed to mail two. Maybe June is the month I make it to the Post Office. Ho Ho Ho! 

For Zoey and Nomi I made them new summer pjs inspired by Sarah & Duck (quack), and some shorts made with double gauze. 

I made the most beautiful Dahlia dress for myself in double gauze and I need to make more. I need a whole wardrobe full of Dahlias. 

One of the girls took this photo in IKEA because when you make an amazing dress you head to IKEA!  I also sewed another Everyday Skirt, this time in a Charlie Harper penguin print as I am The Mother of Pingus. 

I’ve been using up my fabric stash to sew some gifts: t-shirts, skirts and a nightshirt. 

Looking back I sewed more than I thought I did but wish it has been more things for ME. I have a new dress pattern for Nomi and Zoey to try out this month, they need another set of summer pjs and some more shorts. Oh and tennis outfits. 

What I Read: April & May

Friends, for whatever reason May was a tough month. Maybe it was the weather maybe it’s just how life is but new month tomorrow so fresh starts again. 

I’ve actually read quite a few books in the last two months. April saw me finally finishing Team of Rivals, rewarding myself with 4:50 From Paddington (possibly my favorite Agatha Christie) and reading my first Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) Cuckoo’s Calling. Oh my word how much did I love Cuckoo’s Calling? I love the characters and I want a zillion Cormoran Strike novels. 

In May I sped read the other two Cormoran Strike novels: The Silkworm and Career of Evil. How much did I enjoy more adventures with Cormoran and his girl Friday Robin? I sucked the words off the pages and bathed in them. I’ve now got three friends and my dad reading the books. Spread the word! 

I had such a Cormoran & Robin hangover it has taken me most of May to read The Mirror Cracked From Side To Side by Agatha Christie. I did not enjoy this Miss Marple. 

On the audiobook front I tried to finish Clear and Present Danager (worst narrator ever) but I had to abandon it mid-May to listen to Cuckoo’s Calling (great narrator) because I was jonesing for more Strike (and I’m trying to find the clues). 

Not sure what I’ll be reading in June. 

What I Made: March 

Patchwork pjs for Z & N. I cut these out before we went on holiday: trying to best use up the knits I had and they have come out pretty well. Next up on the pj front for the girls will be shorter summer ones. Last year Z wore her winter/fall pjs all summer long. Hoping to tempt her with some lighter Sarah & Duck themed pjs – because it gets quite hot here! 

I LOVE these two items: Lisel + Co Maritime T-shirt and Everyday Skirt. The tee is in Cloud 9 knit (yellow stripes) and the skirt in soft cord I got on sale. I plan on making more of both. The skirt has the most perfect pockets I’ve ever come across. Roomy and not bulky. 

I did rush to finish the tee (not happy with the hem) as I wanted to wear them out on a galavant but so so pleased with them. 

Nomi took this photo. 


I’m starting to sew up some thank you gifts. This tee in Cloud 9 stripes & Birch Fabric Charley Harper giraffes is darling. 

This is Zoey’s picture of my new outfit. 


Pingus in there new pjs and eating Easter chocolate. 

A knit skirt for me. Again, cut out before we went on holiday and took an hour or so to sew. 

Not a bad amount of items sewed for March, especially considering that my machine was in the shop being serviced for two weeks! 

What I read: March 

As Alex is putting the Pingus to bed I shall catch up with some blog-post-keeping. March wasn’t too bad a month for reading given that we were getting over travel, Zoey got sick and I’m trying to read ‘Team of Rivals’.


‘A Dangerous Place: A Maisie Dobbs Mystery’ by Jacqueline Winspear 

Not bad. It’s the umpteenth book in the series and Winspear has shaken things up and dropped some of the supporting characters.  No spoilers but if you’ve stuck with this series thus far you will feel rewarded. 

‘A Pocketful of Rye’ by Agatha Christie

She’s getting better. Each Miss Marple mystery is better than the last. When you read her sequentially you realize she has a habit of taking a stock character from one book and developing them a bit more in the next one. She had a lot of books to churn out so we can forgive her. 

‘Team of Rivals’ by Doria Kearne Goodwin

I’m still reading this. I got half way through in March and then took a break for Agatha. I’m back now reading with a vengeance because whilst the second half of the book picks up steam I’d like to get back to short and easy mysteries. 


‘The Saturday Big Tent Wedding’ by Alexander McCall Smith

Standard McCall Smith fare. A fun, cosy mystery and the characters are still holding up. 

‘A Year of Living Dannishly’ by Helen Russell 

This is essentially Bridge Jones goes to Denmark and got a book deal. It’s a skin deep look at what makes Danish society gel together so well. 

And now I’ve finished all the Outlander books it’s back to Jack Ryan in ‘Clear and Present Danger’ read by the worst narrator ever. 

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