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Three children *** One big, grey dog *** Two parents *** Country loving *** Cottage dwelling in the South-West of the UK. That’s us!

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“A moment spent in wonder is worth a lifetime spent in awe.”


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  • Julia No hand holding at school or kisses at the playground, but they love me to knit them stuff. Fingers crossed that doesn't change. The hoodie... 19 Sep
  • Jo - Mother of Teenagers I am constantly aghast at your crafting skills. I so wish I could match them. Love the colour and if he is happy to wear... 19 Sep
  • Jeannie Gray I get SO excited when the kids ask me to knit for them. The hoodie looks fantastic & doesn't have that homemade vibe at all.... 19 Sep
  • Craft Mother I really like Kent. It seems a bit forgotten about, other than the coast line and crossing to the continent. A bit sad to see... 19 Sep
  • Craft Mother So true. Just need to look. I'm fascinated by the history left behind in clues. Especially the ones so easily overlooked. 19 Sep
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Time to smile

"God has an inordinate fondness for stars and beetles."

- J B S Haldane

Debs Random Writings

Spin, Chop and Dress


(I love that she might be spinning poi, but her shadow makes her look like a warrior.)


(The sun is out. Lots of space and time to think.)

Spin, spin, spin

(note the length of AJ’s hair)


(note the length of her hair now)

AJ had 13.5 inches cut off. She’s not in the photos, but BL had 11 inches cut off too. We saved it and plan to send it off to Little Princess Trust charity which provide real hair wigs for children going through cancer treatment.


(Summer dress for AJ completed using fabric from my fabric stash)


(Flower detail taken from a dress I wore to the Queen’s Silver Jubilee – 35 years ago.

Flowery Liberty fabric from a long gone Bath fabric shop – 10 years ago

Dress ties from previous dressmaking – 7 years ago

Blue fabric left over from a nativity play costume – 5 years ago)

Just a bit of stash busting. Almost call it vintage.

Joining in at:

MousyBrown’s Stash busting


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2 Responses to Spin, Chop and Dress

  • melissa says:

    lovely photos and a lovely finished dress!

    • Cheryl says:

      The dress is my second attempt. It briefly had a different skirt, which looked awful. I’m pleased with this version and, far more importantly, so is AJ. Both girls have requested more handmade dresses this summer. I’m so lucky that they want me to make clothes for them still. 🙂

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