Tuesday, 26 July 2016

All my bags are packed....

...and I'm almost ready to go, leaving on a jet plane!
The good news is that my case appears to be under the allowed weight.  Also good is that I can get a direct train to Gatwick airport tomorrow, where I will stay overnight ready to depart on Thursday morning.  I land early on Friday in Mombasa.
Not so good are all the last minute arrangements - including anti- malaria only picked up yesterday (it's OK - I don't need to start taking them till tomorrow!( - and realising I will run out of asthma meds while away (also OK - my GP surgery promosed to get a prescription ready for me to fill before I go).  The return flight from Mombasa to Nairobi is now booked, so Ronnie and I won't be looking at a long train or bus ride.  The safari is also booked and looks like it will be wonderful.  Today I feel a little nervous, but also very excited, and ready for the adventure.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Preparing for a big step

Term ended yesterday, and I have five days until I step onto a plane to go to Kenya. My previous trip was six years ago; since that visit I have wanted to return, but the time has not been right until now.
I'm going to be there for a month. For the first two weeks I will be working alone, meeting women who would like to set up business s and organising the purchasing of the resources to make that happen. For the last two weeks I will be joined by five lovely people and together we will offer some training to the ladies.
Today I have been working my way through a lengthy list of jobs in preparation. Most are complete, thankfully. Tomorrow I have my farewell to Church friends; Monday and Tuesday are a family get together (celebrating the graduations of our daughters) and Wednesday will, I suspect, be spent packing before saying goodbye to my husband (and dog) and heading down to the airport ready for the flight on Thursday morning. My hope is to update this blog on a daily basis while I am out. Please feel free to leave comments - it will encourage me so much!

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Owl bags again

These have been selling very well.
I have a feeling it won't be long before I need to make more.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Pucker up

I think I liked this applique more in theory than in practice.  I've not, as yet, sold any of the bags made from it - I am reserving judgement.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Pink bunnies

This is another new pattern for these applique bags.  I only managed to complete one version, but it looks cheerful and fun, I think.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Be yourself

Another fun slogan.  This one reads, "Always be yourself.  Unless you can be Batman.  Then be Batman."

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Mark my place

These owl bookmarks are a firm favourite.  A run on myh bookmarks left me needing to restock, and these were the first I completed.  I have ten different patterns and made four of each design.  That should keep me going for a while!

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Excuses, excuses....

 I love the slogans on these bags.  There are in fact three variations - this current selection only shows two.

The third variation is, as you may have guessed, "You're not really drinking alone if your dogs are home".

The slogans cause plenty of amusement to those who read them.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Return of the owl bags

I had great success with these when I first made them.  A return has been a long time coming - they are quite fiddly to make.  However, if sales this weekend are any indication, these bags will remain on my list for some time to come.  This little fellow has already sold, but I still have a few others left.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

A sign of God's love....

I have been making these hearts for a while.  After the first of session of a teaching series at our Church by Chris Duffett, I decided that I would give these away at future events.  This basket is a reflection of that decision.  I hope to have some as gifst at future events, as long as I can keep up with demand.  So far at the two events at which I have offered them, they have been very positively received.