Monday, 19 December 2011

OMG I can still sign in......

I've been that busy with one thing and another that I'm sorry to say I forgot about my blog, so I've dusted it down and given it a new look ready for its new lease of life ☺

In recent weeks we have found out that little Stevie is definitely on the Autistic Spectrum, we're just awaiting paperwork to confirm exactly where on it he is.

The kids have had so much changes going on at school that it has caused so spectacular meltdowns especially from Becca whom I haven't seen these kind of meltdowns from since at least summer of 2010. Stevie has been having problems when it comes to getting dressed and undressed at the beginning/end of each day.

We decided to put our decorations and trees up on 19th/20th November, yes I can hear you crying out that is far too early but Stevie wanted them up and he was struggling cos the timetable at school was already introducing Christmas activities so thought what the heck lets put them up. Here's some festive pictures for you from our house:

Its Santa!!!
(he was being shy cos he wouldn't turn round) 

These hide under my tree; until our kitten Tink goes under and scatters the lot lol ☺

Window stickers door 1

Window stickers door 2

This Tatty Ted tree topper was a bargain; picked it up in H Samuels for £9.99 instead
of £19.99 plus it feeds Becca's obsession with Tatty Ted lol ☺

Re-cycled Fibre Optic tree number 1
(friend was going to throw this and the other one out so I claimed them both)

Re-cycled Fibre Optic Tree number 2
(Stevie decorated this one all by himself such a clever little elf ☺)

Just want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. Hope Santa brings you and your little ones most of their wish lists. Speak to you all in January.

Monday, 13 June 2011

What we've been upto lately...

This was reproduced with kind permission
from TFM Radio
This was reproduced with kind permission
from TFM Radio

Finally after 2 years and an £18.5million refurbishment one of our local leisure centres re-opened their doors to the public on Friday 3rd June 2011 at 9am. With sponsorship from one of the local radio stations TFM Radio we now have an ice-rink back again, along with swimming pools and gyms etc (further details can be seen here). The kids, me and their dad went along to the grand opening and the pictures above were taken by the station of us queuing to get in (Becca got tired so sat on the floor while Stevie got a carry cos he was tired). The weather was absolutely glorious while we were waiting and it was an absolute brilliant way to spend one of the last days of the half-term school holiday.

We decided to go to the first session of the ice-skating and we all had a whale of a time. It felt great to be back on the ice again as I remember going when I was a teenager and while I was courting the kids dad. Our James hadn't lost his skating skill nor did I or Dad, Becca was a bit hesitant to begin with but not surprising as she is still a learner on her in-line street skates. James was off like a whippet skating round and "lapping" everyone. Stevie kind of skated but it was more walk then skate lol but then again he was only a toddler the last time we took him. Dad skated round with Stevie while I worked 1:1 with Becca who insisted she couldn't skate lol ;) Towards the end of the session she was actually skating round without hanging on for dear life to the side of the rink. She'd just got the hang of it and had skated twice round without stopping or hanging on when she went a cropper and landed on the ice (had to be on her poorly knee that had a scab on it), got her patched up and then we came home after she'd skated round with the presenters from the radio station's breakfast show. As she had a splint on for her broken hand she got the presenters to sign it lol they were brilliant with her. Here's a couple of pictures I managed to take while we were skating :-

Becca hanging on for dear life lol ;)

Our Stevie with Dad and James behind him
(there's his gorgeous camera smile again lol)

Look mum I can skate (well sort of lol)

Would have posted this sooner but I was awaiting permission to use the photos at the top of the blog, these were given permission to be used only this morning.

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

The Simple Things

Its amazing how the simplest of things brings about an hour or two of happy playing between a couple of friends.

Our Becca and her friend M had come in saying they were bored so I gave them a tub of chalks and told them to go decorate the's three of the better pictures that they drew and thought I'd share them:

I also thought I'd share with you some pictures of a rose I bought as a dry stick for 50p about 6 years ago, don't ask me what its called cos I haven't a foggiest lol :P

Monday, 30 May 2011

From the other day

Found these photos we took on Saturday when we went to the football match - before we got the phone call about our Felix.

Mother Nature to the naughty step please!!!!!!

Had to have a trip upto A&E last night as nasty Mother Nature blew our gate shut! Nothing spectacular about a gate being blown shut......unless a 10 year old's left wrist just happens to become the filling in the gate/gatepost sandwich!

Heard the gate rattle as if it had shut then heard the blood curdling scream of our Becca!!!!!

Tears running down her face she couldn't say anything as the pain in her wrist was so horrendous. Made her keep it under running water for at least 5mins while I got the ice-pack sorted.

Now with Mother Nature on the naughty step for making the gate bang on her wrist, in steps Horrible Meany Mother. I thought she'd be fine after the ice-pack and it would settle down, uh oh not this time! Two hours later she's still looking a bit pale and isn't using her left hand, I know the answer but I ask the question "Does it still hurt sweetie?", we get a very upset Becca slowly nodding and she says "Can the doctor have a look?"

Off we go to the hospital, thankfully we didn't have a major wait to be seen in triage who packed us off to x-ray. Went and had the "pretty pictures" taken of her hand, she handled it quite well actually considering that when they moved her hand she was almost on the ceiling!

Got back to the triage area and the pics were already there - they send them electronically now which means no more sneaking a peek! The Doctor showed us where she broke it and she's got if I remember rightly a splinter fracture on her 5th Metacarpal. The nurse that came and put her cast on was lovely and helpful, he went to put this netting thing on but it itched Becca straight away. Told him about her being on the spectrum and had sensory issues, his reply was well then we'll just take it off and put this cotton wool on to keep your arm warm instead then. Becca was full of questions of whats that? whats that for? why do you do that? he def had his hands full hehehe and he didn't appear to mind answering the battery of questions. She told him he was awesome when she found out he helped saved lives as well as put plastercasts on bless her. The only time she got in a flap over it was when some of the excess wet plaster got on her trousers!!!!

In total was in and out including getting cast on within 1¾ hours which must be a record considering it was just after teatime! This is the pot she has on until Wednesday afternoon when we go back for fracture review, she's only got a back-slab (half cast) at the moment and is coping better with I thought she would:

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Answers???? mmmmmm you decide!

Well we went to see the Rheumatologist (the physio and the paediatric) and in we raised our concerns.

We explained about how Becca is in pain a lot of the time especially when she comes out of school and towards the end of the day. Even gave her a letter to show that I'm having to take medicines up to school the majority of the time. Rheumie examined Becca and said that there was no inflammation at the moment in the joints or any restriction of movement - almost felt like by her saying that Becca shouldn't still be in pain.

We discussed Becca's meds and she looked shocked that she was taking so much and it still wasn't working. I asked about any support for her knee when it hurts ie a brace, apparently they don't like bracing a child and will only brace an adult's joint; this is so that the child uses the joint and muscles to make it stronger - sorry don't buy this, it just sounds like they can't be bothered to help her.

I asked the doctors "so where do we go from here then?".......

.......and they're brilliant answer????..........

......"Well I can't do anything for her so we'll refer you to the Paediatric Pain Clinic in James Cook Hospital (this is the other hospital near us) and we'll discharge you from this clinic as I don't think we'll need to see you again as yes Becca is hypermobile but she's by far not the most severe case we've seen"

When asked what about exercises and physio etc they said the Pain Clinic is multi-agency led and this involves their own physios etc so now got to wait for the appointment to come through from them *insert a dirty big great sigh*

Gonna see what they come up with and if still not satisfied then going to ask them for the referral to Great Ormond Street, just so fed up with the system now! :(

Time To Demand Some Answers!!!!

Why oh why do we have to fight for the basic care for our special kids???? Anyone got an answer.....nope me neither *shakes head*

We've got a follow up appointment with Becca's Rheumatologist and can foresee how the appt will go:

  • We'll walk in Rheumie will comment on how well Becca is walking now since the last time she saw her
  • She'll ask how things have gone since last appt
  • She'll ask for the physio's opinion on how she thinks things are going
  • She'll then try to fob us off that everything is ok and that we won't need to see her again for a long time blah blah blah

BUT...... this is where the scenario will change, we (as her parents) will turn round and say to Rheumie

  • what is she going to do about the constant pain Becca is in?
  • we'll say how tired she is at the end of the school day and that she is that sore AND tired she flings her school bag at whoever is collecting her as she can't carry it anymore
  • we'll be asking how a child of 10years old is supposed to live on painkillers that half the time don't even touch the pain - the gp has prescribed stuff for becca and she is at the maximum allowed for each medicine :(
  • we will also be asking for a referral (which is our right as parents) to the rheumatology clinic at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

As a parent I hate to see my daughter in pain but at the same time I hate having to fill her with medicines everyday that don't even appear to work. Whose to say that in the future her body will become immune to these medicines and then when she really really really needs them there won't be anything anyone can do for her!!!!!!!!!

Take care my friends and thank you reading my rants again, I do appreciate your comments so please leave them underneath xxxxxx

Monday, 23 May 2011

A sad day on Saturday......... we got a very unexpected phone call to say that one of our Mum's cats had been found dead in a neighbour's garden.

As a family we had decided to go to a local charity football match to benefit Cash For Kids (they help disabled and disadvantaged kids) but just as the 2nd half kicked off I got a phone call to say that a neighbour had found poor Felix (she was only 17mths old) in another garden. We took her to the vets and when they examined her they said it looked like she'd been hit by a vehicle which ended up in multiple broken ribs, an injury on the underside of her left hip and unfortunately internal bleeding.

As a parent I didn't know how my kids would take the news of Felix passing but they have on the whole taken it fairly well. When we got the phone call we told the kids straight away and Becca got upset which is completely understandable but it went straight over Stevie's head - almost as if it hadn't happened. When we were at our mum's Becca got a bit clingy and curled up with my brother and my ex (the kids dad) while I sorted things out with the vet, whereas with Stevie he just went in and played with his pot of Duplo as if nothing had happened which was quite surreal.

Thought that the kids had taken it quite well considering their Autism and possible Autism; Becca had a small problem falling asleep but was ok once Daddy had curled up with her for a bit, then later on Stevie came down saying he felt unwell on the inside as well as being a little bit sad still about Felix    :( bless them but they did go off to sleep ok in the end. Today Becca has been subdued and Stevie has spent the majority of the day glued to his DSi in his own little world.

Just want to end this posting with some piccies of Felix to share with you as she was a gorgeous little pusscat; Felix and Tiggy (her brother) were the only two kittens born to their litter and have spent all their lives so far together as my mum chose to have both kittens. Poor little Tiggy is wondering round wondering where his sister is and just can't fathom out why she's not coming home.

RIP Felix 01/12/09 - 21/05/11 you will be missed by all who you knew you xx

Thursday, 19 May 2011

We have a results!!

Tried to post on here the other day but blogger decided to go offline, so take two on telling you the results we've had lately ;)

First up on the 12th May we had our Multi-agency Autism Assessment Team (MAAT) clinic appointment, at this appointment we found out that our Becca was formally diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum and that we would now be passed from CAMHS to the Autism Outreach Team (AOT). We also got asked to sign a form to allow consent for the diagnosis to be passed onto the AOT and school. Over the weekend we received the official paperwork from the MAAT clinic which says that Becca has been diagnosed with the clarification of Aspergers Syndrome.

We went into school this morning to speak with the Deputy Head about a school trip that Becca is partaking in tomorrow and the attitude towards us has changed considerably from 7-10 days ago when we asked for some help smoothing little details out for the trip. Why should it take a "label" of a diagnosis for them to start helping Becca more by explaining in detail what is going to happen on the trip to Whitby????

Our other result is that we now have a referral for a Wheelchair Assessment which was instigated by our Occupational Therapist (OT). We're just awaiting some further feedback from the consultants/gp then we will get our appointment. This is a major breakthrough for us as Becca really struggles on long days out like a day out at Whitby etc. Will keep you posted as and when there is an update on this.

Take care everyone and keep smiling, will hopefully have some lovely pictures to show you in my next posting from the trip to Whitby. School have agreed that I can meet her towards the end of their trip to collect Becca and take her the long way round to the church at the top of the hill, this is because otherwise she would have a walk of 199 steps to get to the church.

Love and hugs to one and all, thanks for reading xxxxx

Thursday, 12 May 2011

OMG I've left it how long since my blog!!!!!

Hi there followers, I'll start with apologies for my absence but here goes with my update for the last couple of months.

First update is that Becca's pain that she incurred back in the beginning of February didn't disappear until just before Easter. She ended up having an x-ray then an MRI done to find there was nothing in the soft tissue of the knee which was quite a relief. It was decided between the Orthopedic and the Rheumatologist that her kneecap kept subfluxing (partial dislocation) and this was causing her the pain and discomfort as well as the inability to walk on it fully. She had to use elbow crutches to get around for best part of 2½ months because of the pain. She had to have some physiotherapy to help stretch the muscles as they had shortened while she couldn't/wouldn't walk on it; poor Becca was in a catch 22 situation she wouldn't walk on the knee as it kept "clunking" with each subflaxion but then due to the pain this caused her she couldn't walk on it. She was also dosed upto the eyeballs with pain relief which most of the time didn't kill the majority of the pain :'(  so sad for someone so young.

Becca had an assessment by an Occupational Therapist (OT) back in February and it was decided that one of his colleagues would come and work out in the community with Becca at school. This started this week and she seemed to enjoy it, each session lasts between 30-60 minutes. The OT has referred Becca to the Wheelchair Services because she has mentioned to him that she gets tired quite a lot in her legs due to the Hyper Mobility Syndrome (HMS), we should have been to see that but it has been postponed while they wait for her consultant to get back to them.

We've also found out that our Stevie has HMS in his shoulders, hips, wrists and fingers. It has been decided at the moment that he doesn't need any physiotherapy but we will see how this goes in the future. The physiotherapist did say thought that Stevie has a style of hypermobility in his shoulders called "winging" where when he puts his hand behind his back his shoulder blade extends further than it should do due to the amount of hypermobility in it.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Stitching for 2011 - Update 3

First of all folks I'm sorry I've been away for so long - been busy with the family etc. Here's an update to where I am at the minute with my the cottage project I've been working on:

Haven't been able to pick this up for a while now but I'm hoping to soon xxx

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Becca Update

Last night we sat down to watch a movie and Becca decided to come curl up on my lap. Now her joints click and clunk anyway with her hypermobility but this time there was 3 or 4 of these in succession which ended in a horrible pop/clunk sound and extreme instant pain. Becca found that the joint couldn't be straightened without her being in pain so was given pain relief and sent to bed to see how it went overnight as unless a kid needs an ambulance or immediate medical attention I refuse to go to A&E on a Saturday night; its so crammed with people that it can take anything upto 4 or 5 hours to be seen, in which time she could have fallen asleep and gotten some rest on it.

She was still in pain today so off we went at lunchtime. A&E adults was standing room only when we got there so didn't think we would get seen quickly; got proved to be right! Our local A&E seems to administer help to the adults before the kids and there has been times when we can sit after seeing the nurse to check our details for anything from an hour onwards before getting seen.

I'd given Becca painkillers before we'd left but come 2.30pm (two hours after getting there!) I had to go ask the nurses how much longer she was supposed to suffer as the waiting was starting to take a toll on her due to her lack of patience that she has; was told there was another 5 patients in front of her (all adults I found out as well) so she was given some codeine to keep her going as the pain was getting really bad. I hate to see my lil girl in pain and not be able to do anything, it was that bad that if I even went to touch her knee she'd cry and wince which isn't a good sign :(

We finally got seen about 3pm and was told that my the consultant that she thought with Becca's hypermobility history that the knee had popped out slightly and then popped straight back in again causing the inflammation of the knee joint and pain that she is now in. Only treatment is to try and use again otherwise it will become stiff and to use pain relief to its max allowed each day.

Well seeing as this is what the doc has prescribed she'll be back in school again tomorrow but with a written note that she is not to undertake outdoor breaks this week plus P.E except for the swimming class they do on a Friday. The swimming will be a brilliant form of excerise come the end of the week. At the moment she is sat in the armchair with an icepack inside a tea-towel wrapped around her knee in the hope that it will help, I'll keep trying the ice pack for the rest of the evening in the hope that it works enough for school tomorrow.

Take care folks and thanks for reading xxxx

Saturday, 29 January 2011

is it just me or.........

.........has our Becca been easier to handle the last few days???

I know she took bad on Wednesday evening and wanted to be in bed at 7pm. Unfortunately she's had a virus that has given her a sore throat and hacking cough plus a bit of a temperature so she's been off school on Thursday and Friday. Even taking this in mind we haven't had the usual 4pm daily round of war since Tuesday evening. Personally I would say its because she isn't in school rather than being ill because when I said I was going to go in and see the teachers for a small amount of work that she could do at home, she got just slightly agitated and tense; don't think it was just a coincidence!

Not impressed with her current teacher at the best of times as she doesn't seem to be taking into account Becca's point of view when I explain problems that Becca is having. Well the teaching assistant is just as bad; I'll say on a morning that she has a painful joint but then when I pick her up I get told it hasn't bothered her all day (yet Becca's come out saying it hurts)......*rolls eyes* someone figure out who is telling me the truth please????

Becca has finally gotten her appointment for her Occupational Therapy assessment. The OT has asked for two questionnaires to be filled in, one by school and the other by me. Got the school one back and I'm not happy with what they have put in it, they have accussed Becca as having daydreaming as her biggest problem at school grrrrrrrr When I asked Becca she said she doesn't daydream she's either thinking or bored!! Well we'll see what the OT thinks when we get to see them at the end of February.

On a good note I'm nearly finished filling in Becca's Disability Living Allowance claim form YIPPPEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!! Just got one section to fill out but then need a very good friend of mine to fill it out one page saying how Becca's disability has affected her, should be fun lol ;) We're off on Tuesday to a Parent Support group run by CAMHS for other parents who are awaiting the formal diagnosis and their children who are in the system are thought to have ASD.

TTFN take care my friends xxxx

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Stitching for 2011 - Update 2

Just thought I'd show you how far I'm coming along with my cottage. I'm really enjoying this kit but glad I made my parking system (see previous blogs) as now that I've got to the border where the flowers are its a constant changing of colours. You just get into the rythm of one colour and the block finishes lol :P

This is a closeup of the flowers that are
around the edge forming part of the border

Hope everyone is keeping well xxxx

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Becca Update

I called a meeting with Becca's class teacher and the SENCO, we had this on Tuesday afternoon. We talked about Becca's recent CAMHS visit and discussed the couple of things that came out of that regarding school plus the fact I know had a prelimanary date for her MAAT appointment (yay!!! about blinking time).

I also asked the school how they saw Becca coping with school-life as Becca had come to me with a couple of problems for her. On the whole she has an adult working on her table with her and about another 4 kids but apparently to them thats not classed as being given extra support *shakes head*; I'm just wondering how she would cope without these adults working on the table, have a hunch that her work would detoriate rapidly if this support was withdrawn..... We were also informed that she is one of the quieter kids in the class until you get her interested then she'll put her hand up and answer questions. Teacher wasn't bothered about the fact that she was one of the quieter kids; the fact that is she is quiet within school raised a red flag for me considering that they know she has the ASD and social skills problems *duh* On a good side she has just been moved up a level in Maths and she loves this class so much so teacher said she seems to come alive in this one lol ;)

I told them about how Becca was perceiving things as on Friday she told me she had been told off for not getting some work done on time within class. I asked her why she hadn't got it done and she said that her wrist was starting to hurt while she was doing the writing but was too scared to tell the teacher incase she didn't get believed. I informed them that this stems from the last school where they were quick to dismiss what she said when giving the pain in her arm as the reason for not completing work; even to the extend that they didn't ring me on several occasions when she'd asked for some pain relief >:( Becca also had a problem recently that kids in the class were saying she was going out with a lad in her class but she wasn't and the fact that they won't listen to her is getting her down (she's only 9 btw) - school's reaction "oh that just sounds like kids being kids" grrrr they made my blood boil cos they didn't seem to take into account that Becca takes things quite literally when people say things.


Because of all her problems that she will always face in life I have had to start looking for senior schools already to see what they can offer to her in the ways of support. Senior school is going to be a complete culture shock for her in the first place with having to keep changing rooms for each lesson plus having different teachers for different subjects; I think she'll cope with the latter more than the changing of rooms. I also have to take into affect that she doesn't like crowds and that the dinner time and breaktimes can be extremely busy and noisy as the kids decide to go about the school on mass. The first school I checked out today didn't seem to have enough funding to give her the help that she needs based on how she is now :( The second school although still a busy school when the kids come out of lessons have a better system for how kids move around the blocks and they keep the kids within the house blocks more for the first 3 years of their school life there which would suit Becca more; but once again the funding side of things comes into play as she currently doesn't have a statement. I don't think at the moment she needs a statement of special educational needs but the schools have less funding for kids without statements; the government are currently cutting back on the amount of statements they now issue which is fair enough as there is only so much money to go around. I have another school to go see next week and waiting for a fourth school to come back to me regarding going and chatting with them to see if they can meet her needs depending on how they issue their special needs funding.

Sorry its been a long essay today but so much information to get off my chest. Thank you for being patient and reading it all, just by visiting this page you make me grateful that you have taken the time to read it; comments are extremely appreciated as well though xxxx

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Hey ho back to normal again - whatever normal is lol ;)

Well kids went back to school on Tuesday 4th January and the busy hectic days have followed; on the same day both Becca and Stevie went to CAMHS for seperate appointments and got two different outcomes hehe

With Becca we talked about how Christmas was and that she'd enjoyed it. We also talked about how Becca felt about doing homework - she doesn't like doing it much shall we say. We also found that Becca's appointment date for the Multi-Agency Autism Team diagnosis assessment has been provisionally set for the 26th May which is good news but now we're in the limbo state of waiting *groan* We'll still go to CAMHS but just not as often now, her next appointment in not until March now.

With Stevie we had a good session again talking about how he felt over Christmas. Within the session Cathy (the psychologist at CAMHS) realised that Stevie may have what she called "anchorage" issues within his sensory issues. By this she means that when he sits down anywhere there is quite a bit of him that needs to be in contact with the chair etc. She gave him a situation where if he could choose where to sit in a room a) on the floor in the middle of the room or b) against the wall what would he choose; he chose b) against the wall, then promptly laid out flat on the floor and become such a more relaxed person that we could see the change in him straight away which was really weird to see from my point of view as a parent.

Since then I've also had a meeting with Becca's teacher and the SENCO to update them with what was discussed at CAMHS plus to ask them how they were dealing with Becca during the day ie what sort of help were they putting in place for her etc. Found out that she has just been moved up in Maths which is brill but no great surprise as she really loves and enjoys this subject. I was also told that in all lessons she is on a table where there is always an adult member of staff be it teacher or teaching assistant but they aren't classing this as help for her *duh me thinks it is* Becca has always struggled with her spellings and this is becoming more apparent over the last few months but the school aren't at the moment treating it as a problem; they're trying to say there isn't a problem but I know for a fact there is a problem. What she struggles with is the understanding of what the word means then having to put that knowledge of the word into a viable constructive sentence. Gonna give until the end of the month trying what was discussed today but somehow I don't think its gonna work. Poor Becca is also scared to tell her teacher when she is in pain for fear of being disbelieved; this stems from the treatment she got from her old school where they didn't appear to take her fears and anxieties seriously so now she is left with the feeling that teachers won't believe her when she says something *sighs* the poor little lamb :(

Ending on a happy note we have also finally gotten a date for Becca's Occupational Therapy assessment appointment for the end of February this year; not bad considering she was referred back in May 2010!

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Stitching for 2011 - Update 1

Hi there folks!!

Well I've had a busy week this week with lots of things going on but I still managed to get quite a bit of stitching done this week on my Janlynn kit. I've posted all the pics that I've taken at the end of each day I've stitched, this kit keeps calling me to work on it:-

This is my "parking" system I use for the needles

The "parking" system is because I will do one bit of the thread but there will be another further over but because its too big a gap between the areas I "park" the needles with the thread in so that I can use it again when I get to it. The pink material is just a spare bit I found in my material box; using a normal biro I write the colour number down then put the needle in the material next to the number until its needed.

Hope you've enjoyed reading this update.

Monday, 3 January 2011

Stitching for 2011

To start this years stitching off I've decided to raid my stash box and do one for myself that I bought about 15-18mths ago. At the time when I bought it I'd been taking my James and his school friend to violin orchestra each week for several weeks. At the end of the term the friends mum had bought me as a thank you some vouchers for Hobbycraft so I indulged in something that I would want to keep once I'd stitched it. I found this gorgeous kit by Janlynn called Our Little House, it got put in my stash box and I knew it would end up getting stitched at some point lol

This is design by Janlynn "Our Little House"
the words at the top read as
"Our little house is sweet and small
But in our hearts there's room for all"

This is the progress that I've managed to get done today 02/01/2011 (didn't find camera until after midnight)
I did some this afternoon then picked it up again once kids were bed so not bad for today

Take care and happy stitching to my stitchy friends and followers xxxx

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Who needs a man??????

We bought a chest of drawers from Ikea for our James back in October time I think but its just been sat there waiting for the right time to get time......but of course it never came around. Shock horror for the lovely box sat quietly in the corner snoozing cos I finally got around to doing it seeing as the kids Dad came around for his access time so I'm now officially off duty for a few hours hehehehehe

When we first got the box we checked it over and found there was a piece missing so we got that bit and then it just sat in the corner gathering dust. Reopened to find the paper instructions had disappeared...oh crap!!!....then had a brainwave....lets see if Ikea do their instructions online.....Hallelujah they did!!!!!!
Here follows the outcome of putting it together (our James took my photos for me). Amazingly I didn't need a swearbox and all James did help was pass me the bits I needed so all went well, from start to finish it only took just under 1hr 15mins including finding the instructions online!!! Me is quite impressed with oneself lmao!

Laid all the bits out to save searching for them

All the bits were accounted for, had a few left of panel pins though

Main frame finished minus the back

The assembly line as James called it lol :)

Yay all done just need to put the clothes away now

What I liked about these drawers is how deep they are, plenty of room
for James clothes now that he's a pre-teen

Well thanks for reading a boring subject but hey I'm impressed with myself cos I did it all on my own without a man!