Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Highs and lows

The week just past has included a heady mix of emotions here, and I'm hoping for a rather more even keel over the next few days. Can I start with a plea? I kept myself occupied one afternoon this weekend by sewing a large quantity of Wiggly Bags for the Liberty Rose Trust to be given to children undergoing cancer treatment. I made them using Florence's pattern and instructions, and if you can possibly spare an hour to do the same, they would be grateful for any you could send. They really are very straightforward and you will feel very proud of yourself afterwards, I promise.


Wiggly bags in memory of a very brave little boy

From one extreme to another - two gorgeous little babies came into school to meet everyone, and of course, babies need bibs, and two babies need lots, so I've been making those too and loving every minute (well, except those where the tension went wonky). There couldn't be a much better excuse to indulge in soft brushed cottons and some new Tilda florals.


Sunday was, of course, a time for remembering those who gave their lives for our country. It's always a day that stirs up strong emotions, and this year my composure was challenged again as Tall Small's choir joined another group of children to perform in a special concert of Remembrance. The standard of singing was wonderful, and the Senior choir (older teenagers) were nothing short of remarkable. Tiny Small clapped so hard she nearly fell off her seat. This time next year she'll be up there with her sister and I shall lose any shred of self control I ever possessed.


And the highest high? Undoubtedly a letter from the BBC for clever Tall Small, who managed to achieve a prize I yearned for during my entire childhood.

Yes, it's a Blue Peter badge!!!!

This has unsurprisingly, become her most treasured possession!

34 comments:

  1. Thanks for the link to the wiggly bags instructions. I hopeI can squeeze in some time to make some.

    Congratulations to Tall Small for having been awarded the Blue Peter Badge!

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  2. Oh gosh, I yearned fir a Blue Peter badge as well. I love the image of your little one clapping so hard she nearly fell off her seat. How sweet.

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  3. Beautiful singing runs in the family, then! Ans a Blue Peter badge - I am in awe. Well done, Tall Small.

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  4. You Cookies are a clever and talented bunch. Bags, singing, oh so coveted BP Badges and your beautiful and truly gorgeous jewels that you made the other week. Where will this all end??

    Ax

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  5. How COOL to get a Blue Peter badge! I am very impressed. My two always admire the one that one of the experts on Antiques Roadshow proudly wears.

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  6. This post is almost too much. My gizzards feel clenchy at it all. Goodness.

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  7. Wow what productivity! And congratulations to Tall small for earning such a coveted accolade!

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  8. Wow! I've just been off to have an education about Blue Peter badges and saw a fun little Roald Dahl video in the process. Now I'm wishing I'd grown up in the UK. Congratulations to Tall Small!!!

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  9. congrats to tall small - what a great achievement. Miss K has one for a poem she wrote at school, oh she wears it with such pride! E has spent over a week drawing a picture of all the blue peter pets as he desperately wants one too....

    lovely sewing, I hope it has been soul soothing xxx

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  10. I always wanted a blue peter badge it was my most wanted thing and I never ever managed one!

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  11. I want a Blue peter badge. I am re-inspired. My thinking cap is on and am dreaming of Tim Vincent...or whoever it is now.

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  12. Am I too old to try for a Blue Peter badge?

    It sounds like a great week - they've given you a lot to be proud of.

    I keep meaning to ask my friend about wiggly bags for over here. Good intentions can sometimes be scuppered by others' fear of lawsuits over the most minor of things here.

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  13. oh if only I could use a sewing machine, it is on my to do list for next year :-) Those bibs look so cute and wow wee re the bluepeter badge, you should frame that in a box frame!

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  14. Oh I yearned for a Blue Peter badge and would still love to have one, what an exciting accolade.
    Will follow your link and read about the little bags, I'm sure I could make some too.xx

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  15. Congratulations to Tall Small - how exciting!

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  16. Big congratulations to Tall Small! And very impressed by your wonderful sewing.

    K x

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  17. Well done to Tall Small - maybe she'll let you wear her badge from time to time!! Those bibs are just so cute and the bags are a great idea ..... and reminded me that it's time I made another quilt for Project Linus!

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  18. A Blue Peter badge? Oh Tall Small how very talented you are. This is one of the cultural references I actually get.

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  19. I am agog! A.Real.Live.Blue.Peter.Badge!!! breath....breath....

    Many many congratulations to Tall Small on her magnificent badge and wonderful singing.

    I find nothing makes me well up more than children singing....apart from Remembrance Day - so a combination of the two makes me a total mess.

    Lovely post, Val :)

    xxx

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  20. I am with Emma on the clenchy gizzard front. So sorry about the low portions of your week, but I hope that the multiple joys are more than making up for them. And if you need some comic relief, my word verification is "kinki."

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  21. A Blue Peter Badge! Wow!
    Tall Small must be bursting with pride! That's up there with being made Dame Tall Small, something she may well attain if she carries on singing.

    I missed the 11am silence, sitting in SW Town Hall I looked at my watch and it was 11.15am. However it was silent.
    We then watched the parade in the market square from the top window of the Town Hall - a grandstand view of everyone from the soldiers from Carver Barracks down to the teeniest Brownie.

    Very moving.
    Celia

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  22. Wow - I am impressed with Blue Peter Badge!

    I think the wiggly bags are a fab idea - well done on yours, I will try to follow your good example :)

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  23. That does sound like a real rollercoaster of a week - hope you get a calm period to follow and gather some energy for christmas. Those school christmas plays and carol concerts are looming - more tissues required I think. Thanks for the link to the Liberty bags - I'll try and crank up my old sewing machine and get a few done. Well done to Tall Small, a coveted Blue Peter Badge is definitely a posession to treasure for always!

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  24. Well done on her Blue Peter badge! And oh, Tiny Small, clapping.

    They're not so tiny now, are they, Tiny and Littlest? When do you think we should change their names?

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  25. Just two words, Tall Small. Proper respect!!!

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  26. Big Congrats to Tall Small for the Blue Peter badge. I finally achieved one at the age of 16 which may have been cheating, but they're just so cool!

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  27. o wow a blue peter badge - awesome!
    x

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  28. The wiggly bags are gorgeous - I love the fabrics that you've used. I'm so glad that the week had the loveliness of a Blue Peter badge in it - my husband still has his - it's definitely an achievement of a lifetime! Well done to your small one.

    Florence x

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  29. wow, a real blue peter badge!!!!

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  30. Wow! Now that is cool! I so wanted one of those too. Well done, Tall Small!

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  31. wow!! a real Blue Peter Badge!! how blimmin cool is that?!! I bet she's as proud as punch.
    I am going to get stuck into some Wiggly Bags too-thanks for the info x

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  32. A blue peter badge? Oh wow - now that is a huge achievement. I wanted one of those my whole childhood - and so did my kids! Well done to your tall small. x

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  33. I can't believe I'm only just seeing this post. Congratulations to all. And WOW! A Blue Peter badge, fantastic! Happy Christmas to you all and BTW, don't bother with self control when you see both your girls performing together next year. It's your right as a mum to blubber to your heart's content :)

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