She’s only making plans for Nigel…

It’s that time of year, cold, grey and the sparkle of the holidays has faded.  We feel jaded and want to hibernate.  Usually I’d let myself give in to that feeling but not this year.  This year I have dreams, plans and goals. Lots of them! My first one is to complete a month of FatMumSlim photos on Instagram, so far so good.   My snaps aren’t great but I’m having fun.  You can find me under the moniker shake_your_tush. My next goal is an ongoing one.   I want to make at least 2 original items of clothing every month. This is an easy target but should spur me on to creating some fun pieces.  Hopefully!! I also want a new tattoo and have asked a good friend to design something for me – watch this space! My other plans for this year revolve around family, friends and music so lots of fun to be had. Now, on to my big dream for the year… Travel. I’ve always loved our world, there is so much to see and learn about. Different cultures, art, people and architecture to learn about.  It’s so easy to let where you live become the centre of your universe, to become comfortable where you are and to forget about everything else that is out there.  It’s been 9.5 years since I left the familiarity of the UK and quite frankly, I’m bored.  I need adventure, culture, art, new friends and experiences.  And I need all this now! So, I’m going to take myself off on some adventures.  I have a list of places to...

January, the month of new beginnings…

…or something like that. How was your Christmas and New Year?  I hope it was happy, fun and relaxed.  We all had a wonderful time with lots of love, cuddles and happy moments. I’m still working my way through the mountain of chocolate I was given – and that’s why I started running again today! Most of you know I’m a single mum with four amazing children.  We’re a crazy bunch, I’m not your perfect mum.   Who is? I shout, get frustrated, cry and want to run away at times.  But then I get hugs, smiles, a funny story is told and I pour myself a gin!  It’s great and I love it. Doing it on my own?  It’s incredibly hard and scary at times but it’s the best job in the world and I’m proud to be called mum. Today my eldest three went to their dad’s for the night as they always do midweek. My youngest is 4, she doesn’t like it when they go and she stays at home.   I must admit I find the silence deafening sometimes.   This evening though, she was my company.   Whilst I was washing up she pottered through as 4 year olds do and said; “I can’t wait to be your age mummy.” Yes, I have a 4 year old who wants to be 41 and do all the things I do.  Maybe I make it look exciting…?!? She then looked me up and down with deep concentration, her little face turned to mine and she said; “Mummy, you are really a lot little aren’t you? I...

On family, coffee and doing it alone…

This is my family, they are 15, 12, 8 and 4.  Three girls, 1 boy.  All totally amazing and incredibly different in character.  They are my happiness, craziness, sanity, frustration and fun all wrapped up in a bundle of kind, caring, happy, lively loveliness. Being a single parent is hard.  Rewarding yes, but hard.  I didn’t choose to do this on my own.  Circumstances changed, I changed, life happened.  I think I do a pretty good job though (they do see their dad’s, a lot, and have a great relationship with them).  Most of the time being on my own doesn’t bother me – we’ve lived as a single parent family for over 3 years now.  It’s different now that I’m properly on my own though.  There’s no one to ring and moan, no one to give me hug on those rough days when I’m having to be the mean mum, no one to text and share those seemingly insignificant tiny triumphs with.  And that’s lonely. I’m slowly filling those gaps though – with work, crafts, home making, friends, and I plan to do more.   It’s not all doom and gloom, with these bundles of craziness around me – how could it be? So – this afternoon we took a trip to Beaulieu village.  We had a short walk along the river and popped into the new Mettricks for a drink.  I’d heard that Mettricks serve the best coffee in Southampton so it was time to try them out. I knew we were on to something good when my youngest asked for a babycino and was told that...

Of capes and coffee..

I’ve been sewing, it’s been over a month since I made anything.  The last thing I made was on the 15th September – a garter for the bride. Yesterday I cut out a mustard wool cape using a 1970’search pattern.  I adjusted the pattern slightly, taking out about a quarter of the fabric for a sleeker, more modern look.  The raw edges are bound with a floral bias binding and I added a hood lining in the same fabric for some more colour.  The clasp is one I found in a tub of vintage  buttons that I was bought earlier this year. What do you think? If you’d like one then send me an email, or a message here/Facebook/Twitter. ~~~~~ This afternoon I went to one of my favourite places, Lyndhurst – a small village in the New Forest.  Lots of high quality gift shops, pubs, restaurants and coffee shops.   I bought the silver birch candle holder above from Burrow and Hide, and found the New Forest Aromatics in The Forage – a popular coffee shop and deli specialising in seasonal local produce, delicious teas and freshly roasted coffees. I stayed for lunch because it all looked very inviting… I’d already had more coffee than Lorelei Gilmore’s weekly allowance so looked through their extensive TeaPigs menu.  Although not on the menu, I asked if a chai latte was possible.  No problem was the reply and a very yummy, freshly brewed, steamed and liberally cinnamonned chai latte arrived. The menu is vast! So much to choose from and this is only one page. In the end I went for...

July Surprise Bag Club!

Can I have a drumroll please…… The theme for July is “Beside The Seaside”!  Think jumping waves, ice creams and lollies, twinkly lights in the evening sun, the smell of salt on your sun warmed skin.  You’re there aren’t you? Thank you so much for your support for the inaugural bag club last month hopefully you’ll all be receiving your parcels very soon.  I had a few teething problems but these have been ironed out now and I can’t wait to get started on the July bags! Full details below – Do you love my bags but never know which design/fabric/size to choose? Do you need a treat that’s just for you? Do you like surprises? If you’ve answered yes to at least one of these questions then read on… The SYT Surprise Bag Club! A subscription based monthly parcel of treats for you to keep or share. Each month you’ll recieve a themed parcel of hand-picked, hand crafted goodies. To include a gorgeous limited edition bag made by me as well as a selection of delicious treats made by carefully chosen artisans for you and your home. This parcel of fun and funky loveliness will make you smile, give you a reason to spend some time to yourself and will introduce you to some of the extremely talented people from around the UK. The bag design will be different each month and won’t be offered for sale to the general public. Each bag will be slightly different (hence the exclusively small number of spaces available) – this means that you’ll be guaranteed a unique piece of wearable and...

So, why Shake Your Tush?

Shake Your Tush.  That’s me.  A bespoke vintage clothing maker, designer and wearer.  But why the name itself? Well, I love to dance.  You’ll find me dancing everywhere – in the kitchen, walking from the sewing machine to the ironing board, even in the supermarket aisles! I wanted a name for the business that was memorable and reflected my character.  Yes, I’m often shaking my tush!   I hope that the clothing my customers buy from me makes them feel confident, comfortable and gorgeous. So much so that end up dancing through their...

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