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...

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...

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