mini adventures

mermaids and sixteen


last week's excuse was camping, this week's is a birthday


a sixteen year old in the house, and you all know what I'm going to say!  How did that happen?  I'm sure he was just a tiny toddler the last time I looked.  Where do all the years go?!

At least he (and my older 19 year old!) still likes (or even insists upon) the birthday throne, the crown that he's had since he was five (it's stretched a bit!) and the sweets, candles and wooden birthday circle.

But apart from coming to terms with the passing of time and watching my boy cycling off on his new road bike with dreams of the Tour de France I have been busy trying to organize my youngest girl so she can be a more self sufficient home ed girl.

I am intending to start using another blog that we set up as a family to focus on home ed a little more.  The reason we wanted to blog about family life a little now is that I find very little written about teens and home ed online.  Perhaps we're supposed to have it all sorted by now!  Anyway I will pop a link on here once we get the blog properly going.

And a little bit of stitching (more pattern design really).  Inspired by the sea, and the mermaid of Zennor along with all the other mermaids we read about...


I'm thinking of a mermaid cushion.  I'm going to add more decorative elements around her and probably offer her as a pattern and sampler

Mermaid threads

I went with Annis to choose some sea colours yesterday.  Blues are not colours that I normally use a lot but I am enjoying looking at these lovely aquas and blues, it makes me want to go swimming!

Mermaid hair

and I've got the sparkle back out, sadly it never photographs very well (or I don't photograph it very well!!) but it's a lovely silver mixed with a pale yellow, just glittering a little.  

And now back to listening to my sixteen year old reading aloud from Great Expectations