|Laura Mackenzie-Hawkins||13/09/2016 13:03:13|
|7 forum posts|
Just realised I haven't posted a hello post. I'd posted on the sketchbook quilt thread but hadn't actually said hello.
HELLO!!! I'm Laura I'm 39 and I live in Middleton, Manchester with my Husband Stephen 39 and 2 Children. Alex, our daughter, who is 15 in November and Beren, our son, who has just turned 13 in August. Both are on the Autistic Spectrum.
We like collecting Vintage things. Anything that catches our eye really. Alex loves Hornsea and has been collecting Heirloom storage Jars and table wear. She has collected a fair amount with my help. She also has a passion for vintage bedding like the wool blankets or Candlewicks. Again, she has a fair amount of these that she has found at an amazing Jumble sale we go to, mainly for 25p each!
Me, I collect Fabric. For the past 20 years plus I have been amassing a hoard of a stash. Anything that takes my fancy really. Vintage textiles, Bargains that you just can't live without and they will never be seen at that price again.....so I'll buy the roll if I can. I don't have nights out or Holidays (last one was 3 years ago and that was St I'd been on in Ayers). I'm spinally challenged so I have had to give up a lot over the years so sewing has become something that I have thrown myself into. I've done Custom Fleece Hats and Scarves, Curtains, Cushions, Adobes, Bed sheets, Costumes, Copley, Children's clothes, Shirts and shorts for Hubby. Bags, Purses, Pencil cases, Dog collars, Horse blankets and Field rugs.......the list goes on hehe. I use to do a lot of hand sewing but because of Arthritis in my fingers I have had to almost give it up. I share a 1950s Janome New Home Sewing Machine with my daughter, it's very basic but it's such a lovely machine to work on. Have to get hubby to lift it for me as it is very heavy.
As well as having Spinal issues (Degenerative Disc Disease), Arthritis and Nerve Issues I am also on the Autistic Spectrum as I have Asperger's. I struggle with crowds, tend to chat on (even typing lol) but I am very giving and if I can help someone in any way, sometimes I have been hurt because of this but I try not to let it stop me from helping the next person.
Well, that's me. I know it's rather a lot and I am sorry for that but hope I have given an insight into me.
|Irene B||13/09/2016 14:52:58|
4433 forum posts
Hi Laura, Lovely to meet you and a very warm welcome to the Forum. It's great to have you on board and look forward to seeing your creations. You sound a very happy and active household with lots of animals to look after! Well done Alex for doing so well with her enterprise to fund her trip to CERN - is that in Switzerland?
|Marian T||13/09/2016 15:19:25|
4504 forum posts
Welcome to the group. I really enjoyed reading about your family and the close connection you all have including all your animals.
Alex has it all sussed out and her fund raising for Cern is fantastic and her plans to buy her brother a telescope is so kind and caring.
I hope you enjoy getting involved with the group and I look forward to seeing your creations in the future.
|rosemary Rosenfeld||13/09/2016 16:56:32|
5619 forum posts
Hi Laura...what a busy lot you all are! Welcome to the forum and please share some photos with us!We love seeing what everyone else is doing! Best Rosemary
|Margaret S||14/09/2016 14:23:17|
3884 forum posts
Hi Laura, it makes me tired just reading about all the things that you do! Welcome to the Forum.
Well done to your daughter on her fund raising. We don't see one of our group members too often because she is often at Cern working on ATLAS, and another of our member's husband is a Physics Professor who also works on ATLAS. I am sure that your daughter will have/will enjoy the experiences offered by the trip.
|Winnie the B.O.L.B||14/09/2016 22:05:02|
3329 forum posts
Hi Laura - like Margaret S said, I feel exhausted just thinking about your hectic life. I couldn't do it, that's for sure. Please remember to join in on the Chat thread of the Forum - that's where we all keep up with each other's everyday doings.
|pamela jeffrey||15/09/2016 09:59:41|
3192 forum posts
You keep busy
|Carol B||18/09/2016 19:50:29|
3000 forum posts
Lovely to hear all about you and your family. I saw your postings in the sketchbook quilt thread and thought how wonderful it was that you made the competition a family affair with yourself, DH and DD having a go.
Congratulations to your DD on her fund raising, she sounds such a determined young lady, I am sure she will have a great time at CERN.
Look forward to seeing more postings from you,
|Laura Mackenzie-Hawkins||22/09/2016 10:16:21|
|7 forum posts|
Thank you for the welcomes. I've been told by hubby that I have to have a semi feet up day. I say semi because the dogs still need to go out and I still had to sort poultry feeds. He's fussing as I had a bad medication night when I woke up at 4am which is an hour and half off my pain patch being changed having started going into withdrawal So hubby got my top up Oxycontin to stop me contorting. So I'm a wee bit achy today. But the dogs have been huge fusspots and even my son's cat came and sat with me on the sofa. She normally just meows AT me till I get her treats. But because the dogs don't get treats without at least giving paw, the cat does also cause it wouldn't be fair otherwise. Had a SKY fitter's eyes almost fall out when Posh ran in the room and Sat when I asked and then gave Paw, left and right for treats. He asked if he had just seen what he had thought he'd seen. Yes, a cat who sits and gives paw. She also does Lie down and bedtime Soon as I said she's my son's Autistic Support Cat it suddenly seemed completely logical that she would. She's a Blue Tabby Point Birman who came int our lives 6 years ago. She'd actually been dumped on an industrial estate. She is like Nanny to the kids and fusses over them endlessly. She just gets bored if they are at school so follows me around
Hubby is on pins waiting for his sketchbook quit to come back in the post as with being his first ever thing he's made all on his own, he's rather proud. I am chuffed he loved doing it, tho I do really wish he'd learn to plaster (I wanted to but now can't) so we can get some rooms sorted properly but he can Tile (walls and floors) and is quite handy really as I have taught him most things in the 21 years we've been together. His dad was a landscape gardener and all he'd do was mow huge lawns when he worked with him. I ended up taking over while at Uni and holidays as I'd been brought up around farming and enjoyed proper gardening. I'm trying to get back to having a nice garden or at least section of it. We have 160ft x 40ft split into 3 sections. Currently the animals have 2 sections and we have the first section and patio tho the poultry don't hold to this and do tend to find ways to come and sit at the back door wanting to come in lol The Turkeys are just as bad as all were hatched in house and spent first few weeks being carried around on shoulders or sleeping perched on one of the dogs backs. They are just a lot larger now and having a bird 15kgs plus in weight with 5 to 6ft wingspan trying to fly to your shoulder or arm can be a bit disturbing of you didn't know that they then snuggle up to your face wanting kisses and hugs. We've kept turkeys now for the last 10/11 years. We can't eat Turkey now.
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