GTD? I would like that.

29 04 2008

OK. So today I am trying to be good and positive and productive.  My work to-do list is crazy long and my one for the house is not much better:

  • Finish shopping for anniversary present/card/paper etc for Ricardo – it is 5 years on Saturday
  • Sort out Dad’s present – his 60th is on Saturday also!
  • Clean the house.  It is a complete hole.
  • Sort out my craft corner – it is out of hand and no crafting is getting done there.
  • Study, study and more study.  I have to catch up on the reading and start writing my last essay.  I have a day school on 10th May (first one I am attending – I thought it was about time).
  • Work on my new website
  • Tackle the laundry / ironing mountain
  • Pick up dry cleaning ready for the wedding on Sunday (we have had A LOT on lately)
  • Buy some food for us to eat – our cupboards are pretty bare (and a bit grimey… need to clean house pronto)
  • Watch my stories

Phew.  Funny how no amount of reading Lifehacker or Unclutterer actually makes this list go down.  By the way, in case you were wondering what GTD means, read this.


Handmade Mother’s Day

7 03 2008

Last Sunday was Mother’s Day and I was planning on making both mums something but both efforts went badly wrong.   I am still working on my mums gift but this is the last minute replacement I made for Rich’s mum. 


They are little quilted coasters from Joelle Hoverson‘s Last minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts.  The book is great and I was dying to start making stuff from it after seeing it in Martha Stewart Living magazine.  Sorry the photo is a little blurry, I had to snap in a hurry.  The material is some of my favourite in my stash and so I hope she liked them!

I ended up giving my mum my first sewing project since I got my new machine.  If nothing else, it has sentimental value.

New things in 2007 – update!

5 01 2008

So this is what I managed to do. I was aiming for 50 new things but apparently I am quite dull. In 2007, I have:

  1. Felt the testicles of a ram (what a start!!).
  2. Made pottery on a hen weekend.
  3. Learned some new phrases.
  4. Visited Ireland.
  5. Walked on The Burren.
  6. Drank Guinness in a Irish Pub in Ireland.
  7. Started to make a patchwork quilt. I was going to wait until I had finished to add it but it’s been ages since I had done something new.
  8. Skipped an essay. Nowt to be proud of, to be sure, but it is something new for me.
  9. Been to a Hobbycraft and Sewing for Pleasure fair – everyone at work mocked me but who cares.
  10. Seen the Pacific Ocean.
  11. Traveled on a cable car in San Francisco.
  12. Stayed in a yurt.
  13. Driven down Mullholland Drive and saw the Hollywood sign.
  14. Been horse riding in Arizona.
  15. Flown into the Grand Canyon in a helicopter.
  16. Gambled in Las Vegas (only $4 or so but it still counts as a new thing).
  17. Played with my new MacBook. I still think I am PC deep down but it is nice to have a new toy!
  18. Wandered around the Leamington Peace Festival.
  19. Played Buzz on the PS3 – so much fun!
  20. Met a blog friend in the flesh.
  21. Tried Miso Soup at last!! It is delicious (if it’s from the right place).
  22. Finished my first mini-quilt. This may seem like duplication (see number 4) but a) it was not the same quilt – that one is a patchwork larger quilt and b) it is not finishedit is now!!
  23. Been to see a concert at the O2 arena (which used to be the Millenium Dome).
  24. Learned basic HTML (like how to do page breaks and add links without the aid of a safety net!)
  25. Met a MySpace friend in the flesh.
  26. Worked part-time. This is the life! A 30-hour week may sound like it is almost full-time but wow! It is good having some spare hours in the day.
  27. Made a Jack O Lantern for Halloween.
  28. Made Spicy Toasted Pumpkin seeds.
  29. Made cushion covers using one of my new craft books The Impatient Patchworker.
  30. Eaten a delicious Sardinian Fish Stew at a lovely pub, The Oxford Arms.
  31. Subscribed to Martha Stewart Living and Real Simple magazines.
  32. Been to see Foo Fighters at NEC Arena. (Full disclosure: First time seeing them there).
  33. Seen Queen tribute band Queen B.
  34. Worked at a Children’s Centre.
  35. Handmade a Christmas decoration.
  36. Read lots of new books.
  37. Driven a company car (of sorts).
  38. Cooked a turkey dinner.  I did it on Boxing Day for my family and it ROCKED.  I didn’t ruin it which was a major shock.

I will be keeping a new list for 2008 simply called ‘New Things’.

I’m still here

3 12 2007

I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, I just lost the words necessary to write a blog. It probably had something to do with the essay which was due on 16th November for which I got a 2 week extension and finally submitted yesterday. My wonderful tutor has already marked it and it was a good mark. Very good actually. I am so chuffed but slightly daunted by the fact that I have another essay now due for Friday. That’s what you get for getting an extension. I am really enjoying this course though. It is refreshing to be doing some new subjects. The course is Introduction to Humanities which means a) it’s varied and b) it’s easy (hence the good mark) – it’s only a first year level course. My first essay consisted of 4 disciplines: art history, literature, music and philosophy. Literature was the easiest simply because that is what I have been doing for the past 3 years in the other courses I have done for my degree. Art History is interesting and I think I will cope OK. Philosophy is fascinating and I cannot wait to do more. I do love to ruminate. However, I think I am going to struggle with the music part because it is so different to anything I have studied. I love listening to all kinds of music (despite what my previous post have led you to believe, I do know there is more to life than the Foo Fighters – just about). But working out all the different parts and writing about it is not as easy as I would have thought.

Anyhoo I am super glad that I did ok in my first marked assignment and despite having to get through a ton of reading, I am looking forward to tackling the next essay. Subject: Classics – The Colloseum.

Later this week, I will tell you about the Christmas decorations I am making.  Prepare to be underwhelmed.

All sewn up

19 11 2007

Remember my patchwork quilt? Well, I never got round to showing you my finished patchwork cushions which I made to match:


I used bodged a pattern in The Impatient Patchworker which my MIL bought me for my birthday. This is the first project I made from any of the lovely craft books I got for my birthday. IN JULY! How shocking is that?! Anyway, I am pretty chuffed with the results.



Say hello to my lovely sewing machine that made making these cushions a dream. I really want to get on with my sampler quilt but I have to wait until I have made at least one present for Christmas.

She’s leaving work. Again.

2 11 2007

I have handed in my notice (which I didn’t actually have to give as I am a lowly temp) so after Friday 9th November, I will no longer be working at the Children’s Centre.  I cannot say that I am sorry to go in that I am excited to get on with the start up of a new business (I won’t go into any details just now but lets just say I am VERY excited about it and my first business trip will be to NYCeeee).  I will miss, though, some of the lovely people I have got to know whilst working there.  Also, it is the first time I have working locally in 6 years and it has really helped me get to know the town I live in.  I really must start thinking about how I can make some friends locally (mine are all so far away). 

Things I want to do this weekend:

  • buy a new cooker – soemthing like this:


  • make some Christmas gifts or at least plan the making of some Christmas gifts
  • watch some TV (naturally)
  • help sort out my new office
  • watch some more TV
  • shop for some new boots.  I am thinking about something like:


or some jazzy purple ones:


Mini Quilt the Second

31 10 2007

Emily has now received the mini quilt I made for her friend so I can show it to you without ruining the surprise!!!


A bit closer…


And of course I have to sign it:


And I have an Etsy shop so if you would like one of these made just for you, mosey on over and have a gander.