Happy St George’s Day!

23 04 2008

Officially the most boring of all the saint’s days (well except for St David’s Day I suppose – I KID!), today is St George’s Day.  It is also Shakespeare’s birthday and since he was born just down the road, I will raise a glass (or a cup of tea) to you, Bill.





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. 

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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’.





Good times

28 12 2007

Hello everyone! I am sorry to be away so long. Christmas came and went with a lot less pain and worry than last year which is obviously a good thing. Christmas brought laughter, lovely gifts, time with family and friends and some good TV (and I have still not seen the Extras special so don’t talk about it please).

I will post again properly very soon – I am thinking of a new look for the new year.

Happy New Year everyone!!

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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:

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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.

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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.





It’s snowing!!!!

18 11 2007

How cool is this?

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It’s making me feel Christmassy!





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:

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  • 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:

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or some jazzy purple ones:

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