Tuesday, 9 October 2018

A Little Bit of Crafting

Alongside the early nights and theatre trips I mentioned in my previous post, I have actually managed to squeeze in a little bit of crafting. Not as much as I intended, but more than I usually do at this point in the year.

I have continued the baby quilt for my friend. I sewed the pattern blocks and dotty blocks together and then cut them in half, forming a neat pile of HSTs.

I'm planning on sewing them together in chevrons/zig-zags. Before I do, I need to work out if I want to do the colours in order, or muddle them up!

I have also dug out the cross-stitch. Only a few stitches have been added, but I did move the hoop a couple of times. I also think I'm close to another colour swap!

Thanks for sticking with me whilst I've had limited blogging energy. Hopefully it will be a bit better now

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Theatre Trips

Sorry I haven't blogged for a while - the start of the school term really hits hard. Most week evenings I'm asleep by 9pm!

However, this hasn't stopped me from squeezing in 3 theatre trips in 2 weekends!

2 Saturdays ago, I went to London with my friend Lauren. We first saw Wicked (her 20th time, and my 7th we think). We obviously love the show! If you don't know the story, it's about how the Wicked Witch of the West (Wizard of Oz) became Wicked. If you have read the novel, I must say the show is FAR better.

Our second show was Everybody's Talking About Jamie. A show about a 16 year old boy who wants to be a drag queen, and wants people to accept that. It was rather fun, and some really good songs. However, it has not toppled Wicked as my favourite as it basically reminded me of work too much! But I would see it again, and highly recommend.

Last Friday, I headed up to Northampton with Lauren to see Kinky Boots. I knew nothing about the story, or any of the songs. It took a couple of songs to get going, but by the end of a character called Lola's first song, I was hooked! I have been listening to the music from it all week now too. The basic story is a shoe company is going out of business, so decides to make shoes for a very niche market - drag queens!

No more plans for the theatre at the moment, but I'm sure that will change!

Saturday, 15 September 2018

I Think I'm Addicted...

So after promising myself I won't buy any more material (quilting or sewing-wise) except to finish off projects, I bet you can guess what I have done.

Yep - bought myself some gorgeous rainbow jersey from the Village Haberdashery. I had been wowed by some projects on Instagram made with this material, so when it came in stock I just had to have it!

Oh, and another addiction of mine was finally finished. I have been collecting a beautiful set of Harry Potter hardbacks for several years - my dad has kindly been supplying most for birthday and Christmas. However, they went out of print and the last two books were becoming increasing difficult to find, and very expensive! After some extensive eBay hunting, I managed to complete my collection and without breaking the bank!

They all have images on the front cover from the original books, and gold edged pages. I keep catching myself staring at them on the shelf now!

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Finally Got Some Crochet Clothes

A couple of years ago, I started a crochet doll. I am following a lovely design and book called My Crochet Doll by Isabelle Kessedjian. This doll has a body, head and hair. No face or clothes as yet - oops! It was originally intended for my friend's daughter; since then she has had a little boy too (that's how long it's taken me to get going with this!) so it will now be for both of them.

So this week I knuckled down and started on the clothes. It seems a bit of a random order but I am just following the order in the book.

The doll now has some pyjamas (minus some buttons):

And a rather funky swimming costume:

There were also a lot of tails that I had to tuck in!

The clothes are a little baggy but I'm okay with this as I want to make it relatively easy for two children under 7 to dress the doll themselves.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Last Minute Summer Crafting

In the past few days, my crafting bug really reared it's head - it's not looking forward to being capped now for a few months!

I popped round to my friends house on Wednesday for the afternoon. It was a nice bookend of the holidays, as I also spent the first weekend of the holidays at her house sewing! I didn't get too much done, but I did cut out 42 5 inch dotty squares ready to attempt some half square triangles.

I spent Thursday having a movie day with Darren, which meant the crochet appeared and I started making a dent in the huge amount of clothes I have planned for the crochet doll I have been intending to make for a couple of years.

I also dug out my Bullet Journal and got it set up for September. I am very proud of the start page for September, which was inspired by images on Pinterest. I don't often draw, but I hold my own when I have something to copy. Just don't ask me to do faces, hands or shadowing!!

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Summer Cross-Stitching

I started the summer with a grand plan to do some form of stitching/sewing/crafting every single day. I didn't quite manage that, but I did do something most days!

The main project was my Disney cross-stitch. I last showed it after the IHSW in July (my first weekend of the holidays I think):

Since then I have been working through many shades of brown, and then working back to some colours I had already done.

The top right section hadn't got a lot of stitching in it due to lots of bitty colours that required a lot of counting to get to. I finally found a way to get more stitching in there, but it turns out it didn't expand as far as I thought! Ah well.

I have also started on a bit of sky. The pattern makes it seem that the area is bigger than it actually is, so it was a little disappointing that I didn't fill as much as I thought I would.

Overall though, a satisfying amount of progress for the summer - and I managed to use a couple of colours that weren't brown or green!

Monday, 27 August 2018

A Spot of Camping at Silverstone

Last weekend I couldn't get involved in FNSI or IHSW as I was away camping with the husband! Neither of us had been camping since we were younger and had adult supervision, so this was an experience!

The point of the camping was to watch some Motorsport at Silverstone. Darren had been given weekend tickets by his parents for his birthday for us to watch the World Endurance Championships. A lesser known branch of Motorsport, that involves long races (the longest of which is 24 hours at Le Mans). This was only a short race - 6 hours on the Sunday! There was also a 4 hour race for another branch of cars on Saturday, as well as some F3 races (yet another branch of cars), practices for all cars, and qualifying.

It was an experience - we got to walk in the pit lanes, view the track from many different vantages (we had a favourite spot by the end of Friday), and see cars in real-life that we had been watching on the TV for years.

The cars can be pulled apart easily to repair and so on, so damage in a race doesn't necessarily mean they are out - some of these photos are the cars being prepared for the race on Sunday.

We also did a heck of a lot of walking; Silverstone is big, and it's a long route round and into the centre of it!

The results of the weekend - we will definitely be trying to see some more WEC races, and may even camp again!

A Little Bit of Crafting

Alongside the early nights and theatre trips I mentioned in my previous post, I have actually managed to squeeze in a little bit of crafting...