Sunday, 26 March 2017

Sewing End of a Mad Week

As always, with the approach of the end of term, there is a lot of work to be done. Easter term is particularly busy as it is shorter than others, and there is Science Week in it (which, as a Science teacher, I get involved in a fair bit).

So, obviously, in a week with a lot going on and not a lot of time to do it - Ofsted arrive. Yaaaaay. For those who don't know, these are school inspectors that show up for between 1 and 2 days with half a days notice, and come and scrutinise you and the school to judge how good it is. It's an incredibly stressful time, as the school's grade from Ofsted is impacted by your teaching and paperwork (as well as a lot of other things). So that derailed the whole week, as Tuesday and Wednesday night was spent making sure everything was ship-shape for the next day.

And at the end of Thursday, we had a trip to a Chemistry lecture for our year 7s (luckily that was already organised and didn't take too much effort), and parents evening. The Chemistry lecture was very explosive, and a bit of fun for us and the kids - hope you like the pictures! I can't remember what the first was, but the second was a muffin on fire with the aid of super-cooled oxygen, and the third was a giant hydrogen balloon that exploded with enough force to open the lecture hall doors. Brilliant!




So, after this week, my plan has been to spend all weekend cross-stitching. Which I have. It has been so, so relaxing, and feels so well deserved. I decided last weekend (during FNSI) that instead of finishing colour by colour, I was going to try pattern page by pattern page. This is a technique I have seen a lot recently, and I thought I'd try it to see if it feels any faster than colour by colour. I'm not sure whether it is at the moment, but I shall stick to it for a bit. Pleased with the progress this weekend (added a little more after the photo, but this is the most noticeable difference).

  

I hope everyone has had a much calmer week!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

A Bit of Stitching and a School Trip

I've set myself a target to try and do something crafty at least once a week on a workday. I managed to put an hour into the Beauty and the Beast cross-stitch last night. I was quite tired and the colour I'm working on likes to hide a little in the pattern, so I did give up in the end for a more awake night.

Really pleased with how the castle is going (progress pics from sewing on Sunday and last night!)  



Yesterday, I along with another two teachers took some students to the Big Bang Fair at the NEC in Birmingham. It's absolutely jam-packed with a lot of science and engineering displays, activities and talks. It's also free to go along to, and is for families as well as schools - and is a yearly event, coinciding with Science Week.

Whilst there, I spotted some familiar robots from the TV that were quite exciting (and Sir Kill-a-lot was absolutely massive!)



And I have also finally finished the biography of Queen Victoria I have been reading since Christmas Day. It was really enjoyable, although did jump around a little bit. I also learnt a lot of new facts - although next time I read it I may need to have a notepad for all the names, nicknames and titles of all her family and prime ministers! (A little dog-eared because I can't help carrying around books and reading them whenever possible - which is usually when I go to the launderette)


Sunday, 5 March 2017

A Friday night not to plan

So after signing up for FnwF, and spending Thursday and Friday in work excited to have some sewing time, my Friday night did not go to plan!

After a busy week in work, and a gym session on Friday with my friend, the evening seemed to fly away and I was in bed by 9 and asleep not long after.

A fun-filled weekend of exam and coursework marking has been before me, so I actually haven't even managed to pick up my cross-stitch (and it's now past 6pm on Sunday).

But Husband and I did pop out yesterday morning, and we did mange to buy some material, so that counts for FnwF right?? We picked up a couple more fat quarters for the 365 quilt (the elephant material is a firm favourite of ours and just had to be there); Husband bought himself a sewing kit, and we picked out some lovely pale blue material for another project I will start soon (yes, I have a problem/addiction).


I hope everyone else had a more successful FnwF - I look forward to reading your blog posts!

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

FnwF sign up

I can't believe it's that time already! Friday night with friends is this Friday evening - you can sign up here (fingers crossed my ability to link works!)

It may come as no surprise that I'm planning on working on my mega cross-stitch! Although I am tempted to start working on a gift for someone, but I'll see what I feel like doing on Friday.

In terms of my cross-stitch, I completed two more colours this weekend. I think, anyway; I keep finding the odd stitch of other colours that I have missed so therefore aren't finished. But I'm getting there!

Have a good couple of days, and enjoy FnwF!