Sunday, 27 February 2011

Shoreham Sky, Yesterday Afternoon

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Taken just after we got caught in a torrential hail stone ridden, ten minute downpour! My boots are still damp.

Monday, 21 February 2011

Monday Meander #6

I didn't seem to meander very far this Monday, either. Husband and I are taking a much-needed week off this week, and we planned to saunter to the marina to catch a film this afternoon. However, I was just putting my boots on to leave the flat when I got these weird zig-zaggy patterns in front of my eyes and the beginnings of a headache. We got as far as Boots on the bus, popped in to get some migraine tablets, queued for ages, and then had to fill in an enormous questionnaire at the medicines counter before they'd even consider letting me have the migraine tablets I'd picked up. They didn't. I got different ones. By this time, we had ten minutes to get to the cinema and I'd rather gone off the idea. We decided some Fresh Air would be better for us, anyway. So, of course, we went and sat inside at Scoop and Crumb for an hour! Husband wanted to celebrate being a non-smoker for three years today with an ice cream sundae, and who was I to stand in the way of that?!

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This looks like this humungous concoction was all Husband's, but, actually, that one was mine (a "Banoffeebocker" - caramel and banana ice creams, toffee cake pieces, caramel sauce, cream and caramel crunch pieces and two wafers on the top. Yummers.) and Husband's was the much shorter one behind! It did make my head feel much better, though. Maybe doctors should prescribe ice cream more often. Would probably cure a lot of diseases.

So, full of ice cream and buzzing with sugar, we had a lovely wander (buzz) around town, in and out of a few antique shops where I managed to restrain myself from buying a lovely 1930's trio decorated with black and orange trees (very proud of myself, but, man, it was hard as those babies were GORGEOUS), and I took a few photos of all the lovely new wrapping papers out now in Paperchase:

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I love that yellow. Lush.

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And I always like their brown-paper papers. You can't really tell here, but the patterns are spot varnished so they shine nicely against the flat, brown base. Fabbo.

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Love those strawbs. Just looking at Print and Pattern, I see Bowie Style had the same idea today!

Husband and I are off to Cambridge for a couple of days tomorrow, so I'll see y'all on our return.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Nice Pear

I was early for an appointment around Seven Dials last week, so to waste a bit of time I popped into Sixty Seven, a very nice shop just off Dyke Road. I was just leaving, when a range of just amazing acrylic brooches caught my eye. There were several owls, birds and the odd tree, but I just had to have this orange pear, orange being my couleur du jour:

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The letters are burned into the card, which, quite frankly, makes the simple-yet-effective packaging almost as awesome as the brooch itself. I don't know who made it; the mark on the back enigmatically says only "KC Made in Brighton", and there's nothing on the Sixty Seven website. If the real KC could step forward, I'd like to gush sycophantically in your ear about just how great your brooches are, please.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Monday, 14 February 2011

Oh Dear ...

... I seem to have subconsciously drawn David Tennant.

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Sunday, 13 February 2011

Cardilicious

You may remember that late last year I took a couple of old knitted dresses I had, altered the grey one so it fitted better and cut the other (purple) one up. Read all about it here. Well, after procrastinating for a couple of months, even though I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the shrug/cardi half I had left over, I finally got hold of some grey felt yesterday and put my long-held plan into action. I was inspired by this post here, which I came across via a photo of the finished article on Pinterest.

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The top half of the old purple dress was still pretty much as it was after I hacked it in two, so I cut it along the centre front to make your basic cardi shape, then laid the cut edges along each other and cut through both halves of the front in a gentle curve to make the rounded bottom edge. After tidying that up a bit, I took a large square of felt, cut it into strips and then squares. I folded each little square in half, cut flower/petal shapes out of each one, then laid them all out along the neck line of my shrug. A quick pin and a couple of stitches in each one later, and I had myself a finished cardi. There's no fastening at the front, so I can either wear it open, or, as I have done here, just fasten the top edges together with a small safety pin on the inside. It probably took me a hour to 90 minutes from start to finish last night. I do like a quick and satisfying project!

What's more, I've been blogging five years today. Happy Bloggerversary to my blog!

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Signs of Spring

It was a glorious day today. I was far too hot in my two pairs of socks, jeans, t-shirt, dress, cardi, coat and scarf. The scarf came off after 10 minutes, the coat was undone at the same time and the cardi had to go half way through the afternoon. What's more, it wasn't properly dark until 5.30pm. Spring is coming! Woo!

Here are a few lovely blooms I snapped outside Gunns Florist on Sydney Street early this afternoon, all waiting for people to take them home to their loved ones for Valentine's Day:

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Such beautiful colours.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Liquid Loveliness

I went over to Lovely Jan's to do a bit of dyeing today:

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We used icing dyes for these. The way this type of dyeing works is that you get a mahoosive jar, fill it 75% or so full with vinegary water, add your dye, dunk in your yarn, and wait. Then just periodically add your other colours on top. If you agitate the liquid about a bit, the dye will sink down and get caught in the middle of the yarn or down the sides of it, producing really random and rather tasty results. I also dyed another skein in a kind of burnt orange in addition to this red and blue but obviously didn't get myself together enough to take a photo!

Monday, 7 February 2011

Friday, 4 February 2011

Finally, A Breather

Phew! Well that was frantic, wasn't it? 48 rough pages in 32 days, all in now and an invoice for them sent off. Annnnnd breathe. Or rather, catch up on gym visits, do several loads of washing, dust, tidy, clean, iron and generally tidy up. I get the comments back on the roughs on 2nd March with artwork due 8th April, so at least I have a bit of break at the moment. I think they're going to squeeze in the cover before I get the comments back, so I'll be starting on that next week some time.

But, in the meantime, I'm going to enjoy spending my first weekend off this year with Husband, getting out and about, eating cake and ice cream and generally relaxing. Then it'll be back to eating properly on Monday. Honest, guv. We've not been too good recently; money was getting VERY tight before I was paid this Monday, so we were living on cheap food, ie bread, and using up what I had in the store cupboard, ie anything I could make from the four different types of flour I have knocking around. But the money is in and proper, healthier and more carbo-light food has been purchased. Hurrah!

And for an illustration to this post, I hereby present to you the work of Fred Blunt who I just discovered today. LOVE his style.:

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Right, I'm off to start my relaxing weekend with dinner and wine and follow it up with a bit o'knitting and a fillum or two. Have a good one, everyone.

Beautiful


Between Bears from Eran Hilleli on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Embroidered Cuckoo Clock


I HAVE to give this a go. Just amazing. Go to embroidery genius Aimee Ray's blog here to get the low down on how to make it (all images from her blog).