Tuesday, 22 November 2011
I've learned a lot doing this cushion - firstly that I can make a cushion cover (what with this being my first ever attempt), hexies aren't really hard but they do take a lot of time!!!!, if using metallic thread you must, must, MUST use the proper needle in your machine (I've spent too much wasted time cursing the wrong needle and the shredded thread!), that people that work in haberdashery shops don't always give the appropriate advice, that I'm always at the coo's tail no matter what the timescale/deadline is and that I am my own worst critic.
But overall I enjoyed making it and I really, really hope my partner likes it. Now I get excited waiting for my cushion to arrive!!!!!
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Work is crazy busy, just now. I'm in the process of doing my first ever attempt at putting a contract out to tender so it involves writing a specification for the service to be provided, getting it checked by our legal people, then making changes, getting in checked again, then making changes ... see a pattern developing. It's not been as difficult as I expected but it has been quite intensive at times. Fingers crossed the document will be completed tomorrow and then it's out to the public!!!
The last week has been birthday week in our house - mine last Tuesday (a whole week ago!) I am now the grand old age of 37 (!), yes I know it's not really that old but I feel like I should be a grown up by now!?! I had a very good day, even though I had to work late. I got lots of lovely gifts, which I haven't taken a picture of yet (bad me) but people were very generous including my lovely hubby who bought me these fantastic boots. I so nearly bought the purple version but my sensible side took over and I got the black. It's been a decade since I owned a pair of doc marten boots and I forgot how comfortable they are! I love them.
It's was also my hubby's 40th at the weekend so I am now a PS3 widow but he's a very happy boy. Although I did use it as an excuse to play with some paper and make my first cards in about 2 years!!!
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Work has been crazy busy this week, I was finishing a presentation at midnight last night, so I haven't had any time for fun stuff like starting my cushion cover for the Brit Quilt Pillow Fight Swap. I have started my design, I'm going for a christmas theme
Thursday, 13 October 2011
Saturday, 8 October 2011
So since Monday I've been having lightbulb moments all week when different things happen, like going over on my ankle and realising that this is due to having rubbish ligaments and joints! It's also linked to poor posture and clicking joints, both of which I have the pleasure of. I can't get rid of rid of it but if I try and strengthen the muscles it will be an attempt to support my joints. From what I've discovered it's also common for people with hypermobility to have weak muscles strength - believe me I'm rubbish, I have no strength whatsoever. So it's been an interesting week.
I have been missing in action for nearly a month from my blog. I've been thinking about where or not to blog about why for a little while now. But due to the very nature of the beast, not discussing it is part of the problem. So at the risk of overexposing myself, nearly 2 years ago I was diagnosed with depression and put on medication for a short time. That helped me get over that phase of life (I still remember the incident when I realised I wasn't coping and needed a bit of help). But that was a while ago and I've been back to myself for a while, until a couple of months ago when things just started to become overwhelming again. I'm reluctant to take medication again so I've been giving myself a little TLC, eating way too much (bang goes the diet) and I'm back on more of an even keel (I was going to say normal but that never been a word associated with me!!).
So being a more enthusiastic about most things I'm starting to think about putting my sewing machine into action. Having had a very busy August and a September that isn't really worth dwelling on I remembered I haven't blogged about my purchases from Festival of Quilts in August. I bought the Farmer's Wife Sample Quilt book which I've wanted for a while, some red, black and while fat quarters, some halloween fabric, a little charm pack and some bargain fat quarter bundles of blues, greens and yellows. Not sure what I'm doing to do with it all yet but I'm sure I'll find something!
Monday, 12 September 2011
Thursday, 8 September 2011
I'm having a play with my new Android phone and being fairly useless with technology I not always convinced these things will work. So this is my first attempt.to blog straight from my phone!
I am even going to try adding in a photo of 'pirate Euan'!!
Saturday, 3 September 2011
......... or I get interrupted. (I did start this post at 1.30pm today but a little person decided he'd had enough sleep so it's now 6pm and he's busy watching the Bedtime Hour on Cbeebies - I know dreadful parenting eh!)
Anyway, this week has been busy with getting back to work, catching up on everything that went on when I was off and getting back into our normal routine. So all fun stuff has kind of taken a bit of back seat but I have been getting on with my hexagons. This is 71 of them sewn together, I not sure what I'm going to do with it to be honest. I did have a bit of an idea of making them into a cushion cover but I'm not sure about that now. It's a funny shape of I need to cut out more and then see where I get too.
I've also been spending some time this week doing a little bit of family history research which has been really interesting. It's something me and my dad have talked about doing for years but never really got round to doing anything about it. But with my grandad's 93rd birthday coming up my dad wanted to find out if he will be the longest living of all his siblings, he was one of 7 and is the only one still living. So that has meant a bit of digging about to find out birth dates and then that led to finding out marriage dates and similar information. So in a short number of hours the other night I discovered that when my grandad's parents married in 1906, his mum was 25, 3 years older than his dad and both her parents were deceased which my dad didn't know. In fact there seems to be quite few marriages in my family history where the bride was older than the groom which I think is quite unusual.
Saturday, 20 August 2011
These were the views from our caravan, unexpectedly we got a sea view!! We had a very relaxing time; playing on the beach, eating lots, seal spotting, Loch Ness monster spotting (I'm pretty sure I saw her!) and even some celebrity spotting - Edwin Collins collecting his shopping from a wee farm shop.
I even managed to squeeze in a little sewing, some hexagons are starting to take shape - slowly!!
For all I'm rested after my holiday I've had a marathon laudry day today. A leaking boiler in a linen cupboard and being on holiday for 5 days does not make for a good combination so all contents of the cupboard needed to be washed, on top of our holiday washing. Tomorrow the ironing looms - oh joy. Thinking about it is giving me the post holiday blues, so for the rest of tonight I'm not thinking about it. I'm thinking about the big bag of revels sitting in front of me instead :)
Oh yes I've got an apology to make to anyone who has ever left me a comment - I didn't realised until last week that I can/should respond to each comment individually and by doing that it sends an email to anyone who has been lovely enough to leave me a comment. I feel really bad that I've only just realised this, sometimes I'm not very clued up on stuff! I will rectify the situation and thank you all personally very soon.
Sunday, 14 August 2011
This is a close up so you can get an idea of the size of the hexagons - possibly 1 inch width at widest
I feel like I spent the whole of Friday catching flies!!! The standard of work was absolutely amazing. At one point I overhead a conversation between two women about how they were starting to glaze over they had seen some many stunning quilts. I had to agree, it did kind of become an assault on the senses, but in a very positive way. So much to see/admire/drool over and most definitely not enough time. One day is just not enough, we had hardly any time to view the stands but I did manage to squeeze in a little shopping :-)
More on that later and some more pictures of stunning quilts. I've never driven 350 miles in 1 day before, never mind doing it again 2 days later, I'm feeling fairly exhausted today and I still have to organise the packing for going up north tomorrow. I'm looking forward to a restful holiday, with a little hexagon sewing coming along to join the fun.
Sunday, 7 August 2011
I had myself a very productive night last night and I've more or less caught up with the Mystery Quilt-along - hurrah!!! How fantastic are these plaits? I loved doing them and I'm really pleased by how effective they are. Trying to think of ways to make an entire quilt out of plaits. My first thought was that they could be used in a similar way to a chinese coin style, like this one I made, but now I'm thinking of different blocks and things. My mind is running away with it's self on the possibilities!
I've got a busy week ahead of me, what with a mountain of work to be done at work before I finish up on Wednesday, getting organised for heading to Birmingham on Thursday (not really looking forward to the drive but hey, it'll be worth it), back home on Saturday, then packing to be done for heading away again next Monday. But I still want to work on getting some hexagons cut out to take with me so I have some sewing to keep my hands occupied and stop them shovelling food into my mouth. It's a subconscious action, I swear I don't even realise I'm doing it half the time. Well that's my excuse anyway!
Thursday, 4 August 2011
So while we waited for all the setting up hoo-haa to be done these two had a blast running about in the field, chasing each other, 'accidentally' falling over and through grass about.
It did take a while but eventually this began to happen (that's my dad in the grey jumper - taking more photos!)
Sunday, 31 July 2011
I've been stoopidly busy at work the last few weeks, basically been doing full-time hours when I work part-time and then bringing work home too. And I'm sure the next week and a half are going to be just as busy as there are at least half our team off on holiday for the next two weeks. But I'm on holiday from 11 August and it can't come quick enough.
It's not just work that has been keeping me busy though. I've nearly got myself up to date with my Mystery Quilt. These are blocks from week 1 to week 5. I've finished the block from week 6 today but not had the opportunity to take a photo. And I've just checked Sheila's blog to see what the next is and I've another wee block and some plaits to make.
Yesterday we took benefit of the lovely weather and had a very nice day out to Blair Drummond Safari Park (and so did most of central Scotland I think). This was the queue to get into the park.
Sunday, 17 July 2011
P.S. Get me - 3 blog posts in 3 days!!!
Saturday, 16 July 2011
Friday, 15 July 2011
Pedro is working tomorrow night so I'm intending to have it sorted out by then so I can actually start catching up on my sewing. I've been in limbo while the room was being cleared out, painted and all my stuff put back in.
My other exciting news is that I'm going to the Festival of Quilts. I'll be there on the Friday with my sister and my nephew. It was supposed to be the start of our holiday but after a bit of hiccup, we've had to change our plans so I'm now driving down on the Thursday, will be at the FoQ on the Friday and then driving home on Saturday morning. So it'll be a looooong drive down and a looooong drive home again but I'm still looking forward to it.
Saturday, 2 July 2011
This week has been a bit more chaotic than usual, Pedro has been on holiday, so our normal routine has been out of the window. Which is good but it also means that I'm behind on tons of stuff. Housework has been way down the list of things to do this week and getting up to date with my sewing has been high. So a day later than I planned to post it, my mini quilt for the Brit Quilt Swap was posted off this morning. I'm not saying who to yet, as it's a secret swap and they won't get it until Monday but this is what the finished article looks like
Now yesterday a parcel arrived for me but, because I hadn't posted my quilt away I wouldn't let myself open it!! I know, the will power I have at times it's outstanding. So it sat in my kitchen all yesterday and all last night unopened - willing me to open it but I wouldn't. So as we planned a day at the seaside today, I took my parcel with me to open in the car, after I'd been to the post office. And WOW!! I'm so glad I did. My partner Suzan or (Quiltitis as she is known on Flickr) as made me a gorgeous, amazing quilt. It's called the Sunshine Tree, which is very apt for the weather. I absolutely love it. Love it, love it, love it. It's already hanging in my kitchen.
We then spent a good part of the day at Burntisland beach building sandcastles. It's definitely been a beautiful day!