Sunday, 31 July 2011

2 weeks?

Seriously it's been 2 weeks since I last posted!  I thought it had only been 1 week so I've managed to lose a week somewhere, that's a bit weird but there you go!

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.
Pedro is off out tonight so once the little man is in bed I'm planning to get tome more done.

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.

We drove past a very tired lion, he lifted his head up slightly at one point but seemed too hot to be bothered by anyone.
We saw a camel,
 hugged some baby lions,
 watched the elephants wander about,
 spotted some mongooses,
 took a photograph of a very posing llama
 and then Euan stuck his head through here for a photo but decided to instruct "stand back everybody" to people standing at the side waiting their turn!!!

Sunday, 17 July 2011


Hexies are something that I have been thinking about for a while.  When we were on holiday the other month I had planned to make some to have a little portable project with me but ran out of time to get it organised.

So when I was having a little read over at Lily's Quilts and I noticed Lynne was planning a Hex-a-long so bearing in mind that my resolution this year (which I usually never set and definitely never stick to) was to try new things and challenge myself.  So being very optimistic I've signed.  Now when I'm going to find the time to do it is another story.  Who needs a tidy house?!

P.S. Get me - 3 blog posts in 3 days!!!

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Making a List

 (picture has nothing to do with what I'm talking about, it's just a pretty picture of a white peacock)

So ....... I'm going to Festival of Quilts next month (yay!).  I've been once before (2006 I think, or it might have been 2007, my memory is rubbish!).  Anyway it was in the days before I really did any significant amount of sewing or quilting, it was really as a fact finding mission when my sister ran a quilt shop.  So I did a small amount of shopping, a couple of fat quarters, some Kaffe Fassett material and nothing else.

But now that I'm actually making things, looking at lots of inspiration on different things to create in the future, I'm starting to think about what I want to buy when I get down to Birmingham next month, I'm making that list and I'll be checking it more than twice.

Now what should I put on that list?  I don't have a great deal of stash or accessories.  I'm kinda like a blank sheet.  What would be on your "must have" list?

I'm a bit of a magazine addict.  In the last week I've come across two really good ones - mollie makes which is full of wonderful handmade goodies - how to make them and where to get them.  The other is called Craftseller, it's tag line is 'Make and sell your handmade crafts', I only bought it today so I've not had the opportunity to read it through properly but when faffing about online earlier to find out more about it I came across this article on the Folksy blog about handmade goods and people's attitude towards handmade.  It's really interesting.  I find it so sad that some people seem to see handmade as 'cheap' instead of recognising the time, effort and work that has gone into unique items being produced.  I've made things for people in the past, more papercraft items, but the general response was disappointing and people seemed to think that I'd taken the cheap option and not spent enough money on their gift.  So I've not really made anything for a lot of non-crafting people until last christmas when me and a couple of friends decided we'd only give each other something we'd made ourselves.  I always try to buy gifts that take a person's personality, likes and dislikes into consideration but it felt good to put all of that thought and effort into something I've actually made.  Well that's my tuppence on the subject.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Crafty wee space

I'm in the process of getting the spare room back just for me, after Pedro has downsized all his work stuff and decided he's suffered enough cabin fever.  It's had a variety of uses over the last few years, a home office, a craft room, back to an office, a baby's room, back to an office and now back to a wee crafty space just for little old me!  It really is the smallest room in the house but it's big enough for what I need to use it for.  This was it on Tuesday once the painting was finished
And this was it earlier today, we've got the furniture in but I need to now get it organised and I sort out more shelving.  I particularly love my new rug from Ikea (and so does my son, he keeps walking on it saying 'all fluffy!')
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

What a beautiful day!

It has been glorious in my neck of the woods the last couple of days.  Definitely a welcome change from the rainy, cold days we had about a week ago.

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 

The last one includes the extras I've sent away.  My first ever attempt at a pin cushion, it's really sweet.  Now I need to make one for myself and I loved it so much.

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.  

And being a wonderful person, Suzan included an amazing fat quarter (not sure who/what it is yet!) and a fantastic Mr Men book for my little boy.  There he is "reading" it in the car on our way to the beach.  Thank you Suzan I truly adore it :)

We then spent a good part of the day at Burntisland beach building sandcastles.  It's definitely been a beautiful day!