Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Friday, 23 January 2009
After a run on jewellry making over Christmas I replenished my stock of pins and jump rings
De Haveland Threads - I haven't used any of the previous purchases but I had to have these colours, I like to get them out of their box and stroke them - cheaper than owning a cat. The colours are a feast to the eyes. The three skeins on the right are cotton and these will be used. The blue and yellow skeins will be off to the coursework thread box and the purple one will be used later when I practise this week's stitches for my Journal.
AND finally a lovely surprise, Oliver Twist goodies. I had checked on the website last night to see who was exhibiting and I thought the crafting outnumbered the stitching. So it was nice to find Oliver Twists with all their beautiful threads, silks and felts, they had missed the exhibitor deadline for the catalogue. When I discovered on Sunday that the week's colour was purple I was amazed to find I don't have alot of purple threads - I do now!
The beige stringy stuff is silk paper string which I am planning to use with my grid idea.
Now off to play with my new toys
Monday, 19 January 2009
So once peace and quiet has decended with the Darlings in their bedrooms - Son fast asleep and Daughter listening to BBC 7 - I shall begin on Monday's page in my Journal and I shall use a Purple pen. I'll show you the results on Sunday.
Now off to make sure Son has a bath!
Sunday, 18 January 2009
- I don't normally give in to illness if I can, but I just had to today I ached all over!
And the stitches: Sorbello and Linked Double Chain
Added later after rereading this post...
For those of you who are wondering, Keith Barron is an English Actor of Stage and TV and was rather big when I was younger in various SitComs, I believe he has also been on CountDown. Well, DH and I like to play a game of spot the bit part Actor - you know the ones, they support major stars can be intregal to the plot, may get killed in the first episode, you recognise them all the time, but do you know their names? NO! - and DH is rather good at it. In the past we have followed an Actor around Hampton Court Maze while he convinced me he was who DH thought he was - (He was right) and an Actor in the M&S lingerie dept in Richmond must have felt his ears burning as he helped his wife choose underwear (He was right again). As it were Keith Barron will be pleased to know that DH didn't see him as he sat at the outside table of a cafe in East Molesey - to quote DH "Oh, I didn't see him, I only spot bit part actors!" So there you go Keith, you may not have been on TV much recently, apart from "Where the Heart is" but in DH's eyes you're BIG TIME!
Sunday, 11 January 2009
Posh yachts in the marina
Nativity cakes in the Patissarie Shop
We're in France there has to be some snails!
In the Square was a Christmas Fair with a fountain that "moved " to music and at night had a lazer show - maybe I could suggest this to Boris for next year's New Years celebrations in Trafalga Square!
On the Grid
Through the tunnel
Not quite Lewis Hamilton, but we only had an Opal Corsa!
Sadly we didn't break the bank at the Casino
and this is not a Frenchman, but an English man who forgot his hat and had to borrow his Daughter's beret to stop his baldy head from burning in the winter sun!
It was a shock to return to Freezing England!
SO when I saw this a page a day diary for sale in the foyer of the service station I knew I had to get it and begin something - anything and include a stitch each week. Now will this happen? Nothing ventured, nothing gained as they say, so here goes...
I was reading a blog earlier - Serendipity, I think - who had been advised to put some tasks she wished to set herself in a bowl and draw them like a raffle instead of having a static list so I shall be taking a list of stitches and instead of doing them alphabetically I shall choose one on a Sunday, stick it on the relevant date in the diary and only do that stitch on the pages that week - how's that for an idea? Come and join in if you like, the more the merrier and it will make me keep doing it too!
I hope to create random pages of ideas, using found items which could be pictures, words, lables or anything which grabs my attention and can be glued down. I am now off to sort the washing piles out, print off a list of stitches and begin today's page before today becomes tomorrow!
Bye for now...
Bag of Stitches made - Son has suggested that as there are so many I should have two stitches per week - This week's stitches are Straight Stitches: Oriental (Canvas) and Crossed Stitches: Detached Square Filling (Pulled Thread Work)
To give added interest I also have a bag of colours to decide what the colour of the week will be - threads and paint etc - This week is red
Saturday, 10 January 2009
So it's Saturday 8.50am, a little later than I had hoped, but here I am ready for the Coursework Challenge. This post will be extended throughout the day, so keep reading as the post will get longer!
I woke to see the garden covered in a smattering of frost and snow flakes.
1. Once back in the work room I shall review what has been completed and photograph it
2. I shall be up loading the work completed so far.
3. Begin to tackle the next Chapters.
4. Photographing and uploading onto the Module Four blog as I complete each stage during today.
Knowing me I shall also be going off at different tangents as the ideas grab me!
These too will be photographed and uploaded
Blog you later!
Been busy finding receipts for Son so he can take a faulty disc back to Game, taken messages for DH from a long lost Uni friend he will be visiting after the Footie match - which is thankfully on as the pitch is okay. In between all this I have found all the coursework and refamiliarised myself with what I have done so far. Been busy sorting through the lettering and now having a coffee break while playing with "wordle".
Back soon......4.04 pm
Cup of tea time - everything stops for tea!
Although I have done quite a bit of this module last year I tended to skip some parts that I find dull and a bit boring, so today has been catching up on the bits I would happily not do if I could get away with it!
Here is my workroom floor with sheets of paper covered in ink scribbles hopefully drying in time to stick in the sketch book.
Must take a break to put the evening meal together so the boys have something warm when they return from the Football.
Be back soon...
Nearly the end of the day and I haven't yet downloaded all the work onto the Module 4 blog!
Boys returned from Football later than usual as DH called on an old Uni friend, who I don't think we have seen since his wedding and as his eldest is 18years old it must be some time ago!!! Fed them and then chilled out for a while - next to the fire to warm up(!) - Boys now in bed and I'm at a loss as to where I put the camera! Loads of pictures to download so I can upload to blog - I probably need some sleep. The good news is the wall I hit on chapter 2 has now been removed and I think I will be able to sign it off. A few other walls to sort out on some chapters but I think I am further on than I thought! Hurrah.
I think I 'll set the alarm for early and see what can be done tomorrow .
Good night Bloggers everywhere
Friday, 9 January 2009
I am now going outside, I may be sometime...
Yes, it's book club night and we are convening in the local pub to claim our new book for Jan 2009 and discuss stuff marital, child related and have a general good old moan about stuff over a glass of wine or two.
Problem is it's jolly cold so various DHs are dropping us off and collecting us later so we don't slip on the frosty paths!!!!!
Blog you all tomorrow.
Thursday, 8 January 2009
With thanks to Ferret for a great workshop
I completed this quilt just before Christmas in good time for show and tell at my Quilt group. The leaves took some time in making and as usual I made far too many, OR did I make enough for three more quilts and now I'm all prepared for when I find time to make the backgrounds!!!LOL. Hope you like it.
Thursday, 1 January 2009
Review of 2008 and a vague plan of 2009 coming in next few days
Didn't last year go quickly?
Hopefully the breaks will be applied to this new one and it will pass at a more sedate pace!
Good Cheer to you all and here's hoping the credit crunch doesn't bite too hard
At the end of each year newspapers usually do a review of all who passed away in the year. To all you consumers out there here's mine to the shopping street!
We sadly say goodbye to...
MFI - my daughter's bedroom would be empty if it wasn't for you
Morgan - never could fit in their clothes, so good ridance!
Adams kids clothes - ooops never shopped there - I was a Mothercare/Ladybird/GAP Mother and ...
Woolworths - now this shop I will miss, but I am abit annoyed as the chocolate fountain I bought for the New Year's Eve party I attended last night was abit of a damp squib as the fountain motor didn't work and we ended up having a chocolate fountain fondu!!!! As the shop in my village has now shut I shall be persuing this with the manufacturers...
Who knows which shops in our hermogenised shopping centres will be next - DH hopes it's not NEXT as he is rather particial to their clothes - one of the only shops he will happily go in without protest when out shopping with me!
So have a great year crafting, best wishes