Thursday, 19 November 2009

I did say wait...

but I was curious!

I know, do as I say and not as I do , just checking the oranges in the airing cupboard.
The smell is delicious!
As you can see this one's skin is still orange so it needs a few more weeks of drying out.
four - five weeks to go...

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Contribution to the Ladies Working Party

Now I know that sound abit odd, maybe abit old fashioned, surely organisations like this ended when the Berlin Wall fell? No, this isn't a party political broadcast for a communist run group, this is a group of elderly Ladies and me! We make things to sell at the Church fairs and here is my contribution to the stall at the bazaar.
This quilt has been two years in the making and should have been raffled at last year's bazaar but I didn't quilt and bind it in time! So it's now ready for this year.
The design inspiration comes from Helen Conway
It's a snuggle quilt with faeries , just right for a little girl.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

How to Assuage Guilt...

It's the annual - 5th year - girlie weekend to Centre Parcs from Friday evening.

Child free, husband free, carefree weekend.

We always plan for the weekend after Rememberance Sunday, but this year it was early as the 11th day of the 11th month fell on a Wednesday. Not a problem...

BUT then the powers that be decided very late in the day that the Church Bazaar would also be on this weekend!

So how GUILTY do I feel?
Pretty bad actually as I usually do quite a bit. Everyone seems to be bemoaning the fact that the theme - not my idea! - is making it difficult to decorate the stalls. So when the Mothers' Union members said that they didn't have any suitable headresses that went with this years theme - Tudor - I rustled up five Tudor style hats for them to wear while they serve on the cake stall.

Here's what I did in pictures

Materials: Pelmet vilene, string and poly cotton

After measuring length of vilene on friend's head five pieces were cut and folded in half and a doubled up piece of string was positioned in the fold and then I machine stitched down next to the string

Finding the centre of this strip I folded it in half and then secured it with machine stitches

So that it had a point

I did it twice more so that it stood up like this and would frame the face.

Just like this!
Then my friend cut out these not quite semi-circles

We hand sewed running stitches so the fabric could be gathered up

Which were then pinned to the vilene

And a tuck to gather up the excess lower edge

So there you have it
A Tudor Style Headress in two hours - well five headresses actually
Now I'm off to bind the quilt I made for the Ladies Working Party Raffle!
Guilt Assuaged?
Maybe while I'll having my Spa treatments on Saturday I might feel abit better!

Monday, 9 November 2009

It' oh so quiet...'s oh so still!

Darlings returned to school this morning after the Swine Flu and Tonsilitus.

It was such a shock to have them both so poorly at the same time. Since the Chicken Pox as toddlers they are usually in the best of health and don't normally fall to the viruses and sneezes.

So back to normal, back to work and back to studying.

Will post some work soon!