Friday, 19 February 2010

My first sewing project.....

We've been poorly in our house this week.  A virus has been hitting us all just like a bowling ball on skittles and its only Mr Vintage who's still going strong.  So while I lay in bed I thought I'd do a draft blog and suddenly I've perked up. I have 15 followers, how on earth did that happen?  How lovely.  If this continues I may have to do a giveaway. I love entering them (never win sadly) so I'd love to do one.  So thankyou for taking the time to add me.

vintage plastic knitting needles
I recieved these this week from the lovely Mitmot, from Shabby Chic cafe. If you get the chance come on over, lots of friendly chatter and always someone willing to help or give advice on just about anything, sewing, knitting, painting furniture and life in general.

In between mopping children's heads and dispensing calpol I managed to make this......

It's a cot quilt for DD3.  I made it from a single patchwork duvet cover from Argos that was pretty cheap and added some wadding.  I cut out three hearts from the patchwork side of the quilt and after bonding them on I machine sewed them in place.  The stitching is wobbly, the seams aren't straight and I think the hearts are slightly wonky but I adore it.  This is the first proper thing I have made since I left school and I have loads of material left over so I want to make a cot tidy and bunting.  I didn't realise how enjoyable sewing could be and how quick it is to make something.  I'm so nervous putting my foot to the pedal but I'm not as hard on myself as I used to be when I was younger - I just think what the heck, she's 6 months old it's not as if DD3 will even notice the wonky stitching lol.

DD2 has just come in she's having a nightmare but funnily enough hasn't even gone to sleep yet, mmmm I think someone wants attention, so ttfn. Sweet dreams x

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Surprise in the loft

I'm a bit of a hoarder and shove lots of things I think might come in handy into the loft - the result being that we simply could't get up there any more.  So taking BIG breaths on saturday we braved the boxes, bags, old christmas trees (four !!!) and huge hanging cobwebs and made a start.  It took all afternoon, two trips to the dump and charity shop but look what I found.......
It's a hand crocheted granny squared blanket for a single bed.  It's so lovely and blooming heavy!  Sadly there is a small hole in one of the squares but some lovely ladies over at Shabby Chic Cafe  have offered a replacement.  I'm always amazed just how generous people can be and I am so pleased to be part of a lovely blogging community. Middle daughter has asked if she can have it and of course she can.  She doesn't know it yet but one of my projects this year is to completely revamp her bedroom.  Sadly she's growing out of disney princess so I'm going to indulge my inner vintage.
ttfn xxx

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Green & Blacks Official Chocolate taster !

If I had to come up with a list of dream jobs they would probaby rank in order as :

  1. Working at Cath Kidston (especially since I found out she gives her staff £800 to spend in the store each year- so now she's talented and generous)
  2. Chocolate taster
  3. Cupcake taster
  4. Personal bodyguard for the hot guy from Glee - Mark Salling - Actually think he may shoot up to 1.

Well following a lovely request from GreenandBlacks, the organic chocolate company I got to try the chocolate tasting bit and it's not all it's cracked up to be ! You really can have too much of a good thing.

I was sent 8 bars to taste and review, so deciding to get all official and not scoff the lot in one go I rounded up a couple of good friends and over coffee and a chat we sniffed, looked and melted chocolate slowly in our mouths ( how hard was that to do).

It was so much fun, the chocolate came with an information sheet on the best way to taste chocolate and it seems my lifelong method of unwrapping and scoffing the lot as quickly as possible isn't right - who knew ?

Unwrap and look........

then sniff.......

hold your nose and allow the small piece of choclate to melt in the mouth, finally let go of your nose and taste all the flavours........

I still have lots of chocolate left, so in part 2, I'm going to blog some more pictures and results of what we tasted and what we liked. 

Right just off to check the voice mail in case the gorgeous guy from Glee has left me a message. TTFN xx

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Cath Kidston bags at last !!

Went to visit my lovely sister in Plymouth for a few days at the weekend but weather was atrocious so we stayed indoors drinking lots of hot chocolate and chatting on the sofa, but forget the weather the best bit was this little lot.

mmm maybe I should have taken the pic against a plainer background

They are the Cath Kidston bags for Tesco that were brough out last summer. Not too sure how many she did in the collection, but I love these.  Too gorgeous to put away so I've already filled one with my knitting.  The others will be filled with crochet projects (if I ever learn) and sewing.

Took a lovely walk with the girls at Black Park last week.  It was freezing with ice and frost everywhere but it looked gorgeous.  We took a long leisurely walk around the lake, played in the park and finished off with a hot chocolate at the cafe.  It's well worth a visit.

birds walking on the frozen lake

I think these are Japanese Terns (well that's what the man next to me said to his wife!)

DD3 all snuggly in her Jojo mama bebe snuggly - I love the pattern

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