Wednesday, 31 December 2008
Tuesday, 30 December 2008
Talk about excited ... I'm "totally excited" (in my kids speak) ...... Today my book "How to make Perfect Binding in 6 Easy Steps" was released on Lulu. com. I am just sooooo excited. I've had this book sitting in the wings for a while now but decided NOW is the time to let the world see what I can do (i'm laughing .. a little bit...!) No seriously I am very proud and my kids were even prouder to see their mums name listed as Author and even prouder when I made my first download sale... thank you! OK I know its a print-on-demand self-publish site but I dont care .. I've put myself out their. So I'm busy publicising myself today ... so I'll start right here!
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
Well the 'big Santa' is sitting atop the tree today so it must be christmas! My little boy was jumping up and down with joy as he was lifted up to put him on top of the tree. He has been telling me all day that tonight Santa will be delivering him his Batman car! (Lucky for me Amazon had one in stock). It has been such a delight to see him take such an interest in our tree and I'm sure he now knows each and every Santa we have. I have decided that next year I need to buy a bigger tree though ... its either that or stop collecting the Santa tree decorations and now that have an apprentice Santa 'anorak' I don't think that will be possible!
So thats it folks! I have completed what I set out to do... my first '52 projects' inspired endeavour. I'm having a break from blogging over christmas and will start again in 2009 with a new project ... "The weekly Quilt". I have made many quilts over the years but I haven't documented them anywhere so I think this will be a good way to do just that and record my craft endeavours for prosperity (should anyone be interested!).
So happy christmas to all of you who have followed me the last 24 days. I hope you have the opportunity to rest and enjoy some family time and maybe even think of your own 'project' to blog about. If you do .. let me know so I can follow too!
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
One more day to go and things are looking a little sweeter in my neck of the woods. DH brought home a box of See's Candy's - a present from Dawn - thank you! Oh they were delicious! I felt very mean not sharing them with the kids but See's are just too good for children! Candy Canes are much better for children (and cheaper!). Candy Canes can be found in the UK but unlike the US its not traditional for them to be used as a tree decoration. Apparently candy canes had been around for years but it wasn't until around 1900 that they were bent into a cane shape and decorated with red and white stripes.
Monday, 22 December 2008
Only 2 days to go! Yeah... and I'm feelin goood! Just like this jolly looking Santa! Hubby is home, the bedroom is decorated, food shopping is 90% done, wrapped some presents, quilt top is almost finished but socks are a disaster and I think I may have to concede a defeat with the knitting! I am doing soo badly - I cant managed 2 needles properly let alone 4 for sock knitting. I even woke up dreaming about a machine to knit socks (now come on we are all entitled to have funny dreams!) More surprising though was the knitting machine blog entry from craftsanity I found in my in basket! How weird is that! Here's another link here so you can see yet more sock knitting machine action. I did scan Ebay UK quickly to see if there was one for sale but no joy - perhaps just as well!
Sunday, 21 December 2008
Wow - only 3 more days ! Am I ready ... NO! Currently I feel like this Santa who appears to be doing his best to squeeze a quart into a pint pot! For some reason ( that I currently can't currently fathom) I decided to decorate my middle sons bedroom last week. Its almost finished but the contents of the room - mainly toys(!) seem to have migrated from their temporary housing to .. well ...everywhere really! That together with the new quilt I started yesterday sitting on the dining room table, the laundry room that continues to look more and more like Mount Vesuvius and my bedroom that has taken on the look of the local post office with all the internet shopping deliveries I have received .. its no wonder I am beginning to feel a tad squeezed myself too! I haven't open the boxes yet either -- just in case prying eyes catch a glance -- so I am praying they contain what I ordered! Oh and the heating system has thrown a wobbly and my eldest son decided to play Santa and take presents to my family before, rather than after, Christmas as planned so I had to get these all prepped and ready to go and.. and... and ........ But all will be fine tomorrow ... DH flies home for Christmas!
Saturday, 20 December 2008
Friday, 19 December 2008
I've looked at this Santa for quite a while, trying to decide what kind of Santa he is. I think he looks quite Bohemian .... no not gypsy-like but from Bohemia within the Czech Republic! Santa (or St Nicholas) is called Svaty Mikalas in the Czech Republic and visits in the evening of December 5th - the day before the feast of St Nicholas. He comes and visits children with a devil and an angel by his side. The kids have to sing or recite a poem for him before he asks if they have been good or not. The devil is given permission to scare the children while the angel counters the threats. If they are good they are rewarded with a small gift of fruit or sweets. If they have been bad they get a potatoe or a lump of coal! But just in case the kids don't get to see St Nicholas (and lets face it who would after reading that?) you can hang your stocking in the window and St Nicholas will fill it with presents anyway - whew!
Thursday, 18 December 2008
How would you describe Santa? I bet you mention a big white beard! For me a good beard can make or break a Santa costume. It needs to be full and fluffy in my opinion and preferable white and clean! Not like this Santa that appears to have eaten something French!
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
This believe it or not is a "Cheese and Wine" Santa ... yes it took me a while to cotton on too! He has a little bottle of Merlot and a selection of cheese on the platter round his tummy. I wonder if they are 'stinky' cheeses? Apparently the worlds stinkiest cheese is called Vieux Boulogne. It comes from Boulogne Sur Mer in Northern France and is a soft cheese. It is aged for up to 9 weeks and stinks because the rind is brushed with beer which reacts with the enzymes in the cheese. I've never tried it myself and if it smells as bad as its supposed too I'm not sure I want to! Although I do like a good Silton!
Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Monday, 15 December 2008
For the last few weeks I have been a bit of a 'saddo' as I have tuned in to watch The X-Factor. It has been the highlight of my Saturday evening for some weeks now and I waited patiently this last weekend as the 3 finalists warbled and squawked their way through the night. It was a good show if just a little protracted though. So to avoid complete 'jellification' whilst watching it I decided to make a quilt top -- as you do! As luck would have it I just happened to have received a 5" charm pack as a introductory thank you gift from Fons and Porter. A nice gesture but one that cost me £12.95 in customs duty. I'm not sure that 23 5" squares of fabric (and a spool of thread) would have cost me that much in a shop, so I was slightly annoyed with their 'free gift'. Anyway not to go on about it I put them to good use along with another set of 1/8th pieces I found that seemed to blend in well. From cutting the pieces to stay-stitching the edge of the top took me just over 90 mins - good going and hastened on by the frequent 2 minute ad breaks. Its a cute little sofa throw that I'm sure one of the kids will enjoy using as a cape but its certainly no masterpiece and I'm sure Simon Cowell would agree with me when I say it lacks the X-factor. But these quick little X-factor quilts are good for us quilters. When we make them we create, reduce our stash and make way for us to buy some X-tra fabric!
I think 'beaders' must be the most patient crafters on the planet! I have tried but rapidly gave up after about the 10th time of upturning the dish the beads sat on! Do you know how frustrating it is to chase beads around a floor? Even more frustrating and painful is having a bear foot find a lone bead ... something akin to treading on a piece of lego or knex! No I'm afraid beading is not for me but I applaud those that do.
Sunday, 14 December 2008
My daughter has a lovely set of friends and each year for the past 3 years now I have given them a christmas decoration to hang on their tree as a reminder of our family in years to come. This year I found these gorgeous nesting Russian dolls from Accessorize. Russian dolls are big news at the moment and I was pleased when I found a wrapping paper I could customise for cards! Instead of gift wrap I made eco-friendly Girly Bitz Bags! These are passport sized fabric pouches that are handy to store all those girly things we carry in our handbags that we dont always want anyone else to see !
Saturday, 13 December 2008
Heres a Santa for everyone enjoying office parties at the moment ! I hope this one sobbers up before Christmas Eve!
Friday, 12 December 2008
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
Ok I am officially worried that christmas is approaching too fast! I thought we had oodles of time to get things ready - now its already Dec 9 and the kids finish school next week! The house is a tip , I have things I want to do - like finishing the bag I started crocheting today and I had better fill the fridge or I will have a riot on my hands! The thought of supermarket shopping isn't pleasant .... why oh why do people feel it is necessary to buy half the shop because its Christmas? The shops only close for one day so what on earth they will do with their bulk buy of sugar, or cheese biscuits, or cranberry cheese is anyones guess. We shall of course have a turkey and all the trimmings and IF I am lucky my tribe will leave enough so we can eat leftovers after Christmas Day and leave the shops well alone for at least a couple of days ... maybe I should think about stocking up on toilet rolls just in case though!
Monday, 8 December 2008
Sunday, 7 December 2008
Todays tree santa is a special one. He was given to me by my friend Andrea, who I met while we lived in San Jose. She gifted 'snorkling santa' to me the christmas before we left. I haven't seen her for over 8 years now but I think of her every time I put this one on the tree. Tis a slightly unorthodox view of the 'man' but then I guess we all need a break sometime!
Saturday, 6 December 2008
Look at this pair of cuties!
Friday, 5 December 2008
Thursday, 4 December 2008
Monday, 1 December 2008
Monday, 27 October 2008
Monday, 20 October 2008
It was cold and wet today here in Catherington ...ideal weather for walking to and from school! Its only a mile away but on cold wet days it seems like 10. I have been trying to walk as often as I can and I'm slowly getting to grips with the steep lane we have to navigate. I say navigate because we criss-cross from one side of the road to the other to avoid being killed by the traffic. There is no pedestrian pavement and with a couple of nasty blind bends you really have to be careful. Its a great walk back home though - all downhill. Cant wait until we have snow!
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
Another day of not accomplishing as much as I wanted and another day of things going wrong! Well wrong depends on your point of view I suppose! I should have been working on my judging course but as usual I found something else I thought would be more interesting (writing reports is not pleasurable!) - Transferring photos to fabric .... and of course I needed to do this didn't I ... not! Well I discovered some Ami Simms Photo Transfer Paper that I had brought in 2000.... (make a note of the year ....this is going to give you a clue what happened). My daughter has recently completed a self-portrait for her school exams and I thought it would be great to transfer a photo of it and make a book cover or something. I followed the instructions - loaded the paper right - choose the printer setting and printed. What came out was a very wet mess that had smudged for 2" into the print (and yes I did load it the right way). It was dripping so I laid it face down in my journal and wow I got a mono print.... twice. The second was faded but I just love this look of this for a journal page and better yet I can still use the transfer onto fabric. I think this is called Serendipity - something good out of something bad?
Saturday, 11 October 2008
Saturday, 4 October 2008
Well hello everyone - this is my first post on this blog site. I'm not new to blogging .....I have a blog site on my mac website but since I have told very few people about it I shouldn't be surprised that no one reads it ...should I? Truthfully I am quite pleased really as I still feel very shy when I do post. Not sure why mind you as I really enjoy reading lots of other blogs. Anyway I hope you enjoy mine.