Sunday, 29 June 2008
I had too many to chose from really. I mean should I have picked the bargain bags full of goodies to use - threads, broken jewellery, fabric, etc - or should I pick clothing bargains? Nah!! A silly toy that hasn't got any use or function but I just love her. Grow up girl!!
Thursday, 26 June 2008
The bundle includes a book - Kids' Clothes; Sew Easy - which I bought but will realistically never get round to using. There is the latest edition of Let's Knit magazine which has a free booklet of crochet designs and a pack of 3 sizes of wooden crochet hooks. There are 2 vintage Ladybird books - Picture Dictionary and Ned, The Lonely Donkey; also a bag of old mixed buttons, a bag of mixed beads, a bundle of variegated threads including quite a few Caron Collection silks and a skein of Steph Francis cotton, a card of square vintage buttons and a little badge with a smiley sun on it.
Hope this appeals to somebody out there. To be in with a chance of winning this little haul read to the bottom of this post where I shall set a very mini challenge...
I received some fabby mail yesterday. Look at these cute things...
My own "ethel and edna" name labels.. Yay!!! Now I can officially label all my Sillies and everything else I manage to make and sell. They were really cheap and came very quickly. as well as the name my email address appears along the bottom edge.
Another good thing yesterday - I went to Slimming World and LOST THREE POUNDS!!!!! Yay!!!!! How chuffed am I? I really thought I might have put some weight on as I had a couple of bad days when there was unbirthday cake around and willpower had gone to visit it's auntie by the sea. It was certainly not in evidence when the chocolate cake was around. So any kind of loss was a real bonus, and if I lose 2lbs next week that'll be half a stone and a shiny sticker for my book!! I must try to be good next week.
Molly, my toadstool swap partner emailed me the other day full of apologies for my toadie being late. She has now put it in the post so hoepfully I should get it before too long. I don't mind the wait at all, i'm just excited to see what I get.
Here is a piccie of one toadstool that I've not posted before. I decided to play around with scale and size and ended up with this skinny-stemmed thing. It looks a bit like a lollipop. I can definitely see it being made into a softie/plushie, with a little pair of eyes peeping out from under the red cap.
I really need to get my finger out with regards to the Russian Doll Swap. I've collected several other little goodies to go in my parcel to Emma, but the doll is errr... visiting Willpower's auntie as well. :o) I must get stuck in next week. This week jhas been a total non-event as regards to crafting.
Things have been a bit hectic here, hence the distinct lack of posts. Saturday is OH's 40th Birthday and the fancy dress party is at our house this time. The theme is "Icons of the 80's" but it has been harder than I thought to narrow down the choices. Plus there is a real lack of female singers who had a really original look. Siouxsie would have been an obvious one but BDB quickly snapped up that option. I thought about Cyndi Lauper but wasn't sure. Annie Lennox would've been great but you can't get wigs that short, and it's taken me so long to grow my hair I couldn't face chopping it all off and bleaching it, (tho' it's been done several times before). Time is fast running out so I've finally decided on Madge. I wish I'd chosen earlier 'cause I really fancied making a cone-shaped bra, but I need the pin-striped suit to do the complete look (there's no way I am running around in just a corselette and tights!!!), but can't find one. So now it's the early, Lucky Star period with layers of torn clothing, and bracelets and necklaces piled on. I'm going to try it all on in a bit to see what it looks like.So the giveaway challenge... All I want to know is which character from the 80s you would be if you were coming to our party and why? It doesn't have to be a pop star, it could be an actress, a politician in fact anyone who would be easily recognisable. Can't wait to see you ideas. Good luck.
Tonight I may not manage to get to belly dancing - boo hiss. I'm going to my second Private View of the week. On Monday it was the turn of the Foundation/Nat Diploma students that I have been teaching. They had an awards ceremony and all their FMPs were on display looking fab.
Tonight it's the HND show at The Custard Factory in Birmingham. This time last year it was me and ethel running round like headless chickens trying to get everything sorted. This year it's the turn of our chums Maria, Lisa and Kayleigh. I'll take photos and post a few tomorrow to show you how it all looked.
Sunday, 22 June 2008
Whilst still at the stables they gave the llamas a bite to eat before taking them on a trek around the grounds.
After returning them to the yard, Anna took the children to another part of the field and played games with them. A new variantion on Duck, Duck, Goose (Llama, Llama, Poo!), sack race, space hopper race, Llamas and Lions. They had great fun and luckily, despite the clouds, it didn't rain. It was then time for food. Loads of healthy stuff - fruit and veggies - as well as the usual sausage rolls and sarnies, and homemade cakes. They even made an Un-birthday cake with llamas on it.
Singing "Happy Un-Birthday" was done inside the grown-ups retreat (where tea and coffee were on hand) - a teepee!! How fab is that! I want one in our garden. After a quick loo break the kids then went with Dave to visit the hens and turkeys, which they fed and stroked and collected eggs from. Finally they came back for a last pick at the food and one more game before parents came to collect them.
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who sponsored me.
That is what the whole event was about - making money to keep this fantastic Hospice running. If you would still like to make a donation then you can still click on my Just Giving button. Its not too late.
MASSIVE HUGS AND KISSES TO YOU ALL
Saturday, 21 June 2008
Trawling through my ever-increasing Bloglines updates, I've discovered someone thinks I (or my blog) am awesome!! I found Area Thrifty One's blog while looking for info on screen printing and have subbed to the blog ever since (ooh! all of 3 days). How cool is that?
Sorry if I've deafened or startled anyone else with my music. I found the Playlist gizmo on someone else's blog and decided I had to have it for myself. I spent an age yesterday adding tracks (shhh... don't tell my OH). There is a right old mixed bag on there. I just kept thinking of people to look for. Only trouble is now I can't get away from the computer 'cause I want to see what's coming next. I love having my ipod on shuffle so it's a surprise everytime.
I also added another little toy at the foot of my blog (if you ever venture down there into the wastelands) - the meaning of my name. It's quite bizarre actually because so many of the traits are me. I suppose they are just random personality quirks that can applyto most people but it was quite funny that I could relate to so many of 'em. Give it a go yourself.
btw has anyone found a 'slob quiz' yet?
Have just had a text to say that the Folk Festival has been rained off! Cancelled! Phew! Now I have the whole day to sort my wings, wand and wellies out.
I, on the other hand, am going to need some MASSIVE motivation to go out tonight and walk 10 miles in the rain. I've been working on my wings all night and they are nearly finished. I'm using artistic licence and adding a character to Mr Shakespeare's original tale. A Midsummer Night's Dream now also features Ragbag - a Sewing Room Fairy. Pictures will follow when it's all done.
A HUGE thank you to anyone who has sponsored me so far. If you would like to make a small donation (or a MASSIVE one) then please click on the Just Giving button on the left. This will take you to my fundraising page (with a beautiful photo of me). I would be eternally grateful.
OK. That's it for now. Got to go and dig out my umbrella. Do you think it's possible to walk 10 miles in your wellies?...
Friday, 20 June 2008
I sent the larger on to Molly with the lace frill around the cap. It has a red felt cap with white polka dots and I have sewn vintage pearly buttons onto the spots. More pictures can be seen if you have a look on my Flickr page.
Can't wait to see what Molly sends back to me now. Hopefully she will send it at the weekend so I'll be able to post about it at the end of next week. How exciting!
Thursday, 19 June 2008
Please just remind me of this when I'm going off the rails, won't you.
Well we've had confirmation so I can now show you our fab little holiday den. This is Blue Ocean, one of 3 Dilly Dally Chalets. How cute is this?!
This is the lounge, or drawing room as Terry Wogan told us we must say this morning. I hope the weather's like this when we are there.
And here is the view across the dunes looking over the bay towards St Ives. I can't wait.
a) it will be a balanced meal,
b) I will NOT be wearing my pyjamas,
c) I will NOT have red nail polish on,d) I will be keeping myself dainty and perfumed,
e) my hair will be combed,
f) I will try not to open too many cans when I make tea.
The Housewife Quiz was obviously a big hit but I just think you've all cheated (apart from Liz) to make me look bad to my OH. :o) What I want is a Slob Quiz. I'd get 100% on that.
Oh one last thing... I just noticed that I'm rapidly approaching 100 posts. I think it may be time for a GIVEAWAY!!!! Will get something organised in time for post 100 so watch this space....
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
As a 1930s wife, I am
Take the test!
Some of the questions are soooo funny. Give it a go yourself. There's also an option for a bloke to give it a try too. Will get my OH to have a go and let you know the results.
OK so how smug is he?... I think I may be about to be traded in for a new model. Was it the fact that I wear PJs and not a nightgown?
As a 1930s husband, I am
After all the anticipation, the car boot sale on Sunday was a bit of a disappointment to say the least. I bought 1 top for belly dancing and that was it!!
Quite nice - very bright pink with loads of sequins. Incidentally the one on Wednesday is on the Lichfield to Walsall road just after you drive over the M6 Toll Road. There is also a Thursday car boot sale at Cannock. How spoilt are we?
Sunday was Father's Day, as you know. Kiddie hates shopping so wanted to make something for daddy instead. In the end it was a collaboration. She designed the cuttlefish (for that's what it is - OH's favourite underwater creature) and I made a pattern. I stitched it and she did all the decoration. I confess to having a bit of a 'paddy' half way through. The head was a nightmare to do and I just couldn't get the eyes to bulge like they should, so I nearly abandoned it. But kiddie got upset so I calmed down an had another go.
She also made him a card but I'm not sure where it's gone to show you. He liked the cuttlefish very much anyway. Like Baldrick and his turnip, OH now has a new 'special friend' to call his own - bless him.
Mum had more success on the car boot front over the weekend. She got me this fab rag doll. It says it's from St Lucia on the hat. She is obviously handmade as the stitching is very 'primitive', but cute nonetheless. She's lying on a pile of frilly tops and a 2 year old's party dress which mum got for me to chop up and recycle. Look at that scrummy turquoise one. What a colour!!
I have actually been a bit productive today. I think I showed you the 3 hand-covered buttons that incywincy Sam sent for kiddie, well I said I would make something to attach them to and here it is. I just happened to have this scrap of furnishing fabric with the right shade of blue in it, and a piece of glazed cotton also in the correct blue. How lucky was that!!
I got some gorgeous post today from the fab Miss Frugality because, luckily I happened to be in the right place at the right time. I was pootling through some fave Flickr contacts the other day. Julia (Miss F) had made some fantastic ATCs and was offering them for swapsies. I haven't got any made - yet - but I fell in love with them so asked if I could 'play'. She said 'yes' and here it is...
It's too nice to just put in a wallet or wherever people normally store ATCs so I've (very quickly and without too much finesse) put it into a box frame. I plan to do this a bit more carefully and stain the wood with a white wash but at least in here it's safe and I can see it. :o) Thanks so much Julia, and for the other bits a bobs as well. She included a cute little card and this bag full of beautiful beads and sequins. I can't wait to get playing with some ATCs of my own now, but first I must make some more stuff for the craft fair and I've not forgotten the Russian Doll Swap.
This coming weekend is going to be frantic ( I know, I know - we've only just had the last one). Saturday is Lichfield Folk Festival and kiddie is doing Irish dancing. There is a parade from the Guild Hall to the Cathedral in the morning and performances throughout the day in front of the cathedral. I just hope the weather holds. Saturday night is the Solstice Walk. I have not done anywhere near enough training for this so it's going to be blisters and aching feet by the end of it. Still, if I can raise some money for the hopsice then it'll be worth the pain. :0) Sunday morning I'm hoping for a bit of a lie-in and in the afternoon we're going to play with llamas. Can't wait for that.
Tomorrow evening is my first Slimming World weigh-in. Keep everything crosses for me. If I haven't lost any weight I may resort to amputation. One of my legs must weigh quite a bit...
I will post more later but my camera is giving me grief. It's my own fault - I managed to break the SD card (how did I do that?). OH has bought another one but it's being a tad temperamental. Later...
Saturday, 14 June 2008
1. Why did you start your blog? I can't remember the first blog I read but the whole idea just had me hooked. The idea of sharing thoughts and ideas with like-minded people was fab. When I finished Uni I wanted to still be able to interract with crafty people but wasn't sure where to go or how to go about it. Blogging provided the perfect answer. If ever I get stuck with something there's always friendly, helpful advice out there in Blogdom.
2. How did you come up with your blog name? I think I may have told this story before so if you know it skip to point 3. When I was at Uni I shared studio space with my chum another "mature" student, Ann. It was tucked right out of the way and quite often staff would come to talk to us and to hide from other tutors and students. We gradually got a comfy chair and a table, and we joked about getting a kettle, a teapot and making it like an olde world tearoom. That explains the second bit of the name. Our tutor used to joke about the two of us being a double act like the artists Gilbert and George, and started suggesting names for us. Hinge and Bracket (thanks Ian), was one. Ethel and Edna was the last one and it just kind of stuck. When we graduated we planned to work together and this was going to be the name of our collaboration. We still hope to but 'Ethel' has another year of her degree left to finish first. (I was 'Edna' by the way) :o)
3. Do your friends and family know about your blog? Yes, very disconcertingly. A while ago I put a link to my blog in the sig of my emails. My mum and my sister both now read it, as does BDB, my belly dancing chum, Julia. My belly dancing tutor pops in from time to time, as do some of my fellow PTA mums. It was quite weird when I first realised that 'real' people I knew in person were reading it as well as my new 'invisible' friends. It's hard to explain why, but now I've got used to the idea. I just forget that they may be there. I just wish some of them would get blogging too.
4. How do you write posts? With 8 fingers. 2 thumbs and a computer keyboard ;o) Seriously, I usually write when I feel I have something interesting to say. If I've had a productive day I'll take pics and show off my creations. If I've received fab goodies in the post or bargains at a car boot I'll share them. If I want to have a moan or get something off my chest - you lot bear the brunt of it. I do try to make it funny as well. There's nothing worse than a great lengthy epistle of a blog post. Who would want to read that? That's why I usually try to add photos to break it up (sorry this one is an exception).
5. Have you ever had a troll or had to delete unkind comments? *touch wood* Not so far. Evreryone has been lovely. I have been pretty careful with security and moderation stuff, but so far so good.
6. Do you check your stats? Do you care how many people read your blog? If you do care, how do you increase traffic? I do check basic stats from time to time. This is my 90th post actually!!! It's still amazes me how many people do read the rubbish I write. I didn't have a hit counter for a long time but since I've added one I've had over 1000 kits already. Amazing! I don't worry too much about increasing traffic at the mo. Maybe, if I ever get around to setting up an etsy shop, I'll look at pushing it more but I'm quite happy at the moment.
7. What kind of blogs/posts interest you? Textile and crafty blogs of any sort. I love to see what other people have been making and how they sell (or not) their goodies. I like blogs that have photos. At the last count I had 105 blogs that I subscribe to, so whenever I get updates I flick through and look for interesting photos. Those are the posts I read first.
8. What do you like and dislike about blogging? I love and hate the concept of swaps. I love the bartering idea - sharing your work with people and receiving examples of others' work for no cost, BUT I hate the way I keep signing up for more, and working so hard on them that I keep neglecting the items I should be making to sell. :o) I also dislike the amount of time I spend reading blogs and writing my own. I wish I could write shorter posts sometimes. If only I could get paid for blogging... What a dream. :o)
9. Tag 5 other bloggers. Like Meridian Ariel who I got this meme from, I'm not going to tag anyone but if you fancy telling all then please feel free to have a go.
And now I give up. I'm going to bed. After all tomorrow is Sunday - car boot day!! ttfnxx
Wednesday, 11 June 2008
Sally also has a giveaway competition running at the moment. Be warned - it's really hard (unless you've got the book she's based it on - I wish I had ;o) ).
I had a fabby bit of post this morning from incy wincy sam. She sent some of her business cards for me to send out with orders for brooches from the website, but she added some little extras to the parcel...
My fabric stash has now increased in size considerably but at those prices I couldn't say no. The bias binding will come in really handy for my next project. I'll post pictures when I get it finished.
The face is copied from her self-portrait doll (a bit). It's supposed to be Katy (I'm A Ginger Monkey). She has now received it so I can show her to you. Katy is quite pleased I think, especially with the collagen implants in her lips!!!
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
I made this! Me - the Undomesticated Goddess! It's a mini Summer pudding (just in case you can't tell). The frozen summer fruits are free food, 2 slice of Weightwatchers wholemeal bread are a Healthy Extra B and the dollop of white stuff on top is not clotted cream. It's 0% fat Greek yoghurt which is also free food. Now what kind of a diet is that?! A good one at the moment. :o) In fact it's bloody miraculous as it's got me cooking and doing housewifey-type things. Aaargh!!
I have finally sent off my Toadstool swap parcel. It has all been bundled up and is now winging it's way to the 'US and A' (sorry - a bit of Borat creeping in there!). I really hope Molly likes what I've sent. Ii's frustrating that I can't post piccies yet but here is a taster of what she can expect to receive...
This isn't where we're going. It's a picture of Polly Joke - a fab little beach that we used to go to when we were all still at home. I don't think I'd manage down to this beach now as the easiest route is down a path from the cliff top. I don't think my knees would cope! lol
Sunday, 8 June 2008
Once again it's been ages. Sorry but it's just too hot to sit inside and blog, plus there's been so much going on - what with work and temporary single parenthood and nights out. Before I get stuck into anything else I just want to declare this blog a Big Brother Free Zone. If, as the weeks drag on, you get sick and tired of hearing about the 'wacky antics' in 'the house' then please feel free to visit. They are obviously going to keep dragging this torture on until it reaches series 10 at least but I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT!!!!!
OK. Rant over. Here we go with the catch-up. This is going to be in totally randon order as I can't be bothered to drag the pictures around to try to get them in the right order. I always end up with strange gaps in my text when I shuffle photos around.
So first up, Sunday. OH and kiddie had a good long lie-in so I snuck off to the car boot. There wasn't an awful lot to be had really but I got a few bargains. This great little bagful of perle cottons and cotton a broder was 30p. I do love the more matte threads like cotton a broder and flower thread. These will all come in very handy.
In the past I think I may have blogged a fab book that I had as a kid the Dean's Gift Book of Fairy Tales. The illustrations are gorgeous. I was lucky enough to find a copy in a charity shop in Brixham for about 50p, much to my sister's disgust. Well lookie here. I've found the companion book of Nursery Rhymes with the same illustrators, for 30p.
I think I may have to get a copy of that one framed. :o) In keeping with the latest swap I'm working on, I found this (complete) set of Russian dolls. I just had to have 'em. Only one of your English pounds.
Other than that I bought a babygro with a fab print of cupcakes and sweeties. Could come in handy for the Mumsnet Challenge. Also a cotton romper in bright pink with huge white spots on it. Nice fabric to chop up for 25p a throw.
Whilst on the subject of spending, I almost forgot about my two parties last week. Body Shop on Wednesday - I bought a fab little set of 4 eye shadow cubes. The Pampered Chef (gasp! splutter! choke!) on Thursday - I bought a pump-action oil spray dispenser (Hey! Good for the diet without all the additives in Frylight).
Hmm... Sometimes I get a sudden jolt that reminds me I'm not quite the same as the 'other mums' at school. I'm not a full-time worker with a hectic schedule, and I'm not a full-time SAH mum who knows her child's every thought and movement. The ladies were all lovely, I knew virtually all of them and get on with them fine, but the first party just left me feeling slightly inadequate and a bit of a fish out of water. Must just have been one of those nights... Thursday was better. Food and drink were flying around and the demonstrations gave a focus to the whole thing. Much more fun even if it wasn't good for the diet.
Aah... the diet... Well... yes... I think I may possibly be the shortest-lasting Weightwatchers client in the history of the company. I managed 2 full days counting points, sorry Points, but I just can't get to grips with it. I'm not a person that can plan a week's menu in advance. I want to decide what I'm going to have for breakfast when I wake up, choose lunch at lunchtime and I'll think about tea(dinner) in the afternoon. I think I'm just a Slimming World girl. It's ingrained now and I can't reprogramme myself. So, I haven't abandoned my weight loss campaign completely, instead the WW books are going on eBay (hahaha!) and I'm joining Slimming World on Wednesday evening, but I'm Food Optimising from memory (the SW way) 'til then. Hopefully when I have my first SW weigh-in I'll have lost some since my WW weigh-in last week.
I have also started to up the activity levels. Running is still a dim and distant memory but I've walked about 4 miles today. I'm in training you see. On 21st June I'm doing the Solstice Walk. I think I may have mentioned it... Anyhoo, I now have my fundraising page set up so if anyone would like to sponsor me I would be eternally grateful. And of course it's another chance to dress up. I quite fancy a Harajuku-style fairy with fluffy legwarmers and bright coloured clothes, but then maybe I could wear some of my belly dancing clothes instead...
So I mentioned OH was away in Cornwall diving... Well here are a couple of photos - one that he took of a crab and another one of the man himself in action.
He really shouldn't have gone as he was soooo full of cold. He dosed himself up and felt OK, but since he's got back he's got "man flu". He did enjoy the diving tho', so he doesn't care that he feels pants now. Personally I think he needs a holiday... rather than a birthday party (hee hee)... A week in Cornwall is what he needs but with no diving. Shock horror!!
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
So now all I have to do is read through all the books and decide if I'm going Core Plan or Point Plan. And that's it!! No effort. Huge weight loss. I shall look like my new Meez in no time at all. lol
After class I had to trot over to Chellaston again to retrieve my mum. My auntie had made lunch for us so I came away podged. She believes in giving you all of your '5 a day' in every meal. Lovely grub but loads of it. Not a great start to the diet but I can't start it until I've read the bumf, can I?
By the time I got back from there and read my emails it was time to do the school run, so I have do NO crafting at all today :o( . And tomorrow I'm in work all day. The poor loves - it's final assessment time for my girls. I'm excited to be seeing the finished results of their work, but I just hope they've all done plenty so we can at least 'pass' them, but hopefully higher grades than that will be awarded.
On the other hand I am hub-less for the next 2 days as he has gone to Cornwall on a dive trip. So I will be able to spend all evening stitching without feeling guilty for abandoning him. I am just such a good wife. I let him go away about 3 times a year. He just needs reminding every so often that most blokes aren't that lucky hehehe. A little guilty conscience every so often does no harm.
Right I'm going to start the marathon reading session 'til mum gets here. Tonight I am going to a Body Shop party - woohoo!!! Hopefully I should have some photos to show you tomorrow. Oh and tomorrow night a Pampered Chef Party is being held next door. How funny is that?! Me - the Un-Domestic Goddess going to a party about cooking and kitchen-y things. rmao
Oh btw I'm coming up to 1000 visits to my blog, and I've not had the counter that long... Perhaps a giveaway is in order? I'll ponder it.
Tuesday, 3 June 2008
And just to prove how pants my day has been take a look at my shopping list on the blackboard. Doh!! Considering the Special Talent I've listed in the meme I think that is hilarious!!!
OK so there was rather a huge clue in the previous photo. I am very proud of myself. OH is going to Cornwall tomorrow for a few days diving, but he is full of cold and may not be able to go. SO I'm blasting him with garlic to try and kill those pesky cold germs. He's got garlic bread to go with the garlic-laced pasta-fest so those bugs won't stand a chance. I'm not jealous about him going to Cornwall you understand... I didn't infect him with the germs on purpose... honest!!
btw I have filed my nails a bit. :o)
Oh the llama thing. That was the other one. Kiddie (as you may or may not know) has a very unfortunate birthday. Christmas Eve. So every year, like the Queen, she has a second birthday when she has a party or whatever for all her friends. That is when we buy her a big birthday prezzie, then in December she just gets smaller things. Anyhoo, this year she wanted to do something different for her party. Something nobody else has ever done. So I spent a good chunk of Saturday afternoon Googling attractions and party venues in the local area.
A map of the National Forest came up and right on the edge of the map was... LLAMA TREKKING. How cool! They also do kids birthday parties. I showed her the website and she was sold. So that's what we're doing. 8+ friends will be grooming, feeding and walking llamas. Collecting eggs from the hens (thats hens not chickens - just ask Katie). They then do sack races, space hopper races and other stuff. Party bags, a cake, food and even invitations are included. Can't be bad now can it?