Friday, 26 August 2011
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Sunday, 21 August 2011
Friday, 29 July 2011
Having looked at the photos of these shorts they look quite simple to complete, 4 Granny Square corners sown together with a draw string around the top....maybe one day.....hmmm
So pretty, wouldnt this make a wonderful wedding garland fpr a casual garden wedding?
Crochet Decorated Handbags
I'm always a little nervous about crochet handbags, or in fact knitted handbags for that matter either. I think this nervousness is about the potential for the yarn to become mis-shaped with use and I like to keep my bags immaculate. When it comes to bags I'm a leather girl.
However, I think that this basket bag from Julien MacDonald might be the perfect solution. It has a base of straw with crochet detail
I love how the light textured straw of the basket base shows through between the crochet loops. Would be a perfect bag for the summer.
So whether you like the idea of strutting your stuff by the beach in crochet hot pants, adorning your glossy locks with a crochet head band or going to the local farmer's market with your crochet shopping bag it looks like there is something for everyone as crochet continues to strive for world domination.
Friday, 22 July 2011
I don’t know if this is just a current trend linked to the recession and a need to make rather than buy (however, anyone who enters crafting for a “cheap” hobby would be bitterly disappointed, so far I’ve found it anything but cheap but then I do enjoy buying kit so I am my own worse enemy!) or, if there is a natural cycle of common activities, for example handmade and crafting were very popular in the Seventies (I have some fabulous crochet and knitting pattern books I really must share with you soon) so it could be a natural cycle that it has come back into popularity only to die again in a year or so to be resurected in another 30-40 years.
Well, whatever the reason it would appear that Crafting is bidding for world domination.
Today, I want to share with you an unusual embroidery community I recently discovered -
Fine Cell Work
Fine Cell Work is a social enterprise which has brought tapestry and needlework into the UK prison system allowing prisoners to learn new skills and earn money during their rehabilitation. 29 prisons are now running the scheme, and in 2010 there were over 400 stitchers who collectively earned over £70,000*.
Their work is stunning. It ranges from greetings cards to rugs and cushions to quilts. Tapestry kits of their original designs are even available so you can make these yourself.
Its great to see that an activity so traditional as embroidery is able to give some of societies most challenged individuals the focus to work through their demons.
If you are really interested in helping out it would appear that Fine Cell Work are looking for more volunteers across the UK.
* Source: http://www.finecellwork.co.uk/aboutus/
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Sunday, 10 July 2011
Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Friday, 1 July 2011
Wow crafting is everywhere.
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Sunday, 26 June 2011
What a wonderful day full of great experiences
The CyberMummy 11 organisers had arranged a great selection of speakers. I learnt about writing from a published author, photography from an accomplished photographer, internet presence from a professional web developer and how to reach a blog-life-balance from a time management expert. I'm planning to put their helpful advice into practice so watch out for some changes to this blog :)
Whilst the talks were great this was shadowed by the inspirational bloggers I met, there really are some fabulous people out there, sharing some amazing life experiences. Keep it up ladies.
The fun has even continued today as I had the joy of delving into the Goodie Bags and wow were they a treat. Luxury Bath treats from Champney, Cars The Movie from Disney, Johnson's Baby Wipes and and and the list goes on, I'll be dishing out some of these treats to friends as there is simply too much for one family.
So all that is left to say is "where do I sign up for CyberMummy 12?"
Friday, 24 June 2011
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Sunday, 12 June 2011
Wednesday, 8 June 2011
There are some things which I am certainly not too proud to do
- the photo copying at work
- sniffing my baby’s bottom to see if there is anything I need to action
- re-cleaning tables in restaurants before we sit down as I know T will attempt to put the whole table in his mouth at some point over dinner. (I like to make sure it has seen antibacterial some point recently)
but most recently I added begging to the list and I don’t care because it came through.
As you know I took a bit of a cyber break when T was born. Just couldn’t fit blogging into my already chaotic world, but now T is 8 months old, I’m back at work and we are into a very good bedtime routine* I have a little more time on my hands and blogging was top of my list.
It was therefore only recently whilst blog-surfing that I discovered the Cyber Mummy conference taking place in London on 25th June, got very excited….went to register and was quickly deflated to discover it was sold out and there was a waiting list. There was nothing for it but to beg, offered to work at the event in exchange for a ticket; handing out badges, stewarding, anything which would mean I can go to a couple of the talks. I want to be a better blogger.
Well, I’ve just heard back from the organisers and
The lady from CyberMummy....she say yes
(insert own cheesy Spanish accent)
(apologies to anyone who wasnt in England in the '80s to experience the Del Monte ads)
I’m so excited.
Looking forward to meeting lots more yummy cyber mummies.
Are you going? Let me know…looking forward to meeting you
* clearly I have jinxed the next few nights by writing this
Monday, 6 June 2011
Hello, I'm British and I'm obsessed with the weather. It's been gloriously sunny here for weeks, it's been absolutely fabulous. But today the rain has come and I'm thrilled for 2 reasons
1. The waterbutt will get refilled, it was getting quite low and I've got quite an array of veg growing
2. I can finally wear my wellies. I bought these months ago and I've not had the chance to give them a test drive.
So bye for now, I'm taking T to the park so I can jump in puddles like a toddler.
Thursday, 2 June 2011
I've been itching to get back to blogging for a while now. I've taken some time to make sure this is something I'm willing to commit to again and after hours of thought and deliberation the conclusion is - YES.
I've been up to so much that I want to share with you. There have been...county shows.....baking extravaganzas....crafting....and of course I need to introduce you properly to my little man.
So for now I will wave farewell and I'll see you back here very soon. Watch this space