The season of cards

Sew, tis the season to make cards. I’m not talking Christmas Cards, I’m talking family cards. I have 8 to make between mid October and the beginning of January. And as usual I wait until the last minute. Will I ever learn, ha, nope.

Below was actually the 3rd card I made and done in super quick time, 2 hours. It was for the OH Dad. Very pleased with it.

                             Happy birthday

                          Happy Birthday

Before this one I had my Nephews and the OH Mum to do. They had to be ready on the same day. As before her card took about 3 hours. The Nephews took about 6 hours over a few days but very happy with the results.

Used my quilling comb for this.. LOVE IT!

Sending you hugs stamping used here

My piece da la resistance… I’ve picture edited the sun in over his name

He likes the stage

If you’d like more details how I made these… Just ask.

Now,  off to work xx

 

Bunting

Sew, The boy and I decided to have a Braai BQ. It was originally supposed to be our moving in Barbeque, but was changed to an end of the summer one, as we realised that we would not be moving beforehand  😥

The boy got LOADS of meat,far too much in my opinion, but what would I know, I’m only a woman and a vegetarian.  We had also bought some plates and platters about 2 months ago that had cactusus on them and also colourful bowls that would go with the Mexican theme which we decided upon.

I had wanted to make bunting for sometime now and this was the perfect time to do a project.

Tehe butiful fabric, from my stash

The  beautiful fabric, from my stash. I didn’t use the small flower fabric at the end!

This is fabric that I already had in my stash. It was actually a Christmas bundle that I bought from Elephant In My handbag. I was going to use it to make a baby cushion, but couldn’t part with it…my bad!

Sew,  I bought 2 yards of bias binding in a gorgeous orange colour.

 

 

Flags

My triangle

 

 

 

 

 

 

I cut out 22 flags (11 flags in total) that were 23cm on both sides and 10cm across the top.

Each fabric was a fat quarter so it was plenty.

Now usually you can measure exactly where each flag was going to go but I lay the bias binding down, taking a bit off the ends to allow a loop for hanging. So the first flag was 23cm from the end and each flag was approx 16-26 cm apart. That seems like a lot but the first one is 16cm the next 26 so it varied. I did kinda do them so they were about the same, by sight first then with my ruler.Crawling around the floor.

It was good to have bias binding as I only had to sew the flags to the bunting rather than all the way along. Also I wanted them to last so I sewed them together rather than leave a raw (pinking shears) edge

Pinning

Bias binding open

 

 

 

 

 

 

So the flags were all pinned together, sewn, leaving the top open, turned and pressed so there was a clean crisp edge.

I then pinned each flag to the pre determined point on the bunting and used a decorative stitch to attach

 

Pressed seam

Decorative stitch

 

 

 

 

 

My bunting x

Sew that was that! I guess you could applique letters on a plain flag for a child or event and next time who knows what my bunting will look like  xx

Presents and cards

Sew, it seems all my close familh have birthdays in the last 3 months of the year. First my brother, then 1 Nephew and the bfs Mum. Then the bfs Dad. My Mum is next,  in November as is the boys. My birthday is the beginning of December and then my Sis-In-Law at the end of December. My other Nephew is

Enchantment Under The Sea Dance (On Saturday)

They’re supposed to go to this….Sew…Last weekend I went to a dance. An Enchantment Under The Sea Dance as they did in one of the greatest movies EVER made.  Organised by Nicki of PPHV, The Positive People Of Hill Valley Preservation Society, which I have mentioned in another post. This was all organised to raise money for the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinsons research and to pre celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the date that he goes Back To The Future (Which was 4.29pm) October 21st 2015.

So I went with my partner in crime Connie. As I have said before, My go to girl for girlie stuff. Sew as usual I was late, as I had a late night and started doing my hair late:took way too long. I didn’t have a dress, which I had planned to make, left that till late as well, so panic bought 5 dresses hoping one would look the biz and one did. If I do say so myself…what dya think?  😆 20151017_200832

If you want to buy my dress CLICK HERE to see mine and many more dresses

Sew Today in Wales

Sew Today was outta London.

 

There was a friend that I hadn’t seen for ages and he invited me down to Wales to spend a few days. He was my Manager for 5 years and became the person that I phoned from work on a Friday afternoon. We’d talk about work and personal stuff, it was such a nice way to end the week. He became ill a little while ago, so when we finally were able to contact each other again, I jumped at the chance as I knew he was on the mend.

I got the Coach down there so I could chill out and have a snooze; the journey was only 3 hours long. He met me from the coach and we gave each other the biggest hug.

We chatted for hours and he tried to fatten me up on homemade welsh cakes. I met his daughter and Grandson who has the most plump cheeks I have seen on a child for so long. I had to stop myself squeezing them like I do to my Nephews.

On the first day he cooked a fabulous meal and I slept in a big bed with an en-suite.

The following day we went to meet another of my ex managers who now runs a coffee shop (The Coffee Post) in Fairford, which in the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire.

It is picturesque little town.

Welcome to Fairford

Welcome to Fairford

The Coffee Post

The Coffee Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soy milkshake and green tea

Soy milkshake and green tea 

The local Parish Church

The local Parish Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The local Church, beautiful

The local Church, beautiful

Graveyard, not spooky at all

Graveyard, not spooky at all

Like an old Bonsai Tree

Like an old Bonsai Tree

Looking at the old watermill, which is now a private residence

Looking at the old watermill, which is now a private residence

Lavender Fields

Sew today, as we were both off for the summer holidays my Mum and I decided to do stuff.

I’d heard that there was a lavender field near us last year during the winter, not so good to see in the cold (plus it’s closed). I told my Mum that we should go but she thought it was too far away. I’d heard that in my area, back in the day, it was full of lavender fields; there are a couple of streets named Lavender Road and Lavender Gardens, so knew this too be true. Make a long story short, we went. It’s a 30 minute drive from where we live and it was a beautiful sunny day.

 

It was only £1 to enter, which helps them to maintain the gardens from  April to October. The smell was amazing. A huge field of lavender bushes that had a heap of bees in them. When we were away from the crowds we could hear the faint buzz of the bees. I tried to get a photo and almost succeeded.  Tell me if you see them or not…

 

Lavender Fields forever

Lavender Fields forever

Me and the Mumka

Me and the Mumka

Now can you see them?

Now can you see them?

See any bees?

See any bees?

Veganuary

 

Sew, last year I heard about Veganuary in December. I have wanted to try being a vegetarian since I was in High School, but liked my meat too much. The main focus of Veganuary is to ask as mainly people as possible to become vegan for the month of January. One person not eating any animal products for a day would save 1 animal. Veganuary is in it’s 3rd year now and growing every year.

 

I emailed one of the organizers, Matt and asked would it be OK for me to go vegetarian instead of vegan. He said that he was vegetarian for many years before going vegan so of course it would be OK. This Vegunary gave me the little push I needed. I hadn’t really thought it through. I started on the first of February 2015. It was a Sunday. Usually on a Sunday I would have a fried egg on toast. Before I even got out of bed, I watched ‘100 reason to be Vegan’ on YouTube. I didn’t have a fried egg that morning or have done since. I ate vegan for 2 weeks, and that was it. I didn’t go back to eating meat although I did have a piece of Salmon during that 2 weeks. Trying to justify it, I know though that this will be my last piece of fish that I will ever have. I grilled it to perfection and had it with some New Potatoes and green beans. It was good and I have not touched fish nor flesh since. I tried to be vegan but turned vegetarian. I tried not to eat too many things with egg or milk in the ingredients but I was either too hungry of lazy to care. I love Halloumi and Cakes and I love snacks.

Toward the end of last year, Mid December, I thought “I can do this”, I have been almost vegan this past year, lets do this. I signed in again to the Veganuary website and pledged to do it. Long story short, I only done 2 weeks. I did become vegetarian though so I was/am doing some good.

 

So through out the year I was a vegetarian. Cutting down on my egg intake and cutting down on my dairy. Sew, toward the end of last year, I decided to do it again but being more prepared than last year.

Sew, January began and lets just say…SUCCESS!! I found it alot easier than last year, I guess because I knew what was to come and an idea as to what to eat. I was vegan for the whole month of January.

So, I class myself as still a vegetarian as I have products in the freezer and cupboard that need to be eaten, Quorn products mainly and also cheese, which is another matter altogether.

I also spent a week in France, in February, snowboarding on a full board basis so being a vegan would have been impossible!  I have continued to be a vegetarian though so all things considered I have been a very good girl. Xx

 

Major update

I have been very slack for the last few months. The bf has been promising to promote this blog as I have no idea how to do it which is no very motivating.  But none the less, I have been crafting, making and travelling to make heaps more posts so stay tuned.

P.S. School holidays have started so I can do loads of stuff I mean to do during ‘regular’ weeks.

Tasty snack

Sew. After being off the gym for 2 weeks things were back to normal today.

I bought some fruit for our smoothies after the gym and came home to prepare them. Anyway, as I was clearing out the fridge I came across the bottom half of my butternut squash. I was about to chuck the seed away when I thought, why not roast them, so I did.

My own recipe below.

  • 1tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbls nooch (nutitional yeast)
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper
  • a pinch of salt

Seeds before washing

Seeds before washing

After washing and patting dry

After washing and patting dry

After adding the oil and spices

After adding the oil and spices

Roast for 10 miutes

Roast for 10 minutes

After roasting

After roasting

Ready to serve!

Ready to serve!

  • wash the seeds
  • pat dry
  • add spices and oil,
  • mix around.

When mixed put on a tray.I used parchment paper. I roasted them in a pre heated oven on 175-180. I heard a pop. I guess that was something to do with the moisture escaping whilst drying. I had eaten them before I started this post. They were tasty. A little kick due to the Cayenne pepper. Maybe I’ll add less next time, how much is less than a pinch!!

Sew,..SUCCESS XX

Card update and deadline

Sew, yesterday I went to the Christmas fare to sell my cards.

I have been doing them for the past 2 weeks (weekends off because I’ve had hangovers, due to birthdays) Every evening I have been making 2-4 cards an evening. I have watched about 3 hours of TV during the 2 weeks and I have neglected the boy. I bought a paste table, twinkly lights and managed to  get change from work.

The boy and I stayed up until 2 am. My Mum stayed up until about 11 pm, putting my business cards in each bag. I was making cards and the boy decided to make posters and a little synopsis of what I do.