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Sew, today the bf asked if I wasnted to go for an after work drink. He is on a no carbs thing but decided not to be today. I say yes. So after we find out the pub doesn’t serve mulled wine or Jamaican coffe, I had to order black coffee and a shot of Tia Maria. Sew after 3 of these I’m very awake.

My sister in laws sister owns a couple of Nurseries and had posted on facebook that they are holding a table top sale. So I ummmed and ahhhed and decided that I should do this. How the hell else am I going to promote myself…

So tomorrow, the bf has got me my birthday pressie early and I have to go pick it up, Crafting stuff basically…I have to get myself in gear and works my little tushy off. Wish me luck…

Babushka doll cushion, Butterfly cushion and cupcake cushion

The truth about these cushions

The first cushion that I made and what made me want to keep making stuff. This is where it all started. It took about 4 weeks with a little bit that we had to do as homework..

I cannot remember how I done the Russian Doll cushion as this the second one I made. I done this in my soft furnishing course with help from the tutor. It took about 4 weeks to do and I added some embroidery to make it even nicer so yeah.

The cupcake cushion was made for a friend of mines birthday. I was on a roll and was making them for everybody. I have other pictures that I have to find.

Butterfly cushion Babushka cushion IMAG0382
Butterfly cushion Babushka Cushion Back of Babushka Cushion
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Cupcake Cushion Back of Cupcake Cushion 2 Cushions and a bed runner that I made too

This is the first item of clothing that I made for myself. I (and millions of others it seemed) had purchased Love to Sew magazine and go the very popular Ruth Dress pattern. I made it after umming and ahhing at it for AGES. This is before I sewed the zip in and was made up that I actually got this far.

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I’ve yet to wear it 😳 but now that it is winter, I shall be taking Dawn O Porters advice and putting on a black polo neck under my dresses for more wearability during the colder months.

And one another post I do have my Chinese Top.

I have also got a skirt I made a the beginning of the year which I have yet to wear and of course the dress worn to my Sis-In-Laws Mums birthday in June.

Due to me not wearing my creations I have decided next year to take part in The Me-Made May challenge next year. Read about it HERE and see you soon

Some more sewing stuff

As this blog has been started almost 3 years into my crafting life, I have made stuff and not documented them properly. Below are a few things that I have made for friends (Cushions) and myself. You know when you need some twinkly music like on the generation game, like a catwalk type setting with all my crafts coming out one by one. I haven’t got any of that sorry!! I think each deserves a little story with it too! Yes!!

Cushion for Mel and Pete

Cushion for Mel and Pete

Back of cushion

Back of cushion

Sew, There were a couple of friends moving to Germany permanently and as leaving present I decided to make them a cushion. I had just finished my butterfly cushion and thought this was the perfect time to check out my skills without my tutor. I started in plenty of time and travelled far to find the right fabric, It’s got little houses on it. So I cut the squares, Some were wonky so I had to cut them ALL smaller. I was still making the cushion on the day of the leaving do. I arrived late which is a given with me and it was received with tears from Mel.

The reaction of the cushion being received.

The reaction of the cushion being received.

 

Your Zone

Your Zone StudioSew, a new gym opened up near me called Your Zone Studio.  Well, it’s very near to my tube station to work. I went past a few times when it first opened and even picked up a leaflet. Promising to burn up to 1000 calories, this is a good thing right? I thought about it and ummed and ahhed then thought, go for it. The option to have a free session also helped. So I signed up on the website and received a call the next day from a guy named Danny. He asked me a couple of questions, like “Why I wanted to join a gym?”, all the usual stuff and a time was agreed for the next day. This was during the school holidays so it was easy to say yes to tomorrow. I went down and although Danny wasn’t there, I had a really good session with Charlie (girl Charlie). I got a phone call from Danny later that day asking me how it went, Great, I said. I asked how much it was to join and was told. The rate seemed pretty reasonable so after looking at my finances in more details, I finally  said “Yes!”.

I have been going for just over a month now and my fitness is definitely improving, so I’ve been told by Alex (guy Alex). I have set days and times that I go which work brilliantly. Even when I get off the tube and I’m  feeling tired and either walk,or run if I’m running late,to the gym, I ALWAYS leave feeling fabulous. I’m still trying not to eat junk when I get home and sometimes it works, sometimes not. I’ve only missed 2 days on the weekend (laying in bed is so nice). Actually, me and the bf had to go and look for a new car, so that was one of the reason I missed one session.

I should have put in an extra day this week as last weekend was a missed session (make it 3 missed). A weekend away with the girls to Margate for a friends birthday. A rugby watching, Prosecco drinking, looking up at the night sky, pizza eating weekend. I felt the drink sweating outta me on my first day back exercising. I should have gone today but needed new Knives and am a bit knackered to tell the truth. So yeah, fitness up dates maybe coming up… Also an added bonus. They email your results to you as soon as you finish your workout, so even though you can see how hard you worked whilst you’re there, you can look more closely at the results later. So loving it xx

Your Zone Studio

Your Zone studio, Colliers Wood

So if you want to work out like me CLICK HERE and if you sign up now you get a free trial

Christmas Cards

Sew yesterday, I went to WHSmith to buy a Love To Sew Magazine. My eye was caught, as always, by the other colourful crafting magazines. Make this now, and Christmas card makes etc. I knew that I had to start thinking about my Christmas cards and also getting back into making cards, as I said before I have become lazy on that front. So I picked up two. Make Christmas Cards, Bumper Pack and Paper Craft magazine. Now I’m not usually swayed by gifts, but I had just been paid so I was in need of a present to me!.

I bought them home and put them to the side. I woke up the next morning and flicked through the Christmas Card Magazine. I was on my Amazon App within 5 minutes purchasing 3 Acrylic Blocks and a quilling board. Now…I have had stamps from other magazines in the past and have just thought “Meh”. I am now converted…insert halo music 💡  I have just this minute done 3 stamps with my Acrylic blocks and they will change the way I make Cards in future…

 

First Stamp from Christmas pack

First Stamp from Christmas pack

Scandi inspired stamp

Scandi inspired stamp

Do you know how much I frigging LOVE LOVE LOVE the Scandi Stamp. And in Pink too! I almost had a heart attack, no lie. That is why I am writing this this second

Or as the kids in my School might say, That looks sic Miss.

Updates on cards I make Will definitely follow. So no TV this evening, well until Goggle Box Obvs!!

And shout out already goes to ↓

 

Magazine will be well used

Magazine will be well used

Some papercrafts

Sew, there have been a few birthdays recently and much to my disappointment, I have not been my usual crafty self and made the cards myself 😥 I always mean to, then it comes to a few days before hand and I think, it’s easier to buy them than make them. I sometimes feel guilty and then not thought more on it. Below are some cards that I have made and am very proud of. Sew, I’ve really gotta get back into it.  I might have to buy some stuff for it, which the boy will think unnecessary. If I hide the stuff… he’ll never know!!

 

Birth Card for Marley

Birth Card for Marley

Christening Card

Christening Card

Inside the Card

Inside the Card

Made from a template

Made from a template

For my brother

For my brother

For a friend. Inspired by a template

For a friend. Inspired by a template

A couple have been quick makes (with goodies coming with magazines) and a couple have been   done with more planning. Knowing what I wanted and achieving it. It does help when I don’t have 6 things that I want to make going on in head, and with Christmas 3 months away, I should start making some. Come Xmas Eve, I don’t want to be making any, as I have done the past 2 years!!

 

Vegan Popeyes Bonafide Chicken (Vegetarian)

 

Sew, On Facebook, I am a member of Vegnuary page. I had to be approved, surprised I was, well not really, as I had emailed the starter of Vegunary and was asking advice so was already in there! So, anyway, there was a link to a website, and although advised against promoting another blogger, this lady is amazing and only does food, where’s I’m an all rounder. I saw this recipe for “Fried Chicken”, which I have been missing like crazy. I’m not afraid to say it either. I miss Scrambled Eggs and KFC Chicken wings. So, I immediately bought my Gluten Flour from Amazon which took AGES to come. It eventually arrived and I knew I had to wait for the right moment to make it and the opportunity came on Friday night. I told the boy that I fancied chip shop chips and was going to make Seitan (because that is what it is) to go with it. I also have some in a tin which I bought from the local Asian Supermarket but didn’t know I could make it from scratch. Anyway. I’ve added a link to her page. Just a couple pieces of advice.

If you don’t like it spicy don’t add ANY hot sauce. I nearly blew my eye sockets out with the sauce that coats the  seitan pieces. I do have some hot sauce in the “chicken” which is more than enough for me. I put in less like she suggests. My NoEgg is rubbish and doesn’t look anything like hers so I made a batter with Flour, Soy Milk and mustard and this coats the chicken perfectly. Do this  only when you have time to do it. I made half of the quantity that the recipe and this was more than enough for me. Half the recipe would easily feed 6 to 7 of me. I’m not a masssive eater but I do love my food so won’t shy away from extra portions. You’ll also need to top up your stock (broth) a couple of times too when boiling the pieces. When I had cooked a couple of test pieces even the boy said it was Ok. So it can’t be too bad eh?

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I forgot to take pictures when it was cooking but did take these. Uncooked and left overs!!!

Uncooked Seitan pieces

Uncooked Seitan pieces

Cooked Nuggets

Cooked Nuggets

Toodles!!xx

Hever Castle

Culture Baby!

Culture Baby!

Sew, as the boy was off work today, as he is working on Saturday we decided to take in some culture and go To Hever Castle which is only and hour from South London. It expensive to do the Gardens AND the castle but I wanted to, so we did. We couldn’t take pictures of the inside of the castle unfortunately, but I have WAY too many pictures of the Gardens, which I will edit and post tomorrow, not all of them mind!!

Toodles!! xx

Quilt quest

In the New Year of 2014 a new magazine came out. Now being VERY new to sewing (through the soft furnishing course) I thought this would be a good thing to do. Now, July 2015, I am about 1 year behind. I have embroided 27 squares- I should have done about 85 by now – Any way, my quest continues. I will try and do at least one a week, Here’s hoping.

Your encouragement would be appreciated xx