Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Inconsiderate bands...

I just wanted to have a mini rant about musicians' scheduling failures:

Ian Brown is releasing a limited edition collection of his solo stuff (only 1,000 being pressed) so Stuart and I decided to buy it (he is a massive fan after all and you should have seen his face lighting up at the mere mention of an Ian Brown collection, never mind all the bits that come with it!).  So there we were, happy and excited about buying something we will both treasure for a long time as well as buying something purely for the joy of owning it (something that happens more infrequently than him getting up with Faith during the night, but that's another story...).

Then the Stone Roses only go and announce 3 new UK dates next June in Finsbury Park and Glasgow Green, the setting for reputedly one of their best ever performances.  Woohoo... or not as the case may be.  The tickets go on sale on this Friday, right after we've spent £150 on the Ian Brown stuff and 2 weeks before Stuart gets paid.  Now, if it was just the two of us I would happily starve for the next two weeks if it means tickets to see them again, but I can't really starve Faith for 2 weeks - the tantrums would be more hassle than it was worth!!

So, I shall just have to console myself with youtube instead...

Sunday, 28 October 2012

My baby's 3!

It doesn't seem quite right, but its true, I have a 3 year old daughter.  Doesn't seem that long ago that I went to bed fed up of being pregnant to be woken up by the onset of labour.  Its funny the things one person remembers and how quickly it all comes back once mentioned - Stuart was telling everyone how he remembered her first night out of the hospital.  We were staying at my Gran's while our house was being redecorated and put Faith to sleep in her moses basket between the twin beds we were sleeping in.  Stuart suddenly started panicking about it - what if we fall out of bed onto her during the night?  Yeah, stuart - when was the last time you fell out of bed?!

I had completely forgotten about that until he mentioned it, but I remember laughing about it now.

We had a lovely but very busy day.  We spent the morning at soft play with her friends, the afternoon with my Dad and had dinner with my Mum.  She was loving all the attention and presents, and I loved watching everyone doting on her and beng so relaxed and happy (my Dad even talked me through the family tree he's been researching for the past couple of years - something he's never don before).  Only problem is my living now looks like a branch of Toys R Us.

Itried to get some pictures of everyone before leaving each place, but they all came out terrible - my family always look so awkward in front of a camera and Stuart is apparentl the world's worst photographer - he took 5 pictures with our friends in the morning and there is not one of them without a balloon in front of Dee's face!

I need to put together a list of photos to take on birthdays in future - I was so busy enjoying the day, I only got awkward staged shots, didn't even get one of her with the cake Dad bought.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Faithisms #4

Nana: "What did you get for your birthday?"

Faith: "Presents."

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Alma blouse

I have coveted this blouse pattern since Tasia put it on her blog and finally took the plunge when she had her moving sale.  When Gran gave me all that fabric last week I knew the instant I saw one of the pieces that it would be an Alma blouse.  And now it is.

I don't really know how to adjust patterns properly yet (I will do though) so I just made the darts a bit wider to make it fit better - I much prefer more fitted tops than the semi fitted style of the Alma.  This worked perfectly on the muslin, but the fashion fabric is a bit less sturdy.  Unfortunately it pulls a bit, making me look like I'm trying to squeeze myself into a too tight top.  I thought that the long sleeves would be too much floral and would make the top a bit mumsy, so I went with the cap sleeves instead.  I need to adjust them somehow though - they're too boxy for me.

The problem I have with these fitting issues is that if I take the stitching of the darts and sleeves out, it will leave needle holes in my top and I think that would look worse than the pulling, so I'm just going to have to live with it.

The gorgeous fabric was given to me by my Gran.  That in itself is a massive plus point, but add to that the fact that not only does it come from my Gran's stash, but she acquired it from her mother, who bought it on her travels back in the day from (she thinks) India.  So, not only a beautiful fabric, but a piece of family history!

I am adding this to my list of patterns to be altered and re-attempted because I do love the style of it, I just need to try my adjustments again.

Friday, 12 October 2012

A sewing first!

So proud of my little girl today - she used a sewing machine for the first time!

Well, sort of (I'm not a completely irresponsible mother!).

I cut a sample of some fabric to see how it would wash and had to do a zig zag stitch around the edge to stop it fraying first.  Faith came over to have a look (I usually only sew when she;s in bed so it was all a bit new and intriguing finding out what that thing next to her dolls house is actually for), so I sat her on my knee and she held the fabric as it went through.

I'm pleased to report that there was a massive grin on her face as we were sewing and she wanted to do it again once we had finished, she seemed very proud of her acheivement!  And I was so relieved that she enjoyed the experience - my hope of a sewing daughter remains in tact!