Saturday, 24 August 2013

Of holidays and additions...

Oh dear, it's been a while again. No sewing to catch up on but Faith and I spent last week with my dad and sisters in Wales visiting my aunt and cousins. I haven't been up there since I was about 10 and this was the only holiday we are going to be having this year, so it was very exciting for us both.

There was lots of ice cream, paddling, animals, walking, pub quizzing and drinking. Great fun was had by all!

I was too busy enjoying myself to take many pictures but I got a few good ones with which to bore you with, so...

My Auntie Julie and I bonded over our love of crafts (she used to sell things she knitted in one of the local shops) and I mentioned that one of my favourite websites had a shop near there. Well that was that, my dad was told that we were going to Abakhan the next day, that he was looking after Faith and that he was adding to the shopping fund (isn't Julie great!). So the two of us along with my cousin Claire set of to what ended up not being a shop but a little village of shops. I have never seen anything like it in my life, I so was overwhelmed by the amount of fabric there was I just didn't know where to start. Once I calmed down though I blew all my money and heaved a huge sigh of relief that I had left the bank card with Stuart because if I had had it with me I would have been in big trouble when I got home!

And this week saw a new addition to our little family:

This is Nacho. He's an 8 week old Lhasa Apso pup and is the most gorgeous little man I've ever met! Despite Stuart's adamancy (is that a real word?) that he would not be allowed upstairs, especially not on our bed, Stuart brought Nacho to bed with him the first night we had him. Not even just on the bed, he was under the duvet!

We're having lots of fun at the moment, he's a very playful little thing which also means he sleeps ALOT. In fact, he's currently asleep next to my feet.
Expect to see a lot more of him. But don't expect to see much of me for a while - two essays due in in the next few weeks are keeping me away from my sewing machines. Once those are out of the way though I intend to make a dent in the pile of fabric I bought in Wales.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Faithisms #12

Faith:  Let's play the yes no game.  Ask me questions.

Me:  Is your name Faith?

Faith:  Yes.

Err, no Faith, that's not how it's meant to go.  
(We also tried playing it so that she had to say yes or no but she got that mixed up too!)

Thursday, 8 August 2013


It's been a lovely sunny day today so Faith and I took a wander into town to get the bus to Mum's. faith is slightly obsessed with her scooter at the moment and got some adoring glances from people we passed.

When we got to Mum's house she got down to business and did some baking with Nana, one of her favourite pastimes. She impressed Nana with her baking knowledge (knowing what baking powder does and cracking eggs like a pro)

Then it was time for the most important job - licking the spatula!

Faith was very impressed with the results but not too happy she couldn't eat them all! And after all that baking she got to eat the remnants of her ice lolly from a bowl in the garden and a tickling session with Auntie Helen. What better way to spend a day?

Actually, it may just be topped next week when I get to spend loads of time with my Dad and both my sisters.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Getting back my mojo

My sewing mojo has been MIA recently. After finishing my essay (which I got got a decent pass for) I started on my Bonny top. I got the fabric cut out and two seams serged before I gave up and shoved it in a drawer to come back to when I would do it properly. I then cut out the fabric for some Burda shorts and added that to the drawer. I got the pattern pieces for some Thurlow shorts ready then put them away and spent the next week playing jigsaws on my ipad and wishing I could get back into my sewing.

Rachel's recent post about getting your sewjo back couldn't have come at a better time for me. In fact, that night I made this little number.

I used what is quick becoming my go to skirt style and made a yoga skirt, this time though I made my first circle skirt. The thing I love about these yoga skirts is that they are so quick and easy. I think it took less than an hour from working out measurements to finishing it.

The fabric is some jersey I've had my eye on for ages but didn't think I could get away with wearing. Stuart surprised me by telling me I should buy it and another fabric that I've been eyeing up; he never likes anything I like so I had to buy them - this may never happen again!

I'm glad I did buy it - as soon as I stepped out the door this morning the next door neighbour complimented me on my skirt. Don't you love it when that happens!

I attempted the obligatory circle skirt twirl but I am apparently useless at twirling in heels!