Friday, 31 May 2013

Its the little things...

That make all the difference and often give the most pleasure.

Since having a session re-pairing hair slides and pieces of jewellery the other week I have been rootling round the Internet for new posts for ear-rings and new barrette clips both items needed to repair a few items that are still basically okay apart from broken clips or posts; and I must say I have a lot of expensive ear-rings which although old and well worn where the posts have broken off but that where the ear-ring part is okay - so salvageable.  I have managed to find the items I want and an order has been put together and sent off so that said items can be fixed and put back into use again.  That makes me feel good as I am not wasting things just for the sake of a little tlc and time.

These are the hair clips where I re-glued the damaged bits  or bits that had fallen off and made them useable again.

I have also a pattern for making some scrunchies and a rag bag, which I intend to hit and make several.  I store my scrunchies on a freestanding paper roll holder (pine ones of course) and just thread the scrunchies down the pole colour coordinated of course to make it easy to locate things in a hurry.  It keeps them all nice and neat.  Currently I have three such poles on my dressing chest along with other bits and bobs.

 In recent weeks I have also been doing a spot of spring cleaning and sorting out my walk in closet and colour-coordinating the contents so that I can find things easily; finding pretty things at my local charity shop for next to nothing  such as some pretty scarves, some bracelets (will show photos of these another time) and

Some hair pieces/fascinators.  I have also located a couple of patterns to have a go at making my own from scratch.

During the sorting out I refound items I had forgotten about and they have subsequently been brought literally out of the closet and put into use again.

I have also found further part done ufos, found some beading kits, some beads, a wire bound necklace kit which I am in the process of working (I will show photos another time but I am pleased with how things are going so far) so much so this has led to me looking at the beads and findings in my local shops as well as the Internet and I have started to play a little and experiment the process of which I am really enjoying. I am discovering new techniques and thinking about adding little touches by way of accessories to some new items that have been added to my wardrobe.  With me having long hair and with me wearing it pinned up most of the week I like to have a hair trim of some description or another whether that be a hair clip, scrunchie, scarf, ribbons or lace trim. 

During my sorting out I also came across some paper flowers bought a little while back in a sale together with hair combs and over the weekend just gone I sat and played and attached the flowers to the combs and made some very pretty combs to go with a new skirt and top; and I have to say I am chuffed with the outcome so much so some more are on the cards for the end of the month.  I have also been looking at making my own barrette slides to match other outfits

I also bought a small kit of some Angel drop ear-rings which were very quickly done and not too expensive and I am well chuffed with those as well.  I have also dragged out some of my beads and my memory wire with the intention of making some further necklaces and bracelets with ear-rings to match and I am planning at having a play with another beadwork netted necklace.

I hope everyone is okay and will give a further update later on as things progress.  At the minute I have the knitting bug and have at least three jumpers on the go with some more in the pipeline.  One is a UFO from  a little while ago, the second I have written a script for in order that I can complete it and count the rows. The third I have the script to write up but I am going to concentrate on the first one and get that one finished first and then work my way through.   I will not tackle bits of the pattern that need my concentration when I am tired as this is when things go wrong hence me writing  a script for myself so I have my head around what I need to do before I start it and it also gives me an accurate recording of what row I am up to.  I am hoping to get quite a bit more done over the weekend. 

I do have to go to the Charity shop tomorrow as I picked up a damaged hand crewel worked picture where the frame was broken and I have had it popped to one side; it has some water damage but I think I can sort that out with a little tlc; it will need a new frame but it does have the non reflective glass so I do not envisage that being too much of a problem.

Right have to dash

Hopefully catch you all later on.

Have a good day



Wednesday, 29 May 2013

To Dream or Not to Dream

I know I am a bit of a dreamer at the best of times, but you need to dream to start ideas which latterly move on to actually creating and bringing something to life a birthing procedure.  To dream of doing something then taking little steps to actually bring something into fruition now that gives me so much pleasure. 

 I am sorry I have been absent for a while but I have been playing more than a little bit. It all started with having a go at things I had never tried before - like making some earrings, making a necklace.  Its sort of sparked my creativity a little and given me a little boost as some of the items I have had a go at have turned out quite well and I am chuffed to little bits with them.

Redeveloping an interest in nice clothes  and getting the itch to get the sewing machine out and making some skirts and pairs of trousers in fabrics of my choosing.  Also falling in love and liking a lot of lovely accessories only to find they cost an arm and a leg has also been the ignition point.  A spark I have followed through with on the basis that  I thought nah - I am not paying that (especially as one or two of the things I looked at the quality was a little waff for what prices were being charged).  The thought process then went something like  - I can make things like this  all I need is time to play and the materials to play with.  I can crotchet, knit in a fashion, make jewellery from tiny seed beads, and other sized beads, make hair bows, slides (there are tutorials on You Tube and dotted all over the Internet).  I can Crotchet that shawl and what's more because I have made them it is very unlikely that someone is going to end up with the same things exactly as me  - now that I found appealing they might have something like but not the same.  Now that excited me.

From  the playing  I seem to have in recent weeks found a lot of pleasure in simple things. I have been  having a go at things I would not normally consider; this all achieved in between real life events getting in the way when all I wanted to do was to  play and escape and dream and make and despite stopping and starting I have eventually got to play big time which has been very satisfying.  I still have loads of work in progress  - well the unfinished objects of which there are a pile  - erhm mountain might be more specific but I have also been adding little bits and bobs to the stash of materials.   A little bit of this and a little bit of that.   This pattern would look nice in that wool or this wool or that cotton or with this trim.  So far what I have been playing with I have used things I already had so no pennies spent now that is a plus at the moment.  (There will be a separate post with photos in relation to this  showing you what I have been up to). 

During the past week specifically I decided to get to grips with something I have a love hate relationship with - Knitting.  It has always been my nemesis - my achilles heel and I decided that it was about time that I really got to grips with this.   I have surprised myself in the process as I have persevered and things I did not understand I have googled and sorted things out and then felt quite chuffed with myself.   Its very empowering and has helped with some confidence issues I have a nice little boost at the right time.  

I think the knitting has been spurred on by the fact that I have just purchased two expensive jumpers from a well known shop of which one is a cable and the other stocking stitch. I come from an extremely long line of knitters I love proper jumpers, jackets and coats that is made in a yarn or a stitch of your choosing as I love hand crafted items.  Besides a home made jumper has a life and soul of its own and after all it is made with love.

I can knit in a fashion - I have been told I am quite a neat knitter, but I would not call myself proficient in any way shape or form - it still can be quite painful and still a strong learning curve, especially when you have to pull several rows down and then string everything back together neatly by picking up stitches that seem to disappear into nowhere. 

The knitting in turn seems to have coincided with me sorting out my UFOs  into a stock pile in the bedroom and deciding to tackle things one at a time.  Some of my UFOS were partly knitted Jackets and I have surprised myself in the process and actually quite enjoyed the knitting.  I have aimed not for speed but for neatness and have tried not to hurry the process as this seems to be when my concentration disppears and the time when I am more than likely to make a mistake.  I have three of these jackets on the go at the moment, a cream jacket taken from a Rowan pattern (but an alternative cream Aran wool worked in stocking stitch) a blue marled fashion yarn jacket also worked in stocking stitch and a kit that I bought yonks ago using four strands of wool (pale green, cream, a leather cream thread and a brown) to knit on gigantic needles and create a marled thick cozy jacket worked in moss stitch.  I have now got to a tricky stage with all three and I need to sit down and plan what I am going to do with each one and write a script for each individual jacket which I can tick off as I g along.  

This has in turn led to me looking through books, picking out patterns and planning for ongoing projects. Once these three out of the way there are plans for a couple of fair isle jumpers.  I am getting  a little adventurous. There is also the crotchet jacket with  the flower trim worked in white cotton with lilac, pink and purple flower trim with green leaves and the wellie boot socks to keep the tootsies warm during the cooler months (they might also make some useful Christmas presents for the keen gardener).  After a long time in the wilderness I am getting excited at the prospects of what I can and cannot do for myself and I feel incredibly lucky.  So for me to dream is an essential part of the tool kit it makes all things possible a rehearsal - sometimes we just have to sit and play rather than dream, dream and dream and not do anything so I will be having a regular play day in future as it has opened up a whole new load of possibilities and I feel inspired, and excited and more importantly a lot happier in the process.

Catch you all soon



Friday, 3 May 2013

Happy Birthday to Me

Its my birthday today and it has been gloriously sunny and warm here in Peterborough and I have been at work all day.  Everyone should get their birthday off  you should not have to work it.  However if I had of booked the day off it would have rained down all day.  It has however not been too bad a day - I have had a scuttle full of birthday cards, and some lovely presents and lots of messages on Facebook and emails  from family and friends. 

I had a lovely walk into work this morning in bright sunshine and the cherry blossom is out in full force.  I pass three trees on the way there and until three days ago there was not a flower to be seen tight buds yes and in the past couple of days it has come out in force with large sprays of the lovely pink blossoms and reminded me of the piece of music Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White.  The Cherry Tree in the garden is also in full  of wonderful white blossoms.  I am hoping I get to the cherries first this year rather than the birds.

This evening I popped over to my mum's who had made me a birthday cake and bought me some flowers and  gave me some money with which to buy myself something so I think a little trip into town might be in order at some point.

Anyway here is a photo of the cake

And here is a photo of the bunch of flowers

I am a very blessed.

Thank you all for your good wishes

Love and Light



Meet the Moggies

  • Merlin (approx 18 months)
  • Squeak (approx 2 years)
  • Poppy (approx 16 years)
  • Tyson (approx 17 years)
  • Tinky (official name Clover approx 18 years)