Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
This is her lying on the material and pins. I put my hand on top of the pins to shield her from hurting herself, only to be scratched and bitten for my concern.
It took me longer than I expected but I was really pleased with the results.
I lined the bags with shower curtain material I bought in John Lewis. And I backed the headbands in the green cotton I use for embroidery. I thought about embroidering something on it but didn't know what, and I wanted to get on. Anyway, these are more face washing headbands as the people they're intended for are unlikely to wear them in public.
The black material is, of course, Kaffe Fassett. The purple gerbera fabric is Carla Miller. Absolutely gorgeous. Now I just have to get the cord and stopper to thread through the top and they will be finished. Today we went into town. It was snowing as we drove in. After lunch we stumbled upon the French market that comes to Norwich twice a year and sells gorgeous things, particularly sweets. I bought some small pieces of nougat, as I'm trying to lose weight.
Monday, March 17, 2008
I've been slowly, organically, working my way through a list of what I wanted to have achieved by the time Hagos came home and I think I've done rather well. The list included household and creative, fun, tasks. Having the house cleaner and clearer/more organised makes me feel lighter. I had a day of clearing our yard and cleaning the car and both look so much better I really want good weather now so I can sit out there and I wonder why it's taken me so long to get it done.
In amongst the household chores I made sure I also did plenty of reading, sewing, knitting and writing too. Interspersing it all helps achieve slow but sure progress.
Meg helping with the household chores:
And keeping the settee cushion covers warm.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Then, in the evening, I started sewing together my Kaffe Fassett Paperweight Algae skirt. And here's the result: I'm really pleased with it. I was concerned the lining would make it too heavy for summer, but actually it still feels lightweight and very luxurious. And I'm really chuffed with how professional it looks. I made myself stop just before completely finishing it last night because it was 1am and I really needed to go to bed. So I just have the lining to slip stitch to the zip, and the hemming of the skirt and lining to do, et voila, finito!
So this morning the list is still staring at me, making me want to crawl back into bed with my book and cat. I think I might throw it in the bin and have more of an organic approach to the day.
Monday, March 10, 2008
My sister and her husband came to visit over the weekend. We went into town on Saturday, visited a couple of shops, I got my John Lewis fix and then we picked my friend Bev up and came home. Then we went to V's Cafe for lunch, which was extremely nice. I had my usual double egg on toast. I kept meaning to take my camera with me every time we went out and kept forgetting so I have no photos to show. On Sunday we went to Reepham Station and had tea and cake there. Jacqueline and I had the most delicious coffee cake. So today I'm back on my diet of fruit and veg.
I dyed Jacqueline's hair while she was here, which was good fun. She got a highlight kit. Then I straightened it all for her, and she really suits her hair straightened. I'm trying to persuade her to buy a set of GHD straighteners as mine aren't and take ages to use. Anyway, this is the result.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Monday, March 03, 2008
This is them all hanging up next to the new Sardine mountain. So now I'm taking a break before pressing on with my Spring Cleaning. I've done the bathroom, now I just have the rest of the house (and car, and shed) to do.
I've located a new place to write in too. It's on the couch in Hagos's studio. I like being surrounded by Hagos's stuff, and it's comfortable and quiet in there, and has none of my own distractions.
I spoke to Hagos on MSN this morning for a wee while. He's in Istanbul at the moment. It was REALLY nice to chat to him
I'm still feeling sluggish, but better than yesterday. My mind isn't totally present though. I think it's because I have to concentrate so hard during the week that come the weekend my brain really lets go!
Tomorrow I have to go to the gym and have blood tests to see if there's an underlying cause to my tiredness. And I really want to get an AL Kennedy book to read. Either: Day, Paradise, or Indelible Acts. I might leave that till I'm back to work on Tuesday to save an extra trip into town. And I need to buy an invisible zip and some thread. And so the list forms again.
I made a great breakthrough on the domestic front tonight, which made me stupidly happy. Our vacuum cleaner hasn't been working properly for about a month. After a swift appraisal I decided there was a blockage in the tube, thus preventing the right amount of suction. It's been a real pain, and I've ended up picking half the crap off the floor myself every time I vacuum. Tonight I was pushing it around, trying to make the floor look better, when for some reason I decided to check the bag wasn't full. AND IT WAS! It was so full the stuff was hanging out of the hole. Now, I checked the bag wasn't full when I was first aware of the problem. Anyway, new bag, fully functioning vacuum cleaner. The floor looks clean now. I'd just about resigned myself to having to buy a new one, or ask Hagos to take the hose apart to find the, er, blockage.
It's bedtime. My hands are FULL of scratches.