Monday, 3 March 2014
We managed to get our hands on some ripstock nylon scrap, which is exactly what we were looking for! These came from old hot air balloons and it was just what we needed as they had plenty of different colouts for us to choose from.
We grabbed as much as we could and took our sack away with us after paying just £5 for our loot.
On Saturday evening we put on my Bridesmaids DVD and started to make our banners. I used my sewing machine to sew the tops of the material so that we could stick a rod through the top in order to be able to hang them at the party venue. I wasn't sure how well I'd be able to sew ripstock nylon but it was surprisingly easy and not as slippery as i thought it would be. The trick is to hold it as tight as possible and use a good needle, i still had on my leather one which worked fine.
We were being inspired by the banners and flags you see at Glastonbury so we set about cutting out random shapes from the coloured ripstock and then did a running stitch by hand to secure the shapes to the banner. Here are our attempts, I'm pretty pleased with them, and what scrap we have left over I will be using at work to create some banners with the young people for the youth centre.
I think we did really well, even if I do say so myself!!
Sunday was a nice relaxing day which started off with a 4km run. I bought a fitbit flex (in pink of course!)last week as a motivation to start getting fitter. I am really liking it at the moment, and I like the fact that I can sync it with my phone and check how I am doing throughout the day with my steps.
D and I went over to my mum and dad's so that we could finally give her her birthday pressie, as I was poorly last weekend. I got her a jumper and I also am making her a cowl (which I am yet to finish). The pattern is the honey cowl on ravelry and it is a lovely pattern! I am using king Cole riot yarn in cool which is lovely to knit with although it does seem to malt over me.
My mum loves the wool, so I need to get a move on to finish it otherwise it will be too warm for her to wear it!!
Last night I also managed to get a bit of cross stitch done as well and finish off a very late Christmas pressie!!
Hope you all had lovely weekends, did you make anything? would love to hear what you have been doing.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
So I have been a bit absent of late, this is partly due to me being on holiday but for the last week I have also had a horrible flu/cold virus which has been horrendous!
My holiday was amazing though as D and I went to Zermatt in Switzerland. Zermatt is by the Italian border and if you buy an area pass you can go over to Cervinia in Italy.
Zermatt is a gorgeous village, that doesn't allow cars in it at all, so to get to the village you have to get a train from tasch and to get around in the village they have electric vehicles or horse and carriages. We stayed in a lovely hotel called hotel holiday which had such nice food and catered very well for vegetarians.
The snow was amazing and we had some great powder days and the resort gave you lots of different levels of runs, although I will say that the blues are some of the steepest I have been on. There were fantastic views of the matterhorn wherever you were in the village on on the mountain.
The village itself has plenty of boutique shops but if you're into labels such as Burton, roxy and vans etc then you won't get them here, it's much more high end, think gucci, rolex and ray ban.
Zermatt was quite expensive too, for a portion of chips and cokes you were looking at about £9 - £12 depending where you went.
I was really impressed with Zermatt and I would definitely go back there.
Thursday, 6 February 2014
I finally finished my blooming flower cushion and I have to say I absolutley love it, I've been getting some compliments on instagram on it and some like on facebook so here is for you all to see too. It is pretty big too, I had to use some spare toy stuffing I had as I couldn't get a cushion insert big enough!
I'm so glad this one is all mine, as I love the colours and the stylecraft yarn was lovely to crochet with too.
Have any of you tried making this cushion before? I'd love to see them!
Tuesday, 28 January 2014
I started off doing squares...
I then decided I didn't like it any more so I went onto chevrons...
But I now don't like this anymore... I think it's the colours as I was trying to do a stash busting exercise and using my spare balls of wool from other projects so I'm not overly keen on how the colours go together. When I started this project I didn't want to buy any wool but I caved and bought the attic 24 colour pack and think i'm going to use some of the colours from this... I also started a cushion that will go with the blanket.
now I just have to decide on a design, I'm still liking chevrons but I am also drawn towards ripples, hexagons and the stripe as you go blanket.... I just can't decide!!!! I don't know why I am finding it so hard really!
Are any of you taking part in it? how are you all getting on? I keep seeing lots of lovely ones on Instagram and facebook, I'm sure these are what have lead to my indecisiveness!!
Friday, 10 January 2014
While Franklin has become increasingly recognized for her immense contributions to molecular biology, even today, students everywhere learn the story of Watson and Crick's discovery but few are taught about the critical contributions of Rosalind Franklin to understanding the nature of DNA. Franklin's story remains one of the most famous and egregious examples of a female scientist being denied credit for her work due to sexism but, as this fascinating infographic illustrates, there are unfortunately many other examples from throughout history.
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Wednesday, 8 January 2014
- 1 aubergine - i used a medium sized one
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 mushroom
- 1 tomato
- Fry light
- Grated cheese - you can add as much or as little as you want