Saturday, 30 January 2010
DH set the fire up this morning and moved a couch into the front room even though we're decorating. He left strict instructions that I was to sit in here where it's warm. I haven't put up too much of an argument if I'm honest. even the craft room can't tempt me away from the fire at the minute.
Anyway. I haven't posted for a while. I've just been so busy.
Yesterday I went to the local library to pick up a copy of Tilda's sew pretty home style and they had a sale on. After routing around a little I found this book-
This is the same book that my mam bought for us when our grandad passed away. It was a lot of years ago now and she had since gotten rid of the book. My sisters and I talk about it every now and then. For all the pictures are a bit cringe worthy it is really a very good book for a younger child. it takes you through everything, how we breath, speak, sneeze, growing up, maturing, reproducing and what happens when we die (in the physical sense and not the spiritual). It explains that adults can cry too and they cry at loss because they are sad they won't see the person any more.
Anyway for 10p I had to buy it. It doesn't take up much room on the book shelf and I figure if my sisters or I ever have babies we'll be able to use it.
It turns out that the youngest of us may never use it. She found that the pictures scared her and she's a bit spooked by the whole thing. i suppose I can see her point- it does show a woman with her legs spread and a babies head protruding from between. Oh and the woman has a HUGE smile on her face. it's not a photo though- just a sketch.
Anyway. after going to see said sister it turns out she'd bought me a present. Tilda's sew pretty home style! coincidence. So now I have to take the borrowed copy back. It put a smile on my face though :)
in other news.......... lol Loolla started an agility class last week. We've just had her second session. She's loving it! running and jumping and socialising with the other dogs! it's got her all tired out :)
On to some crafting!
I've been making cards in the last week. here's some of them-
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Unfortunately I stupidly forgot to take a photo of it. Doh!
So between that (Hubby had a fantastic time on the bouncy castle btw) and cleaning the house (I suppose it has to be done sometimes) I didn't get much done.
I did however join the library. The girls over on the MSE sewing room forum have been checking books out to make things from and quite a few of them are making Tilda items.
I promised I wasn't going to spend as much this year on useless things so I thought if I joined the library I could find books that I liked and ask for them on my present lists.
I fell in love with the first one I opened. Doesn't bode well. lol
However- presenting my Tilda Hare. I couldn't get a good photo of it so I took three rubbish ones.
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
One sock cat. The face took me AGES! i had completely forgotten how to embroider.
I put eyes on the sock pig.
I made a monster from a babies sock.
I made two more sock balls for my friends dog. This is the third set I've made. My mam's dog even loves them and she normally destroys soft toys. They have been lovingly sucked to death and deposited in my mam's knee several times. :)
I made some lavender sachets. My mam gave me last years lavender plant production. It equated to three large jars and 5 bags. Now I need some lavender bag patterns.
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
cover the sock ball with one of the other socks. Use the frill edge to surround the toe end of the first sock.
hold in position, chop the end off the second sock and stitch up.
with the toe end of the sock you just chopped off cut one small length. then cut these in half and sew into two rounded ear shapes.
Attach the ears to the pigs head. A good guide is to pin it where the seem stops on the frill.
add the pig nostrils to the face.
pull four equal size balls of stuffing to make feet. (it only needs to be a very small amount.)
put the feet in place between the two layers of socks. Squeeze the balls through the socks to show the foot definition.
sew around each foot using a running stitch. Make sure to go through both layers of sock.
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
My mum bought me the stray sock sewing book for christmas and this is the first thing I've made from it.
Sunday, 3 January 2010
put the rings through the holes in the cards. rearriange the pages so that the front page and the back page are on the outside of the packs.
Friday, 1 January 2010
This is the- reader that my husband bought me for Christmas.
I LOVE it! Or at least I do now. Having opened it on Christmas morning I admit to being so excited I didn't know which button to press first. However having switched it on something seemed amiss- the book asked if I would like to carry on reading from the last point.
Everything seemed to be in place though and the book was pre-loaded with a few excerpts in various languages.
I plugged it in- pressed download on the program to be given an error message. Two hours later I was still getting the same error message. Doing what any well trained computer person would do I goggled the fault for help. Nothing. The one helpful thing I found was a man advising that he hadn't downloaded the program because he found it easier just to drag and drop the books over.
That seemed to work so I was happy again.
Then it froze. By the time I went to bed on Christmas night it had frozen 4 times. Each time I had to do a reset. DH said we could take it back the next day and get it exchanged.
After a fight with Curry's/PC world we managed to get it exchanged. This one went straight into some opening spiel instead of asking me if I needed to continue reading. the program downloaded first time and the page turning time was massively improved.
My advice would be if you get a slow one of these take it back! lol
If you haven't seen this movie yet - WHY NOT!?!?!? the graphics are marvellous, the story is a classic. Fall in love with the characters. fall in love with the planet. Wish you weren't human and want to become a Na'vi.
It captures the imagination in a way that hasn't been felt for a lot of years. Just like karate kid made you want to learn karate and strictly ballroom made you want to dance- the urge to turn into a blue alien and bond with the animals and live with the forest takes over.
Now I'm off to see if I can make one (since I'm grown up and know I can't become one :( )