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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Where there's a beginning, then there has to be an end.

Today is the third and final day of my "Home Fest".  The headline act last night (Strictly Come Dancing) was great (I have chosen Aston in our family "sweepstake") and, as I went to bed, I was treated to a laser light display in the air (there is a festival going on in a field around 15 miles from here but light travels!).  Mind you, I agree with Sewingbuddy (now that's a turn up for the books!) - using an indoor loo in the ensuite is far more civilised than wellies and a portaloo / bucket!

Today I woke up to a bright and sunny morning - blue skies with just the lightest of breezes.  First up on the festival programme was the "religious celebration tent" and so off to church I went.  Mind you I did manage to cut strips for the wallhanging binding before I set off.   I managed to complete the hand quilting last night so want to trim and add the binding today.

Once home, and after a light lunch, it was back out to the "She cave painting tent" where the side windows, top trim and any touch ups were completed.  Hey voila - the outside of the She Cave is finished (only taken a year!!).  I wasn't sure about the dark "Willow" colour but, on reflection, I think that it makes the "elderflower" cream colour "pop".  My festival even enjoyed an aerial display (well, a lone light aircraft flew overhead but some would pay for that).

I wasn't sure what to do next but the festival programme had an intriguing activity called "Scenic observations" so I thought that I would give it a try - turns out it was a dog walk up at the beach - ah well!

However the next activity was right up my street - "Textiles collisions" - sewing the strips together for my binding and then sewing it onto the wall hanging - along with the hanging sleeve - all the time listening to the Archers Omnibus Bliss!  Mind you, my festival was gate crashed at this point by Wendy - who wanted my BFF to make her a badge to sew onto her uniform - no problems for BFF!!

By now most festival goers would normally be leaving, and the festival programme closed - after all they have work to go to tomorrow - but I have decided to stay and enjoy a leisurely dinner of lamb shank with roasted vegetables (I have been looking forward to this all weekend) whilst looking forward to the Benedict Cumberbatch drama on BBC 1 tonight (I have yet to watch anything involving him that has not been good).  With any luck I will be able to hand sew the binding on and then add the buttons - before chalking this project off as finished - FINALLY!

This has been a lovely, self indulgent, long weekend - and one that I must do again! Soon!

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Tonight's the night!

Well, its day 2 of my "Home Fest" - well, everyone is going to some kind of festival these days so I can have my own at home - eh?  The music comes from the radio and the activities are varied!  First up was shed painting - a little known activity on the festival circuit but very satisfying when you stand back and begin to see the end of a task.  (I am hoping that tomorrow lives up to the sunny forecast so that I can finish the she cave).

Then it was onto some housework and dog walking - before heading over to the "craft tent"and starting on the layering up and quilting of the Lynette Anderson wall hanging.  My aim was to finish this by tea time so that I can spend some time tonight sewing in loose ends and tidying up before adding the binding tomorrow.

Then it was onto the "environmental tent" - or rather, tidying up the garden.  With dry weather, it seemed an opportune time to start bringing in the garden furniture, sweeping the area and filling up the green bin.  It kind of feels as if I am beginning to put the garden to bed for the winter!

The final activity for today is scheduled for tonight - don't all festivals have a headline act?  Well, mine is Strictly Come Dancing which starts in earnest tonight - and I can't wait!!!!!  A chance to enjoy good music, good dancing and lots of hand sewing - such bliss!  Maybe everyone should have their own "Homefest"!

Friday, 22 September 2017

Should I admit this?

I have been REALLY looking forward to today!  Nothing on the calendar, no appointments / trips out / catch up with friends etc - just bunkering down in my own little home and a chance to get on with some jobs that have been nagging me to get down for far too long!  The weather forecast has been sunny for today and cloudy but dry for the weekend - so, as the saying goes, the world is my lobster!  Not only that but the hot water bottle that was glued to my back last night (yes - even during the church meeting) seems to have done its trick with just a niggle left.  So - today was the day - when I planned to roll up my sleeves and start to tick those tasks off!

First up, rather predictably I know, was some sewing.  This Lynette Anderson wall hanging needed its final borders attaching and I had been making a mountain out of the proverbial.  This morning I sat down, focused and completed the task.  Tonight I plan to remove any stray threads and embroider a couple of fence lines (as well as adjusting a couple of border rectangles that have been very naughty and come out of line - that one is for the quilt police!) - then it will be ready for layering up and quilting - hopefully tomorrow.

Housework followed - hovering around / dishwasher filling / bedding washed etc - you know the sort of thing - before heading out into the garden.  As you can see it has been rather neglected recently and needed a good tidy up.  It's amazing what a simple mow and edge trimming can achieve isn't it?  Mind you - I had to leave the mowing longer than I wanted to - the grass was just too wet! Fortunately, I was interrupted by a phone call from Mum and Dad - we then agreed to meet up for a late lunch at a local tea shop - it was so nice that we sat outside.

Enjoying the sunshine, it was then onto the main event -painting the window trim of the she cave.  YES I have had the paint for a year now, but - hey -you can't rush a master piece now can you?  At least I remembered to remove the masking tape straight away this time!  I will add that the plan is to finish the other half tomorrow!

After a nice walk up at the beach with the dogs, I gave myself permission to chill - well, you wouldn't want to put your back out now would you?  I say chill - trying to sort out i-tunes on the new phone is proving more stressful than it should!  I normally have Morecambe and Wise's "Bring me sunshine" as my ringtone and I just cant get used to the generic tone - action is definitely needed!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Non scale victories

Today was a scheduled day out at Meadowhall - meeting up with Julia and Trisha.  Days like this mean that, not only do we have a chance for a good catch up , but  also have the opportunity to visit "the bright lights" and get tempted along the way!

Having lost nearly 4 stone, so far, I am feeling the cold a little more -and so decided to buy a couple of jumpers.  As ever, I went into Evans and bought a nice Jade green v neck and a stylish black jumper with embroidery on.  However, as I popped into M & S to meet up with the girls, I passed a fetching blouse - in a size lower than I would wear - dare I?  Well, 10 minutes later I had bought the blouse, and another jumper - trying them on at home they both fit - what a result!!  I guess that's what you call a Non Scale victory then!

Julia was kind enough to buy us both a bunch of flowers, whilst Trisha told us all about her travels to New Zealand - and gave me this lovely stash of New Zealand fabric - mmmmmmmmmmm!  That's what I call good friends!  She has also lent me a jigsaw - one based on a quilt shop - I will post a photo when its done - but it's lush!  I think that Trisha is in danger of becoming quite addicted to this fabric thing!

Lunch was at House Of Fraser - never fear, I had taken mine with me - and then proceeded to drop it all over the floor - let's just say that I am looking forward to tea tonight! Then it was time to meander back to M &S to do some food shopping before coming home -well, you have to treat yourself now and then don't you?  They had a good "Dine in for 2" offer and I picked up some steak, veg and fruit salad (all of which I wanted anyway) along with wine (well, it's not just any sewing retreat .........)

The only fly in today's ointment is that my back has gone and I have a pain down my leg - making walking difficult.  In fact I have dusted down the walking stick - which seems to help.  I have to go to a church meeting tonight - but I suspect that a hot water bottle may just come with me!  Given that I have a mountain of jobs to do in the garden tomorrow, I am hoping that this rights itself tonight!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Another fine mess that you've got me into!

Today was a bit of an experiment, to be truthful, but one that,so far, has turned out well!  For some time now, Sewingbuddy and I have felt that we are stagnating - craft wise - and need to push ourselves further and develop our artistic side (or find mine in my case!).  Whilst I was away at my brother's wedding, Sewingbuddy went to a quilt show and was bowled over by their work -getting an invite to join the group into the bargain for both of us.  Today was our first visit so we decided to take along some hand sewing so that we could work but also have time to talk to others, develop friendships and perhaps see how the land lies about future projects.

Similar to our Scamblesby group, there were a range of activities going on - three ladies were wet and dry felting.  Jenny, who used to teach Sewingbuddy and I, was making an abstract wall hanging for her brother in law.  Karen, the group leader. showed us the product of a workshop that she had been on recently - based on the seaside.  Whilst her dog, Maddie, kept her company!  (Apologies for no photos - my phone has been busy all day trying to swap numbers form my old phone to my new one and my ipad doesn't want to play ball!)

Sewingbuddy took her Lynette Anderson Christmas cushion to continue with, whilst I took my mini hexagons to sew into a butterfly.

So -what are we doing next time?  Well Karen is gong to show us how to paint fabric and then free machine it to create marks and effects that could, in turn, be used to create book covers etc.  Watch this space - its the third Wednesday in October so I have got time develop my creative side lol!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

I'm just off down to the lodge .....

Well, today was decision day - were Mum and Dad going to buy the summerhouse or not? I had checked with local planning regs (2.5m high limit if within 2 m of the boundary, otherwise a 4m height limit), Dad had measured and marked out the floorplan on the patio and a decision was made - we would go to the garden centre and have another look.  We looked, measured again, talked to the man in charge and........ then...... went off for a cuppa and a final discussion!  Well, as the advert says, this isn't just any old summerhouse ............

Actually, this is a fine summerhouse - they have decided to call it a lodge (although that makes it sound far grander than it is!)  The walls are nearly 5cm thick and the windows are double glazed - so it should be really warm inside.  I don't know if you can make it out from the photo but the thick walls slot together like a massive jigsaw.  The summerhouse has now been purchased and should be delivered and erected within the next 3 -5 weeks!!

Back home, and enjoying the much wanted summery day, it was off up to the beach with the dogs before settling down in my summerhouse and the removal of (yet more) tape from the windows- watched and assisted by Daisy of course. I have certainly learnt my lesson.  When I paint the outside (hopefully later this week) that tape will be removed immediately!  During the session, Sewingbuddy phoned me with payment details for another sewing retreat that she is organising next March.  Cue an online payment - what would we do without this facility?

I would like to say that this evening will be spent doing some sewing - since I haven't done any today so far - but I got a new phone yesterday and so will spend tonight trying to get it sorted,transferring contact details etc.  I am keeping the same phone number - that always makes life a little easier!

Monday, 18 September 2017

Oops - maybe I should have had that batter on my fish after all!

Today it was back to school!  Well, back for the textile group in any case - we were a small select group and making a start on the 4th block from our mystery Christmas wall hanging.  We also had a couple of guests which made for an interesting discussion!

Back home, and a tidy round / dishwasher loading / washing machine loading etc, it was soon off and out again.  On my way I stopped off at Mum and Dad's with a hand made sign for their house - they have a sign already but it can't be seen from the road.  Instead I bought some adhesive stickers and used a spare piece of 2 x2 wood - Mum was over the moon!

I was on my way to slimming world - let's just say that the blog title rang true - sometimes you just have weeks that don't go your way!  So it's back to meal planning and being focused.  I am even starting a clean food diary to record everything!  Mind you -the majority of the slimming world group weren't feeling it either today -perhaps its the change in weather!