Heart shaped cushion

This is the start of my latest sewing project. When my mother in law came to stay recently, she spent some time with my fabric stash and selected some fabric that she liked. Pale colours, shades of white in my mind. Sally loves heart shaped objects and her crafting studio is testament to that so I decided to make her a heart shaped cushion. I bought some more pastel coloured fabric to add to the three pieces she’d selected and started with 5 fat quarters and a strip.

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Next I made a large heart shape from some A3 sketching paper. Using a ruler, some inspiration from my quilt blocks book and some counting, I divided the heart into 30 pieces.

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Then picked out 5 pieces of paper and cut out 2 of each from my first fabric.

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I then repeated this for each fabric , making sure that no two adjacent pieces were the same.

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It’s now sitting on my living room floor tormenting me as I’ve had loads of chores to do today. I’m still undecided whether to hand sew or machine sew but I’ll post on here when I’ve made some more progress.

*first post from my iPad rather than laptop! fingers crossed!*

April Photo of the day. Week 1 (and a half)

Back in March I expressed much admiration for other peoples Photo of the day collections and the lovely Liz obliged by making me a list for April. I intended to update a week at a time but life appeared to conspire against this, so here’s the first 9 days. Using the WordPress app on my phone has been rather challenging… Sorry in advance for typos and odd layout things 🙂

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Day one: weather. A beautiful sunny afternoon in a friends garden after another friends son’s christening. Lovely!

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Day 2: dinner. Forgot about this until after we’d eaten. Luckily my brother in law hadn’t so this is his dinner- spag bol: a favourite in our house.

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Day 3: knitted. Mum’s been knitting bears, they are very cute and as most of my knitting seems to be hibernating, I thought it best.

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Day 4: shoes. Mmm shoes. I like shoes rather a lot, especially heels. These also come in pink but sadly not in my size this time!

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Day 5: books. I own a lot of books, mainly 20th century children’s books it must be said so choosing for this picture was HARD! On Wednesday mum and I went to see Swallows & Amazons at the newly refurbished Marlowe  in Canterbury. The theatre is gorgeous & the production was ace, more than surpassed all my expectations. Here are my collection of Arthur Ransome books

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Day 6: light. I slightly cheated and swapped day 6&7 but the photos I
took on our cycle ride to Pevensey bay inspired me.

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Day 7: buttons. Pretty owls 🙂

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Day 8: eggs. No chocolate ones in this house!!!! 

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Day 9: animal. Today Thom and I went to Port Lympne zoo for our wedding anniversary. Very wet and cold but lots of fun. Loved getting up close to the animals from the safari truck although far too many monkeys were hiding for my liking!

Cajun combo/ something to post about

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Let’s face it, I’ve been fairly useless at posting lately. I’d like to blame life, work, the universe but tbh I’ve lost my crafting mojo and no craft =no posting. Life appears to be about dieting furiously and getting some much needed exercise back into my life.
Sounds a bit unlikely? Depressing even? No! For the first time in a long time I feel more in control; more accepting of myself and just happy and shiny.
Being able to take clothes out of my wardrobe and find they fit, feels like nothing on earth. Seeing that ghastly number on the scales get gradually smaller is wonderful. I feel pretty good for it. Nothing drastic here, just following weight watchers and trying to move more. In three weeks I’ve lost 11lb which very good for me. Slow and steady.
So I didn’t neglect you entirely dear blog, I thought I’d post a pic of the dinner I’m cooking. Sadly I won’t be eating said dinner for about 3 hours but moving on…
Cajun combo is a ww recipe that basically contains a few staples: chorizo, rice, thyme, cajun seasoning with either chicken or prawns and lots of random veg. Today that includes peppers, tomatoes, celery and green beans. Bliss. The method: simple.
Fry chorizo (no oil needed) with chicken, boil rice in separate pan, add veg to fry pan, add thyme and cajun seasoning to taste, add rice when cooked. Simple non?
Today I have made enough for 4: dinner for Thom and me, lunch for tmrw and one spare! Off to try a new tap class at 7.15. Rather slightly scared!

Terribly lax

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This describes me recently with reference to posting on this blog. Not entirely sure why, apart from work and life getting in the way of course. In addition I am co-producing and directing the ks2 panto and the year 3 assembly as well as teaching someone to dance from pretty much scratch. Ok ok I do too much. But now it’s half term right? Loads of blogging time? Er no actually, wrong. Off to France for a couple of days and when I get back I’m mega busy right up until school starts. Plus I haven’t actually made anything to blog about… Apart from the little fella you see either above or below (depending where word press fancied putting it today). We had a design and technology day on Friday and my group made him, complete with opening and closing jaws!!

UFO/ Stashbusting Project

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Jumping on the bandwagon a little here, I followed Liz Makes It‘s advice and checked out The Little Red Squirrel’s blog post on stash busting.

These are her guidelines:

  1. Projects must use at least one item from the stash, for example one pattern or one piece of fabric. A combination of items can of course be used too!
  2. New elements may be bought but they must be used with an item from the stash. For example I can buy fabric and notions for a particular pattern in the stash, but I can’t just buy fabric all willy nilly! I will follow this guideline for sewing projects. When it comes to knitted items I simply cannot allow myself to buy anymore yarn, so will have to make do with what I have and not buy any more!
  3. For every new project I start a UFO project must be completed. I added this because I know that personally I get carried away with new projects rather than finishing older ones. This way I’m giving myself a bit of structure and discipline! This is a particularly good one for me! All those single socks!
  4. I will find and/or create projects that use leftovers from the stash. I find very often that I have pieces of material and balls of wool leftover when I have finished a project, that aren’t enough to make an item of clothing on their own. I want to find ways of using these leftovers to make useful and beautiful things.

Now I just need to stop moping about on the sofa and get on with something!

Blogging and mystery projects do not go hand in hand!

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Another mystery project picture. We’re coming along well although tonight I have been packed off to bed earlier than planned cos I look tired so not quite as far on as planned!  (I think I’ve looked tired since the day I began my PGCE!)
Today was one of those days that I was not looking forward to – leading my first whole school staff meeting! Still I survived intact and will hopefully be ready for the next one sometime in March!
Meanwhile it’s 4 sleeps till my birthday!

I love early birthdays!

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It’s my birthday on Friday and my lovely friends came down to the seaside for lunch. It was lovely to see them and I feel very spoilt! I had some beautiful flowers, stitch markers, a couple of crafting magazines I’ve never seen before and some vouchers.
This week has been crazymadbusy workwise and I think I’ve maybe knitted 10 rows of my current wip! Shameful. Hopefully I’m a little more caught up now and can get on with some of my projects. I’ve been incredibly inspired lately and I feel frustrated that I don’t have the time to put ideas into action.