Higgeldy Piggeldy….

Due to the distinct lack of sewing I have decided to post a couple of things that have made me smile recently, really to stay in the loop with blog land 🙂

Winter starts in a couple of days and it has been unseasonably mild in Blighty but we have enjoyed some awesome sunrises, here’s one captured just a few days ago.

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DD1 is an Art and Design Teacher (think I’ve mentioned this once or fifty times) she was at a lose end one evening last week and made me this wonderful picture. There are so many beautiful things going on in it, I can stand and look at it for ages. Lucky me 🙂

Simon and Garfunkel are quoted in here ...

Simon and Garfunkel are quoted in here …

Darling Dellis at curlsnskirls sent me a fantastic package, in there was an owl fabric that I HAD to use immediately it is so sweet and luckily enough I was putting up the Christmas decorations so it was put to use as a table cloth and it’s perfect for the job alongside the girls Christmas stockings ….. They are 20 and 24 but still apparently need their stockings. In fact it works rather well as they are happy to forego a big pressie this year so long as they get their stockings ;). Dead handy given we are tightening our belts a bit in readiness for our Silver Wedding in February and my 50th in June. Eeeeek 50!

Well they do say you’re as old as you feel or the man you’re feeling, and my man is younger YEEEEEHA!

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Happy Christmas everyone xxx

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Whoops! Walthamstow Wins Weak Woman Over …. AGAIN!

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Master plan, little visit to wonderful Walthamstow street market to introduce bestie and DD2 to the wonders of the East End of London.

My sales pitch was as follows : we can just take a leisurely wander down (Europes longest street market, not biggest though) the market. Grab a cappucino and soak up the magical multi cultural atmosphere as we go.

I knew in the back of my mind … LIAR …. Right at the front of my mind that I wanted to go to Saeed’s again for a couple of pieces of fabric for the one hour kimono craze I have going right now.

Saeed’s didn’t disappoint, never ever does, such variety at fantastico prices 🙂 In fact turned into a bit of a feeding frenzy. 3 of us ooooo-ing and aaaaaah-ing at his latest offerings. Evidence Of which can be seen in the picture’s.

DD2 has been wanting a pair of army combat trousers for the longest time but being long and skinny never has much luck until today. No longer fully reliant on the Bank of Mum and Dad she was able to treat herself to several things, she is one very happy wanderer.

Another want of DD2 was to have a henna decoration on her arm as in the wedding party decoration the asian bridal parties have. Well as ever Walthamstow didn’t let us down, a wonderful wee shop with 3 Indian ladies working busily on threading and tinting eyebrows were also able to offer the henna she so wanted.

Bestie and I were transfixed at how fast the henna decoration was painted on to her arm, a true art! Oh well as we are here lets get groomed, so by the time we left we all had perfect eyebrows too 😉 Very reasonable prices too. Thread and tint finished with a mini massage just £8.50, I couldn’t show you anywhere else you can get such service and craft womanship for so little monetary outlay.

Tired to the bone with all the walking we struggled back to my car weighed down with our purchases. Who would think fabric could weigh quite so heavy? Ha! Me of course ….. As we know dear reader I did the exact same thing last summer :). Will I ever learn …. I hope not 😉 xx

 

Limbering Up …

The one in the middle of the right hand pattern ... that's the one for me!

The one in the middle of the right hand pattern … that’s the one for me!

…..to make Butterick 5524 chosen from the Plus Size Pattern Pyramid.

Thought if I put it here in type right now then I can’t make any excuses to myself to not have it made for Christmas Day!

The style looks so comfortable and me being Mrs Leggins, the middle design is perfect for me. I have 2 jersey knits to choose from. A rather ‘busy’ paisley type that I love and a charcoal knit that is slightly heavier.

Do you know what???? I am going to live dangerously, I am going to start cutting the paper pattern whilst on the phone to my friend of 44 years and when we are done (sometime in the coming days) I shall dive in, make a choice and just do it!!  Yep I know, I know how to live aye!

More news here tomorrow in that case as I couldn’t bear to have my MUCH looked forward to Skype with Dellis of curlsnskirls tomorrow night and have nothing to report. She is my wise sage who I thank God for having met this year via a sewing swap…. you know that already as I always bang on about it BUT I just can’t believe how I lucked out….. truly I thought by my late 40’s all my firm friendships had been made. Note to self, never make daft assumptions a new friend may be just around the next corner or blog 😉 

UPDATE 19.17 …. paper pattern cut now time for fabric procrastination 😉

Slideshow Success

I just want to share a great big thank you to my dear D’el at curlsnskirls here on wordpress for her wonderful encouragement and support.

I so lucked out on a recent sewing swap, D’el was my swap buddy whom I sent goodies to. An immediate friendship has been struck up and she has given me confidence to try new ‘stuff’ here on my blog. Hence the slideshows which I hope you enjoy and even more hope you can spare some time to comment so I can grow in confidence in this here blog world at which I am just over 1 month old!!

NEXT … linking, hyper linking whatever it’s called!!??

Need to get reading the help and support notes so I can reference back to other great blogs I take pleasure in reading.

While I’m at my thank you speech … thank you to my eldest daughter form here on in DD1 (Darling Daughter 1). For all her help with the pin cushion. I needed her nimble fingers as well as wanting to get her sewing more. We had a giggle doing this together and you will note from the pictures 2 different pairs of hands. This will help explain any confusion you may have felt when thinking “who on earth is holding it this time”!?

Again your comments, support is so appreciated. THANK YOU.

Photo Fest Gives Me Away!

Less than a month at blogging and here I am subjecting you to my every sewing move … I take my hat off to my darling followers, sticking with the incessant chatter you are doing real well. Having said that, try being inside my head, it’s pretty crowded out with ideas and darn noisy so maybe you get a slightly better deal!

Today was week one of Kiddies Klobber workshop for beginners and as you can see by my pictures the ladies did an outstanding job.  I made the decision to keep these workshops small so that 1 on 1 is readily available.  The extra benefit has been, the ladies have all had a chance to get to know a bit about one another so the atmosphere has been relaxed and social. PERFECT.

 

I would like to take this opportunity as I sit here all heavy eyed and feeling very snoozy now after my exciting day to say THANK YOU. I am enjoying your comments and encourage more, the international dialogue is such fun. The world in my living. As my beautiful Mum would have said “well go to the foot of my stairs” which is a rather quirky UK thing translating to I’m surprised! Those of you within my generation, even in the 1980’s could we ever have conceived of such a social medium. We would have called it witchcraft! It’s marvellous, exciting and just a little bit scary.

Nunite from Blighty ( good night from England )

Sewing Bee Got Me Going ….

By that I mean I’d started to slip on my creative activities. Truth told Mum passed and I lost the will, she taught me and initially it all felt too hard which now when I look back I think you LOSER! Mum would have given me a swift clip upside the ear for being so, well daft. She spent my lifetime teaching me her fantastic skills. She specialised in Ball Gowns and Bridal Gowns so along the way I picked a bit up.

Off topic a tad!  Do you walk through stores man handling every fabric item you walk past? I do! Grab between fore finger and thumb, give it a quick rub together and something in my finger tips and guess my head says YUK or STOP. I know I’ma bit weird but not unique, I met a lovely lady the other day who was doing exactly the same thing. Which is a relief as I was beginning to worry that my 18 yr old and 22 yr old daughters had another learnt from Mum behaviour.

Anyways, I digress.

The creative soul never left me, just put on hold until the first night of The GB Sewing Bee. I drove my poor Husband mad with my OMG look at that, why that way etc. The usual front room moaner. The following day a conversation with my dear chum Rachel at work (I’m old enough to be her Mum but we get on great, I see so much potential in her it’s exciting ….. yes my girls have bag loads too). Rachel nags effectively and kept on and on at me about why have a gift and keep it to yourself.

Until then I truly hadn’t realised what a gift my Mum had shared with me. I assummed ALL females knew how to sew. As I now know, especially here in the UK it’s been a dying art for many a year now. Our US creative souls have us hands down, keeping it well and truly alive! I was shocked, ney stunned that needlecraft is off the school agenda.

So here I was a veritable mine of information (Rachel’s words), and not sharing. It didn’t take much effort for her to make me realise I could actually use the gift Mum gave to escape the day to day grind of being a working Mum and Wife. At this point I MUST say I totally love being a Mum to highly taelnted and beautiful daughters and I’m married to the love of my life, it’s the work bit that is the issue. It’s a non creative role. All creatives will understand when I say, we think in colour….TECHNICOLOUR. Most ‘normal’ jobs are very structured and black and white so my creative juices were being utterly stifled without my even realising. So out of the mouths of babes, Rachel woke me up.

Next step, how do I spread the love, teach those who want to be taught and earn a bit. I’m definately no business woman. Not yet anyway!  Hoping this here blogging malarkey gets a few clever businessey types sending in ideas of money makers.

Uh Oh!  Having a dream moment ……. to earn my living doing what I love …… could that ever happen? Does that ever happen to anyone?  Wake up woman, get back to the moment .

A bit more serendipity came my way when a dear mate of many years Donna mentioned in passing that her family were to open a haberdashery shop in Dunstable, Bedfordshire (My Sewing Basket) and did I know anyone who could teach sewing? I stood there like a lemon thinking, well I can sew, and pretty darn well. By the time that thought had formulated Rachel had already bowled in with ” Mrs here is a master at it”.

Think I had a little blush at that point but not for long. Soon enough Donna and I had our heads together and what seems like the shake of a lambs tail first workshop was held in the workshop at My Sewing Basket. I started with “We’re Absolute Beginners” where my first group of ladies were to put none too finer point on it OUTSTANDING.

They came in knowing not a jot about a sewing machine and left 3 hours later expertly threading various machines, winding bobbins, having cut out thier cushion pattern left clutching their 14″ cushion and cover they made with their own fair hands.

A few pictures will follow of that first workshop, it will stay with me always. They were so chuffed with their efforts and I was totally over the moon that all these lovely ladies had enjoyed their 3 hours and all had given 100%. It made me feel great and I instantly knew how proud my Mum would have been.

A few of us ventured into the world of the A Line skirt and whilst this workshop proved to big a HUGE learning curve for me as well as my ladies it was still utterly outstanding and a positive joy to meet these wonderful, vibrant, open and giving women.

Now we are in the middle of the UK’s traditional holiday season so I’ve a bit of time to think of new ideas (childrens clothing is proving to be a popular idea, many thanks to Angela for the suggestion on Facebook). I am ever open to ideas. I want to grow this for many reasons. Yes I won’t lie, I do want to make a future for myself earning my crust at the thing that makes my soul sing, but also to spread the love. Get others as hooked. Imagine knowing you helped to show another the path to being a shepherd not a sheep in this world of mass produced skinny people clothes!

All this because of the GB Sewing Bee!  THANK YOU  I feel I’ve found myself once again. The me my beautiful Mum and Dad so lovingly moulded, guided and loved. I miss them every day but now I’m not so sad, in fact I smile to myself and think Thank God, I lucked out and got the best parents this here girl could ever have hoped and dreamed of.

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