Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Busy busy

Hello again; well things have been busy; but good busy....there have been home decorations - turns out Bento is a bit of a carpenter and has created some lovely alcove shelves in our new abode...

Work in progress....
 Finally complete...
(check out the marimekko curtains and lovely cushions created by yours truly (though not too closely at the curtains...they aren't hemmed yet.....well they only hang behind the sofa...shhhhh).

And of course the fabulous olympics and paralympics took place in London. It was a really inspiring; communal and enthusiastic atmosphere. So of course we did our bit (please note the flags are not stickers but face painted on; albeit using a stencil.

And finally my latest challenge last weekend was cycling from Oxford to London - to prove it here is us at Heathrow! It was really good fun...i'd do it again for sure, but maybe choose a different route this time - the Chiltern hills and villages were gorgeous but there must be a way around the A4!.
So you can see why my sewing and knitting have taken a back seat..and next week Vienna here i come - woo hooo!!!!!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Hello again

Hi all. I promise i have been doing stuff; just been keeping quiet about it. Some changes in jobs; increase in gardening and house stuff...but i have made a jersey dress that I can't seem to do without...

I've also been adjusting and adapting and... ahem tidying up some of my other clothes.

I'm also on the lookout for a French penpal.....so if anyone knows anyone who would like to write to me in part french/part english (and accept some very badly written french (but good english) in return then please get in touch!! (Just had an amazing holiday in the south of france and I'm determined to improve my french skills.

 A Bientot!

: )

Monday, April 16, 2012

My "i didn't make it to Paris" cardigan

Bento and I were due to have springtime in Paris but due to illness we had to cancel our trip so I spent the time knitting and catching up on movies (all about my mother; blame it on fidel; dogtooth and he's just not that into you.) I ended up making this scandi inspired cosy cardigan (from stitch and bitch 2). And its become such a staple I can't believe I ever lived without it.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

3 hour sweater - my foot

Ok so the pattern is the 3 hour sweater. Not true but it is a fairly quick knit. I'm quite pleased with the outcome but would make it perhaps an inch longer.
Would also like to try it in all one colour. This was stash busting as I had 2 skeins of wool that I wasn't sure what to do with them. (One left over from bento's mittens; and one a gift from my friend Clare).  So a combination was born.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Sewing for the house

Ok,I promised myself that this blog wouldn't be house obsessed but I had to show my chicken doorstop and the sausage dog draught excluder. Great for stash busting and the dog is full of all those fabric and wool offcuts I couldn't bear to throw away.

Friday, March 30, 2012


I can't believe it's almost 9 months since my last post - ohhps indeed.
And before anyone get's excited the 9 months isn't significant; although lots of rather exciting things have been happening.
We bought our very own house together - which has been really exciting so my craft activities have involved making curtains; ripping down weird built in wardrobes and ripping up old musty carpet.

I'll try not to get too obsessed with the homemaking side of things but you'll have to forgive me if suddenly things start to bloom in the garden and i feature pictures - it's really cool to see what comes up next.

So there you have it - i'm back. Apologies for the silence and also the disappearance of pictures (I changed e-mail accounts and forgot that it was all linked so my piccies disappeared too!)

Will show you my "i didn't make it to Paris" cardigan; and my new black dress soon.