Friday, 2 November 2012

Shame myself into action.

I have had a week of up's and downs.  This usually revolve's around the Monkey child, but in this case, I feel, it is mostly of my own making.  Not that I am above blaming my infant for my short coming, because I am not.  I will quite happily pass the blame buck in her direction at the drop of a hat.  Alas, though my brain will not stop.  I can't turn the damn thing off.  I have so much on my mind that getting thing's done around here is a nightmare.  I won't even tell you of the Armageddon that is my kitchen.  I have this long list of things that I "need to do" but I can't quite seem to get started.  Either that or I started ages ago, and it is quietly mocking me from the corner.

Don't get me wrong I got quite a bit done this week but not what I wanted to.  I usually start each day with a plan.  Thing's I need to do and thing's I would like to do.  It usually goes something like this;

Laundry, general tidy up ready for the days re-trashing.
Play with Monkey,
Feed the Monkey,
Monkey Nap (Now this is when I try to squeeze in the thing's I would like to do)
Monkey stuff, lunch etc out for a bimble around and some fresh air visiting friend's etc..
Monkey Nap (This is when I SHOULD start dinner, or at least get it prepped, but depending on what stage the morning's project is at it could mean a pre-frozen meal or pizza for dinner)
More faffing, groceries, walk the dog, cleaning etc while juggling a Monkey.
Matt come's home and salvation.  Finish dinner and collapse.

In those so precious nap times I had yet another plan.   Let me brake it down (this is mainly for my own peace of mind and to shame me into action)

This week I wanted to make some new drawstring bag's for the shop and for a few commission's.  I had in my head that I was going to make about ten or so.  I have done five.  Not bad I hear you say.

Well what I actually did was use the time for stuff that blatantly did not need doing.  Like this..


..and these..

..all very pretty and I am really pleased with them, but I had another plan.  All the while, in my head whilst making these pretties, I am giving myself a rather stern talking to.  The length's I will go to to avoid finishing something is staggering.

While having a crafty nerd out with a visiting friend this week, I discovered four project's that are so close to being done that it is ridiculous.  Why the hell won't I finish them?  I put them in a bag and hide them from myself.

This one is something I started when I was pregnant with Monkey,  I hope now to make it for my brother's new baby.  Hope being the operative word.

This pair of sock's has sat in a bag for month's, I only need to finish the bloody toe!!!  What the hell is wrong with me.

There is so much more.  This is the admin pile of shame.  The bottom two tray's are stuffed with thing's that need filing.  It is about a year's worth.  Pathetic huh?

With all this said, I did finish something's that I needed to.
These bag's were commissioned and completed on time.

and I finally finished the picture I promised my aunt Pepi I would do for her.  This is going in the post today.

Lastly the irony that I am writing this in "nap time" when I thought I would be making some shoulder strap's and another bag is not lost on me.

So to finish off I will leave you with the latest dose of the Monkey Sauce.

See you next time.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Radio silence and a love affair.

I have been a tad busy over the last few weeks hence not much written in this here lovely blog.  I am back now though, and am here to show you in its full glory what I have been up to.  It is possible that I have started this post at least 4 time's in the last week.  Every time I sit down to write, something happens.  Take now for instance, I have Monkey sitting on my lap, (it is a challenge to type) I have the builders doing construction/destruction to the stairs for the upstairs apartments (sadly this involves being in mine), and I am surrounded by the chaos that this has created.  My apartment look's like a bomb has gone off!  I want to work but this is not going to happen today.

On the upside, I have finished my Dad's quilt.   It look's amazing.  I am so happy with it that is makes me a little giddy.

I tried to get George to more but he was having none of it so I just covered him over.

In other news, these last few week's have bought some new projects, (one is actually for me) some started some still in the planning stage, (this is a new hobby that I have picked up in the last week.  Paper piece quilting.  It is all done by hand.  Yes every hexagon was cut and sewn by my little finger's from the scraps of my Dad's quilt.  We will see how far it gets.)

I've got a commission for 3 bag's as Christmas presents (one is completed and look's the bomb, I may have to make one for myself).

Monkey and I have been to Belgium to watch my old friend and one of Cleo's God mother's run in a half marathon (if you knew her you would understand what a miracle this was), we are so proud of her and Paul (her running partner) who raised of 3k for the George Adamson Wildlife preservation.

Matt had his birthday and I made a whole load of cake's for him to take to work.  Spiced carrot tray bake with a yummy cream cheese frosting, and a deceptive lemon loaf.  Crunchy top and juicy on the inside, it looks boring but tastes divine.

Oh and started to plan Christmas!  My absolute fav holiday of all time!! So I have some decoration's to plan as for the first time in a few year's we are spending Christmas at home.  I can't wait.

Next up on from the sewing machine have been a few thing's for Monkey.  I bought this fantastic fabric when I was pregnant but never managed to do anything with it as sewing was impossible.  It has mocked from my stash for month's and I have now finally used it up.  Again for the blurry pic's, But as Monkey is standing up now, as sported in pic 1, all relevant containment area's have had to be lowered.  My back is not happy with this development I can tell you.  I also made a lined blanket and bumper for her bed as she keeps getting her feet caught.  Silly Monkey.

Any way moving on.  I have finally fixed a much loved and very old turtle called Stoffel for a friend.  He was in a washing machine accident that could have proved fatal.  Here he is though back from the dead and slightly slimer. (Sorry for the teeny picture's too, If I make them bigger they loose loads of resolution.)

Lastly though, I just want to say oh how I love Instagram.  I try to take a picture or ten every day and it is so much fun.  I will love it even more next year when I can get a new phone with a better camera.  In the mean time we will have to suffer with this one so apologies for the wealth of shoddy snaps.  Now I can take a good picture when I choose to  I have even sold a few.  I almost understand some of the setting's and the such, but there is something about Instagram that speak's to the Polaroid lover in me.  You remember them right?  Best thing about Instagram though is it is free and you can share it with the world.  Fun huh?  So here are a few from the last few week's.

 Thanks for reading at will try not to leave it so long next time. xx

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

A new project.

So this last week or so I have been very busy with my new project.  I am getting a jump start on Christmas present's and first up on the list (mainly as he was here and the fabric jumped off the shelf at me) is my dad.  I am making him a much longed for and promised quilt to have on the sofa.  He has been lusting after the ones I have here and also the one I made for my step mother a while ago.

So here is some of it.  It is still in progress so I will post more photo's as I go, but this is what I have been busy with this last week in the odd hour or two that I can snatch.

Cutting all those square's was excruciating.  Then sewing corner's into over 200 of them was even more fun.

I then realized that unlike every other quilt I have made I would not be able to "wing it" with this one so I spent an entire evening drawing out possible design's.

That done it was off the sewing machine.  I have done a lot of learning with this quilt.  Mainly about fragile fabric's and lining up bloody square's.  I have never spent so much time with a seam ripper.

There is something quite nice about having a plan to follow.  With each block completed, I marked it off so I wouldn't get confused or lost.  It made tracking my progress quite fun.  Normally I don't know when I am done until it is done.

With the prep' work done, making the block's went really fast.  Trying to keep them in shape was a challenge though.  The colour fabric is cotton and the grey is a silk cotton blend, both are from India, well a shop that sell's fabric's and the such from India.  The colour's and pattern's in this shop are amazing and so reasonably priced. More on that another time though.  I could dedicate a whole entry to this shop.

With one block left to go, I had to call it a day as I was making more mistake's than progress.  So hard when you are so close to done.  (ish)

Sadly I realized that the selvedge (that is a seam for those not in the know) for this fabric was to small and would be far to fragile to hold together so I  have added some very lightweight interfacing to the back of each block.  I am hoping this will add more stability, even if it does loose a bit of it's drape.

 Well that is all I have so far.  More as progress continue's.  In the mean time here is a bit more Monkey business.

We take our nappy folding very seriously in this house.  That and a bit of sunbathing too.