Sunday, 28 March 2010

my workspace (less of a wonder)

For those of you who have been asking to see my loom.

Small but perfectly formed, it can weave up to 9m long, and 80cm wide.

I've had a bit of a purge in the room, it had become worse than a dumping ground, and more of a non-negotiable tip, which provided me with an excuse not to be working. Its taken me about 4 hours, but now I have a weaving table which only houses weaving equipment, and a sewing table that houses my machine. I've got rid of about 6 things from the room to freecycle, and organised all the boxes of rubbish still sitting unsorted since it moved from my parents. I'm still storing a lot of stuff, we've been hoarding things for our next house for about a year now, the wedding is starting to take up space (5 boxes as of today) and I have boxes of treasures that I can't bear to part with from my childhood, but they are better hidden in the room now, theres so much floorspace I barely know what to do with it all!

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Workspace wonders:

This idea has been floating around in my head for a while now, ever since I saw it on Hannahs blog ages ago. see the shelving in the corner?

isn't it great! and so easy to do, now I just need to find me some ladders...

Friday, 19 March 2010

The list.

Thought I'd show you the gigantic list (with tick boxes!) that lovely bridesmaid and I made a while ago, to show you that ticks are starting to appear!

I started on the 'transport' box today, tell you more soon!

Table centres

I've looked for these for ages now, I was starting to think a trek to ikea was in order, when I found 2 stores in this town that I had forgotten about. I found several options, to be honest I've been sold on a hurricane lamp from the other one of the two shops for about a week now, but when we went to get them today, the price had gone up by £1.50! So I got annoyed with that shop, and we went to look in the other one instead, where we found these bowls. I wasn't entirely sure about them for a while, but we brought one home, with candle, as you see, and tried it out, and sent photos to my mum (what I always do if I'm not sure about something). Mum, after not being sure from my phone description, now says that she prefers these to the original hurricanes we bought, especially since bowls are more useful afterwards if we end up keeping them...
The chillies are still up for debate to some extent, but while they dont match the bridesmiads colours really (which I'm not too bothered about), they do match the dining room at the venue perfectly, as it is painted red. I'm now of the opinion that its probably more important to have decoration in that room which matches the room, rather than 3 dresses dotted around the place...

doily guestbook.

Remember these, which I bought ages ago? well, today, lovely bridesmaid and I turned them into these:
They're so sweet! I'm going to make a few more, I'd rather have too many than not enough, so I think the next few will be slightly bigger maybe too, for those people who want to write me a full on love letter as their guest book entry. I'm well aware that some might not get used, but I can always use them afterwards for something else, so I'm not too fussed.

Then I went a bit snap happy...

p.s. I followed this roughly to make them although we found that pritt stick didn't work, but a strip of double sided sticky tape, as any good blue peter viewer knows, holds anything together.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

etsy buys...

I love how long packages from the states take to get to me, I've almost forgotten I've bought anything by the time it arrives, so I get a nice surprise when a package lands on my doormat!
I'd been hankering after one of white owls lace necklaces since I noticed them on several blogs a while ago, and they're even more beautiful in real life.It sits just how you hope it would, even James commented on how nice it is! The packaging was beautiful too, a strong reminder that first impressions really count.

Saturday, 6 March 2010

crafting for little peoples.

For the last couple of weeks, my Mum and I have been meeting for one reason only. To turn these charity shop clothes.....

into these....
and then sew them into these!
I become a godmother this weekend, and for some reason I offered to make bunting to decorate the village hall after the service. I 've actually really enjoyed this project, as has mum I think, and once we worked out what we were doing, it was quite simple. Working with the charity shop fabrics was good too, very cost effective I think, an exercise in coordinating random fabrics, and who knew you'd be able to get 15 flags out of a mans shirt?! my mum has crazy cutting skills.
We ended up with 20 metres of bunting, in 2 metre lengths, but I could have made more with the fabric we had. we only stopped because we ran out of tape! My mums taken the bunting on ahead of me, so once I've seen the hall decorated I'll take a photo of it up to show you. I enjoyed this so much that once I knew what sex another friends new baby was, I bought more fabrics to make her a set too!
Last night I also quickly put this together for my lovely little Goddaughter.
Its made from cream cord fabric, and a scrap of her baby blanket. I'd never done this before and I'm quite pleased, although I need to be careful with the edges when I make the next one.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

The Gestalt Prayer.

I do my thing and you do your thing.
I am not in this world to live up to your expectations,
And you are not in this world to live up to mine.
You are you, and I am I,
and if by chance we find each other,
it's beautiful.
If not, it can't be helped.
(Fritz Perls, 1969)

Found via Micaela.