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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

New Hair!

After months of intense study, it's time for 'me' and first up is a new hair cut ...  My regular salon has closed down and I happened on a new hairdresser by chance - a lucky find!  Never had so many compliments in one day!  Well, I've not gone completely 'Zandra Rhodes' pink but the style is the same and I've given my photo a pinky glow to show how relieved and happy I am, both with the new hair and finishing my course!

Friday, 30 January 2015

Celebrations

Well I've come to the end of my knit course and I've a lot to post about but I deserve a little rest and some diversions!  I've never tried Japanese food before - this is at Japas in Cambridge ... very colourful, I always look at everything in a different way now I've done a Creative Studies course  ... more posts soon ...


Saturday, 17 January 2015

Nearly there ...

My final knit project ... more news soon ...


Saturday, 3 January 2015

New Year Round Up

I'm surprised at how many things I did manage to make last year - knitted, sewn and painted.  At the moment, the focus is still on finishing my City & Guilds Creative Studies - Hand Knitting course.  I have barely 3 weeks left ... eeek!  But I'm getting there ...  Spent most of the Christmas holidays on it and am now in the final throes of doing the last project and some final sampling of stitches.

Anyway, here's a little round up of everything.  I started the year with my sewing cottage ...


Looking forward to sewing again soon!  Then I treated myself to a little art course and came up with an illuminated letter, which I'm going to take forward into making a logo ...


I made a few tote bags over Easter for our local Country Market - want to do a bit more bag making - more sophisticated though  ...


Still not much time for sewing though and I only managed to come up with this little flower next ...


Though I was determined to get this duffel finished for the charity Design and Make for Haven's Sake


Then of course came my examination piece, 'Urban Sweater'.  Proud of this as it was produced under very difficult circumstances ...


So, only 3 weeks course time to go hopefully ... it's been a long haul but I've stuck with it and the end is in sight.  I've loads of posts of course sampling to do yet, as well as exhibition round ups.  Coming soon ...  Looking forward to a new crafting year!

Sunday, 28 December 2014

And I got this ...

Ready for when I get to sew again!  Which will be very soon now ....  I love this book because as well as sewing know-how, it has projects in it, including the Pyramid Box that May Martin made on a Christmas edition of Sewing Bee last year (I wonder why they didn't do one this year?).  I looked for the pattern on the Bee website at the time but it wasn't there ... I can now see it was being saved for the book ...  Anyway, glad to come across it in my holiday reading.


Friday, 26 December 2014

Some great presents ...

I've been lucky this year - shoes, a vintage style bag and an unexpected gift, which I'll never use - a Zandra Rhodes washbag signed by the great lady herself!  As a thank you for loyalty and support!  I am honoured ...



Monday, 22 December 2014

Share in Style - Merry Christmas

I wanted to join in 'Share in Style - Christmas' and I dug this photo out from the end of my Sew Weekly days a couple of years ago.  It's where I first 'met' Rosy at SewingAdicta and also found out about the world of sewing blogging ...  and I'm still here!  I was quite fearless in those days and would launch myself into any project ... even sewing satin within the space of a week, as seen here! OK, I haven't sewn in a while but a new year is coming up and I'm nearing the end of my knit course. Actually, the break has been refreshing. Taking part in 'Sew Weekly' for a year was an achievement and by the end of it I was ready for a rest ... I feel ready to start anew, not constrained by the thought that I should produce something every week and now with a more creative edge!  I look forward to renewing old sewing friendships and  being part of that wonderful community again.  Happy Christmas everyone.