Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Professor' home work assignment

I really wanted to part take in the Professor's homework assignment for January. Her assignment was about completing a new or finishing off a craft project that has been gathering dust in the too do box. I absolutely, love this topic as I am really into arts and crafts; I primly, sew clothing, with the occasional bag. I've tried to explore other crafts like cross stitch, proggy and knitting . Unfortunately, my knitting skills don't exist, I couldn't even manage to complete a full knit line. However, proggy and cross stitch were more successful, the proggy and cross stitch are so easy to complete. My  cross stitch skills need more practice, yet I find after long periods of time  it can get tedious.

Properly like everyone else I've put off quite a few projects that were never completed because of various reason.

These are some of the ideas I will complete over the next year.

Proggy mat,

Last year, I attended a proggy making class on a Sunday afternoon, where the group made rugs and wall hangings that were made to be sold or raffled to raise money for local causes.

I purchased some hessian with the intention to make a rug for my bedroom. I searched the shops and couldn't find anything to complement my decor. I took inspiration for the design from my lamp shade and drew out the pattern. Since last Friday, I have been completing my proggy rug I've utilized two fleece blankets, and a couple of cheap jumpers; I love the colour contrast, and it's so plush to touch.

I am considering making proggy mat in  black and grey fabric for the sitting room, it would be great way to use up my scrap fabric. 

Cross stitch

I've been completing the cross stitch since August, honestly, I forgot all about it. Recently, I've started completing it again, and it's reminded me how much I enjoy doing it: I'm not sure when I will finish it, but I hope to complete this the year.

I purchased a huge cross stitch that was far too ambitious for my skills to complete. I thought I would purchase it to start once my skills became more competent 


I'm planning to finish the interfacing on my neckline.

A bucket draw string bag

I want to create  a large draw sting bag, for the lining I plan to use the blue bug fabric and the black floral fabric for the exterior. I purchased off cuts from a local curtain store and Ikea. I never got around to making it, so I will this year .

I considered making this bag, minus the contrasting colour, sew a channel without using the rivets holes, and possibly a flap .

Sew another a skirt from this fabric

Using my favourite pattern : 

A black cat door stop, I found in a book from the library, I want to base the design on my ex's cat, Morganna, who sadly died two years ago. To emulate Morganna' s fur I thought  of using soft faux fur or velvet.  The project is from Chloe's Owens, All sewn up 


Complete this dress 

I downloaded a free dress pattern from the internet it needs to be assembled the pattern however it can be time consuming. I need to chose fabric to make the dress out of, if anyone's interested in to have the pattern click on the link Free dress pattern .

During the forth coming year, I'm aiming to avoid unnecessary expenditure to save money.   I hoping to rely on my crafting skills and  allowing me the opportunity develop, explore new craft ideas and hone these skills. 

I 'm sorry if some of this sounds familiar, I  sometimes forget what blogs I've posted, and tend to recycle my blog photos . Thanks for you time and patience; I appreciate all my readers who take their time to read my blog.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

My Friend's Business

I love mentioning people or small businesses to promote free advertisement or to inform readers. I couldn't resist mentioning my friend, Kerry Anne, who is trying to set up her own business . If any one's interested there is link to click on to browse the website with her aims and story. I think it's great to be an advocate and supporter of local crafts and small businesses. It's something I am realising as I get older the value of small independent businesses play in the world. Especially, considering when you can purchase something  that is uniquely made, locally sourced rather than mass produced.

Kerry -Anne hopes to set up her own business to make textile art for kids both small, and at heart. She's starting her business and ultimately she wants to operate her own classes to help children from not so under privileged backgrounds and to promote the value of recycling through crafts.

Thanks to my readers for their to time to check it out

Friday, 16 January 2015

My days off

 I started off by making a sloth look like  a triathlon champion . On Wednesday, I ventured as far as the kettle and bathroom for the necessary human needs, like tea. I literally played on Skyrim and slept, totally shameful and wasteful use of time however, so pleasurable. I even read John Polidori's the Vampyre within an hour, this extraordinarily quick for me typically I'm a slow reader. 

Thursday, I became more proactive and caught up with clothes washing, and posted a couple item's on ebay as I've started to declutter. I finally changed my bedding. It hadn't been changed since literally last year, (to describe this I refer to my local dialect) I've been a very dirty minger, translation; I've been a disgusting  person. I climbed into bed last night, and the smell of clean sheets is an intoxicating and enticing smell of pleasure to be cocooned in. Whilst watching the Piano, one my favourite movies and the film's sound track is beautifully written adds to the movie. 


For a while I've neglected many of my craft projects, surprisingly I attempted  my cross stitch, I had a very productive session completing it. I find cross stitch therapeutically relaxing, yet; It does require my full concentration to complete the intricate detail. 

Friday, was the most fulfilling day I woke up at 8:21 am, I watched Spirited Away and Ponya, whilst completing the cross stitch. I finally got the energy to go outside to drop off a bag of clothing to the local charity shop. 

For Yonkers, I've been wanting to volunteer at a local library. Recently, I got back in touch with the organizer about volunteering. Today, I scheduled the days to volunteer and I have my induction date for two weeks on Thursday. I can't wait. 

By complete serendipity, I met a person who I used to attend a local writing group,unfortunately, I had to leave as I was unable to attend the group due to various reasons. It was lovely chatting to her. She was telling me  how the group was progressing, and I should pop in,which I intend to  do. She complemented me on being a good writer. The comment elated me to hear as I still lack confidence in it. Considering many of  the other members were fantastic writers and were much superior than some modern published work. 

I ended up doing some essential shopping apart from popping into Fenwicks, te fabric department. I've extravagantly spent £40 on 2 metres of jacquard fabric for new skirt, I was extremely lucky as it was end of the roll, the fabric's gorgeous so worth the money.

On my travels through the Granger Market, I found a small Turkish cafe that had opened it was fantastic and I was reminded of my trip to Turkey. When I was in Turkey I was addicted to their tea but then again for 30p a cup, who wouldn't be. I ordered a cup tea, defiantly chai made in the traditional method, of using a double kettle and burek. which is a small pastry similar to a sausage roll stuffed with meat or spinach, delicious. 

I started making a proggy mat, which is local to this part of the country, it utilises scrap fabric, Hessian and half  pointed peg to push strips scrap fabric into the Hessian creating a mattered scraggy rug. I created the design age and brought a cheap fleece blanket for £2.50 I roughly measured the strips using a permanent marker and cut the pieces. I made progress and stop rubbing my hands into the rug; its so plush to touch. Surprisingly, my right shoulder is hurting me from making the proggy rug.   

If any bodies interested, Proggy instructions
Some info on  Proggy history

I'm quickly typing this blog snuggled up in my comical huge bed in a tiny room, drinking my snozzy tea consisting of herbal mixture of camaermile  and valerian tea watching Mary Shelly's Frankenstein.                            

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Saving money

With the new year feeling increasingly distanced, and I am settling back into the routine of everyday life after the festive season. I am intending to look increasingly at my bank balance. Currently, I want to save as much money as possible; however, anybody who knows me would call me a tight git . I don't mean to be it's just as I get older and slightly wiser I try to avoid unnecessary shopping at any cost as I waste my money on things that won't see the light of day. 

This how I try to save money:

1. Free entertainment - I  used to download free pdfs novels but found it difficult to  read, until recently, I downloaded the free Kindle app and downloaded the kindle books for free.  I also still use the library. This benefits me as it reduces the amount of clutter I own.

2. I watch watch you tube, it's fantastic for watching films and t.v shows. I often watch t.v shows on demand. 

3. I often shop in charity shops or discount stores or during sales. There are some markets  selling clothes for £2, I sometimes browse through or ask for more expensive clothes as presents.


4.For personal hygiene items I purchase supermarkets own brands, for example Asda do a beautiful coconut shower gel or I use discount shops purchase branded goods in the UK; poundland, and home bargains. For facial products I use Niveria it's inexpensive and is the best stuff I've used.

5.When I used to cook, I  purchase dried rice, pastas, frozen veg, supermarket branded food, tins and loose veg. I bought frozen meat, it was reasonably price in comparison to fresh meat and last longer. I generally purchased tin, sardines as it was cheaper and more nutritious than purchasing tuna However, I recently brought food from Aldi and pleasantly surprised how cheap it was, especially, for it the jars of sauces as I like making pasta dishes. For puddings I used to buy tins of rice pudding and place into small containers. Currently, this is my biggest expenditure as I eat out constantly; if I prepare meals and, budget I will be able to save money.

6. This tip my boyfriend suggested was to use open based software on my net book, instead of using expensive Microsoft software office or expensive antiviruses. I use apache open office, which is quite basic but does everything I need and free anti viruses AVG and Avast, protect my computer up to now.   

7. I love sewing however, I find that fabrics can be expensive to buy. To save money I like to purchase off cuts or go to the markets where I find fabric for £2 metre. I have loads off cuts,I want to use and I am currently seeing how to use them.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Wow, 1000 viewers

Earlier today, I was checking for any new blog posts to read during my break my at work, and I was absolutely astonished to see I had achieved 1000 views, amazing. I can't believe I've achieved this so far with four accounted followers; this has gone beyond anything I've expected . I merely started my blog too practice my writing skills and never expected anything more. I aim to continue, to harness and improve my blog as I develop with more interesting and readable posts.

Thanks to every one who has taken their time to read my blog.

My view

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Good Night Out ,

On Saturday, me and the boyfriend went out to his favourite night at the Mini Mayfair. I previously mentioned on my blog the Mini Mayfair night on Places of the Interest Newcastle and Gateshead : The City Hall - Mini Mayfair.

I was good on Saturday night as I didn't drink any alcohol and stuck mainly to pop. I wish I could admit this was my attempt to do the Professor's Bat fit challenge, (that's started horrendously and another blog post). Honestly, I'd been working on a 12 hour shift, and if I drink alcohol when I'm tired it usually sends me to sleep. I managed too pull myself together with the assistance of a hot bath along with a a cup of milky coffee, and I was out the door within 40 minutes from the time of getting to my boyfriend's front door

It was a decent night with a usual line up of songs. I was elated to hear a small selection of noughties new metal that crept into the line up.This  holds a special place in my heart as its  the music I listened to as a teenager .They played Rob Zombie, Drowning Pool - Let the bodies hit the floor and System of a Downs -Chop Sui. The Rock night predominately plays eighties rock music catering for the older generation of rockers, the selection of the songs aren't always to my taste, however, it always great seeing the boyfriend head banging and enjoying himself.

I always love the beginning of the night as there's only a few people in the venue leaving plenty of room to move on the dance floor. As the night progresses and more patrons enter the venue the dance floor becomes increasingly crowded limiting the available space to move. Personally, it puts me off from dancing and it doesn't help I dislike huge crowds. I find as I get older the idea of night clubbing isn't as appealing, and I feel reluctant to party. The temptation of a warm fire and comfy pajamas is more enticing, especially, during the winter months.

I chose to wear my typical new rocks, a mesh top, I purchased from the charity shop, and my buckled pvc skirt. When I was younger, I seldom wore short skirts; I tended to wear long skirts and baggy clothes. As I grew up; I became more adventurous with my skirt hemlines, became shorter, and  started wearing under bust corsets.

While the boyfriend took the photograph, I kept getting told off for not smiling this is a normal occurrence as I rarely smile on any of my photographs. Every time he takes a photo; he shouts, 'smile,smile,smile, or your rubbish, you never smile'. 

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Life up date- An unexciting new year

This week has followed the habitual schedule of lying in bed till yonder, watching junk T.V whilst's succumbing to the brainwashing effects of commercial advertisements, followed by a diet of absolute rubbish, resulting in me failing at the first hurdle of the professors Z's Bat fit challenge. My lifestyle
would put a sloth to shame, but the festive period is an excellent excuse to over indulge and laze around. This allowed me and my boyfriend a rare opportunity to spend some quality time together or he would consider driven mad and being exorbitant with his fridge.

I greeted the New Years by completing my blog post,under the influence of Liebfraumilch, a sweet German white wine, according to the boyfriend tastes like wee. Later, we welcomed the new years with the loud screeching and booming of fireworks whilst watching the Jules Holland retro sixties New Years special and when midnight came at 12:10 along the traditional Auld Lang syne. By one o'clock I fell asleep on the settee.

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