Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Flying visit...,

Can't believe a week has gone by already since my last post, time..., slow down please!

It has been a busy week, a bit of sewing, a trip to the Lake District, and a trip to Birmingham.

Now, I'm home again, it's back to the sewing,

 

and to finish adding spines to this little guy!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Button necklace,

A couple of weeks ago, I was in the mood one evening to do something crafty.  Whatever it was going to be, it had to be easy (as I was tired), and quick (as it was late).  I'd always fancied a long button necklace, White Stuff have a nice one, but I don't live near a branch or have that much spare spends right now.  But seriously, how hard can it be to make one?  Not very so it turns out, here's mine...,

  

It's quite long, and with a big red square button I bought a while ago, but wasn't sure what to do with it, as a central feature.  To make one, all you need is a length of cord and a selection of buttons.

  

The cord is a fair bit longer than I wanted the finished necklace to be.  Fold it in half to mark the center point and anchor the first button there.  Then, working up each side, thread on buttons at roughly 1 1/2" (4cm) intervals.
 
 

Each button is  secured in place at the back with a knot before moving on to the next.

  

Once the whole necklace is threaded with buttons, simply tie the ends in a knot and trim off any excess cord.  The first one came together so easily, I made a shorter one for Lucy using pastel coloured buttons alternating with a white flower.

 

Don't tell her I'm wearing it, I'll be in big trouble! 

ps, just noticed I am 2 posts away from 200, and about 3 weeks away from a 3rd blogiversary!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Red,

Given how much I like the colour red, I guess today's theme is quite appropriate.  We don't usually go in for elaborate gestures on occasions like Valentines, but after glancing around the internet a couple of weeks ago I did see something which caught my eye.  There are cuflinks made from wooden scrabble tiles, much nicer then the modern plastic equivalent.  You can choose the letters, I chose A & L, the message to my husband being,

...the A is for Amy (me), the L is for Lucy & Luke and together we make you, AL.

(scrabble cufflinks via PennyDog)

We've also eaten red today, Thai Red Curry to be exact, even made my own curry paste, recipe from here.  I then used about 3 tablespoons of paste with 2 can's of coconut milk, sliced baby sweetcorn, chopped spring onions, sliced red pepper, 4 tablespoons of fish sauce, 2 tablespoons of cane sugar, king prawns and some crushed kaffir lime leaves.  The 2 cans of coconut milk instead of my usual 1 was so we could have it as a soup with some noodles in it too.  I didn't have any dried chilli's for the paste so used fresh this time, they worked fine but it wasn't quite as hot as we usually like it!


We're lucky as both Lucy & Luke are quite happy to eat hot and weird food, so recipes like this are pretty commonplace in this house.  Given the chance, they would much rather go to somewhere like Wagamama's or Yo Sushi than Macdonalds.

Happy Valentine's Day

Monday, February 8, 2010

My mirror needs cleaning!

Since dipping my toe into the world of wardrobe refashion, I've discovered on Flickr the Bloganista's group.  Here, Bloggers from around the globe are posting their outfits for all to see, I thought it looked fun and decided to join in.  It's been quite an interesting experiment (also inspired by Ali), the theory being that if you are going to photograph your outfit, it will encourage more effort into putting it together.  I work at home, alone most days as Lucy & Luke are both out at school, and Al is usually out and is also often away abroad, so other than the school run or popping out for bread or milk, don't really need to make a huge effort with my appearance.  I always suspected that, despite having plenty of clothes to chose from, I only ever really skim off the top 10% and end up wearing the same outfits over and over again.  
So far, here is what I've discovered,

1. The mirror needs cleaning
2. The wall in our hall needs decorating
3. I stand the same way each time I take a picture
4. I do lots of layering, a sub-conscious side effect of it being so cold
5. I actually only wear the top 5% of my wardrobe, not 10 as I previously thought

and

6. At least I am getting dressed.  I have been known to do the school run with my pyjamas still on under a big coat.

My plan now is to try harder and dig deeper into the recesses of my wardrobe and see what I can find that I've not worn for ages, make better use of what I have, or alter what I have if it's not working as it is and see how long I can go without buying anything.

(my husband will be pleased!)