Sunday, 30 November 2008

Hey littleys! Our weekend!

Recognise him? Bit more later...
Well, I promised to tell my children all about our lovely weekend, so this is a post especially for them. So, we went to London for a special do at a very lovely hotel...the entrance (they call it the foyer) had twinkling lights in the ceilings:

We walked up three flights of those stairs rather than get a lift because I liked the lights! We had champagne in a very twinkley room, then all had to find our tables in another room which had a lit up ceiling as well! There were about 1,000 people there, so it was a big room.

Our table had a lovely flower decoration, and lots of bottles of wine, which grown ups sometimes like a little bit of at these sorts of dos...

The white wine was nestled in an ice bucket to keep it cold. But it looks nice like that as well (but it drips all over you when you get a bottle out, so tip for the future - let somebody else pour if you find yourself with bottles like this in the distant future ;-)).

Then we had food. The starter looked a little like cat food, I have to say, but it was delicious. I could have eaten three!

Then we had some entertainment from The Blues Brothers, who were great fun. Dad's going to do it for you at Christmas if I find the hat and tie! We were very lucky to have a table close to the stage so I had a good view.

Then came lots of speeches. The speeches started at about ten past eleven last night, so mummy was almost asleep! The man on the left on the stage is Tony Robinson, who does that Time Team programme,

but people of my age know him as Baldrick in Blackadder, which was a very funny programme in the 1970s. That's a picture of him in his Baldrick gear at the top of the post.

The speeches were for people who have done very good work in their jobs, and they were given awards, which is a way of saying how much people like what they've done. They then had to have pictures taken.

I pinched a picture with Tony Robinson, who was charming, but badly jet lagged after flying in from Australia earlier yesterday. I felt jet lagged as well because I've had almost no sleep lately. What do you reckon?!

This is how he looked in character (the one sitting at the bottom - he was always at the bottom!). You'll recognise Rowan Atkinson from Mr Bean - he played another funny character in Blackadder.

We then had a band playing in another room with more twinkley lights in the ceiling, and had to do lots of dancing. Daddy kicked my foot because he was so enthusiastic with his dancing, so my dancing was mainly carried out on one leg because you know how big daddy's feet are! We then got back to the hotel at around 3am because Dad kept forgetting to phone for the taxi! That's why mummy's looking so grey today, and not managing to say a lot.

Now, today, we went up to Oxford Street, which is a shopping street in London. We saw lots of lovely windows, which you'd love, in Debenhams. They were the best windows we saw, which was a surprise because when I was young we used to go up to see the Selfridges windows. But they were half as good. So I didn't take pictures of them.

In one, they reminded me of the Blues Brothers from the night before!

What do you think?

In one shop we saw this dinosaur. You sit on him and he moves and blinks and makes funny noises. Well, a child sits on him and he moves. He'd probably collapse if me or daddy tried to sit on him. He's about £250, so you guys just get a picture!

Next we dropped into one of my long time favourite stores. It's called Liberty, and it has lots of lovely things inside, as well as being a beautiful building. I've been visiting there since I was a toddler, because I used to go with my mum.

This reindeer made me smile. Again, all you get is the picture, because sadly he was about £400. Actually, I meant the unicorn... thank you, Angel! I was still very tired when I wrote this.

They had funky mirrors from one of my favourite sofa companies, Squint.

That's all wrapped with fabric. Don't even ask the price - I fell over.

And cool pigeon lights, at £49.50 a pop.

And I bought a piece of fabric, but more about that in another post!

So, we had a fab time. Grandma tells me you all had a fab time to. But I did miss you all! There's nowhere better than home, even though it's nice to play out sometimes.
Love mummy. x

Friday, 28 November 2008

Making a pillowcase with Cath Kidston

Sewing is difficult for me at times. I struggle to get seams to lie flat, and I struggle with sewing terms. My sewn line never seems perfectly straight like everybody's else's. I eye my sewing machine with distrust most of the time, because I don't understand all the different feet. I was worried recently because I broke a needle. I didn't know sewing machine needles broke... that's how naive I am when it comes to sewing, because apparently this is a well known fact as a more knowledgeable friend more or less told me in the nicest possible way. Sigh.

I'd love to start a sewing club so I could find out if there's anybody else near me who feels the same and we could help each other out. But for now I struggle alone.

This morning I decided I wanted to make a pillowcase, because my lovely hubs had bought me some material. It can't be that hard, I thought... it's basically a bag. The easiest way to do it seemed to me to take apart an old pillowcase and use it as a pattern. So I did just that. And then pinned it in position, and it followed on from there.

The ends were easy - just folding and sewing a seam.

The sides were difficult. I've never overlocked, and have never used any stitch on my machine but straight stitch. I decided to try zigzaging each long edge, before joining them. It wasn't as hard as I'd imagined (though it also isn't as neat as I'd have liked!).

The tops, where there's a fold to contain the pillow, were tricky.

But I'm thrilled with the result. And if I can do this, anybody can.

What I like so much about Cath Kidston fabrics, is that they are all mixable. What I mean is, they can all be thrown together and look fab.

So all in all, it's been fun to face another thing I didn't feel confident about.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Christmas pudding time!



Thank you Mr Lace! Me won't eat them, but me love the smell! Love you. Always and for ever. x

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Christmas crafts and shabby chic-ing

Remember this? Well, got a little pressie for one of you! Lesley, do you want to email me your addy. She's not as good, but she's almost there... just need to tackle eyes and nose. She's leaning up against my fab TK Maxx find - I fell in love with this mug. £1.49. When I got the label off at home, I discovered it was a Portmeirion mug. What good taste (I bought two and they are a lovely shape to drink from)!

As I say, she's not as good, but she is the prototype! lol.

Now, a little quiz for you. I thought I'd pose a question. Mum and me spotted this in L K Bennett the other day. She thinks it looks like a tablecloth, but me, liking lace as I do, thinks it is rather nice. So we disagreed. But what do you think it was selling for? Answers at the end.

I couldn't resist posting this pic of my gorgeous daughter on her way to school at the moment: four hairbands, much to the delight of the other girls! She is a real fashion gal, and always goes her own way... remember you saw it here first!

Christmas crafting has begun with the felt. These were fun. I used cookie cutters for the trees, and the base of my wine glass for the Christmas puds - gosh, this takes me back to felt crafting when I was a child. It's such fun and so easy to do.

I'm planning to thread them on a cord or ribbon above the mantelpiece for Christmas.

Bored yet? Okay, just one more set of pictures for you, and I'll save the others for another time. So, here's my table and chairs. I'm rather proud of this makeover... from this, which had been well used but never liked by me ...

with a lot of hard work and several coats of paint and bruises in between this ...

As to the coat from L.K. Bennett: £349!!!!! (Reduced to £280!).

As always, thank you so much for all your comments. I really try to get back to everyone, but I'm failing a bit at the moment - thank you for stopping by.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Floral madness?

Thank you so much for all your comments. I read and love each and every one, and I'm sorry I've not responded to all of them recently. Time is catching up with me, since I realized I needed to get on with my Christmas shoppings. So, I thought I'd spend some time showing you my bed! Because I love it so much! You'll see the crochet blanket has come to a bit of a halt, because I rather like it this size. But it will grow again soon!

I love my bed, did I mention that? We chose it some 15 years ago at least, from the Iron Bed Company, and have never regretted what seemed expensive at the time. And I love the floral bedcovers/sheets/pillowcases I've collected. But I sometimes wonder if I'm going ott!

The throw has a small sprigged floral side, and a larger roses side. One of my Laura Ashley bargains, and worth every penny.

You see, not only do I have the duvet and pillowcases, but I add a floral sheet. I just feel it's so summer-y. I wonder if I'll get worse as I get older.

Here's my bedside table, which I know I've shown before, but as it fits here I'll pop it in again. I spent a couple of years searching for the right bedside lights, and when we saw them, we both fell in love. I also like my fluffy pompoms, which hang in the corner.

Bedside reading...

Some of my floral and lacey pillowcases...

And another lovely bed...where we stayed in Burford even had a light inside the four poster!

And, just for a change from all those florals in case you need waking up!, I thought I'd add this heat image of me and the children, taken at Bristol Explore.