Archive | April, 2013

Sunday sewing

28 Apr

What a productive weekend it’s been! Disappointing news on Friday afternoon could have made it otherwise but instead I’ve chosen to keep busy – while finding time to chill out too!

Yesterday I caught up with the lovely B to see The Dancer Upstairs at the French Institute as part of the London Spanish Film Festival. Two hours of Javier Bardem plus the hefty slab of coconut and orange cake that followed made for a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Check out the beautiful rainbow I saw that evening, too…


It reminded me of a quote I saw on Pinterest recently:

“Everyone wants happiness. No one wants pain. But you can’t have a rainbow, without a little rain.”

Today, I had my usual early morning walk with the lovely Putney WI ladies (another gloriously sunny AM at Richmond Park) and now, I’ve just finished crafting my first needle case, Sarah Moore style. What do you think?

Needle case 4


Walks and wonders

14 Apr


What a glorious weekend we’ve been having! The sun has finally come out and it seems as if spring has finally sprung! I made the most of the good weather with an early morning walk around Richmond Park with three of my WI members. We meet outside the beautiful Pembroke Lodge before setting off for a one-hour stroll around Sidmouth Wood and Pen Ponds, before climbing up King Henry’s Mound to admire the view – you can see all the way to St Pauls on a clear day.

Yesterday was an equally successful day. On my way into town I passed a skip where some beautiful pieces of furniture were being thrown away. I couldn’t lug it all home but did manage to salvage some bits and pieces – like these handles.


I’ve been wanting to get some like this for ages so am very excited, not just about finding them but also by the fact that they were free! It seems there are treasures to be found everywhere, you just need to take the time out to stop and look.

Let there be light!

7 Apr

How wonderful a weekend it’s been! Not only has there been glorious sunshine – and warmth – but I’ve also been back home in Somerset to see family, friends and learn a new skill. Yesterday, I attended a three-hour lampshade making course with Louise of Lolly & Boo. It was held at the beautiful Reading Rooms in Stratford-sub-Castle – here’s the view from the carpark:


Having never made a lampshade before, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Louise advised each member of the group (there were eight of us in total) to bring half a metre of fabric and, when we arrived, we were able to choose our size of shade – 15cm, 25cm or 30cm. I’d come with a cotton material with a large floral print so opted to make a 30cm standing lampshade – for where, I’m not yet sure!


It turned out that the whole process was surprisingly straightforward – you line your fabric with PVC to give it tension, then use sticky-back tape to secure it to the wire rings. Rolling the fabric around the rings was tricky – could have done with a third hand – but I think the end result turned out pretty good. Not bad for a first attempt.


Louise was so friendly and encouraging, and made the entire experience fun and easy to follow. Now I’ve mastered the basic technique, I’ll definitely be giving it another go.