Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Laura McGinlay used wires to write health and safety (ish!) messages about electricty. I love wires - so colourful on the outisde and shiny on the inside!
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
My new crafty direction is not appearing (not that I want it to appear in the space of a week or two - I am hoping to enjoy the process of finding it) and I am still doubting my EastEnders decision, though knowing deep down it is a good one. Today somebody asked me what I made and I found I had nothing concrete to give as an answer, which was a bit scary. Who am I? I've lost my identity, man! Am I even allowed to say how excited I was about Stacey giving birth last night or does that cross the line? (Sorry, but I do just have to say how miraculous it was the the baby really did look like Bradley, even though it's not his baby in the show let alone in real life - as far as we know...) Anyway, after all that doubting, I randomly came across this quote from Andre Gide: "Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore." Vindicated or what, people?! Ha ha! Not only did it seem very appropriate, it also gave me the perfect opportunity to do a sneaky, cheaty blog post from flickr using yet another matchbox label. Isn't it nice, though?
Other highlights of the day...
*Getting to subtitle an episode of Horrible Histories (it's so good!) and write the following - HE BREAKS WIND TUNEFULLY
*Seeing the end of the very exciting football match between Italy and Slovakia - knowing nothing about football, I just like goals and bad tackles/amateur dramatics, so this was a good few minutes for me!
*The feeling of the dishes being done (though not the act of doing them)
*Messing about with scissors and paper in the craft room, filling a jar with paper triangles - yes, I have a plan...
*Seeing (and hearing!) my cat and the neighbour's cat fighting even though they were separated by a window - comedy genius.
*Finding out that you can (if you look closely) see some of my Albert Square stitches on Monday's episode of Mary Queen Of Shops - I can't wait to see it :)
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
So, what does this mean? Well, for one thing, it means that if you've always fancied that Ethel and Willy lavender bag/Pat and Frank notecard set/Dot Cotton embroidery, then you'd better get your skates on, because once they are gone, they are gone, gone and gone, people! I will not be replenishing any items that sell out! Go now and check out the shop!
Monday, June 21, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
I can't get enough of this dancing! You see this clip used a lot and it's one of the first things that comes up if you search YouTube for lindy hop. Don't you think that's pretty amazing since it was filmed in the early '40s, long before the digital age was even a twinkle in its grand-daddy's pixel?
I really want to be able to dance like this. I signed up for lindy hop classes a couple of years ago. In the first lesson (as well as getting a huge blood blister on the sole of my foot) the teacher couldn't stop laughing at me and said the oft-quoted words, "You're more like a crab than a dancer." She was right and, in my defence, there are some very crab-like moves in that clip. The next week, the lindy hop classes got cancelled and the fee refunded as still only three people had signed up. I don't have much luck when it comes to dance classes. The year before the crab-dancer incident, I went to boogie woogie classes. I loved the dancing, but I was the only person there without a partner. Sometimes I got to partner the dance teacher or she would make someone lend me their partner for a few minutes. Oh, the humiliation, especially the night I had made stovies (involving vigorous frying of onions) before the class and everyone kept saying they could smell soup. Usually, though, I had to dance with an imaginary partner and spin under my own arm. One day, an art student came to take some photos and I'm sure there is a folio/exhibition somewhere with photos of me (surrounded by happily dancing duos) dancing like a crab with one arm in the air, holding hands with my imaginary partner.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
I've decided to take part in Meet Me At Mike's envelope project. I'm very excited about putting together a little package to send to Australia :) One lucky entrant will win the contents of all the envelopes too. Click on the image for more details. Maybe you would like to join in too?
I'm very bleary eyed this morning after Handmade Nation. The film was so good and Faythe Levine had lots of interesting things to say afterwards. She was a very nice lady. I have been reassessing my crafty ideas while I slept, I think, because I have woken up with all sorts of decisions made. One of them is quite a big decision too. Scary but fun. I will explain what I mean at some other point, but for now I have to go to work. It's always so hard to go back after being on holiday but especially hard after driving through the night to get home from Dundee!