Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Washington D.C.

I was in Washington D.C. a few weeks ago for work but managed to tag on some sightseeing over the weekend. 

If you go I'd recommend doing a night tour of the monuments (I was on my own so walking around at night wouldn't have been the best idea). My other favourite places were Arlington Cemetery which is beautiful and moving, the Air and Space museum and the National Gallery (which has an amazing joining tunnel and cafe). You also have to stop by Astro Doughnuts

I liked pretty much everything I saw to be fair - except the weather which was very British and drizzly. It's like walking around a movie set at times, so many of the sights are on our screens so often. 

Monday, 26 October 2015

Watching, Reading, Listening


How to Get Away With Murder - I honestly watch the whole 1st season this week on Netflix. It's addictive stuff. Shonda Rhimes is a life ruiner. 

Crimson Peak - This film looks as good as I'd hoped (and not just Tom Hiddleston). It was just the right amount of horror and gore and ghosts. Read this after you've seen it (but not before because it has all the spoilers). 


YA cheese Amy and Roger's Epic Detour which wasn't too bad.

Mainly podcasts this week! 
Let me know if you have any recommendations :)
Sunday, 25 October 2015

Experiments in blog and shop building

I make a lot of stuff and for a while I had a much neglected Etsy shop, now I want to build it up again and I thought I'd start keeping a log of what I'm doing each week.

Step one: What and why
I like making and I love it when people like what I have made for them. I want to upgrade my hobby so that more people get to see and have the things I make. I also want to be part of a creative community.

Step two: Inventory
What do I already have could be useful:

  • Blog
  • Etsy shop
  • Friends & family
  • Social media
  • Internet in general
  • Sew in labels 
  • Existing patterns and ideas for patterns
Step three: Research
I have a rough plan below of things I need to look into:
  • I've a whole Pinterest board full of links to advice
  • I have a bunch of books
  • I've subscribed to some craft podcasts 
  • I need to talk to friends and family about what I've made that they like most
  • Look at blog and social media stats to see what I've made that has been most popular 
  • Join local networks and talk to other crafters

If any of you have any suggestions, comments, just general help that would be amazing!

I may have also jumped ahead about 30 steps this week and ordered some business cards... I'll share them when they arrive.
Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Crochet square throw

I really liked this blanket and when one of my friends said she was moving and would like something made for her new place for her birthday I immediately thought of adapting it.

The motif I used was easy to join as you go so I started with four white squares and then added each layer around. It worked up pretty quickly but sewing in the ends took aaaaaaaaages.

I used WI arun as I think acrylic is better for these things sometimes - machine washable is important if you are going to be using it a lot. The WI ones come in great colours and feel less plasticy than most.
Monday, 19 October 2015

Watching, Reading, Listening

Once Upon A Time - I love this show. It's trashy but I've managed to convince myself that it's good trash and now the new series is on Netflix each week. What's going to happen to Emma!


Sicario - Not the happiest film I've ever seen but Emily Blunt and Benecio Del Toro are brilliant in it. It's very good and extremely tense.
I love Emily Blunt.

A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters - Julian Barnes
Amazing book. It has all the emotions and is very funny. The chapters are short stories that reference each other in unexpected ways. My favourite is the 1/2 chapter exploring love.

"There is more moral and intellectual fodder, and more jokes, here than you will read in a month of Sundays... storytelling and teaching which captivate, liberate, and above all, enchant" 
(Financial Times)

Thursday, 15 October 2015

I Love Her

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Jessie Cave!!! Have you seen her cartoons? Yes, that's right, she WAS in Harry Potter!

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I went to see her show at Soho theatre this week and it's incredible funny, sweet and crazy.

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I want to read her book and I want the dress she wore and I want to learn that dance.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

My body is breaking


One of my goals this year is to go down a dress size and I figure I've got two months before eating season kicks in. One of my friends is doing fantastically on slimming world so I'm doing that. My other plan is to step up the exercise, so on Monday I did a kettle bell class.

Today I am still in pain.
Lots of pain.

I think it's good to push myself but have I just broken my body beyond repair? Or maybe I'm just being dramatic and all will be fine. 

We'll see.

I also broke a tooth on a Cadbury chocolate eclair today.

Slimming World Karma.