Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Tourist Tuesday - Books About Town (Riverside)

Hello again!
Of course there was not only 1 trail with books. There were in fact 4 trails with books, but I only managed to do 2 of them. The main reason that the other two trails were really in the city and already I was having to ask people to get up off the bench all the time to take a picture, and some people were nicer about it then others. Having to ask that in the city and explaining the art thing to possible tourists was just too much. At least no one could sit on the eggs! ;)

The second trail I chose was the one on the riverside. This was super handy as the train from Greenwich brought me right there and I had to go past here anyway on my way to my next event. Perfect!

The books on this trail were: War Horse, Shakespeare, Dr. Seuss, Through the Looking Glass, The World's Biggest Flip Book, Discworld, Paddington Bear, Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson books, Great Expectations, Clarice Bean, How to Train Your Dragon.
The back of Discworld had the Discworld!

Kid sitting on the Dr Seuss bench, which I thought was quite funny.
Paddington Bear was even visible from the back

Shakespeare's bench was just outside the Globe of course, and showed lots of London.

I had great fun doing this, and had I managed to get up earlier on a Sunday morning, I probably would have done the remaining two trails as well. I didn't even get to see the Bridget Jones bench! There was another event where all the benches were put together before going to auction but I missed that also. The benches were just not meant to be found by me, I least not all of them. I wonder what they will come up next though!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

World Zombie Day 2014 - London

Hi everyone!
Am about a week late in posting about this, better late than never! Last weekend it was World Zombie Day, which meant lots of zombie walks around the world. In London, we had our annual walk in aid of St Mungo's hospital. It was great fun as always!

A wonderful photographer called Dave Pearce took this shot of me enjoying a 'hearty' snack (I had props this year!). I just love it!!

I met some friends as well, their outfits were great as usual :) 

We met at a different location this year but it made for some really good shots. I was super late so I only arrived at the health & safety briefing. There were quite a few zombies and the effort they put into their costumes was amazing.

I did get a few shots taken though, happily snacking away... 

A theater group even brought zombified animals!

Strangely scary clown zombie...

Office zombie (feel like this most Monday mornings LOL)

This dude was way creepy...Reminded me of the Saw movies

This guy's makeup was incredible! He was sort of a Pied Piper with lollipops and an mp3 ;)

Minion zombie!

Shaggy (minus Scoobie) zombie, he even got the shrug right ;)

Zombie bridal party

WW2 zombie, loved his sign!

The weather was a little precarious early in the morning but it cleared up wonderfully and made for the perfect zombie walk. It was much less of a pub crawl than other years which was great, and we all had a great time. Here to next year!

I eat to that...

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Tourist Tuesday - Books About Town (Greenwich)

Hello again :)
It's time for a Tourist Tuesday! A few months back, when the weather was still nice, there was another one of these things in London where they place objects around town and you find them. Like the egg hunt at the time. Only this time, they chose books!

About 50 books were chosen and as usual there was a map that you could follow to find them all. I had a great time doing this! Below is the result of the Books About Town in Greenwich:

The books were: The Time Machine, The Railway Children, Elmer the Elephant, The Canterbury Tales, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Captain Scott's Autobiography, Samuel Pepys' Diary,, Dr. Samuel Johnson's Dictionary, The Jungle Book, On The Origins of Species, and We're Going on a Bear Hunt.

This one took me a while as it was on top of the Observatory, and when I got there people were sitting on it not knowing it was part of the trail, with a queue of people waiting for them to get up. It did make for this cool photo opp like someone is actually sitting in the Time Machine ;)

The back of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy book was amazing as well, I loved the 42 number there, LOL

This was one course out of 4, and I had a lovely stroll through Greenwich as well. I don't visit much there because it's quite a trek to get there. The weather was great though and I saw some wonderfully touristy things. But more on that next week for more Tourist Tuesday!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Ally Pally Knitting & Stitching Show 2014

Heyhey everyone!
It's been a super busy weekend! I haven't actually created anything as such, but I did do a lot of things. It all started off on Thursday when I had the day off and went to the Knitting & Stitching Show in Alexandra Palace. I managed to only spend a tiny bit but got some really nice things. I didn't take a piccie of my purchases, but it was the bag's first outing and of course I got some pics of that :)

I went with a friend, and we bought an afternoon ticket. Cheaper so we'd have more to spend on stuff, and with less time there would be less time to go back and buy something just for the sake of it. It actually worked!

In the entrance hall was the annual knitting picnic. This year there was a flower gazebo, it looked amazing!

Once inside we spent some time looking at all the artists' work. I came across this felted dress, it look fantastic, just check out that collar!

This was another creation. Maybe I should really knit more ;)

I wore my nerdy cross stitch Star Trek tshirt for the ocassion. Do you get it?

And I brought the new bag! It was fantastic, so handy that I didnt have to carry any plastic bags, and strong enough that I didnt have to worry about breakages. I love it!! And am definitely keeping the bow ;)

We actually didn't spend the full 4 hours at the show, but we were close. Once we were back, it was time for tea and homemade red velvet cupcakes, yumm!!

The show was a great success. I got the things I needed to make an iron caddy (which I totally wanted to do today but didn't actually got around to it), I got some really nice Halloween fabrics (I was good, only got 2 pieces!), some super cool nerdy cotton to make a skirt, and really cool jersey fabric which I will hopefully turn into a dress at some point. Plus my friend needed to get rid of some stuff so I got some amazing 70s fabrics as well. It was a lovely day with great results :) Now all I have to do it make stuff with the fabrics I bought! Although one of the Halloween bits is looking to become a wall-hanging for the time being it is that great, but let's see what happens.... Watch this space!

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Enormous Craft Bag

Hi everyone!
Finally my craft bag is finished!! I wanted to make a large bag to carry my crafts around, whether it be to sewing group or bring along to a sewing show to not have to carry all those purchases in lots of plastic bags. This project has been on my pile of UFOs for a while now and I was finally hit by the inspiration fairy :)

I love how it came out!

Small background story: a long long time ago in a galaxy far away... LOL nah just in the outskirts of London at Hobbycraft, I found this fabric on sale. I immediately loved it, so I bought one meter (this way when I still bought whole meters and thought I would actually use it all!) and planned on a cool bag. That was many moons ago and since then I have not just fallen out of love with it, I have plummeted. It doesn't have purple ;) Somehow the colour scheme really annoyed me and I never really used it since. Until one day I started making the scissor socks and used some of this fabric for them, it was after all perfectly themed for that kind of project. While going through my stash, I found this wonderfully cute measuring tape fabric that I'd bought at one of the sewing shows. Again, they weren't really my colours but it had a good price and I bought it on a whim. Good thing I did because they two just kind of came together. The bow is a different story. I always wanted to use this ribbon on this bag but in a different way. Now with the new top bit of the bag, the ribbon idea had to be changed. I ended up with this bow with some cute embellishments. I wasn't sure in the beginning if it was a good idea, but now I love it. The bag gets really big when full and then the bow gets smaller ;) But enough of my ramblings, I took some detailed pics too of course:

I LOVE coloured zippers! This blue is pretty much the same as the blue in the fabric which is great, and I also found this cute scissor button in orange! I once bought teensy split rings on ebay and used those to attach the button to the zipper.

So the scissors 'cut' the zipper open when you pull it. I think it's genius! You may or may not notice that the handles have two different colours (one marooney, one purpley). This actually has a reason, which is that I bought these exact fabrics to go with plan A re the ribbon. Now that the plan has changed, I still wanted to use the chosen fabrics and this was the best way. Plus I now have a tiny bit of purple ;) The inside of the handles have cord that I also had in my stash.

Yes I love the bow. One of my friends told me 'this is not a subtle bag'. It's very true but then it's not supposed to be subtle ;) I made the bow, and then sewed on a disc of the measuring tape fabric and three yoyos that I had in my yoyo stash (yes, I have a yoyo stash). On top there is a tiny button in the shape of a spool of thread. In blue to match the bag.

During our annual fabric shopping trip with the sewing group, I found a remnant of this green polka dot fabric and it was perfect for the inside of the bag.

The pattern I used was a scaled version of the tiny clutch bag by From an Igloo. Luckily it was already cut as that pattern can now only be access by the blog owners request whose contact details I can't find anywhere... 

I absolutely love this bag. It's had its first outing (more on that later) and it's proven its worth already. I took it to the sewing show a few days ago and it was brilliant.

This just goes to show that using up current stash is actually a really good idea :) Somehow this project turned into quite the stash buster. I'm slowly getting through my fabrics and actually end up with some really great things. Fingers crossed for more excellent projects soon!

UPDATE: My bag was featured on A Round Tuit :) *very proud*

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Cross Stitch WIP - Yet Another Update

Hi everyone!
It's been about a week without postings, I've even missed the Tourist Tuesdays! Hopefully soon I will be able to spend lots of time on my lovely blog, but for now I wanted to show you what I've been doing. Do you remember the Haunted House Cross Stitch? I've been working on this on and off and mostly at sewing group. However, as my wonderful friend has moved to Australia for a year and she kindly hinted that it really should be done by the time she gets back, means I only have another 7 months or so. Time to get cracking! So I now bring it to work and work on it during lunch time as well and sometimes a tiny bit in the evening before leaving for whatever sports class I have that day. Progress-to-date: 

It's getting there! 

There is still a whole bit to the bottom left I have to do, but I'm on the last page of the pattern (yay!) and once all the cross stitching is done, there will be the back stitching. But I'm really seeing progress now. :) 

I'll keep you posted on this continues!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Winners of the Halloween Onesie Giveaway

Hi everyone!
A few days delayed, but I can finally announce the winner of the Halloween Onesie Giveaway :) 

I used to have the comments numbered, but with all the different choices selecting the winner with a bit more style was needed ;) So I added everyone's names in the bowl of their choice...

...and randomly chose a number out of the bowl.

 So without further ado, the winners are:

Onesie #1: the winner is: 


Onesie #2: the winner is:


Onesie #3: (this was a popular one!), the winner is:

Shannon F!

Onesie #4: the winner is:


I will be contacting the winner separately as well to get postal addresses etc. Thank you everyone for entering, this giveaway was great fun to host :) I hope you all got the right choices, I don't think I've mixed up anything...

There will be another one for Christmas so please come back then!
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