Showing posts from August, 2014

Upcycling Skirts

Hi everyone!
We've been really busy these last two weeks so I haven't had time to post anything. But so much has happened that I have a ton to share :) First of all, let me share my two new skirts with you. T he summer is nearly at an end but the weather is still nice for a few days so I just have enough to take them out for a test run. The first skirt I bought at the quarterly TRAID sale for only £2. Not a lot of upcycling happening there, it was only two sizes too big for me, so I just chopped a bit off the top and added a new elastic. The photo didn't come out very well, but the skirt has a lot of material and is lovely and purple :)

I also may have a crooked line somewhere but as it's a skirt no one is going to notice.
The second project is definitely an upcycling project!
One of the girls from work gave me this dress. Not entirely my style but I like the bottom part with the lacing so it has potential. Before it went off to the charity shop, I had a go at improving th…

Tourist Tuesday - Winchester

Hello again!
After our lovely trip to Dover, I just had to organise a trip as well. The bf got such a good deal though, there was no way I could even come close to that. I didn't want to go to the same area (although I really have to take him to Canterbury one day) so I looked for other areas of England instead. The mark was to have travel of less than 2 hours from our doorstep, anything longer and it just gets annoying really. Plus what's the point in a one night break if you have to travel for half the day? So after many days of searching, I kept on ending up on the same place. I guess it was a sign. We were going to Winchester!

Winchester is a small town in Hampshire with a lot of Viking history. As we had just seen the Viking exhibition in the British Museum, it was great seeing some Viking history in the flesh so to speak. We stayed in a lovely little hotel near town with a nice garden (though WiFi was broken). This was a trip I'd arranged so lots of visiting was on the…

Star Wars Applique Top


After all my Star Wars projects over the years, I still had some fabric leftover. Not enough really to give to anyone as they were all cutoffs, but I did still have one of the plain black tops which my friend gave to me a few years back that I wanted to make something nice out of. Having gone to several conventions and my LOTNA meets, I realised that I didn't actually own a Star Wars top. Well, that needed to be changed :)

I used the cutoffs I had and positioned them on the shirt. I then used my usual applique technique (LOL that rhymes) and my shiny new sewing machine to sew them on. I am so pleased with the result!
Originally, I wanted Yoda to be on the front, but due to the funny cut of this piece, the back worked better.
I added the large Darth Vader piece on the front, and a small Storm Trooper on the bottom side.
I needed something with the Star Wars logo, so I added that too on one of the shoulders, the opposite side of the little Storm Trooper.
I finally have a Star Wars…

Tourist Tuesday - Dover

Hi everyone!
It's Tourist Tuesday!! A few months ago, as a belated birthday surprise, the bf took me on a weekend (or mini-break as Bridget Jones would say) to Dover. Since I normally book our trips, I really wanted to go somewhere where I didn't have to look after anything and I was not disappointed!

We did go on a lovely birthday dinner on the day itself of course!
We had a lovely late start and arrived in Dover in the afternoon. The weather was cold but nice (this was early April by the way) so we took a stroll along the pier. Blue skies!
One has to take some touristy pics after all ;) After our stroll we went back to the hotel for a nice massage followed by dinner and a nice relaxing evening.
Dover has a castle which we had to visit of course! As you can see, the weather had turned a bit nasty by then though, it was so foggy we couldn't see anything! And yes it was very windy too. But we were determined and battled through the weather.
It was a very cool castle though wit…

Re-Upholstered Desk Chair

Hi everyone!
I finally did it, I finished my chair! 

At the Knitting and Stitching Show in Olympia earlier this year, my friend J. and I came across this fabric and fell in love with it immediately:

We did our usual thing and bought one meter to split it later when we got home. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my share, re-upholster me chair! 
I had read so many cool and easy tutorials on how to re-upholster a desk chair, so it really couldn't be that difficult right? But when I got home and saw the size of the chair cushions, I knew there was no way that half a meter would cover it. So I could do one of two things: find a different fabric or buy more. Luckily, J. didn't have an immediate project so she kindly sold her half back to me (which was then used for sponsorship for one of my run, she is so sweet!). Now that I had my full meter, I needed the other supplies, most importantly: a staple gun! The bf was a bit worried about  me handing heavy machinery being clumsy as I…

Hot Water Bottle Cover

Hi everyone!
I had a fantastic and active week last week! I ran about 7K on Monday and Wednesday, followed by some additional classes on those days as well as my regular yoga classes that week. So super busy! Well I had to try my new shoes :) Yeah, and that's where the fun ended... I somehow managed to damage the area between my toes and the top of my feet so now I'm out of action for a few days :(. I have no idea of it's the new shoes as had to go half a size bigger due to my current shoes giving my blue toenails which am sure isn't healthy. But I'm trying to stay positive (with the exception of Tuesday when some MS symptoms flared up and I was very worried) and am taking this opportunity to share my shiny new hot water bottle cover with you!

During our last cold spell I got really annoyed with my hot water bottle cover as it only had one layer of fleece and I kept having to be really careful with it (I'm sure I have a picture somewhere). In a (happy?) acciden…

Tourist Tuesday - Hastings

Hi all,
I have so many pictures from places we visited and never the time to tell you about all of it, I have decided to host a Tourist Tuesday for a while. I have no idea if this will be a forever thing or just until I get my backlog managed, but let me show you some of the wonderful places we've visited :)

As per yesterday's post, we did actually have a reason to be in Hastings, but of course we had to visit a bit of the town as well ;) I'd only been to Hastings for the Pirate Record before so didn't really see a lot to be honest. Given that we only arrived at about 3pm and went to have something to eat first, we still didn't see a huge amount though. LOL yes it was a bit of a lazy day.... 

We had a nice long stroll through town though, and saw the beach at least. It was not as cold as it looks though very windy...
I also discovered various settings on my camera phone ;)
Due to the Old Town Carnival Week, there was a parade that evening and we just happened to be in t…