Sunday, 29 March 2015

Running - Starfish Foundation Breakfast Run & Picnic 5K 2015

Hi again everyone!
You're reading this at the same as I'm running my first ever half marathon... Yes, am pre-blogging this one, a post about a run during a run, feels a little like Dr Who hihi ;) To be honest, I'm very worried about this half marathon, but let's not dwell on it too much and tell you all about my 5K from a couple of weeks ago.

It was freezing outside! But I went and I finished, whoohoo!

Remember the skirt I made especially?

I arrived in style of course :) I look rather enormous here as I'm wearing 2 tanktops, 2 thermals, a windbreaker, and the event tshirt. But at least I was warm, sortof... 

I couldn't resist taking a piccie of the warmup. I was quite in the front so that made sneaking out really easy. We were all quite glad of the warmup as it was horribly cold. On top of that, my phone would die at the start line and decide to work again at the finish. How annoying! So 5K without music or app...

BUT I had a really good time! That's me there, think you can find my time? Hihi... it was 30mins 45 secs. I found the stats of my second run the other day, I didnt have an app for the first so have no idea what the time was, but the 2nd one was over 37 mins. Yes it's two years later, but I'm slowly reaching my goal of 30 mins :)

Quick piccie with the medal, it's tradition! Somehow the thumbs up always goes with this too ;) It was too cold to actually have the picnic there, so I took everything home with me.

Best goodie bag ever! The croissant is not in the piccie as I ate that along the way, but there was also dried mango, raisins, water, fruit water, cereal bar, banana, Popchips (I tried to find the baggie with my fav flavour but couldn't find one), small box of cereal, and a box of tea.

I was really glad I did this, as it was great fun! I now also know that I hate running when it's this cold and that my knee is far from happy with it. But I did put down a great time and even sprinted the last few meters which is a first for me. Fingers crossed for the half marathon then.... *really nervous* It;s going to be in Hampton Court Palace which is my favourite palace with amazing castle grounds so at least I can enjoy the scenery :) I'll post about it asap!

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Starfish Running Skirt

Good evening everyone! (or morning, depending on when you read this)
Remember the starfish fabric I found? So.... I signed up for the Starfish Foundation 5K Run & Picnic which was a couple of weeks ago (yes am way behind on blogging). I actually found a voucher where I could sign up for £8, that's really good for a race. And they would provide picnic? Yes please! Of course I had to run in style, but finding starfish fabric is easier said than done. Printed fabric is few and far between here, at least the fun ones. Enter the sewing show, and what do I find? Starfish fabric! Well, actually fabric with sea creatures but it was close enough to be rather perfect :)

I'd bought on overlocker (and I haven't blogged about it yet!!) just before New Year's and actually only got to use it now. I made this skirt with it :) Well, not the sewing together part, but I just overlocked all the edges to stop the fraying, it was so quick!

I used the same pattern as I did for the other running skirts, after all I know this one works :) I used a burgundy fabric for the lining that I still had lying around (with white overlocked stitching but who cares!) The skirt came out really cute!

Now I was all set for the run, only the weather needed to improve. Race details to follow!

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Knitting & Stitching Show Olympia 2015

Hi all!
Like every year, I went to the Knitting & Stitching Show in Olympia. I had great fun and found some gems too! (I've actually realised I haven't even posted last year's events pictures yet... but nevermind, one day that will follow too). We took an afternoon ticket as after all, the longer you're there the more you spend!

A car full of sewing machines? Yes please!

Totally selfie worthy :)

They always have dresses on display and this one was by far my favourite. I could make something like this!

They also have a quilt show each year, and of all the quilts I liked this one the best. I just love how the colours are done and of course the dragon is great!

This artist (whose name I forgot am sorry to say) always does wonderful things with silouettes. I just love it, it's so creative.

This one appealed to me for many reasons: it's purple (duh!) but also the little people in the basket all look like Princess Leia hihi... 

And this was my loot for today! I needed some sturdy material for a new yoga bag for the bf, and I needed something with starfish (you'll find out why). The rest are just great finds :)

I had a lovely day, especially as this is the one just before my birthday so I always get to pamper myself a little hihi... curious about the starfish yet? Watch this space!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Tourist Tuesday - Birthday Weekend in Cambridge

Good morning everyone!
It's been a while... There is so much to do at the moment, and not a lot of time to actually write about it! It was my birthday on Saturday and I thought this was a great time to pick up blogging again, I have so much to tell you :) Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start... LOL well actually we'll start at the end but who's counting right?

It was my birthday weekend!

The bf took me to Cambridge for a lovely weekend. I always wanted to visit Cambridge as I'd heard it was really beautiful, and I finally got to go :)

He'd organised to have flowers in the room of the hotel when we arrived... 

And champagne with chocolate covered strawberries, so wonderful! The bath tub was actually in the room, we're not having this celebration in the bathroom ;) 

At dinner they brought this lovely plate over as well.

On the Sunday we went sightseeing, this is King's College. We could go in, but I was more up for seeing the rest of the town.

Obligatory tourist piccie (yes, it's March 22nd and I'm wearing a woollen beanie!) with Trinity College in the background. 

 The architecture was just amazing!

Yet another college, they have so many... 

When we came across this sweet shop I just had to get in the picture the big lollipop hihi.

The Round Church

The canal, you can go 'punting' here, a bit like Venice where the sail you around in this gondola-type little boat. It was cold so we just walked the path next to it.

Look at all the daffodils! It's definitely sping! Or at least supposed to be... *pulls beanie on tighter*

I had a wonderful birthday, very relaxed which is what you need at my age ;) No but seriously, it was great!

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