Friday, 29 February 2008
Wednesday, 27 February 2008
Having said that I do remember feeling tremors back in 1990 when we still lived in Sheffield. I was sat at the dining table behind the sewing machine making curtains for our new house that we had just moved into. DD was 2 and SofM was a few weeks old.
I am still going strong on the 'No chocolate for Lent' kick, I am still craving but I haven't given in yet!
I haven't done any more to the quilting blocks I talked about last Wednesday but I have been doing a little bit of hand piecing on different blocks which I have enjoyed as much as machine piecing. I have also been knitting here and there. I did a few rows on 'Fizzle' on the way to and from Chester on Sunday.
The Oh! Bearded One passed his NEBOSH (a health & safety qualification) exams and he wanted to go out as a way of celebration. As the weather was suspect we spent the day in Chester which was lovely. We had a really nice Sunday lunch and did a little bit of clothes shopping.
Later this week it's more card making for work - Easter cards!
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
I haven't broken my 'No chocolate for Lent'. I crave some every day but I haven't given into temptation I am glad to say.
I've more projects on the go than I should have. I have still got the Rowan Cotton Jean waistcoat on the go. Last week I cast on 'Fizzle' from the Rowan Classic Summer Breeze book. This is being knitted in Rowan Cashsoft DK in a teal green colour. Yesterday I made the 'mistake' of going to Fibre & Clay in Knutsford and I bought 2 balls of Noro Kureyon to start 'Lizard Ridge' from Knitty and 4 balls of Noro Silk Garden for Design 23 out of Noro Designer Mini Knits. I cast them both on yesterday and have done a bit more of each of them today. Also last week I recieved my 'Interweave Knits' but I'm not desparate to do anything out of it at the moment which is a good job!
I can see why knitters say that 'Lizard Ridge' is addictive and each square won't take long to do as long I don't to make as many corrections as I have done so far. I had a look on Raverly last night at all the 'Lizard Ridge' and they were beautiful.
I am past the rib on the back of 'Design 23' and as it is done in stocking stitch it also won't take long.
In a past post I talked of plotting and scheming. What I have been up to is to start quilting. I've wanted to have a go for a very long time and I have started with a lap quilt. It is made up of 15 9inch blocks. All the blocks are made and I have started sashing them. I've really enjoyed the process so far! I am going to get addicted, I can just see.
Saturday, 16 February 2008
Thursday, 14 February 2008
I have recieved my Interweaves Mag this week, I haven't decided what I like yet!
Sunday, 10 February 2008
I am now on day 5 of 'no chocolate' for Lent. I can see why smokers have so many problems with cravings. Over the last couple of days I've kept thinking 'I'll just nip in this shop and get a Fry's chocolate cream bar'. I've had to remind myself I've given it up for Lent. I can't wait for that Easter egg!!!
I've not done any knitting but I've managed another 2-3 square cm of my cross stitch over the last couple of days.
Friday, 8 February 2008
Not much crafting going on today, rather a lack of motivation but I did sort out some Christmas cards I've been given. I will try to use parts of cards to make other cards for next Christmas, I am also using a tag punch to make gift labels to sell at work.
The other thing I did do today was get out my trusty Bernina and repair a hoist sling for work, a 2 minute job! ( we use a hoist and hoist sling to move people from bed to chair etc when they are unable to stand or walk, instead of lifting them manually)
I have rather fallen out of love with the green Jaeger Matchmaker vest I am knitting. I have decided it won't suit me as I feel I am too plump around the middle and it will make me look even plumper so yesterday I found a very similar pattern on the web but it is shorter so I think I will be frogging it and starting again.
Wednesday, 6 February 2008
I am off again tomorrow so I will try again to get up well before 10am!
Tuesday, 5 February 2008
I read an article about depression last night and it made me think again about how I am dealing with my depression. I had already decided to give up chocolate for Lent but it is also a useful starting point to try to deal with other issues.
I have been suffering with depression for the last 5 years and although I have tried hard to not to rule my life, it does. I have realised I need to do even more to help myself. Excercise, diet and more routine in my day could well help. When I am on days off from work I tend to over sleep unless I have to get up for something specific. I have been waiting for this to get better on its' own but it isn't, I need to take more control so I am going to start setting my alarm and make myself get up. I hope to go back to achieving a lot more in a day like I used to before the depression kicked in. On the days when I get up for work I always feel much better generally, unless the hormones are being a pain in the $%&^.
Excercise is a biggy!! I am supposed to do stretching excercises for the arthritisy thing I have going on but I am not good at doing them. Research has shown that excercise is also very good for depression so I need to be much more proactive. 5-6 years ago, when I was trying to lose weight I was going to the gym 3-4 times a week so I know I can do it but with depression it is so easy to say 'Oh I'll do it tomorrow or I'll do it when I feel better etc, etc. I have got to bite the bullet and go back to formal excercise 3-4 times a week.
Stopping eating Chocolate for Lent is a way for me to start trying to change my eating habits slightly. My basic diet isn't horridous but there are areas to improve ie. eating more fruit & veg and reducing saturated fat intake which should automatically reduce by stopping eating chocolate. I am also worried about diabetes and heart disease as Dad suffers with both of these which increases my risks.
Wish me luck and please keep reminding me of my goals, it will help.
Finally, photos of recent work. These photos represent the card making output of the last 3 weeks.
The baby card is a Papermania printed blank with 'baby' done on the cutterbug and the teddy from a pack of die cut bears.
These 2 cards were made from free papers out of 'Making Cards' magazines. I love this magazine for ideas and the free papers tend to be of high quality.
The red valentine card is also made from free papers but I can't remember which mag.
The purple card is another Papermania blank card with cutterbug die cuts
I use punchs a lot, I find them so useful and the most useful I've got are 3 different sizes of flower, 2 sizes of butterflys, a 1 inch square and 1 inch circle. All these punchs are used on these 3 cards.
All 3 cards feature this season's papers from Dovecraft and Papermania Colossal packs.
Sorry, this photo is awful due to taking it at work under artifical light this evening. These 2 cards feature dome stickers that go with the Papermania papers
This photo does not do justice to the card on the right. The papers used are scrapbooking papers from K&co. I love this company, their colours are so subtle.
Sunday, 3 February 2008
I am knitting, I keep knitting a few rows of the green tunic, vesty thing. I am also knitting a Rowan waistcoat in Cotton Jeans that I got in Hobbycraft's sale. I was well pleased with this yarn, £1.90 instead of £3.60ish. The only problem is that the back of this waistcoat is knitted in moss stitch and I hate knitting moss stitch so I cast it on and just do a few rows when I feel like it, that way I'll get it done without too much angst.
I've also picked up my cross stitch again. I have about 7-8 fairly big WIPs and one of them is Lanarte's Spring flowers. I've done about a third of it and this week I have managed about 6-7 square cm which I am pretty pleased about.
I am also getting into some other crafty activity that I am keeping to myself at present. One of the reasons I am keeping this to myself is that I haven't been able to work on it since I was on holiday because any spare time I've had I've used for card making for work. Honestly!! work is getting in the way of my crafting, it's just not good enough!! I just won't mention that if i didn't work I couldn't afford the crafting equipment.