unexpected day off

I had booked today off work some time ago to wait for the internet man to come and give me better TV and net access. I had rescheduled this but forgotten to cancel my day off, so this morning I was presented with an empty day ahead of me. So what did I do? Well like any self respecting fidgiter I filled the day with many activities and crippled my back in the process.

I spent several hours in my local (ish) fabric and knitting shops. I am going on a quilting weekend and I needed to get supplies. I now have a headache inducing range of fabrics that I am not sure really go. This will be my first time piecing a quilt and I am not sure that I have the eye for how to create interesting yet plesant combinations. I am always sad that fabulous though my LFS is they don't have a selection of amazing japanese prints that I have fallen in love with online. I don't like buying fabric online, too much of my decision making is wrapped up in touching fabric and seeing them close up I just don't trust it. I also have patience issues - mainly being that I don't have any - and waiting for pacakges to fly halfway round the world just makes me tense.

Having spent too many hours and far too much money on fabric, beads, wool, curtain lining (which technically is fabric but I got it from a different shop so it is sepsrate on my mental list) pliers, a DVD that had gone missing and I just couldn't keep looking for and a few other suprises, I headed home and cracked straight on with the baking. The result was an amazingly light banana and walnut loaf that will be easily devoured as soon as the light is good enough to take a picture.

Now I am listening to Carly Simon and editing my holiday snaps.

Do I have to go back to work tomorrow?


This is how my weekend started. It was a baking frenzy. Lovely.


Bumper year

This would have been a much less bumper post if the first week back at work hadn't made me such a grumbly moo that I was not going near a PC once I escaped the desk. However a weekend can do a lot to perk up this beast so here are my 2009 crafts and one that just sneaks in from 2008.

First the imposter. I saw a granny square bag on sale at Zara. It was quite big, too big for me - if there is space I fill it and then hurt my back- but I liked the idea and knew that it would make a tidy little dent in my stash in time for the sales. So here is my interpolation. It is a little smaller than the Zara one and the colour scheme is more muted but as a first attempt at Granny squares I am happy with it:

I then went sale crazy and bought a digital camera and so began the saga that was creating a camera case. The moral of this tale is certainly measure at least once, and then cut:

1) This one was a very snug but just about fit. It is made of Corduroy and lined with some scrap cotton I had squirreld away
The only thing wrong was that the case had no padding and I am a bit clumsy so really wanted something a bit more protective than this so...

2) fleece lined cotton purse:

This is not an action shot, this is as far in as I can get the camera. Far to small by about 3cm, which for an 11cm purse is an achievement.

3) Fleece lined again with cotton outer. No zip this time just a corduroy tab. It works, the camera fits but I was still not in love with it.

4) I am not sure where this idea came from. I have a stash of Hama beads left over from christmas Mario coasters and this stuck me as an idea. It is a camera case in the shape of a camera:


I spent and inordinate amount of time trying to decide what 'picture' to put on the back. Flowers was the most succesful.

Sides, these are meant to look like camera film sprockets and though they are not 100% successful I love them.

I love it and find myself looking at it adoringly far too much....


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