Thursday, 21 September 2017

In The Window

At the shop I've got into the routine of doing one window each week, only in my mind, I haven't mentioned it to anyone! When I arrived on Tuesday the manager pointed out that the window was a bit bare as he'd sold some items. I told hi, it was my plan to redo it and he was heartily relieved - I literally got a pat on the back!

This window certainly hit the right notes with the people of the town, by the time I took the photographs I'd already sold a few things and by the end of my shift on Wednesday I'd sold even more. 

Without further ado

As you can see, it's quite a narrow space, I always think I'm going to knock out a pane of glass!

You may have noticed to the left of one of the pictures we now have a donation bin, I can confirm that people are not paying any attention to the "no rubbish" request printed on the side. Apparently it's going to be opened next week, I think the manager might be on his own going through that, I hope he has some very heavy duty gloves. 

Monday, 18 September 2017

Bump & Grind

When I got up this morning I felt disgusting, as though I had climbed out of the belly of some recently killed beast and was having to find my way to the kettle. 
Then Dan squinted at my face and said "have you got some kind of spot?". I never get spots, so something was clearly amiss (no, I wasn't hungover) and I had to take action. 

I love the Lush Ocean Salt body scrub but I haven't had any for a while as it's a little bit expensive, although I love it so much I do believe it to be value for money. So I made my own scrub in an attempt to remove some of the bumps and other unpleasant things that coated my skin. I used some salt, lime zest and a small amount of almond oil I found in the bathroom cabinet. 

Professional skin care producers need not worry about me taking over their empire just yet. Still, it smelled amazing and was suitably scrubby on my arms and legs. I even found some body lotion to slap on afterwards so if very much felt like I was as pampered as I can cope with, in fact I'm a bit shiny. 

I don't know if there's a coconut, apple, mint and lime based mocktail out there, but if there is, I smell like it.

Then I faced my wardrobe, which is always a bit of a mess, despite there not being all that much in there. The main problem are things like the bag I use twice a year when I have to go somewhere nice, belts, scarves, gloves and all that stuff. Then it dawned on me that two drawers of my chest of drawers were empty - and here I am drowning in mess like a fool. 

I swear, I am this close to being a genius.  

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Throwing Good Money After Bad

The problem with abandoning Em's quilt is that we then had to find a suitable gift to send. Not easy with a budget of around about zero pounds. So I decided to just finish the quilt, despite that one piece of fabric - right next to the binding that insisted on fraying. I took Catriona's excellent advice and tied the layers together and called it a job not-all-that-well-done-but-done-nonetheless. 

Flowers and other pretty things on the front 

Cats on the back. 

Out in the soggy garden

And that's me and quilting over and done with for a good long while. It's for the best anyway, we each have a sofa quilt and there are coverings for both of the spare beds. I don't want the house to look I've quilted everything in sight so a change of hobby will do me, and my surroundings, the world of good!

Friday, 15 September 2017

I Am Done

Em's quilt will not be finished, nor will any of the other quilts I have on the go. 

I don't enjoy making quilts. 

I love the patchwork side of it, cutting and piecing the fabrics, but the actual construction of the quilt I do not enjoy at all. My reason for making the first one was just that I'm not a finisher, I have loads of ideas, enjoy the prospect of so many things but I never see them through to the end. So I thought a quilt would be a great project. And it was, that first quilt, which is still my favourite was great, I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed learning how to do everything, choosing fabrics and taking time over putting everything together. 

As time has gone on I haven't taken as much care, I've just wanted to make the blocks, then finish, the attention to detail has gone, so there's no point. When I found myself this morning, sitting on the dining room floor close to tears making the gift for Em I just said enough is enough. I was even slightly cross with Dan for suggesting we send it as a birthday gift and even more cross with myself for agreeing. 

I haven't decided what to do with all the fabric and equipment, but I don't need to act just yet.  I think I need to deal with how I feel about the wasted time, effort, money and emotion I've put into these projects I'll never finish, but at least I'm not going to waste any more just for the sake of finishing.

No Freebies No Bargains

I wish I could say it's because we spent no money, but we spent lots, mainly on gifts. One of the bathroom quotes came through, it was about what we expected, no nasty surprises. 

I took in a parcel for my neighbour (the newish one), it was one of those recipe boxes. We had a chat when she came to pick it up, it was her first trial, £15 for two weeks, which is six meals apparently. Turns out they're a vegetarian household so she said she'd let me know how it goes. It would be interesting as a one off so maybe we'll give it a try too. 

But until then here's a few things I made this week. 

We had a fry up brunch on Saturday 

We used up some more of the curry paste I wasn't fond of and made a double portion of chickpea curry, also using the rest of the squash I bought from the market. With some extra spices the paste is fine. We had the rest on Thursday with some left over roast potatoes cooked in some spices.  

Two sausages, leftover from the fry up, turned into a very tasty sausage casserole. 

It should be a simple weekend this time round, nothing planned other than returning some books to the library, I need to start a spring clean as we're having guests at the end of the month (I hate working up to a deadine), I want to get those cubes painted and hopefully there will be a bit of time in the garden and finish this peasky quilt. Oh, and maybe fit in a bar of chocolate. 

Thursday, 14 September 2017


I am never busy. I just don't really have that much that I need to do on a certain day or to a deadline. Turns out that's exactly what I have this week. 

We went to see the comedian Stewart Lee last night and something he said forced Dan to have a realisation. Our friend Em (she of the record player and huge amounts of chocolate) is nearly 40, and by nearly I mean in 8 days. I'd been making a quilt for her but Dan suggested it might be nice to send it as a special birthday gift along with some other things. That doesn't sound too bad, but she lives in Germany, so less time for sewing. So this morning I have had the sewing machine out. It didn't start off well.

First block I started, sewn back to front. I also forgot how to refill the bobbin - mind totally blank, YouTube to the rescue! But I made progress in the end.

This is not the first time this has happened with this particular friend, there was the mammoth sewing session just before the winter festival last year too. I think I might have to take over birthday remembering duties! 

Du to a couple of other things the house has been very neglected this week and it is a total tip. Not just a couple of things out of place, a total disgrace - laundry spilling out of the basket, dishes not put away, fabric everywhere, hay strewn about the place. And I remembered to bring the display cubes home from the shop, so they're in the way too. Not one of my better ideas for this week. 

We also want to have a quiet weekend so I'm dashing round town this afternoon to pick up the other bits of Em's gift, plus a gift for my niece and something else that I can't remember at the moment. I know I could do it online, but we have so many independent shops in the town these days that it seems rude to not use them. Plus it will get me away from the sewing machine for a while. 

I also bought Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin (£1.99 on Kindle), judging by how thrown out I am this week it's in good time, my habits certainly need a makeover.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Through Another Window

No window posts for ages then two come along at once. 

I got round to doing something with the much neglected side window yesterday. It's a very tight space and the rest of the shop isn't visible from there so it's hard to get the time to make it look nice as I tend to work on my own. 

I like it to look a little different to the main window, but not too different that they clash, so I added a couple of splashes of red. 

I used a scarf as a belt for one of the dresses.

A couple of bits of bric a brac, the red pigs didn't stay there for long!

We have two sets of these display cubes, as long as it's not too wet or windy I'll be bringing one set home today as they weren't painted particularly well and they're already looking shabby so they'll be getting a layer of Dutch White paint to smarten them up a bit.