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December 13, 2010
…a ‘Merry Christmas’ banner made out of cross stitch. Or should I say a finished ‘Merry Christmas’ banner made out of cross stitch.
That is right dear people, I have FINALLY finished my banner and I cannot tell you how relieved I am. Sure it was exciting to make and an achievement that I am proud of, but MY GOD I am done with cross stitch for now…well until I start on the labels that I am going to cross stitch for peoples pressies. What can I say, glutten for it. I will give myself a couple of days off though.
And I need them. It has taken me exactly a month to stitch the banner. Thats 14 letters over 30 days, a mean average of 2.14 letters a day. I have done little else in that time. I have so much to catch up on in life. I haven’t started my christmas baking or wrapping. I have made no further pom poms and I haven’t kept this blog up to date. The only thing that I have managed to do a lot of since starting this project is watching christmas movies. It turns out watching television or listening to music are pretty much the ONLY things that you can do when you are cross stitching.
Anyway, ‘nuff said
So there it is. Success.
November 24, 2010
So, my ‘not drinking mid week’ lasted exactly 2.75 days. I decided that a hard few days at work and signing off the catalogue entitled me to some red tasty liquid. I tried to be good and abstain but then Ad reminded me that today was our ‘have a couple of drinks’ day. I’m not sure that we ever agreed on the need for a day dedicated to having a couple of drinks, but its sweet that he saw my need and made me not feel guilty about it. As a result of this (and my busy day meaning that I didn’t eat lunch) I now feel a teeny tiny bit tipsy. So, with that in mind I think it is time for my thought of the day.
I don’t think that I have ever eaten a Jaffa Cake without nibbling around the edge, peeling the chocolate off, peeling the ‘cake’ off and finally wobbling the jelly in front of my face before eating.
November 21, 2010
…is to not drink more than 2 glasses of wine/pints of beer/vodka and diet cokes etc etc unless I plan to get really drunk. It is just empty calories and makes me fall asleep in films/games/conversations etc etc.
Take yesterday, we were drinking from about 3pm, I got merry (Yay!) and then no matter how much more I drank I just maintained the same level of merryness. So really I might as well have switched to diet cokes after the first couple of drinks and saved the calories for yummy things like Jaffa cakes and marzipan.
I think this is a good plan.
In other news, I have got a little further with my ‘Merry Christmas’ Banner. Admittedly not as far as I would like (Mentally busy at work this week) but I am still pleased with the progress…
Not bad eh?
I think it will be finished by xmas, but I will need to be sewing all next year to make all the decorations that I want to. Oh well, its not like I don’t enjoy it.
November 16, 2010
So my 11 hour meeting made me miss the news about Prince William and Kate until now. At least I missed the hours of endless tweeting about how our taxes are gonna pay for it and how war is more newsworthy…dull. I mean those things are true I guess but meh, why cry and moan about it. Our taxes pay for everything Royal Family and if they didn’t they would pay for some other random thing that we would all moan about. Not saying I think we need a Royal Family per say, but we have one, get over it. And yes there are more newsworthy things, but William and Kate didn’t force it to be in the papers, sure they had to make a public announcement (most likely she WILL be Queen), but its in the papers because by and large we care. We care enough for news editors to decide to put it on the front page because it will make them more money. I know that there is an element of the newspapers telling us what to like etc etc… but this is begining to sound like I care. I don’t…much, I am just bored with everyone getting excited because they have a new thing to moan about. Prince William and Kate are getting married, good for them for being happy.
So that was boredom, onto tears.
I cried today because the double bed sheet wouldn’t fit the double mattress. This might seem like an over reaction and thats because it was an over reaction. However, it was borne out of tiredness and disappointment, so I make no apologies…well accept the apology that I made to Adam for going into complete melt down…It was a long day.
November 14, 2010
I really did. I went yesterday afternoon and I had forgotten how many lovely little shops there are and how pretty the buildings are. I was very excited to see that Angels and Siesta are still there, I spent a great deal of my teen years in those shops.
Another great thing about Canterbury is that the boot that doesn’t exist, exists there! Thats right, I have finally found a boot that will support my feet (wow, I’m getting old), that will keep my feet warm, that wasn’t made from an animal and that I like! Yay! I never want to take them off. They are really awesome because if I pull them up they are sophisticated dress up boots and when I fold them down they are casual, and if I wear them with my red coat I rock the Santa Claus look! Yippee!
In other news work on my ‘Merry Christmas’ banner has begun. I have stitched the ‘M’:
I am very happy with it, it looks better in real life. I only have ‘erry Christmas’ left to do! Well that and hemming it in ribbon and attaching it to string. Christmas is coming…!
November 13, 2010
Today I have driven the 3hrs to Kent to visit my Mum. She lives in Herne Bay. Its not where I grew up but its not far from there either. I love the drive home to Kent, there is something very grounding about driving through all the familiar sites and seeing what has changed and what has stayed the same. Its weird though, to see the decline of businesses. For example, there is a pub on the A249 that used to look like a pleasant ‘sunday lunch’ type of pub - I don’t know for sure because I was always on my way to somewhere when I passed it, which I’m guessing was the same for most people. Over time the pub started looking more and more run down, and then one Sunday when I was driving back to wherever I was living at the time, I noticed a sign that said ‘Live Mud Wrestling Every Sunday’. Now I am not judging (well perhaps I am a little) but I don ‘t think ‘live mud wrestling’ and ‘pleasant sunday lunch’ go hand in hand for most people. The pub had evidently tried a different, somewhat more sleazy angle to try to drum up some business.
It must have failed.
Today when I drove past the pub, it looked shut down. The paint was peeling and the building was moss ridden. If it weren’t for the cheap yellow sign indicating that you could attend pole dancing classes there, I would have said that the owners had given up on this building and gone to ventures new.
I think that maybe they should have.
November 10, 2010
…and not just sewing. There are so many things that I want to do of a evening and I just don’t know how to fit them all in. Not only am I on a mission to cross stitch all my christmas cards and decorations (I may have bitten off more than I can chew..we shall see), but I also need to do my xmas shopping, update my blogs, search for new bands, go to the cinema, knit my scarf, prepare my list of food to bake for xmas, catch up on TV and watch xmas movies. This is too much for one person to achieve (and yes I do count ‘catch up on TV & watch xmas movies’ as personal achievements).
So anyway, my cross stitching is going well. I have made 2 cross stitches so far…
I still have a snow man design to do too and then I am going to start designing my own. I want to make a ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS’ banner out of cross stitch and ribbon. It will be very pretty and christmassy.
I have started my Xmas shopping officially now. I have bought 6 presents! I have never bought 6 Christmas presents by November 10th in my LIFE before. It feels good. I don’t feel stressed, I have time to think of good ideas and find good deals. Christmas shopping early is the way forward. Having said this, I feel like I am just one small step away from being the person who buys their Christmas wrap and cards in January. I’m not sure I want to be that person. I mean I know its sensible, logical and cheaper that way but it just feels a bit too sensible.
Right, now onto the knitting…I think…or maybe some more cross stitching…or maybe I might start that book I’ve always wanted to write - I’m not sure I have enough things on my plate right now.
November 7, 2010
I know many will tell me that it is too soon to start getting things ready for christmas but I really and honestly dont care because a) it makes me happy and b) I have LOTS to do.
I have lots to do because I want this christmas to be a homemade extravaganza. So, in light of this, today I have begun by doing my practice run of Pfeffernusse (Nom, nom, nom)…
I hope my work friends like them…
I also took a trip to Hobby Craft and bought some cross stitch patterns for the decorations/cards I intend to make. I haven’t crossed stitched in years, but I have taken to it again like a duck to water. I wanted to buy LOADS more materials from the craft shop but it is sensible to finish one project before I start another I guess…
The only christmassy thing that I have been unsure of beginning early this year is getting my xmas playlist ready. Don’t get me wrong, I really really really want to start listening to my favourite christmas songs but I am scared that I will tire of them before the big event. I don’t think that I will tire, but what if I do? That could be a christmas disaster, and that just isn’t my business.
So to prepare or not to prepare the list…maybe I should do as I will with my xmas decorations and let it begin on 1st December (BTW I also don’t care if this is too early).
November 6, 2010
We went out last night to watch fireworks, and it was magical. The display itself lacked in length somewhat and the ‘firework technicians’ needed perhaps a bit more training with several fireworks launching in unexpected directions before the final firework of the grand finale exploded somewhere in the field. I hope no-one was hurt as there didn’t seem to be a St.Johns on standby. Anyway, despite this they were still magical because they sparkle and glitter (see my earlier blog for glitter proving the existence of magic) and you can imagine a magician standing below them creating them with spells. The only let down was that they didn’t have a Lord of the Rings style firework where a dragon comes swooping over the audience, but I guess in life you can’t have it all.
After the magic display we went into town for some drinks. It was really fun, we played the quiz machine and won £5, I got a bit narked with a McDonalds worker who just wouldn’t listen to me, we met up with some faces we haven’t seen for a while and took lots of pics with my new camera. It was so exciting, everyone loved watching the image develop and having something to hold straight away, and because there are limited chances to get the shot right, everyone made more effort! All in all a most enjoyable evening.
Then this morning we were fed a yummy breakfast by Sara before going to town to pick up my fixed iMac, Yippee!
I was going to sit here tonight posting the pictures from last night on here but I have been having scanner issues. They will be posted in due course, but in the mean time I shall sit here and drink mulled wine whilst watching the Santa Claus movies. Pure bliss!
November 4, 2010
AMAZING! I can’t wait!