Monday, 28 January 2013

Some words, and quite a few pictures...

A belated Happy New Year to one and all. It has been a rather busy time of a late, and yet again this poor little place of ramblings has been neglected. SO, a quick recap is in order (with minimal faffing, else i'd be here all day, and you would be forced into taking a little nap) I will be brief!...

November bought about the start of my annual "Let The Christmas 
Panic-Making Commence". Starting with some cards and crocheted stockings for Zoe's shop.

The Love From Hetty and Dave Christmas window looking resplendant with festive cheer (including my stocking)

I went for laser-cut Christmas cards this year, rather than screen printed

Once the (inevitable) last minute rush to get things ready for the shop's Christmas late night opening was done, I could relax a little and continue with the baby blanket I was making for a friend. I've STILL not delivered it, but at least it's finished (I got a bit carried away with the soothing nature of the chevron stitch, so it's grown a little bigger than it needs to be)

ANOTHER baby was due at work, so a card was needed. I felt that a 
cut-work appliqué would be rather nice. A good excuse to get busy with my sewing machine for a few hours. Again, I got a little carried away with the amount of layers I was using, so cutting out all of the sections ended up rather tricksy and hand-breaking. But it was worth it I think.
 I was rather pleased with it

(Before the cutting commenced)

(Finally complete!)

The start of December bought about a rather exciting mini-adventure - To PARIS! It was a trip for my sister's 'special' birthday (I know, all birthdays are special...)

I got a little bit 'Holga-Happy' on the days when the sun was shining, but am yet to process the films. Another thing to add to my endless lists that i seem to be writing at the moment. I will get them processed and scanned in soon hopefully. They're are generally pretty hit and miss, but that's the 
lovely thing about them really.

(Very pretty buildings indeed)

An evening at The Two Windmills cafe (famously used in the movie 'Amelie') was a must for us. It was Happy-Hour too. What a bonus!

The new year started with something of a blip. My back decided it wasn't going work very well for a couple of weeks. Most inconvenient indeed. Because of this, I spent rather a long time on the floor, looking at this...

(It could have been worse. It's quite a nice view really)
However, due to the WONDER of the internet, I also managed to spend a significant (and I really do mean SIGNIFICANT) amount of hours staring at these beautiful folk...

They, rather generously I thought, all popped round on an hourly basis to check that I was doing A'okay, and would I like something strong to drink. 
I had somehow managed to miss seeing any episodes of Mad Men until this period of convalescence. I have absolutely no idea how this happened, and I also had no idea of quite how much of it I had missed! (It started in 2007! Where on earth has THAT time gone?) I absolutely love it, and am having to restrain myself to watching any more at the moment. I think it definitely prevented me from going totally la-la. What with the combination of pain, frustration and absolute 
cabin-fever, the MANY hours passed slightly quicker (It also made me want to drink Whiskey. Fortunately, I hate the stuff) 
Strangely enough, David Bowie also decided to bring me some cheer, in the form of his first new material in 10 years. What a jolly kind bloke. He knew it would cheer me up. 

The next exciting instalment of 2013 was that it SNOWED. Now, I am well aware that this is really not very exciting for some. However, I love the snow, and we very rarely end up with any at all in sunny old Bournemouth. I was very happy indeed. 

I was back from my Mad Men-watching convalescence by this point. This was my view from by my desk at work. Not bad at all I thought.

So there you have it. A little catch up. There are some potentially exciting things coming up in the next few weeks, and some other bits and bobs that I feel deserve a few more words. But those are for another day. I have given myself a thorough telling off for being rather lapse, and have instructed myself that I will NOT get behind on such matters again. (Until the next time, obviously)

Toodle-oo for now