Update

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So I didn’t get round to posting at all in 2013. Oops. But in my defence I did the following things instead:

1. Got married. As it turns out, this took up even more time than we thought it would, especially because it snowed more or less continuously for the week before the big day. We hired a marquee and erected it ourselves so this was a huge deal. (Again, I say we but actually it was Aaron, his dad, his old friend from uni, a distant cousin and on one occasion my very hungover brother) The sun came out for our wedding day and made everything beautiful so all’s well that ends well.

2. I completed my teaching induction year. This took up more time than the wedding. Ofsted happened. I survived (I did better than that, I loved it) and I’m glad I can say I’m a real teacher now.

3. Got knocked up. No sooner was the ring on my finger but Aaron developed a twinkle in his eye, and now, the week before our first anniversary I’m nursing my beautiful son. This has been more work than the wedding and my induction year combined, and not always as fun. I’m loving it.

So now I’m making a concerted effort to use the time when the baby sleeps to do something creative instead of all this laundry (I know everyone warned me he would get through a lot, but I had to see it to believe it).

So from me and the little guy, see you soon with some fun stuff!

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Wedding Invitations!

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As I may have mentioned once or twice before, the chap and I are getting hitched.

Aaron has a well established reputation for being creative and well good at art and the such, so it seemed quite logical that we would design our own invitations for our big day. Without giving too much away, we (is it fair to say “we” when Aaron has spent all day drawing and I have spent all day reading Game of Thrones?) decided on a particular vibe when deciding what the invites would look like.

The theme (without sounding too wedding-y) springs from aspects of our lives that make us the special couple that we are (ahem).

Here are some clues:

Aaron works as a CG artist, making educational films about space to be shown in planetariums.

I love vintage stuff.

Aaron loves the stories of Jules Verne, particularly The Time Machine and 20 Leagues Under the Sea.

We met in late July, and coincidentally saw no less than 10 shooting stars on our first date (which occurred during the Perseid shower- look it up). Something as magical as that sort of stays with you. It’s a good job we get along, because you have to get married after that, don’t you?

Anyway, as a result of these tiny details, we have decided to make a bit of a thing out of “vintage space” on our wedding invitations.
I am so excited.
5 months to go!

Oh yeah, we put a moustache in there, too. Because if you could, you would.

50 Shades of Mistaken Identity

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We have just moved into our swanky new flat, so Internet is limited to my phone, which is mostly used up checking Twitter and trawling pinterest.

Sorry.

There will be another crafty related blogpost soon, once we’ve bought shelves and put stuff on them, but in the meantime I thought I’d share a common misunderstanding that had been plaguing me recently:

Over the last couple of months, people have been asking me if I had yet read 50 Shades of Grey. I innocently answered “no, but I bought Aaron a copy for Christmas” which earned me a few odd looks to say the least. Firstly, because the book THEY were talking about was only released a couple of months ago, and secondly, what does that say about our romantic life if I’m buying chick-lit-porn for my man?

Anyway, I finally checked and I can safely say that I did not buy a trashy porn novel for my boyfriend for Christmas.

Jasper Fforde’s Shades of Grey bears no similarity to the better known 50 Shades of Grey, except for the unfortunate title.

On the other hand, Fforde’s may now experience a boost in sales because of this?

DIY Hand Warmer: How To…

 

The chap and I don’t eat rice that often, so we always have a load of the stuff taking up valuable cupboard space. I wanted to dispose of our out of date rice in a way that didn’t make me feel guilty about wasting it, so I decided to let it live on! By being the microwaveable insides of a handy hand warmer.

I also put a moustache on it, because if you could put a moustache on whatever you wanted, you would, wouldn’t you?

Here is the step-by-step guide to making our little moustache hand warmer.

Step 1

Collect some materials together (I probably don’t need to suggest “nothing that will melt in the microwave” but then a certain well known fast food restaurant didn’t think they needed to warn people that their coffee was hot, and look where THAT got them) and cut into the shape that your hand warmer is going to be. You might feel a little more ambitious and go for a gingerbread man shape. Good luck to you:

Two identical pieces of fabric for the hand warmer itself

Felt to embellish

Embroidery thread

Machine thread

Scissors for cutting and whatnot

Paper stencil if you want a practice run before cutting into your fabric

Rice to fill (how much you need depends on how big this thing is when you make it, and how saggy or stuffed you want your hand warmer to be)

I may have mentioned before that I am no good at art. Since mentioning it to you I have not improved. I am not advanced enough with scissors to cut out anything much more extravagant than this relatively simple shape, which believe me, stretched my drawing skills. SO ANYWAY, I drew half a ‘tache and cut around it on folded felt. The fold is where the middle of the moustache is.

Et voila. Looking pretty good, if I do say so myself.

Next, sew your felt moustache onto one of your fabric pieces. It’s kinda fiddly and probably the hardest part of this whole process, but don’t wimp out and glue it on. For one thing, I don’t know what will happen to it in the microwave, but on a more personal level you are cheating yourself out of the satisfaction at having crafted something. Most importantly though, please don’t accidentally poison yourself by microwaving glue.

Once the ‘tache is secure on the fabric, lay it face down on the other piece. Sew these two pieces together on the sewing machine, or if you are really enjoying wielding a needle and thread, a simple backstitch ought to do it. Remember to leave a gap as I have done.

I always really struggle to turn these things inside out when it comes to filling them. In this case I left too small a gap, and in my struggle to turn it inside out I have frayed the edges of the fabric a little bit. It might alter the final shape of it later on.

Fill it with rice; not so much that it feels like a juggling ball, mind, because you might find sewing it up afterward to be a bit of a challenge. I used a sheet of paper to make a funnel, spilt it all over the floor (what a hassle THAT was) and then got my chap to hold the hand warmer and the funnel while I poured. Thanks, Chap!

Hand stitch the opening closed once you feel that you have enough rice. The edge that I have cropped out of this photo is the straight edge that I sewed instead of a lovely curve, because a) it was frayed from where I had forced it turning it inside out but mostly b) I really cannot sew seams along a curve.

And hey, there you go! Pop it in the microwave for thirty seconds and take it with you wherever you go.

Breakfast of champions

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It’s August, so predictably in Britain the weather is cloudy and grey.

Nevertheless it is the time of year when pale and pudgy types such as myself vow to become healthier and more active.

Furthermore, I have a wedding dress that I want to look good in, so rather than starve myself for six weeks before the big day, why not start to slowly get into shape now?

With that in mind I have eaten this beautiful breakfast, counted the calories that are in it, and decided that a fry up tomorrow might be the healthier option.

It’s a great dish if you want to feel indulgent and like you’re being good. Here’s what I put into it:

1 cup of diced cantaloupe melon
1/2 a nectarine
2 big dollops of yoghurt (any flavour will taste lovely, I used Sainsburys mango & passion fruit)
1 tbsp granola (to go easy on the calories, leave off the granola, but it is mega yums, especially when using Sainsburys Tropical granola with chunks of pineapple and flakes of coconut)

Life changes

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This last year has been incredibly busy; I left my job in retail to study to be a drama teacher, and it was an amazing experience. Crazy, busy, infuriating, inspiring, heartbreaking and amazing.

On Christmas Day my boyfriend proposed, which was the best present ever, by the way. So from that moment on I’ve had to really force myself to focus on my training and not float away to the land of Wedmin. It’s been a challenge.

 

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Garden check up

It’s been a little while since the last post; I’ve been busy doing some pretty dull things (working, commuting, eating, etc) but also I have been combating the dreaded greenfly that has taken to eating my windowsill garden. I think we’ve managed to save the little green pepper, but it will be horribly disfigured for the rest of its life.

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Last Stages

A lot has happened in the last two weeks; I handed in my notice, applied for lots of jobs, and got one, and started it. I’ve been a busy little bee. I’ve also been making my bestie her very own ray of sunshine, and I am finishing it today! How do you feel about that, First Draft? He's Cool

The smile says it all. I’d better get cracking!