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Mittwoch, 24. September 2014

Guess who's going to England?!

National Gallery  



 In less then three weeks I'll be packing my bags for a long overdue visit to England. I can't wait to attend the wedding of the lovely Lady M and Mr A and to visit some old friends. I'm looking forward to experience the delights of Stevenage, Basingstoke, Croydon and of course LONDON!

I'm hoping to take lot's of awesome pictures for Instagram, get inspired creatively and maybe buy some bits and bobs for my craft cupboard. On top of that I'll have countless cups of tea and coffee and lovely chats. I have heard that Dame Judi Dench's portrait is finally out of storage and back on the walls of the National Portrait Gallery!

Any tips for sightseeing and must-do's, craft shops and cafès? Please let me know!


Trafalgar Square

Mittwoch, 17. September 2014

Chick-lit by Lucy Diamond

I have been reading my way through Lucy Diamond's books recently and I've got to tell you how much I love them!
My first one was "The Beach Café" about Evie, the youngest of three sisters who inherits her dear aunties beloved café in Cornwall. 
Now, I have loved Cornwall ever since I read my first Rosamunde Pilcher book and enjoyed this book very much! In fact, I have read it several times since then and allowed myself to dream about running my very own café in Cornwall. If it weren't for the customers that is.
Luckily Lucy Diamond  returned to Evie in a short story called "Christmas at the Beach Café", which I will reread just before christmas to get me into the mood!

This summer I bought "Summer with my sister" without noticing it was by the same author only realising it when the writing sounded rather familiar.
Now I'm in the middle of "One night in Italy" and can't wait to finish it to get the next one.
Unfortunately the Kindle doesn't make nice cover pictures, so here's a rather grainy one of my laptop screen:

Go out and buy Lucy Diamond's fab books!

http://www.lucydiamond.co.uk/index.htm

Sonntag, 7. September 2014

The muscle called creativity

Creativity is like a muscle, it needs exercising. If I haven't designed or sewn anything in a while it takes me longer to get the creative juices flowing again. Even tiny projects like this easy-peasy dishtowel tote takes a lot of thinking!



 I like using dishtowels, especially Tchibo has lovely designs. They usually come in sets-of-threes and are not expensive. The quality is excellent and they come in handy for small projects.
So now I have to keep sewing to build up some creative muscle again. After all there's a wedding coming up, two babies slowly getting ready to emerge, countless birthdays and  less then four months till christmas.




Here's some more projects from earlier this year:







 











Samstag, 30. August 2014

P.S. Instalove News

It's been a bit quiet here, because I can't share my latest sewing project just yet. It's a gift to an avid reader and it's got to be a surprise!! Here is a small upcycling project I did for myself though:






But have I got news for you?!!! I follow Claire (http://claireabellemakes.com/) on Instagram as I love her Cambridge pictures and cycle jewellery and this week she posted buying a ticket for next years Blogtacular event. (http://blogtacular.com/)
Nosy cow that I am I checked it out and in no time I had bought myself a ticket. I have read on other lovely blogs about bloggers meetings and conferences but until now hadn't found the right one.
It will take place in London (yeah!) in June 2015 and I have no idea what to expect. 

Well, here's some impressions from this years event (credit: Will Ireland, photographer, made available by Mollie Makes):




So next year it'll be Wonky Heidi queuing up for drinks in London! If any of you fellow bloggers are going I'm very much looking forward to meet up. Please do get in touch.

Donnerstag, 14. August 2014

Instalove

For a long time I didn't get Instagram. iPhone users seemed to share their totally random pictures. But when I read up on blogging everybody unanimously agreed that you had to have Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, the lot. I drew the line at Twitter and I have yet to set up a wonky Facebook account but once I tried it I fell in love with Instagram.
For all of you who don't know Instagram, it's a photo app for your smartphone which allows you to tamper with your photos, gives you filters and borders and a lot of other stuff.






Then you can upload them to your profile and share them with the world. Like Twitter you use hashtags so people can find them. The more hashtags the better. On your wall they show you the posts of the people you follow and  suggest other pictures that might interest you. 
I follow crafts people and photographers in NZ and OZ. Now I see a lot of photos of dream beaches, kangaroos and interiour design.
My friend, the Lady K, gets fitness tipps and follows her favourite bands.

I found that it makes me notice my surroundings more in case there is a photo opportunity. I take interesting pictures and am pleased as punch when strangers like them.





Of course, I also wanted to drum up interest for this amazing blog. It's a bit like a mini-blog on the go that appeals to another audience. 



 
What I still don't get is the bikini-mirror-selfies but hey, if I had a thigh gap I'd probably want to show it!

Samstag, 9. August 2014

Mad about the book - Bridget Jones 3

I have to confess I was very reluctant to read the latest installment of the Bridget Jones series. I just couldn't imagine Bridget in the 21st century coping with smartphones, twitter and SPOILER ALERT ... without Mark Darcy.



But bargain hunter that I am I couldn't resist a good deal for the e-book and here I am laughing my head of at her latest exploits.
I expected to hate it and am surprised how moved I was by the 51-year old single-mother of two, struggling to get on with her live after her soulmate Mark dies in an accident.

Bridget has grown up - as have I during the last 18 years. The book is funny, poignant and very well-written. Helen Fielding is and stays the queen of chick-lit and this might well be one of my top 5 reads this year!

Dienstag, 5. August 2014

Sewer's block - not about plumbing!

I have just realized that I haven't done any sewing in weeks. I'm afraid my new job that I started at the end of May kinda killed off my creativity.
I only work 35 hours/week but still by the time I get home I'm only capable of ingesting food and  telly programmes. On good days I make it to the gym but some days, like last Sunday, I can't move from the sofa at all.
Totally normal I reckon, it takes all of my middle-aged brain cells to understand and remember everything (and everyone)  at the new office so that I can't muster any creative energy after-hours. There's so much to learn and get used to....

But hey, there's a holiday coming up next week and I promised myself some quality time with Sissi, my sewing machine. There are birthdays, weddings and babys coming up so I need to get the creative juices flowing again and clear the way to my work station.


 Sissi holding up the hat.


On the upside I can now recommend the following programmes:

Fleming - The man who would be Bond
The Bletchley Circle
Doctor's Diary (German programme)

There are some more book reviews in the pipeline as well, as I can use the tube journey for reading.

Enjoy your summer and stay tuned for more exciting posts!!