Thursday, 18 February 2010

One Good Deed... { Thank You Micayla! }

Ok so I had other ideas for todays blog post but this definately took priority. The other things can wait until the weekend.

Some time ago a very good blogland friend of mine put out a plea for help on her blog. She had a lovely photo of her beautiful little girl but wanted to make the background disappear. Now I don't profess to be an expert on photoshop but I am probably a little better than most and I thought I'd be able to help her out so I offered and she gladly took it. Thankfully she liked what I was able to do with the photo... she had a photo she was happy with and I'd been able to practise my editing skills and felt happy that I'd done something nice to somebody else.

And that was that as far as I was concerned. I certainly never expected anything in return, however the lovely Micayla had other ideas.

I've had a rather rubbish day today, namely because of a horrible trip to the dentist but this surprise package certainly brightened my day. Micayla sent me a sneak picture of it all wrapped up before she sent it and I've been so dying to find out what's inside it ever since. So when it arrived today it certainly but a smile on my face!

Seriously, how adorable is the packaging? That fabric and lace flower is just gorgeous all on it's own! So imagine how excited I was when I opened it to find this inside...

A little stack of fat quarters! The top one was gorgeous, look at those little birds and vine print. Stunning! With one that gorgeous I couldn't wait to see what the other ones looked like.

How pretty are they? Micayla said she'd found something that was really "me" and boy was she right. I love them, I really do. And, rather spookily they totally match another fabric I've had languishing in my stash for some time.

I had intended to make a bag with this bird cage fabric by Michael Miller but never found the right pattern and it's been sitting around in my stash ever since waiting for the perfect project. Just the other day I got it out and sat it on my desk hoping inspiration would strike. And well, these fabric quarters are perfect with it and I know now exactly what I want to make, a quilt. I've been meaning to do a full quilt for a while after I did a little bit of quilting with my chair covers and now I've got the perfect fabric to start.
Seriously Micayla, you couldn't have got this gift more right! Although I do now feel like I need to edit a load more photos to justify it. Micayla, I love you so much you really are the best blogging friend. XXX

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Be My Valentine...

...7 years. Yes this is the 7th valentine I'm celebrating with Mark. How did that happen?

Seriously, where did the time go? I've been a bit obsessed with feeling like I'm getting old this year. Maybe it's the fact my brother is now 30, the fact that Mark isn't that far off 30 and that I'm turning 25 this year. Or that many of my friends are getting married and having babies, that we're looking at houses to buy or just the fact that someone born in 1990 is 20 this year!!! We realised this at work a few weeks ago and I still let it go. People born in the 1990's are still young kids in my head, not 20 year olds!

But moving on to something slightly more cheerful, it's Valentines Day! We celebrated last night with a good old Rom Com and the M&S Dine in For 2 For £20. And very nice it was too! The plan for today is just to chill out, watch some films and have a lazy day. I've started knitting something new (and much bigger than my previous projects) so I'm hoping to get some work done on that and also I'm going to dust off my sewing machine as I've got a project in mind that I've been thinking about all week that I want to have a go at. Hopefully I'll be back later to show you how I got on!

The fabulously talented SJ is having a blog party this weekend and is currently offering chances to win several different prizes. My favourite is this absoloutely gorgeous woodgrain canvas... it's gorgeous. Head on over to her blog for the chance to download lots of freebies and a chance to win lots of different fabulous prizes.

I wish I could paint. I can draw, infact I got an A in Art at GCSE down to that very fact. I really enjoy (and if I do say so myself I'm really quite good at) drawing with both pencils and chalks but me and paints never got on. Maybe I should give them a go again some time.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Snow... {of the French variety}

Is it really only a week since I was last posting saying we were going away? This last week has gone by unbelievably quick but we've had the most amazing time in France. We really are so lucky to have friend's who own a place out there. The challet is just outside a little ski village called Les Gets, which is part of the larger Port Du Soleil ski region. No real photos of me skiing as we only took the little camera up the mountain with us and I haven't uploaded those photos yet.

However I had great fun, my instructor was fantastic and even got me on a chair lift with relatively little fuss and I can now even do parallel turns (some of the time!). It really was a great week, it's just a shame it went by so quickly.

The weather was a mixture of gorgeous blue sky days (like the day when I took the photo of the challet above) and also when it completely dumped it down with snow. Seriously, there was so much snow... I reckon around the challet there was easily atleast 4 foot of the stuff on the ground and when I was walking down the path towards the lamp post in the photo below I was sinking to above my knees and was no where near hitting the actual ground. Madness! At a guess, I reckon we had atleast a foot of new snow while we were there if not more. But atleast it did mean I could get some seriously snowy photos like this.

However, the slight downside of the location of the challet is that although it's on a main road the drive way is a private road and is up a bit of a hill. Normally a local French man clears it with his snow plough but it's broken so there was no way our little hire car was getting up the drive. This meant leaving the car on the main road and walking to the challet...

The photos above and below are taking half way up our make shift path, with the top one looking back towards the challet and the bottom one down towards the road... yes that little car is where we had to park the car!!!

Once we'd walked it a good few times it was fine and wearing snow boots meant it wasn't an issue... although when we first arrived in trainers and dragging suitcases I can tell you it really wasn't fun!
Ok so this photo is a wee bit misleading. We didn't actually dig any paths, we just walked it in our snow boots and stomped it down as far as the snow would compact meaning there was a walkable path and then tidied it up with the snow shovell. However, I thought it'd be a great opportunity for a photo to mislead everyone into thinking I dug this path... Hhmmmm!

We also bought a fab wood photo frame out there, so decided we needed a photo to go in it... After setting up the tripod I managed to get some lovely shots of us together. Seriously, I don't know why I don't do this more often! Love the shot below, I think that's the one that'll be going in the frame.
Oh and I managed to finish my second scarf before I went so I could wear it whilst travelling and Apres Ski... Super super quick knit with a chunky yarn that literally did knit up in an hour or two. The yarn is fab, it's thick and thin with variegated colouring so it creates great texture with very little effort. Plus, I managed to buy it half price from a woman at my knit group who was destashing... bargin! However, I love this one so much I might do another one in a slightly more subdued colour that isn't quite so bright pink!

I still haven't managed to get photos of my purple hand warmers, although hopefully I will tomorrow. I've been wearing them all holiday and love them so much I've already started knitting them again in another colour!