Wednesday, 7 April 2010


Some time around Christmas, my mum bought an embellisher machine. She'd seen them and thought they were cool. I'd seen them and thought they were cool, but thought they were out of my price range. So mum bought one for us both to share and left it at my house for me to play with. Thank you, Mum, you're the best! Here are the results of my first playtime...
I call this first one "Ignition Sequence Start". There will be embroidery and beads added before it's finished.
I'm intending to embroider daisies on this "lawny" one. The base is part of an old cardigan which had seen better days and could only have been salvaged with leather elbow patches. I am a scientist, but I think that would be taking geekiness just a little too far.
This third one reminds me of rock formations or Australian aboriginal designs. It is also needle-felted onto old clothing - this time one of Mr Q's jumpers which met an undignified end in a laundry related incident. Oops!

Also today, I spent time in the garden digging and planting potatoes and onions. I think I'm going to have to add some quick cropping plants too - I am not known for my patience.

Monday, 5 April 2010

The heart of the matter

I finally retrieved a tatting shuttle from the bottom of my workbasket and completed the Queen of Hearts motif from Mary Konior's Tatting with Visual Patterns. We've been to several weddings over the last few months and I'm all out of heart motifs to attach to wedding congratulations cards. It's my first motif for my second 25 motif challenge.

Also on the finishing front, here's the shrug I've been working on since January. The yarn is Noro Iro and the pattern comes from Jenny Watson's Designer Mini Knits. I fell in love with the pattern but then couldn't find a stockist for this particular yarn here in the UK. Kaleidoscope Yarns in Vermont came to my rescue with an unmissable offer at the end of last year - 20% off that more than paid for the postage. Here I am posing in my new shrug before heading out to dinner at my mum's house. How do you like our original 60s? / 70s? wallpaper?!

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Domestic goddess

I am off work for a whole week. Hooray! Next Saturday I will be heading off to Pembrokeshire to lead a fieldclass for first year undergraduate geologists. It's the first time I have been in charge of a fieldclass so I am a little anxious but I am not letting it spoil my holiday time. Mr Q is home from work too so we are enjoying some lazy days together.

I've been working on a few crafting projects - I'll add details in a later post - and have been reading and cooking and watching movies and cycling too. Yesterday, I tried a new recipe discovered in the pages of the April issue of Country Living magazine. Here's the last portion of rhubarb flapjack crumble served with a cup of tea for elevenses. I'd share with you, but I'll have to wolf it down before the cat comes over to investigate.