Monday, 28 September 2009

End of Summer

Aah Good Morning, and it is a reasonably good morning, for a Monday. I'm full of plans and good intentions.

Yesterday I took a trip to Weston Super Mare, trying to visit the Mythical Beast Sweet Shoppe which my friend Camilla is running, but unfortunately we arrived just as it was closing so spent the afternoon wandering aimlessly, eating chips on the seafront and having cups of tea and icecream in cliffside cafes. By the time we walked back across the beach the sun was already going down which seemed suddenly so early after long days of Summer, Mike said afterwards that the trip had seemed like saying goodbye to the Summer, and it really did, walking back from the station in the dark, wrapped up in a coat, seemed very Autumnal.

Also recently I've been sewing sewing sewing, lots of boring alterations to revitalise my winter wardrobe, and also practicing following patterns in preparation for my next venture into dress making. Over the weekend I made my lovely friend Polly this apron (modelled by me, George made me do the daft 'beside sewing machine' pose!) which I'm really chuffed with, I've been planning to make her one for ages and it turned out even better than I hoped. It's from the book 'Weekend Sewing' which so far I'd recommend, it's got loads of patterns in and this one was very easy to follow.

As for the plans and good intentions, they're both small day-to-day plans and potential Big Brave sort of plans, which I've been mulling over for a while and am finally starting to put into action. I made the first small step last week and it's given me an appetite for Making Things Happen. More about the small plans later.

Happy Start of Autumn, everybody.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

The changing of the seasons

Ha, so after much fiddling around I finally worked out how to change the background, I like having a blog a bit more now! It's still not quite how I'd like it but better than before.

Since I last wrote I've not done much by way of creative stuff but I have a good excuse, that I spent two and a half weeks in China... Actually before going I did loads, made new pajamas, altered and refashioned vintage dresses, and ended up with a suitcase full of pretty summer things to wear on hot days. I promised a picture of my finished dress so here's one my brother took at the Summer Palace, absolutely one of the most amazing places I've ever been in my life, it is vast and incredibly beautiful. I'd like to have spent more time wandering aimlessly around, it was somewhat overwhelming.

Anyways, now I'm back in Bristol and amazing as China was, very glad to be home in my flat with my boy and my sewing machine! From September the first I took the Wardobe Refashion pledge, which means I am not going to buy any new clothes (charity shops still allowed) but concentrate on making new ones and customising old ones, only for two months but I might renew it depending on how successful it is! But the seasons are changing so it is goodbye vintage sundresses and hello woolly skirts and tights, today I've hauled out some of my favourite winter skirts which after creeping further and further up my waist (with each cm it expands!) have become unwearable, but I have unpicked the zips and chopped the tops off to make some cute mini-ish skirts that will sit comfortably on my hips, hurrah.

Also today I plan to make lavender cupcakes inspired by Seahorsetamer's amazing photo, and maybe some scones cus it seems like a nice Sundayish thing to do. Recipes to follow.