Wednesday, 31 March 2010
FINALLY I think I have seen what I would like to do as a quilt / wall hanging -
I have so many little scraps of fabric - many that are sentimental but random colours. I don't think I have the treasure chest of fabrics that would work together in a colourful traditional styled quilt but I think this one would be lovely and not look too crazy.
Found via Guardian and their article on the V&A quilting exhibition. This quilt is the work of a prisoner "Instead of smashing up your cell you can channel your aggression in a positive way. I usually spend about two to three hours an evening doing tapestry work. It helps you realise there are alternatives to committing crime”, says one of the inmates at HMP Albany
Makes you think - sewing is so medative and relaxing - you have to be calm and slow.
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
I am really looking forward this weekend - 4 days off, seeing le famille, relaxing, chillaxing, maybe a bit of gardening (bit too wet and soggy so not sure it will happen - not because I am a woossy, its that the ground will be compacted and I'll only have to dig it over again. sorry, I digress. again) and COOKING !! OOhh I am looking forward to having the time to cook some nice stuff. So, ideas sister ? What do you fancy ? I will have a look at some recipes tonight and see what I have got in the archive (teehee) but I found these - what do you think ?
Roast Leg of Lamb stuffed with spinach and gremolata
Braised peas with leeks, little gem lettuces and mint
Hmmmm and for pudding ? Rhubarb and ginger crumble with vanilla custard and I think we'll need a massive cake for tea won't we ?
I also fancy something Italian for Saturday - and trying some new stuff. Any other ideas ? Not wedded to any of this but nice to keep to season eh ?
Monday, 29 March 2010
I totally agree with your new year proposition sister, let's rally for the year to start now! I feel so revitalised and ready to go, January just leaves me feeling bloated, poor and a little depressed. But now I feel ready to take on the world!
A suitably cheesy number that certainly makes me jiggle my booty and feel like I can do anything...
Looking forward to lots of spring and summer adventures with you sister xxxxxxxxxxx
Saturday, 27 March 2010
I loved Nash, yes even after she told me (not personally), and the Norwich audience at her gig to shut up because she couldn't hear herself singing (don't make your music so ruddy catchy then!) but has she been away too long?
Yes this is the voice of fickle youth talking but well if you're gonna stay away that long, at least come back with another Foundations or Pumpkin Soup or Mariella, what is this Do ruddy dah aye? Lazy work Nash, and is it just me or does the video just look a bit 'done' - get over it love, you used to be my beacon; moody, stylish, eloquent (a beloved fan of annunciation), opinionated and ruddy fabulous...
This song is probably a grower, I will be raving about it in a couple of weeks
Friday, 26 March 2010
I have been coverting one of these for years
I acutally think this is so much nicer and original.
Hmmm might not be digging after all this weekend.
Hope you have a good one sister. Really looking forward to seeing you next week.
I am going to leave you with some Friday cheese - you used to love these boys. And now I do too.
Probably not in the way they want me to.
You will be singing wo ooo wooo oooo hoooo all weekend now.
("Where I found love with uranus" dirty boys.)
Ruddy love you sister xxxxxxxxxxxx
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
Monday, 22 March 2010
Sunday, 21 March 2010
Been ridiculously busy at work. The only exciting thing that has happened is all my veg seeds have turned up today.
I am bereft of interesting things to blog about so I will ask you to look at this instead. It's Mark Lawson interviewing Tracey Emin. I am not sure when it was originally broadcast, it might not be new. I do love Tracey - I think she is fascinating and so honest, but so important - its an hour well spent ! Actually, all of the Mark's interviews are worth a watch.
Hope you had a fab day with the boy on Friday.
Lots of love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Aside from the ladies’ wardrobe; bold prints and rich deep shades a plenty, there is predominantly something deliciously curt in the dialogue. Watching, I wasn’t sure if I was meant to look for meaning in the short crisp delivery, or accept it as a reflection of the times. But it certainly makes today’s TV look like we’re all cursed with verbal diarrhoea.
Monday, 15 March 2010
Whilst decanting nuggets of tasty rat poison in little feeding bowls the boy asked what we should do with the tub (budget bumper bucket bought as we are country folk). I said perhaps leave up in the loft if / when we need to put more out.
"but what if the rats eat the whole lot ?" I questioned, the boy answered "well more fool them".
Saturday, 13 March 2010
The positives - It's dripping with a sickly sweet (literally) dark wit
There's revealing saucy threads a plenty (the boy commented "what's this sexy vid your watching" it's nice that Gaga is now seen as sexy as opposed to strange)
Beyonce looks like Naomi Campbell - totally dig the yellow eye liner & Betty Page bangs
Awkward Thelma & Louise screen grabs
Virgin Mobile endorsement
Having to think about Gaga's fanny (at the beginning)
Gaga snogging a he/she, I think it was a woman, but still stop it, we know you're 'sexual'
I absolutely love it when acts make a real effort for their videos, and I think this has been what's turned it around for me with regards to Gaga. Her earlier work was arrogant and plain annoying. But now, I guess with money & success has come the opportunity to really express herself and pull out all the stops - I'm converted! And who'd have thought Gaga n Beyonce could be such an excellent mix, I love evil Beyonce! Totally covert the electric blue jewel embellished circus coat - my heart goes out to you!
Finally I know Gaga has lost weight what with all the touring and jiggling about, but there's just something about her, I can't put my finger on it - she just looks more stunning these days...Go go gaga!
Thursday, 11 March 2010
Yes, love the 'Deacon look' (ref moss on Rimmel Ad!) - I am totally with you - very wearable but a new silhouette for the season. hmmm
Do you get the Liberty updates ? WELL ! Apparently Liberty's are doing a 'Quilty Pleasures' installation to coincide with the V&A Quilting exhibition. Gush. I am soooo looking forward to seeing that with you sister, and we should try and do it in the next month or so and pop into Liberty's to see this too. oh sis, I could post soooooo many pictures from these but have a look at the liberty blog for lovely things and
The Liberty Print archive. What I would do to grab a load of this !!
Isn't this fabulous stationary chic ?
And the new collection this season has so many swoonsome fabrics. I know I should be making blinds but I would love some cushions and aprons and little bags made from all sorts of new prints. These are my favorites tho'
And finally, on one of my fav blogs 'the beat that skipped my heart'
has posted a lovely find harmonie interiure that has the loveliest wall stickers and a new pretentious one for my wall........
Love you sister xxxxxxxxxx
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
there's a bit of that ol' Maggie Thatcher Chic, my bedrock. Gorgeous flashes of coral under quite simple shapes with a bit of a utility feel but the collections a real mix of influences - 60s styled bouffants, Jessica Stam apparently wearing electricity as a dress, there even appears to be some channelling of Lady Ga Ga with kinetics inspired head-gear all besides over sized furry pompom bags with massive eyes. Its interesting!
And the models, well it was such a who's who and yes my current model crush old big lips Wixson was there! Although unfortunately her 'walk' did make me giggle, she's a bit too robot for my liking (stick to the photos love) flailing arms a plenty - you can really tell who the professionals are, you just have to watch them walk. It's like Beyonce in Sweet Dreams all over again, I'm watching with my jaw open, those swinging hips, really makes you appreciate the female form!
NEWSFLASH Flight of the Conchords are coming to Wembley in May - tickets are on sale Friday, I have reignited my obsession...
Sunday, 7 March 2010
I snapped this happy little pigeon earlier today, look he's nibbling birthday cake, it's totally like the best day EVER! And I've got a little of that wind in my sails (and that's not just because I had cabbage for lunch) myFrank Sinatra inspired tribute to Christopher Bailey's LFW Autumn/Winter collection (yes you might say I'm a little obsessed) won a prize on the London Liberty Girl website! Unfortunately we didn't hit the top spot but a LFW Mulberry cotton Tote bag will be winging its way over! Mega! So thanks for pushing me to enter sis, well worth it!
It's the Affordable Art Fair next week at Battersea Park, I've managed to pick up some half price tickets (by walking into a gallery...) so wondered if you fancied popping along next weekend? xxxxx
Thursday, 4 March 2010
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
You are right about Self - I know what you mean with his soporific voice, but it was really the subject I was interested in. There is another tonight, so I will be listening !
Anyway, this is another distraction from concentrating on a drawing, rather set of drawings and a dead line ! So, I will leave you with this - my thus far fav show from LFW (I know it is 'so last month')
http://www.richardnicoll.com/ FYI I like outfits 7, 11, 28, 30, 31, 33 & 34. I can't copy any pics so you will have to look !! Its an obvious 'me' choice - manish tayloring with very femine fabrics. Really like it, and hope the very different proportions and shapes will filter down to the high street and into my wardrobe !
Love you sister xxxxx
1. His voice warps me into a confused lull (this is not entirely unpleasant)
2. Unfortunately I can safely predict that even after a whole year's enjoyment of 'word of the day' I will still not have such vast a vocabulary as Self - I'm not sure what he's going on about...This doesn't make me thick does it sis? I know Radio 4 is meant to give a little more 'food for thought' but sorry it's a little over my head...Also I do dislike Self's reading voice, he should have learnt the text off by heart and spoke it as a soliloquy with some oomph - he sounds a bit dead.
Although yes I agree with the concept of art galleries being our modern day churches, we prey to many different gods these days, the boy to the god of football, you the god of cake and myself the god of America's Next Top Model/Project Runway! No I jest, religion has new meaning and a vast culture - Self sheds light on a fascinating subject, which would be made even better if I the vocab was just taken down a notch, to those with a more modest digestion of the English language.
Any way, here is a fuzzy snap of something I walk past everyday, it was a brilliant bright day today but you wouldn't know it because this was situated in a little basement flat walkway - planted water fountains! They have a little bit of the Garden Force "fill your wellington boots with pansies and muck" about them but only cooler!
Also, did you read Shazia Mirza's column this weekend in the Guardian, reminded me of our dad!
Also current obsession....
unfortunately I'm not sure the rest if the whole album is that great after listening to it over the weekend but she has such fierce deep vocals, there's something quite Tori Amos and Kate Bush about her and I like the cut of her jib!