Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Wonderwool? How Wonderful!

Yesterday I booked tickets to attend this year's Wonderwool in Builth Wells, Wales! I am so excited, it's my first Wonderwool and it's very close to My Lovely Dad and his wife M's gorgeous home and B&B The Rhedyn so we get to visit and stay with them. It was his wife M (a fellow crafty) who told me all about it when we were last there for Christmas. She told me there are sheep being sheared and demonstrations about how the fleece is spun into yarn....how exciting is that!?

I also know that two of my favourite yarn suppliers will be there, Toft Alpaca - who are bringing some of their Alpacas (soooo excited) and Tall Tale Yarns who I recently bought gorgeous Canadian Koigu yarn from.

The Big One is coming with me and I am really looking forward to sharing my excitement with him, I wonder what he'll make of it all!

Prepare yourselves - there will many pictures!

"A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away."
- Phyllis McGinley 

Monday, 26 March 2012

Living The Dream...

Since I was very little I wanted to be an actress yet my favourite game to play with my sister and friends was 'Offices'. I loved playing admin, we'd make up busy office type things to do, answer phones, shuffle papers, write things and generally be very 'busy'.

I am an actress as you all know but it's very quiet on the old audition circuit right now and so I'm currently temping. It only occurred to me today, while in the midst of franking 800 envelopes having stuffed most of them between answering phones and transferring calls, that technically, according to my 8 year old self, I'm living my dream scenario. Technically I have nailed the best of both worlds.

It struck me that if I can only channel my 8 year old self and the glee she'd have felt to be both an actor and an office person with lots of admin to do,  it will help me get through these quiet audition free days.

If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.
- Tom Stoppard

Monday, 19 March 2012

Have You Met The Angry Stitch?

You may know that I am now the proud shop owner of The Angry Stitch Boutique, a bespoke cross stitch and knitting service. I design and hand-stitch contemporary samplers and frame them in vintage inspired frames. 

A modern take on a traditional craft. Here are a few currently available to purchase in the shop:

I have stitched many Angry Samplers for various private commissions including the backstage VIP area of The O2 Greenwich and the highly rated Rhedyn B&B. 

To see my latest projects including my handknit pieces like The Goldie Looking Chain Cowl (available in Silver, Gold and Bronze)...

...check out my Angry Stitch blog where all commissions and items available in the shop are regularly posted up.

Angry Stitch, Vintage Stitch...never just cross.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Tempting, So Very Tempting...

Temping today, I'm going to start blogging about the amazing things I hear from the suppposedly invisible position of Reception.

Today's True Temping Story:

Man: So yeah, I guess we started drifting apart and then..
Girl: Oh I'm sorry-
Man: Yeah it was tough, well, what happened was I was going through my divorce which was awful, really horrible actually and then she started saying she wasn't happy. She wanted a break so we went on a break about 3 months ago and then about 1 month ago I realised she was seeing someone else so..
Girl: Oh that's awful
Man: Yeah it was, really rips at you, you know but... all good other then that so yeah, I'm single so if you want to go for a drink, maybe next week?
Girl: umm, yeah...

Catch of the Day!

Monday, 12 March 2012

Spring is Almost Sprung!

The sun is here, the sun is here!! 

I spent almost all the weekend in my garden,clearing the leaves, pruning the plants and weeding, oh ma gosh there was so much weeding to do!

As a reward and incentive The Big One and I placed a rather large order with Crocus for all sorts of floral delights including some seeds for; plum tomatoes, potatoes and some amazing rare strawberries - yup we're getting productive!

Here's some of what we ordered, have a look at what they're supposed to look like and wish me green fingered luck that I can make them all bloom!

Pineberry Dream - taste like strawberries and pineapple!
Spencer Sweet Pea
Golden Margurite
Gladioli 'The Bride'

"Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilization."
- Lincoln Steffens

Friday, 9 March 2012

Gift Package!

The other day I posted up a few wish list items explaining that due to lack of funds these were unlikely to be finding a home with me anytime soon BUT 2 days after that post I came home to a package which contained that very same SAVE FERRIS tee I had wished for!
A look at the paperwork revealed that it was a wonderful gift from Red and Berlin, totally unexpected and it left me overwhelmed and utterly delighted. I hopped straight on Skype to shout and scream my hysterical thanks and promptly put it straight on. I wore it all day and it rocks!
What a lovely treat! Thank you Red and Berlin!!

"Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness."
- Richard Bach

Monday, 5 March 2012

More Want Want More

Jeannie Printed Pleat Dress

Carson Zip Print Dress

Black Geometric Surface to Air Wedges

MM6 Black Scalloped Heels

Wish List

I worked out yesterday that I have not bought any new clothing for 4.5 months, not one little thang! That has got to be a record for me...it's not out of choice so it's not a immense achievement of self discipline more an unfortunate economic effect.

In an attempt to inspire/torture myself I have decided to compile and share my latest wish list. Who knows, the next big job may be just around the corner and a girl's gotta be ready just in case!

Gold All Star Converse £54.99
Sparkle & Fade Chiffon Crepe Panel dress £58
Vaudeville & Burlesque Fit & Flare Dress £85
Save Ferris Tee £20
Rita Jumpsuit by Motel £48
Structured Skater Dress £46
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
- Larry Elder

Obsessed: The Rachel Zoe Project

The Big One has had to jet off to Toronto for a very exciting looking new music shoot and so I have been left in full control of the remote - no admonishing looks, no tutting at my sometimes dubious choices, which is perfect as I have quickly developed a new dirty tv addiction.

The Rachel Zoe Project! So much fashion I literally drool through every episode! I appreciate I'm a little slow on the uptake but I don't think it was ever screened here in the UK - I've found it on Netflix, three seasons worth...amazings! So far I have devoured Season 1 and am fascinated with Taylor, rather in love with Brad and full of envy for Rachel Zoe's wardrobe!

I love that you get to see the whole process of styling the best dressed, the programme takes you entirely behind the scenes to see the designers and their new collections before they have walked. I have found it amazing how little the actresses themselves seem to be involved, you realise they are essentially clothes horses at red carpet events. It makes you wonder about how often the stars themselves get lauded for their sartorial choices when it appears they have little to nothing to do with what they strut down the carpet.

Season 2 is next and I cannot wait to see more more more!

"I'm having a f**king Chanel heart attack right now."

- Rachel Zoe
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