Wednesday, 22 July 2015

We've Decided on Forever...

Morning Lovelies!
Thought I'd drop in to tell you a little, but very exciting story... 
Turns out Piemaker is more romantic than I could ever have imagined!
On the 9th of May this year I turned 25. Piemaker treated me to a day out in London, Kew gardens no less! I had been desperate to visit, so I was already thrilled that it was my birthday treat. 
We walked for a while until we came upon the jewel in Kew's crown. The Palm House. We gazed at it and marvelled as it was better in real life than we had imagined. ( If you have never seen the palm house at Kew its the amazing building in the photo above.) I have always loved gardens and history and so Kew has always been significant for me. It links me to lovely family memories of gardens and my grandparents, as well as my degree in Fashion and Design History and of course my current obsession with my allotment.

This is where Piemaker stopped me and told me he had brought a birthday present for me to open here.
A little bemused, I opened it. It was a little wooden box Piemaker had decorated with photos of us, Pixel Pug and our little house. On the front of the box were our names and the date.
He asked me to open it...
When I opened the box inside was a little grey velvet box...
When I looked over at Piemaker. He is down on one knee in the middle of Kew Gardens, 
Reader, he asked me to marry him!

As you can tell after a few tears, I said yes!

After telling all our friends and family (Some of whom already knew, he sneakily asked my parents permission!) I had coincedentally booked us onto a little break in Paris two weeks later. This is where we decided to do our announcement photos!

We had a fabulous time! I've been to Paris lots over the years but it was amazing showing Piemaker sights and places that I love. We did the usual tourist thing, Eiffel Tower, Tuileries Palace, Louvre, but also Flower Markets and a particularly awesome bar called Dernier bar avant la fin du monde. 
Geekery Personified!

My ring is stunning! He looked on Etsy and had a lady design and handmake it. Its rose gold (my favourite!) with diamonds and a peach sapphire in the middle when we got home we took some photos to try and do it justice...
Those macaroons were from Monmartre and were delicious by the way!
I have now got 6 weeks of school holidays so here's hoping I can get some sewing done in amongst the gardening and wedding planning!

Monday, 4 May 2015

Completed: Coral Plantain...

Hi Friendlings, May the Fourth be with you! I hope you are enjoying your Monday, bank holiday for us Brits so we have spent it painting the kitchen almost exactly the same colour it started! 
(Well half of it was blue FYI.)
Anyhoo I'm pretty pleased with it and i'm pleased to say that the sewing drought appears to have broken!

Behold, yet another Deer and Doe Plantain!

I know I know, all the cake, never the icing! Well dear hobbitses, I really love cake and with my new job i'm finding this whole workwear thing particularly tricky to negotiate. This top could go under a cardigan and sneak its way in to work in disguise. I actually got a compliment on my green plantain at work the other day so I will keep these in wardrobe rotation until they fall apart. 
This i'm afraid, means I will indeed be sewing more of them.
This was all done on the overlocker and I have for now left the sleeves and hem with an overlocked edge. I love the shape of Plantain. Not too low, not too short, overall pretty awesome for my body shape which I would currently describe as "podgy".

This is a cheapo jersey from fabricland and  I love the textural aspect of it. It has tiny punctured waves which means it can be a little indecent without a vest top which I am of course wearing (scoundrels!) 

Stats time!

Fabric: Jersey from Fabricland £4 per metre so call it £6
Pattern: Plantain used before £0
Notions: £0
Total: £6
Wearability: 9/10 Simply because I have to bother with a vest top underneath.

Pixel wanted in on the action as per usual. He's been asleep on the painting dust sheet most of the day. But here he is doing his best impression of a sniffer dog.

Friday, 20 February 2015

The Long Silence...


Good afternoon lovely blog readers! Well, this is awkward, no posts since October and no real excuse... Ok. So lots of bloggers have a bit of a silence over Christmas but this might be taking the biscuit. So I thought you deserved a little life update:

  • New job? Going swimmingly thank you, but increased responsibility has meant some extra long hours, I don't mind but when I come home I tend to crash.
  • Driving? I got my first car over Christmas which means I am finally free of public transport! Should be a time saver!
  • Allotment! I became the new owner of an allotment over the Autumn and boy is that a time suck! But I'm already in love with it and the excercise won't kill me.
  • House? Still a million and one things to do no moneys to do it with
  • Teaching! I have a few regular students which I am really happy about but again it's the time that takes up on top of my 9-5. 
All in all this has meant pretty much zero selfish sewing. This makes me sad and I do feel guilty for not keeping up with my commitments. But something had to give. At the moment my overlocker is in for service, hopefully having it back will renew my vigour. 

Do you ever feel guilty about how you divide up your time?