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In the wardrobe / Re: Lost my mojo
« on: Today at 00:29:38 »
The only thing I do like about quilting is I find it very simple. There are few frustrations - sometimes it's a bit annoying doing something in particular but generally it's just lots and lots of lines... Dressmaking is horribly frustrating.

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I get over sleeve cap ease by removing it. I work out how much excess there is going to be and judge how much can go. I once had a sleeve for a cotton blouse with 10cm of ease. It was ridiculous. It's different on a nice wool coat but on a cotton blouse?! I reduced it to 2cm and the sleeve looked fine!

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In the wardrobe / Re: Lost my mojo
« on: Yesterday at 21:22:47 »
Machine is great! I think that's why I started the quilt because I wanted to sew straight away and not faff with all the drafting and changes and tracing etc.

This Sunday we're putting up the pegboard on the dining room wall which will require me to organise everything currently on the shelves. Maybe that will spur me a little. I also wanted to completely empty the sideboard, re-organise, donate stuff, and put it back with just the bits I need (I've been doing this all over the house, you should see our pair of kitchen cupboards - sauces, jars, bottles are now all perfectly organised!) so maybe I need to get on with doing the pegboard to try and get myself going.

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In the wardrobe / Lost my mojo
« on: Yesterday at 19:17:26 »
Ugh, what do you do when you lose it? I have so many plans, stacks of fabric waiting to go, yet I haven't finished a garment since October.

I've nearly done the quilt. I guess once that is out of my system I'll get back to it but right now I'm thinking of the 1 pattern three ways competition (I was just going to start with a very simple striped t-shirt) but haven't yet mustered the strength to clear the dining room table.

Maybe that's it... my house has been a mess since Christmas and I can't seem to get on top of it! We still have two boxes of Christmas decs languishing in the dining room.

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Oh I had so many plans for this but just not enough time. I'm committed to finish my quilt first and that's this weekend's job so I dunno if I'll manager three items :/

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The Cafe / Re: Ebay suggestions.
« on: February 20, 2018, 21:33:54 PM »
It's the same game, however a selection of the cards can be removed if you are playing with children.

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The Cafe / Re: Ebay suggestions.
« on: February 20, 2018, 19:56:51 PM »
Amazon's page of customised recommendations for me keeps me entertained for hours, for all the wrong reasons.

They once created a category (just for me) called "Read More in C Programming Language". Every single item under the heading was about learning Welsh.

They also decided that because I bought 'William Shakespeare's Star Wars' I would want to buy an 'Exploding Kittens (NSFW)' game.   :o

To be fair, Exploding Kitten is a great game!

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The Cafe / Re: The Rant Thread
« on: February 20, 2018, 14:25:13 PM »
I was really annoyed that BHF wouldn't take a really good condition armchair because it didn't have a fire safety label attached. Surely they can sell them as secondhand and make the buyer sign a quick disclaimer? It was such a shame to take the sledgehammer to a perfectly good piece of furniture.

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We sleep with the windows open too, but if I wake up after about 6am then the cars drive me mad so I have to close it. Around that time there's a car every few minutes.

Woke up today to find my backdoor ajar... Now that's creepy. Nothing taken or moved. We do usually lock our doors but of course forget occasionally. I am awaiting the arrival of my phone from the repairs today and on it I will be able to access the security camera notifications to see if the door was indeed opened in the night or merely left open prior to the notifications going off (we don't start recording until about 11pm else we set the camera off going in and out of the kitchen). If it's ajar when the recording starts, it's more likely the idiot boyfriend didn't close it properly when he put things in the recycling. But if it opens midway through the night...

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The Cafe / Re: Does anyone want my cat?
« on: February 19, 2018, 21:42:29 PM »
I've had some right grumpy horrible cats. And some very quirky ones. Currently Ziggy is the weirdest cat I've ever had. He's very clingy. He comes into bed and lies between us on his back with his little feet flopped over on his belly and will sleep like that for hours. Then when I usually wake up a few hrs before my actual alarm time, he senses it and has to get all close. He basically sleeps on my face. He's very odd. And so talkative.

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The Cafe / Re: Do you like gin?
« on: February 18, 2018, 21:49:14 PM »
That was my point really, but just not making the juniper that important. Either way, I guess the whole point is the juniper flavour as a base. Dutch gin is still in favour here among all the variants.

It has to have juniper to be gin, otherwise it's just vodka. Funnily I love gin but cannot stand jenever.

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The Cafe / Re: Do you like gin?
« on: February 18, 2018, 21:15:30 PM »
I'm starting to wonder why they don't start with a grain based alcohol and go from there, and not something added juniper to begin with?

Not sure what you mean? Gin starts its life as a grain based alcohol. It's basically juniper flavoured vodka.

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The Cafe / Re: Do you like gin?
« on: February 18, 2018, 20:41:48 PM »
Vodka makes me think of being a teenager, so I'm not a fan unless it's in something else. (Rum reminds me of when I first left home. Sailor Jerry's and coke at the pub. Snakebite reminds me of when I met my boyfriend, and gin reminds me of being in my twenties!) I'm now far more into tequila than I ever was before so I feel like it'll be the drink of my late twenties!

But I love gin because I think it works in lots of different ways due to the differing flavours.

Brockman's for sharing and pouring solo. Opihr for spicy food. Bloom for summer days. Cruxland for Sunday dinners and Zymurgorium Sweet Violet  with lemonade for dessert!

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Hoping today will be better than yesterday. Or it might just be the crown in a terrible week  :[

Tonight I am switching off from life 5:30 onwards. Going to stay with a friend this evening as we're having a grand finale to her TV-binge-marathon of Gilmore Girls. One of my favourite TV shows and she has watched it all the way through for the first time and has the last three episodes to watch tonight! So us and another friend are sitting down to watch the last three episodes with her for a themed evening... which means off to the American sweet shop in town for lots of horrible E-numbered "candy" that tastes so bad and so good at the same time. It's just what I need after a bad week.

Tomorrow Gin Festival with the boyfriend and Sunday out for a bottomless Mum-brunch that we do every few months with our Mums (bottomless bubbles as much as you can drink in 2 hours!)

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The Cafe / Do you like gin?
« on: February 16, 2018, 10:51:10 AM »
I hope it's OK to share a wee plug for the family.

My boyfriend's Dad and partner are starting a sloe gin business! I have elected myself as official taster.

Her sloe gin is seriously the best and I know gin! (Trust me I'm off to the London Gin Festival for the fourth year in a row tomorrow!) It's like a delicious tasting syrup it's just amazing. I get a bottle for most Christmasses and have to slowly eek it out so I have enough to last all year.

Anyway their gin won't be done for 2 years as they just planted 400 sloe bushes on their land and need to wait for it to grow. Distilling room is on its way though. The brand is Puddlebrook Gin and they're doing a regular blog to follow along how the works are going, I thought some might be interested. https://www.puddlebrookdistillery.com/

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