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In the wardrobe / Not normally my kind of thing
« on: November 18, 2017, 11:32:37 AM »
But I quite like it. Simplicity 1080.  This is the tunic top.  I made some denim capris earlier in the year (same fabric as the pockets) but they’re not really high waisted enough for my tastes.  So the tunic solves that problem, plus used up a bit of stash and is a kind of wearable toile as I wouldn’t mind making the dress, version A.  There’s actually few fitting issues, it’s graded xs to xl rather than 12, 14 etc so I made it for my full bust measurement and took out some excess around the neckline and that was it.

The Cafe / ‘Living in interesting times’
« on: November 18, 2017, 00:48:01 AM »
This was I think an old Chinese curse.  I’ve one good friend in the morgue awaiting her funeral next Friday and I really feel rather emotional.  This week has been tough.  Another friend gets married tomorrow and of course I am there for her too.  I had to have my last blood test today to see whether my dreaded disease is making a re-appearance or not but results were late, so I guess it will be Monday before I know.  I thought I was on the verge of a new romance.  Maybe I am, but I just haven’t got the emotional wherewithal right now.  If compatibility relies on being able to name all of Shakespeare’s plays then we are just sooo there.  And he is going to pick me up a Christmas tree when he gets his own and try to make it Thug proof. I didn’t finish work until 10pm this evening so went to the wine bar to try and unwind.  And then just as I was crossing over to the other side (literally crossing the canal, not *that* side, I don’t think I am quite ready for that just yet) out of the corner of my eye I saw the security guard, clearly returning home.  It’s been a long time since our paths crossed.   I know that to some this will mean nothing, but some TSFers will remember.  If life was a soap the credits would have probably rolled at this point.   Instead a bloody great big swan got in my way and I nearly fell over it. 

In the wardrobe / Simplicity 1166
« on: October 29, 2017, 21:25:26 PM »
Simplicity has become quite cool recently.  Depending on your tastes of course.  I made the blouse.  (I made the skirt too but for reasons I won’t go into totally messed it up and it ended up 3 sizes too small.  My mistake, not theirs).  It’s a 1950s vintage pattern and I am quite pleased with it. I love the oversized collar.  Reviews suggested that it is not quite as blouson as indicated on the pattern so I made for full rather than high bust and pinched out some fullness from the back.  Given that there is 13in between my bust and waist I wouldn’t say that the reviewers are wrong.  But I am happy with the tie as I can move around without my midriff being on show, it’s longer than the average blouse that ties in at the waist and will also tuck into a skirt nicely without.  I’ve never done a blouse where the sleeve goes in on a triangle like this and when it didn’t sit properly thought that was the problem and faffed around for ages.  Muv turned up and said that dart was too low from the side seam although it finished at the right point and, strangely, she was right and once that was corrected it fitted good!  Anyone would think she knew a bit about dressmaking .......  ;)     

Patterns & Fitting / Colette
« on: October 28, 2017, 12:53:11 PM »
Hmm I am wondering whether there are things afoot here.  Now I personally get on well with Colette, their patterns tend to fit me with the minimum amount of tweaking and I like their designs.  However there’s no getting away from the fact they’ve had a bad year with lots of negative reviews and, what must have really stung, launched a dress pattern that had to be reprinted.  So as someone who kind of follows them, I can’t help but note that there’s been nothing on their blog for a month, very unusual, and their latest pattern, the Claudette dress, has been launched with barely a whimper whereas normally they’re all about the sewalongs, the ‘hacks’, the FBA tutorials etc.  Gertie is usually one of their staunchest supporters but as she has got her own patterns to sell now I guess she’s not going to be as vociferous?  An interesting silence methinks .....   

The Cafe / I said I liked colour
« on: October 27, 2017, 19:54:06 PM »
And colour I am getting! 

Kitchen coming on well.  Still a bit more work, mostly walls to be painted and the dining end to be sorted.   The tiler got delayed and there were a few issues and I was getting a bit despondent but muv read him her infamous Riot Act and lo and behold he appeared! 
Toby the Thug is now home from his holidays and is slightly bemused because there isn’t a trace of him in the kitchen.  Yet.  But he’s working on it.  His nose is presently in overdrive.   
I came home from work a few hours ago and once I had decided I hadn’t been burgled and I really did leave my bedroom that way this morning (I’ve returned to my teenage years it seems) I’ve got on with a bit of filling cupboards/unpacking.  I’m having one of those 1960s kind of kitsch bars delivered tomorrow too for my sitting room.  It’s all rather fun (until the bills come in!). 
And to recover - I’m off to the wine bar!   :) :toast:

The Cafe / This is the week
« on: October 15, 2017, 23:49:21 PM »
I get my new kitchen.  I flipping can't wait.  Here are some photos.  A real 1980s MFI job I think, and 7 months without cooking coming to an end.  I am no Nigella, but I do like to bake a cake now and then and garlic bread cannot be microwaved!  It's going to take all week although muv is supervising,  I am working, and to repeat the electrician a few months before, the only reason Rome wasn't built in a day was because she wasn't the site manager.  So I am kind of hopeful it will be done on schedule although we seem to have the small matter of Hurricane Ophelia about to land, this will probably affect me more than the workers and will effectively mean I don't get to go home, possibly not a bad thing whilst the chaos rules.
I've just come back from a hen weekend staying in a "glamping" site.  I am not very good at these camping things, glamping is a contradiction to me.  I want to stay in hotels and have spas and lots of wine and champagne and dress up and exchange lots of gossip whilst giggling and .....    I think I ran out twice shrieking that there was a spider, and threw my vanity case to the floor demanding that a caterpillar be removed (turns out it was a snipped off overlocker chain  :|).  We went to bed at 10pm last night so that we could be up at 7am to go yomping and horse riding.  I am not sure why I agreed to this one. The only times I ever see 7am on a Sunday morning is when I am working and HAVE to get up, or else returning home.   ;)
It doesn't seem to be going terribly well with the boyfriend either.  Living 55 miles apart and on opposite shifts was never going to be easy.  It is probably (no 'probably' about it according to my great aunt) that we cannot bring ourselves to talk about one of us putting in for a change of shift pattern for fear of it being 'too heavy' but we can, apparently, go rushing into 'intimate relations' without thinking it through.  Well I take her point, but asking someone to change their whole shift pattern (or offering to do it yourself - and this means a whole change of of working with your colleagues whom you have come to trust (usually) and get to know - is rather a big deal.  You just want things to take their natural path.  Doing shifts makes you either have to commit too early or fall by the wayside it feels to me right now.  But then that's me having spent the weekend 'glamping' and now in a building site.  Bring on work, it's beginning to have its attractions.  0_0 0_0

For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Free to a good home!
« on: September 24, 2017, 14:01:21 PM »
I've had this 2.2m/65in wide (yes mixing my imperial and metrics I know!) piece of fleece for about four years.  I can't think what I thought I was going to make with it, or why I ever thought that walking around with skulls on was a good idea.  I don't even like fleece!  Anyway it did occur to me that it might make something hallowe'en style, perhaps for children.  So rather than pretend I am going to use it I am instead offering it to someone who might make good use of it.   Let me know if anyone is interested. 

The Cafe / A big thank you
« on: September 09, 2017, 17:52:32 PM »
For my birthday wishes and being with me in spirit on my cruise :D  That is how it has felt at least.  It has been great catching up with your comments.  We are on our way back to Southampton now, and I am looking forward to being home and who wouldn't when you've got this one waiting!! This is the third holiday I've taken solo, I've also been to New York and Greece (Crete) and enjoyed them too although I think I've left a bit of my heart in Norway, it is so very beautiful.  But you are quite right Gernella, perhaps I am not cut out for being isolated in the mid winter.  I didn't buy a reindeer skin but I think Toby the Thug would indeed have liked it.  I am tempted to do a Northern Lights cruise next year.  People often say that I am 'brave' going away on my own, but really going on a P&O cruise where everything is laid on for you isn't exactly the same as backpacking around a country where you don't speak their language.  But I am not going to lie, you do have to try harder to speak to people if you don't want to be lonely.  And there have been some real "attitudes" on this ship.  However I've been very lucky with my table and I think we will all be swapping email addresses later.  Mostly I find when I am away though that I take stock and I am always very grateful for the friends and family that I have, and the lifestyle I lead.  And I haven't had an alcoholic drink yet either, honest!  I'm looking forward to going back to my house I only moved into this year, and carrying on making it my home, planning my winter wardrobe and, dare I say it, Christmas!!!  But mostly I am looking forward to a big hug from muv who will have missed me (I think  ;) and big Toby kisses.  And I've got a little belated family get together tomorrow evening for my birthday to look forward to as well.   

The Cafe / Imagine waking up on your birthday ......
« on: September 07, 2017, 09:02:02 AM »
... and this is the view from your balcony.  Why oh why couldn't I have had Norwegian parents.  Selfish I call it!! 

The Cafe / Alesund
« on: September 06, 2017, 08:17:31 AM »
Just arrived in Alesun, it is beautiful.  Even in the rain!  In fact probably more so because of it.  I am off to do the Land of the Trolls excursion today.  And for today's rudeness a woman said that the trouble with travelling alone is that you still take up two seats in the coach because no one wants to sit next to you!!  I feel like saying to some of these ladies to be very careful of their smugness, life is both ephemeral and changes on the value of a penny. And anyway someone has just asked to sit next to me so there! 
The sad thing for these people is that if they do find themselves on their own they won't do anything ever again because they will assume that everyone has their own contempt for it.  Whereas me, I assume that everyone travelling on their own must be quite interesting.  Blowing my own trumpet, I saved the quiz team I hooked up with last night as I was the only one who knew the word that had three different sets of consecutive letters - bookkeeper!!  Go me ....
Anyway off to the trolls I go!!

The Cafe / Stavanger
« on: September 05, 2017, 15:22:14 PM »
First port of call, Stavanger.  Lovely town/city.  And they have a bar called Dolly's Dimples!  So it would have been rude not to have had a drink there ...
It is comforting to know that it is not just Britain where it rains as well.  I am just having a little rest before we sail off, Alesund tomorrow.  On Thursday, when it is my birthday, I've been told I can go to the Bridge to meet the Captain and senior officers.  It was the offer of a cocktail that really did it for me though!  Technically I 'met' the Captain last night at a soirée, had my photo taken with him, which reminds that I had better buy it for muv, she'll love it!
I've made a friend in one of the bar staff, so I am being well supplied with woo woos and dry white wine.  Probably too well as I thought it would be fun to go to bingo and ended up telling some of the older passengers an alternative rhyme for the number 69.  Anyway it amused them! 
I have to say though that I have been surprised at the self entitlement of some (and only some, most are great) of the passengers.  I would call it bad manners, but you like to think they wouldn't behave like that at home.  Like, last night, at the captain's soirée which really is just a PR exercise for P&O, the waiters were bringing around drinks and I asked for a white wine.  He went off to get me one, and as he was about to hand it over some woman swooped in and took it.  He tried to say that it was for me and he would get her another but she looked at me very dismissively and said that she was a Ligerian passenger or something and therefore she was 'entitled'.  At breakfast this morning I was on a table by a window and some woman asked me if I was on my own.  I said I was but she and her husband were welcome to join me.  No she didn't sit with solo travellers apparently, and thought it was 'dreadful' that we took the best tables!  Unbelievable.  My table at dinner is great fun, there's two same sex couples, the mother of one of the ladies in the female couple, another woman travelling on her own and a widower who is great, he looks like something out of Poirot, he is very 1930s looking and he would definitely be the villain because he is so mild mannered and ordinary looking!  He came with me to what was billed as a big band performance in one of the bars but in my view was more jazz.  And I can't get on with jazz, it's one of those where I think no one enjoys it more than the musicians.  But each to their own.  And now off to the sail away party, love those! 

The Cafe / Sitting in the bar in the hotel in Southampton
« on: September 02, 2017, 20:06:16 PM »
Got here and now just waiting to go on board and set sail tomorrow.  I've not been to Southampton before, it's a very different beast to Exeter.  I went to IKEA this afternoon, we've got one coming our way.  The first challenge was actually finding the entrance!  Interesting to look around as I've not been to one before, and their ideas for making the most of smaller spaces are very clever, but I am not sure their style is my style.  A good way of spending a couple of hours though when you're in a city you don't know at all on your own. 

I'm presently in the bar having a Woo Woo, it's in a very heavy dish, almost like a vase.  I felt a bit conspicuous earlier as the bar was full of very dressed up people and I am here in my hillbilly style dungers and hair in plaits!  They've all gone off to the function room now though and I am going to have a few drinks then an early night.  It will be the first for a while.   Early night that is, not alcohol!  0_0

I expect I shall find out on board what I've forgotten to pack  :[. It has been a nightmare of a week, my rest day on Thursday got cancelled and the sewing was, of course, right up to the wire!    Coupled with that the ex husband has made his presence known again and I've had a bit of a fall out with the latest squeeze over it.  I had an email at work from the ex saying that he had "sad news regarding Minty".  Now Minty was our cat and I had to leave her with him because Toby the Thug turned into a total bully and made her life a misery.  Plus she was happy with him, being a mog who needed her outdoor life I think I smothered her a bit whereas he was happy to let her have the freedom she needed.  That said though, I loved and adored her and giving her up wasn't easy.  It was obvious that she had died (she was 13) but him being a control freak couldn't just give me the whole story in an email, I had to contact him to find out more.  It's always mind games with him.  He (new chap) says that I walked into his trap of getting in touch, it was enough that I knew she had died from his email and I didn't need to know the details - or at least not from him.  Except of course I did.  I wanted to know she hadn't suffered but he said I only had his word for it anyway, and his track record doesn't make his word very reliable.  All this is true, but when you're emotionally involved you can't help yourself.  That's the point of mind games, pick your victim and know which buttons to press.  I suspect this was the last hold he had over me.   Once I knew what I needed to know I ignored the dozen other emails he sent me, and I've blocked his number now from my phone. 

So I'm looking forward to a week of stunning scenery and relaxing.  Going back to work will come soon enough.  Toby the Thug is on his hols with the parents.  Muv says he is a "hairy little monster but has an adorable little face".  I look forward to his feedback on her on my return!   

The Cafe / Learning to thread overlockers
« on: August 23, 2017, 15:30:14 PM »
Get a Toby the Thug and practice makes perfect!   :|

The Cafe / Cats. And men.
« on: August 19, 2017, 13:02:27 PM »
We are staying with the latest chap in North Devon, Westward Ho!  By 'we', that's me and Toby the Thug.  Because, you know, love me love my cat.  We've a little way to go on that one. 

Him: He can stay but he'll have to sleep downstairs. 

After an hour of yowling, shrieking and general tom cat noises from downstairs:

Him: okay then he can come upstairs but not into the bedroom. 

After much clawing of doors and noises I know to be headbutts on wood:

Him: I suppose he had better be allowed into the bedroom but he cannot get onto the bed. 

I point out he is a cat, not a dog.  At this stage he hasn't fully grasped the difference. 

Door opens, Toby the Thug leaps onto the bed. 

Him: you don't have much control over that cat do you? 

No.  None whatsoever. 

Him: (as Toby the Thug is cuddled up to his mummy and purring noisily) Happy Toby

Me: Clever Toby. 

The Cafe / When the current chap
« on: August 19, 2017, 00:00:44 AM »
Asks whether you would like to stay at his place and you wonder how many shoes you need ... just in case

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