Monday, 28 February 2011

26 - Orange you glad I didn't say banana

Random title, but I heard it on the TV and post titles are hard. When I come home from work I spend far too much time lazying about, and therefore very little gets done. Which is why it is 10 o'clock before I'm blogging. Sigh. Feels like an epic waste of time.

So tonight I made list of all the things I wanted to make and then tried to make something. I made this tissue holder for my boyfriend.
Tissue holder

It went a bit fail because my curvy scissors wouldn't cut the fabric so I had to cut it wavy myself. Doesn't look quite as nice as Martha's one. I also used a button instead of a felt heart with an initial. Just thought it would look a bit more crafty.

I was going to make myself one, but then it got late and I was far too tired.

One of the other things I wanted to make on my list was a felt iPod cover I saw on some other site. And then I forgot which site it was. While trying to find it on Google, I found this iPod cover.

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How cute it it? You can get the pattern here. I tried about 6 times to draw the pattern for my iPod classic (as this is for a nano) but I couldn't do it. I'm tired and I'm idiot. I will get there eventually, but I couldn't do it tonight. I need like whole days off to craft.

On a bright note, the 30 Days of Lists challenge type thing starts tomorrow. I am very much looking forward to it. Very excited to see what the lists are actually going to be like. Hoping to get it done on lunch or maybe at night when I'm at my mum's. I'd like a job where crafting was part of it please.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

25 - Strawberry folders forever

So I spent today making my folder for the 30 Days of Lists challenge. So I thought I would show it off before the challenge starts on Tuesday. You've already seen my lovely strawberry print folder, but let's take a look at the inserts.

I put in a plastic pocket in for everyday, with the number of the day marked on in stickers. Either spelt out in letters...

Page dividers

Page dividers

Or label stickers with the number written on it.

And then I put a little title page at the front, because the folder was already so pretty.

Title page

I think this looks a little better than a notebook.

On a derby note, the bout was amazing. ARRG won 158 to Wakey's 22, which I'm sure you'll agree it a totally amazing score. And my shortbread sold out, for a £1 a piece! So happy. I saw a kid munching on some and he looked very happy. I bought another ARRG t-shirt and a Wakey t-shirt, and four ARRG badges which now decorate my scarf as you can see.


I also bought this lovely panda necklace from a chick who has a jewellery stall. You can view her stuff here. She had some lovely Scrabble/Lego/Trivial Pursuit stuff. And it was so cheap!


You can get this necklace from Seventeen Nineteen.

Unfortunately I didn't really have any free time this weekend. Derby and party on Saturday night, and then hungover-derby-hungover on Sunday meant I didn't get much done. Fail and a half. I really wants to go to town on my new felt and tea towels and make some cute things.

Finally, I've been getting a lot (and I mean A LOT) of craft newsletters greeting me in my mail box these days. It's great, and actually means I have emails that I want to read. My Martha Stewart newsletter linked me to his kids craft project for a felt cherry pie. Looks quite cute, but what use would I have for it I hear you ask. However, I read the comments below and one read suggested use it as a giant pin cushion. Amazing! I definitely plan on making this and using it for exactly this purpose.

I also want to make a felt version of Belial from Basketcase, who looks like this in case you don't know.

So he's not very cute right? Well he's a deformed Siamese twin who has been cut from his "normal" brother. He's not going to look cute. But I want to make a cute version. I would love it to be around cushion-ish size but I'm not sure how much felt that would require, so I think I'll try making an ickle version first and seeing how it turns out. If I make a trip to Hobbycraft for cherry pie felt (not soon, because I was JUST there and bought a lot) then I'll buy some peachy coloured felt. I'll need to draw up a paper plan first. Wish me luck.

Friday, 25 February 2011

24 - Pre-derby

So it's the night before bout night. I can't imagine how excited I would get if I was playing tomorrow. Alas I am just baking and selling t-shirts. So last time I made cupcakes, so tonight I made flower shaped you do.


I only got 15 because the cookie cutter is quite big. I had a test one, and they are quite nice. Hope the rest are as nice. If you want to try them, and I got them off the BBC recipes website.

I was supposed to be going out tomorrow, but convinced myself I would be too tired and wouldn't want to go after the derby. Then tonight I realised how fail I was being, because I literally never get the chance to hang out with my work mates. So I have re-decided to go. Should be a good laugh, though I think I shall only have a bottle of wine or something as I am expected to skate the next day.

I also had another visit to the craft shops, but this time I was armed with a list so I didn't stray too far off the path. Though I did buy SOME extra things such as ribbon (in the sale) and cheap stamper things.

Some of the nicest things I go included a nice selection of felt, hopefully for making the tissue holders I mentioned in an earlier post.


The navy is for one I'm making for my boyfriend, but the rest are for me/presents/something else. I saw a nice felt iPod case thing do somewhere. If I find it, I'll post it and maybe make it. 

I also got some nice tea towels for making the plastic bag storer I was talking about yesterday.


I think I'll make two for myself and maybe one for my mum or something. Really nice print and only cost £3.99 for all three.

Finally, and you may have noticed the button on my blog and the new pages dedicated to it, I have decided to take part in the 30 Days of Lists. It starts on the 1st of March and basically you write the lists they tell you to (I have no idea what they are yet). They say you can do it however you want, so I chose to buy a nice new folder.


I about plastic pockets to organise the inside, coloured card for each day's list and stickers to make it pretty. I have a nice page dedicated to it so it can all be viewed together.

I'm quite excited about this, so hopefully it should be good fun. Pop over to the blog and see what it's all about. You can add photos to their Flickr stream too, so everyone knows what you are up to. I'm going to decorate my binder (which only cost £1 I may add) tonight or Sunday and then upload it to their Flickr. It's exciting time. Hopefully I have time for all this crafting now. I'll need to plan my ass off.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

23 - Craft house

I have been mega perving on this that I would like to make my house looks nicer. I think making them would be a lot more fun than buying them because you can make them whatever colour and pattern you want.

I saw this today on Martha Stewart's site:

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While it may not look like much, it is a plastic bag organiser. I used to have one of the plastic ones that stuck to the back of a cupboard door, but I am no longer allowed to stick things places (new flat) so currently all our plastic bags are stored in another bag. Not very nice. However, this is made from a tea towel and some twill (which I have left over from making a tea towel apron...clearly tea towels and twill go well together).

So I may venture out and get some nice tea towels and make one of these bad boys. It would certainly make my kitchen look nicer.

I need to go through this blog and list all the things I say I'm going to make, then I'll have a list when I'm bored. Plan!

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

22 - Things have gone a bit batty

You can tell it's going to be a good blog post when it starts off with an awful pun, but it's late and I've been typing all day, so my brain is a little bit mush. First night in the house this week, so I finally got my craft on.

So I finally got round to making my little bat kit that I was talking about before and here are the results.

Plush bat

He turned out...well looking like a bat, so I'm happy. Though I messed up a few of the stitches and apparently I can't follow instructions very well as I had his eye in the back of his head at one point and I left the hole of stitching in his side instead of his belly. But he looks like a bat, looks cute and is now named Monty so I am happy.

I once made a guinea pig with one of these kits, which I think I sewed by hand by I can't remember (pretty sure I did) and a mouse (which I sewed by machine for time reason and broke a needle :s). They are really good little kits and I still have a bumble bee to make. They are little cuties when they are sewed up.

I was reading a post today on A Giraffe in a Scarf about sorting out floss, and if you check out the post, you will see how lovely her floss actually is. Now because I am yet to start embroidering, all my floss is still wrapped in it's packet, though I did by the cardboard floss sorters. But this just takes it to a new level. I had dreams of going to Hobbycraft to look for boxes like this to commence sorting (once I crack it open obviously) but my boyfriend was making tacos so I had to come home. I may venture up on Friday though, as it is payday.

And finally, during my lunch hour, when I should have been doing something productive like reading/studying for roller derby rollers test/learning more French, I discovered Martha Stewart's blog. I probably should have come across this before, but alas I haven't. I signed up for the Craft of the Day newsletter, so I think I'll have to be careful not to go mad.

Some of the things I really like on there included a tissue holder and  a towel beach bag.

And lastly, I promise, I found this beautiful notepad on the Totally Tutorials blog. I need to make one of these. They are so pretty.

Monday, 21 February 2011

21 - Dork Stitch x2

So last night my boyfriend found this awesome site called Dork Stitch that features free cross stitch patterns of geeky type things. They have things like IT Crowd  patterns and Invader Zim bookmarks. I got really excited looking through it, but there are only 3 pages :( boo. So not as much browsing as I would have liked. Hopefully it gets loads more added to it.

Then I noticed this on the side of their page "If you came here looking for the original Dork Stitch, she gives out free patterns as well, so please stop by her blog and check her out. You can find her blog at Dork Stitch."

So I popped over to her blog and had a look-see.  Oh my god, it is literally amazing. She has loads of free patterns, and they are all very geeky, as the name of her blog would imply.

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 There are simply loads of patterns on her page, so you won't be stuck for something to stitch. When I get some cross-stitching fabric (and not just the kits I have just now), I will definitely be attempting some Pokemon characters.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

20 - What a skatetastrophy!

So, derby practise has been moved from it's usual slot of 2.45pm until 4.45pm to 1pm till 3pm, which means I cannot go! I cannot express how sad this makes me. I have a lunch with my boy's family and considering I already said I would definitely be there, it seems rude of me to change. The derby girls say they expect people to have plans so they are not bothered if you can't come, but still....*tears*. Well my legs are killing me from squats yesterday and I have bruises on my hips from hip checking the wall (don't ask) so maybe it's not the end of the world if I stay at home.

I  plan to start sewing one of my soft toy kits today. I have a bat and a bee waiting for me, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to do the bat first.

Also I went shopping yesterday. Food shopping yes, but Asda have some amazing clothes.

I got this dress which I have been perving on for weeks and it FINALLY went into the sale.

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This lovely mustard top, which I think will go with a lot of things I own.

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And this denim dress type thing, which was also in the sale.

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 My ASOS play suit is also lovely on, so really happy with it :). I do perhaps need to stop shopping though.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

19 - Getting ma craft on

So no films were watched tonight because with my man out of the house the temptation to watch the soaps was far too high. So that's what I did. I also cracked out on of my craft kits and made a Mackintosh rose keyring kit.

Cross stitch keyring

This time I actually managed to get all the stitches right, and as there was no outlining to be done, I could just do whatever bits I wanted to. However, I did do a couple of rows to close to each other, so there isn't as much space as there should be, but the whole pattern is there. So it's not all bad.

I stuck a piece of bright pink card on the back of the rose so that the keyring didn't show my stitching, as it's not as pretty as it could be.

I'm well chuffed with it, and think it turned out a lot better than my little cat, even though I was still happy with that. I still have the coaster and the magnet to make and I can definitely see myself buying more of these kits. Branching out onto my own patterns may be quite scary and a long way off.

Still waiting on my Sublime Stitching order. Damn me for not living in America. Hopefully it comes soon. On a bright note I bought this play suit off Asos today.

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I got next day delivery free, so woo I will have this tomorrow. Been looking for a play suit with t-shirt length sleeves for a while now, so this is lovely.

Tomorrow is my first bout night at derby. Means I get to watch the ARRG girls bout against each other and we can practise roles that we could maybe do on a real bout day (sin bin timing and score keeping etc). Most exciting, though my derby wife is at a derby boot camp in England. Hopefully I will learn some non-skates based derby knowledge.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

18 - The handbag post

So tonight has been spent watching Eat, Pray, Love...falling asleep and then re-watching a chunk of Eat, Pray, Love. Even though I haven't even finished the Rome section of the book, I far prefer the book to the movie. If I ever become rich enough that I can take a few months off work I would definitely do it and move to France or Italy and just enjoy it.

I haven't been doing much lately. No craft (though I did get the patterns for the roller derby cross stitches nom!), no drawing, no writing. Just working and then being so tired from work I have to sleep. Which isn't how I'd like to be. And because of this I feel I have nothing really interesting to post about, so I'm doing a handbag post.

The full contents....yes I carry a lot of stuff around with me

Make-up case with pain killers, plasters, nail killers, Rennie type tablets, tissues, hand wash, lip gloss, mirror, throat sweets, tampon, hair brush and hairspray

Memory stick, notepad, scissors, lip balm, gum, plectrum, headphones, lighter, tiny screwdrivers, troll charm, little charms for luck

iPod and mobile phone (and their socks)

Purse, hand cream and deo (post derby)

Two most important things - organiser and current book

Flat keys, car keys, Mum's house keys, rape alarm (yes really), strawberry shopping bag, card holder,

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

17 - Tuesday blues

Not having the best of days today. One of those days at work when it's just a bit fail. Sigh. I could do with going home, or at least moving my days off closer.

ANYWAY, last night we watched Basketcase 3. Any scares from the first two were completely gone by this movie, and it wasn't scary at all. While the baby monsters were quite cute, it was just a bit shit. I fell asleep in the last 5 minutes, that's how good it was.

I would say watch the first one, maybe even the second one, but give the third one a miss. It has a musical number in it, I don't think I need to say any more.

I've been making my way through Eat, Pray, Love on my lunch breaks, but still not getting to read as much as I would like to. It does however make me want to move to Italy and learn Italian and eat bread and ice cream. Nom. Especially when I'm reading it on my hour lunch, eating Super Noodles. I think I would rather move to France though, especially as I am learning French (trying my best) and I'm obsessed with Paris.

I've got my first French conversation down, sort of (I get "are you" and "I am" mixed up quite a lot), but trying to listen to the other ones is hard. I try and do it at work when I'm submitting articles to websites, but I obviously can't do it when I'm really concentrating on writing or editing. I think I might start listening to it in my car and see if I pick it up better. In the meantime all I can do is dream of garlic bread, summer days and the Eiffel Tower.

Monday, 14 February 2011

16 - Valentine's Day part II

So like 2 hours after I posted, I get flowers delivered to my work. Awesome :) Very happy girl indeed.


Lovely little rose plant, and it came in this lovely jug. I adore roses on a stupid level (hence having two of them tattooed on me) so this is perfect. :)

I also got this card, which I couldn't post a photo of considering I was at work.


It's a Left 4 Dead card if you don't know/play zombie games. Geek love ftw!

Bell's Diner was lovely. So yummy. I had a cheese burger, chip and potato salad, and pancake, ice cream and toffee sauce for pudding. Very nom. If you live in Edinburgh and you haven't been, I would highly recommend it.

15 - Valentine's Day

Just a quick one today, because I won't be up to anything today apart from working and then going out for dinner and likely falling into a food coma afterwards. Awesome. That bruise on my leg from yesterday has now evolved and looks awful. It's so bad it shines through my mustard tights, but I'm hoping my dress will keep it covered.

So I know a lot of people don't like Valentine's Day, but I quite like it. I like random present reasons as it is, and Valentine's means both people get random presents. I got my man Dead Space 2. Not very romantic but he really wanted it, and he's very happy with it.

I recieved:

I only have one other charm on my bracelet (the letter K), so this was a nice addition.

Tonight we are going for dinner at Bell's Diner, because I love it and I've not been for ages. They do massive burgers and big pancake deserts. Nom!

The boy is working till 10pm all this week so I'm hoping I'll get lots of crafting done (maybe even some drawing) when I have the house to myself for hours at a time. I have those 3 cross-stitch kits just calling out to me.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

14 - Derby injuries

Ok so derby is fun, but you can get hurt as well. Today I did this to my leg myself...which is impressive.


That is my thigh in case you can't work it out. Fell into my own wrist pad and hacked a chunk out my leg which has now decided to bruise. I also landed on my own wheel which has resulted in a lovely red patch where my ass meets my leg (now you can see why there is no photo of that one!).

Today I felt really down after derby. It's hard not to feel a bit fail when you think you're making mistakes and everyone else seems to be getting it right. Injuring myself (twice) just made me feel even more stupid. After having such a good day yesterday. Though I did add half a lap on my 25 in 5, but I did that right at the start of the session so all the shit that happened sort of failed all that. Though my derby wife is very good at keeping me in good spirit. I hope I move at to a Wednesday practise at the same time as her, or I'm going to need to record her compliments and listen to them on my iPod.

13 - Derby day

No post yesterday, due to the fact that I was out enjoying my derby day adventure. It was amazing, I highly enjoy everything derby related.

Day started off with training (extra) at Bowhill in Fife with the amazing teacher Alma Geddon and my lovely derby wife Knock-Turnal.

I love Saturday morning sessions, really wakes you up for the rest of the day. Think I've sort of got reverse skating cross-overs (skating clockwise and doing cross-overs, where as we usually skate anti-clockwise) and transitions (turning round while skating). Brilliant.

Then we drove the like two hours to Aberdeen to see the lovely Perth girls and the Aberdeen girl (who I had never seen and therefore didn't have a t-shirt :p) play against each other in Taco Hell. Amazing game, with the final score being Aberdeen 129 - Perth 57. Aberdeen had some amazingly fast jammers, and I always get derby crushes when I see amazing jammers playing. I would love to be able to skate to fast and fearless enough to be a jammer. Can but hope. 

Very happy as I got two Aberdeen t-shirts, so only a Glasgow one left to get now to represent the Scottish girls! Though I need to get a CCR t-shirt, as I have seen them play, but didn't buy a t-shirt. Silly Kim.

The rest of the night was spent at Jimmy Chungs (duck pancakes, nom!) and going to see Moo at City Cafe for her birthday, though we were only out for a couple of hours.

Alma is couching our session today, so I'm really looking forward to it. I sweated so much yesterday I had red hair dye pouring down my face and staining the underside of my chin. Cannot wait.

Friday, 11 February 2011

12 - Why I need to learn to knit

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This! This is why I need to learn to knit! It's a pattern for Prince William and Kate dolls. Ha ha how bloody random is that? Love it.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

11 - The last of the craft hauls

I honestly think there isn't anything I need craft wise any more. Another trip to Hobbeycraft and another £46 down I was pretty much convinced of this. Then I went on Sublime Stitching's website and bought a couple of other things for about £23, and now I definitely know I don't need anything else.

While I was at Hobbycraft I did get some nice craft kits for a coaster, a keyring and magnet. So I will be getting my cross-stitch on a little more over the few days.

A girl from our derby team has just had a couple of our team logos drafted up as cross-stitch patterns, so those are quite tempting. Though I feel they are beyond my skill level right now.

 On non-craft note, tomorrow I am attending my first Ann Summers party. I am a little bit terrified to say the least, but I'm sure it will be most fun. Not that I'm planning on buying anything but I've never even set foot in Ann Summers for too long, so it's a scary thought.

10 - Cross stitch 1

So I finished my first cross stitch kit tonight (tick towards two New Year's things) and it look quite good. I fucked up in a couple of places, and I made the crosses too big in a few places, but overall it looks good. I also ran out of dark brown, so I had to use more grey on the cat's face for the definition. Still looks nice though. Well chuffed. Next one I do I will definitely be doing the stitches first and then the outline, and I sense it will look a lot better.

So here's a picture of it in it's wee frame:

Kitty cross-stitch

I've had this kit for so long, no way should it have taken me this long to do it. I liked it but cross stitch is like stressfully restrictive. I think embroidery will be better because you can basically do what you want in terms of stitches (well according to my books anyway).

Now I just to find somewhere to display it.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

9 - Amazon I love thee

So I ordered some embroidery books this week and they came today (right when Amazon said they would, very happy).

After reading Miss Kirsty's blog (which I mentioned before) and perving on embroidery stuff, I decided to look at the Sublime Stitching website. Oh my, if you like crafting at all you have to check this site out. It is amazing. I have been popping on it constantly today to look at different sections.

My books are also the most lovely books I have ever seen, and was I on my own I might have given them a cuddle when I opened them. I decided the Sublime Stitching ones were the best because not only did the instructions seem good, but the patterns were totally the type of things I would like to sew onto cushions and hankies. It was hard to decide which books to get, so in the end I took Miss Kirsty's suggestions (otherwise I might have ended up buying them all plus other ones off Amazon too).

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Once I have eaten my messy Super Noodles I will be spending the remainder of my lunch break perving over these lovely books and wishing I didn't have a job so that I could spend the rest of the day looking at them.

I've also been reading up on cross stitching since I was finding my one a little hard. I've already discovered a few mistakes I think I've made on mine (which isn't finished), but I'm still going through the learning process eh?
  • I'm not sure if the small section of actual cross stitches I've done are all going in the same direction. Oops.
  • I've realised I've not been securing the thread at the back.
  • I've done the outline first and apparently that's to be done last...even though it seems easier to me to do it first but hey ho. 
  • Also forgot to masking tape down the edges to stop them fraying. Need to get on that one. 
I'll post a photo when I'm done though and hopefully it will still look nice.

Monday, 7 February 2011

8 - Attempting cross stitches

So last night while watching Dancing on Ice in the house by myself, I cracked out a little cross stitch kit and attempted it. It took me three attempts to get the thread right (I didn't realise it was a group all bunched together, so started off way too thick) but once I got it, it started looking pretty good. I did the whole outline and it actually worked. However, trying to do the actual cross-stitches is quite hard. They just look fail, and not as lovely as they do on the picture that comes with the kit. I shall continue it at another time, but I'm worried it's going to look rubbish.

Lunch break at work and I'm just about to start Eat, Pray, Love. I've wanted to read this book ever since I saw the trailer for the movie (which I'm yet to actually see) so I'm quite excited. Plus, because it is a memoir, it counts towards my 10 autobiographies/biographies resolution. So always good.

It's snowing, which is never a good thing, and it's got the derby girls worrying about travelling to the Aberdeen/Perth bout Taco Hell this weekend.

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I have yet to see Aberdeen play (which means I am yet to own an Aberdeen t-shirt) so I am muchos looking forward to this. Live derby is so exciting, and it definitely helps me understand all the little rules the more I watch it. This bout has been cancelled before because of the snow, so hopefully it will all be fine come Saturday.

I cannot wait to get home, as tonight we are going to the pub quiz at the Southern bar in Edinburgh. It's a music quiz mostly, which is great because I love intros and lyrics round. Hopefully be good fun, though I will be missing Glee to be there. Sigh.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

7 - Minimum results

So a couple of weeks ago in derby I sat my minimums. Minimums are basically the minimum skills you have to be able to demonstrate in order to get up to the big girl practise and then hopefully bouting. Now I knew I hadn't passed. One big chunk of it is being able to skate 25 laps in 5 minutes, and I'm stuck on about 23 laps. But today I got my full feedback. I passed more than I failed which is good. So this is what I failed:

1.1.1 Bends at knees and hips with shoulders back
1.2.1 Has steady, confident, fluid strides
1.4.1 Skates 25 Laps around regulation track within five minutes
(based on WFTDA regulation track)
1.5.1 T-Stop
1.5.2 Plow Stop
1.6.2 Has the ability to propel self while keeping all eight wheels on the floor
1.6.3 Can move easily and fluidly from one side of the skating lane to the other.
3.1.1 Forward and Backward Skater's feet must leave the ground simultaneously, then land simultaneously
3.5.1 Maneuvers through 10 cones placed six feet apart, covering both straight-aways and turns Left hip Right hip Left shoulder Right shoulder

Stops and stuff are annoying because I know I can do them but my new wheels are making it hard. I'm glad I did my minimums though, because it shows me that I'm better than I thought I was (like I passed all my whips (if you've seen Whip It you'll know :p)).

So now I know what I need to focus on! Jumps and hits and weaving and just fucking go for it!

Saturday, 5 February 2011

6 - Book nerd

So I like books. In fact I adore books. In the summer I went to Barter Books in Alnwick (in England) and bought something stupid like 35 books. They are amazingly cheap and the place is huge! You could get lost in there, and I spent about 2 hours in there. Crazy times. However, real life tends to get in the way.

I got my first real full-time job in August and took up roller derby a few weeks after, and so anything that wasn't those two things failed. I also used to get the bus to college a lot = a lot of reading time. And now I drive everywhere.

I'd been reading Needful Things by Stephen King for months and wasn't really getting anyway, so I decided to get into gear this month. I finished the book last night, woo finally, and moved on to Whip It by Shauna Cross this afternoon. And finished it about an hour ago.

So, Needful Things. If you know anything about Stephen King's work, you'll know a lot of his books are huge, and this one was one of those books. But damn was it good. I had seen the movie a few times, but the book wipes the floor with it. It's not particularly "hide behind the sofa" scary, but it's chilling. Amazing, and even though it took me far too long to read, it was well worth it.

Then I moved on to Whip It. Yes, Whip It (or Derby Girl as it's also called) is the book of the film Whip It. And as I'm a derby girl myself, I decided it would be fun to read it. Now the story was good (though quite different from the movie in places) and I did enjoy it, but it wasn't the best written book I've ever read. Worth the read if you liked the film but if you're looking for something to challenge your mind....maybe not eh?

I'm moving on to Eat, Pray, Love tomorrow. I hate picking which books to read, far too many of them.

Friday, 4 February 2011

5 - The craft haul

So, if you live in Edinburgh you will know what the weather was like today. It was not good. Rain and wind to an extreme extent, and yet horribly hot under your rain-proof layer. Not a good combo. Regardless I had another day off work and I was definitely going up town to craft shop today. I went to John Lewis and Dunelm Mill (Hobbycraft was given a miss today, but I got everything I needed so I was happy). I had written a list of the basic things my knitting and crochet books suggested I needed, teamed with some needles and some wool. I guessed some random sizes of needles I might need, just for practise, but I can always go and get the ones I actually need when I have an actual pattern to follow.

So here is the load I got (photo taken on my new camera I might add).


Dunelm Mill were having a sale on knitting organising stuff too, so I got a knitting bag and a needle organiser (the pink rolled up thing on the left). Wool was also only about £1.40 a ball, which will be great for practising.

I bought some embroidery stuff, and have ordered some books (as Waterstones had none! Shocking!) from Amazon, which should come some time next week. I'll need to get something to practise on, as the Poundshop had hankies, but they were all stitched over already, so I guess I'll check Asda or something.

I feel like a bit of an old woman considering I stayed in tonight organising my knitting stuff rather than going out for drinkies with work people. But I do have derby tomorrow at 9am and then a family lunch thing, so I think as much sleep as possible is probably a good idea.

Finally, bought some comics in Forbidden Planet, so hopefully getting on top of that New Year's Resolution. I'll let you know how they are once I've read them.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

4 - The death of a friend...or a camera

So I was going to take a photo of my lovely new (and stupidly large) knee pads, but my camera is ducked. It won't turn one or let me take a photo, so I'm pretty sure that's a bad sign. But hey ho, out with the old and in with the new, so I'm treating myself to a new one tomorrow.

So it's money I don't need to be spending, but I feel I quite need a camera.

I had to pull my crafty skills out quicker than I had thought today, because when my knee pads came, one section was torn away from the edge. Considering you have to mega stretch them to pull them on, I sewed them about four times, so hopefully they will hold.

On the bright side my knitting and crochet books have arrived and I'm already perving over the projects I could do, including a cat iPod cover and skull print pot holders! Nom!

Also on a bright note I forgot I had these books:

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They are so cute and cover a lot of topics, so I might need to dip into a few of them. And I found some embroidery needles in my sewing basket, meaning that's one less thing I have to buy.

On a New Year's list note, last night I watched Basketcase 2. So I can tick 1 film of my "films I haven't seen" list. Even though this was pretty awful. The first one is far better, so I would recommend you watch that (if you like cheesy horror).

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

3 - When craft takes over

As I love crafting, but I'm not very good at it, this year I've decided to get good. Knitting and crochet are on the cards, as is getting better at sewing (actually using my sewing machine more) and trying my hand at cross stitch and those soft toy kits I keep buying from Hobbycraft (I've made two before, a guniea pig and a mouse, though the mouse was a gift. I know I used the sewing machine for the mouse (because I broke a needle) though I'm sure I used my hands for the piggy. Anyway I want to make sure I hand sew them from now on so I can improve my hand sewing skills too).

However, today while bored I came across this post from Miss Kirsty who has a very crafty little blog. And she was talking about embroidery. Automatically I'm on Amazon looking at books I can buy and adding to my lovely crafty basket. However, I restrained myself (though during my trip to Hobbycraft to buy knitting stuff I may not be as good).

It looks so much fun, and I like the idea of making little things that look amazing and don't require too many supplies. I also like the idea of something crafty I can do on my lunch breaks at work. It's definitely something to add to the list.

I may have a look through all my crafty books tonight, as I know I have a bead jewellary type one I have yet to do anything with. I need more funds to fuel the craft habbit. When I'm rich and retire, I'm well getting a craft room.

2 - Waiting for the post.

As someone who spends a lot of her money on internet shopping (mostly because I decide I want something right then and there and need to feel like I have purchased it) you think I would be more accustomed to dealing with the post and the people who deliver it. But I'm really not.

Right now I am currently waiting on three things:

A knitting book.  Source.

A crochet book. Source.

And my lovely Rector Fat Boys knee pads. Source.

However, the post seems intent on screwing me over, meaning that I can't have my things when I want them.

My knee pads were delivered to my work today, but because the receptionist was missing from her desk, the UPS man kindly took them home with him, rather than simply asking someone else where to find me. Fail! So now I've had to have them re-sent to my home address as I'm off work tomorrow and Friday.

My lovely Amazon books were also shipped a little later than planned, and now won't make an appearance until tomorrow, again though these will be delivered to my work. As I was planning on spending tomorrow wandering around craft shops looking for knitting needles, if I want to do that I'm going to have to pop into work and pick them up. I'm so cool.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

1 - My New Years Resolutions.

So I decided I was going to write a list of New Year's resolutions. But fun things. And things I was more likely to do, rather than a diet or exercise. So I eventually came up with the below list, even though it's February, and decided to give it a bash in 2011.

And as the last goal on my list was "Try and have a blog and actually keep it", this is me attempting number 30 on my list.

So I thought I would keep track of the list, as well as blog about other shit that goes on.

I'll re-post the list every month-ish so you can see what's been ticked off, but I'll be keeping it right up-to-date on my "New Year's Resolutions" page. So go have a peek.

1. Watch 50 films I haven't seen.
2. Read 50 books I haven't read.
3. Read 20 graphic novels I haven't read.
4. Buy and read 50 comic books.
5. Go to the theatre 5 times.
6. Go to 5 gigs. 
7. Watch 10 TV series that I have and have never watched the whole way through (I do this a lot).
8. Pass my minimums at roller derby.
9. Read 10 biographies/autobiographies.
10. Go to a bout for all the Scottish teams (Edinburgh, Perth, Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow (and maybe the central team/Inverness if they get going by the end of the year but they're just starting out).
11. Make my way through my French lesson CD's.
12. Learn to play 10 songs off-by heart on my keyboard.
13. Learn how to knit.
14. Learn how to cross-stitch.
15. Make 10 crafty kits.
16. Fill my sketch book.
17. Fill my owl notebook.
18. Go on holiday in a caravan.
19. Go to Glasgow for a night out.
20. Get a new tattoo.
21. Learn to play poker.
22. Learn to read my tarot cards.
23. Learn to read my rune stones.
24. Learn to play chess so I know all the moves.
25. Eat at 10 places I've never eaten at before.
26. Go to Paris.
27. Learn to crochet.
28. Pass my rules test at roller derby.
29. Get my gamer score to 15,000.
30. Try and have a blog and actually keep it.