Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Still Here!

I've been very busy lately with guests, so I haven't had much making or doing, apart from meals to do.

However, there are some projects I've got planned, just need to find a quiet few hours!

I also have treated myself to the following:

This is Joelle Hoverson's Last Minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts, which I'm hoping will set me up with some new skills. Plus I love my other "Last Minute" book by Cynthia Treen.

And Amanda Blake Soule's The Creative Family. Amanda writes a fab craft blog, Soule Mama.

Unfortunately Amazon (UK) is being v slow at getting these to me, mid to late June. Which is a bit annoying!

Friday, 16 May 2008

Present for Me!!!

Photo courtesy of Patricia at A Little Hut.

I have been admiring so many blogs for a fair while now. One called A Little Hut has posted so many fantastic things to make, from just bits and bobs that you'd have around the home. So today I treated myself to a template of her boxes, that the talented Patricia has designed. I'm sure I could have spent the time and worked out my own version, but for all the pleasure I derive from her work I thought it'd be nice to buy something to support her ongoing work. Can't wait for my email! (I'm going to check with Patricia if I can use her photos to show you her work - she did, yay!!!)

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Stand Up and Be Counted!

Well I never intended my blog to be political, but quite frankly I've had enough, and it seems to me so have all my friends.

Why are we all paying around 25% more for food/ fuel/ utilities when ALL of these companies are reporting massive rises in profits.

Just today Sainsburys (large supermarket chain) reported a 28% rise in profits over the last year. Funny how my shopping bill has been going up at a similar rate. This is a SCANDAL. It questions whether these supermarkets are squeezing their suppliers tighter for cheaper prices, and clearly they are charging customers more. My salary certainly hasn't gone up by 25% nor has anyone else's that I know.

Is it time for consumers to make some kind of protest? Why can I buy organic eggs from a local farm for less than I pay at any of the supermarkets (Asda, Tesco, Sainsburys).

Also FUEL amazing how BP and Shell also reported huge rises in profits, yet petrol is £1.09p at a cheap! petrol station. There were near riots when it went to £0.80!!!

Why are we all sitting back and taking this.

While I'm on this WHY is the British tax payer bailing out thieveing greedy banks, who gave loans to people on benefits who obviously would never be able to pay back their mortgages. Why are we sorting out THEIR dreadful business decisions? It's all GREED GREED GREED.

Anyway, if you can think of a way to protest, and get these greedy businesses to cut their prices, cut their profits let's do it!!! Just give me your ideas.

I promise next time I'll be back talking about knitting, sewing, baking!!!!

Happy 100th post to me!!!!! I was going to do a giveaway, but I haven't made anything to give away!!!

Monday, 12 May 2008

Open Houses

Yesterday I went to the Brighton Festival's Artists' Open Houses in my area, well there were probably around 50 houses/ venues in close distance to my house, but I only saw 4 or 5. But the quality and standard of art was fantastic. I expecially liked the textile work by Clare Rose and the ceramic work in various houses. There was some great 3D metal work and pop up art work, a real sense of humour to them in this house.

Sunday, 4 May 2008

Brighton's Childrens' Festival Parade 08

Brighton's Children's Parade 2008
The parade was terrific, over 70 groups, and some amazing themes and sculptures!!! We were the dinosaurs and explorers. The weather was great, and we all had a fantstic time. The only thing being in the parade was not being able to see it all. But I found these over on flickr and my husband took quite a few (250!) as well! The highlights for him was Mr Potato Head changing hats! and the knights storming the castle!! Here is the local paper's pictures as well

Cowboys and Indians ............................ Cops & Robbers

Pteradactyls ................................... Mr Potato Head

Dinorsaur Roar .................................. Guess Who

Cat's Cradle ................................... Crocodiles