Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Facebook Fabric tale 2.

 Firstly, how gorgeous is this material? I saw it on another FB group I'm in, quilting for beginners. Someone said they'd walked into a shop, saw this and they had to have it. Well, it caught my eye ( along with the other 1k plus people who 'liked' the photo and we asked where it was from. The lady said Hobby Lobby. A quick Search on the tinterweb told me it was a US store and the did not ship to the UK. HOW RUDE OF THEM ! Anyway, I lamented my dismay in a comment....only to have a gorgeous human being tell me she would go get some fabric for me and post it to me! Faith in human nature restored! So hello win at being the best human in my week xxx
My fabric collecting is getting out of hand! It's a distraction from real life stuff.

Lola is Miss 22's bunny and Freddie loves her. 

This is Freddie's official Birthday pose! I think he looks rather haughty. 

 Talking of distractions from politics and everything politicky, this tweet had me chuckling a lot. I personally cannot stand the weak chinned simpering fool who poked his nose into education and ruined it. 

Some random photos now... 

 This rather sweet button shaped tin originally had M&S shortbread buttons in it. They are long gone. It now holds my pattern weights!
 I wish I could crochet - this dress is beautiful.

 Half price goodies from Hobbycraft. Thread is always useful.

 little square ruler.

 I love this green wool - no idea what it's for yet.

 Half price patterns from Hobbycraft - might make something for Madeleeny.

Last but not least, yet another great shot of the springy one! Cheers me up no end!

I'll leave you with a conversation shared to me by my Night Owls chum and a little owl.

Child: Where's my brother gone?
Adult: He's at the toilet.
Child: He's been aaaaages, when's he coming back?
Adult: He's at the toilet, he'll be back when he's done.
Child: ahhhh, he must be doing a number 3
Adult: A number 3????????
Child: Yes, when you do a number 1 and a number 2 at the same time!!!!!

Good maths work there!

Lots of love from
Rachel *best get her wriggle into gear for work* Radiostar xxx

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Tea Towels

I belong a to crazy, lovely, but crazy cult of people on Facebook who worship the humble Tea Towel.
They travel the length and breadth of Great Britain and beyond searching out the ultimate barginous tea towels.

Well I joined. The creations they come up with are frankly OUTSTANDING. The people on there are truly talented and are also very kind. They are supportive and helpful and there is always something to look at in the grip of insomnia.

Here's my first attempt at Tea Towel magic...
1. Buy tea towels £4

2. Choose a pattern and cut out pieces. This took me two flipping hours! Our fabric, inner fabric, interfacing, batting  - I drew the line at the stiffners instructed.
3. Start sewing. As per instructions.

4. It's a SIMPLicity pattern...

5. I sorta muddled through.

6. Finally, pose the bag for the Ta Daaah!

I'm quite chuffed with myself! 

Back tomorrow with another heart warming tale from Facebook. Fabric related, not tea towels...

Lots of love from 
Rachel*doing a bit of knitting now* Radiostar xxx

I need to have you all wish my daughter's lovely Freddie a very Happy First Birthday. She is taking some cracking photos of him and he is beautiful and I love him!

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Voting Day

Well, here is the General Election Day.
I am absolutely sick to the back teeth of all the pre election lies, spin and false promises from all the parties and all the arguing and vitriol against people who vote this way or that way. Then will come the endless guff and arguing from the side that didn't actually win.

That was the beginning of my post on all is still true especially the picking over the bones. The way I see it...despite a really really crap manifesto, the Tories got in, but the way in which the main opposition seems to have gained popularity needs to be taken into consideration. Whoever got in, I will still go to work, I will still pay my taxes and the world will keep turning. AND I will sporadically keep on blogging!

That's all for now,
Off to my sewing room

Love from
Rachel *keeping calm and blogging on* Radiostar xxx

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Summer A May Half Term 2017

It's been lovely and sunny this week.  Then it got ridiculous, temperature wise. I'm Northern and built for sub zero temperatures. Hot and sweaty is slightly under exaggeration when it comes to describing how I've been. Plus, prickly heat is no fun. So I've been inside a lot where it's cooler.

It's been an awful week for our country. Mr 20 has had someone's MacBook in the shop for repair. It was damaged by shrapnel in the blast in Manchester. Had me pondering if the laptop potentially saved someone's life. My heart is breaking for the mamas and families of so many who have lost their precWWWious ones. Not just children seeing their pop idol in Manchester, but a bus full of children in Syria and a queue of children queueing for ice cream in Baghdad.

Did I show you Mr 20's birthday cake. It is a big deal having your baby enter double decades!
Chocolate fudge cake with fresh creammmmmmmm. 
I found those chocolate letters in Sainsrobbers. Fantastic I think. 

Mr 20 went to Slam Dunk Festival in Leeds on Sunday and I took his photograph before he left. I normally do this, because so many young people fail to return after events like these for many reasons, but this time it was because of tI he threat of bloody religious fanatics.

Change of subject now. My beautiful Rhapsody in Blue has shown her colours this hot and sunny week and is awash with blousy blooms. She smells gorgeous. Her offspring n the back garden have flowered too! Can't believe I got free roses from twigs I cut from the main bush! I'm going to but another two mature bushes though, for either side of the main plant. I saw it featuring as a hedge in a google image image. If I needed a hedge, it'd definitely be a RIB hedge.

I have an exciting show and tell now. A lovely friend of mine has started a new venture whereby she is selling knitting kits in boxes which include everything you need for a particular project. She was very naughty however, when I said I'd buy a couple to kick start her venture, she sent me two free of charge ( with some Thornton's chocolate biscuits too! ) which I was very excited to open.
The wool is gorgeous to knit with and her instructions are so easy to follow. Very quick projects to make too ( it's just me that's so slow! ). You even get the needle to sew it up, the buttons if needed, some tissue paper to wrap the knitted item in and a lovely printed gift tag for you to attach. An absolutely fantastic gift to buy someone, or a kit to start yourself off with if you are new to knitting.
She had so many beautiful projects? to choose from. I went with the baby boy cardigan - I'm about to become a Great Aunt soon - although not sure what flavour the baby will be yet - and a neck warmer/mitts set because I liked the colour of the wool. Here, have a look yourselves...


I decided to knit the hat band in the same rib as the cardigan instead of garter stitch as suggested by the lovely lady herself. It works a treat. That is, the lady suggested the rib instead. I just tried it out.

Sewing show and tell now. I can't recall if I told you this already. If I have, then bear with, my memory is shocking and it's so long since I blogged you might have kindly forgotten too. Well, since the kidney stuff from last year, the HG lost weight and his jeans kept falling off. So he was able to discard several pairs that were still in good nick. He didn't discard them very far. I snqffled them up and secreted them in my craft room. Months later, I blew off the layer of dust and decided to use them to make a pair of baby dungarees.

I got a free pattern on line, illicitly printed it out at work, laid it out, stuck it together and cut it up. The pattern was for two years, one year and six months. I went middle and selected the one year. However, the pattern was ever so just slightly too big, even reckoning in the generous one cm seam allowance. So cut again and six month size it was. Still a tad to big. So I thought, I know, I'll unpick the jeans and iron them flat. Perfect.

So I set about cutting out the material. Did I start with the Asda jeans? No, don't be silly. I went straight for the more spendy Ted Baker pair. Originally I had the genius idea of laying the fronts on one leg of still sewn together jeans, and the back on the other. Perfect. Good idea Rachel.

But now I had four separate leg pieces to go at, so I thought, very cleverly, I'll cut the fronts from the front and the backs from the back. Good idea Rachel again. I used my swanky new pattern weights and my rotary cutter. The pieces were cut out in no time.

I started to follow the pattern to sew them together. I looked at the pattern, I looked at my pieces. I re looked at the pieces. I relooked at the pattern. Durrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
I'd managed to cut out two identical fronts, and two identical backs! Instead of cutting out mirror images - which is what I'd have got if I'd cut them out when the jeans legs were still whole - I'd cut them singly AND WRONGLY! I could have wept. I didn't weep. I did say some bad swears though.

No worries. I turned one of the fronts into a back, patchworked enough denim together to make a new back! All was well. But honestly! Me and my good ideas.

I'm rather pleased with them. I won't make the same mistake again!

Spot the join!

I'm away to clean out this chap. 

Happy half term folks. 
Lots of love from
Rachel *freedom face* Radiostar xxx

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Peeks into Blogland to say hello.

I'm building up to a mahoosive show and tell epic post. This is the truth! It really means I've so many unfinished things on the go that one day I will finish something!

Our beautiful niece married her handsome chap in a truly wonderful wedding this weekend and it was lovely to be a part of the celebrations. It was lovely to spend a full weekend with loved ones and much laughter was had. She looked gorgeous. My friend described her as beautiful, wispy and gorgeous. Sadly, after seeing the photos of me - I will never ever be described as 'wispy'.

The wedding day venue was Poppleton Tithe Barn. Even the title is charming! Google it. It's a full on proper historic building.  The wedding breakfast was pie n mash. Then we were transported to Haxby for the evening where everyone danced the night away to a live band. Pizza and chilli and chips if you had room!

 I'm going to risk bringing on a temper tantrum by showing you a few pics.

Some minutes later...THRICE I HAVE TRIED.

 The barn and garden.

 Instant glamour! ( Look at my 'opposite of wispy' fingers. )
 Aunts Rachel's emergency safety pins to the rescue of the bunting.


 The flowers were lovely.

 The HG looked smart and look at his fancy tie knot!

Finally, the new Mr and Mrs. 

The honeymoon is travelling around the world for five weeks. How exciting! 

Oh well, best get a wriggle on. It's 16C at 7.30am. Doesn't bode well for the none wispy of us.....

Lots of love from 

Rachel *hot n bothered* Radiostar xxx