Monthly Archives: June 2011

Epic Embroidery

Well, here goes. I’ve been working on this piece of embroidery on and off for over a year now. Its one of those piece where there is so much I want to do I tend to get overwhelmed and end up doing nothing. Life is ironic like that.

Its a piece of fabric from Ikea which James brought for me because he knew I’d love the pattern. I’ve been embroidering over it aiming for a cacophony of colour effect to make a really bright wall hanging.

I’ve been experimenting between keeping the colour life realistic like on this heron…

And being a bit more out there and surreal like with this seed pod and the main branch stem.

Like many an embroiderer before me I was very pleased with myself when I worked out that chain stitch could be made to look like feathers.

I’m really really proud of the way in which these leaves turned out. It was my first time at attempting split stitch and if it didn’t take so ruddy long, I would use it as a fill stitch for everything I love the effect so much!

I would dearly love to finish this so I can hang it in my living room, I’m off this weekend from work so I might have to have an intense session on it!

Have a fantastic Wednesday my friends

Lindy xxx

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7 Good Things Vol 28

Well hello my friends! What beautiful weather we are having here- it can’t but fail to put me in a good mood!

So without further ado…

1. I know its materialistic and shallow but look at these pretty shoes James convinced me to buy this weekend! I love them so much and I got £10 off!  A pretty sweet deal in my mind!

2. Youtube is making me think again and that can only be a good thing…

3. Did I mention the weather already? I got to spend the day away from the office today, at, well another office, but this time by the seaside. I got a beautiful view of the water all day and it most definitely improved my mood.

4. And on the subject of the weather… Wimbledom! Two weeks a year where I can legitimately watch the TV and hope against hope that there will be a British winner! Yes I know I am slightly delusional… but COME ON MURRAY!

5. I brought this book on Amazon today for the grand total of 8p! (Plus shipping of course!) I’ve read a few other books along these lines Buffy and Philosophy, Everything I ever Learned I Learnt from TV etc… and have always found that they made me think of things from a new perspective, so I am really looking forward to this arriving.

6. James is out tonight to I’m taking the opportunity to make one of my favourite soups (that James can’t stand) Chinese Egg Drop. Yum, yum, yum for dinner!

7. And last but certainly never least the lovely James. I feel so happy when I wake up and see his face, he is defiantly the best thing around these parts!

Have a fantastic start to your week my friends

Lindy xxxx

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Housekeeping

As you will have probably noticed I have become pretty bad with keeping up with a posting schedule around these parts; there has been a a few reasons for this none of them particuarily interesting; work, work and life in general really! The usual culprits!

However I have felt a burst of insipration recently and I have decided to get myself back in to some sort of schedule. Due to the fact I work 2 jobs and have to commute I’m going to be aiming for 3 posts a weeks! Not a huge amount but it will be an improvement on what I’ve been managing recently.

So heres the plan… on a Monday I’m going to continue posting 7 good Things, mostly because I find this really helpful in focusing my own mind on the good things in my week which I need to remember to be thankful for.

On a Wednesday I’m going to be sharing some of the art and probably particuarily embroidery inspiration I stumble accross on the net and hopefully some of my own work as well.

Then on a Friday we will have a bookish type post, review or otherwise.

I think setting these things down for myself will hopefully keep me focused and keep me on track, because I love writing and sharing things on this little blog and I would hate to loose this and become overwhelmed with the more boring aspects of every day life!

Anyhoo, I hope to see you all back here on Monday for 7 Good Things! Have a fabulous Sunday my friends.

Lindy xxxx

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Giveaway Winner!

Sorry for the un planned hiatus there! The very lovely Camille from Archive of Our Lives came to stay with us for a few days and I completely forgot to schedule or plan any posts whilst we were busy having fun! It was so nice to meet someone whose blog I have read for ages. James and I had a blast showing her round England and generally chilling out with one of the coolest people I have met in a long time.

So back to something I said I would announce  last week- the winner of my very first giveaway! I picked a name from a hat and the lovely sounding Megan was the one who came out first! Please drop me an email Megan letting me know where you would like me to send your goodies!

Hopefully I will be back later in the week but now I am going to go an continue with my Matrix movie marathon. For some reason I really love these movies so I figured a perfect way to finish my little holiday would be to chill out for the day and do nothing but watch movies.

I hope you’re all having a fantastic week my friends, I shall see you later!

Lindy xxxx

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Reading Round Up May

I really didn’t get that much reading done last month. I think its because I had to drive to work quite a lot and thus lost my main reading time, but never mind. I’m off to a good start this month so I hope I manage to improve my reading rate!

So, first up The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle. Amazingly enough I had never read a Sherlock Holmes book before… I know, weird right? Don’t they just strike you as one of those kind of books that some how you should of read? You know, in school ore something? Unfortunately that places too much faith in our secondary school system, whereas I am now a pupil in the school of life! And in this school I can read what ever I like regardless of the set texts so a-Sherlock-Holmsing I go!

I really enjoyed this book (can you tell!?). I think what surprised me most was that it was written from the perspective of Watson; I had always assumed that the novels were written from the view point of Sherlock, but they are not. And when you think about it this makes sense, Sherlock is too much of a genius to be a narrator which the reader can connect and empathise with. Watson on the other hand is the perfect conduit through which the reader can really experience the madness that is the world of Holmes. I will be definitely be reading more Sherlock novels in the future (word to the wise they are free to download in iPads/ Kindles etc…) and shall be impatiently waiting for the BBC adaptation to return in the Autumn.

Next we have King James by Antonia Fraser. This is a totally different type of book, its basically a biographical essay about the life of King James. Despite the fact I have a History degree which to some extent specialized in this period I never really studied King James in that much depth. This made interesting  reading for me, filling in some of the gaps in my knowledge with out being to taxing on my poor brain.

Then I read Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Considering I’ve quite few Agatha Christie books in my time I was shocked to realise that I had not read this one- arguably her most famous! Considering how disappointing my last experience was with a Christie novel, this was one particularly good. I couldn’t guess ‘whodunnit’ at the end and the breath of characters which she introduced was staggering. All in all a really enjoyable read.

And finally the last book I read last month was ‘Why Men don’t have a Clue and Woman always need more Shoes’ by Allan and Barbara Pease. I picked this up on a total whim, James cleared some of his stuff out of his parents houses at the end of last month and I think this book was originally his Mum’s. Its kind of a pseudo- psychological analysis of the way in which men and women interact. Not something I would usually read but it was actually quite an enjoyable distraction. Whilst I don’t tend to like generalisations about people, there are some points in the book where I would catch myself thinking oh wow I do that or that sounds like Jim. It was quite weird. All in all don’t expect a deep analysis of relationships, but for some light amusement, it was pretty distracting!

So there it is, I didn’t manage to read nearly enough last month so I am being more purposeful this month in making sure that I choose to read rather than choose to say sit on the net of goggle at the TV or something. Not that those are inherently bad activities or anything, just that for me personally, reading gives me greater joy!

What was your best read last month?

Lindy xxx

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Today…

Today was a five cup of tea kind of day…

But I did to get to take some fantastic photos on my train ride to work.

I’ve been trying to take a photo of this poppy field for so long!

And this was the view from my office window…

After 9 hours at work today I’m having a seriously relaxing evening and an early night!

See you tomorrow my friends

Lindy xxx

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7 Good Things Vol 27

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I thought I would do this a little differently this week and list 7 things which I have been thankful for this week…

1. I’m thankful that there is food in my cupboards and that my next meal is not in doubt. For too many in the world, this is not a certainty.

2. I’m thankful that I live in country where the printed word is not censored and I can get my hands on high quality works of literature, politics and poetry cheaply and easily.

3. I’m thankful that I live somewhere where political debate is an everyday, encouraged activity.

4. I’m thankful that clean water pours from my taps for pennies, plentiful and cool.

5. I’m thankful that I have the education to make informed choices about my actions and my future. I truly believe that a good education and a curiosity for the world around me is the greatest gift my parents could have given me.

6. I’m thankful that my knee is healing and I can feel myself becoming stronger day by day.

7. I’m thankful for James and for our relationship, having him to come home to is the greatest gift I could ask for.

Please let me know in comments what you are thankful for this week…

Lindy xxxx

ps: You have to the end of the week to enter my giveaway to win a book, tea and chocolate… the recipe for a perfect afternoon!

 

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