Sorry for the brief absence, I’m suffering from a bad allergy attack due to some mice taking up residence in our flat due to the cold and I’ve got an IBS flare up, my body doesn’t like me at the moment basically. I even missed Torchwood last night as I went to bed early, but it’s on the DVR so expect a review soon, although possibly not tonight as Mr. Lacer has been fussing for weeks about how tonight there are *shock* three programmes he wants to watch at *shock* the same time; House, Ashes to Ashes and Trial and Retribution and our DVR ‘only’ has two tuners and the tuner on our TV doesn’t work. I’m like, well we’ll just have to not watch one of them, you know like in the ‘good ol’ days’ before video (although I remember Mr. Lacer telling me a story once about how when he was a kid there was once two programmes he wanted to watch at the same time and this was pre-video, so he set up both the tellys in the house next to each other and watched both programmes simultaneously, a bit of a sad TV addict then and a bit of a sad TV addict now). But anyway back to tonight, thanks to the ‘miracles of 21st century technology’, i.e. BBC iPlayer, we’ll be watching Ashes to Ashes later on that, problem solved.
Other than sneezing and an unhealthy emphasis on TV, I have been doing some crafty stuff. I’m still working on my embroidery, I have now in my collection Doodle stitching by Aimee Ray.
I was sold by the picture of the bird on the lower left hand corner of the cover, I call them ‘Charlie and Lola birds’ as one features in an episode of the cartoon where Lola’s trying to learn to read, although I’m sure Lauren Child (or the cartoon production company) didn’t come up with them, they’re a timeless design. Anyway the birds feature on a design for the most beautiful quilt and mmm, whilst I’m a novice at embroidery I’m a complete “Argh my god!” at quilting, although I’d love to have a go, I’ve always liked the quilts I’ve seen in shops like Zara Home and I’ve always been majorly put off by the price but now I can totally see why they’re so expensive. So I thought I’d better start off with something a little bit easier, so I had a go at the bookmark suggested in the book, although I didn’t follow Ray’s suggested design, instead taking one of her designs for a ribbon from the book and adding a ‘Charlie and Lola bird’ at the top on one side and then doing some of her paisley designs on the other side. (Just tried to take some photos, unfortunately my ‘proper’ camera needs recharging and as good as my Cyber-shot camera phone, it’s close up shots arn’t that good). Anyway I was fairly pleased with it, working on card is fun.
I’ve also been making a necklace, I’d had no prior necklace making urges but I was browsing the Boden site (favourite clothes company for me and the kids – when I can afford it) and they currently have a lovely kids necklace and bracelet set.
Forget about getting it for Girl Lacer, I want it lol! Anyway a bit too close to the end of the month for that sort of thing, so me and Girl Lacer were shopping yesterday morning, so we dragged poor Boy Lacer into a nice bead shop near us and ok, my attempt doesn’t have as many strands or beads or include a bracelet but I’m fairly pleased with it and it only cost in total £2.02! I’m not sure now about the metal heart bead (see below), I think the necklace would have been better without it, even though I love necklaces with those sort of beads normally, other than that, like I say rather pleased. I think if I get the chance (and no kids accompanying me) I may return to the bead shop and pick some beads for a similar but more complex project.
And finally (and back to the embroidery), what Mrs. Lacer is getting really excited about is the delivery of a package from Sublime Stitching I ordered a few days ago (so yes I know being an international delivery it’s going to take some time). I am particularly excited about the Day of the Dead designs I ordered, particularly the sugar candy skull, I have plans for that.
Oh and another finally (sorry), I also have a new cookbook in my collection, In the Mood for Foodby Jo Pratt, well anything featuring a picture of someone eating a chocolate covered ring donut complete with sprinkles (my favourite Krispy Kreme donut) on the cover (recipe not included) sells it for me. Haven’t cooked from it yet but it looks nice, a rather girly cookbook with some nice looking recipes and rather refreshingly for me, as I normally buy family orientated cookbooks full of recipes on how to get your kids to eat their 5-a-days, there is not a photo (I recall) or mention of children in sight. I had gone into the book shop to check out the new Ainsley Harriett but sorry Ainsley you are definitely not doing it for me anymore, I used to be such a fan and I still think his Gourmet Expresses and Low Fat Meals in Minutes (Delia, there are so many chefs who got there before you on time saving cookery) are excellent, but he seems to have changed track and it’s not for me.