After a blissfully quiet start to the week, which was much needed after our trip to Wales, the action started to get going again on Wednesday when Girl Lacer had a birthday party to go to, I don’t know who was more excited, me or her, as I desperately needed to see some adults who I weren’t related to (no offence Mr. Lacer, my dad or my sister). This particularly party always involves alcohol on pickup, so I even made sure I was wearing ‘nice’ clothes because to be honest my standard of dress has slipped a bit, as it always does in the holidays, my collection of baggy t-shirts have been getting their annual airing, even my ancient (90s) Jamie Oliver Easy Tiger t-shirt, which to be honest, I would never wear to the school gate.
Thursday was Thumbs up it’s Thursday in Kingston, i.e. lots of free activities to lure the kids into town in the hope that their parents spend some money in the process. I’d booked Girl Lacer into a free drama workshop in the local theatre, she’s finally old enough to get to play with the big kids, so the workshop was more of a challenge (but still lots of fun), as she’d been getting bored of the 5 and under workshops. After that and after a spot of chasing the Jamie’s Italian chef down the street (the restaurant is near the theatre and I saw this guy in chef’s whites across the other side of the street with a big platter of food and he was offering people samples to try, now we didn’t need to actually cross the street, but I am desperate to go to Jamie’s Italian and can’t, so I’m there going “Right kids, we need to cross the street” and the kids are going “Why?” and I’m there replying “We just do,” so we cross the street and we’re sauntering along the other side of the street and the chef stops us, “Would you like to try some food?” and I’m all like “Oh, ok then,” like I hadn’t spotted him there, we tried some foccacia and it was melt in the mouth delicious) and a lunch that cost me £14 (there you go Kingston traders, result, although unfortunately it wasn’t at Jamie’s Italian), we went to see the petting farm they’d transplanted into the memorial gardens, which I think was more of a case of duck and cover for Boy Lacer or should I say goose and cover, as this bird was as big as him and heading straight for us.
After that we made some cool pipe cleaner spiders, appraised two lots of queues for face painting (no way) and went to the big kid (6+ again) craft workshop in John Lewis, where Girl Lacer got introduced to french knitting, which resulted in this little lady coming home with us (result again Kingston traders).
I remember French knitting as a kid (and I’m finding it still rather addictive now) but the problem was that although I can French knit, my mum always used to cast on and cast off for me, now it’s a case of me working out how to do it. I managed the casting on bit, we’ll have to see what happens when Girl Lacer wants me to cast off.
Friday was slightly more local crafting at Wendy’s Workshop in Ham, we painted more pieces of pottery, I painted a smaller bowl in stripes to match my bigger stripy bowl which I still use everyday to hold my smaller pieces of sewing junk.
Saturday was the start of birthday present shopping, I really should have started before now (I have to be hideously organised and buy birthday presents over three months to spread the cost). Both Girl and Boy Lacer have asked for Toy Story stuff for their birthdays this year and admittedly the Toy Story range at the moment is actually rather good (maybe because in my eyes the Toy Story range is slightly retro and a ‘proper’ toy beats a wii game, which is what they’d also like, any time). We saw a great range of Toy Story stuff in the Disney Store in Westfield and I had planned on Saturday, having a rare child free moment, to go to my local Disney Store to get some (notably the stuffed pink pig and the Barbie and Ken) and only then did I realise that the shop I’d noticed boarded up for the last week or two was where the Disney Store was, so I guess I will have to find time to go back to Westfield sooner than I had anticipated.
Finally have still of course been busy embroidering; I finished and sent off the mystery items for the book commission on Friday, part of me likes them and part of me thinks “Argh they’re nowhere near good enough for a book!!!!” but I’ve decided I can’t be objective and time was pressing, so they got sent off. The book in question is out in Autumn 2011, so I get to show the result then (if there is one, argh, sorry I’m being really paranoid!). But to show you some embroidery that I can show you, these are what I blogged about over on Feeling Stitchy today.
They’re from a book called Made in France which I’ve reviewed over on Feeling Stitchy (yes, a whole book, there is still a little bit of a lull in the new embroidery pattern generation out there). The book is fantastic, head over to Feeling Stitchy for the proper review but I’ll just say here that expect to see lots more patterns cropping up from that book!
I finished the shoes on Saturday and promptly had to wear them out and then the weather turned to this.
So not my most smartest idea. My feet were slopping around and they got nicely mud spluttered, luckily they washed off ok under the shower once I got home.
Update – The French knitting was finished and cast off successfully. Girl Lacer made it into a bracelet for Boy Lacer.
Boy Lacer in his normal position