Guys it’s been so long!!! It’s over 6 weeks since I last posted, but I have been sooooooooooo busy. This is kind of a theme in my life!
I have finally finished the first module of my MSc “making environmental decisions” – it was a bit of a yawn unfortunately, because it mainly involved learning new diagramming techniques. I have found a lot of the side reading really interesting though, and it’s already opened a few doors for me.
Unfortunately I won’t get the results until June, so I’ve had to sign up for (and pay for £££!!!!) the next module without knowing whether I’ve passed. I’m sure it will be fine…. My next module is “managing for sustainability” which will be more my thing. I hope I can manage to stay focused on it while the weather is nice – its finally spring!!!
I handed in on the 5th of April, and my mum and I went to a spa for a relaxation day on the 6th – partly in celebration and partly as a Mother’s Day treat. Dunamoy Cottages and Spa – what a fantastic place!!
It’s local to us – it was affordable, and we had an awesome time! We each had full use of the Spa, a facial, a massage and afternoon tea! I so needed that massage and I would definitely go back. My masseuse asked what sort of pressure I would like, and I told her to work out what would kill me and then back it off a little bit – it was AWESOME.
I’ve also been to the hospital and had some good news – my iron levels are back up to normal human level, and I’m definitely feeling the difference, much less fatigue! My ACR (one of the kidney readings) is also down by over 60% – still not normal human level, but well on the way!
And finally…. I MADE A THING!!!
I wanted to make my dad something nice for his birthday – when I was quilting and making bags there wasn’t much I could make for him, and prior to the glow-in-the-dark spaceman pajamas I had never made him anything to wear. He loves those pajamas so much, and they were such a good fit I decided to splash out on some really nice fabric and make him another.
I used my trusty Jalie 2918 t-shirt pattern and I got this gorgeous “Oceania” Art Gallery Cotton Spandex from Lamazi Fabrics (£20 per Metre and they still have some left!). The quality is amazing, and it sewed up like a dream
At Christmas I couldn’t do neckbands, but I can do them now!! I was so pleased with this; it looks basically perfect to me. My hemming still needs work, but it’s much improved from my last attempt so I’m happy.
I failed to control myself with the fabric shopping unfortunately. I treated myself to this gorgeous “At Sea” ex-designer cotton lawn from the lovely Harriet at Sew me Sunshine – it was really reasonably priced, and she still has some left!
We’ll be off to Italy next month, and I want to make something out of it for my holidays, but it’s really fine and a bit see-through, so I’m not too sure what I should make. I like the Driftwood Dress from Twig and Tale – but maybe I would need to line it?
I found Twig and Tale because I was looking for something to make for A – I got some gorgeous dinosaur cotton fabric in the sale from Lamazi – being stupid and not reading properly before I add things to my basket – I thought it was jersey and was planning to make a t-shirt, so I only got 1.5 meters – but it’s not stretchy!! Thank goodness for the Stitch Sisters Men’s Shirt Pattern Roundup #mansewing
I LOVE this pattern company; they were totally new to me their kids’ patterns are so cute I can’t even cope.
I’ll definitely be making some more of their patterns because I have a new little niece or nephew on the way! (actually the baby will be my 1st cousin once removed…. but that’s such a mouthful!!) I already have a quilt started for the new baby, but surely every child needs a blue tweed fox coat? even if they live in South Africa…