Sunday, 25 July 2010

Rotary cutter pain!

No photos or crafty Sunday today, sustained a hideous rotary cutter injury last night, it bled a lot and just thinking about using it again for a little while gives me the heebie jeebies! Loving how the patchwork squares are coming along though so I'll get back on in the next couple of days!

Hope you're having a restful Sunday, I have Mr Rosenblum's List by Natascha Solomons to read and my dear fiance (still love saying that) has a creamy blue cheese pasta on the go with a nice glass of red wine, perfect Sunday evening in our house!

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Engagement week off!

I just have to share the pics of the beautiful engagement cake our lovely friend made us, I wish I could keep some for you but it's going fast, and it tastes as good as it looks. We have some wonderful friends, can't wait to share our wedding plans with them!

Big thanks to Janet Clare for her recommendation of the Fat Quarters at Blackhall Mill, it did not disappoint. The surrounding area was lovely, we had a really nice walk and then I picked up a Moda pack, a scrap pack which was great value, and some other bits and bats, I am pleased with the colour choices, now on with my first quilt ever!

We spotted this lovely little beauty:

Moda fabrics:

Scrap pack - lots and lots to see here:

Bits and bats:

Toby is sporting a very fine bandana made from a piece from the scrap pack, I was getting bored towards the end of our week off!

Well it's back to earth with a bump, lots of people to tell our exciting news to, but lots of work to do at the same time!

Monday, 19 July 2010

We're Engaged!

I've been having a lovely week off work and it all started with a very romantic proposal! I'm over the moon, head over heels giddy that I started the week with a lovely boyfriend and by Thursday evening went off to dream land with my fiance!

We got up on the first day of our hols and as I was hopping into the shower he came through to say he was nipping to the local shops to get a drink. After half an hour I got a text message to say 'there's no cash in any of the atms so I've gone into town be back soon.' Nearly two hours passed, this was really out of character, so I texted back to say 'is this a joke? all this time for a can of pop?' more messages followe and he was soon back in the house where I quizzed the poor man for about ten minutes about his whereabouts!

We had a lovely day and then headed out down by the sea at Tynemouth for fish and chips where we got blown about like mad, then headed for home.

Then, at about 9:30pm on our favourite walk with our Tobydog we sat down on the little grassy knoll where we've so frequently watched the sun go down, and before I knew what was happening he was down on one knee and reaching into his pocket for that little box!

The ring is a beautiful yellow gold vintage solitaire which I adore and cannot stop looking at! We took a few days for it to sink in and now that I know it isn't a dream and we've told our parents, family and friends we have a little party to plan, and much more to plan too!

Lots more holiday photos to follow, including our trip to The Fat Quarters and Blackhall Mill, for now I'm back to floating on my cloud!

Oh, the peacock was spotted on our favourite walk the day after the big proposal, an odd sight in a built up area, I think this is a sign of good luck!

Monday, 12 July 2010

Horsing around

Another lovely weekend has passed and I am super relaxed because as of Thursday I am off work for six lovely long days! I have a few things planned, not least of all heading to Blackhall Mill to The Fat Quarters to seek out materials for my first ever quilt (and some other projects)! Thanks to the lovely Janet Clare for confirming my suspicions that making the journey into the more rural parts of Gateshead will be worthwhile!

We met these beauties on our usual Saturday walk, so gentle, it was lovely to stop and stroke their silky noses, next week calls for an extra bag of apples I think! Wish you could see the trees they're under, that's another photo for another week I think, maybe you can help me identify which kind they are too as I've struggled to come up with anything yet!

These ones look like they're in love (I'm so childish!)

Toby took the time to explore my Mam's back yard and I managed to snap a quick pic before he hopped on out again!

And finally, this is an old photo from about a year ago which is on my desktop at work, I'm a sucker for a colourful beach hut and these ones at Whitby are gorge, snapped from the boat tour I took with work when I first started in June 2009:

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Crafty Sunday

I'm flat out knackered! Work is crazy busy at the moment, mainly with me running training events which I absolutely hate but I am seeing my confidence at public speaking starting to grow, very very painfully slowly!

This weekend has been a much needed break; Saturday saw a trip to the local secondhand book shop, with these two lovely books which have been keeping me busy, I also snapped up a Sociology text book for £5; I have finally come full circle and decided to take the plunge and start my Social Research Masters with the Open University in November, it'll be costly, hard work and I'm under no illusions that full time work + part time study = a very busy Angela but I'm definately up for the challenge and it won't hurt to keep my brain busy!

Whilst I still have the time I made this necklace today which I plan on wearing for my big training day on Tuesday, a whole 5 hours of people listening to me! I needed something for a confidence boost and I hope the sparkles make me sparkle! The glass pendant at the base is one from my fused glass class earlier this year, I'm quite pleased with how it's turned out.