Wednesday 17 February 2016

Wendy's Week - UFO's & Flashing Lights

Hello, lovely people, I hope you have been having a fabulous week!
Mine has been another busy one which I must say is actually quite unusual for me, but I'm really not complaining! So here is what I got up to.

~ A UFO & Flashing Lights ~
8-14th February
Wendy's Week - UFO's & Flashing Lights - The Butterfly Balcony Instagram Collage

- My Favourite mug. This week I nearly broke my favourite mug, the horror! So I decided it was time to get myself a spare, you know just in case my utter clumsiness finally gets the better of it! It's decorated with the poster from one of my favourite 1940s films, 'The First of the Few' (AKA 'Spitfire'). The film tells the tale of R J Mitchell an aeronautical engineer and the designer of the Spitfire, it's quite an uplifting film but it always makes me teary towards the end, so when I saw this mug on Ebay last year I knew it had to be mine, it's been a firm favourite ever since, tea always tastes better out of your favourite mug!

- I treated myself on Valentines. This year I decided to treat myself rather than wait for someone else to treat me and so bought myself a big bottle of Babycham, ok it was a bargain basement treat as it was on sale for £3 in Asda so I just couldn't say no! I didn't drink it all as I am a real lightweight when it comes to alcohol, but what I did drink was delicious and worth every penny, even if I did have a fuzzy head come Monday morning!

Wendy's Week - UFO's & Flashing Lights - Hand sewing in the ends on my Miette Cardigan

- Finished a long overdue UFO. Shortly after writing up my UFO Hall of Shame post I started yet another project, I'll never learn. This time, it was spurred by an attempt to use up some of my yarn stash. I'd had my eye on the free Miette Cardigan, for a while and so chose this wonderful mustard yarn, to knit one up. I have been knitting it on and off over the last few years, eventually finishing all the knitting in October while at my parents on the IOW, but it's taken a few extra months to get the ends sewn in and the buttons sewn on, but now it's finally actually ready to make its first outing soon!

Wendy's Week - UFO's & Flashing Lights - Seamed Stockings from UK Tights

I bought some Seamed Stockings, ooh fancy! Being a lover of all things 1940s I have long wanted to be confident enough to wear some seamed stockings, I have bought them in the past from various sellers but they have been a bit hit and miss, but after reading Rowena from The Vintage Lady Of Lincoln fabulous and extensive review of some stockings she had bought from UK Tights, I decided it was time to give it another go! After a lot of perusing the multitude of styles and brands (who knew there was now so many to choose from is great), I decided upon some Pretty Legs Luxury Back Seam Stockings, in both nude and black which were £3.50 each and a pair of Jonathan Aston Seam & Heel Stockings which were a tad more expensive at £8.99, but they have a more authentic self-coloured seam and heel. I have not had the chance to try any of them out yet, but I will say the Jonathan Aston stockings have a lovely soft quality feel, though the nude colour is more 'American Tan' than my 'Bleached Brit' completion is used to, but I am going to give them a go and see how I get on, I shall let you know! Oh I used this AW15 discount code which I found online, just enter it at checkout and you'll get 15% off your order!

Wendy's Week - UFO's & Flashing Lights - Pimped my ride with Bike wheel lights

- I pimped my ride. All without the help of Tim Westwood! I have been cycling to work on my fold up bike for about 4 months now. For the most part, I love it the freedom, the downhill stretches, the almost easy exercise and the fact that I can get to work in about 40 mins rather than the bus time of 90! The parts I don't enjoy are the hills, I'm still not fit enough yet to get up them without puffing like a steam train (last week a chap walking up beside me - yes, we were going the same speed - actually asked me if I was OK, the shame of it!). But my least favourite bit is the traffic, most drivers are great, but there are many drivers who just don't see cyclists at all! The number of times I have nearly gone into the side of a vehicle, as it takes a sharp left in front of me or pulls out of a side road straight into me, is a little scary. So in an attempt to make myself even more noticeable I've got myself some wheel lights from eBay Yes, they are immensely childish (and yes, I love that) but they also make me feel a little safer and a little more visible to the traffic, so it's certainly worth a try! Though if they don't work I am very tempted to give these a try!

- Went for a movie date with my best friend Diane. We have been waiting ages for Goosebumps to hit the big screen, and so this week finally we were able to see it, in an almost empty theatre which felt very luxurious! It really was a fun movie, though we both found Jack Black's odd accent & overacting in this film a tad peculiar, but none the less we enjoyed it, reminded us both of Jumanji and that's no bad thing!
Wendy's Week - UFO's & Flashing Lights - My Cat Beau helping me sew my 1950's Box Pleat Skirt
That little face! "What do you mean I'm in your way?"
- Made progress on my 'Sew Over It Vintage' Skirt. Despite the best efforts of the furry faced one! I spent most of Saturday working on overlocking and stitching all the pieces together and can report that, my measurements were correct and the blighter fits! There are a few discrepancies with the instructions in the book which I'll talk about when it's finally finished, but other than that it went together quite smoothly! I only have the hand stitching of hem left to do which I am struggling with a little as hemming the crepe on a curve is proving more tricky than I had expected, but the end is in sight!
Have you been up to anything fun or crafty this week?
Wendy x

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