Thursday, November 22, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
A Christmas blogger lunch is the perfect get together to chat over a festive lunch prepared by the chef at The Crown and Sceptre on
Holland Road. I have included some Google Map images of where the pub is below.
|How to get there|
The event will be on Saturday, December 1, from 1pm. The venue is close to Kensington Olympia underground station. We have reserved an area inside just for us to use for the afternoon.
I’m sure many of you will know each other already, but if you don’t we can have some ice breakers, but the idea is to enjoy some good food, and have a chat.
The chef will be preparing a two-course Christmas lunch for us, and will have vegetarian and fish options available too. If you have any dietary requirements pop us an email and let us know so we can tell the chef.
And for dessert the idea was to bring a dish that you have cooked yourself. No pressure if you can’t cook, but we have a few people who have said they will make something to bring, so if you are handy in the kitchen feel free to bring something along! And the lovely ladies at the pub are also making us some mulled wine!
We have a sponsor involved, and will hopefully have some lovely goodies to give out, and some games to play, but we are hoping it is a chilled get together to catch up or meet new blogger friends.
If you haven’t already let us know if you can come drop a message in the comments box below, or send me an email at Safira.firstname.lastname@example.org or to Julie at email@example.com
Looking forward to seeing you all!
*Please note that the venue is cash only, so bring some with you!
Monday, November 5, 2012
Yesterday I had a lovely day shopping in central
London, meeting friends for brunch and then seeing some lovely views of over drinks. I will include those in later posts, but I wanted to share with you some goodies I bought from my shopping trip. London
I have been an avid jewellery maker since I was younger making all sorts of bracelets, earrings and bracelets from beads and threads. I am a dab hand with a needle, but have never ventured into wire jewellery making. After discovering some videos on YouTube and some magazines at my local newsagents I set about buying the tools required and thought I would have a go at it myself. The best way to learn is to try it right?!
I went into Beadworks in
Covent Garden and spent a fair amount stocking up on supplies, there was just so much I wanted to buy! But I had to hold myself back, and just buy enough for a couple of starter projects.
I had seen a couple of videos on crochet jewellery so thought I would start with this for my first project since I have been learning to crochet again and already had a crochet hook. For this project I used a 500mm aluminium hook with the 28-gauge wire (the 20-gauge was too malleable) and after chaining a couple of stitches to start I started adding a couple of beads on each chain, adjusting them and the wire as I went along. The key is to add more than the amount of beads you think you will need to the whole wire before you start up to the spool, and to keep the chains big and loose to allow the hook through. The loop can be adjusted, and beads moved around after you have made the chain.
|After one crochet-chain|
|After two crochet-chains and twisted together.|
I made two lengths of chain as a base, then twisted the two together so the wire was not as visible as the beads. I then got a length of wire – probably twice the length of the bracelet I was making – and added beads along the whole length. This was the filler row, and I used it to fill in any gaps, by pushing beads in and wrapping it along where the wire was visible, or there were holes. When I got to the end I wrapped the end wires together, then went back along the bracelet bending the wires and pushing the beads in place to make it fit together so it wouldn’t come loose. I then created an eye either side, with a loop, and added the fastener to finish it off.
Overall, it has become a lot chunkier than I intended, and I didn’t have a set design when I started, but made it up as I went along. I had intended to have three lengths of crochet-chained beads and then plait them together, but I wanted to hide the wire for this design. Maybe it will work better with a smaller sized hook.
And although I like the fastening, I think it might be too dainty for this chunky design, so I might change it to a bigger one when I get one.
But anyway, that is my first attempt at wired jewellery making. What do you think? If you have any tips do let me know as I am a beginner and would appreciate any comments!
Friday, November 2, 2012
I hadn't crocheted since I was nine-years-old, and back then I only knew how to start, and make a chain. So to make a snood was an achievement. It was an easy pattern to do while watching X Factor, and whilst I set out to only make a 10-row snood, it didn't seem thick enough, so even though I finished it off, on second thoughts I carried on to make a 20-row scarf.
Can you crochet? If you can, what have you made?
I will post pictures of the snood properly once it is finished. What do you think of it so far?
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