Monday, 14 January 2008

important dates, that WIP and some project365s...

Realising I needed a new diary a week or so into the new year I went on a quest. Nothing could I find in my price range (post kicking my heels up in Switzerland induced poverty!) apart from this little horror...

makes your heart shudder, huh? ...but beggars can't be choosers

so, after a bit of humming and aahing, some cutting and stitching (and a number of nice cups of tea, at least the household budget can always run to that) , the unpleasant little brute has been transformed into this...

now I'll be the first to admit the stitching isn't all perfect, and I hadn't really thought it out properly before I made it so there are some rough edges but you'd have to say it's a darn sight better than that mock-leather-monstrosity...
(next time I cover a notebook in fabric, and I think there will be a next time as I do like it, I may just read a pattern or two first!)

meanwhile, the le slouch was progressing nicely until I tried it on last night. Hmm, I think it had somehow slipped my mind that I have a rather large, nay, an enormous head...

(see my head poking up through the top there? that's a mere two rows from the end my friends)

so it looks more like a beanie on my noggin...a very pretty moss stitch beanie but not the desired effect AT ALL. So I'll be ripping that one back tonight (unless I can come up with a foolproof way to shrink my head!)

Meanwhile I've been busy project365'ing* and here are some (personal) highlights from the weekend...

Saturday - a trip to Tate Modern to see the Louise Borgeois exhibition (it closes on January 20th and I urge anyone in London who hasn't seen it yet to go, it's simply incredible, and thought provoking and and and...)

this made me laugh, step - what step? you step over that little baby and you are on the tracks!

nice curves huh?

paint, windowsill, what more can I say

"London's famous St Paul's Cathedral"

Millenium Bridge

beautiful trees oustide Tate, remind me of this painting
(bad reproduction, sorry)

great to see two women artist's names up there on the TATE where we are so used to seeing'll often find a solitary female artist's name in amongst the men's but it sent shivers of pleasure up my spine to see's a first!

Sunday, at home

* I know it's supposed to be one a day but I'm enthusiastic ok?!


Florence said...

What wonderful photos though - I like your enthusiasm!...and I feel embarrassed to say it now, as it is obviously not the look you were hoping for, but I love the hat too...and would even (whisper it!) wear it like that! Eek - maybe I just have an incredibly large head too and so have become used to hats looking that way!

Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog and it's so nice to know that there are lots of those lovely little birds around being enjoyed!

Oh and yes,(going back a while now) it was the park that's by the church - perfect.

Katy said...

Right, now I am soooooooooo jealous of your camera skills. Not fair, not fair, not fair - you obviously got the bit of talent that was intended for me, which means you should share and give me some back, purlease ;)
Fab pics and fab diary (which had such a lovely banana sticker on before, why on Earth would you want to get rid of that, eh???!!!)

Meridian Ariel said...

first of all I love the beanie...and I must admit to being of the large head brigade, and thick hair too.

I think the diary is fab too, I want to make one, and its my sorta price range ;o)

the project 365 is such a great idea, but my hubby is a photographer so I just leave him to it!

juanitatortilla said...

Nice, nice shots!
You are definitely entitled to your enthusiasm; you're doing great :)

Your post on the pocket diary has reminded me to dig the photo files (of my new planner), and blog about it! I'll do that, *now*.

Mary Beth said...

I love your little calendar cover! Good job and yes, much better than the original! I too love the hat just the way it is. It's a pity to rip it up, I think. Oh, and thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog; they are much appreciated. By the way, I do like my tea milky too!

Anonymous said...

Hello Annie, interesting this project365 - just saw on some random blogs too. Hmm.. another project?

yup need a few projects at a time - definitely!

heheh... the DPNs are so far so good.

Anonymous said...

Hi there, thanks for commenting on my blog, of course you can use the hyacinth quote...its a good one! I just adore hyacinths so the more good word spread about them the better! Wonderful photos on your blog... keep 'em coming! Oh, and I love the hat too!

capello said...

LOVE the journal transformation!

pink-petal-designs said...

Love your diary cover !
Sarah x

Inger C said...

The journal cover is SUPER lovely!
Don't read patterns - this is more charming = much better!
Louise Bourgeois rules! SuperCool to get a new career success in her seventies.