Monday, 29 June 2009

Something's Afoot

Well, two feet actually.

My two feet.

Being used to propel me forward faster and for longer than I'd have thought possible a month ago.

I took up running.

I know!!! Crazy. Unbelievable. Insane..... and actually really quite enjoyable.

After finally decided that it's unreasonable to continue to blame the size of my jelly belly on just having had a baby (considering Egg will be 3 in three months time -eek!) I thought it was about time I got off my bum and actually did something about it. So running was the punishment of choice.

I started on the Runner's World 8 week beginner's programme (being totally unfit the prospect of running even 1 minute at a time horrified me!) and I'm now up to week 4 and I'm running 8 minute stints (with 2 minute walk breaks inbetween). It's amazed me just how quickly my fitness level has risen in such a short time.

Rather scarily, Kendo and I (he's coming along for the beginner's programme ride which is cool) have signed up to do our first race on the 20th September. It's the 5K section of the Antrobus Cabbage Canter (is that not an excellent name for a run? And you get a cabbage when you finish - extra cool (even though I don't actually like cabbage, but I know a bunny who does)). We've got a month left on the beginner's programme and then another couple of weeks to work on getting our speed up over the 5K. As long as I don't come last I'll be happy!

So, that's one of the things I've been doing while I've been busy not blogging on here. Who'd have thunk it?

The other thing I really need to be doing is this.

I signed up for the Seaside Swap over at Rachel's blog a little while ago (and Rachel was nice enough to let me sign up even though I said I would probably be a little tardy with posting my swap goodies off). I've been thinking about what I'm going to make for this, and I'm going to make a start on some swap items soon (once I've whittle down all the ideas in my head to something concrete!). Watch this space for seaside swappines.

Friday, 26 June 2009

Lucy in the Attic with Rainbows.

Have you visted Lucy in her Attic? Have you?

If you haven't, then you really, really should.

If you have then you'll know exactly what I'm talking about when I tell you about the fabulous, yarn-filled, rainbow coloured lushness that is Miss Lucy's blog space.

I stumbled across Attic 24 a good while back on a little blog hopping jaunt. As it happened, it was around the time I decided to teach myself how to crochet. What a stroke of luck that was, and what an inspiration Lucy turned out to be.

First, was the discovery that despite the fact that Lucy's blog is full of completely lub-er-ly crochet creations - she had not that long ago learnt to crochet herself (thus confirming hope on the horizon that I might actually "get it" eventually.)

Second, Lucy's patterns. Oh, those patterns. Ordinarily when I try to read crochet patterns my brain runs off to a corner of my skull to try to escape the torment. They just don't make sense to me at all. Lucy's patterns though? Written step by step.... in English (my kind of English) and the photos! All those times I looked at a pattern and wondered "but where exactly am I supposed to put the hook through!!" Lucy gives me a photo, to show me just what I should be doing. Lucy's patterns rock!

Which is what led me to this. Do you remember this:


A sneak peak of a project started way back in February. Now it's finished (hurrah!) and here it is:

Crochet Bag

Crochet Bag - Detail

I need to work on my tension a little, and the outside of the bag was made with a lower weight yarn (and smaller hook) so it isn't quite as close knit as Lucy's rainbow bag. As it turned out a little more hole-filled than anticipated I decided to make a lining in the same way (but all in red) which I then attached to the inside just below the scalloped edging.

Crochet Bag - Inside

The lining gives the bag a nice chunky feeling that I like. I was feeling a little monochromatic when I started this project. Hence the colour scheme of the main bag, but my mood had picked up a little when I got further along so I decided on a splash of colour. I really quite like how it turned out.

Perfect for housing this whilst on the go:

Crochet Bag and yummy stash

Which will be the next crochet project, strangely enough from a pattern from a certain Attic blog.

The craftiness hasn't ended there either. There's been actual scrapbooking too (okay, one layout, which sat on my desk unfinished for about 3 months, but it's done now!):

LO_Fuzzy around the edges

Certainly won't be winning layout of the year, but at least it's actual scrapbooking production, which is few and far between at the moment.

Right, best go before the kids strangle each other. I haven't shown you them lately have I...... monkey's as always, just bigger now:


Model behaviour? Miss Grace is such a poser these days!


And this little Egg is just about as cheeky as they come.


Thursday, 18 June 2009

Access Denied

I am an appalling blogger. I know. I've definitely lost that blogging feeling.

In my defense the lack of blogginess has not been helped by the fact that when I now try to access my blog from work (where I usually blog from) I'm greeted by this lovely screen:

Access Denied! Same with any Wordpress, Typepad or other Blogger page. I guess the IT plebs around here have finally wised up. Pah! Thank goodness for Google Reader I say or I may never get to read another blog in work again. I can't comment from there though, which explains why I haven't commented on any of the blogs I usually do (sorry if I've not been to yours for a while, I'm trying to catch up.
Things have been going on around here, and yet in some ways it seems nothing blog worthy has happened. I'm working on a project, its nearly almost nearly finished. I will post pics when I'm done. In the meantime it's school time for the munchkins so this will be short and sweet, just so you know I'm still here. I'm still reading your blogs when I can. I miss blogland! Trying desperately to get back here.