Welcome to my blog! I am Nan, the human component of this blog. B.A.G.S. (a.k.a. AINE) is my pug. This blog will notate musings, muses and British inspired goodies with an American twist. I own The Portobello Road Shoppe located at theportobellord.etsy.com. My specialties are: sewing, stitching, paper crafting and felting. Oh, and the occasional nummy brownies.
*waves weakily* sorry all. I have been uber bad with the blogging. Between getting my back in shape, finishing off my halloween cards, sewing and playing with my Slice, I owe ya some pictures. Sorry no MUST HAVE MONDAY today. My brain has uncharacteristically thrown itself into quilting and I can't seem to get off that uber geekyness. I am currently struggling with *how* to make my a blanket out of Moda's Kiddie Christmas. It is so cute but I can't decide how I want to do it. I may take the easy way out and just sew everything *together* all uncreative like - so that a) I can *have* a blaket for the holidays and b) so I don't frustrate myself further. One thing I have found is that quilting is VERY frustrating because you are battling with your own inner *I MUST BE PERFECT* demon. You can fudge on outfits or other fun items, but with a quilt? not so much. Unless *maybe* crazy quilting. Crazy quilts are what I LOVE and I want to make one *SO BADLY*.
My Grandma's Peony. I couldn't believe it has lasted 20 + years and my sister had it! She spit them up and I was lucky enough to get one. Now I am like bound and determined to ensure it doesn't die. My greenthumbed friends have assured me that so far, so good.
So What did that big SPOOL help me create?
A *little* home for my SLICE! There are so many bits and pieces with the Slice,I needed to contain it. I am one of those people that if things are out of place I go mini nuts. Hence containment needed to happen. I didn't like the SLICE options, so I thought I would take some canvas and fabric out of my stash. Inside
Let's do a quiz - what goes TICK TICK TICK in my house?
C) my phone
d) my fridge.
I am sure you guessed my clock right? WRONG. IT IS MY FRIDGE!!! Oh my goodness I have been going just batty with the ticking hence I have been doing anything to block out the noise. Luckily the repair person is coming tomorrow. And yes, my fridge is relatively new. GERR.
I have been going a little bit crazy with the sewing lately due to being obsessed with blocking out the noise. I am working every minute I can on my Halloween Quilt. I am very behind at this moment. So my mom gave me some See's Candy to keep me going - or save for a crop - which ever came first. :)<
I have also found some really cool magazines as well.
Ottobre from Finland. It has uber cool patterns and sizes that are very modern. Quite excited about trying some items in here
Stitch and Studios...love the Japan article and the Studios is very inspirational.
Living Craft. This magazine is so cool. It is all about Natural Fiber. LOVE.IT.
And I think I need to subscribe to this Magazine. Home and Antiques from the UK and is based on the Antiques Roadshow. *LOVE*
Oh and lookie what I have here.... NEW MOON PORN! *squee*
I love the fact that they dressed him up in an Edwardian Coat and that he is from the Edwardian time and of course his name is EDWARD. LMAO.
and I had to post this one.
So what does Aine think.... yep. Mummy crazy with the paper goods and sewing.
YEA I have finished my stiching for my Halloween Quilt! YEA! So now onto the little bitty squares....I have loads more to go. Luckily my sleeping buddy was able to hang with me. Even thought she hates this floor in the fall/winter. PS Sneaky Peaky for MUST HAVE MONDAY-Sewing. :) Hugs all! Nan
Oh my goodness, what a week! First I was with my team for three days - which meant many long nights and days. Uber fun. I went to the faboZED 451. I MUST GO THERE AGAIN! I was only able to share in the sumosa appetizers before I had to leave.
Than on Friday our Senior Executive had a party at her house in Beverly area of Chicago - home of the RAINBOW CONE!!!
Now onto some newly purchased goodies.... Stamps....
And JACK POT! The church down the block was having a yard sale and got two items I have wanted like FOREVER. One being anything and everything related to British Royalty. Yes I am a geek. and finally a HUGE CROCK! I adore it!
I found and quickly bought a stash of 100% wool material that is about to be felted for holiday appliques, a long Merino wool reminent - for get this - 25 cents! *does happy dance*. Also got some amazing scrappy vintage goodies as well!
and lastly I saw Julia and Julie - what an amazing and inspiring story of food, love and blogging.
I am off to make Bday cards! Hugs! Nan and zzz Aine
I actually threaded and sewed on a Serger! Still getting the tension *just so* but I did it and it actually worked! Heck, I even OILED this wonderful gifty from Ms. Cricket! *hugs her muchly!* And to think it has not started in 18 years! *does happy dance* I even MADE something with it! I know! I KNOW!
It was so much fun finding the goodies that went with the Brother Serger. Luckily Brother had a copy (of a copy!) of the original manual on their website so I was able to find all the bits and bobs that needed to get it working along with wonderful advice from the ladies at LindaZ's . I highly recommend this shop - they not only sell and fix high end sewing machines but you should see the one arm quilters for sale...*droool*....
So since all these goodies were new, I thought they needed a serged little bag. The bag is big enough to fit the pedal and cord. Can't you see I am into organizing or WHAT?
Oh yes, very long tweezers - and a looper threader(which I have already lost!) are your best friends when sewing with a serger!
The Serger all threaded and ready to go!
Hence a pouch needed to be made - Tweezers can't go lost afterall. :)
I just love having two machines now. *squee* Now I need a nice long sewing table where a free arm can fit into one...
*sigh* Oh what a FUN FUN WEEKEND! Hugs all! Nan and Aine.