Monday, August 15, 2011

If we have to defend ourselves, I will stab the security guard in the eye with the jumbo chalk

Happy Monday everyone! I'm feeling uncharacteristically chirpy today, probably because the sun is shining, I have a little seaside holiday on the horizon, I have some nice sewing projects on my sewing table... I don't know, just feeling nice and optimistic today. It's a good feeling!

Of course, it also helps that I had a very lovely weekend. I worked from home on Friday and rounded off a pleasant week with a few drinks in my favourite pub with Lysy and The Scientist. I got all dressed up in a new frock, but sadly it was too dark for me to get a satisfying photo of it, so I'm just going to have to wait a while before I show it to you. It shows you how far outfit shots have become a matter of course for me, though, because I was genuinely a bit sad that it wasn't going to work out. We had a thoroughly lovely evening, and it was just what Nic needed after a long day toiling over his thesis. Lysy and I talked sewing, as she was wearing an amazing Cynthia Rowley dress she'd made out of some fabric from Ikea - which made me determined to get to Ikea at lunchtime today to buy some of the same fabric (for another Lonsdale dress, or another Chantilly dress, or possibly both because there's enough fabric!)

Saturday was a very quiet day as Nic was working, and I was sleepy. We did have a little wander in town and a browse in the charity shops. There's a new one around the corner from me, and we were both pleased with what we got - Nic bought some videos of The Flash for 25p each (it's because we've been watching Dawson's Creek, if you can believe!) and I bought a paperback copy of The Mitford Girls by Mary Lovell for 80p, and they were also handing out buns with wee cat faces on them! So that was good. It was nice and warm, and I had a sudden notion to wear my lovely Chantilly dress

Saturday 13th August 2011
Colette Patterns Chantilly dress and Irregular Choice Flick Flack shoes

The skirt is quite voluminous as it is fully lined, but I thought I'd wear a petticoat underneath it anyway. It was very swishy indeed, and prompted a fair few people to stop me and comment on it, which was nice. The lady on the till in the Myton hospice shop went off into a little reverie about her dancing days, and was amused and interested by how closely the shoes matched the dress. I'm sure it's the attention seeking part of me, but I love it when that kind of thing happens, it's nice to think that what I'm wearing can provoke happy memories!

In the afternoon while Nic worked I watched a bit more Dawson's Creek - Kate kindly lent me her DVDs of Season 3 and it is highly enjoyable stuff. I have always had a bit of a love/hate relationship with this show, but it's difficult to deny the fondness I have for it. It's just too much fun to watch Dawson's constant twattishnes! It's the perfect show to have on in the background while you're pottering, and I got a bit of ironing done, and a bit of crafting, and indulged my love of talking to the TV.
Saturday evening was as delightfully sociable as Friday evening. Lauren and Rick came round bearing cava and crisps, which added perfectly to the wine and cheese we already had. It was one of those really relaxing evenings where the time goes by really fast and it's bedtime before you know it. The kind of evening that totally recharges the batteries.

After a very lazy start to Sunday morning Nic and I got dressed and went out for a walk and a spot of blackberry picking.

Sunday 14th August 2011
Fever Anoushka dress and those Topshop sandals again

I bought this dress in a charity shop and I have to admit, I'm not totally convinced by it. It's a size bigger than I would normally buy, and I don't know - do you think the top of it makes me look like a pirate? Or like I have really wide shoulders?! In any case, it's nice and comfortable and cool, although of course not at all practical for diving in and out of bramble thickets. I scratched the shit out of my arms, and got my toes stung by nettles. Still, though, it was totally worth it - especially as on our travels we discovered a few apple trees. When you find blackberries and apples growing in the same spot, that's nature's way of telling you to make a crumble, am I right?

Sunday 14th August 2011
Picking blackberries, scratching myself, plotting desserts
Sunday 14th August 2011
Nic doing the same

And that, my friends, was my weekend. I'll be back tomorrow, though. I already have the blog written. Just something for you all to look forward to! x