Hungover cross stitching

This post is definitely what it says on the tin.

I went out for a few drinks with work friends after work. A few drinks soon turned into quite a few and rolling home in the early hours. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem but I had plans to go to my friend’s house the next day for a birthday/housewarming party.

Fast forward to 8.30am the next morning and I realise that I haven’t made her birthday card. I had made her a housewarming card when she first moved in:

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But I had totally somehow forgot that it was mainly her birthday I was going for.
So it’s 9am by this point and just because I haven’t got enough on my plate I think I have to make everyone a string egg filled with chocolate eggs (6 of us were going to be there!) Here’s a picture of what I was aiming for. To cut a long story short I spent a good 2 hours making them and and it turns out you do have to wait for it to dry over night. I popped the balloon a few hours later and it completely collapsed. However the ones I gave up on were perfect the next day:

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So by this time it’s 11am, I’m due to be picked up at 3pm and I haven’t made her card!

Now usually I do like making my own designs for cards, you’ll see some of my past designs on my blog. I’ve already made 2 previous personalised cards for her so this one would take some serious thought, but by this time I didn’t have time and my head was pounding. So instead I found a cute design by Paperchase and adapted it to cross stitch:

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I think I started stitching around 12pm and finished around 2.15 which makes it my quickest stitch ever!!

I wrote in it “have a foxtastic birthday” which people didn’t seem to get but I found it hilarious! That might have been the leftover gin and wine swirling around my system but whatever.

I’d love to hear about your experiences with stitching to a deadline.

Jessica x x x

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Gin tasting @ lazy lounge, Leeds

When I left my last job back in OCTOBER one of my presents was a gin and cake tasting for two. I finally got round to booking it for me and the boyfriend and had it earlier in the week as a continuation of my birthday weekend. It’s based at the Lazy Lounge in Leeds and I think its £20 per person.

We walked round after work, it’s based in Leeds city centre, just off wellington street and as we arrived half an hour early, we settled down with a glass of their house white. I’ve had it before and it’s well worth it as house wines go. As we were ordering I was a bit peckish and saw some snacking ham. What’s that you ask? I had to find out…

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Turns out it’s cured ham in a packet and it’s a tasty alternative to the usual crisps. I was a bit peppery for my liking but that didn’t stop me shovelling into my mouth.

Turning to the important bit…the gin. We were seated at a grand piano which had been turned into a table and which was covered in gin, cake and sandwiches:

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The guy (unfortunately I didn’t catch his name) was AMAZING and definitely knew his stuff. He took us on a tour from gineva to the modern day Gin and along the way learnt how some of the phrases we use to this day evolved via the popularity of gin. For instance “dutch courage” and “quack” in reference to a bit of a dodgy doctor.

It was so interesting to learn about the evolution of gin; tasting the first type was a revelation, and not the good kind!

The sandwiches and gin and tonic cake were both delicious and well needed. We drunk a lot of gin so needed the carbs.

I think my favourite gin was one which was made out of potatoes which is so ironic because I grew up on a potato farm!

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So if anyone wants to buy me some of this I am not going to refuse!

Pop down to lazy lounge, you won’t be sorry and its a fabulous night out.

Jessica x x x

Better late than never

So here in England it was mothers day a few weeks ago. My parents went away for the weekend so I just sent her a card to arrive when she returned. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo before I popped it into the envelope…idiot.

Bit of a back story, my mum really is the quintessential mother hen and I grew up on a farm with an orchard full of chickens. I also have two brothers so I gave two of the little chicks blue collars and the last one a pink collar.

I went home last night for a dentist appointment today (my dentist still thinks I live at home, I just can’t bear to change dentists) so I finally got the chance to take a photo of it. Apparently my brother can’t understand simple requests. Here it is:

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While I was there I also got to see the new little puppies!!

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They’re little springer spaniels; the mum is brown and white and the dad is black and white and they’re all completely adorable!

My mum names all her dogs with names that start in ‘B’, any ideas?

Jessica x x x

It’s a Mario!

The boyfriend loves his games and for our anniversary I thought what better a time than to put my recent love for stitching cartoons to use. I googled some pictures of the retro video game super Mario (incidentally one of the games I like) and put together a design.

Here’s some pictures:

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Me favourite bits are the cloud and the plant! The proportions are probably well off but where would the fun and homemade style be if it were perfect?

I wrote something very cheesy in it like ‘you won my heart years ago’. It made him laugh and it makes me smile. It’s still up on our bookcase 1 month later.

It was my birthday on Friday and he actually decides to reciprocate and stitch me a card for once:

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I think he got the pattern off Google images and unfortunately he wouldn’t show me so I can’t give credit. Please let me know if you know whose it is.

Don’t tell him but I’m a bit annoyed at how well it turned out, it’s his first (and last) go at making one. OK so some of the stitching changes direction but you can barely tell. I think he can stick to his programming thank you very much!

Has anyone else’s partner had a go at your favourite hobby? Did you secretly hate them as well?

Jessica x x x

Picasso embroidery

As you can probably tell there’s two things I like doing:
1. Making cards for friends’ birthdays; and
2. Cross stitching

HOWEVER…the plot thickens…

A few months ago I was having a girls night in at a friends house and noticed that she had some picasso sketches up on her wall. Fast forward a few weeks and it’s time to make her a birthday card; I thought ‘what does laura like’, my mind flashed back to those sketches and my cunning plan was formed.

Due to the size of my cards I realised cross stitching wasn’t going to be a viable option so I turned to embroidery, something which I am not particularly au fait with but I gave it a shot.

I used some white cotton I had previously stained with tea, drew on a faint outline and threaded the needle:

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Here’s what it’s supposed to look like.

Now of course I didn’t stick to the outline…who do you think I am? And I didn’t use a hoop, honestly they drive me crazy! Unfortunately because I held it in my hand the fabric buckled as you can tell. I just made out that it was supposed to and it seemed to work.

What’s been your experience with embroidery?

Jessica x x x

An overdue update

Wow! It has been a while since my last update, and I know so many of you will have been sitting on the edge of your seats just waiting, praying that I will post again. Well the time to be afraid is over I am pleased to announce, and I thought I would give you a quick update on what has been going on:

1. The job! So I alluded to having a new job a few months ago…well it’s been going really well. Currently I’m a paralegal in a law firm in Leeds but I have recently been told that I will be a trainee solicitor in June/July all being well.

I don’t think I can explain how happy I am about this; I did my degree, my postgrad, worked for two and a half years with the most amazing people but for a firm which made me feel bad and like I wanted to give up on law, then I get a new job and it seems like in no time they believe in me and what to help me progress my career.

So this is what’s been keeping me busy recently. We’ve been really busy lately and I’ve been working a few late nights (well late for me anyway)

2. I accidentally bought bags of carrots again instead of singular ones. This time it was 3!

3. I’m having a root canal tomorrow! Yes horrific I know!

4. Me and the boyfriend are finally getting somewhere with the house. The living room is almost finished; the skirting boards and doors just need a further paint and we need to buy a new settee/sofa. Oh and then there’s just the dining room, hall, master bedroom and 2 small bedrooms to worry about. Oh the joy of having to re-wire a house!

5. I finally got round to updating my pinterest board tonight. I haven’t been on it since before Christmas to post my creations and it got to that point where I knew there was a lot to do and I just couldn’t face it (a bit like logging back onto here and realising it’s been nearly a month since my last post) check out my pinterest board!

6. I have found my new favourite wine- Riesling. There is a simply version at tesco which is simply divine (haha) and at under £5 a bottle an absolute steal!

7. I seem to have done little cross stitching recently. The last project was for a new baby of my mum’s pen pal’s granddaughter. I was so annoyed, I had to unpick the name because the lady decided to change the spelling of the name when it was registered. Luckily I don’t think you could tell after and I made sure to stab the middle of the squares with my needle to equal out the bigger holes where the threads had been. I totally forgot to take a picture of the finished piece so I’m afraid you’re going to have to cope with this very brief snapshot:

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Yes that is a maple leaf in the top left hand corner!

I think that’s it really, I don’t lead a thrilling life I’m afraid but I like it.

Hope you’re all as happy as me right now.

Jessica x x x

Giveaway thursday

It’s coming up to a quiet season for me birthday wise so I thought now would be the perfect time to have a little giveaway to my lovely followers.

I’m running it through instagram, check me out @jessica.Jayne.jo and follow the instructions.

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The winner gets to choose one of my handmade cards which can be personalised.

The winner will be announced on Sunday 15th February 2015 so act fast!

Hope everyone has a lovely day, remember it’s almost the weekend!

Jessica x x x

He lives in a pineapple under the sea

SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS

If you’re a follower of my instagram you’ll have seen my recent posts on spongebob. A couple of friends had a joint birthday party this week. One of them always used to love spongebob squarepants and even thought about getting a tattoo in honour of the little sea sponge.

In honour of her I thought that this would make a great subject matter for a card. Here’s a few photos of the progress:

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Spongebob seems to like it and I hope you do too!

Jessica x x x

New Year, New Home

It turns out the new year isn’t just about resolutions, two of my friends are moving onwards and upwards into new homes.

The first friend has just moved into a house with her fiancé and has been busy packing for days now. She grew up in a city and has moved the countryside and now feels at home with a big garden in the peace and quiet, because of this I designed this traditional card for her:

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Sorry it hasn’t been ‘carded’ up yet.

Here’s a photo of the back!

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Neat no?

My other friend has just bought a flat in the big city of London! She grew up in the same small village as me but has taken to big city living like a duck to water so I took a very different approach when I was designing her card

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Big Ben is my fave. I will give anyone 10 cool points if they can correctly identify the two buildings to the left.

Jessica x x x

It’s never too early for Christmas crafting

OK I agree. January 5th may be a tad too early to even start thinking about Christmas crafts… Which means you’re going to have to remember this post for next year!

As I’ve explained in previous posts I didn’t have time to post these before christmas so I’ll share them with you now:

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I really should’ve asked for a light box for Christmas! Imagine these being much lighter please.

Together with an angel I knitted last year from a magazine, I think my tree looked rather christmassy!

I think my favourites are the tree and the snowglobe. What about you?

I invited friends over on various evenings and we had a great time stitching away and drinking wine. I think I’ve converted a few to crafts as well as they’ve requested a valentines day card craft making session.

Have you converted any of your friends to crafts?

Jessica x x x