Art & Design, Craft, Musings and personal, Uncategorized, Writing and blogging

Super sparkly party pants πŸ‘–

So I ventured up to the big smoke last week, mainly to get acquainted with some lovely fabric suppliers at the Textile Forum www.textileforum.org and two, to visit Berwick Street and check out their lovely fabric shops – and what a feast for the eyes.

I decided (as I’m still frantically trying to work off my cake shelf in time for impending holiday) to see London this time by foot, whilst still clocking up my Fitsteps on to my Fitbit. I didn’t use the tube once and my Converse were bloody painful by the end of the day but no pain no gain“. 

With me being on my ped’s I also got to discover and accidentally fall into a couple of vintage shops….well it’d be rude not to…The lovely guy in Bang Bang informed me on entrance that it was their clearance promotion, so all items would be half price or less…so my nimble fingers quickly took to the rails.. And what a beaut lay in wait just for little old me…

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This lovely full circle skirt by Monica’s of Paris, named Diligence. It may have lost a few sequins but with a nice little vest and paired with the right pumps, it’ll be a lovely 1950’s look in no time

So I carry on my London spuddle and head towards Berwick Streetο»Ώ (any wannabe fashionistas, costume designers or fashion students please go and take a look at this road full of beautiful fabric, the shops are full with every material you can imagine. And if you are a budding designer they aren’t too precious about handing out a few samples here and there) to check out the Cloth Shop and a few others before finding The Cloth House, another Aladdin’s cave of beauty.ο»Ώ     

A beautiful selection of cottons, wool and organdie fabrics…and a mountain of haberdashery items

So if you are in that neck of the woods, definitely take a look – I was in love – and they also have a website (the link’s above) and the minimum spend for some fabrics is just half a metre and the carriage isn’t astronomical.

So…… after drooling over those delights, off I trotted with iPhone map in hand once again and carried on my journey to One Marylebone for The Textile Forum. 

I was immediately taken by the vibrant colours of Nunoya‘s stand which stocks magnificent Kokka cottons in both luxurious and playful prints. 

 

Prints I would love to use in my shop and that would look absolutely terrific transformed into a tee, skirt or baby bib. So I registered my details with the boss man Sean and off I trotted…..

I had a good look round, surrounded by rails after rails of amazing samples, with fabric stockists and wannabe designers desperately wanting to get their order in for this season’s latest print, leather or lace. And I don’t know if it’s my crazy cat lady style or a bit of a case of mistaken identity that seemed to highlight me amongst the crowds, but I was soon accosted by a very lovely lady; the show’s co-founder and organiser, Linda Laderman. 

Linda invited me to have a quick chat about why I chose to attend the forum and what I do – cue bright beetroot Tasha, camera lens touching nose, trying not to bumble and stammer her words to explain why I am there – but I did it! Said my goodbyes, handed my card to a few suppliers and then went in search for a Saturday night outfit.

I’m not a big fan of Oxford Street…I’d much prefer searching through charity shops or vintage stores but I was in a hurry to catch a train so needs must, I bagged myself a pair of very tight fitting gold glittery trousers. I might look like an 80’s xmas decoration on the night but it’s a silent disco so it’ll be dark!!

T x  

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Baking, Birthdays, Cakes, Cooking, Craft, Humour, Uncategorized

Mary Berry I am not….but you can’t blame a girl for trying? (And please be warned its a little EXPLICIT!!)

Gin and tonic cake discovered with the help of a Pudding Lane share from Giddy Aunt Lola

Cakes….I love them …to eat a lot..and I have a very nice space to fit them into…my cake shelf (which is really just another name for my muffin top but it’s quite fitting as it’s mainly full of cake mix).

 So I’m pretty cack at cooking a decent sponge – if any of you have a magic recipe for the perfect equally rising masterpiece then feel free to add it below – I currently use the weight of the eggs as a guide and make my cake ingredients all the same weight. I was also told to cook the sponge at 150c for a longer time and once it’s risen and the skewer comes out clean then “Hey presto!” 

But no celebratory hurrah from the oven this week…more like a Findus crispy pancake, so extra effort was then needed to hide the complete eff up of cake failure under a wedge of lemon butter icing..hopefully the taste will compensate for the Brillo type sponge it surrounds! I’ll let you know…..

Raffey’s lemon and blueberry Wanda and the Alien cake

Where I lack the skills, my little lady however seems to have a knack for baking and making things turn out just perfect…her Oreo cookies were delish!

Decoration on the other hand is not quite such a challenge as I love a good bit of modelling, fiddling and moulding to get it just how I wanted. I started out with shop bought jobbies in the early days or just a batch of cupcakes, but over the years I’ve gradually plucked up the courage to bake and I now have lots of fun making my children’s requests each year… Having both boy and girl, and with an age gap, they at the moment, tend to be opposite ends of the spectrum.

Chocolate orange fairy house

My daughters favourite birthday cake creation so far



 

But then it’s all change when it comes to friend’s cakes – and I was told this recently after I uploaded my latest to Facebook…..that I apparently tend to be slightly more “diversely creative” ha ha …or more straight to the point: CRUDE….yes crude….so if you are easily offended look away/close your eyes/close this page now….


   Sorry I may appear quite uncouth but I find the ‘dirty’ extremely funny (my dad refers to me as his son!) so when I’m not creating little bunnies or pretty little things, I like to embarrass my buddies by presenting them with a cakeage creation that doesn’t look quite so palatable or easy to swallow πŸ˜‰ 

But sharing is caring, and with the gift of giving and being able to offer some sugary treats … who doesn’t want a cock cake for their birthday? Especially when the birthday night out is to a screening of 50 Shades of Grey…



 

And talking of the dark and mysterious Mr Grey, how talented is Rosie of Rosie Cake Diva who’s lifesized Christian ‘Cake’ Grey appeared on the Graham Norton Show next to the dreamy Jamie Dornan who then proceeded to have a bite of ‘himself’! 

You can read the full Daily Mail article here…I’m not so sure I would have been as cool, calm and collected on his cutting, but if the man he’s modelled on is the one scoffing him then I think I would have been pretty chuffed with myself. Go Rosie!

 So on reflection, I’m never going to make it as a master baker….but that’s no biggy as I don’t really have the patience or commitment, but I take my hat off to those that can and do….and I mustn’t forget to mention the lovely Cakes by Chelsea if any of you are in the Kent area, her masterpieces are both delicious and beautiful πŸ™‚

And apologies to those of you trying to remove the above images from your brain….what can I say….I’m a creative kind of girl…with an eye for detail, or maybe just an eye for bad taste…. 

I’ll stick to the sewing machine shall I? 
 

❀️ T xx

 

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Art & Design, Craft, Health and wellbeing, Musings and personal, Uncategorized, Writing and blogging

Does Blue Monday last a month?

January – the start of a new resolutions.
January – a celebration of a new year, new starts, new things – a month that starts with the best intentions; more visits to the gym, less fat more thin, honing ourselves for the better…or in my case, a bikini for a summer holiday (here’s hoping…I think I’ll still keep my full Anne Kellerman style costume handy for this summer, to save the other holidaymakers peepers!)

Ok so went off on a tangent there….back to January… A dry January – a whole month without alcohol, a month of shaking off the dirty daytime drinking habits of Christmas and the over indulgence of let’s face it most of December (Christmas is a month long, right?)

That’s one effort I have made – no alcohol this month. Although, I (in quite a ridiculously backwards way) will celebrate my month of saintliness, by cracking open a bottle of fizz on Sunday to mark how amazing I have been, ahem sorry hubby, we have been, we have been.
It’s been worth it…annoyingly worth it….I haven’t lost a pound, I have however learnt that water is quite refreshing, alcohol added to food improves its taste no end and its nice to have a month free of a hangover, as with age comes great hangovers…piggy eyed, sallow skinned, zombie apocalypse looking Tash hangovers…….

Anyway! Back to January….January that place for new bright things and motivation? Err…no…Why? Why is it that I feel like I’ve lost a bit of creative mojo – and when I say creative – I mean sewing.

Sitting here crocheting in an evening still holds enjoyment, as does needle felting (although I’m only in the early stages of both), but sewing, that pushing myself in to the ‘make’ is something I’m finding difficult.

Maybe it’s just this month – that January feeling – when we can’t all afford to just stop but really feel like we still want that break of Christmas…the time of feeling happy and nostalgic and not giving two craps about money, as we spend more than a small fortune on our little people or loved ones. But it’s not a lone feeling…
My husband has struggled to get back into the swing of things – he’s an electrician (he makes these amazing lights for me in his spare time)

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and I think the thought of these dark mornings and cold starts is just as off putting as the quick trek in the rain for the school run.

The only thing I have been motivated about is my 10,000 steps a day, the magic of the Fitbit. And if you are thinking of getting fit or just wanting to make small changes, I highly recommend the Fitbit Charge – counts steps, calories burned, floors climbed and even tracks your sleep and gently wakes you with it’s vibration feature every morning. That has kept me motivated…in a totally different way to one I’m used to. Maybe that’s the problem..we can’t focus our energies on to too many things or we will fail at at least one of them…

But I need to get my sewing head back on and develop a few new ideas that have been circling in my head since Christmas. It will come…tbh it would come back a lot quicker if I could find a decent and fairly priced fabric supplier.

I desperately want to make lots of children’s clothes but sourcing the right prints at a wholesale cost is something I’m struggling with. I love Robert Kaufman, Michael Miller and I’ve found some other beauties from the States but, as I’m in the relatively early stages of my craft and not wanting to order 100’s of metres, I’m sure I’m a bit too small fry for them to give an account to – any advice greatly received here πŸ™‚

I am hoping to visit the Textile Forum in the next couple of months (4th and 5th March for those of you interested, just have to apply for an entrance ticket http://www.textileforum.org.uk) so hopefully that will open a few doors…and fingers crossed a few accounts…to allow me to sew lots of items for a cost that appeals to all.

Here’s one I made last month…

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it had quite a bit of interest as the print is so pretty, so to be able to offer them in all shapes and sizes and to have fabrics of all prints in abundance would make me one happy Tashi..where there’s beautiful fabric, there’s always a happy crafter.

One last little thing before I go…and these seem to be trending all over Facebook at the moment…People’s Seven Secrets – those seven points about you that not everybody knows, and a fair few have given me some proper belly laffs…

Here are mine, well those that are suitable for a blog πŸ˜‰ ….so spill lovelies, what are yours?

1. I was a standby for the children’s Christmas edition of the Crystal Maze after winning a competition.
2. I can fit my whole fist in my mouth and I can touch my nose with my tongue.
3. I’ve been in love with my husband since I was 12.
4. I’m terrified of flying, even though I was an air cadet and did an amazing victory roll in a Chipmunk when I was 14.
5. I have Misophonia…especially with people eating.
6. I can’t cartwheel.
7. I have one extra long toe, it’s disgusting to look at. The older I get the more it pains me….I think it needs to come off!
Ha!

The creative mojo will return….I think I’m just stuck at point 4 at the mo!

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For those of you that haven’t lost it…send some stitch and positivity my way πŸ™‚
Ta ra for now xx

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