Quick Catch Up: Hello May
Yay for May! I’m sure that is a saying – if it’s not then is damn well should be! Things are looking pretty exciting this month – not least because it is my birthday pretty soon!
April has been filled with all of my favourite things – stitching, reading, hiking in the great outdoors, catching up with family and friends and even our first camping trip of the year. A camping trip that included getting lost on a midnight hike back to our tents from the beach, for an hour in drizzly fog and waking up to complete wash out – but maybe the less said about that the better! We even managed to take some time out over the Easter break to get stuck into some long overdue renovation tasks – I can’t wait to get these finished up and share some of our DIY projects!
At the start of April I was over that the Creative Stitches Show at Excel, teaching workshop in the Vilene Sewing Club – if you didn’t get the chance to come along, or the workshop you wanted was already booked up, be sure to check out the Vilene Workshop Series to get the instructions, templates, patterns and how-to notes from the workshops to make a Peter Pan Collar, Everyday Purse, Easy Baby Bib, Log Cabin Pot Holder & Sleep Eye Mask!
I’m also stoked to be a part of the hottest new sewing magazine Love Sewing – when launched this month. There is something pretty special about seeing your designs in print and I’m chuffed to have been part of the contributors of the very first issue – you know that there is an awesome free gift if you take out a subscription, right?
I’m also pretty blown away to be on the Letters team for Love Sewing – so if you have a sewing, quilting, dressmaking or general stitching question – why not send your question in to me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
For the most of April (well, it feels like that anyway) my sewing machine has been in the shop for it regular service. It has been a pretty alien experience to not have my sewing machine about – well, they do say, you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone (and that really is a saying!) So I’m currently binge sewing to make up for our time apart. Which is a good thing, my head is filled up with quilting projects, featuring some amazing new fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics for the next show…which I’ll be packing up my bags for pretty soon!
Here’s where the next few months will be taking me… 2014 Diary Dates
15 – 18 May Quilt UK Three Counties Showground, Malvern
7 – 10 August The Festival of Quilts NEC Birmingham
9 – 12 October The Knitting & Stitching Show Alexandra Palace, London
30 October – 2 November The Knitting & Stitching Show RDS, Dublin
20 – 23 November The Knitting & Stitching Show HIC, Harrogate
Despite all the busy times, soggy camping trips and DIY projects, there has been quite a lot of excitement happening over here at Peachy HQ too…
For those of you that love to try out new techniques – have you seen the latest issue of Sewing World magazine? I had such a blast working on the Hand Embroidery Special in this issue – there are lots of amazing projects to try out, plus essential guide for getting started…I can’t wait to show you the Special Projects that I’ve been working on for the next issue of Sewing World – Watch This Space!
My Months Reads:
There’s not been much in the way of down time this April , but I somehow always manage to sneak in a spot of reading…usually when I promise myself an early night to catch up on sleep, only to stay up till the wee small hours racing through the latest novel! 16 Stepford Wives – Ira levin This book is rather a chilling read – whilst this is not directly a horror book, there are lots of issues and scenarios that are hinted and suggested at, leaving quite a bit to your imagination ( which for me always gives a book a more scary tone, and one that stays with you!). The ending was not quite what I had expected, and seemed a little lacking in punch (without adding any spoilers) but worthwhile read nonetheless!
17 The Night Stalker – Chris Carter This book is a brutal, gruesome and quick-paced thriller -packed with lots of twists and turns and each chapter is carefully crafted into a cliffhanger – compelling you to read more to find out what happens next. As a fan of pulse raising thrillers, I will certainly seek out more of Chris Carter’s Books!
18 Afterworld – Lois Walden This is a multi-generational story with lots of eccentric characters – very original, some of the characters are narrating from after their death. This book wobbles between benign very clever and being too clever! I am drawn to stories from the Deep South – the colourful characters, vivid landscapes and poetic turn of phrase – set in Louisiana and populated with generations of a highly dysfunctional family, this book certainly made for a fascinating read.
If you’re also something of a bookworm, you can check out the other books I have been reading this year – January Reads, February Reads, March Reads, You can check out my full reviews over on my Goodreads account!
Now, friends, tell me what you’re looking forward to this month?