Sunday, 30 November 2008

I DID IT!!!!!

I wrote 50,000 words in 30 days. I uploaded my novel to be verified 15 minutes before the deadline! Better than last time, when I uploaded it just a few minutes before the deadline. I was hoping to actually finish the thing tonight. It's about a chapter away from being finished (must admit I haven't put any chapters in at all - its something I plan to do when I edit it.) R didn't go to sleep tonight till after 10pm. I think he knew my plans! Kind of sad I didn't finish it. Without a deadline I probably won't get around to finishing it. At least not for a while anyway. I can't wait to get back to doing some sewing at last. I've worked on this novel every single night since the 1st of November. Feel quite proud I managed to do it :-)

Some Goodies!

Before I start, may I direct your attention to my word count -------> 49,100! Only 900 words to go!!!!!!!!
Alright, these are some things I got just recently.

Some fabric from Purely Patchwork. Got some fabric for something I'm making for my mums birthday and some Christmas fabric too, to make some Christmas nappies. I spent a whopping £5.99 on a reel of variegated Christmas coloured thread. And I got some pins and needles.
Moving on... a delivery of stuff for my new obsession from The Japan Centre in London.

I've got 3 child sized bento boxes, farm themed plastic cups, farm themed mayonnaise containers, paper cases, rice ball maker, triangle paper cases, soy sauce bottles, teddy bear mould - for cookies, cutting sandwiches or a mould for rice, star and heart egg shaper and cocktail stick sort of things.

Aren't they so cute!! They're for picking food up, like sliced sausage, or maybe fruit that's a bit messy.

These are the sauce bottles, it says you can fill them with tomato sauce too if you like, but they're a bit on the tiny side.

This is the inside of the bento box - it cost a whole £3.99! The bottom part is probably for rice, and the section with the divider sits on top of that. Some of them came with bits to put your chop sticks in, but they were a bit more expensive. These ones seemed the best value. Can't wait to try them out!

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Bag Swap

Finally got a chance to upload some photos. This is one of the weirdest projects I ever did. I've never done so much preparation! Usually I just jump straight in. But for this I very carefully traced all the pieces, I marked everything that needed marked, ironed on all the interfacing, ticked off all the pieces on the pattern sheet once they were ready. I even used pins!!! When I actually got down to sewing it all came together very fast. Apart from the gusset part. There wasn't a pattern piece for that. Just measurements for the piece, but i think they must have been wrong. There was no way the piece i cut could fit anywhere on the bag. The instructions really weren't clear. It looked from the drawing that there were gussets on both sides, but not the bottom, but there was no mention of sewing up the bottom part. So I just made it up as I went along.

Front of the bag: I wish I'd put the panel on then interfaced the whole front, instead of just the corduroy.
The back of the bag.

Inside. I put a little label under the zippered pocket. I also only had a FQ of the print fabric, so I had to use cord for the inner gusset part.

Don't look too hard at the zippered pocket! It's actually the best zip I've done, but it's still far from perfect. I'm not sure if the fabric I used for the pocket inner matches that well, but it's inside the pocket, so it won't be seen.

Another view of the inside.

I put some stuff in it too. A 2009 calendar and a postcard too.
I'm very nervous about it now. I hope it gets there ok and that my swap partner likes it. Some things I learned about doing a swap are:
1) Use fabric you have in your stash. Don't order from Japan! It takes too long to get here.
2) Get your notions and stuff locally. I ordered my bag handles online and one was damaged when it arrived. They're really quite sturdy plastic though. The post office must have run over them or something to break them! Anyway, I had to wait on a replacement. Afterwards I found out that my local shop had handles in stock!
3) Don't lose your your dies from your die set! I put one snap on then couldn't find the other die to put the other one on. I spent a whole DAY looking for it! S found it for me :-)
4) Don't sign up to a swap when you know you are going to be doing something ridiculous - like trying to write a 50k word novel in 30 days. I'm not very good at balancing what needs to be done.

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Little Update

I'm at 11,445 words now! I was quite stuck the last few days, and really had to force myself to increase my word count. Last night I managed a decent chunk of writing though. I only stopped because it was after midnight and the baby was waking up. I'm going to try and write some during the afternoon, when R has a nap if I can. But I have mountains and mountains of laundry that's somehow appeared from no where. And Saturday is a day we do our work home education-wise. Both S and E are starting a maths block this week. I kind of want to give up this novel thing. i just don't have the time for it. And if I don't have the time I won't make the 50,000 words. But I hate to fail...

The main fabric arrived for my bag I'm sewing yesterday, so I've got that prewashed. Just waiting on the Japanese fabric arriving and the bag handles. If I get a chance I'll trace the pattern pieces and cut out the main fabric. It shouldn't take too long to sew once the Japanese fabric arrives.

Better go and get on..............

Tuesday, 4 November 2008


That's National Novel Writing Month. You have a month to write a 50,000 word novel. If you reach the 50,000 by the end of the month then you win! Well, there is no real prize. Just a finished novel. I put a little ticker thing on my site so you can see how I'm doing ------->

It's going ok so far, I'm already slightly ahead, which is good because I have quite a lot on this month. I've been writing every night from 11pm till midnight, which is my usual sewing time. But I'm signed up to do a bag swap (things are coming along quite slowly with that - I'm still waiting on some yummy fabric arriving from Japan) I've a few custom sewing jobs to do (but they're all quite simple) and I've got a couple of things to finish off. I just realised that my mums birthday is at the beginning of December and I wanted to make her a knitting bag. The pattern looks quite complicated, so I think I really need to start it before the end of the month. I need to think about getting some fabric for that. How am I going to fit all this in????

It's Free Film Education week here, so tomorrow we're going to see The Spiderwick Chronicles. On Thursday we're off to see Horton Hears a Who and on Friday we're going to see Charlotte's Web.

I'm also trying to keep up with the Flylady babysteps, but that'll be the first thing to go if I find I have too much to do!