Wednesday, 17 April 2013

My House Embroideries Have Been Featured....

....on the lovely Modern Country Style blog here - I did a portrait of Sarah's house, she interviewed me and has written a fab post.

I am currently accepting orders for portraits and have added a tab ^^above^^ where you can find details of how to order or you can click here: Custom Signs & Home Embroidery.

Happy shopping!!


S x



Tuesday, 2 April 2013

April Already....

Did you have a lovely Easter? We didn't do much, Easter has never really been a big event in our family - we just tend to enjoy the long weekend and eat lots of chocolate. Of course H and W had Easter eggs for breakfast on Sunday as it is the law.

Mr G and I just shared the one egg. We are both on the wagon food-wise. I have been doing Weight Watchers for a month and have managed to lose just over half a stone which I am very happy with - particularly as we have every Saturday as a "day off". This way there is no need to feel deprived as if you fancy something "naughty" there is only a few days to wait and you can have it.

My biggest inspiration is my gorgeous husband - over the last 18mths he has lost about 6 stone:

The picture above was taken about a year into his weight loss - he bought these leathers to "slim into" and in the left hand picture could only just squeeze into them. The picture on the right was taken last week before he went for his very first ride wearing them.

I was meant to do it with him when he started all those months ago but I just couldn't get in the right headspace and spent the year bouncing 3lbs on and off again. However, my Mum's recent heart attack has spurred me on to Get On With It.

If I can lose 7lb per month like I did this month I would be more than happy. My ultimate goal would be to fit in a Cath Kidston dress - their biggest size is a 16 (I am currently a 22/24). I mentioned it to a dear friend and she has kindly offered to buy me a dress when I reach my goal and Mr G says he'll buy me another so that is a good goal to aim for!!

In other news, my BFF announced she is pregnant so naturally I dashed out to choose some yarn and started little cardi:

I also got some pretty woodland animal fabric from eBay:

I'm going to attempt a dress - I haven't made any clothes in ages because I became disheartened with the fact that I disliked the last couple of things I made - I hate spending all that time and effort only to put on the garment and find it makes one look like a ship in full sail!!

I'm going to make this fabric up using a pattern I've used before so hopefully I'll like the finished thing.

It's actually sunny here today!! Still cold though, I am hoping that this extra long winter means we are going to in for a lovely summer - but I shan't hold my breath!!


S x


Monday, 1 April 2013

My New Clogs....

Now, in common with the rest of the population of this island of ours I am thoroughly fed up of this weather. Today is April 1st and it is still bitter out there. I am not least cheesed off because it is way too cold to wear my lovely new clogs:

These are my first ever clogs - purchased via Lotta From Stockholm. I was bored of living in either Uggs or Crocs or flip flops and so decided clogs were the way forward.

They arrived really quickly and are made of lovely tan leather, you can tell they are good quality from the feel of them in your hands.

The style I went for were the low peep toe and as advised on the website I ordered one size smaller than usual. I was a bit concerned that they were too small as when I first put them on the right one (my bigger foot) felt very tight although the wooden foot bed was perfect.

I clomped about in them and after just a couple of minutes they felt a bit better but as I thought I would just call to ask advice.

Lotta herself answered the phone and was super helpful, saying that they will give and if really tight to slip my hands in and tug to stretch the leather a little. She explained that the uppers are stapled really well onto the base and I didn't have to worry about damaging them.

So, I followed her advice and immediately the right clog felt better.

I wore them out to fist my Mum and I *love* them!! I love the style, the fact they make me taller, and most of all the sheer clompy clogginess of them!!

I was concerned the wooden base might feel odd but already it is very comfortable. In fact I've worn them a couple of times now (blimmin' weather!!) and so far the leather has rubbed just a tiny bit on my bigger foot but I find most shoes require a little bit of pain before they are perfect.

My sister (we are chalk and cheese) said "Ewww, they look like granny shoes" which in view of my love of all things granny chic I took as a compliment!!

Of course now I am lusting after the different styles Lotta From Stockholm has, like these Red Braids

Or the Betty clog:
Or indeed the Highwood in brown:
All in all, although I bought the clogs myself and have not been asked to review them I am inspired by the quality, customer service and prices to tell you that I recommend anyone who loves clogs to try Lotta From Stockholm.

Hope you have had a lovely Easter and your body weight in chocolate has been consumed!!


S x