Monday, October 20, 2008

Sweets for my sweet...

Actually, the chocolates were for me, a gift from a student. How sweet eh? I think someone's fishing for a good grade *lol* Do you think that's being too cynical? They were enjoyed Friday night anyway, I may not be able to drink much anymore because of the Warfarin, but at least I can enjoy a bit of chocolate! There was a little Bourneville in there too! My favourite chocolate, it's rich and dark and you only need a few squares to get that wonderful chocolate hit! M favours Dairy Milk which is okay and perfectly satisfying an all, but nothing's quite like Bournville! Since being forced to be practically teetotal, I've been partaking more than I normally would. M buys me some when he's buying his Friday night booze, sort of a substitute type of treat. I've got to stop that really, I like chocolate, but I'm putting too much weight on, and I should be trying to shift it. Did you know that in 2007, a UK study suggested that eating dark chocolate was more rewarding than passionate kissing? More research is needed to replicate this result and I'm thinking of volunteering *lol*.

It doesn't help of course that I'm spending more time sitting than I used to, what with school, college and my TESOL course, I'm quite sedentary. Of course, I do still go to belly dancing and yoga, but they're hardly cardio exercise! And then there's my usual crafty projects, none of which involve any physical activity. Take my hoodie for example; I'm sure my fingers are well exercised, but the rest of me? Ha! Do you like how it's coming along by the way? There must be a couple more inches on there since the last time you saw it.

Look, here's the underarm cables! Aren't they coming along well? My 'Go for Baroque' was frogged the other day. I panicked and decided it was going to be far too big, so I'm starting again. No WIP shot of that for the time being I'm afraid.

But here's another WIP shot, remember the denim skirt I picked up a charity shop? I've started embellishing it with some fluttering embroidery. Here's the dragonfly, complete with shiny metallic wings.

And here's the butterfly which isn't finished yet. It's taking a bit longer than I anticipated, so I don't think I'll be wearing this just yet. I want to do a few more motifs around the hemline of the skirt.

I printed off a few pictures of butterflies to inspire me and made the mistake of leaving it on the bed. I came back to find that Pippin had torn apart half of the paper and had made a nest of the rest. Does any one else's cat have a taste for paper? Little monkey!

Here's a future project. My mum gave me this skirt ages ago which I took in, but I haven't really worn it, so I'm thinking of taking it up so it's about knee length.I'll leave the zigzag-y hemline though, I kinda like that.

Then I'm going to add layers of lace, and perhaps use some of the fabric I cut off to make some raggy details to embellish it with. I want a sort of distressed Victorian almost steampunk type of effect.

I'm overjoyed that I have now done my last Monday night TESOL class!! Hurray! For ages we've been doing 6.15 - 9.15 on a Monday and Tuesday night, and now we'll be doing mostly Tuesday nights with occasional Saturdays. I found the double whammy at the start of the week exhausting, this will be a lot easier. We have a grammar test this Saturday, so wish me luck! I've done my grammar presentation too, so that's one less thing to worry about. There were six of us supposed to be meeting with our 1:1 students on Saturday, and not one of the students turned up! Can you believe that? Oh well, that's one less thing to have to write up this week *lol* At least with one less night at college, I might be able to fit in an extra yoga session this week. I feel like I need to get a good workout, my shoulders are so tense with all this studying and assignment writing.



Lauralness said...

Great progress on the projects. Now I need to break into my boss' office and nab one of the dark chocolate candies that I put in her candy dish.

Ria said...

You have me wanting to break into my stash of dark chocolate. I love dark = the darker the better. The skirt looks like it's going to be great - and I love the victorian/lace idea. Good luck for school.

Knittinggarden said...

Thanks so much for your comment on my blog. Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed looking at your photos - I love how you post them looking like mounted photos in a scrapbook. Very nice. And the color of your pink sweater is beautiful - you'll enjoy wearing it this winter, I can tell.

Emerald said...

HI! I found you on the bloggers group on Ravelry. I saw your kitten and yes... mine likes paper too. And, oddly enough, I call him a little monkey. Usually Monkey Moo. I don't think I have a pattern that I've printed since Aug. without little toothy holes in it.

Terri said...

Ooh...belly dancing! That's something I have been wanting to try for a few years now. I think I will start to look for a teacher now.

Samsara said...

Thanks for all the comments folks! Go and enjoy some chocolate!!! Hee hee! Emerald, I'd love to see your kitten but I can't access your blog and Terri, yes, find a belly dancing class - they're such fun!! :-)

zombiecazz said...

mmm tastey chocolate.

I love the colour of your hoodie. Can't wait to see the finished article.
I love the embroidery. The butterfly looks like it's going to be beautiful and lurve the dragonfly.



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