Yep, I’m a bad blogger! I haven’t been here for absolutely ages; that terrible thing called ‘real life’ has reared it’s ugly head and seriously cut into my personal time! I’ve been really really busy, but I have managed to cram some socialising and crafting into my hectic schedule. So what have I been up to? Well, friends and I went to the local fireworks display on November 5th, a night traditionally called Bonfire Night (or Guy Fawkes) here in the UK. Guy Fawkes Night is an annual celebration marking the downfall of the Gunpowder Plot of 5 November 1605, in which a number of Catholic conspirators, including Guy Fawkes, attempted to destroy the Houses of Parliament, in London. Usual celebrations include bonfires on which a ‘guy’ is burnt (a stuffed human effigy – yeah I know, pretty gruesome eh?), fireworks, toffee apples, and sparklers. When I was little, we used to have a bonfire in the garden (made from all the garden rubbish collected from putting the garden to bed for the winter, fallen leaves, trimmed shrubs and pruned branches, stuff like that), jacket potatoes were baked in the bottom of the bonfire in foil, and Dad used to set up fireworks at the bottom of the garden. It was great fun! Nowadays more people go to organised displays, so M, G, G’s son K and I went to a local display where there was a huge bonfire, a display and a fair with lots of rides.
There was much oooo-ing and aaah-ing!
And much fun was had by all!
Most of what I’ve been doing lately has been recon stuff because I’ve lost weight and now a lot of my clothes don’t fit, so I’ve been taking stuff in, running repairs and chopping stuff up.
I tried on my outfit for the Hafla last night (only two weeks away now!) and this tribal top that I bought in the summer and I’ve nearly finished embellishing doesn’t fit me any more because I’ve lost more weight, so I’m going to have to take it in. The cowries tassel belt that I made at Christmas which would go perfectly with this outfit slips completely off my hips now, so I’m going to have to take that in too!
I made a mock-up for some stocking filler tissue holders the other day too- I think I’ll make them in Christmas-y fabric since I just found some in my stash! I bought some multi packs of pocket tissues too, they’ll be perfect for the goodie bags at the girls Christmas party!