Wednesday, March 31, 2010

In print

My illustration of Sir John Wolfe Barry was published today in Insite, the New Civil Engineer's education supplement. John, as i now like to call him, engineered the build of Tower Bridge 106 years ago this June. The full image (it didnt all quite make it...!) is below:

Monday, March 29, 2010

what would morrissey say?

When my Morrissey/Smiths loving friend's birthday rolled round yesterday I couldn't resist channelling the words of the big man himself. Of course I don't actually wish him a miserable birthday - birthdays are far too much fun and should never be miserable occasions, I just thought that perhaps if Mr Morrissey were to be handing out a birthday greeting, it would be this.

Also, i just need to say ta ever so much to Lucy for helping me out with the new blog layout. It's her Birthday-Eve on Thursday, her last day of being 24, and her actual Birthday on Friday. I'm very much looking forward to helping her celebrate her quarter century this weekend!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

mum's the word

This is me, when I was 5, wishing my lovely Mum, a very happy Mothers Day. And she seems pretty happy today, so I think it worked!


Saturday, March 13, 2010

home sweet home

Two of my good friends recently moved in to a very lovely new flat. This occasion of course called for a house (flat) warming gift and card. I made a CD full of house/home related music which was super fun to compile, and has some real treats mixed in with a few curve balls! (track listing below)

1. Our House - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
2. House of Diamonds - Bowerbirds
3. Susan's House - Eels
4. You Remind Me of Home - Ben Gibbard
5. Long Walk Home - Bruce Springsteen
6. Hometown Fantasy - The Wooden Birds
7. Weather With You - Crowded House
8. Country House - Blur
9. I'll Take Us Home - Matt & Kim
10. House of The Rising Sun - The Animals
11. Our House - Madness
12. Jump Around - House of Pain
13. To Go Home - M. Ward
14. I Don't Want To Go Home - Elvis Costello
15. Head Home - Midlake
16. This Ole House - Shakin' Stevens
17. Little House of Savages - The Walkmen
18. Home On The Range - Roy Rogers


Friday, March 12, 2010

hip to be square

Last Thursday, Lucy and I travelled to the particularly beautiful Stoke Newington Team Rooms for a Crocheted Granny Squares workshop run by Claire and Bee of Make Do Mend. It was a really great evening - educational and fun! My previous knowledge of crochet was rather limited, as despite being able to make a simple granny square, I did not know what stitch I was doing, nor how to do any other stitch, so it was super super useful to pick up some of the theory, and start to understand how to translate written patterns and diagrams.

The Tea Rooms were scattered with crochet goodness and more tea and cake than you could shake a stick at, which is always a plus of course! (chocolate and almond was my slice of choice, although it was a tough decision between that and the lemon cake...!)

So now I just have to remember the difference between my trebles and treble-clusters and I'm all set for granny square heaven!
My challenge, if I choose to accept it: A blanket in time for Christmas 2010! Watch this space!


Monday, March 01, 2010

Down the Wimbledon

On Saturday night, I went to the dogs for the first time. It was absolutely packed, and very different to the horses. No frills, no fancy hats, no airs and graces in sight. Just silly amounts of money changing hands, and children up past their bedtimes.

Retired Greyhound Trust
finding loving homes for ex-racers