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August, 2011:

I can’t just buy flowers…

…and put them straight into a vase. I have to check first to see if I can take any cuttings from them.


Wish I'd grown these!


So from this bunch of chrysanthemums I also have a glass full of little cuttings that should root

Chrysanthemum cuttings

Plus this

Chrysanthemum heads

Although some of the flower heads had popped off I couldn’t bring myself to just throw them away


In hip news I’m still in limbo really. Still waiting to hear when I have appointments with the hospital. I’ve also had some blood tests done since I seem to be bruising a lot since taking the anti inflammatories. Will get the results of those next week.

Baby trousers

I went to London a couple of weeks ago and caught up with my friends Andrew and Shalene and met their six-month-old baby, Alex. I’d wanted to make something for Alex rather than just buy  something. Buying things is too easy and not always personal enough for a crafter. I ummed and ahhed over what to do. Booties perhaps since I had a cute pattern for them that I’ve not yet knit or perhaps a toy. Eventually the ideal idea hit me. I’d make him a little pair of trousers and sure enough I found a free pattern from Amber at Make Baby It’s even available in a pdf in several sizes. Aren’t people on the net generous?

So I had my project but then I needed the perfect pattern. Andrew and Shalene are both geeks, like me, and they hope little Alex will grow into a geek too. Luckily from years of hoarding fabric I had the perfect cotton print featuring cute little green men, planets and spaceships. I’ve had this fabric for 11 years, don’t ask me where I got it from because I can’t remember, and it was fab to finally use it.



Laying out the pattern


Two leg pieces


Finished and waiting for the elastic to be threaded into the waist band

And here’s the finished project on Alex while his mum holds him.

I was so pleased that they all liked the trews and I plan on making him a few more. 🙂 See, so much better than just buying something.


Lost Friends

As part of reorganising my house I’ve been going through bags and boxes of paperwork and I’ve found old emails from people I used to know. Now, I’m not always that good at keeping in touch with people but there are some friends with whom I’d love to reconnect with.  So, I figured that if I blogged about them then they might get to hear about it.


I do accept that some of these people probably don’t want to be found and if that’s the case then I have to accept that.


Jennifer McMahon or Jennifer E McMahon – Jennifer and I were both members of The Avengers @ Suburbia email list back in 1999. We really hit it off since in addition to both liking The Avengers we were huge comic book and sci-fi fans too. She was living in Phoenix, Arizona when we first corresponded but was originally from San Diego, California. She was married to Marty  McMahon and I met them both in San Francisco after they’d moved back to the Bay Area to live in either Oakland or Berkeley I can’t remember which. At one point Jennifer was working as a press officer for Amtrak. I can’t remember why we fell out of touch, it was probably due to me being crap.  But Jen if you’re still out there and want to get in touch again I’d love to hear from you.

Kari Belvin or Kari Belvin Couvillon – aka the Belvinator. Kari worked for the Louisiana State Senate and was also a member of The Avengers @ Suburbia email list in 1999. Again we hit it off because we were both sci-fi fans and she wrote amazing X files episode reviews which I used to host on one of my sites. Kari got married and changed her name and she did send me her new email address but I lost it in a computer crash some years ago. Again, I’d love to make contact with you sometime, Kari.


I will add to this list in the future.