bluespirit: (Sewing - pink)
I'd seen some really cute fabric a while back that I loved but couldn't think of a project to use it for.
Fast forward a couple of months & I was looking at the fabric again in the online shop (okay, I'd been stalking it!) & I saw that they'd only got a few metres left! Noooo!  I knew that I had to buy it right then!  I have a monthly sewing mag called 'Sew' & it always comes with a free pattern & that month it was a really nice little summer dress.  So, I got the fabric & made myself a dress!

(Excuse the creases - I'd worn it before I remembered to take a pic!)

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and that wasn't the end of the story! )

Definitely happy-making!
bluespirit: (Lord Peter Wimsey)
I've just spent a fabulous weekend with my lovely [livejournal.com profile] xanthe.
As usual, there was non-stop chatting & laughing (& a fair amount of cake eating, too! *g*)
We also met up with the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] gloria1 & [livejournal.com profile] flyingnorth for a brilliant 'chat' which actually lasted for 5 hours until the coffee shop closed down around us! LOL

Oh, & the weekend gave me the opportunity to test drive my new handbag that I've just made.  My homage to the impeccable Lord Peter & his lovely lady, Harriet...

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I mocked up the bookcover graphic in the style of the old Penguin books & printed it onto transfer paper which I ironed onto my fabric.
I then used that as the panel for the front of the bag.  I'm really quite chuffed with how it turned out. :)

more pics )
bluespirit: (Lord Peter Wimsey)
I'm currently going through some binge reading!
*winks at [livejournal.com profile] caffyolay*
I've mainlined all of the Jack Haldean novels by Dolores Gordon-Smith (save the latest which, inexplicably, isn't available on Kindle yet) & am now two books into the Angela Marchmont mysteries by Clara Benson.  I'm having such a gay time (in the sense of fun as opposed to boy-kissing, unusually for me, as said novels are all set in the 1920s! *g*)
I've also recently read the latest Lord Peter Wimsey mystery - The Late Scholar -  & I'd meant to recommend it straight away but somehow time had got away from me.  Jill Paton-Walsh has taken up the reins from Dorothy L Sayers & is doing a very credible job.  I wasn't quite so keen on the last book (The Attenbury Emeralds) but mainly because of the narrative style that she chose to use, but I loved The Late Scholar.  I think especially because she's chosen to set it in Oxford & as Gaudy Night is probably my favourite LPW story, then she had me at Magdalen! *g*

In other news, Mr B & I are running the Chester Half Marathon on Sunday in aid of the Lab rescue who brought us our gorgeous Bud & Cancer Research (in memory of my much loved & missed dad.) Typically, my right ITB has decided over the last couple of weeks to become sore.  I've rested it & am doing physio to strengthen my core muscles to help it.  Hopefully, it should be okay on Sunday.  It does now mean that instead of aiming for the time that I'd been hoping to run, I'm just going to have a leisurely run & enjoy all the sights in & around Chester.

Happy Tuesday, all! (Yay - Tuesday means new Supernatural to watch tomorrow!)

Book rec

30 Apr 2014 11:44 am
bluespirit: (Lord Peter Wimsey)
I've found a series of books - the Jack Haldean Mysteries - that has completely ensnared me.
They're by Dolores Gordon-Smith & chronicle the adventures of Major Jack Haldean: a former WW1 flying ace turned detective novelist & solver of real life murders. They're set in the 20s & are very much in the style of Dorothy L Sayers, etc. Major Jack isn't Lord Peter, of course (but, who is?) but he's a damned good sort, don'cha know & comes complete with tortured wartime back story & fast car. *g*

The first book (A Fete Worse Than Death) is good but the subsequent stories are even better & contain some really clever plots.

So, if you fancy a ripping yarn then do give 'em a shot.

*waves*

16 Sep 2010 08:42 am
bluespirit: (Lord Peter Wimsey)
I was only actually away for the weekend but have been pretty busy since I got back with [livejournal.com profile] atlantisbigbang stuff. I've:~

1. completed the art pieces for my chosen prompt story
2. sorted out an excerpt & made a graphic for my own story preview (to be posted tomorrow)
3. doing a final, final edit of my Lord John story prior to submission
\o/

As for my writing weekend - it was fabulous! I had such a great time. As usual, there were interesting discussions & think-y writing type stuff plus lots of squee & laughter.
Oh, & that saucy temptress, [livejournal.com profile] lantean_drift, was pimping Sherlock/John* fic & I couldn't resist! Reading only though - as much as I adore the BBC Sherlock I still have far too many McShep stories to tell. ♥

In other news, the latest Lord Peter novel by Jill Paton Walsh has just arrived on my doorstep & I can't wait to immerse myself in it. (I must finish my Lord John edit first though - I'm being strict with myself! *g*)

* John as in Dr John Watson - not Lt. Col John Sheppard. *g*

*waves*

16 Sep 2010 08:42 am
bluespirit: (Lord Peter Wimsey)
I was only actually away for the weekend but have been pretty busy since I got back with [livejournal.com profile] atlantisbigbang stuff. I've:~

1. completed the art pieces for my chosen prompt story
2. sorted out an excerpt & made a graphic for my own story preview (to be posted tomorrow)
3. doing a final, final edit of my Lord John story prior to submission
\o/

As for my writing weekend - it was fabulous! I had such a great time. As usual, there were interesting discussions & think-y writing type stuff plus lots of squee & laughter.
Oh, & that saucy temptress, [livejournal.com profile] lantean_drift, was pimping Sherlock/John* fic & I couldn't resist! Reading only though - as much as I adore the BBC Sherlock I still have far too many McShep stories to tell. ♥

In other news, the latest Lord Peter novel by Jill Paton Walsh has just arrived on my doorstep & I can't wait to immerse myself in it. (I must finish my Lord John edit first though - I'm being strict with myself! *g*)

* John as in Dr John Watson - not Lt. Col John Sheppard. *g*
bluespirit: (Lord Peter Wimsey)
Jill Paton Walsh has written a third Lord Peter book, & it will be published in September 2010.
I've pre-ordered my copy already!
Woot!

The Attenbury Emeralds

I really enjoyed her two previous Lord Peter books & think that she's got a really good feel for the character.
bluespirit: (Lord Peter Wimsey)
Jill Paton Walsh has written a third Lord Peter book, & it will be published in September 2010.
I've pre-ordered my copy already!
Woot!

The Attenbury Emeralds

I really enjoyed her two previous Lord Peter books & think that she's got a really good feel for the character.
bluespirit: (Buddy yay)
A very happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] betagoddess!!

Here's a little prezzie for you (& any other Wimsey-ites! *g*)

Lord Peter Wimsey: Clouds of Witness read by Edward Petherbridge
.zip (mp3s), ~82MB, total time ~ 2h 28m

Please do 'right-click & save'.
Grateful thanks to [livejournal.com profile] saldemonium for the donation of server space.

I haven't had chance to listen yet (beyond a quick check - oh, that voice! ♥) but I couldn't resist when I saw it was being read by 'Lord Peter' himself!

Hmmm, I really need a Lord Peter icon! ♥
bluespirit: (Buddy yay)
A very happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] betagoddess!!

Here's a little prezzie for you (& any other Wimsey-ites! *g*)

Lord Peter Wimsey: Clouds of Witness read by Edward Petherbridge
.zip (mp3s), ~82MB, total time ~ 2h 28m

Please do 'right-click & save'.
Grateful thanks to [livejournal.com profile] saldemonium for the donation of server space.

I haven't had chance to listen yet (beyond a quick check - oh, that voice! ♥) but I couldn't resist when I saw it was being read by 'Lord Peter' himself!

Hmmm, I really need a Lord Peter icon! ♥

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