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Monthly Archives: September 2010

A spot of craftivism- Yoko Style

Friends over at the Craftivist Collective have just launched an initiative “And sew to bed”. It is craft based activism (I love it) in bed (I love it doubley) to raise awareness of global injustice (can I love this any more?)
The idea is that people craft up a patch on a global issue of their choice, then send in a flick of them talking it through, and a picture of their bed- in.
Never one to miss such a moment I got stuck straight in this morning in a few delicious spare moments I had free from work. So this is my patch:
Being 34 weeks pregnant (I know! Can you believe it?!) I am hoping for a world where every women can have a pregnancy as low risk and safe as mine. In the world’s poorest countries, 1000 women are dying a day just trying to have a child. This is insane. With a commitment to good, free and universal healthcare this is a problem that can easily be fixed. (Pressure our government to make this choice here.)

This is my bed in.
Do join in. How can you resist?

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The art of unfinished-ness

We haven’t done quite as much with the house as we perhaps might have hoped by this stage. Holidays, parties, boxes and busyness have all seemed to get in the way. But the look we have right now is rather delicious- particuarly in light of this beautiful book; Recycled Home by Mark and Sally Bailey. Every scene is just one of rusting corners, bare walls and floors and reclaimed bits of junk. In this house it is our style bible, which is not really motivating us massively to get painting.

We have screwed our new fire place up against the hole, and need to really do all the plastering buisness around it. But just look at it in it’s incomplete state- what a feast for the eyeballs!


And then there are just these bare unstripped walls, with all their layers of various plastering and hole-filling. So hot. Here they are being set off perfectly by a left over bit of birthday bunting, a little vintage stool Shelley gave me for my birthday and a big bunch of house warming flowers….


So in many respects our house is still, well, quite a dive. But little rough scenes like this totally fill me with joy. (This is the start of a terrible journey towards house-proudness perhaps?!) Which doesn’t bode well for us actually getting round to painting and all that shenanigans…

A hole in the ceiling and and a spurting bump

Top Six things from the last month

  • Tim and his friends cut a hole in the ceiling with a saw and installed a loft ladder (yep, I’d have said that was a job for pros too but…)
  • We don’t have a single unpacked box left- in the main bit of the house. They are now all up in the fabulous newly accessible loft, woohoo! Yep, still unpacked and they’ll probably still be there when we next move but hey, out of sight out of mind and all that…
  • We painted the spare room and Shelley has painted her room and they look scrummy (makeover posts coming soon!)
  • Tim’s parents arrived from NZ to stay for a month (hence the hurry with the spare room), it is lovely having them here and they are even going to help us strip wall paper.
  • Ten days camping in the South Downs and the Cotswolds– in the coldest August Britain has had for 17 years (how is our luck?!) but still we had a beautiful time with some amazing friends and food – and some brilliant wild swimming spots. Particuarly memorable was Gullet Quarry – breathtakingly beautiful (and unnecessarily scandolous) – it was like being in an altogether different world.
  • Wrigglewriggle has had a MAJOR growth spurt. 31 weeks old now and truly living up to the name. Fists up in my ribs, it’s bottom has turnd my belly button into an outy, my whole tummy convulsing as if an alien is about to burst out. I love this wee thing.