Saturday, 24 July 2010

The fairy effect

I just wanted to share that my most recent ruffled skirt has been well-received. The request stated that it needed to fit under Princess S's gauzy fairy skirt and as you can see, it does exactly that *hurrah*!

A green one has now been requested for her other fairy skirt... :)

Friday, 23 July 2010

Once again...

I'm up at some ridiculous hour on a work night due to obsessive sewing. Admittedly I tend to get obsessive about certain things and it cuts into my sleep time (like the time I had to read all the books in the Harry Potter series and only went to sleep when the birds were chirping outside due to a slightly paralytic fear that I would fall asleep at my desk at work) and sewing is no different.

Still working on the Macaron but it's nearly there - just a zip and a hem and hopefully that is it.

OK it's nearly 3:30am and here I am blogging about my bad habits instead of actually trying to rectify it by getting some shut eye! Not long before the dreaded alarm rings.

I'm still not sure why I keep doing this to myself...

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Why am I so slow (or Ruffled Skirt No 3 - by request)

Now that Princess S can fit into it, she has decided that she must have a red version of the ruffled skirt I made for her awhile back.

I have been informed that there are several reasons for this request:
1) The ruffles on the skirt make it extra twirly (this is very important)
2) The red colour will fit perfectly as an underlayer to a fairy skirt (gauze and thus fairly see-through)
3) The combination of the skirt ruffles and the gauze will mean the overall fairy effect will be even more sticky-outy (gotta love synergy!)

So here it is. The ruffled skirt for the third time.

One would think that after making it 3 times I'd be super speedy with it, but no. It still takes me a couple of hours at least of faffing about before it's done.

Why oh why am I so slow?

Maybe it's because I watch shows on my laptop while trying to sew. Or maybe it's because I am playing 3 games of Words with Friends (a Scrabble rip-off) on my iPhone and keep checking to see if my opponents have made a move. Or maybe because I stop for a snack break every 5 minutes.

I guess everyone has different sewing habits and it's a case of doing whatever you are comfortable with. Unfortunately mine aren't very efficient!

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

The C25K

I have a sneaking suspicion I may be going overboard in celebrating the healing of my dodgy knee. I have now exercised 2 days in a row *gasp* and am planning to do even more. Admittedly having a hit around on a badminton court may not seem particularly strenuous but after 2 months of non-activity I think I got my day-after soreness that very night.

Still a sucker for punishment, I decided to start up the Couch to 5K program the very next day.

The Couch to 5K (C25K) program is designed to get couch potatoes (hence the use of the word couch - I suspect Potato to 5K wouldn't quite have the same ring to it) up and running a continous 5kms in 9 weeks. It's basically interval training 3 times a week for each of the 9 weeks, with a weekly change in the program to train up your body.

A part of me wonders why I am having a go at it - I tried this a few years ago and gave up after Week 3 when I came down with a nasty flu. I don't enjoy running and I find myself continuously counting down how long I have to go until I can stop the stupid treadmill - but I figure that if there is a even the tiniest bit of me that thinks I should do it, I might as well go with it while there is some sort of driver.

Friends who run say that once I get into it the hate will turn into love. I say they probably don't know me well enough ;) Plus I get itchy legs (is that too much information? Thanks to meJoolie for the link hehe) so that makes it all less appealing.

But hey, if this doesn't work out, there's always Zumba! Trying out my first session tomorrow :)