Monthly Archives: October 2014

Got My Mojo Workin’

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I haven’t had a space to sew for years now! I have finally made one, its messy, but at least I can sit at my machine and make little things for my doll collection. Ok, I admit I did try to make something for me, but since I’ve lost weight, I seem to not be able to judge properly and it didn’t work out at all! I can buy things that are fine, but since the patterns are American and I’m wearing British sizes I couldn’t work out which one I should make! But I got a simpler pattern and am willing to give it a go again…now that I’ve had some practice on doll clothes!
I started making simple skirts and trousers for the dolls, just a rectangle gathered onto elastic and one seam for the skirts and a simple two pieces of fabric pj type of pants for the trousers.

I then felt brave enough to do some test sewing for a friend who was drafting a pattern for our small dolls.
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Then I made the boys new shirts and a simple dress and pinny for one of the girls, the other one is modelling the simple reversible skirt I made earlier.
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I also bought a few things made by a friend, and got some helpful hints from her.
We are doing a KAL…knit along…in Ravelry, for dolly sleepover. I have resisted making nightwear for my dolls, since they mostly stand around and look pretty, but I decided I would join in. I didn’t want to knit everything, it takes a long time, and with my newly acquired sewing mojo I decided to sew the big stuff and knit slippers! I still have one nightie to go, but here is the one complete night time outfit I’ve made so far.
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Soon it will be time to get the dolls ready for Christmas! I love Christmas fabrics and decorations! I even found a re-release of a sewing pattern for decorations that I used to have many years ago! Who knows what I will get up to in the next couple of months!

Weekend in Wales, pt. 2

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Sunday morning! Another lovely breakfast and another day out on the coach! This was an extra trip, not everyone signed on for it, but only one couple stayed back at the hotel!
We went to Llanberris, which is just down the road from Snowdon! We had been there before, but mostly rode the little Victorian train to the top of Snowdon. We had visited the little park in Llanberris, there is a small train ride there as well. This time we didn’t ride that train, we visited the Slate Museum…I know, almost too much excitement. But it was interesting, a very nice, funny man gave us a demonstration about how slate is cut and split. Also a lot of information about what it was like to work in the slate mines. Boys went as apprentices and didn’t get paid for the first year! They even had to provide all their own tools, and pay expenses if they needed to use the hospital! It was dangerous, unhealthy and basically slave labor!
The building itself was rather nice to look at from the outside.
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While we were inside, I looked up and saw the side of the mountain that had been mined…I felt incredibly sad, besides the human suffering, the mountain itself had this huge gash all the way down, and this was just one mountain that had been savaged. I felt like it had been wounded…ok, I’m weird! I know it provided some livlihood for lots of people…but they were hardly getting enough to live on, some fat cat who owned the company was living the life of ease. I do admit the mountains of Snowdonia have an effect on me!

Our time there was up and we got back into the coach and went down the road apiece to Rhyduu where we were getting on the West Highland Railway to Canaervon. (again, I hope I spelled that right!) This was what we were waiting for as we didn’t do that the last time we were there. This was a newer branch that had been restored and reopened as a Heritage line. So, the landscape was new! The train station in Canaervon is right in town and once you walked out of it, there was the castle looming!
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There is a lovely, big town square there. Even though it was Sunday, there were plenty of eateries and some shops were open. We had lunch there…I had a craving for cheese on toast! A typical Welsh dish! LOL! And some lovely local ice cream! It was a pleasant couple of hours, before we had to board the coach, yet again!
Back to the hotel, another good dinner and restful night!
The next morning we left around 9:30 after fuelling up with the usual good breakfast. Monday traffic wasn’t quite as stressful as Friday and we had an uneventful journey home! We were back to Felix the cat by 4 in the afternoon. He was happy to see us and demanded food immediately…even though Sid’s son had come by a few times to visit him while we were gone!

Weekend in Wales!

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The end of September we went on a coach trip to Wales, my birthday was on the 25th and we left the next morning, a Friday.
I wish I could tell you that the journey was uneventful, but the coach was 45 minutes late, which is to be expected since it was morning rush hour. Things were going ok, but then we hit some road works, so that was a bit slow, but at least we were still moving. Then, we were at a standstill! A lorry had caught fire somewhere ahead of us. It took awhile, but it was finally clear and we were on our way again. Our inconvenience was nothing compared to the lorry fire! We passed the ashy remains collapsed on the side of the road, I said a silent prayer that the driver got out ok. I think the site of it also silenced some of the mouthy people who were moaning about the delay!
Coach drivers have very stringent regulations to follow about how long they can drive before having a break and so on. Its a good thing, really, after all, we are putting our lives into their hands! So, even though we were running behind schedule quite a bit by then, we still had to stop for breaks. We were supposed to have checked into our hotel around 4, but it was almost 9 when we got there. They were very nice, they usually served dinner at 7:30, but they gave us a full meal and it was very nice!
The hotel was called the Westminster and it is right on the Rhyll seafront. We did go and have a short look around the next morning, but there wasn’t really much time to investigate as we had a tour schedule to keep!
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After a good night’s sleep and a lovely breakfast, we set off in the coach once again, going to Llandudno to catch a train to Blaneau Ffestiniog to catch a steam train that would take us down to Porthmadog. (I do hope I’m spelling all these Welsh names right!)
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Sid and I had been to Llandudno a couple of years ago, good thing, since we didn’t really have any time to spare. They have added a few things, I was able to snap a quick pic of the new Alice wooden sculture, it is across the street from the rail station. Lewis Carroll met the little girl who inspired his writing in Llandudno.

We had also been on the Ffestiniog train before, but a steam train ride is always an acceptable way to spend some time! The scenery in Snowdonia is amazing! I love the mountains, and seeing them out of a train window is a most civilized way to experience them!
Once we reached the end of the line, the coach was there to meet us and take us the 10 minute journey to Portmeirion. Fans of the original Prisoner TV series will know it! Its a lovely little village built in an Italianate style, nestled along the shoreline. All the buildings are unique. Quite a few are privately owned, by millionaires! Some house shops and eating establishments. There is a pottery line called Portmeirion, it is actually made somewhere else, but was designed by the daughter of the man who designed the village. Its worth a google to find out about this place!
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As you walk through the village, there are little gems hidden all over, beautiful arches, statues, paintings. Its the best art museum ever!
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Lots of fountains, and there is a hotel down at the beach. It is my dream to go there and stay!
After an afternoon of walking around there, we headed back on the coach to another lovely meal at the hotel and an evening of telly and knitting! And sleep, ah yes, sleep!