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monica
England
Interests: knitting, reading, sewing, crochet, quilting, embroidery, cinema. travelling
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What on earth has taking me so long? The whole world has been raving about the Esme tunic pattern, why wasn't I listening? After all the two Esme tops I sewed last spring have been on rotation ever since. Doh.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at {quilt} while you're ahead
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No 2 broke his arm yesterday, on the 2nd minute of his 2nd rugby match of the season. Buckle fracture, cast and no contact sports for 6 to 8 weeks. It is going to be fun. Not. He's already bored... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I totally underestimated the quilting time on this one. Small 1/4 inch gaps or smaller mean an awful lot of quilting. And thread. An awful lot of thread too. I totally underestimated the quantity of thread I'd need too. So... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
thank you CJ... you should try washing my son's school shirts... he's 6'2" and all the sleeves come out of the washing machine in an inextricable knot that takes ages to sort out AND they're totally creased Nightmare.
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on *93** at {quilt} while you're ahead
...the card was found by a friend of the floor of the locker room. Crisis over. I thought you might want to know that.
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2016 on *93** at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Randomly. It's a total sign of sisterly love to accompany your sibling to IKEA on a Saturday to buy a sofa. AND to load the 49674385 boxes to make up the aforementioned sofa in the back of your car (who... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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My attention this week turned to my house plants. We have lots. Unfortunately quite a few were in a state of disrepair... we've been away a lot this summer and the care bestowed onto them varied from obsessive watering (the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I love peas. Do you love peas? I could eat peas everyday. Not my kids. They eat them because let's face it they're fairly innocuous as vegetable are concerned, right? Braised peas. Steamed peas. Peas and rice, fab. Tuna and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Sunday. Still warm. Sunny. I guess Autumn is tiptoeing in softly this year. I spent the morning catching up with the ironing whilst watching "inside British Vogue" on iplayer and dreaming of Mr M and I next vacation (sans boys,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I've had this quilt for years. Probably seven or eight... it was an impulse eBay purchase (don't tell me you've never done that!) and the original idea was to turn into a pair of curtains. Well, that never happened... I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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As part of the 'finishing-itis that's been afflicting me recently I introduce you to a new winter hat. Because that is exactly what you want when the country is gripped by an unseasonal heat wave, right? Also, it only just... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Life is tres busy around here... Yesterday I labelled clothes for two hours and ironed 18 school shirts. The irony of unpacking totally wrinkled 'non-iron' shirt didn't escape me. I'm hoping they'll emerge smoother from the washing machine in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Tucked away in a tiny side road next to the Roman Forum in the centre of Rome there's a Franciscan convent. High up, under the eaves with glorious views of Rome and the Colosseum there's an artist studio. Sidival Fila... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I've been thinking how to best describe my day in Rome last week but words totally fail me. My brother - the Franciscan missionary in South Sudan - had applied for two tickets for the weekly meeting with the Pope... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I'm actually writing this sitting at the table in my own kitchen back in England. I'm waiting for No 1 son to finish his shower so we can go for a walk but I know the prospect of walking will... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Seven hours. 40 kg of tomatoes. In pictures: Too tired for words. Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I shouldn't be doing this... tomorrow I'm driving to Italy and I have prepared 'nothing'. Nada. Niente. I'm at the stage of denial which will be followed by the frantic stage and then the panic stage. Sigh. Anyway... briefly and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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It's totally typical (and annoyingly ironic, if you're a fan of Alanis Morissette you'll understand) that the time the Festival steps up a gear I have only three hours to spend there. Not enough by a long way. After disposing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Tonight No 1 is going to a party invited by a friend he hadn't seen in four months, taking place in a less than salubrious part of town (from which I then have to pick him up late even though... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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So my knitting goal is to knit myself a new jumper/cardigan whatever each year. Which sounds easy... and it would be if it was my only knitting endeavour, the problem is I get distracted by shawls and hats and quilting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
applause!!!
Toggle Commented Aug 2, 2016 on all flowers. all the time. at the scent of water
love it. Stat rosa pristina nomine... (remember which book this is from? take care.
Toggle Commented Aug 2, 2016 on all flowers. all the time. at the scent of water
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Some books change the world and make you dream and believe in magic. Proof? Today I took No 3 to the Harry Potter Studios near London... and we had a fabulous time... this is a boy who's not prone to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Randomly. I'm totally jet-lagged. And I mean totally. My hair is jet-lagged. My toes are. I have been literally falling asleep before my head hits the pillow (to the point I have no recollection of actually having even gone to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Day 16 - Moraine Lake And then... just like that we're on our last day. WHAT??? Mr M still not on top of his game so whilst the two younger ones looked after him (... not... they used him as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead