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monica
England
Interests: knitting, reading, sewing, crochet, quilting, embroidery, cinema. travelling
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No 2 made me a bookmark: ... awwww.... Last night I finished reading NW by Zadie Smith. Brilliantly written but I should have read it slower because I missed one vital clue and the end didn't make sense. Had to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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"Life is short, though I keep this from my children. Life is short, and I've shortened mine in a thousand delicious, ill-advised way, a thousand delicious ill-advised ways I'll keep from my children. The world is at least fifty percent... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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This must be a record. A quilt in less than a week? Without further ado I give you .... 'the lounge quilt' (to replace the old lounge quilt which is now the 'back of the car quilt', not a demotion,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I woke up this morning with a jolt and then after checking the news I wished I hadn't woken up at all. I can cope with nightmares... but reality? It's a little bit harder. People... what is going on? Why?... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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When we moved into our new home the boys got new beds. Big boys' beds. Big boys' beds which are still too small when your first born passes the 6'1" mark... but that it's a story for another time. Today... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I'm still alive!! Still alive. Still The jet-lag was bad, or as the boys would say my jet lag game was strong. Real strong. But I made it through... kind of. The test will be the school meeting tonight... why... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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... on the road early, in the rain (and they say it never rains in Southern California... right...) We had an afternoon to kill before our evening flight so we headed towards the Art District of LA and more out... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Last day. (as much as I need to see my boys - after a week there's a tugging inside me that wants to bring me back home - I know I haven't finished with this place... I have to come... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Still here... still loving it. More than loving it, actually. We took an architectural tour ran by a really nice chap called Robert Imber, so totally passionate about architecture and so in love with this city that it was a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Today we left the Parker hotel to try out some other place with a different atmosphere, but I can't just leave you with that... this place needs to be seen. It could be in fact be called Instagram hotel... everywhere... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Today was exactly like I thought Palm Springs would be Blue sky and palms. Fabulous. I went for a walk this morning whilst Mr M hit the gym... The air was warm and clear (I'm getting slightly obsessed with mail... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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... so you know the bit about 'sunny California'? Well they lied. About an hour after we landed this happened: Ridiculous. Anyway, the flight was great (annoying kid aside. not ours, we left ours behind with my parents), we exited... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
Hi Kristina, I’m getting quite upset that in my life I won’t ever be able to read all the books I’d like to read… The talks was about the ‘great American Novel’ and for some reason there was a lot of focus on old books rather than contemporary writer although a few were mentioned as being brilliant (AnnTyler, Anne Patchett, Annie Proux… a lot of women writers! Jonathan Franzen was quietly slated - reading between the lines - of which I’m glad because I really don’t get on with his self-absorbed ranting) The books I’ve jotted down all the books I would like to read to fill a gap in my… ‘reading history’ for want of a better word.. The Ambassadors and Portrait of a lady, the last of the mohicans (I read it in Italian centuries ago) Moby Dick the invisible man Infinite jest (can’t read my writing!) Barkskin The underground railway The heart is a lonely hunter Pale Fire Faulkner Willa Cather Nabokov (Panin? not just lolita) Saul Bellow Jane Smiley John Updike I’m sure you read all of them already! The three panelist’s favourite American books were: The great gatsby, The Scarlett Letter, the invisible man. what would you say? Why did nobody mention To kill a mockingbird?? take care, Monica
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2016 on *102** more book talk at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Randomly on a Wednesday: I finished Bruce's autobiography. Brilliant Book. Fair enough I might be a teensy weensy bit biased but I really enjoyed it. I made me re-listened to a lot of music I hadn't listened to for years... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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This week my brain has been working out, and you know what? It feels wonderful. I feel wonderful. Everything is wonderful! (And I have un umpire for Sunday hockey match which, I totally understand, doesn't mean anything to you but... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Last week I decided to tidy up my desktop of all the bookmarks clutter accumulated during the last few years and stumbled upon this video: ... I think it was around the time I bought a serger and fancied myself... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I love reading. LOVE. When I was young my mum used to tell me off because I read 'too much' and I had to go off to do... 'something else'. That was her suggestion: stop reading and go do something... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Catchy title, I know. The thing is I've just had a very stressful hour and I'm still a little frazzled. Why? You may ask... let me tell you .... One thing that you might not know about me is that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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So yesterday... Drove the kids to the school bus, drove back, cleared the kitchen, filled the dishwasher, made my bed, emptied the drier, emptied the washing machine, filled the drier, filled the washing machine. Took my big car to be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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So yesterday was quite an insane day. In the morning I put my body through TWO exercise classes because I'm a klutz who can't even manage her diary obviously. Oh boy. Let's just say that if anybody mentions 'planks' or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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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 Sep 26, 2016 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 Sep 25, 2016 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 Sep 22, 2016 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 Sep 20, 2016 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