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monica
England
Interests: knitting, reading, sewing, crochet, quilting, embroidery, cinema. travelling
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Friday night was epic. EPIC The boys say I'm not allowed to say 'epic', or 'banter/bants/benterous' or 'tank'... I suspect because I'm too old, but they've been brought up well, so they wouldn't actually say that. I'm allowed to say... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Let's talk books today. What have you read that was noteworthy lately? of what have you read that was totally rubbish? Sometimes it's useful to know that too! This is what's on my bedside table at the moment. From the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
thank you Deb!
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Randomly. I don't have any particular things to say to you on this chilly Spring evening; it was warmer in December than it is now, which is just weird in the Northern Hemisphere. Like the untimely dead Prince once said...... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Another one. Because he likes them and likes to use them. So there. This time I was given a brief. Black and white. Graphic. Manly. Simple. I sneaked in some grey and a smidgen of green. Just to give it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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A finished project hurray!! Those of you who follow my Instagram feed would have already seen it, but here it is: I should show you more pictures but my resident photographer are either back in school or still in bed.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Ok, I might have mentioned this cake previously on this channel... but hey it's that good and that easy that we can talk about it again. The recipe comes from Mary Berry Baking bible and it's one of those 'chuck... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
ma che paura! anche i miei ne avevano uno (nella libreria dietro i libri) e per anni ogni estate tornavano a cercare di rifarlo!. Brrr...
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... the final instalment of this crazy tour of Italy took me to Cesena, my hometown to meet up with the girls I met waaaaaay back then when I was an au pair in Rhode Island. I mean waaaaay back... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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... so after putting Mr M on a train back to the airport I jumped on another train in the opposite direction and headed to Rome. I'd like to point out that I don't normally stomp around the country is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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... as I was saying... we took the train to Florence... my favourite city. No children. We walked and talked and ate and drank wine and did a little shopping and visited the most amazing modern art show at Palazzo... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
straight up after an expresso... no messing about. (o dentro una rosetta di pane.... oh gosh I haven't had that in so many years...)
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A bit random. This week has been a whirlwind. We left Venice on a hazy morning which makes no difference as Venice is beautiful in any light. We took the train to Arezzo where my parents picked us up. (Incidentally,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I love this place... and seeing through the boys' eyes makes it new and more special. "you mean the bus is a boat?" Priceless. So the boat/bus/bus/boat took us to St Mark's Square. A lot of walking, a pizza and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Sit comfortably. It's going to be a long ride... you see every which way you look it's beautiful here... (obligatory cliche photo) (Yup, another canal. Venice is built on 118 little islands connected by 417 bridges, just so you know)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I've been to Venice quite a few time - growing up in the North of Italy as I did - but always on a day trip/school trip kind of thing. Never been here at night before. Never taken a water... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Yes 3. Third Acer Shawl and second post in two days. Who's being spoilt now, eh? Although strictly speaking this one is a birthday present and so I will still only have two in the house... which is a legitimate... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Carrying on with the subject of driving this morning I was 'on the road again'... Open bracket: I really need cowboy boots Close bracket. ... as I was saying, I was back on the road driving to a bus depot... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
It's getting late on this unseasonably cold Saturday afternoon in March and I'm having a nice cup of tea... it's been an interesting day, I'm flying solo this weekend, Mr M is away on business, and things look different when... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Ten days since my last post!!! And it's the middle March already and my baby turns 15 in a week and I don't have any tickets to see Bruce Springsteen and my laundry pile is huge and I'm so unfit... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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Pattern 'Sous Sous', available for download on the Loop London website Yarn Rowan Felted Tweed. Progress: slow. But I'm loving every stitch. I must be getting old. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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1) 29th of February... as a little girl this day always felt a little magical. Here for 24 short hours and then vanishing for another four years. 2) I had a friend whose birthday was on this day too. Must... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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I've been working on this piece for years. On and off of course. Not all the time... that would be ridiculous. I love it. I really do, but I simply can't decide on a layout.... I seem to like them... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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It's my sister in law's birthday tomorrow and I really hope she's not snooping around here because I made her a present and I wouldn't want to ruin the surprise... A simple nine patch of bright fabrics. Sometimes simple is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead
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In Italy there's no such thing as 'half-term'... but a lot of people take time off school to go skiing anyway... (the teachers are ok with it... they take their revenge by lumbering children with lots of homework which they're... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at {quilt} while you're ahead