Sunday, 27 February 2011

Amazing Thailand

I've recently returned to London from a small island off the coast of Thailand, called Koh Lanta, 
after spending ten days at the wonderful Kaw Kwang Beach Resort. I had an awesome time with my daughter, sister, brothers, nieces and nephews, plus a few family friends. 
This is the view from my bungalow.

Food was so cheap and very delicious. Pad Thai with shrimps and a bottle of Singha beer cost about £2. 
I practically lived on Pad Thai. Pad Thai with beef, Pad Thai with chicken, Pad Thai with vegetables, Pad Thai with seafood... I'll have to find the recipe now so I can make it at home.
I did try other Thai dishes too. Eating out is very cheap, especially if you stick to Thai food. 
Western food can be quite expensive by comparison.

We went on the Koh Lanta 4 Island Tour, which included snorkling, visiting the Emerald Cave, picnicking on an amazing beach and enjoying the most beautiful sights.

I had three Thai massages during my stay, which was very theraputic indeed and costing between six and eight pounds each. We went on an elephant trek, which was actually very scary and met lots of wonderful people. The staff were always happy and very friendly and I will be staying in touch with some of them.
It was very sad to leave Thailand and hopefully I will be able to return there again one day.
In my next post I'll show you some of the bargains I brought back.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Fabric Samples From a Friend

A friend of mine recently gave me a selection of beautiful fabric samples. 
I had told her about my new projects and was really thrilled when she handed me the gorgeous 'Romo' textured weave sample book. The sample colours are absolutely amazing. There are thirty-nine different shades including pinks, browns, creams and greens, measuring 30x21cms each.
A week later she gave me four books of quality 'kvadrat' felt samples. They are made from 100% new wool in the most beautiful shades of greens, blues, reds, purples, oranges, pinks and yellows. 
There are about fifty different shades, measuring 15x30cms each.
I'm planning to make lots of little cushions with these, design ideas are already whizzing around my head. A lot of birthdays are coming up, so lots of cushions need to be made. I think they will make such lovely gifts. Maybe I can try and sell some the next time I do a car boot. I'm off to Thailand this weekend for a couple of weeks and have packed a small selection of felt and sewing accessories so I can make a start whist on the aeroplane, hopefully it'll take my mind off the flight. This will be my first proper holiday in a very long time and hopefully I can bring back some beautiful fabric to add to my ever growing collection. See you in a fortnight! x

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Little Cushions for Little Hands

I made these little bean bag cushions for some of the classes in the primary school where I work. A friend at work had given me a few squares of felt, to help with my projects, so I spent last weekend making these squishy cushions, which I am extremely proud of.

There are three Reception/Year 1 classes which are named after fruit trees. Apple Class, Mango Class and Peach Class. I work with each at least one morning or afternoon a week, and completely enjoy my time with them. I've worked as a Nursery Nurse/Teaching Assistant for over 12 years, in the same school, with no intentions of ever leaving. I work with all ages from three to eleven years, but mainly with the Early Years (age four to seven).

I gift wrapped each cushion (20cm diametre) in tissue paper and also wrote a letter to each class.

The children and class teachers all loved their gifts and I've already been asked to make one for an older year group called Holly class. I was very chuffed!