Friday, 29 April 2011

KNIT THE TOWN RED WHITE AND BLUE.
The question was asked.
The answer was given.
The date was set.
The invitations were sent.
The Ninjas were at a loose end.
The wool was ordered.
The needles were polished.
(after all this was to be a very special occasion)
New recruits were added to the wooly warriors.

16 hours before the big event the ninjas gathered.

Operating under the theory that the safest place to hide is in a crowd, and in the interests of seamlessly blending in several rounds of drink were ordered.

After a bit of last minute casting off all was set.
With all the subtlety of an elephant in tap shoes the Ninjas applied their stealth training and set to the large pile of knitted goodness.

Soon the interest of the other drinkers was peaked.
Crys of "Oh its the Ninjas" went up.

A crowd gathered, but the Ninjas true to their training blended seamlessly in to their backgrounds.

In the morning Ninja One returned to the scene of the crime to take some daylight shots.

And a little last minute Ninjafication of the pub.

Unfortunately someone had misread the timetable of events and it turned out that the wedding procession was not in fact passing through this sleepy backwater of South London.
Happy Royal Wedding Day.
Love Nora xx

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

WE'RE BUSY DOING NOTHING
WORKING THE WHOLE DAY THROUGH.
TRYING TO FIND LOTS OF THINGS NOT TO DO.

A week of mooching in daisy filled meadows

and watering the garden

of exploring rock pools
and decorating easter cakes

of days on the beach

and surprising finds in the hen house

as well as a of a glut of eggs

a week of shed envy

and pony riding

of following clues

searching high and low

and finding treasure

A week of whittling twig hooks

and sticks

a week of fizzy drinks in cafes

and Victorian viaducts

A wonderful week with my wonderful Family.
Hope your Easter was as relaxing as ours was.
Love Nora xxx

Saturday, 16 April 2011

WHEREIN THE HEROINE WAKES UP TOO EARLY AND DOES TOO MUCH.

"Jobs" don't you just hate that phrase.
Especially of a weekend.
This morning as I woke up at an unreasonably early hour.
Well I say woke, but maybe woken would be a better word.
As I lay in bed my eyes hardly focusing, a small child jumping on my head and a slightly less small child wanting to know what difficult words in his horrible geography book were,
the cogs in my blank pre cup of tea mind started to slowly turn.
Saturday Morning, two whole blissful days stretching before us,
and then oh bliss Monday means Holidays.
Proper going abroad holidays.
Proper catching up with the French branch of the Flaming family holidays.
All that nothing to-do-ness.
Bliss.
But then some where at the back of the old blank canvas there appeared a black cloud.
And that black cloud was called Jobs.
So far today I have done the washing
(lots of it because of above mentioned excursion and
every one wanting their new/ best clothes)
Hung out lots of said washing.
Made breakfasts and tea.
Driven my youngest darling to Croydon to pick up his new micro scooter.
Then it was off to do some shopping, essentials like new pants and socks.
Then to College for sadly the very last time to see my students exhibition.
Then off up in to Tooting to stock up on essential Indian spices for my old Dad that apparently are not available it the far flung and rural place he lives.
Whilst there I managed to check out a couple of fabric stores, one of which had this fab collection of old sewing machine boxes and machine stands.

The boxes were really cheap and I was sorely tempted,
but what in the name of god would I do with it or Put it?
All the same....

Oh the inner hoarder, it will be the ruin of us all!
Any way after that pleasing interlude it was back to it.
Shopping for dinner.
Cleaning out the car.
Washing up.
Baths.
Bed time.
Arguing about bed time.
Arguing about bed time some more.
Realising that only one of them is in bed.
Starting all over again.
A huge pile of ironing (see above reference to family holiday)
And then suddenly peace, a cold beer in my hand and "Trading Places" on film 4.
Relax, until tomorrow morning when it will all start again.
How is your weekend panning out?
Hope its less hectic than mine.
Love Nora xx

Friday, 15 April 2011

ITS THE HOLIDAYS!
(AGAIN! SO SOON? WEREN'T WE DOING THIS ONLY A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO?)

This week I am grateful for

Daffies.

Small people's feet in novelty socks.
Come on every one
"That's neat, that's neat, that's neat I really love those tiger feet."

Basket ball hoops.

successful birthday parties in the sun.

One week old baby duckies.

Catching up with old friends.


And two young boys with the world at their feet.
Happy Holidays
Love Nora xxx

Thursday, 7 April 2011

ENOUGH OF ALL THIS MISTY EYED SMUSH.
It true I do Love all the men in my family
its true that I do miss the more far flung members of the clan
but really, any more of this misty eyed drivel and people will think I'm going soft in the head.
So thinks she lets tell every one what has been happening in my creative space this last week.

And then I realised that its still all about those pesky boys and how much
I love them all.
Darn it!
In the spirit of my continuing adventures in machine embroidery I made this for the Hippie as one of his birthday presents.

I was given a beautiful set of Penguin classics post cards by my best friend for Christmas.
As soon as I saw them I knew I wanted to do some as embroideries.
Any way there are 100 cards in the set so it may take some time.

I've also been rummaging in the scrap box and finding little bits of loveliness to make party bags for the ginger one's little friends to take home with them on Saturday.
Its a low key affair this year just 6 friends round for popcorn, hot dogs and a film.
My plan is to keep it simple, calm and quiet.
How very badly am I going to fail?
Very I suspect!

And just so as its not all about the boy round here I have a
sneaky little ninja peek for you to take.
Hot rumour has it that those mad ninja knitters are on the move again.
They are planning something else new and spiffy.
Keep your eyes peeled you may see them lurking in the shadows.

Many many more inspiring creative spaces can be found here.
Happy sunny spring days to you all.
Love Nora xxx