Sunday, 5 August 2012

Olympic fever - and giveaway winner!

There hasn't been much sewing happening around these parts for a few weeks. Partly because we're all obsessed with the Olympics (I've loved every minute of it so far) and partly because both children are at home for the summer holidays.  Two boys + mum out of the room for long periods of time = house trashed and entire contents of fridge eaten. Therefore no sewing.  It's quite frustrating, especially as I've got lots of things whizzing around my head that need to be sewn.  But hey, they're young dudes and the Olympics are in our home city so let's have some fun! Here are a few highlights from the past week:

Pipped to the post for an Olympic gold by Louis...


At the Olympic Park.... aren't the flowers lovely?


Also at the park, a giant reflective RUN sculpture....




Today we visited Sacrilege: Jeremy Deller's amazing giant-sized replica of Stonehenge in bouncy castle form...



Two of my menfolk - the other one was bouncing around like a loony

Yesterday, the rest of the family wanted to visit the seaside and I helpfully suggested Whitstable, as it just happened to be the same day as the Seaside Brocante Vintage Fair. What an amazing coincidence.  Whilst the boys were busy on the beach, I hot footed it up the High Street and managed to bag two pieces of vintage fabric, a lovely little sugar bowl and these tiny red tins. Have you ever seen anything more destined to be mine?

Red polka dot mini tins - MINE!
But the best bit was definitely when one of the stall holders, the lovely Hannah from Anchors Aweigh Vintage, said the immortal words, "are you Jane? I read your blog"!!!!!! How flattering and awesome is that?  Apparently she recognised my Ginger skirt!  Thank you Hannah, you absolutely made my day.

Enough chit-chat, we need to talk giveaways. A huge thank you to everybody who entered the giveaway for the Abbey Coat pattern and for your buttonhole feedback. You'll all be pleased to know I'm plumping for bound buttonholes (gulp). The resounding encouragement from all my blog readers definitely helped tip the balance - thank you! Anyway, back to the giveaway, the winner is.....Claire Cooper from Ragbags and Gladrags. Wahay! Congratulations Claire, please e-mail me your address and I'll see you get the pattern as soon as possible.  Huge thanks to Annie at The Village Haberdashery for donating such a generous prize. 

Right, I'm off to watch the athletics now - my throat's still sore from cheering Mo Farah to victory last night...x



37 comments:

  1. I love Whitstable. I used to go there a lot when I lived in Kent. Last night at the Olympics was fab, so exciting. OH and I are not sports fans but we were cheering on Jess and Mo.

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    1. I know, I'm not a great sports fan either but I've been like a woman possessed recently! x

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  2. Hi Jane, I just wanted to say that you've really inspired me to want to make my own clothes again. I used to do some dress making when I was a teen - a long time ago! Maggie xx

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    1. Aw thanks Maggie, that's wonderful to hear. x

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  3. Jane, the Olympics have definitely distracted me from sewing...I never thought I'd get this into it. Even this weekend I thought I'd get some sewing done, but I can't tear myself away from the telly...it's great stuff!

    Anyway, looks like you're getting some quality family time in, as well as a bit of vintage shopping ;o) And how amazing to be recognised due to your blog, it's such a cool thing to happen!!!

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    1. There's nothing else on TV in our house for the duration! Definitely no space for sewing! x

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  4. I cant get enough of them! team GB are ding so well too.
    xxx

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  5. You're having a wonderful Olympic summer by the looks of it Jane! I so wish I could join in, looks huge fun....I am partial to some bouncy castle fun! I spy nice gingham top too!!!

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    1. The bouncy castle was fab, it had been raining but that didn't stop us plucky Brits! Ah yes, that gingham top still gets a lot of wear! x

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  6. Thank you for the mention Jane! It was so lovely to meet you, I hope you had a fun day, did you stay to watch the carnival? And I love those little red tins!

    Hannah, x

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    1. Lovely to meet you too, hope you had a successful day. No, we didn't stay for the carnival but we saw a few carnival princesses on the sea front! x

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  7. Jumping castle Stonehenge?! I need to be there, now.

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    1. It was fab, it made me so happy! x

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  8. Enjoy the Olympics while it is on, you can always catch up on sewing later (with the new vintage fabric I hope)....

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    1. That's my thinking, the Olympics is a definite once in a lifetime experience. x

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  9. Whoa! Olympic magic to be sure! Enjoy it :-) I'm so glad you're taking pics.

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    1. Thanks Claire, I'm enjoying every minute. x

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  10. The olympics are distracting me from sewing too, but it's worth it to see all the golds we're getting at the moment!

    I really wish that stonehenge bouncy castle was coming to Birmingham, sadly it's not to be! But I love thos polkadot tines, they're definitely destined to be yours!

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    1. We're very lucky with the bouncy castle, we never get anything coming to west London, it's just too suburban, so this was a real treat! x

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  11. Ha ha! I'm the same - Olympics 1 Sewing 0. It's so exciting though, it's worth it!

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  12. Everything revolves arounds the Olympics in this household too right now. What a coup dragging the family all the way to Whitstable, lovely as it is it's a heck of a way, especially with the Olympic traffic. You were well rewarded, I love the tins x

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    1. Luckily it was just within our 1.5 hours train journey limit. Worth it though, everybody had a great day. x

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  13. I just told my son that every time I sit down to sew I stop for a "peak" at the Olympics and there goes hours of my time. Hey, it's every four years and it's great to watch everyone giving it their best. Your pics were lovely to look at.

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    1. Thanks! I agree, it's not every day you get such a fab experience on your doorstep. x

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  14. What lovely time you had at the Olympics. And I'm soooo amazed to be the winner. I'm looking forward to making the Abbey coat for myself. I need a new coat for the winter. time to find some fabric.

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    1. Cool! I'll be keeping a beady eye out for your version Claire! x

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  15. How perfect that there just so *happened* to be a vintage fair there! And I'm pretty sure those tins are the epitome of everything you told me you liked in your swap email :)

    Is that bouncy Stonehenge staying London after the Olympics? I want to see it! And jump on it, too!

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    1. Yes, the tins definitely have my name on them! Not sure what the bouncy stonehenge plans are, I think we were very lucky to get the chance to bounce on it! It was wild! x

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  16. I popped into the Broncsnte on Saturday as well and recognised Anchors Aweigh from the vintage fair at the Pantiles the previous week. Thanks for the link because I took a photo of her stall and forgot to ask for her shop name. When I get a moment I will add it. By the way love your blog and the style you like to sew.

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    1. That's so great that you were there too, there were some lovely stalls weren't there? Thanks for your kind words, I'm flattered! x

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  17. Those red polka dot tins are so cute! And the flowers at Olympic Park are gorgeous!

    http://eviestearoom.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Evelyn, they're pretty dinky aren't they?! x

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  18. I was in love with the olympic wild flowers, I made my lot walk all around them for ages - glad you had a good time. We go to Whitstable quite often, I should be better at looking up things like vintage fairs though as I've never been when something like that was on. Nice buys. Bethx

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