Crafty week seven and eight

Oh dear I'm having to double up again and don't have much excuse apart from I didn't have  time to download the pictures from last week. Anyway here is what I achieved in the past two weeks:

So first up is OH's anniversary / valentine's day card. Inside it said 'because you making this moaning Lisa smile' (for those of you who don't know me Lisa is my real name...)

I finished a second scarf of the year. Now that the weather has warmed up I'll have to find another project to keep me busy!

The squares for my blanket have certainly built up!

And I've started to sew them together. So far so good!
Here is a paper cutting project from one of my Christmas presents. I was quite pleased with the results.

And finally I made some more jewellery:

Using French Stamps
And English again. This is a ring and I love the wording 'proper dressed'.

So we have now reached two months of the crafty project and I'm still going strong! Here's to another month....

Legal London

Spring, thank goodness, is in the air! Two days of clear blue skys and blossom on the trees, just the tonic I've needed and it certainly put a bounce in my step. O.H. isn't feeling great this week so we did a short walk around legal London. We always try and do this sort of walk at the weekend when most of the Inns of Court are closed which is frustrating, especially as it means we couldn't see the Temple Church (as in the Davinci Code as well as being a very historic building).... Anyway here are this week's photos:

My motto in life... another self portrait
Reflection of St Paul's and the Royal Courts of Justice
This is the site of Newgate Prison before it was knocked down and prisoners were relocated to the current day Holloway Rd.

There is so much building work going on in London at the moment. This was opposite the Old Bailey and there was a little peep hole so you can see what is going on
 Onto Fleet Street and the Punch Tavern where the magazine of the same name was founded and where we stopped for a cheeky pint.
 Spring has sprung in Lincoln Fields
 Shop window where you could buy a legal wig
This row of lions was at the bottom of Chancery Lane with OH in the background
 My mum and dad have a painting of these towers but I don't think I've ever seen them in real life. It's the library of King's College
 I always like seeing a red telephone box....
 Installation in a sandwich bar
Finally these were the campest bell ringers I've ever seen! Outside St Dunstans next to the Royal Courts of Justice

Mixing the old with the new

O.H. and I found ourselves back in the City for this week's walk. There is so much to see, so many little alleys with unexpected surprises I'm not sure if we'll ever tire of walking there. This time we walked from Waterloo up to Liverpool Street though admittedly we did skip walking past the front of the Tate Modern and Globe theatre as it's so crowded at the weekends!

These are old arms houses shadowed by a new complex being built next to Tate Modern.
OH spotted this next to the above Arms Houses and it just really made me smile

I spotted this along Southwark Street (I think) and this was once fancy new signage for Tate Modern but like most things now looks old and broken...... 
For those of you who know me I love taking pictures of ducks... admittedly they are normally alive but these were at Borough Market at a Cumbrian stall run by a bloke my sister knows! I love walking through the market but rarely buy from there as it's often really expensive. Instead I wait for a Sunday to go down to my local farmers market in Brixton. 
It's great for photo opportunities though. Above 'cauliflower'. Nice! 

Doing these walks we always spot the unexpected. Above are some camels I spotted near where the Great Fire of London started. I don't think the two events are related though! 
The walk took us through Ledenhall Market which I've never seen before. The architecture was amazing and I think I might try and go back during the week when things will be open. 
I'm into reflections at the moment so here is a self portrait. 

And here is the Lloyds Building reflected next door. There were so many amazing reflections which will be up on my Flicker page soon. 

Here is a church dating back to 1200 over shadowed by the Gerkin. 

Nature in the face of adversity! In the middle of the city I never thought I'd see snow drops but even in the most built up areas there are little oasis of tranquility though note the workman barriers in the background. . 

Modern life is rubbish? OK this was a new one for me and OH, a recycling bin which also gives you live updates on arts, news and the weather. Blade Runner is now here and it's the future..... 

Finally OH took me to Bunhill cemetry which is a really old graveyard in the middle of the city dating around 1800. Famous bodies buried here are Daniel De Foe and William Blake. It was just amazing that it was literally just in the middle of a square with buildings around all sides, including a very nice pub which we stopped off at before making our way home. 

W.W.W aka Weekend Weather and Walk

Well it was all snow last weekend which I managed to photograph in it's full fury though snow in London never really stays for that long.....

Possibly not the best photos in the world but it did look pretty over night. I felt pretty rotten last weekend (hence the delay in getting these pictures up) though OH and I did walk over to Clapham in the melting snow to see the Artist which was great.

This weekend we went for a wander round the City so that I could get some fresh air and sunshine. I am amazed by the old and the new side by side in the City and it helped that we were following a walk by Dan Cruikshank who is an architectural historian so we saw things we wouldn't necessarily known about. Anyway random set of photos to follow:

 Ye Olde Worlde signs
 Nice stone carving

 Office block windows that gave off an amazing blue hue
 The Barbican complex in an office block window
Part of the Barbican complex in the flesh
A traditional men's outfitters (I think) as it sold pants and suits as well as shoes. Anyway nice action shot of O.H. looking all toastie as it was cold out
Finally love the shapes in some of the new office blocks though below this was New Look (as in the clothes shop)

Anyway was nice to get out and about as we haven't been for a walk for ages! Let's hope that the weather improves so I can go for a few more!

Crafty week five and six

Apologies for not writing about week five, I've been under the weather for the past week so have to combine weeks. So it's been a busy one! I made another purchase from the fantastic Jasmin Studio Crafts who is actually local to me up in Streatham and finally got the hang of putting stamps into jewellery:

How can you not love Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum....

Yes this might look like a map but honest it's from a stamp!

Parts of a Norwegian stamp

Back to my Cumbrian roots - Stan Laurel (born in Ulverston, Cumbria!)

A ring using this image of geese which I love

And OK yes this is a map. It's very personal to me as it depicts places special to me in Cumbria

On top of this I finally finished my scarf which I love! And just in time for the winter weather:
Sorry it's not the best photo as I put O.H. on the spot to take the photo.... And as I enjoyed this so much guess what... Yep I've started another one:

 Finally it was my friend Charlotte's birthday this week and she was 30 so no pressure to make it special then. Didn't help that I've not been feeling great but finally got inspiration in that Charlotte loves her music and the album titles from 1982 lent to telling a weird little tale:

And like Charlotte they were all released in 1982!

Finally no photos for this one but I've also been continuing making the squares for my blanket. I've surprised myself about how many I now have (over 40 now) so soon will have to start sewing them together! But now I've got to get cracking with O.H's anniversary / valentine's card which of course I will share with you next week!