Made by Me and Work In Progress

Christmas feels like a long time ago, especially as I've been plagued by illness for most of January. But the plus side of recovering from illness is that there is time to create.
The best Christmas present I received (from my fabulous parents) was a tapestry kit from the wonderful Hannah Bass. I've been lusting after these for quite some time and of course I had to go for Amsterdam - one of my favourite cities! 
I've been stitching away and I'm half way through which is pretty good going given I only started on Christmas day. It's been great because as I've stitched I've been remembering wandering down the canals with OH on our past holidays
I was equally chuffed that I've managed to keep the back relatively . Normally when I stitch pieces the back is absolute chaos. 
Another Christmas gift was the new book from Louise Firchau 'Paper Panda's Guide to Papercutting'. I love Paper Panda's work and enjoyed trialing this for my sister's birthday card but I must admit I was a little disappointed with the book overall as many of the patterns were from other paper cut artists which I hadn't realised and they're not of a style I particularly like but that's just my personal choice. For a beginners book it has some great advice. 
Next up the last baby blanket for a while (that I'm aware of). In 2016 I made 5 blankets - this is included as I started it in November and finished it in early January just in time for little Rowan for who it was made for. 
I'm not sure if the colours are a little bonkers but at least it's bright and happy!

I made a quick co-co top in readiness for the spring when it's hopefully a bit warmer. Am hoping I'm not going to regret the stripes but there we go. 

And finally a quick lesson on when you should buy fabric that you like when you see it. I saw this in my local shop Simply Fabric in Brixton over the Summer, debated what I could make with it and by the time I went in to buy it they had sold out of it! Luckily I spotted it back on the shelves in early winter so snapped it up and made this top for work over Christmas. 
And so there we have it - my latest makes from just before Christmas. Not a bad haul even if I do say so myself. I'll post again when I've finished my Amsterdam needlepoint which given I have yet another cold may be sooner rather than later! 

A trip to the Design Museum

For the second time in two months I've been hit with a nasty virus which means that I've been out of action for a couple of weeks. In fact I've only left the flat twice in 12 days which is a little scary but I'm on the mend and will be back at work tomorrow. The weekend before illness struck OH and I ventured over to West London to check out the recently relocated Design Museum which had outgrown it's former home near Tower Bridge.
Now the building was AMAZING. It used to be the Commonwealth Institute which I had been to before a long time ago when I was about 12 with my mum and I remember the journey of trying to find it rather than the actual building itself (it took us for ever to find it) which is odd because it is a stunning building. 
 There was so much room in the middle of building
 it was a joy just to wander around and enjoy  the space and angles. 
 But the whole point of the building was to show off the Museum's permanent collection. The first part is a huge wall with numerous design classics. 
It wasn't the easiest thing to capture but you get the idea. 

 And then you wander through to different themes in design history. 
 With some clever ways of showing different ideas and brands
However I must admit that I was a little disappointed by the collection. Not it's content but because it felt all very compact and squashed. 
 Which is a shame given the museum had relocated to give the collection more room. 
 But still the building was mind blowing 
 I would love to go back to enjoy the building, but sadly I'm not that excited by the content. Ah well you win some you loose some.   

Winter sunshine in Brockwell Park

As the song goes 'Baby it's cold outside!'. OH had to go back to work today but I still had one day of freedom left. We woke to an incredibly cold and frosty morning so I went for a walk to my favourite park to take some pictures of the frosty scenes as the sun began to rise.