Friday, 27 February 2015

London and Back

Big Ben

Last week Wednesday we had a long weekend over in England.

We went over because Jas, being the huge Harry Potter fan that she is, wanted to go and visit the Warner Bros Harry Potter Exhibition.

This we did.

I was worried that it would be a let down and that it would not live up to Jas's expectations (which were very high by the time we got there. She even had a shopping list of things that she "needed" to have!!)

Well, I needn't have worried, it was amazing, and actually trumped our expectations!

Being Warner Bros they had all the original props, including Diagon Alley.
They are having the animal actors on exhibition at the moment so we got to see Crookshanks, Fang, Hedwig, Errol and Pigwidgeon.

Warner Bros Studios Harry Potter


Hogwarts

Room under the stairs Harry Potter

Hogwarts Clock

Would I recommend that you visit it? Definitely!

It was worth every penny :)
We ended up being in the exhibition for a total of 4 1/2 hours.

The longest visit was over 12 hours apparently - I could see that happening!

Any gripes about the place?

Well, the Butterbeer didn't live up to what I thought it would taste like and the food in the Back-lot did not have me drooling for any more of it and battling to finish what I had on my plate :(.

But besides that it was incredible!

Other than Harry Potter we did the usual tourist tour as the girls have never been to the UK, so we did Madame Tussauds, the London Eye and the London Dungeons.

madame tussauds London

We ended our trip with a wonderful 2.5 hour trip to Sainsburys :)
There we managed to stock up on long lost favourites like an enormous Marmite or two, Jelly tots, Flake, Crunchies and a Crockpot ;)

My crock has seen better days, and travelling back and forwards around the globe it's buttons no longer want to do what I want of them, so I am a proud owner of a new Crock.

Breville Crockpot

I have been trying it out and have made a couple of meals in it thus far.

One amazing meal was a Chili recipe that I found on Pinterest.

You can read all about the recipe on our Homesteading Blog, and if you also have some tried and tested recipes from Pinterest we would love to have you link them to our Pinterest Linky Party.

Okay, I am off, I really N E E D to get to the end of my Juliana!

I wish you all a good weekend.
X

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Tutorial Thursdays Month Long Linky Party

Tutorial Thursdays Month Long Linky Party

Welcome back to another month of linking fun!

You have a couple more days to show off your amazing Craft tutorials for this month!

I would love to see them, so share them below :)

This month there is no theme, and no feature. 

Feel free to link up all your crafts below.
I look forward to visiting all of the links I find below.

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Thursday, 19 February 2015

Tutorial Thursdays Month Long Linky Party

Tutorial Thursdays Month Long Linky Party

Welcome back to another month of linking fun!

February is the month of love, have you created any cool "Valentine" Crafts?

I would love to see them, so share them below :)

This month there is no theme, and no feature. 

Feel free to link up all your crafts below.
I look forward to visiting all of the links I find below.

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Book Review: The Ward

The Ward

ISBN: 9780857895868

When I saw that this title was written by two South African authors I really wanted to read it. The excerpt looked quite good and I hoped for a good read.

The book starts off well enough and it caught my attention for the first couple of chapters. Thereafter I just wanted to finish the book unfortunately.

The story-line is about two characters who end up in hospital in Johannesburg.
Lisa is a plastic op addict of sorts, and Farrell is unsure why he is there. 

The book turns into a weird Sci-Fi story that has a behind-the-scenes, and under-the-hospital, body-morphing and organ-stealing plot.

At this point I found the book to be incoherent with the rest of the story-line, and I found the "Zombie" language to be slightly annoying.

I would have appreciated a much more "down-to-earth" story as the beginning of the book had so much going for it.

For this reason I award this title:

2 Owls

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What have you been reading lately?


Friday, 13 February 2015

Sew-A-Long Fun

Sew-A-Long

On Monday when I was browsing through my Instagram feed, I noticed that Libby @ Truly Myrtle had started a Sew-A-Long with fellow Instagramers to make an A-Line Skirt.

You may recall that I had showed you the above material and pattern in a post from the beginning of the year (you can find this post HERE), and so I thought this Sew-A-Long would be the perfect opportunity to get started on sewing these projects.

I didn't use the pattern that Libby mentioned, but used the one I had planned - New Look 6854.

new look 6854

I chose to make view B.

sew-a-long

denim A-Line Skirt

The skirt is made of a medium weight denim.

I didn't include the ribbon that should be on top of the skirt.

But.....I had to make a decorative hem! (I can not stay away from decorative stitching no matter how much I try)


denim skirt

With knitting I don't do the swatching (which I should) so it is the same with the sewing, no muslin skirt for me - I just went for it!

The result was that before I added the facing of the waist band I had to add two pleats in the front of the skirt as the waist was a bit too big.

I do like how it turned out though and wore it to work today.
It is a bit hard to see in the image below, sorry about that :)


My only gripe about this skirt......
It constantly rides up my leggings in the front :(

Do I really need to make a petticoat/slip to wear underneath it?
What do you do if your skirts do this? 

If you would like to join me on Instagram I would love that :)

You can find me as marigoldsloft

x

Online Sewing Class

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Tutorial Thursdays Month Long Linky Party

Tutorial Thursdays Month Long Linky Party

Welcome back to another month of linking fun!

February is the month of love, have you created any cool "Valentine" Crafts?

I would love to see them, so share them below :)

I wish you all a Happy Valentines Day.
x

This month there is no theme, and no feature. 

Feel free to link up all your crafts below.
I look forward to visiting all of the links I find below.

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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Book Review: The Martian

The Martian Book Review

ISBN: 9780091956141

This is a very untypical book choice for me but Andy Weir pulls it off!
Who would think that someone could write a whole 400 pages about a man stuck on Mars and still keep it interesting - well, apparently Mr. Weir can!

I saw this book on my Wednesday wander through all the Yarn Along posts and the story seemed like it would be something that could be worth a read.

It was!

 I kept finding myself thinking "Fascinating how interested I still am in this plot" :)

The story is about an astronaut who gets left behind on Mars through an unfortunate event and has to fend for himself until a rescue party can be sent to fetch him.

I found that the author managed to capture the Mars terrain and feel very well, and could relate well to his imagery. I felt that the way he described the events and surroundings to be very plausible (I am by no way even remotely clued up on how Mars could possibly look or feel) which made me root for the main character - Mark Watney - that much more. 

It was like going on an adventure in a Mars Rover with a very human astronaut as a guide!

A great read!

I am thrilled to see that the movie comes out in November this year (Matt Damon will be playing the main character which I think is a perfect fit for the book!) so if you would like to read the book before the movie, now is your chance!

I award The Martian:

4 Owls
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I used to be a homeschool mom, and now that my children go to school, am a mom who has found a creative side and am exploring that with great delight!

I am interested in alternative therapies, studied as a vibrational therapist and incorporate my beliefs into my everyday life.