Hey, there's a give away of Polka & Bloom embroidery patterns (you know, designed by moi!) over on The Making Spot blog. Three patterns are up for grabs, so do check it out if you want to get stitching.
The give away ends on Friday so get in there while you can. :-)
I went into London yesterday. And I took some pictures. First I went to this place in Grosvenor Square. I took all the pictures with the FxCamera app on my phone. Which makes them look sorta polaroid-y. Which I quite like and I have figured out why that is: because it takes square pictures I have to focus more on what I'm taking pictures of and how I position that in the frame.
With my normal camera I can just generally shoot what I'm looking at and then crop it later if necessary. But I can't do that with this app. Makes it a fun challenge! You can see the images larger in this set over on Flickr + a few extra ones. :-)
After Grosvenor Square I walked all the way along Oxford Street to Tottenham Court Road (that's quite a walk!) and around the corner to the British Museum. I like the BM, but it's so big and I always manage to get slightly lost. Sometimes that's annoying and sometimes it's an adventure.
Some patterns I saw on the Tube.
A guy sat down across from me on the Tube and pulled a Rubik's cube which he solved in what seemed like 30 seconds! The he put it back in his pocket and pulled out another one with 5x5 squares on each side and starting solving that one! I really wanted to lean over and ask him "Is there a system to this?!" But I didn't. I get the impression that talking to people on the Tube is frowned upon. Also, I'm kinda shy. ;-)
Use a picture frame to make a small (or large!) a whiteboard type surface that you can write on, or draw on. Yoda quote optional!
This would be really great as a notice board or use it to write your weekly meal plan!
What you need:
A frame with glass, as small or large as you like.
Piece of fabric (or paper) large enough to cover the glass + a bit extra on each side. It's best if the background fabric isn't too busy and not too light because then the writing may not be properly visible.
Ribbon, thread, lace - whatever you'd like to use to decorate the background fabric (optional).
Special pen, sometimes called chalkboard pen. It can be used on blackboards too, but it's not so easy to qipe off from a blackboard. The one I use is called 'Uni Posca'.
Embellish the fabric if you like. I stitched a bit of matching fabric and ribbon to the background. Iron the fabric if you like. ;-)
Sandwich the fabric between the glass and the frame backing. Trim off excess fabric.
Write on the frame! Would be a cute gift for someone, maybe a lovely quote or a special drawing. Don't forget to give them a pen as well, so they can write their own message. The writing can be easily removed with a damp cloth.