Sunday, 6 April 2014

THIS WEEK { 06.4.14 }

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Hello again.

Another week has gone by, and it's been a good one. I have tried to make sure I am a little more focused which means trying to write everything down and makes plans. And it certainly does help!

I got my patterns through in the post so I have to look into fabric choice for the dressed and have started on my knitted bolero. I'm a little 'lazy' when it comes to doing tests or toiles but as I am not a great knitter I thought best to work a tension gauge for the pattern. And it's already paid off, as my tension wasn't right so need to use smaller needles. So a big PHHHEEEWWWW that I did that.

Sam and I had a day out on Saturday. After going to the Science & Industry Museum last weekend, it's made us realise that there is so much that we could be doing instead of lazing around the house. So we headed to the V&A for the morning. I bought the Canon 100D in the end, and my gawd I LOVE it. Sam has said that I should only use the camera on manual settings to learn, so I accepted the challenge. It did mean taking about a million pictures of the same thing, but practice makes perfect, right? Here are some of the shots I took in the day (plus a few of Junko)

He loves a good smoosh.

I treated myself to a Tatty Devine name necklace! I ave wanted one for ages and ages!

So this next week I am hoping to start another project which will be the first product that I want to start selling. I have quite a bit of work to do, all the design and tests need to be done but I am really looking forward to creating a whole project from scratch. I want to keep it all secret for now, I know that's annoying, but the project will need some graphic design and crafty skills so please do watch this space. I also want to take more photos, and make a little camera case/bag. So plenty to keep me busy.

Until next week...


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

[ Lauren's Library ]

I love this!

Books! I love them. Well not all of them. I'm a bit of a nerd when it comes to science fiction books. And weirdly (after discussing this with my friend Tony, books that use London as the location). I've decided to make this a little library where I can update my book list and hopefully, when I get a little better at 'internet-ing' get some recommendations from internet friends.

In a kind of 'read most recent' order.

Ben Aaronovitch - The PC Grant Novels

The full set on Amazon

I've enjoyed every single book in the series so far. Rivers of London got me hooked and I couldn't wait to read more. I caught up with them after Whispers Underground and waited not-so-patiently for Broken Homes. I've also spotted that there is a new novel in the series coming out in July... Ummm YIPEEEEEE. 

If you like magic, wizardry and a touchy of grimy London then you will be in for a treat. I get a bit geeky and overly excited when I have been to the pubs or streets that PC Grant goes to. 

Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere


If you don't want to live in London Below after this, then we might not be able to be friends anymore. I read on the tube and honestly did not want to stop reading at the end of my journeys.

3. Daniel O'Malley - The Rook

The Rook

A really good quick read. The writing style was easy to follow and I liked the lead character and also the Gestalt's. I am a HUGE sucker for buying books depending on the cover design... This was a massive factor on this book.

Scarlett Thoms - The End Of Mister Y

The End Of Mr. Y

All I can say about The End Of Mister Y is that after reading it, I wanted to tell everyone in the whole world to read it. If you like science-y technical ideas of time-travel then you will love this and feel like you are so smart after reading it. Although you probably won't be that much smarter, just a little more curious to try small viles of liquid.