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27 October 2011

30 new things - No.13

No.13: New blog design!

Need I say anything more! If you have read no.12 of my new things today, you'll understand that Computer and I have truly made up, ahhh. Happiness in tech land!

Right, lets chalk these new things up!

Adios Amigos,

30 new things - No. 12

No. 12 - Technological advancement....of sorts!

After nearly 3 hours of photographing (in bad light!), uploading, and playing around with various photo editing tools last night, I had one BIG headache!! As you can imagine, me and the computer were starting to full out and the bin was looking like the best new home for all technical devices within a 4cm radius of me!

Luckily, to save the day, in walked a technical super hero.......Mike! And what happened? He managed to fix no.12 of my new things within 20 minutes!!! Boy was I a happy bunny, especially as it gave me the chance to put my feet up and watch Kirstie's Handmade Britain on a technical device more favoured at that point!

After some inspiring creativity from Kirstie, it seemed me and the computer still needed some time out before no.12 was completed.

We've now kissed and made up and I can finally present to you no.12 of my new things: a new shop banner, ta-dah! I hope you all like it!

Stay tuned for no.13.
Adios Amigos,

30 new things - No.14

No.14: custom made order

My first custom made order is winging its way as I type to my friend on the Isle of Wight! As she doesn't know what the design looks like, I'm not going to ruin the surprise in blogland but here's some photographic evidence of sorts - the enticing parcel of goodies!

I've made the photograph all smokey to add to the air of mystery! I used a brilliant free resource called Piknik to create this effect. For those that have been following my '30 new things', you'll understand that after no.12 I've well and truly learnt to love the computer again! ;-)

Adios Amigos,

25 October 2011

30 new things - No.11

No. 11: X-Factor!!

No, I've not entered X-Factor 2012 (and for those that know me, there's no doubting that as my singing is...well, lets say I wasn't the best in the school choir!). The X-Factor reference is actually to Paige Richardson who I saw in Spittafields Market this lunch time! I'm counting it as no.11 on my 30 things - a new celebrity spot! Ok, ok, so it's not exactly George Clooney but it's still a celeb and it's all chalked up on the board!

Adios Amigos,

24 October 2011

30 new things - No. 8, 9 and 10

Lots of new things in the bag due to a lovely weekend away!

No.8: Greet a complete stranger
The first new thing on Saturday was in the bag before the sun came up! Due to catching an 8.30am train from the other side of London, we were out of our flat rather early and, much to the surprise of Mike, I decided to cash in on a new thing straight away. It's one I've been wanting to do since I started this game: say hello/good morning/good afternoon etc to a complete stranger.

If you're reading this and live in a village, you're probably wondering what the fuss is about. I grew up in a village and unless your fence sits half a centimetre over your neighbours garden, then it's part of daily life to greet everyone you see. In the big smoke however, it's not so much part of daily life to say hello when passing a stranger in the street. Though in defence of the big smoke, there are a huge number of people, so to greet every stranger you pass would give you a little jaw ache to say the least! On the flip side, London is like a mish-mash of villages all stitched together, so it shouldn't be too hard to say the odd hello in your London neighbourhood should it?

Anyway, that's exactly what I did at 7am on Saturday, said good morning to two street cleaners and was pleasantly surprised as they returned it with an equally cheery hello!

No.9: Visit a new geographical location in the UK

The weekend away took us to Chichester and West Wittering, thanks to a lovely invite from friends holidaying there. Neither of us had been to either place before, so it was a mini adventure! And how happy do we look with our adventure lollies! LOL!

The few hours we had in Chichester were lovely, especially as we got to visit the beautiful Cathedral gardens. 

West Wittering was also stunning, the lovely weather being a bonus! We managed to get two trips to the beach, watch some crab fishing and have fish and chips for tea. Perfect weekend away by the sea!

No.10: Learnt a new game

Our lovely friends taught us a great game called Yahtzee. Brilliant if you like a board game or two!

Right, lets chalk these beauties up on the board! 

Adios Amigos, 

21 October 2011

30 new things - No.6 & 7

Another double-whammy! That rocky moment from yesterday must have geared me up. Although the first new thing of today was complete chance....

No.6: Was busy working away this morning, when I looked up from my desk to see a helicopter (outside the office, thankfully). Now I see helicopters most days, what with working on the 14th floor in a city skyscraper, but this seemed closer than ever. It even got me to move from my desk and get a closer look and lo and behold it was going in to land! And this wasn't any old landing, it was landing on a roof of another big city building! Maybe some of you have seen hundreds of helicopters land on roof tops but not me, whic,h deservedly so, produced a little yelp of joy! Oh dear! Anyway, as this is a first, I thought it should be a new thing - a new sighting! However, this doesn't end here. When I told my boyfriend he said it was pretty cool and made a change from his daily view, which he kindly sent me a picture of....

Ha ha ha haha!

No.7: Finished a new bag design I've been working on. Think it needs some tweaking but still it's another new thing for the board.

Up early tomorrow (on a Saturday as well!) as off for a 24hour holiday to a place I've never been to before, so hopefully that'll produce a weekend of new things!

Have a good weekend everyone!
Adios Amigos,

20 October 2011

30 new things - No.4 & 5

No.4: Finally checked out two new pieces of sculpture that have been sitting in the foyer of the building I work in and they're amazing!

The first one I saw is a frog mid air, leaping. It's reflected in a mirror to give the impression of two frogs. Might not sound too impressive but it's certainly better in the flesh so to speak!

The second one I saw is definitely my favourite and I'm going back for another look. In actual fact I've been walking past it every day for a little while now but until you're up close you don't realise that it's actually an optical illusion of a face. Simply walking past, you would be fooled into thinking it's just some random bits of clay, hanging from the roof of the display box. However, if you walk up, following the 3 steps towards it, a face immerges as if by magic. Absolutely brilliant! Oh and forgot to add, the string holding these pieces of 'face' are held by clay fingers and thumbs. Maybe you can read something into that but for me, it's all about the optical illusion.

Ooh I've really enjoyed no.4 of my new things today!

No.5: I'm not sure I can even bear to write this down, it's so boring in comparison! BUT, it's new, so lets have it. I've created a new email signature for my Harry and LeeLee gmail account. I told you! That's it, no optical illusions, no faces, no clay, just a new email signature.

Right, moving swiftly on, lets chalk these up on the board and do some sums.

Five new things completed, twenty-five to go and twenty-four days left to do them in. I feel a Rocky moment coming on! Eye of the tiger, la la la la....

Adios Amigos,

19 October 2011

30 new things - No.2 & 3

Yep, that's right folks, it's a double-whammy of new things!

No.2: Found out today that my first Christmas market stallholder application as 'Harry and LeeLee' has been successful! I'm counting that as a new thing because it's a totally new experience. Woohoo!!!

No.3: Finished a new knitting pattern tonight - a hot water bottle cover:

For those who want to know what type of wool I used, it's Debbie Bliss 100% wool, No. 4 in the Soho range. Unfortunately this particular colour is discontinued but I managed to purchase 12 balls of the stuff, secondhand, from Spittafields Market. I'm sure there are more hoarders out there selling wool, so it might be possible to find some in all the discontinued colours of this gorgeous Soho range.

Stay tuned for more of my 30 new things!
Adios amigos,

First application successful, woohoo!!!!

YAY! Good news! My first stallholder application for a Christmas market as 'Harry and LeeLee' has been accepted!!!!!!!!! [Cue crazy dancing!]

This is going to be a great market, full of amazing designs and pressies to buy in prep for Christmas, so pencil the dates in your diaries! I'm going to be there on the 10th and 18th December selling my wares. I'll also be showcasing some new designs to purchase, so come along to find out more.

Further details on the market can be found here.

Adios Amigos!

17 October 2011

30 new things - No.1

My first new thing is.....a new recipe! Chocolate and banana muffins have been chalked up on the board!

Here are some pics of the muffin process in action!


And to celebrate the start of the game, I etched the figure 30 in the pie I was making for dinner. Why not?!

Mmmmm, which one to eat first?

For those of you who want the muffin recipe, it's a Nigella one, which you can find here. The pie is Ithaca pie, which I got from Sarah Raven's In Season cook book. Click here for a slightly different version as I can't find her recipe online. It may sound like it's a sludge of green hidden by pastry but it's actually super tasty and not sludgy in the slightest!

Stay tuned for No.2 of my 30 new things!
Adios amigos,

30 new things

It's fast approaching and I'm counting down the days. It always comes around so quickly but this year it's that little bit special. I know the cards, decorations and presents are already in the shops but this isn't about Xmas, nor is it a cryptic crossword clue. It's about my birthday and it's not any old birthday [drum role please], it's my 30th!!! [Cue shocked expressions - c'mon I don't look 30 do I? Ha ha!]

Ok, so rather than go on about how shocked I am that I'm going from my early twenties to 30 in, what feels like, a matter of days. Instead, I'm going to share a little game I'll be playing before I get the last train out of twenties-ville.

I've come across various forms of this 'to-do-over-a-set-number-of-days' game over the years but recently I found a new version at one of my favourite blogs. Kim from 
Hiphopsideproject is doing 27 things before turning 27 in Jan 2012. From what I can gather, it seems like the idea is to do this over a year and the things/challenges/to-do's can range from plain to plain crazy! I think it's a brilliant idea and one I've got to try!

Maybe I've left it a little too late to do 30 things over a year (or significant amount of time). In fact, I've only got 4 weeks left. Actually 28 days including today. Ok, ok, if we're including from the moment I posted this, it's now 27 days and 6 hours remaining. Hmm, maybe a to-do-list of 30 things over 27 days and 6 hours is a bit ambitious but I really want to do it.

Here's an idea. How about 30 new things over 27 days and 6 hours. These can range from walking a different route to work to cooking a new recipe to saying hello to that 'same-stranger-you-see-every-morning-on-the-commute-to-work'. Anything goes, as long as it's something I've never done before and if I can add a bit of craft to it, then I'll give myself extra brownie points. Ok, so the points are just for my benefit but I've gotta reward myself right?! ;-)

I'll chalk each new thing up on the board and if possible post up a photo capturing the moment. Obviously, I can't always capture the moment with my camera - my 'same-stranger-you-see-every-morning-on-the-commute-to-work' would probably be a bit freaked out if I took a photo of the event. I'm not at Dave Gorman's level yet.

So, starting today, here are the '30 new things' game rules I'm setting myself:

  • Do 30 completely different new things over 27 days and 6 hours.
  • Do no more than 3 new things in a day - c'mon it would be boring if I did a 30 course meal of new dishes in 1 sitting. For starters I'd be sick and the photographic evidence would be rather messy.
  • Any suggestions received for new things are welcome BUT they're only suggestions folks. Remember this is suppose to be fun! However, if they sound too good not to try, then I'll try!
Right! First new thing! What's it to be?! Stay tuned, evidence to be posted later!
Adios Amigos,

15 October 2011


The weather this morning was too good to stay indoors, so me, Mikey and the camera went on a walk. Found some pretty cool graffiti on our travels. It was all wrapped up in trees, leaves, ivy and sunshine, which I loved. Could have snapped away on my camera all day! Here are some of the pics I took.

Adios Amigos,

Embroidery art hoops

I've been adding a few more embroidery art hoops to my shop.

I would love to know what people think and other colour choices everyone would like to see. Click here to see more.

Cheers and adios amigos!

11 October 2011

Moose loose aboot this hoose!

Zzzzzz, mmmmm, nice sleep, ahh this sleep is sooo good! Hmm, what's that I hear? Am I dreaming of rustling, nibbling sounds!? Zzzzz...Why on earth would I be dreaming of rustling sounds?

BAM! I'm awake! It's 12.30am and for the third night in a row I hear what is undoubtedly Mrs Mouse either under the bedroom floorboards or (and here's NOT hoping) under our bed, ewww!

Yep, what started off as a very deep lovely sleep last night, soon turned into mouse rage! How dare Mrs Mouse wake me up for the 3rd night running. What does she want?  A bed time bleedin' story about the demise of the cat and cup of cocoa?!?! Maybe we're feeding her too many blue sweeties, hence the incessant, manic, crazed nibbling at 12.30am three nights on the trot!

Well, enough is enough! Tonight is project "Moose loose aboot this hoose" [Scottish accent helps here]! And what better way to introduce it than this little video. I fear this is possibly what we will encounter!

Adios amigos!
Jo x


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