Sunday, 14 July 2013

Race for Life 2013 - Clown Style

Hi everyone!
After having planned this for years and gotten sick just after I started training, I've finally done it: I've run the Race for Life! Granted, only the 5k but for a couch potato like me that is very far. For those of you who don't know, the Race for Life is a charity run for Cancer Research in aide of all cancers. It's a girl-only run although I did spot some guys this year, and its main colour is pink. Naturally, running in a normal outfit is not my style and since the only pink costume I have was my clown outfit, enter Bubbles the Clown!

 It was early, it was warm, but still the bf came and support me and cheer me on (and try to take my picture). Isn't he sweet? He also wore an orange shirt so I could easily spot him amongst the pink :)

There was a whole warmup programme so I thought I would join. Yes, I am heading towards the activities... It was getting warm already! The sign on my back says who I am running for, and I dedicated this run to my best friend's mother who sadly passed away from cancer a couple of years ago. Everyone had a back sign with dedications, it was beautiful!

 After the warmup we gathered to enter the course. Runners first (if only! Being a runner meant completing the 5k in under 30 mins. Fat chance I was able to do that), then joggers (that sounds better) and then the walkers (unrelated to the Walking Dead hihi). THERE WERE 10,000 PEOPLE PARTICIPATING IN THE EVENT!

 After about 20 mins queuing and some tears due to some very emotional singing, we finally made it onto the course. The bf took this pic of the first runners starting the race. I love it!

This was taken by myself just after the offcial start line, you see all those people back there! OMG there were so many runners!

Along the way I met some great people, including these lovely curler ladies. I just had to get a pic of that hair :)

Just passed the 4k mark heading towards the Royal Festival Hall.

 Just before the finish line, I was so relieved and proud that I had completed the race! And in this outfit in this weather :)

I don't think this needs a comment really, it was a very popular pose to strike haha... You think I can join the Olympics next time? 

 And I got a medal too! Look at it, I've done it! I've run the Race for Life!

I have also collected £210 for the Cancer Research Charity which is not bad I must say :) I changed the target a few times as I'd never done this before and I'm only a tiny bit of the finally established target of £250. For those of you who would want to donate, please click HERE. I will do another race in October for MS which I will start planning for soon. Now that I have done one, I want more! And of course MS is an issue close to my heart but I will let you know about that one in due course.

Right now I just want to enjoy not having to run in 30C heat!

Friday, 12 July 2013

Ice Cream Apron

Hi everyone!
Oh my, I have such an intense few weeks I don't even know where to start... But the best and biggest news for me personally is that I have FINALLY made something again :) I mean from scratch, with pinning and sewing and hemming and the works. I'm just so glad! 

You might remember that I bought some ice cream quilting fabric last year at one of the shows (if not that is totally fine). I really wanted to make an apron with it but I wanted to make it really sweet with lots of pink and stuff (yes really). I had some pink and white striped fabric but not enough to make some much desired ruffles, so I had to wait for the shop to get it back in stock. And lo' and behold, last Saturday they had it back in stock! So now I really had to sit down and make this apron. And I did! I literally just finished :)

It doesn't have the extremely ruffles I wanted originally so it's a bit less sugary than planned but I'm still very pleased with it. Let me show you:

Do you see why I needed the pink stripes? ;) I would have loved to have more fluffy ruffles but it really works this way also. Plus I have some more aprons in the planning so there is still time...

One of the side pockets. I had some border fabric from the same collection which shows the ice cream in bowls. 

And the other side too of course. For some reason the camera didn't flash here, but you get the idea. 

I really love my new summer apron :) I have about 5 aprons but I'm slowly exchanging them for new ones as they are quite old and I just want a new design. My previous summer apron had flowers. This is much more exciting! Cant wait to do some baking or something in this. Come to think of it, my friend has an ice cream maker... Mmmm, idea? ;) LOL

I had an amazing weekend last week and this Sunday will be a big event but more on the prep for that tomorrow. In the mean time, ice cream anyone?

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Knitting and Stitching Show in Olympia (March 2013)

Hi all!
Not a tiny bit at all, I wanted to share some inspiration with you. I'm currently working on some fairly big projects so the updates are few and far between. Soon I will need some more small instant gratification projects! LOL. But in the meantime I wanted to share these pics of some gorgeous quilts at the Knitting and Stitching show back in March:

Artsy dresses on display

Fun seasonal people quilt

Super impressive mini-block quilt

Check out how tiny those squares are!

This one was just too funny!

By far my favourite quilt in the display. So very impressive!

I nearly bought this cross stitch pattern, it is so gorgeous! Maybe after I finished my current one though, one step at a time!
Of course I had to be a few things as well, but I was good. Only bought some FQs, ribbon, wool, and purple seam rippers! Those are definitely the best purchase of the day :)

Even though this post is from the show in March, the quilts there were just amazing and I really wanted to show them to you. I havent started yet on any projects with the new purchases (beside some knitting but somehow the tension is all wrong) but once they're done I will of course post them!

Have a great week everyone!
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