Monday, 7 November 2011

A day of firsts............

What an exciting day yesterday was.......

I was on a training day (towards my catering qualification to be QM on the Guide residentials!!), so reluctantly was out early on a Sunday morning at a remote rural Guide hut surrounded by fields.  However, being out so early on a wonderful Autumn day had it's advantages, one of which was that I saw the most spectacular view of hoardes of birds in beautiful flight.... I had to stop my car and watch for a while, because there were just hundreds of black silhouetted birds against the light blue sky, in incredible formations.  I imagine they were en route migrating to warmer climates.  These birds really lifted my spirits, and I have wondered about them, and their long journey on a off throughout the day. (Gutted I didn't have my camera with me, so sorry no pics)

Anyway, I survived the training day, and the pizzas we had to cook - you will be glad to know.  And, it's all systems go for the Guide sleep over next weekend - more of that in a future post I expect!.

But, I digress, so on to the firsts.

I have won something in a give away..............

My first win - the shrieks of delight were so loud they got Mark dashing out of the bath to see what had happened. It was from Sarah at narcoleptic in a cupboard.... check out her post with her beautiful cat picking out the winners.  It's hard to describe the excitement....  So big thanks to Sarah (and especially to her cat!)

Then the other first of the day, is that I sewed my first zip ever.

Now, I know it's not a master piece, but considering I don't have a zip foot on my machine, I was simply pleased to do this at all.  Don't look too closely at the ends as I had to hand sew some corners over the top, because the material, plus interfacing, plus zip was so thick my sewing maching needle was really grumbling at points.

But this purse was made from this lovely tutorial by Flossie teacakes, which I can absolutely recommend for beginners, as the descriptions and photos were spot on.  I used a girlie material (which is not quite to my taste - but hopefully will be liked by my 13 year old neice) which has been recycled from one of Eden's dresses originally from next! 

So, there you have it.  It's quite an addicitve little tutorial, so I have a feeling there will be a dash to the woolshop for some more zips...................


  1. Yay for you winning your first give away! Your pouch looks great. The ends are notoriously tricky. I'd say it just takes practice although I still find them hit and miss and I've made quite a few now!

  2. Congratulations on winning your first giveaway (I won too and I'm thrilled!!). Love your pouch!

  3. Cute pouch! They are quite addictive - beware! Congrats on your win (oh, the envy!!) and you're a Guider? How cool! I'm a Scouter (assistant Cub leader in training) and we have our first sleepover on Friday. I did camp in the spring so this should be a doddle in comparison - surely! *unsure*

  4. Oh my zip ends are terrible... yours look great! And Yay! so pleased you're pleased and I'll give Elliecat a tickle for you too.

  5. Congrats on your first win! Bloggy giveaways are so addictive too. :D

    The little zippy pouch is cute! I'm sure your niece will love it.