Sunday, September 28, 2008

the sofa and the studio

That title sounds like it should be a book or a film.
Apologies now to anyone who doesn't find this remotely interesting, but my new sofa arrived today. When it was installed (?) into the lounge it looked huge - much bigger than it had seemed in the sofa shop, and I looked at Mr Monda and said, 'what shall we do' and he said 'nothing we can do' and that solved the matterMuch to Mr Monda's annoyance we need to move the lounge around to fit the chair in which is currently residing in the hall. He is annoyed by this because in all my wisdom I told him that we needed the rearrange the lounge yesterday to accommodate our new sofa, when if fact we should have left it where the old one was as it would have fitted much better. Humble pie - I'll have an extra helping please! Of course we do now also need to decorate the lounge so that our new sofa has a stylish home to live in.

The studio cum spare room is going to be a big job. I need to spend a good few days in there to get it organised. This is a before pic for the sake of being able to look back when I have finished it It is actually much less messy than this now, although this is just a temporary fix. A trip to Ikea for good storage solutions is definitely on the cards very soon.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

the weekend blogger?

I am becoming a weekend blogger - not really by choice and I don't think it was last forever, but weekends are the only time I seem to have to blog at the moment.

When I woke up this morning it was a really misty morning, and quite eerie outside - It was really quiet too. I popped outside with the camera and took lots of pictures of spider webs. I think I may have frightened the postman in my black PJ bottoms, blue hoodie and bright pink slippers, not to mention my bed head and unwashed face!
The spider webs were literally everywhere you look. They are probably always there at this time of year but we never see them unless they are fresh with morning dew, helped along by the mistat 8.30am I was reading some emails, and making a start on my blogger reading list - after this the plan for the day was to make a start on my 'to do' list, especially as the 2 fairs that I am taking part in are rapidly approaching.
At 9.10am I got a call from the shop where I purchased my sofa to tell me they were ready to deliver tomorrow (i.e.Sunday). I was really shocked for a couple of reasons - we were told it would take 7-10 days, but imagined this would be more like 3-4 weeks, as these type of things usually take longer than you are told they will take. It had only been 7 days since we bought it! Wow! I was also really shocked because we still had both of our old sofa's and hadn't arranged for them to be taken away yet. eek. My plans for the day were well and truly scuppered.

Today we have spent the day dismantling the sofa - we had to dismantle it as we live in a first floor flat, and the two of us had no chance in getting it out the door and down the steps - getting it in was a trauma.
We stripped off all the cushions - keeping a bit of the stuffing from the cushion pads for me to repurpose for my softies, then we sawed our biggest sofa in half right down the middle. Thankfully we didn't need to saw the smaller sofa - we managed to get it out the house in one piece. It's times like this we wish we had a house with big patio doors.
I had to move all my work, fabrics, sewing machine etc into the spare room (after dismantling my spare bed, which went to a new home today too). The spare room is now a makeshift studio (very makeshift, it needs a BIG sort out).

Dismantling, cleaning and moving furniture has taken us all day, and we are now sitting in the lounge on the floor, with all of our bones and muscles aching.
Mr Monda is also suffering from a cold, so is feeling extra knackered, but on the bright side, we achieved a lot today, and we will sleep very well tonight! (and I have a makeshift studio)

I took a break this evening to take this pic - a real contrast to the cold eerie misty morning of the start of the dayI'll be back tomorrow no doubt with pics of my makeshift studio and my new sofa, and perhaps some of the things I have made. There just isn't enough hours in the day sometimes is there.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

S is for Sunday, softies, sofa's and singers!

I haven't blogged for an entire week. I'm suffering from the same thing I was suffering from this time last year. This is my busiest time of year work wise (day job) - I have deadlines to meet which are crucial to the success of the business - no pressure then. This means that all my energy and time is going into work and not a lot else. I'm not really moaning - just explaining my absence from my blog and from making.
Today, I have managed to steal some time, and have made a first draft 'to do' list, cut some patterns, and started to make some softie prototypes - my plan being to have 5-6 different softie designs in my shop at any one time, and something that people would recognise as being a monda creation.

This little bunny prototype was a reworking of something I made earlier this year. He will be hopping off elsewhere very soon. I do quite like him, although I think he needs to be a bit fatter (or I just need to allow properly for seam allowances when I cut patterns from my drawings!).

Now for something completely different. I think I have a bit of a problem, as I am just a little too excited by this:This weekend was the first time I have ever been to a shop and purchased a sofa in my life. All the sofa's I have owned so far have been second hand from family members.
I was initially planning to buy a red leather sofa, but after seeing them in the shops yesterday I just wasn't sure that my lounge was big enough for a red sofa, as it's quite a statement really.
I will need to make some new cushions for my sofa of course and I think I'll stick with reds, but maybe also throw a few browns into the mix too.

and finally a Sunday treat for you. Mr Monda has been listening to this today. He's a Yorkshireman and he identifies with this - a lot! I can't get it our of my head and will probably wake up with this in my head tomorrow. What do you think?

Sunday, September 14, 2008

and the winner is...

I've been so swamped that I haven't had the time or energy to blog this week. I feel bad about this because blogging is something I really enjoy, but I fear if I had of blogged, it wouldn't have been worthy of a read anyway, as I would have just been moaning about feeling tired.

Anyway on to much better things. I know I promised that I was going to find a creative way to pick a winner of my 200th post giveaway, this creativity took the form of a shout to Mr Monda who was in the next room, to 'pick a number between 1 and 22'. Mr Monda picked no.13 - so Lucy Carlson, you are the winner of the Monda goodies - please email me (email address in my profile page) with your details and I will panic frantically to get something made and sent off to you :o)

Whilst I haven't been particularly creative myself this week, I have succumbed to a bit of creative indulgence. I am now the owner of these lovely specimens:
A new fabric stash - including some hand printed fabric from Lusummers
and this lovely little piece of textile art by Hens Teeth
Last and by no means least - a couple of pics of Stevie, who is doing really well. We have just started to let her go back outside and she's loving it. When she is inside - she likes to crawl into snug spots - like getting between the layers of this folded up quilt

Monday, September 08, 2008

I'm back, and I survived!

I'm back, and despite the weather, I survived my first ever camping at a festival experience. For the last 4 days, this is where I have been:Bestival - or perhaps now renamed Worstival - and really this was just down to the weather, which was frankly foul. This was the order of the day: - It was like this every day, for 4 whole days, with plenty of wind and rain thrown into the mix.
Pitching the tent was like flying a kite - the wind was so strong and the rain was so heavy, and we were soaked to the skin and freezing cold. I just wanted to pack up everything and come home again, but frankly I was a bit too stubborn to give in.
Spending days wading through mud in various stages from sloppy to clay-like, I have found muscles that I never knew I had.

Some pics of our time away: a novel/eco way to charge your mobile phone. These people were peddling away for about 30 mins at a time:I would probably say I was enjoying myself 50% of the time - but the mud, wind and rain did make it very hard to enjoy the whole experience. I have worn nothing but wellies for 4 days - and simple things like shoes, warm dry clothes, hot showers and a warm dry bed really do seem to be a luxury now that we are home. I haven't been put off camping, but I'd definitely think twice before going to another festival.

Also, on a slightly more positive note this is my 200th post. If you'd like to get your hands on some monda goodness (as yet unmade - although I could cobble together a pair of soggy muddy socks - I have these a plenty!) then just drop me a comment on this post by Friday at 6pm (UK time) and I'll find some kind of creative way to choose a winner at random.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

and then there was more rain!

I've been a bit of an absent blogger this week. I'm going through a particularly busy spell at work and it's sapping all my energy. One evening this week I just got home and went to sleep on the sofa. I was woken up with food by Mr Monda and then promptly went back to sleep once I was fed.
It's a good job I have a weekend of pampering and relaxation to look forward to. Did I say pampering and relaxation? What I really meant was camping in heavy rain and wind, and if you don't believe me, just take a look at this!Wish me luck, and warm, rain free thoughts.