Thursday, 3 July 2014

Finally :)

A good few years ago, my friend H went to visit her family in the states and her mom was generous enough to part with some of her stash. I blogged about the start of the quilt a while back (In february last year - go figure) and then the top wound up in the cupboard, since I was so busy sewing for other people

Well, this year marked a new season, and I finally have finished it :) Doing the happy dance right now

Thank you H and M.
If you want to follow M's own blog and look at the amazing stuff SHE does, just click on through to "In the desert". Thank you for your stash and look what I've done with it....






Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Airshow Happiness

Thanks to my friend Mr H, I hear about airshows first-hand, and quite a while before the time. last year we went to one at Stellenbosch airfield, which was awesome. It is all privately sponsored, which means that the pilots fly in on their own money, do the show and fly back home without any sponsorship. This means that you get to see only the planes which are available. This year, a lto fo teh pilots were overseas, flying in the Red Bull events in China.

Here is the lauch of the team - yes, with some South Africans

This year, there was less of the aerobatics side and more of a display. However, what was truly, insanely amazing was glider aerobatics - that's right, no motor, jsut doing aerobatics on the speed, height and updrafts of the air. This is the world champion in action (obviously NOT present at our little display)

A few of the planes that were at the airfield, not all of them in the show.



 

 










Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Picture dump from the last few months.

Firstly, a little take-off of the last Dacota at Ysterplaat airfield. The last one just got a beautiful paint job and then crashed in the Drakensberg. Tragic, tragic accident.
I do love the view from my flat :)

I also did a bit of sewing (something non-white for a change)



OK, technically this last one is cream, but it does not look like it in the picture.

I also had a make-over

 And just to prove what a difference that made, here is a picture of half-on half-off :)
 I also had some adventures and met with friends, went to a wedding,







Went to an old-fashioned drive in

and started knitting on a table cloth, which, if you follow me on Instagram or facebook, was unpicked quite a bit last night due to a dropped stitch that was decreased a few times and thus unravelled down, down, down. I saved it, finally, but had to undo about a week's worth of work.
 I am quite a bit further than in this picture, though.
 I did finish this guy and these flowers - embroidery.
 And a piece of this sweet thing at Easter. Yum!


I also celebrated my birthday last week, but had such a good time that I did not take pictures. I did, however, have the BEST cake in town. Have a taste of their amazing chocolate cake, but I had ordered the Italian Ricotta. Oh, my word! It was so good that I sent them an email, and this was the reply:
Irene

You have just made my day no my year.  Thank you so so much for the lovely compliment.  It is so nice to hear because believe it or not we don't often get feedback.  Thank you once again and have a lovely week

Regards
Alison

That's me for now.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Turns out I have a bucket list....

Never thought I did, but I do.

A while back I posted about what I would do if I didn't have to work any longer, which almost is the same thing.
So, on the list, I suppose in the number 1 position for a long, long time already is a flight in a fighter plane, complete with dog-fight manouvers :) Unfortunately most military planes do not have space for a passenger, apart form the fact that I am a civilian. But a girl can dream, right?

 BUT an aerobatics flight will no nicely too.
*sigh* I wish

Number 2: a TobyMac concert LIVE (i.e. not on DVD :) ) Because.... I mean, jsut look at this


Number 3: Buy a flat

Number 4: Spend a year on sabbatical at a tailor on saville Row
Number 5: Help with the costume patternmaking and sewing on a Marvel movie. Here is why: Detail, people, detail:

the collar is attached to the back, wrapping around to the front opening, with the shoulder piece coming from the front...
Also, just google the WInter Soldier and try to look at close-ups of his uniform.....

There are a few minor other things on the list, but these are the major ones...  So, if any of you feel like sponsoring me *nudge, nudge, wink wink*


Thursday, 13 February 2014

Catch-up - with epic facepalm :)

Yes, yes, my avid readers, it has been a while.

Last time, I was only allowed to post the one wedding - which, by the way should be entered into the bride of the year competition. BUT now I can post the other two weddings.

Bride Number One got hitched on the 6th of December in Malawi and it looks like an awesome wedding, with dancing barefoot on a lawn. My type of wedding :)











The second wedding took place just two weeks ago, on the first of Feb. Indian style with some "sokkie-sokkie langarm" thrown in on the side. Complete with a candy BAR - YUM!






First dance HERE

Here a few pics from the last fitting. "I don't want to take it off" :)



Stunning people,m, stunnign bride and stunnign groom!



And the epic facepalm: I went up to Johannesburg for the wedding, having booked my ticket in November or so. Flying in on the 31 Jan and back on the 2 Feb - right? NO had booked for the 2nd of MARCH and because I needed to be back in CT on Monday for work, I had to find a seat on a plane ASAP. Sorry, all flights were full until Tuesday morning. So, what to do? Well, you pay the difference, which worked out to more than I paid in the first place for a return, and then magically a seat opens up on the 6H00 flight on Monday.... Thank the LORD for a Credit Card.

So, then I had to find accommodation close to Lanseria ariport - not a mean feat, I tell you, but my friend R finally found a place that would fetch and drop (at 4h30 in the morning mind you). I arrived there, and got the BRIDAL SUITE all to myself
Come 4h30, the reception area is all dark, closed up and so I wait.... Turns out the driver was in a tizz, because the key to the car was locked inside Reception. Bit of tension on my side, but I made it to the ariport on time and to work only one hour late. Oh, and the "limousines" were an old skedonk of a BMW for the trip there and a 4x4 Double cab bakkie for the return trip. Seems they don't do it often - or the car was in the workshop ;)

Lesson learned - time to triple check everything. Your brain cannot be trusted :)

Currently working on Mother of the Bride desses and her sister's dress for a wedding in April.

Kids range.... well I have two pieces, a name for the brand, but no marketing amterial and packaging ideas, no logo etc. Still a bit unsure about how Import/ Export work with Etsy, but I will get there.



PS: International readers, here are the explanations for
Langarm = sokkie
skedonk
bakkie = pick-up trucks