Thursday, 1 September 2011

the difficult second post

Wow, I wasn't expecting the reaction that I had to my last post and I'm not sure how I'm going to follow after that!  It is perfectly acceptable to laugh at my misfortunes, I thought as they were happening how funny they would seem.  It's the only reason I have a full head of hair.  Clearly Mr CA had some troubles making fold-up shopping bags before he met me as he's almost totally bald... he's never confessed to it.

Despite being off work this week, I don't have much to show you.  I've been out and about, running errands, taking the bunnies to the vets for their jabs, visiting friends, looking after small children...  I went to Ikea yesterday in search of a doll's bed for my god-daughter's birthday.  She'll be 3 in 2 weeks and loves to tuck her teddies up in bed, any bed will do, or any blanket, jacket or jumper, so I thought a doll's bed would be the perfect solution and I get to have a go at a mini quilt.  Not a mini quilt like the ones you see made for the Doll's Quilt Swap, this will be a basic patchwork quilt but it should be fun anyway.  In Ikea, I also accidentally bought 2 funky slimline filing cabinets, 4 glass jars to store ribbon in (one of which I smashed carrying it from the car) and I nearly bought fabric.  I think I've said before that there's never the wonderful fabric in stock that I see on other people's blogs which they've bought from Ikea, well this time there was one fabric I liked.  £6 a metre, so I cut a metre and stood waiting to have it bagged and priced.  I waited for about 10 minutes then got seriously p***d off, dumped the fabric and left to wander round the Market Hall muttering under my breath and glaring at everyone that wasn't practically running round the displays as they were in my way.

So, all I have to show you is two cards:

A gift bag, this one went better than the last:

My progress on the Rennie Mackintosh cross stitch:

And my giant granny, I've just finished round 36 but I haven't been working on it much as I'm planning on taking this to China to work on:

I'm on my last ball of the whitish colour and was worried, but I managed to track some down in the very colours I needed from Black Sheep, on sale too, so now I'm happy.  It's going to be a great big, wrap round me on the sofa, blanket.

I've just read my comments from my last post and found out I won Sarah's Bloggiversary Giveaway.   Wahoo!  I won, I won, I won, I won...  not to sound ungracious or anything but I won!!


Libby said...

You are so funny! Hmmmm, I guess my Andy is having a problem with folded bags too;)
Cute cards and I am loving that blanket!!!

Contented Caroline said...

May only be two cards but aren't they lovely. I'm in love with your crocheted blanket - how long did that take you to make thus far??

faith76 said...

It can be just a little annoying when waiting for assistance when you want to buy something - sorry you missed out on your fabric.

Love all your little projects especially love the giant granny square.

Leah x

Teresa said...

Hmmm... I don't know Ikea there...but here you weigh the fabric yourself to get it priced ;) and you're right, they're almost always out of the beautiful fabrics you want to get (unless you really have gone way overbudget already and decide you're NOT gettting another thing!)
You ARE funny, my dear... the best way to get over our misfortunes (I'm always messing up but I'm not half as good humoured as you :) )
And glad to know my high school memories of cats and dogs pouring down from the sky are still up and about!

Joysze said...

Aww, I love the little hedgie card. :D

Granny blanket is looking nice and big... so comfy.

Stitchin' time said...

Oooo, pretty cards! That granny blanket is expanding rapidly. It looks very snuggly.

Stitchin' time said...

Lol, should have looked at Sarah's giveaway first! That's a jolly looking prize you've won and would make some lovely Christmas items!

Allie said...

Well you just keep on posting the screw-ups, I think they're hysterical and the sad thing is, so many of us can relate so well. I think it comes with the territory, lol.
That happened to me at Ikea too. Fortunately, hubby was with me - he cut the fabric, found the price gun, and added the price to it. We had someone paged but they never showed up. And yes, I paid full price, didn't try to cheat them - but seriously, someone could! Very poor customer service.

Your cards are very cute - and you MADE that bag? Wow. Darling. Your cross stitch is really coming along, I can't WAIT to see that done. You're going to love cozying up in your giant granny, it's lovely! Congrats on your win, too, woohoo!

The Dotty One said...

Oh dear - sorry for laughing at you in the previous post. I love the way you take all these little setbacks with good humour though - I think I'd be crying!
I've had exactly the same experience in IKEA and just ended up giving up - v frustrating.
I'm still loving that cross stitch - it looks so dramatic on the black background.
Will you still be posting from China?

Mindy said...

Gorgeous afghan!