Tuesday, 17 June 2014

All about cycling...

So,  for the last few months (and maybe a couple more) I have embraced the bicycle!

My Husband commutes to work each day. He has done this for the last six years and he shows no sign of stopping. His mileage per day is 34 miles, 5 days a week. thats a lot of cycling.

After the realisation that this was not a "man phase" and that he was in this for the long haul...I decided to embrace it myself and see what all the fuss was about. 
I was used to spinning at the gym and had been taking these classes for the last 5 years or so. I have done the National Three Peaks, ran some races and kept myself relatively fit and healthy but wanted a new challenge.

I first went out riding with Paul at the start of the winter 2012 on a man's hybrid with a man's seat. Of course, I thought all bikes were like that so I made the most of it and used it to go out as regularly as I could. I was then invited out for a bike ride with my friend who had been cycling about two years. I loved it. We ventured up some hills for the first time...and again, I loved it and started to take it more seriously.

A few months ago, I was given first refusal to buy her road bike because she was upgrading to a carbon fibre model. I jumped at the chance and now I'm unstoppable!
I love cycling and its now a big part of my life.
I recently joined Strava too which is encouraging me to achieve goals and join challenges. I am cycling up to 70 miles in one sitting now along with some shorter distances and hill training for training purposes. 
I have signed up for a Sportive event which is on Saturday 28th June. It's an 87 mile radius. This will be my biggest distance yet but I am looking forward to the challenge.

So, all in all...my time has been taken up with family, work, cycling and the odd hand made item here and there.

I have to say, that while I have been embarking on this lifestyle, I have seen some of the most beautiful parts of my local countryside that I had no idea were right on my door step. We are surrounded by the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds, the perfect place for cycling. In my opinion of course :-)

Cycling has opened my mind to my surroundings and nature and It's the time I can forget my worries and let go. i love all there is about it. My only wish is that I had discovered the beauty this sport earlier.

Poppies on a misty morning. my biggest ride...67 miles.

One of my favourite routes...peaceful and quiet...far from traffic noise.

My town in the near distance...hosting the most beautiful rainbow, which cannot be seen very well here.

One of our rides out together...Hubbs and Me!

Sun shining on my face after a good session of hill repeats. Wonderful!

My fellow cycling friend, whom I have known for some years now. She's  an amazing person and I am so grateful to her for introducing me to women's cycling.

Patchwork countryside

My wonderful cycling companion and Husband. I now understand why he loves it so much.


Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Named cards...

Saying Happy Birthday with a card is even better when their names is on the front of it...along with some cute fabric and a heart. This is the way to go for me at the moment because ether are SO many Birthdays coming up and I'll be damned if I'm buying the cards in.
What could be be better than stitching them up and personalising them in the process. 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Three simple things...

Did I ever tell you that I love machine embroidery, cycling and buttons all at the same time???
Well I love many other things too but I thought this was perfect for the way I am feeling at the moment. Loving my collection of buttons very much. LOVE cycling more than buttons ( sorry buttons...pleasure over business) And I am also enjoying machine embroidery. Love writing and creating with this skill. it's simply wonderful!

So, here are three simple things I love at the moment!

What are yours?

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Pre - Easter dabbling...

Just because...they're bunnies and they really are the easiest thing to do EVER!

Yes, let's...because. it's certainly breezy enough to fly a kite!

This is a piece of wall art I'm working on for my Niece's new bedroom...still pondering on the boarder and backing. Might add a few french knots or crochet. Hmmm, decisions, decisions!

Friday, 14 March 2014

Crocheted, cotton bracelets...

Crocheted cotton bracelets. Made from %100 cotton DMC yarn...finished off with a button and beaded detail at the back. 15.7cm long so fits lightly on the wrist. I love them, and surprisingly so do my customers. Light and comfortable to wear, just for spring!

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Machine stitched greetings cards...

I've been enjoying a little card making of late...

My main focus has been freehand machine embroidery which I have really come to enjoy. Another little skill that adds to my pleasure list. Though I have to say I'm not very good at it. I'm actually not very good at drawing at all but I'm ok with random sketches and designs. I'm currently working on some more wall art pieces on canvas so I've been experimenting with different fabrics, stitching and textures etc...hence the cards which are perfect, because I can experiment as much as I like, then the little pieces I've stitched up can be used on cards.   NOTHING I make is ever the same which is fun because it keeps things interesting for me. So, I will keep making lovely things and generally being random.

There are some good ones and then not-so-good ones, but thats the bit I like.

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Friday, 14 February 2014

Garlands of cheer...

Feeling blue because of the gloomy winter days...stormy, windy, grey and cold February? Add a shot of colour and make a bright garland out of paper, card, string and not forgetting colouring crayons.

I used a blank pattern book to colour in...then used a scrapbooking cutting tool to cut out.  I mounted my coloured shapes onto cereal box card then punched holes either sides of the circles to attached the string. I was going to machine stitch the shapes together but I think I would have broken the needle on my machine because the card is quite stiff. This works perfectly well also.

Don't be shy with the colours. Hope it fills you with cheer as you go along...


Happy Valentines Day...

Handmade for my Valentine...