When I was reading Rachael's blog recently, I made a note that I should probably take part in my own #PhotoAnHour challenge. It's something I've seen on a few blogs in the past but have never remembered to do. I am pretty forgetful, so I made sure I set an alarm to go off each hour, which got me some funny looks when I was out in public.
As this goes live, my train should just be getting into London for a day of fun and frolics, but this is what I got up to last Saturday.
So, I didn't set an alarm to get up in the morning - I don't at weekends unless I really have an early start, but nevertheless I was awake and making my first coffee by 6. I sat down to some letter-writing and had a bunch of parcels to wrap for the folks who'd bought things from my wardrobe clearout, so thought I'd get those done before leaving the house.
By 9am, I'd done most of my chores, put some washing on and done a load of ironing, so I set about pining out and cutting the pieces for my next dressmaking project. I some progress on getting it together but didn't quite have chance to finish it before I needed to head out to run some errands in town at 11.
After managing to do all of my tasks, paying things in, posting parcels and resisting buying any new fabric in the haberdashery, I got home to sort through my charity shop purchases, and thought I'd better prepare some lunch, whilst considering how to go about another of the projects I'd earmarked for the day.
Next up I put the finishing touches to the Mortmain dress I'd started earlier. I love the Townhouses print best from this season's collection at Cath Kidston, so when I was in Leeds a couple of weeks back, I made sure to pop in and pick up enough for a dress.
Feeling productive, I began using the bias binding I'd bought from town to pin out a cream edging on this mint green coat I'd ordered from eBay. The plan was to edge the whole coat in cream, inspired by Gwen's coat in the Spiderman film. However, having not banked on how thick the coat was, it wasn't until I'd stitched most of it on that I realised I'd need to start from the other side, so I ended up unpicking most of it, and left it there after getting a bit ragey.
I had a birthday party to go to the following day, so needed to make a final present for the guest of honour, so about 7pm I got to work cutting out a pattern to size and whipping up this phone case for her from some of the fabric in my scraps pile. I finished it well within an hour and stitched a vintage button on as a finishing touch.
Time for a final project - when I was in the V+A back in March, I saw the prettiest, sparliest fascinator in one of the fashion rooms. I saw this purple base in the craft shop and bought it along with some sequins, although I also already had a lot of beads and sequins. I did some hand-sewing of them, whilst M and I continued watching Breaking Bad. There are still a lot to be stitched on, but it's one of those easy little projects which I can pause and pick back up when I have a spare few minutes.
So, a fairly boring Saturday really. How did you spend yours?