Monday, 14 March 2011

Complaints and card holders

Hello hello,

How is everyone? I'm recovering after a HUGE disappointment this weekend. One of my good friends from university got married on Saturday, we were all set to head up to Scotland on Friday, clothes ironed, bags packed, timers set for the lights (yes, I do that - I was burgled once when I was on holiday), car loaded...and then I turned my car on only to be greeted by an ominous beeping sound and an angry looking (!) symbol on the dash. Despite Matt warning me he thought that meant something was wrong with the brakes, I refused to accept it and pulled out of the space...oops, no brakes. Swiftly rolled back into the space and called the RAC. Long story short, my back brake caliper had gone so it had to go into the garage. Knowing it was a small job, I remained hopeful we would be able to set off, but it was not to be, the garage didn't have the part, blah blah blah. Unfortunately by the time I'd realised I wasn't getting the car back in time it was too late to sort out trains or alternative car hire. So I didn't get to go. Gutted is not the word.

Luckily I have a fantastic boyfriend who knows just how to cheer me up. Pizza at Fratelli la Bufala in Hampstead on Friday, then on Saturday a walk up Portobello Road followed by the V&A where I picked up these two lovelies:

I never made it to the Quilts exhibition and I think it's just the dregs of the fabrics left at the V&A, but I think these fabrics are pretty special. My McCalls 2401 has been put on hold due to lack of a zip (oh how I miss working opposite John Lewis!), so in the meantime I've whipped myself up a little oyster card holder:

Simple but effective, and way better than the yellow IKEA holder I've been using for nearly 3 years. I took photos to remind me what I did as I was really just making it up as I went along, so I might write it up as a wee tutorial here, as much to remind myself as anything else.

Happy Monday everyone, I hope you had fantastic weekends and enjoy your week.



  1. The card holder is really pretty! I love the V&A too, one of my favourite escapes...

  2. Oh how annoying, you must have been so disappointed. But what a lovely boyfriend you have for thinking about how to cheer you up. The oyster card holder is great, makes me wonder what I'm still doing with a ragged piece of plastic for mine. You chose some lovely fabric there.

  3. What beautiful fabrics, and I love your Oyster card holder! I've been wondering about what I could make now after my first project, a draft excluder, and I think an Oyster card holder could be just the thing. That must have been so disappointing missing your friends wedding - but great that you made the most of the weekend anyway!

  4. I'm sorry that you missed your friend's wedding, it must have been sooo frustrating!! But the oyster card holder looks great, that fabric is really pretty.