Walking The Walk

A few months ago my sister in law said she would like to walk the London Moonwalk. At the time it seemed like a good idea and a chance to spend some time with my sister in law. I like walking and have completed a half marathon so piece of cake! Who was I kidding!

My training is going well and I can walk 8.4 miles in 2 hours 9, which is a great pace. I am managing two to three walks a week and am beginning to add some other exercise in between. I am lucky enough to live right next to a section of the Tarka Trail and South West Coastal path, which is tarmac but pretty. Perfect as the course is around Clapham Common.

There are just two things that aren’t going so well. Firstly my walking app, doesn’t like my location and has me frequently walking on water, so not giving me an accurate distance or time. This means investing in a fitness tracker or sport watch, to try and get more accurate times. This matters as I can sometimes walk way to fast the first few miles, which won’t help my stamina on the 26 mile course!

And as for fundraising, I am currently walking 26 miles for the grand total of £15.60, thanks to three lovely sponsors, but I would like a bit more! The Moonwalk is to raise funding for breast cancer and lots of like minded women will walk around Clapham Common in the dark, wearing their bras! Now in my clubbing days I have been known to walk around Clapham in a crop top, but that was pre children and this is going to be my biggest challenge. I will have to see if I can walk the walk in a bra or something more like a top.

If you would like to follow my progress or even sponsor me, here is the link.  Wish me luck!


Projects this week and chaos

Its been a busy week with trips to hospital, plumbers, competition deadlines and some makes in between.

First my competition dress had to posted on Tuesday and so Monday and Tuesday was spent finishing this. The dress was the walk away dress for the Bamber Sewing Competition. Here is a sneaky peek.

imageThe fabric was sent with the pattern and you have to make your dress with it. It is then up to you how to finish the dress. I opted to add handmade fabric roses, lovely pink binding and a lace up front rather than buttons. It is meant to be an easy make but at times it drove me insane. I lost count how many times I adjusted attaching the skirt to the waist and there is just so much fabric! Still, I plan to make my own as I just love the style. And I was pleased with my end result as it’s only my fourth dress ever.

Then making was interrupted by three days of plumbing and youngest son needing two trips to hospital and a plaster cast. Hopefully his wrist is not broken but he was in so much pain that they put a cast on. Two hours of rugby, no injuries, 2 minutes of goal keeping and hurt wrist! Both the plumbing and son are now fine.

Finally I had time for three makes. The first is a mixed media canvas of things my boys collected over the years plus some odd items that end up in the everything drawer. You know the one. Find a pen, put it in the drawer. Spare marble in pocket – in the drawer and so on. The poor items hardly ever leave the draw until you think to have a look for a paper lip, lost key or the like. What do you think of my treasure junk canvas, pre painting?

image I also made a cute felt rabbit hand embroidered brooch for a friend. There was also a second brooch of a little dog, but that is a surprise. She was so chuffed and thought I should make more for Easter. So if you would like something different, , please ask.



Sewing dress woes

Grrrrr gr gr! As I mentioned before I am finishing a dress for a competition and it is beginning to drive me insane. I choose to enter, as I want to make a version of the dress for myself but after this I may need to wait a few months to erase this experience out of my memory! It has been a learning curve and it is helping to refine my dressmaking skills but at times I could just put it away and it could enter the ufo collection. If it wasn’t a competition then it probably would of.

Anyhow on a more positive note I am feeling more creative and have plenty of past projects to feel proud of. This selection is of my embroidered or small project makes.


I have some small makes I am working on besides my dress for other people and two other bigger projects bubbling along in the background. If you like my makes pop over and like my page at  https://www.facebook.com/sewingnikki/posts/904260729688765:0 and feel free to share, like , love or respond in any way you like!

Now back to the grrrrrr dress.