S is for…

Scrap-paper notebook – a bit tenuous but [Duncan](http://www.distilled.co.uk) emailed me a great video tutorial for [photo journals and notebooks](http://photojojo.com/content/diy/make-your-own-photo-notebook-journal/). In the video Judy used scrap paper – which is why I sneaked this in as an S!

Studio envy In a one bedroomed flat, we don’t have room for me to have a proper workspace, so I squash everything into our living room – I’m sure it winds Duncan up something chronic! I dream of the day when I can have a space to spread everything out in, until then I drool over photos like [these](http://todayscreativeblog.blogspot.com/2007/09/getting-there.html)..

Samplers – Now I can’t remember how many samplers I’ve done – I did a lot of cross stitch for various weddings and for my nephews birth and then I branched out into crewel embroidery for my [niece’s birth sampler](http://www.suzical.co.uk/projects/anna-sampler.html).
I started [a sampler](http://www.stitchability.co.uk/cheng%20yang%20embroidery%20pe700.jpg) for a friend’s wedding just before I hurt my arm and I can’t wait to get back to it!

R is for…

Robin My parents often get robins in the garden and I thought it would make a great R, so I had a bit of a [google](http://www.google.com) and randomly found a great bead artist [Robin Atkins](http://www.robinatkins.com) – I just love it when that happens! So this post is a bit of a side track!!
There are some beautiful [landscapes](http://www.robinatkins.com/gallery.html) in Robin’s gallery and some [great tips](http://www.robinatkins.com/tips.html) well worth taking a look at! I’m just going to make a cup of tea and check out [Robin’s blog](http://beadlust.blogspot.com/). 🙂

Q is for…

[Queen’s wedding dress](http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/microsites/royalwedding1947/object.asp?row=0&exhibs=WEDDINGDAY&grouping=) I was very excited to visit the state rooms at Buckingham Palace to see the Queen’s wedding dress earlier in the summer. Duncan’s mum was visiting, so I dragged her along – left Duncan watching the rugby – we had a lovely afternoon. The [embroidery](http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/microsites/royalwedding1947/object.asp?exhibs=&object=100019_shot_P&related=100019) on the dress was just beautiful.

P is for…

Proms in the park Last night we celebrated the Last night of the proms at [Proms in the Park](http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/2007/pitp/) – a concert in Hyde park. As we got there early we got a great plot for our picnic (another good P!) and enjoyed a great afternoon/evening of music, rounding off with some patriotic singing!

Pirates of Penzance The first G&S show I did with Duncan. Due to the lack of men in [the company](http://www.gloc.org/) at that time, I got to play a pirate! It was great fun – I had facial hair and everything! Unfortunately it was before digital cameras and we don’t have a means of scanning them in – I have been told I look better with the facial hair, so it’s an option for the wedding! 🙂

Peony A beautiful flower, one I’m planning on including in my wedding bouquet. My mum is busy making the flowers for my cake out of icing – I think she has finished the peony already (I’ll try and get a photo when I go visit in October) and is busy making lavender and rose buds..

I owe my mum a lot for introducing me to crafting – she has been cake decorating, flower arranging and sewing for years and growing up she was always going to classes for one thing or another. I’m hoping she’ll be able to come down in October to join me at the [knitting and stitching show](http://www.twistedthread.com/knittingandstitchingshow/alexandrapalace.asp).

O is for…

Owls When I helped out at my local Brownies I was known as Little Owl, which was fine in the church hall on a Monday night – but not so fun when accosted on a Saturday afternoon out shopping with my mates! 🙂
When the farm down the road from my parents converted the barns into houses, my Dad put what looks like a big dog kennel up a tree behind the house to give the owls somewhere to go. After quite a few years it has finally paid off and there are now owls up there! I can’t wait to go visit and see!!

N is for…

Neuroendocrinology The subject of my PhD. People are always a little surprised that after 4 years of research, long hours and little holiday, I now want to sew. But to me it kind of makes sense apart from the lots of effort for very little reward aspect sewing also involves:

project design
gathering materials
execution of the project
producing a final product (research/conference paper or brooch/card…)

A bit tenuous maybe but you get the idea..