There was a definite theme to my week last week, and that was getting crafty. My working week was nicely interrupted by a visit to Fellowes in Doncaster to join their blogger craft session, and keen to find out more about the company, meet the people I've been speaking to in person and spend some time crafting on Wednesday I was up early and at Kings Cross before I usually leave the house.
I don't go to either Kings Cross or St Pancras stations regularly but each time I do I'm always amazed at their structures. Whether it's the restored roof over the platforms at St Pancras or the modern structure above the concourse at Kings Cross (above). The sunlight was streaming through it that morning and it really did look quite special. As I was early, that in itself is a bit of a rarity, it was great to find a place to sit and people watch while I tucked into my Leon breakfast pot - poached egg, smoked salmon and avocado - which was seriously good.
Settled on the train, out came my crochet and the newspaper on the iPad and the 1 hour 38 minutes passed in no time. Two more granny squares were completed too on each leg of the journey, so that was a bonus.
You may have seen my Facebook post from the day or seen my halloween and Christmas crafts on instagram. I don't know what it is but colouring, laminating and cutting shapes out proved to be very relaxing. And very productive.
I'll be sharing more about the crafts in a separate post, so look out for that.
I'd not been to Doncaster before, and I didn't see much of the town as we headed straight out to the huge iPort on arrival, but I got the feeling that it's a strong community. That was reinforced on my journey home as the train was full of footballer supporters, mostly Doncaster who were playing Arsenal that evening, but also Arsenal and Chelsea too. It almost felt as if the town were escorting me home!
Then the next day there was more crafting, but this time at work as part of the Street Fans exhibition at The Fan Museum in Greenwich. They currently have an exhibition which they bill as "a unique liaison between street art and fan making" and I think it could be pretty special.
With the equipment above - and the artwork provided by Nathan Bowen - with guidance I set about making my own fan, and learnt that while it's precise, it's not as tricky as you'd imagine.
As you'd expect it starts with folding the artwork by placing it between two cardboard "pleaters" which are fan shaped and provide the guide on where to fold. It took a few folds to get the technique, but who knew that it'd make use of the edge of the table.
With the edges of the artwork trimmed, next up was trimming the spines before attaching the paper to them. This was the part where it was easier to get into a rhythm, with the artwork to the left and the spines to the right, a small pot of PVA glue applied to the spines with a cocktail stick,
And this was the result, pretty impressive isn't it?
This weekend we escaped London and headed up to Norfolk with our bikes and hoping for nice weather. We couldn't have been more spoilt. Our plan wasn't as ambitious as usual, just a cycle to nearby Thornham for a pub lunch and back again, but we still managed to clock up twenty miles, and a rather nice lunch too!
Along the way I stopped to take a picture of this magnificent magnolia tree on cycle route 1 just before Choseley. It's a pretty tree at most times of the year, but it looked particularly good with its autumnal colours against the blue Norfolk skies.
Yesterday the weather was equally as good and Hunstanton was busy, but we couldn't help but pop into town for an ice cream - these are particularly good, as the queue testifies. Yesterday's flavours were capuccino (MOH) and mango for me, and both were enjoyed with a brief bask in the sun.
Quite a difference to today though, as I sit here writing this it's chucking it down. Ah well, umbrella it is, and a more autumnal wardrobe too. I've another busy week ahead of me, and I'm sure you have too. Mine includes a couple of evenings out and a haircut, and reminders for me to book a doctors appointment - I keep forgetting, and to work out how I'm going to fit in some blog reading.
I'm sure I'll manage at least some of it!