Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Of hedges and magazines

I thought I hadn’t mentioned recently how cold it was, and you might be wondering, so you nearly got a post about that.
The ducks had had to find the bit of the Cam that isn't frozen, poor things
And I almost told you about the hedge incident yesterday. In fact, I will tell you briefly. A woman spun her car right round and flattened the hedge in our front garden, so Partner and I had to spend yesterday morning heaving it upright again and then it was very wobbly. There is (another) woman who walks the Two Saddest Dogs In The World past our house every day: they look exactly like tiny beige toupees and I don’t think they have a braincell between them. They stop randomly and stare in different directions and if anyone walks past them it confuses them so much it is the end of everything. Anyway, all I could think was, what if the hedge fell over while this woman was walking past thinking, how did I end up with two wigs on a string when what I wanted was an Alsatian, and flattened one of them and there I would be, a headline in the Cambridge Evening News (North Cambridge Woman Shamed As Unruly Hedge Kills Pedigree). So I had to get a man out to do things to it and it was a huge performance the upshot of which is, goodbye hedge, and if anyone has any suggestions for an attractive flowering bush do let me know. But! What I really want to tell you about is this.

I’m in Sewing World and Sew Hip this month! Yes I am! I have a recycled scarf skirt in Sewing World!
Eeeeeeek! Go and buy Sewing World!
And I have an overlocked upcycled jersey skirt in Sew Hip!
And go and buy Sew Hip as well! (also it is brilliant)
Please excuse my rubbishy photos, as ever we have absolutely no light here (although the front of the house is a bit lighter without that hedge). It’s so exciting to see my designs photographed on models, and styled and everything! I’m completely thrilled. I love the way both magazines have shown my skirts, and I’m particularly impressed by the height of the shoes on the Sewing World model. Go girl. Thank you, Wendy and Alice, for including my designs: my day = completely made.

The scarf skirt in Sewing World is actually the very one I wear and I wear it all the time, so if anyone is thinking of making it I can vouch for the fact that it is enormously, enormously comfy, works on thin and fat days, and I have to say, I think it looks pretty killer. It has just one drawback and I am going to be very honest and tell you what that is. It is very, very light and wafty – it looks great (really). But if you are at all the type of person who is liable to get your skirt tucked into the back of your knickers, this is the skirt you are going to do it in. So check and double check, please, scarf recyclers, every time you leave the bathroom, or perhaps set up a secret signalling system with a close friend. That way we will all stay stylish in our recycled scarf skirts. I will be wearing mine over the New Year and I will let you know how well I do especially once I have started on the Snowballs.

Happy Yule, pagan friends. Are you completely delighted the Wheel is turning in the direction of longer evenings? (Eventually?) – I am! 


Susie Jefferson said...

I am absolutely thrilled to pieces for you! Wow and double wow! SO impressed! I'm famous by association now, lol lol lol. Yes, I'll have a go at that scarf skirt, even though it means I have to go out and buy some to cut up. I'd better get that magazines as well, so's I have a pattern to follow. Bask in the glory - you deserve it!

RE shrubbery - no ideas. I guess if you have light issues that leylandii is not the way to go. Neighbours down the road have a hedge made of 4 varieties of privet, which have all grown into each other (I have a feeling they were individual plants when very little) so the colours blend wonderfully. And there's a holly bush in there as well. It's pretty spectacular (pretty AND spectacular).

Marushka C. said...

Congratulations on your magazine pieces! They look terrific.

No advice on the hedge, but thank you for making me laugh out loud.

CraftyCripple said...

Congratulations! How amazing to have TWO designs in magazines in the dame month. I subscribe to Sew Hip and saw your skirt but didn't put two and two together. I love it when bloggers I have found become published. It makes me feel part of their journey in craft. So congratulations once again. I love both designs, keep going!

Mumma Troll said...

Congratulations Susie, you must be so thrilled to see your designs in lights as it were. As for the hedge, I'm a bit evil so am thinking Berberis, very pretty but spikey too,can you hear the cackle?,lol.xxx

mooncalf said...

Wow - congratulations!

I'm very tempted by he Mondrian skirt... very tempted indeed.

Susie said...

Oooo thank you everyone! (Susie. You're in London. Portobello market under the railway bridge, there's a man who does loads of scarves for about a pound each. Sharpen your elbows and buy extra! I've got a recycled scarf top in next month ;-) ).

Mooncalf, go for it! If anyone actually makes my designs I shall just about drop dead of happiness. Also if my instructions aren't clear (I did check but I am neurotic) come and hassle me and I can explain. And I love my Mondrian skirt, very comfy (comfort is a recurrent theme and it's because at the moment I spend a lot of time on my bum eating cake).

Berberis! Looks v pretty. But what if the two wiggy dogs get spiked? Could I risk it? :-).

Absinthe Fairy said...

Well done Susie.

I sometimes get Sewing Hip as a treat from the Eurostar station as a gift from visitors when they head down to our neck of the rural French woods, so will keep my fingers crossed that I get 'your' !!