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Family Fun Day in Manchester August 20, 2009

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I am a volunteer for a Manchester based charity called Project African Wilderness (PAW), which is an international charity, based in the UK, to fundraise and support conservation and community work at Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve in Southern Malawi.  PAW also promotes conservation and supports environmental education in the UK.

On 12th September 2009, PAW is holding a Family Fun Day event at Clayton Vale in East Manchester.  As you can see from the flier below, most of the events are focused on cycling, which is because the main mode of transportation in Malawi is the bicycle, but there are several other things that will be fun, especially if you have kids.  Even if you don’t have kids, Clayton Vale is a really gorgeous area (check out the Friends of Clayton Vale Gallery to see pictures).   You can find directions to Clayton Vale by using this postcode, M43 6BA, or use the Friends of Clayton Vale map, which also includes directions if you are using public transport.

Family Fun Day @ Clayton Vale, Manchester - 12th September 2009

So, come out for a nice day outside and for a good cause!  You can also find more detailed information about the events on the PAW website.


Roald Dahl & Wes Anderson SQUEE! August 10, 2009

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Fantastic Mr Fox – another book adaptation that I am through-the-roof excited about because Roald Dahl is one of my favorite authors and my favorite movies are Wes Anderson movies.  Unsurprisingly, it also features Wes Anderson regulars Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Angelica Huston and the not as veteran Willem Dafoe and Adrien Brody, which adds in another dimension of squee for me.

I haven’t read Fantastic Mr Fox in years, but Wes Anderson is an amazing storyteller.  Wes Anderson’s  movies are as visually vivid as the worlds and stories Roald Dahl created.  So, I feel confident this will be awesome.  Even if it isn’t a good adaptation, nothing could be worse than Tim Burton’s adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  That was a whole heap-load of hot, sizzling poo and a whole other rant in itself.

Here is the trailer for you to decide: 


New Look Skirt = Success! August 6, 2009

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Finished New Look Skirt

Finished New Look Skirt

I got some fabric last week and whipped up the New Look 6872 skirt and finished it up this afternoon.  It didn’t take me a week to make; I just took my time with it.  It was super simple and turned out a lot better than I thought it would.  The one thing I did change was the length, which I took it up about 4 inches.

The picture doesn’t really show off the fabric enough, but it’s not plain black.  It’s got little red, yellow and blue-gray spatter paint-like speckles.  The speckles add a bit to the fabric, and it was cheaper than plain black.  Which leads me to an increasing frustration, which is the lack of nice fabric in Manchester.

I really miss Joann’s (a craft superstore with a massive fabric selection in the States).  For a fabric store, Abakhan’s in Manchester is really lacking in fabrics with nice prints that are also fashionable.  I feel like whenever I need fabric, I end up choosing the best out of a not very good lot.  There have been 2, maybe 3, times I’ve seen fabric that really makes me excited to use in a project, but it’s very rare and the fabric is usually never ordered again.  When I have more money, I plan on buying more fabric online, and if I become rich, I will buy fabric from John Lewis.  But until then, Abakhan’s it is.

Strawberry Purse

Strawberry Purse

My other really exciting sewing project of the week is this plastic to look like wood handled purse, designed by ME!  When I was close to finishing, I realised that it can also be reversible!  I would have planned it a bit better if I would have known that in the design and fabric buying stages.  But, I am really excited that it turned out as well as it did on the first try and will definitely be making more.

I also started making Amy Butler’s ottoman/pillow this evening and was pleasantly surprised with how incredibly easy it is to assemble.  I thought it would be a multi-day project, but I think it’s very possibly to finish in a few hours, provided you don’t run out of thread!  Pictures will be posted when I buy more thread and finish.