Thursday, 10 May 2012

Today, Nina and I went up to London together, to test and see the look and sound of the DCP copy of my film JUMP ahead of the UK Premier on Saturday 12th May.
It's screening at EMPIRE Leicester Square as part of the British Independent Film Festival, which I'm very excited about and equally nervous.
Finally my UK friends and family will be able to see what I have been working on for so many years... and it's a little scary.

Anyway... back to our day in London.
Traveled up by train, and popped in to the Empire cinema (the night before the whole cast of Tim Burton's Dark Shadows - including Johnny Depp - had had their premier there).

Then we wondered into the National Portrait Gallery to see the Lucian Freud exhibition, which was  so impressive, strong and rich...

Nina was just a pleasure to be with... she gurgled throughout my wonderings of the NPG, as most female patrons seemed more interested in making her smile than in the vast canvases of nudes.

Then we got hungry and made our way to Wagamama and enjoyed some gorgeous Udon Noodles.

To end our London day, we browsed some fashion stores and headed back to Charing Cross Station to catch our train back home.

Lovely and super sweet.
Loads of giggles and happy shrieks.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Crochet Squares + Crochet Squares = Crochet Cushion

Finally I have had some time to get back to crochetting.
On a lazy Sunday morning, as Luca sat on our bed watching the Octonauts and Nina napped, I began crochetting little brightly coloured granny squares.


Six granny squares by Six granny squares = a whole lot of granny squares.
Inspiration taken from this months' Mollie Makes Magazine.
It was fun to make and I literally could've made hundreds of them... the only annoying thing was that once I joined them all together, I had a lot of loose ends to sew in... which took forever.

I cheated a little as, to finish it off, I sewed it onto a cream, cotton cushion cover which I bought from H&M.
I think this is better than crochetting the back of the cushion as well as the front, as it keeps it firmer (wool tends to stretch and give a lot).

I am really happy with the result... and now it's sitting pretty in Nina's bedroom on the rocking chair.
I wanted to make it for Luca at first, but when I proposed the idea to him, he was non plussed and said that Nina would like it more than him.
Fair enough.
I WILL put some crochet in my boys room... soon... whether he likes it or not! :-)

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Almost 8 months

My gosh how time has just flown by.
I haven't written a post in absolutely ages... I guess this is due to the fact that Nina is now a lot more active, alert and requires a little more time from me.
She is almost 8 months now. 

And does the following:

Chats ALL day. "Da da da da da, la lala lallllaaa"
Has two teeth. Bottom ones.
Feeds herself bread, pasta and LOVES broccoli.
Sleeps through the night. Sometimes...
Sleeps in her own room.
Adores her big brother - she lights up every time he gets back from school.
Crawls backwards.
Flips over.
Rolls over.
Fell off the bed once (ouch!)
Loves feeling (or pulling) the cats' soft fur.
Grabs anything and everything she can get her little hands on.
Does Downward-Facing-Dog (all you Yoga lovers out there will know what I mean)
Still sleeps 3 naps a day - though sometimes she misses the morning one or the afternoon one, currently a little unpredictable
Smiles, giggles and squeals LOADS - it's totally hilarious - I spend most of my day trying to make her giggle or squeal or chuckle.
Is a happy-go-lucky little thing.

On a creative note...
I've been doing a little bit of crochet and a little bit of sewing again.
More on that later.

But for now, I just wanted to say "Hello" and "I'm still here"

As I write this, Nina is on my lap - doing a poo! Lovely ;-)
Just what you want from a little girl with a cheeky glint in her eye.