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New Year's Resolutions, Aims and Ambitions

Posted by Rachel Thomas on

Happy New Year Everyone! It's the First of January, the first day of a new year. I like to spend a little bit of time on New Years Day having a think about all the things that happened in the last year, and then looking forward to the year to come. As you get a bit older, it always seems like the years go so quickly, but thinking about what happened in the previous year helps me realise that it doesn't really. I think we just all move so much quicker now that it's easier to forget all those little memories and achievements....

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Crafty Christmas!

Posted by Rachel Thomas on

It's time to start thinking about Christmas presents and in a bid to better my skills and put a bit more effort into my gifting I'm hoping to make most of mine this year. I'm going to be working on a show this Christmas and there's no better time to do crafting than waiting backstage for a cue. *Spoiler alert for my friends and relatives! Sorry!!                                           In October I harvested the lavender from the garden and have got it stored up, ready...

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Dye It Yourself!

Posted by Rachel Thomas on

With these handy small pouches of Dylon Fabric Dye you can complete a multitude of tasks! Whether it be re-dying some faded jeans to give them a new lease of life, or getting creative with a new dying technique. All you need is a washing up bowl, some salt and a sachet of dye of course! I tried it out myself by dying some cotton with a Shibori dying technique I found online. I then stitched it into this cushion cover, with button detailing for the ties.                         What a lovely...

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Love it or Hate it? Panto time is here!

Posted by Rachel Thomas on

For many people, the coming of the Pantomime marks the beginning of the festive season proper (if we all choose to ignore the stuff that pops up in the shops as early on as September). The pantomime began as a type of traveling Italian street theatre known as Commedia dell'arte which came to Britain in the 16th century. It's changed quite a bit since then, with the characteristic role reversals evolving slowly throughout the 19th century. By the 1880's the 'Prince Charming' or hero roles were always played by women and in exchange the comedic 'Mother' role was always played a...

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Back to School

Posted by Rachel Thomas on

At the launch of my Back to School selection, I've begun to get all nostalgic about University and the time I spent there.  Looking back, I only have this very lovely rose tinted version of how amazing it was: An eternal summer, sitting an eating lunches outside in the sunshine; a short 15 minute walk from my student house to the campus (and thinking that was a hefty commute!). Making friends that I'm still in touch with now and going out and having fun. However, when I look closer and the hazy mist of good memories drifts over I remember...

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