A Brighton landmark

Actually, two landmarks, as you can just see the West Pier in the background! This is another one of the fabulous Big Heart Auction artworks available to bid for this week. The money raised will be used to support Chestnut Tree House, a children’s hospice based in Sussex.Janine-Kilroe-Carousel-BrightonBrighton Carousel by Janine Kilroe


The mechanics of sewing

Just a quick post today – I spent my morning having a lesson on how to use my overlocker. I booked it through Sew in Brighton, who do an overlocker day class, but I did mine today on a one to one basis.

I got a Pfaff Hobbylock 794 a while ago off the internet, in a fetching colour combo of brown and cream, for about £30. Yes, I know this is risky and when I got to my session this morning, it wouldn’t start at all! It turned out there was no fuse, but once that was in place and we jigged it round a bit, it ran fine. Apart from the fact that it appears to be stuck on “on” or “off” so can’t currently be controlled by the foot pedal. So it needs a service which I will get done over the next few weeks (if you live in or near Brighton, I recommend Richard Mouland who has previously serviced my sewing machine and got it working again when it broke).

All in all, I think it will make sewing stretch so much easier, and it was by far not as scary as I thought it would be. I’m going to book another session once my Hobbylock is serviced, to learn some more of the ins and outs, and hopefully sew my first stretch tshirt!

All this got me thinking, I really need to get myself a more reliable sewing machine. My machine is very basic, noisy and temperamental. I spend far too long rethreading, sorting tension and tangles out. Does anyone have suggestions of an affordable, reliable machine? I don’t need anything mega fancy – just a workhorse really.


Brighton West Pier

With all the awful weather we’ve had in the UK recently, the poor West Pier in Brighton has had a real beating, culminating with a chunk of it collapsing into the sea a couple of weeks ago.  Today the weather is glorious – a proper spring day.  So while we were in town, I took a detour to the beach to take some pictures of the pier in its new form.

west pierThe props on the left hand side fell into the sea after one particularly stormy night, so it is probably only a matter of time now until the rest of the pavilion falls in.

west pier 4The sun was right behind the pier and reflecting off the sea, so the pictures look kind of black and white, even though they’re actually colour.  Considering I took them on my phone, they didn’t come out too badly at all. west pier 2

Brighton Craft Fair

I did my first fair today – the Brighton Craft Fair!  This is my stall – I got my big board from someone on Gumtree, and gave it a lick of paint and some new fabric. craft stall

I enjoyed meeting and talking to other crafters, and I also sold quite a bit and gave out lots of business cards.  I’ve been bitten by the bug now and want to do some more, so watch this space 🙂

What made it even better was that my little sister came and visited me!  She lives in Wales and this weekend is visiting a friend in London.  They both came on a day trip to Brighton to surprise me.  It was lovely to see them both.

The craft fair organisers came around a took lots of pictures, so I will be posting more over the next couple of days.

Ice cream making

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!  We finally got round to doing our ice cream making sessions at Cloud Nine in Brighton. cloud nineWe have been there before for very good cake, but I must confess, not for ice cream.  We are creatures of habit and pretty much always end up in the same haunts. cloud nine shop frontDuring our hour long session, we used their massive gelato machine to make raspberry sorbet, vanilla ice cream and double chocolate ice cream (chocolate ice cream with chocolate sauce running through).  The sorbet is amazing – it is really creamy and light.  The vanilla is lovely and rich, and the chocolate is just plain gorgeous.

ice creamWe came out with 6 big tubs of ice cream, which no doubt will be eaten very quickly!  We are aiming to keep one chocolate one ready for my sister when she comes to visit though…

PS my favourite ice cream in Brighton is Boho Gelato, especially the salted caramel and the mojito flavours.  Scoop & Crumb does excellent sundaes though.  The Naked Tea & Coffee Company has a huge selection of specialty teas and good granola bars.  Infinity Cafe is vegetarian and mostly gluten free too, and does the best big salad meals for lunch.  Also, if you sit upstairs by the window you can spy on people walking through the North Laines.