Beerfest, food and editing

There’s tons of things I want to blog about and I could write more often than I do.  I also want to spend time with my friends, keep my clothes clean and edit my novels.  I really need to edit my novels.  Each time I sit here to write a post for this blog I feel I should be editing a novel or two.  Often I then move onto something else and do neither.

Yes I will get to the point soon.. I did manage to mix editing and socialising with friends last week.

Annually, since I’ve lived in Peterborough (6 years!), I’ve enjoyed the CAMRA beer festival.  I’m not sure why but I enjoyed this years the most.  Each year is different, sometimes I have friends & family staying, sometimes I don’t.  This year I wandered lonely.. keeping the reasons to myself.. It seemed more relaxed, I seemed more relaxed and was able to wander, bump into a few people I knew, could stop to talk or not, listened to some fab music (I must work out how to add music here) and generally do what I wanted.  One late afternoon that included eating battered sausage and chips with a beer while editing one of my novels.  This turns out to be one of my ideas of bliss, I had a wonderful time!

As expected, we had expressions of the weather showing it’s sadness of the demise of the beer and the end of the festival.  The compulsory thunder and lightening storm on the last day.  Mud everywhere and everyone getting soggy.  It wouldn’t be the beerfest if that didn’t happen on at least one day!

I still have two draft novels that are in need of major edits. Why I thought I could write novels without putting in the hard editing graft that’s needed I’ll never know.  What I learnt last week, is that if I could spend more time at beer festivals I’d get much more editing done.  Where’s my CAMRA membership card and when’s the next one?  Have draft chapters in bag now at all times, just in case..

Where do you edit well?

Do you love beer festivals?

What pics do you take from portaloo keyholes.. hmm.. must have words with myself on that one!

Can any of your loves in life mix well together?


Animal print bunting

Last weekend, I had a wonderful time using silk paints on some spare material I had (as you do).  Stupidly I forgot to take a picture of the material post painting and pre cut, sorry about that.

People often ask where and when creativity comes and what inspires it.  I’ve no idea really though here’s the story of my animal print bunting design (for when it becomes famous;)

There I was minding my own business.. (a rare occurrence..) and this idea appeared, let’s use animal print bunting for someone’s leaving do who loves animal print.  Thinking back, I have no idea who’s idea it was, there were two of us chatting about what we could do for a leaving event so it could have been either of us,  I remember it as my idea, but I’ll need to check as my brain’s been mush with yet another cold.  The minute the idea arrived I knew I’d be making the bunting as my contribution.  I needed something fun and creative to do over the weekend.  What I didn’t know is that the universe and my own stubbornness (another rare occurrence.. hmm..) would contrive to me painting the fabric too.

I get ideas all the time, I don’t always have the time and materials to produce them.  This time because the market stall was late in opening on Saturday and I wouldn’t wait 30 mins for him to set up.. (I wanted to get home to watch the Olympics) If I was going to make the animal print bunting over the weekend I also had to create my own animal print fabric later that day which I did (as you do) while watching some amazing olympics.

From the comments I vaguely heard and interest from people (I couldn’t really hear them as I’m still full of cold) they seemed to like the final product (someone asked where I found the fabric!) and I had a great time which is all that matters to me.  If I’m enjoying myself when creating something often others will like it.

That’s the second time I’ve painted fabric for home made bunting and the second time the person I made it for wanted to keep it.  High praise indeed!

When it comes to designing and painting fabric little phases me and I have a wonderful time.  There are other parts of my life I’d like to feel like that about.

What do you create that doesn’t phase you and what would you like to be better at?