The horrors of the fray.

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I am currently working on the Colette Walden shirt ,which I am really impressed with the pattern and instructions. But as all things go in the Crafty Mastermind universe things do not go smoothly.

In all of my excitement I measured Mr CM, made a copy of the pattern and eagerly cut out the fabric, all good. I began to add the pockets to the shirt front and then suddenly realised that I hadn’t washed the fabric. Crap.

I was in a dilemma, do I just make the whole shirt and just hope for the best when I stick in the wash or, do I wash all of the pieces now and see if it does shrink? As this was my first time working with linen I thought it’s best to wash it , I had no idea how it would react.

Important lesson.. ALWAYS wash dressmaking fabric!!!! The linen shrunk, weirdly in some places more so than others.

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The other annoying thing was probably the centimeter I lost in fraying. Just look at it! It looks like some trucker shirt from the 80’s. I suppose if I used pinking shears on my fabric before I wash it, it may stop fraying.

Even the quilting weight fabric didn’t escape the wrath of the fray.

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I’ve only got half a meter left of the linen so I have washed it and I’m going to try to add bits and re cut some cuff to try to get it back to the right measurements without it looking rubbish. Wish me luck!!!

on Eurovision…

It’s the Eurovision final  tomorrow night and after two nights of semi finals , with some predictable and shocking choices made by Europe (and Australia) of who should get into the Grand final . I’m now looking forward and crossing my fingers for Australia to win…although I think we will come 3rd if I’m honest.

Superhero’s ready!

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Rockette announced two weeks ago that it was going to be superhero day at school and that required a costume. I offered to make it …strangely excitedly. Again never done it before but I’m enjoying challenges lately.

So this was the brief, which I drew out.

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Her name is Poppy (random name, no clue to where that came from) and she shoots love hears from her wrists (a-la Spiderman) and Ice comes out of her feet, painful with a Frozen theme I’m guessing.

It was to be pink and purple or wait it’s going  to be blue. The colour scheme for this changed a few times. So I drew up this plan asked her what she thought and with a fleeting glance in between Spongebob episodes I got a half-hearted “Yeah that’s wonderful mummy”

I started to scour the internet for tutorials, now being a quilter (predominantly although you wouldn’t know it at the moment) I wasn’t happy with the “fold  fabric in half and trace round a plate for the neck”. What kind of plate? Not technical enough. But I did finally find one here

http://www.nancysnotions.com/text/pdf/SuperHeroCape.pdf   I only half heartedly followed the instructions. I did use the brilliant template. But the rest  was my own doing .

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The outside of the cape was some cheap polyester stuff for £2.99 and the inside was some crappy poplin I bought when I first started sewing and made a few buying faux pas.

Where I differ from Nancy’s instruction was with the hem. Once I got to the bottom I just folded the two hems in, pressed, clipped and then top stitched. I did think later I should have just sewn all around.  I also just top stitched the logo onto the back.

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You may notice that the cape is in pink and purple. Not intentional, lets just say tightarse strikes again. I was in a rush when I bought it and I said “half a meter yeah that’s enough. Even holding it up the wrong way against Rockette . Erm, no that didn’t work.  Hence why I used the back up fabric.

But it worked out for the best as it’s A PAIN to press that crap polyester so  I was grateful to have the cotton to press on instead.

 

wpid-20150515_073336.jpgFor the logo’s I used normal Kona colours and  I iron on interfacing to give it a bit of body. The snowflake’s are made out of felt to ensure it dose’nt go out of shape too much. Again just top stitched it on to a H&M top which worked out easy enough.

accessorize,accessorize,accessorize

A girl needs add on’s! Everything was made out of felt except the belt. I had trouble looking for the right stiffness for the mask , the world of felt alludes me. I luckily found some excellent felt I got free off a magazine.

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The wrist cuffs were soft felt with velcro attached to either end. This could have done with being of sturdier stuff as it suffered a bit during its day out at school. I was instructed to design one on the cuffs with a type of screen phone so she could be alerted to where the bad guys were. I had to top stitch everything. I bought some “permanent glue” at the craft fair which hardly worked and couldn’t be trusted to keep the two pieces of felt together.

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Yes they are bombs. If she was really specific about anything from the word go, it was that there had to be bombs . To throw at the bad guys! So they were made with felt and stuffed with a bit of wadding (that big thick horrible kind). The belt was fabric Kona which again I used a medium iron on stabilizer to give it body, I couldn’t be bothered to cover the back of it.

I then sewed the pockets on. They needed to have enough room to fit two bombs each so I sewed two small pleats into the bottom of each pocket.

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To complete the outfit I added a shop bought tutu and leggings . All done! It came back all in one piece, but somewhere in town we may have lost one of the little bombs. Not bad really.  And it was a joy to make. Win win.

It’s eurovision week this week and I have the fever! But I’ll see if I can allocate any time to the Colette Men’s shirt pattern I’ve cut out. More on that later…..

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Ric Rac is evil

I’m full of cold today so I’m hoping this will all make sense and I can remember how to use English properly.(If not that’s what spellchecker is for I suppose)

I’ve been busy this week with all sorts of various things. one I’ll start with now.

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This week I finally got around to making something out of the book Little Quilts by Sarah Fielke & Amy Lobsiger. I tried to find what I thought would be the one I could knock up in the quickest time. Luckily the gift was for a gardener and the mini quilt “Cuttings” was perfect.

 

 

 

 

 

The cutting for this was cool, this was a brilliant way of getting rid of a lot if my stash. In fact so much so I didn’t need to buy anything additional for this.

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It was until I found out that Ric Rac melts under an iron..

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That was flipping upsetting I’ll tell you right now. It was going so well up until that exact point. After that it looked like there as bits of wax everywhere. irritating…..

But I replaced it. If you are going to make  this, one bit of advice, when you get to quilting the flower bit -sew the flower from the inside circle out. I didn’t do that and it bunched a bit, again irritating.

So many school boy errors on this! I just got a bit complacent because it was (a not so) mini (it was bigger than I expected, I didn’t pay attention to the finished measurements). So I quilted from the top and not the middle. Dick I had to unpick the top three rows because of bunching.

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The recipient was very happy with it. But it’s funny as when I hand over any gift I can only see all the imperfections so I’m almost embarrassed to give it away, even though I’m assured that no one else can see them.Just paranoid.

Sorry about the crap photo’s my phone updated itself and now it just refuses to work most of the time. Need to call the evil phone company..

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You can pick up the book for a steal at he moment from The Book People

http://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/qs_product_tbp?productId=515782&storeId=10001&catalogId=10051&langId=100&searchTerm=little+quilts

In and out of the dog house.

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I have been with Mr CM for quite a few years now, and almost every year bar probably 2 I have forgotten our anniversary. Each year he remembers, buys a very thoughtful gift makes me breakfast and he always gets the same reaction (blank expression) “Oh that’s nice of you what’s the occasion?…(pause)…oh shit not again?!”

This year I felt extra bad, not because it was a big one or anything, but other years I’ve been distracted and had an excuse, this year I really didn’t have one. Lets just all come to the conclusion that I am shit.

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I’m sorry rubbish UK weather means all my photos turned out a bit dark. I’ll put up a new one as soon as the sun comes out. (So August then).

 So I needed something big, the bag of fiery ginger beer bon bons and the little Lego Simpsons Moleman wasn’t going to cut it. I needed a grand gesture….

Then this idea popped into my head mid apology. I think it was so I could hang it up to ensure I’ll never forget again (Whats wrong with putting it in my phone as a reminder?)

When I first started looking online for ideas for flags there wasn’t many. I had a particular flag in mind and I couldn’t remember where I saw it from. At first I thought it had come off one of Nelson’s ships but that Google search proved unsuccessful.

So I had to work from the image in my head, watch out.

wpid-20150508_115834.jpgI wanted to turn in applique the words, but there are so many of them it was going to take another week so instead I sewn around the raw edges which made them look worn and “rustic” trying to give the impression that it had been sailing from the top on the mast over choppy sea’s for years.

The border sashes were easily cut strips of Kona solids that I’ve had lying around for years (one day I will have the whole bundle of solids in my stash, the day I stop being a tightarse). The whole thing was quilted with easy lines.

On the back, just before I sewed in the bias binding I made the loops out of some other binding scraps, wide enough for the flag quilt to hang off a dowling rod.

On the subject of bias binding and my bad track record, this time it turned out perfect. How is a mystery, especially considering it had the two triangles at the end.

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 The whole thing reminds me a bit of Tracey Emin’s quilts. Maybe it had planted a seed in my subconscious years ago and came out a bit now. Without the swearing of course.

Hate and Power Can be a Terrible Thing 2004 Tracey Emin born 1963 Purchased 2004

Hate and Power Can be a Terrible Thing 2004 Tracey Emin born 1963 Purchased 2004

I’m feeling a bit rubbish cold like, possible shock of general UK election result today so I shan’t write anymore. Have a wonderful weekend!

Tasteful modelling

Afternoon!

I’m back off the sewing trail again, this time on the baking wagon.

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I was asked to make a cake for my friend’s teenage newphew.The request went like this “some paw prints, some crap , some piss, and sponge flavour”.

The rest was up to me. I’ve never done any sort of fondant modelling before so I had allocated more time than I thought I would need for it.

I used the Wilton colouring paste to colour the fondant, the black was watery so it turned out more grey than black. For the dog prints I used the tips of my icing set, genius (tbf it wasn’t my idea it was the internets…oh that internet)

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I am particularly proud of the wee on the post box, yes I know the post box is not to scale but you get the drift, it’s a small letter box.

 

 

 

The only thing that I wished I had done again was the top of the lead. It became all cracked because it was too thin, but it was similar to making bias binding, so in familiar territory there.Same results, a bit shit.

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The sponge flour was chocolate, using the same old trusty Hummingbird Bakery recipe.

Ah but it worked out alright.  It was really calming and relaxing which was needed after the worst most horrible shift of my working life.  Not keen about the cleaning aftermath.

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Sort and sweet today.

 

Feathers everywhere.

Sunday night again? That rolled around fast. Sigh and so begins another week at work. But there are still a few hours of weekend left and with an exciting looking Super Furry Animals documentary on  TV there is time for a quick post!

This week I resumed one of my back projects, Alison Glass’ Feather Quilt.

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It is my first time working with paper piecing and to be honest after a long break between sewing sessions it takes a while for me to get my head around the method of this again. Paper piecing feels like I’m working backwards and back to front. Constantly having to line up the pieces of fabric backwards while holding them up against the light to cover the sew lines is a bit of a pain. When using navy fabric this becomes even more difficult.

I try not to sew too late into the night with this , If I lose my sewing mojo and make too many mistakes  unpicking the paper more than once really compromises the  integrity of the paper.

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Also the strips become quite small so when trying to place fussy cut fabric, I have to pray I have cut them perfectly centered. There’s not much room to move the position of the seams.

Each one is taking its sweet time, I have to trim and press each seam line before I move to the next line. Not the fastest to make.

More on this eventually..

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On the baking shelf this week.

Not sure what the baking revival with me is at the moment, but I had a sudden urge yesterday to make Madeleines . After all I had bought a half price tray in Lakeland so rude not to.

I used Nigella’s recipe from “How to be a domestic goddess” (I will never be a domestic goddess, I’m never going to  be organised enough). I had the impressions that making them was going to be difficult (I have that impression about all French food). It wasn’t at all difficult to make but…..

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Makes 48, mine made 12..I know I’m not the best at maths but even I know somethings wrong..

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They turned out nice, just a bit too eggy for my liking. I wonder if there’s an egg free version? I might try Rachel Khoo’s version next.

That is all for this evening!

 

 

In the jungle

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Amazingly in a shorter time than I thought, I got Rockette’s Playtime dress finished over the weekend. That’s no small feat for me. I feel bad that I did ignore Rockette for a lot of Sunday… but she got a dress out of it, im sure all is forgiven.

 

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I’m loving the pattern for this Oliver + s dress/ tunic/ legging thing. I went for the dress as leggings are so cheap to buy in the UK that I don’t know if I would make a pair.

I normally get my patterns out of sewing books which generally overlap each other. It made for a nice tracing experience.

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The sewing was all straight forward and both parts of the dress were quite similarly constructed to other of clothing I had made in the past. I only got a little excited when I was finishing the inner seams and….( important lesson here, if your on the phone put the scissors down), I cut a bit of the  seam too far and hacked into the dress. What a donut I truly am .But  I think I’ve hidden it well,  It’s mostly inside the seam now.

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I love the cute little hot pink detail round the neckline. So sweet.

It was also my first foray into pattern matching…was crapping myself just a bit. Everything you read and hear on the matter is so intimidating. Look at the Great British Sewing Bee ” oh you haven’t matched your pattern” “look at that complete lack of pattern matching”  “that’s not aligned”, “You’re going to hell because you didn’t pattern match” (alright not the last one, but you get my drift).

So I was super careful and used the lion heads for guides. To be honest I’m pretty pleased, nay amazed at the results. I expected it to be upside down here, back to front there etc etc.

Yeah yeah it’s  not perfect ,the GBSB would have kicked me off the show but It’s good enough for me.

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It’s a bit big and roomy for her (super long and skinny) but I wasn’t brave enough to adjust the pattern yet. Maybe when I make it next time.

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The reason for the bias binding in the middle was to break up the pattern it. It was just a bit too much to have an all over print.

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The fabric was Michael Miller Origami Oasis.

Next I really need to get on with the unfinished quilts. But I also want to go to Goldshawk and buy some more dress making fabric. I’m a bit addicted.

On the baking front?

This week I made the Australian classic Lamingtons, which was fellow antipodean’s  Dan Lepards recipe from his book Short and Sweet. Bloody delicious! Sponge, jam, chocolate and coconut. What more do you want?

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Ohh I can make a blouse now.

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Continuing in the clothes making vein, I have taken another detour (kind of) from the quilting to make another item from Tilly Walnes “Love at first stitch”. This time around it was the Mimi blouse.

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The general advice is the make a toile first, but the fabric I was using was some cheap polyester stuff I picked up at one of the fabric stores at Walthamstow market. At £1.75 a meter I wasn’t going to get much cheaper. It was heavy to work with!

It was my first time using a dressmaking pattern. The first half of this turned out great, the other half turned out not so aligned . For example the collar on the left was longer than the right, the hem on the right was longer than the left, the arm seam on the left didn’t perfectly align with the seam of the bodice. But these are all my dumb school boy errors.

Maybe it says more about how my brain works,  I concentrate really hard on the first attempt and then get a bit cocky when I come to do the second part. This also explains why I had to make 2 sleeves for the right arm because the seam at the bottom became randomly frayed.  Also annoying me is  that I took too much off the  back neckline, I did try to add some bias binding to hide this, but it looked weird so I left it.

Considering that this was my first attempt I’m pretty pleased with it.

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And I put buttons in! I had a great fear of this, but it took no time at all. I just did the colossal error of going a bit nuts with the seam ripper and ripped the top off. Idiot.

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I can’t tell if it’s nice and modern or something that my Nan would wear , thin line. But that’s just down to the weird fabric. The pattern is great and I’ll make it again, next time in a more stiffer material like a cotton.

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Again for more info you can visit Tilly’s wonderful website.

http://www.tillyandthebuttons.com/

I’m moving onto kids wear next. I’m starting on the Playtime pattern by Oliver + S

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I haven’t stopped quilting, I do have many ongoing things. The main project  I can’t write a lot about because it’s going to be a gift, but I’ll put a block here and there up.

I love this cube block, which is from Tula Pink’s book 100 modern quilt blocks. One day I’d like to do a whole quilt made up of just these and featuring my favourite prints.

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I just happened to be listening to Split Enz while making that. It’s a brilliant album.

The Glitter of Eurovision

Rule 101 in blog world is apparently not to confuse your readers by blogging about random things.  But I would hope that all the lovely people who do read my blog will not freak out. This is a blog about sewing and music, and today this is about music…well almost.

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Loved around Europe but ridiculed in the UK , the Eurovision song contest turns 60 this year.

For those unaware of what the Eurovision song contest is, it is a competition for the best song in  “Europe” in which 40 countries compete. After two semi finals participating countries are knocked out of  the competition via public vote to the final, where they are joined by the winning country of last year and the big 5 (UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain) who are the main sponsors of the competition so instantly qualify .Each song is then voted for by each participating country who can score 12 entries a maximum of 12 points descending in order to a minimum of 1. This year will be different as Australia will also join them in the final as an extra country..as a one-off 60 year special. (No you havent lost your mind the geographical map is still the same)

I stated watching the competition properly with parties in 2003. I’ve been devoted ever since. It is a thing of strange beauty, it’s full of farce, strange gimmicks, bizarre dance routines, block voting controversies and really odd intervals.

The UK has done poorly in most years since they last won in 1997. Considering the UK’s rich tapestry of musical input past and present, to the novice they should walk it. But they generally don’t  send good representation. They send the likes of  Daz Sampson (creepy & pervy ), Scooch (they thought camp would do well), Jemini (the uk’s only nil points result) , Bonnie Tyler (love her, bad song) and in my opinion the worse entry Josh Dubovie meets Pete Waterman. Someone forgot to tell the selection panel that it wasn’t 1988 anymore. There have been decent attempts with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jade Ewen in 2009 but it was against Fairytale (see below) it really didn’t have a chance making it to a decent 5th.

There concludes this history bit, I could write a book on the bloody thing. I can go on.

Eurovision Song Contest's Greatest Hits Part 2

So as I started, Mr CM was incredibly lucky  to get tickets to the Greatest Hits show  on Tuesday at the Hammersmith Apollo in London (but not in the west end, as it may be broadcast as). I was thrilled and to be honest I can’t remember the last time I genuinely had a really great joyful time at a show.

I’ll say now that we were prohibited by the BBC to take any photographs or videos so I’m going to have to use the promotional ones from the Eurovision website.

http://www.eurovision.tv/page/timeline          Thomas Hanses (EBU), Guy Levy / © BBC 2015

Hosted by the very funny Graham Norton and Petra Mede,  It was a show of winners and then some. Quite a few were before my Eurovision time such as Bobby sox, The Herreys and Anne-Marie David  but they were still entertaining.

The atmosphere was pretty festival like, full of devoted enthusiastic fans which made it so much more fun.These fans were hard-core who put me to shame. They had been to most of the finals night in past years around Europe and had travelled quite a distance to be at the London performance. It made quite a difference from watching it at home with people who really are not bothered about it.

They all did sound amazing, even acts like the Brotherhood of Man who appeared in 1976, still sounded the same. Other amazing performances were some of my favourites such as Loreen and Lordi who probably got the biggest applauses of the evening.

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I didn’t realise that the lyrics to 3 time winner Ireland’s Johnny Logan’s “Hold me now”had lay dormant in my head since 1987  (It was massive in OZ, I think I had it on some now ’87 compilation) and magically all spouted out of my mouth like a spring. You see I can’t remember how to do long division but random lyrics, this I know.

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What you won’t see in tonight’s broadcast is the what is becoming mandatory booing  (not  from me) poor Dima Bilan received because he is Russian. This happens every year at the Eurovision shows due to Russia’s political stance. I did feel sorry for Dima, it’s really not his fault (unless his involved somehow that I’m not aware of).

Graham Norton got (rightly) quite cross with the audience and reminded them where they were and to behave. After that scolding the audience behaved and Dima took it in very good grace. In the end he did a great performance and was appreciated by the audience. They made us re-record the clapping to dub the introduction.

The highlight of the evening was Conchita, she sounded even more amazing live. But the bigger highlight was Dana International and Conchita performing Waterloo together. Amazeballs.

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I just hope I wasn’t filmed shamelessly singing like a nerd in the second row..(on the side).

With over 1,400 songs ever entered into the contest I have picked  up my top 14 favourites over the past years making this 1% of all entries. I could have written the top worse but that would just make me no better than the cynics who think Eurovision is pathetic. I suppose I could do the most strangest entries which would included singing pirates, boastful bands, bad rapping, the elderly, and DJ Bobo letting us know vampires are alive. Not today tho.

Bar 2 all of  these are after 2003, and there’s not a “Waterloo” or “Making your mind up” to be seen.

14. 1979-(West) Germany – Dschinghis Khan-

This did not win, but its a good introduction to what to expect from Eurovision. A German group performing a disco pop number about a 13th century invader. The dancing Genghis  is what makes this, his really a bit scary.

13 1982- United Kingdom – Bardo- One Step Further

I’ve just added this, to be honest I forgot about this until last night, it was bugging me that I had excluded it. Not sure what happened to this on the night because the recorded version of this sounds a lot better.  Whats with that crazy on all fours dance? I think she over exerted herself. Tipped to win, came 7th. John Peel quoted at the time that this was his favourite Eurovision song of all time.

12.2011 -SWEDEN – ERIC SAADE-POPULAR

Almost but not quite, coming in third. Love a bit of smashing glass. Not to worry, Sweden won it the following year.

11. 2003- TURKEY-SERTAB ERENER- EVERYWAY THAT I CAN

Since this won you will now find that in most years there will be a song that sounds like it from any number of random countries. The singing is a bit off, and I’m not sure about the rapping/talking bit. Nonetheless, winner.

10. 2007- MALTA- OLIVIA LEWIS-VERTIGO

I said this at the time and I still stand by it…how did this not even make it through the semi-finals? It scored pathetically low. There was a lot of blame of block voting in 2007 stopping quite a few western european countries getting through to the final.

When I was visiting my grandfather in hospital about 6 months after the event ,a loud debate broke out in the next room which included most of the ward patients, visitors and staff (this is Malta after all) as to why Malta didn’t get into the final. The general consensus was that Europe was racist and  that going with a Japanese theme was her big mistake…, that is that.

9. 2006 -GREECE- ANNA VISSI- EVERYTHING

Rock ballads away! Bit Bonnie Tyler a bit Meatloaf. It never had a chance against Lordi but some years are just better than others. If this was entered in 2010 it may have done a lot better. (I say this just becuase I though 2010 was a poor year)

8.2004-GREECE-SAKIS ROUVAS-SHAKE IT

Eurovision is full of pretty boys, but none of them are Sakis I have a little crush on Sakis.

7. 2011-IRELAND- JEDWARD-LIPSTICK

This is the kind of stuff people watch Eurovision for. Poor Jedward should have done better but 11th isn’t bad. If that wasn’t enough they returned with the pretty unforgettable Waterline in 2012.

6. 2008- BONSNIA & HERZEGOVINA-LAKA-POKUSAJ

It’s so quirky, it’s not in english. Something about the sea and love. This song doesn’t require translation for me I just love the song.

5. 2009 – NORWAY- ALEXANDER RYBAK – FAIRYTALE

Norway are better known for receiving more nil points than any other country in history. But that was changed with fairytale. Isn’t he sweet? Having the ability to play a violin also helped this win by the biggest points difference in Eurovision history with 387 points.

4.2006-FINLAND- LORDI- HARD ROCK HALLELUJAH

It was loud, there were costumes involved, and axes and fire. It’s novel but the song is also great. Possibly the first rock track to be crowned victors. Dont know how much it harmed their “metal” reputation.

3. 2014-AUSTRIA-CONCHITA WURST- RISE LIKE A PHOENIX

Austria has had a bad run in the past, so bad that they left for a few years. Like a phoenix they came with this song .It’s all class, you forget about the beard or if it’s a man or woman.  Should be a Bond theme. 2015 is probably going to be full of copies.

2. 2013-SWEDEN-LOREEN-EUPHORIA

The beauty of this performance was there was no gimmicks. There was nothing to distract you from the song other than the shadow lightning. Wonderful dance track, It won deservedly.

1. 2008-FRANCE-SEBASTIEN TELLIER-DIVINE

We all know I love Tellier, and its something that must happen once or twice in a lifetime where your real life music loves crosses into the world of Eurovision. Its bizarre, and so was this performance. It had everything , a drunk Frenchman, women with beards before Conchita, a golf buggy and helium filled globe . Sadly the rest of Europe didn’t feel the same (including the French who weren’t happy that it was sung in english, hence the one line sung in french “why must I sing in french?”) and it finished 19th.

 

While were on the Subject of Eurovision I have to mention the greatest episode of Father Ted ever made. In “A song for Europe” , egged on by father Dick Burn  Ted and Dougal enter the song “My Lovely Horse” into the contest representing Ireland. It makes the final chosen because it’s so bad that Ireland can guarantee they wont win (and therefore not need to host ) it again.

There are calls from fans every year for Ireland to enter ‘My Lovely Horse’ (written by the Divine Comedy), it was put for consideration to  the Irish  government for this year’s contest. It was turned down… maybe they don’t want to win.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-28066759

 

 

*Eurovision Greatest Hits is on the BBC 1 tonight at 9pm.

 

Spring cleaning has taken over…

I’ve neglected my house for weeks and weeks, now it’s time to spend countless hours attempting to clean it and  declutter. I say declutter, but really I’m just shifting shit into different places. I did put in a “if it’s not used in a year it’s gone” policy…which I have never ever stuck too.

As if  the clutter isn’t bad enough in my little house,  the time has come to clean in the disgusting places, like under the food cabinets  and around the oven (sigh we did that not long ago mofo! ) and the fridge that everyone is too afraid to move out. ( I can still see a baby dummy on the side that was Rockettes).

Rockettes room is a mother flipping nightmare, I keep wanting to do something innovative with it, but just end up sticking more hot pink IKEA expedit (now kallax) shelves in there. I’ve been looking for some good charity to donate a massive  load of never played with soft toys too, but I’ve come up with nothing. If anyone knows of a place to donate to under privilege children’s charity please let me know. In the meantime they are hogging a lot of room and not doing a lot.

So because of all of this, I can not get on with the construction of my blouse, instead I’m just going to post the most organised thing in the house at the moment which is my stash cupboard. Housed in an old antique book cabinet, story has it it came from a old mansion clearance in the 1950’s  or 60’s.

    I’m worried that this is the most organised thing in the house..