Fawcett Society

August 1, 2007

I have recently joined the Fawcett Society, a feminist organisation in the Uk, named for Millicent Fawcett.

I have received my first newsletter and magazine and I also get a free t-shirt. I chose the one that said: This is what a feminist looks like. It hasn’t arrived yet. The Fawcett Society are running a competition where you customize one of their shirts and you can win some prizes. I’d really like to enter!

Learning to play the keyboard/piano

April 17, 2007

The Independent newspaper this week is giving away a seven-day course on learning to play the keyboard. Very handy for me as I have been thinking for a while about doing just such a thing (I learnt the piano for a year or two as a child and would like to rehash what I learnt and build on that). The newspaper is also running a competition to win a Yamaha DGX-220 Portable Grand Keyboard! I am posting my entry today and am quite sure I will win because I really want it.

I really wanted a sewing machine and I won it so maybe Lady Luck will continue to shine on me, or maybe I’ve had enough luck and it’s someone else’s turn. Who knows?
Yamaha DGX-220 Portable Grand Keyboard

Sewing machine!!! head-cold, films, Harry Potter (again!)

April 3, 2007

Yesterday my beautiful sewing machine arrived! It is so lovely and high-tech. Unfortunately I couldn’t use it as I don’t have any cotton yet. I will go buy some today (probably). I also need to put the picture of what it looks like (again!).
This picture does not do it justice. I will have to take some photos of it!
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Sewing competition

March 6, 2007

In response to Ellen’s question about the competition that enabled me to win a beautiful, high-tech, sewing machine:

The November, 2006 issue of Popular Patchwork magazine had a reading comprehension exercise where you had to read about four different types of sewing machines (the Brother Innov-is machines that were up for grabs) and then answer three questions:
1) Which Innov-is machine has 400 built-in stitches?
2) How large is the total sewing area?
3) How many buttonhole styles on the Innov-is 200?
I got second prize! The Brother Innov-is 400. It *only* has 290 different stitches.

Sew excited!

March 1, 2007

I have just received the news that I have won a sewing machine in a competition in Popular Patchwork magazine! It is a Brother Innov-is 400 with 294 built in stitches, 10 different styles of button holes and heaps of other features! I’m very excited about learning to sew (well, I’ve sewn little bits here and there, but have never done much).
It looks very sexy. I can’t wait to get it.

From the Brother website:

Computerised Sewing Machine
The Innov-is 400 sewing machine is designed to fulfil your quilting needs. If quilting is your passion then this is the machine to deliver results. With so many user-friendly features and great accessories to allow you to concentrate on your project the machine helps you create your vision easier than ever before.

I started embroidering bits of material over the last year to hopefully make into a quilt one day. Maybe it WILL finally happen!