Phew! It’s Monday we are tired out after our busy busy weekend. Sometimes I think our weekends are actually busier than our weekdays.
We have so many projects on the go at the moment I thought that rather than devote a post to just one tutorial I would give you a quick snippet in the form of a weekend timeline of what we got up to this Saturday and Sunday! So here you have it, a weekend Sam and Phil style Enjoy!
Nb. Our wedding planning is well underway! Yay. But this means we have about 100 secret projects we are working on which we will of course share with you as soon as possible, but we have to firstly finish them, and then share them with our families so sorry if we are a little vague at times
Friday nights in our house are always movie night. It’s a tradition which we have had for a long time. But, occasionally we get so wrapped up in a project that we end up swapping it for a Saturday which is what happened this weekend.
5:30pm We both get home from work and head out to drop off the dry cleaning and grab a coffee.
6pm Phil cooks dinner. Meatloaf with roasted tomatoes and crusty bread. Yummy. I do laundry, boring!
7pm Phil puts the finishing touches to a graphic design secret project (wedding related!) we have been working away on for a while and need to get a sample of printed in the morning so he sets to on it. I quilt (and do a few extra bits and pieces related to the secret project!).
8:30pm Phil’s project is taking a little longer than planned so we stop to have a coffee break and turn on the radio to see if anything fun is on to listen too. Movie night is looking less likely but thats OK because we are both happily wrapped up in our projects.
10pm Good news, Phil’s thing is finished and ready to go in the morning. Bad news, it’s now too late for our movie so we call it an early night instead and curl up with a box set to watch in bed. Night night.
8am Up and at em. We have plenty to do today, and we wanted to get an early start (Edinburgh on a weekend gets busy and impossible to park in by lunchtime!). The good news is the sun is shining and our very first crocus is out. So we decide to head out and treat ourselves to Krispy Kreme for breakfast. Yum!
Here’s a quick side story about Edinburgh and doughnuts. So, we got our very first Krispy Kreme store in the beginning of February. Wahoo. Actually its the first one in Scotland, so we knew it would be busy the first few days after it opened. Infact, when it first opened it was so busy people camped overnight in the snow to be the first ones in line. A few days later Phil and I decided to give it a go and head down there for a naughty post dinner treat. We were totally shocked to find that the queues were (not even kidding) around 100 cars long for the drive through ….. it had actually backed up so far it was back onto the motorway and the police had to set up cordons. Even for ‘not drive through’ the queue was around the building and into a queueing system like they have a Disney World with bouncers on the door. Crazy times! So we decided to give it a miss for a while until the doughnut fever settled down. A full week later we tried again one evening and saw that the queue now only had about 50 cars in it but was still estimated to be around 2 hours. The same thing happened 2 more times each a week apart and each time the queue was no shorter. Now, don’t get us wrong, we love Krispy Kreme, but not enough to sit in line for 2 hours. The problem was, now it kinda felt like a challenge ….. the more we got turned away the more we kinda really wanted a doughtnut, even just for the satisfaction of being able to say we had been ….. so we listened to the advice of one of my good friends Judith who had more success by being there when they opened on a Saturday morning and bit the bullet. The good news is we finally had doughnut success!!! Yay. Actually, there was hardly a queue at all. So, that was my doughtnut story, sorry, kinda a long sidetrack.
9:15am Head over to the printers to get our sample printed. We weren’t totally sure about the final product so decided to make a few tweaks at home and try again later. We decided to stop in the grocery store on the way home to stock up.
10:30am We get home and Phil tweaks the design we were working on. I carry on work on a book binding project I have been commissioned for by the Haylands School on the Isle of Wight. They are looking for a golden book to write extra special achievements of the children in. Golden buckram is pretty hard to find so it has taken a while to source all the bits and pieces, but I am so pleased with it now it has arrived! Last weekend was all about folding and sewing together the paper inner, and this weekend is time to make the covers and bind it all together ready to ship. Phil helps me to cut the grey board (its 3mm thick which is takes a fair bit of strength to cut) and I set to cutting the buckram to size ready to bind the cover and pasting the end papers onto the book.
1pm We stop work for a cup of tea. Phil’s project is ready to head back to the printer and my book binding has got as far as it can get without a trip to the craft store to get a piece of thinner grey board for the spine so it will have to wait for a little while. We watch an episode of our boxset and I might have a mini afternoon cat nap (it was an early start!).
3pm Phil has a hair appointment and we have a few errands to run like picking up our dry cleaning, a trip to the craft store and going back to the printers so we head out again. We even stop in to Costco while we are out and about to pick up some bits and pieces (and have a snack, we skipped lunch!).
6pm Phew, finally home and done with chores. We decide tonight is movie night but Phil also wanted to bake a loaf for tomorrow, so he does some bread dough mixing while I clear away our crafts
7pm We have supper of boiled eggs with asparagus and toast soldiers.
8pm Movie time! Put away the lap tops, put away the crochet and quilting and book binding and projects which are otherwise on the go all the time. Phil makes his famous movie night drinks, which are a virgin cocktail of grenadine, lime, mint and pomegranite, delicious. We are working our way through all the James Bond movies at the moment in order, so tonight we are onto Thunderball. It’s pretty good!
11pm. Bed time. Zzzzzzz
8:30am We have church at 10am so Sundays are never really a lie in for us. We have a quick breakfast and head out. The tricky thing about getting to church this morning is that the Edinburgh Meadow’s Marathon means all the roads are closed so we are almost late, oopsy.
11am We need to head back to the printers a third and final time this weekend, but the good news is everything is now in order so we are pleased as punch. While we are out we decide to get some lunch (we missed it yesterday) so we head to one of our favourite brunch spots in Edinburgh, a little deli called Victor Hugo which is right next to the Meadows so we watch the runners while we munch.
1pm Once we get home I have my book binding project to work on so I set too gluing my buckram with Phil’s help (that part of the binding project takes two hands). Once it is all done we set it under a press to dry flat.
2pm Mother’s Day is coming up next Sunday so Phil and I sit and sort out plans for that while I work on my crochet project a bit. We have a book on tape on the go at the moment so we have a nice quiet couple of hours working on our own projects and listening. Phil spends a while taking blog photos of the projects we are working on and of his bread baking from the day before which we baked once we were home.
4pm Time for afternoon tea … we have tea and peaches.
5pm We both have some pre-work things to do before Monday so we sort those out and get some more laundry done (how can two people create so much laundry!) and have a tidy round before work tomorrow.
6pm Time for dinner. We have Phil’s homemade bread with antipasto cold cuts, tomatoes, basil and grilled courgette.
7pm Tonight is designated as ‘Create a Wedding Photographer Shortlist’ night so we both sit down on the sofa with our laptops and ping links at each other to look at when we find someone we like. After a couple of hours we have a pretty long list for a short list of people we want to meet, but there are lots of lovely looking photographers out their so we are happy that we will be able to find someone we like. We also make a note of ones we would like to contact before we meet them as they don’t discuss prices (and it turns out wedding photographers can vary from around $2000 to upto $11,000 as the top quote we have got so far. Yikes!!!!)
9pm I sit and start drafting out tomorrows blog post while Phil does the washing up. Then there is just baths, a show and bed.
Phew, busy weekend!
We hope yours were as happy and productive as ours!