Sunday, 8 November 2009

Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera - leaflet

Phantom of the Opera leaflet – outside

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Phantom of the Opera leaflet – inside

What a show! What an experience!  Why has it taken me so long to see this show I just don’t know.  I was enthralled from the beginning to the end. I was totally captivated by the music and songs – so much so that whilst writing this I’m listening to the soundtrack:-)

Phantom of the Opera - ticket

The tickets to this show were a present from my daughter and son-in-law for both myself and my hubby.  He enjoyed it just as much as I did.  Our tickets were for the Matinee show and it was playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket, London.

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         Her Majesty’s Theatre

The sets and lighting were so atmospheric - the chandelier was magnificent!  The costumes were absolutely stunning – so vivid in colours and sparkling with crystals – it was all so magical.

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Her Majesty’s Theatre

One thing that did surprise me was how small the theatre was – not that it made my whole experience any less thrilling or anything like that – it just came as a surprise that’s all.  Nonetheless, it’s a lovely old theatre. 

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Her Majesty’s Theatre by night

Apparently, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera has been playing here since 1986 when the original cast included Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman in the leading roles.  That would’ve been something to see!

Here’s more about Her Majesty's Theatre 

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outside Her Majesty's Theatre

I became so enthralled and captivated by watching the stage and in the story (how could I not?) – it was an emotional rollercoaster and I must admit my eyes welled up and I wept a silent tear – well I’m a big softie at heart and that’s the sign of such brilliant acting and such an amazing production.  I would thoroughly recommend this show to anyone and everyone – I loved it!

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Love Never Dies – leaflet front & back

The long awaited sequel to The Phantom of the Opera – Love Never Dies – will be showing at the Adelphi Theatre, The Strand, London from March 2010. More info here


Thursday, 5 November 2009


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This is a postcard box I recently constructed from…. postcards of course:-) This box can be constructed from any picture really so long as the sizes are all the same. You can use:


handmade cards

cut up greeting cards

magazine images

your own art

You can double up your postcards so that images are inside of the box also, or you can line your postcard or images with plain card as I have done. We are working with landscape images, so it’s best to find images in this orientation – apart from the sides of the box which can have portrait images.

So, basically what you’ll need to make this box are:

supply of postcards/pictures

plain card to back cards

embroidery threads in contrasting colours

pricking tool

soft mat for pricking on


double sided tape


embellishments (optional)

05.11.09-Postcard box top view

top view

Cut all your cards to one size – you’ll need 4 cards landscape size for the back, front, top and bottom of the box and two cards portrait size cut to the same width square. Whether you’re using postcards or plain card to double up, make sure you cut up all your cards to match – so you should end up with 8 landscape size and 4 portrait size cards.

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side views

Now pair your main images with their backing images and secure with a little double sided tape to hold together. You should have 6 cards to make one box.

With your card on the pricking mat and using your ruler and pricking tool score a line, lightly - half centimetre away from the edges of the card, so you end up with a half centimetre border all the way around the card. Do this to all the cards.

Now along that light score line prick holes half centimetre apart all the way round the card. Do this to all the cards

05.11.09-Postcard box - front view

front view

Choose a colour of embroidery thread that compliments the shades in your cards and using a simple blanket stitch bind your pairs of cards together – do this to all 6 cards.

05.11.09-Postcard box - back view

back view

Now the constructive part – sewing all the parts to make the box. Starting with the base and making sure you have your main image on the outside, place the back card (your image that will be facing the back) on top of this (main image facing upwards) and with a contrasting thread on your needle, using a whipping stitch go through one blanket stitch on the base card and one blanket stitch on your back card and lash together to secure each card to the other (refer to my pics for reference) .

05.11.09-Postcard box -top & front view

top & front view

Then taking one of the side cards whip stitch this to the base card and to the back card. Working your way systematically with all the cards, bind them all together and to each other using this whipping stitch. In my pics my blanket stitch is in deep pink and the whipping stitch is in blue.

05.11.09-Postcard box - inside view

inside view

After the box has been constructed you can pick out details to embellish – that’s just optional. I’m an embellishment kinda gal and will embellish anything in sight, so if you look at my images you’ll see I’ve used sequins, coins and bead trim to jazz up my box. Do what you want and make amazing boxes! :-)