Oh my, this has been a long time coming! All this time for a few lavender bags. Well now I can show you Amanda's stall. I've been waiting to do that. I love her stall almost as much as I love her. She has candy striped sheets, rose pattern china, cards made from vintage postcards, bunting, all things vintage...well everything that I love. She is also one of the nicest people I have ever met plus she agreed to sell my lavender bags. Oh yes, the lavender bags.
I have made small lavender bags from old embroideries. That's some of them in the pink wicker basket looking 'just right' on Amanda's stall. They have a sachet of French lavender inside and are secured with a button. Even the thread I used is vintage, taken from my stash. I have added another page on my side bar ( ~ UPDATE:: I've sold out! Thank you. I will update again on Thursday with a few more) which details the ones I have for sale. I decided not to use Etsy at the moment, and to just use my blog. I have put 10 lavender bags in my 'shop' (that still makes me laugh) but do have many more to add, as and when.
Gosh, I'm nervous! We had a lovely time in Ludlow but I've had a tooth problem since we arrived back which has somewhat taken the shine out of my 'home alone' time. The children have gone back to school but I have another week...oh the ecstasy, well it would be without this temporary filling that wont even let me bite properly. Hey, just thought, this might make me eat less...mmm, there is always a silver lining isn't there!
What do most British citizens do on the last summer bank (public) holiday of the year? Especially when (*shock*) the sun was shining and one lives a mile or so from the sea? That's right you stay indoors and avoid those horrendous traffic jams and start preparing for Christmas. I vowed then and there last December, to be prepared this year and to start in August - and I have been true to my word!
And now I'm giving the game away and my loved ones will see their gifts, still hopefully by December they'll have forgotten. I'm having such a wonderful time making my "secret" presents as I have completely taken over the dining room and have every surface covered with a jumble of embroideries, ric-rac and vintage buttons.
I have even taken the nerve wracking step of organising an my own Etsy shop though I'm not sure I'm bold enough to sell anything yet but I'll let you know if I do. Meanwhile it's back to the charity shops for supplies and then on to spend my last weekend of the school holidays in perfect sewing bliss.
Thank you to all of you who sent Lucy birthday wishes - I think she was secretly delighted that I had shown you her legs but she never would admit it! Also Cece, I laughed so much at the "classy" part of your comment - my mother will be thrilled!!
I hope you don't mind if I skip number 5 from my list as I'm sure you're not really that interested in me feeding my plants ~ and anyway, I haven't even done it! No, I thought I would move onto more exciting things like sewing. Now, the last time we went to Ludlow (in February) I found this Green Gate single duvet cover reduced to £18 from £40 something! "Woo hoo!" you would have heard me cry as I snatched it up quickly. I have spent the last 4 months deciding what to do with it as I didn't want to use it for the girls (selfish Mummy that I am!) and I didn't want to cut it up either. So..
I made it into a bed cover and added some wide crochet lace along the sides. I have become very fond of lace trimmed bed covers after seeing 2 wonderful pictures, this one from Comfortable Country by Enrica Stabile.
The other picture I will show you another day (can't find it!) along with the most wonderful bed cover (a real vintage one that I didn't have to make!) I bought when I went to Salisbury in March. It is in the wash at the moment but I promise I'll show you it blowing on the washing line.
I have a slight problem now though, I've got 2 more single duvet covers and have now run out of wide lace. No luck on ebay unless I am not searching in the right place but I'll keep looking. It's a sewing day for me tomorrow (yay!) and I'm thinking about making a lamp shade cover to go over the plain white one in my corner of the sittingroom. It's another job I've been meaning to do.
Any tips will be gratefully received..!
Here is the last and final ruffled cushion. Phew, I hear you sigh..me too as those frills take ages to do. Though thank you Vonne for your comment about using the invisible thread with a zig zag stitch. I bought some of the thread today so when I can muster up the energy I'll try with that and report back! Thank you too for the links on using the ruffler - I'll manage to do it one day I'm sure!
This is the back. Being a sucker for punishment I did an extra frill down the edge of one of the back pieces and covered buttons fasten it all together. I bought the deep pink gingham from ebay. I have a huge piece - like a sheet - so it probably will turn up on most things I make for the next few years!
So that's my summer cushions done...just wish we had some summer...!
The list has almost been accomplished, just some phone calls to make and a visit to Lyme Regis hopefully tomorrow (please God no more rain..)
Now number 1 on my list was to work some magic on this old table that was no longer used at school. We have sadly neglected using our little brick patio for eating and this old table was just what we needed. It has taken a few weeks to have some sunny weather/time but in between the heavy shower...ta da..
I painted the legs and sides with white exterior gloss and covered the top with Green Gate oil cloth. Gosh, the patio looks good - can the camera lie? I think so! In some photos things just seem to look good.
I have even found the time to do extra painting, like paint our bed only to discover that I didn't like the shade of green and had to do it all over again only to discover that I didn't like the other shade of green and had to dash to the shop to have more paint made up only to discover that I didn't like that shade of green so asked for more to be made up bought that came home and didn't like that either...and breathe!!! I ended up using the second green which "hardly looks any different to what it was before" says Lucy (correctly!) " aahh," I say, "but it's now a gloss finish!" She shook her head and walked away. Well she tried to but was hindered by our king size mattress and all the relevant bedding spread all over the house for the last 2 days! Anth and I have slept on our mattress on the sittingroom floor. Such fun, I love to do things like that but Anth has only complained that it has given him a bad back though Alfie enjoyed a new place to nap...but who on earth designs these hideous mattress covers??
Can you even tell it's a new green?! Hardly, but that hasn't deterred me and I'm on a mission to find that right shade of green.
More from my list next time..
I've spent nearly 4 days at my sewing machine. 4 days! All those projects, big and small that have been going around in my head for months have finally been allowed to escape and reach my finger tips. I will show you this week in a few posts rather than bore you in one enormous one.
Here is the first cushion. Both cushions I made have a frill around and I think just making those took the most time. My rather basic machine jams every few inches and because I so love frills (gosh, does that make me officially "girlie?" Hope not - as even though I love pretty things I have a raucous sense of humour that's not remotely girlie!) ) I bought a ruffler foot (??) for my machine. Huh! I have absolutely no idea how to attach it - let alone use it. Infact I can't even work out which way up it goes! Who knows how effective it would have been if I had known how to use it, instead
I just persevered for hours. But I think it was worth it. I think my little frill makes it. Now, I do have a another problem with my cushions. They take quite a battering by the family. They are bent in half, thrown on the floor, sat upon, used as handy stepping stones, used as a cat's bed as well as a handy weapon...the list is endless...and I'm always horrified that no one seems to be able to use them properly. With that in mind, I walked into the sittingroom this rainy Sunday and came across this..
..my day old cushion already being put to good use. Well - at least it's not bent in half..yet!
Oh thank you, thank you for showering me with such kind comments about my hair (unfortunately it doesn't look quite the same now! Why can't I ever get it looking like they do?) and my bag. I am loving it - a new hair do and a new bag can set up a girl for the week ahead. And today the sun is out...hmm..had to spend it at school but never mind.
This is what I made on Sunday. The first of my summer cushions. It is made from a Green Gate tea towel (no surprise there!) that I bought when I went to Salisbury after my mother came out of hospital.
I used this green lace. Mmmm green (so Homer Simpson but I just love green.) The back is more green - but spotty green Green Gate! Ha, try and get your head around that at 5pm on a Tuesday. Though it's only one more day at work for me (how lucky am I??) and then it will be sewing Thursday and cushion # 2.
Now you must excuse me, the sun is shining, dinner is on and my garden is calling...
Oh what a lovely few days I've had. I really have. Thursday was hairdresser day and a spontaneous meal out with Anth and Friday was a sewing day. A special day of sorts. I have 2 things that belonged to my late grandmother Lorna, a small vanity case and a 50's vintage knitting bag. She died in 1962 and I was born at the end of 1963. She was an actress, trained at RADA and I inherited her tiny feet and dramatic ways, and now so has Alice. I have always been fascinated by her and would have given anything to meet her and one day I will do a post on her and my grandfather, who was an actor too. But on Friday I finally made a new tote from Lorna's knitting bag.
I say finally because it is something I have been planning to do for many months but something has always got in the way so at last I settled down on Friday with my Evoke radio (with it's recorded Radio Devon phone-in shows) my sewing machine, a mug of tea and set to work.
A bag I made, with a lining and pockets for ipods and mobiles and wondered what Lorna would make of those gadgets. Infact what was a surprise to me was just how much I felt 'connected' to my beloved grandmother as I worked with her bag to turn it into my bag. To use something that had been hers was such a privilege. And later as I proudly took it out on it's first trip into town I hoped, that she was looking down and smiling.
Here it is. My week old ripple. It's grown quite quickly and it is surprisingly addictive. I haven't yet had to buy any more wool but will probably have to soon. I'm following the Soft Waves pattern from the Jane Eaton 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns book. So I'm a woman with no less than 3, yes three, crochet blankets on the go at the same time. Oh dear, what does that make me? Impulsive. Easily bored. Perhaps, but so what! I'll do whatever one takes my fancy on any particular day. Wow, how's that for a full and exciting life! How rock and roll is this 43 year old?!
Don't answer that..!!!
Before you ask, no I haven't made this! Shame. It is from this book.
The ISBN number is 1-85585-641-7 though I'm not sure if it is still in print. I cannot even remember (very unlike me) where I found it, but I have had this project in my head for many months now.
What a wonderful way to use up old embroidered tray cloths/tablecloths which might have otherwise seen better days. The patches on this cushion cover are machine zigzagged together by using invisible monofilament thread. Now this is something I've never used in my machine before and I can imagine it must be a nightmare! But what a clever lady Janet is. The rest of the book has other beautiful projects but it is this one that has inspired me most. I do try to use my old embroideries.
This bag I made a while ago. Ahem, don't look too closely at the sewing!
And these are some of my covered Inspiration books. And remember the bunting I made, I've got yards and yards of it and I'm very bad at putting it out! Umm, that's naughty as my machine seized up with the workload of trying to get it ready for the Lucy and Alice's baptism. What a dreadful waste..
(Note to self..have more celebrations...)
As we have been talking about crochet blankets recently I suddenly remembered a blanket, knitted many moons ago by myself and my mother. It has been at the back of the wardrobe and forgotten about. It was made when Lucy was a baby (14 years ago...14!!) and I got the pattern from a children's knitting book. Alas, I don't remember it's title and I have only found half of the pattern! Don't ask me why there's only half.
Each large square is made up of 4 smaller squares which are knitted in garter stitch (plain) throughout. The magic is that by increasing twice in the middle of every alternate row, the pattern 'bends' in the middle. We used cotton yarn and changed colour every 4th row - I think! Gosh, it was along time ago. I know that before you start on your second colour you should have 12 stitches but don't remember how many to cast on!
I'm a great help aren't I?! Sorry. News on my mother is good. She is still in hospital, in great pain but I think improving. I say think as I am unable to talk to her for long as the telephone by her bed costs 50p per minute. I also am not able to visit her yet as we have a German exchange student staying with us, and I feel I should be here with her. She is lovely. Lucy stayed with her last year. It is now our turn to host but I have found the experience stressful. I have never had a total stranger stay in our home before and it has really made me examine our home and family life. Our home is so small and I have felt very conscious of this (and our shower-less bathroom with it's green suite. Ugh). All these questions have been going through my mind - do we watch too much TV? have I got too many floral things? Is our food healthy enough? Is our only car too old and in need of a good clean inside and out?Are 2 long-haired cats too many? Are we friendly enough without bombarding the poor child with questions spoken in a slow and pronounced way? Do I sleep too long in the mornings? Do I love Chris Martin too much (well, I think that everyday regardless!!) and should I take down my little shrine to him on the fridge door? Does my enormous pile of magazines look bizarre? Does she hate my scented oils that I burn on the light bulbs? Do I drink too much tea? Where should we take her?
The poor girl went out last night with Lucy and her friends to Pizza Hut only to walk out and bump into a stag night with one of the men noisily vomiting all over the street. Yobbish English culture at it's worst. I felt so ashamed and this was only at 7.15 pm..I sort of feel I have to show all of England at it's best and that is a large burden to carry on a Friday night in Torquay, I tell you!
As you can see, I worry! I know that none of what I'm fretting about is important but it is an interesting experience looking at your life through a stranger's eyes. And yes, maybe it's a good thing and I had better go and make a start on those magazines..
I'm a day late in posting but I do have a very good excuse - more of that later on. First, I would like to show you my week's work. Yes, it does seem to take me ages to actually finish something, and yes, I so yearn to be like some wonderful bloggers who seem to start and finish many things in an evening! Well this time I'm actually very pleased with how these have turned out..you see I finally learned how to sew narrow lace evenly onto a cushion! It has always been a rather hit and miss affair as I would sandwich it in between and hope for the best. Now I know that you sew it onto one side and then use that stitching as a guide for when you put it all together! How dumb have I been all these years? It was only after very careful studying of another bought cushion that I realised what to do! Yay! They look just as 'good' as bought ones.
Again, they were made from Green Gate tea towels and a napkin. Lucy told me that you would all think I was crazy because, .."you always use the same pattern. How boring!" Umm isn't all the same pattern and it is a totally different colour! Maybe you do think I'm weird but I still love them especially the brown winter colours which tone so well with this..
..oh the bliss. Now not all has been bliss in our household. Alfie has been and still is poorly. He has, to put it nicely, a bad tummy which has had me cleaning 'it' up every 2 hours since Saturday. I took him to the vet yesterday and we left with some antibiotics (and I was nursing a scratch) and joined Anth and his work colleague in the car to drive the lady home when he promptly decided to poop all over himself in his cat carrier. The smell made us turn around and I was rapidly dropped at home with one smelly cat dreading to open the carrier to see what faced me! He has been staved but still isn't better. I'm hoping the medicine will kick in soon.
It's not all doom and gloom. Look at them now! It didn't take long for Posy to stop hissing but I think she is quite shocked by his behaviour as I popped into town for 25 minutes this morning and came back to discover that Alfie had jumped from the ironing board ( not put away!) onto our mantlepiece and smashed the green candlestick I bought in the summer..and it was my favourite. She also witnessed him singeing his fur and whiskers on the hob!
If this is what he's like when he is poorly I feel we have alot in store in the coming months and years! I can't say I wasn't warned!
Hee hee..this picture never fails to make me laugh though I know I shouldn't! Here are my poor, neglected,bored children waiting for me to finish browsing (or should I say, drooling!) in a shop in Shaftesbury that sells mostly Green Gate. Just look at Tom's face - what a poor chap sitting amidst all that loveliness!
I hasten to add that no children were harmed in the taking of this photograph and very soon we were on our way to Granny & Poppa's where the above children were spoilt rotten. They stayed in Salisbury for 5 nights (the longest A & I have ever been without them!) and Anth and I went home via Bath to do the rest of the painting.
I will post my pictures later next week as I should be packing now to go to Ludlow for a few days. I have spent all day making curtains for the dining room.
You may have noticed that they are the same as our bedroom -- Laura Ashley were having a huge sale so they were the cheapest option (which appeases Anth somewhat..phew!).
Well, here are the painted floorboards -- a long time in the thinking, planning, sanding and painting. I think the house looks good, it has certainly 'opened up' the rooms; but time will tell I suppose as to whether this was a good idea. I'm not sure if I should paint the doors now! Gee it never stops!
Stop, I must. We will be back on Sunday or Monday and then I promise more posting, more frequently and fingers crossed for more treasures to share with you too.
I can't quite believe that it has been so long since I have last posted - I hope you will forgive me because the time to paint the floorboards has arrived! It has been a week of sanding, sleeping where we can, painting and dust! Have I mentioned the word stress? No, well take it from me we have seemed to lurch from one thing to the other. It started last weekend with the hiring of an industrial sander and edger. The last words the hireman said to me when I went to pick up the machines was, "Good luck, you're going to need it!" It took hours to cover everything and empty the rooms. We were going quite well until I heard the light fitting fall down in the hall ..Anth then said calmly that he had had an accident...I went upstairs to find that he had sucked up a large dust sheet into the drum of the sander which then had wrapped around so much that it was completely jammed and unable to move at all. Lucy then came to tell me that the telephone wasn't working and that meant no internet too, plus Justine was in labour and I wanted to be contactable....Urghhh!!
To cut (huh!) a long story short..it took 90 minutes and my best sewing scissors to cut and cut through the dust sheet..terrified that we would have to pay a few hundred pounds to replace the machine..finally I cut it free and we were able to carry on. I can't tell you the relief -- even now a week later I still feel traumatized by that! The telephone needed a new cable which I replaced but we have so many extensions it took ages trying to find the right one. The dust was not as bad as I thought it was going to be but when I took the machines back on Monday morning I had to agree that I was glad to see the back of them but so grateful I wasn't taking back a sander wrapped in a dust sheet!
So, now starts the painting part. I have painted the dresser in the same green as it was before but this time in a gloss finish. Yesterday I started the floor in our bedroom. As I put the first strokes of the white floor paint on the floorboards the white was suddenly streaked with a yellow colour - it looked just like someone had done a wee in the snow!! I just didn't know what to do so rang the paint company and they told me that because we had left small traces of wood stain still on the boards (I thought it would be ok as we were painting them after all) it probably had creosote in it and that was why it was turning yellow. We had sanded the entire house, apart from 2 rooms, and the only solution was to sand again and this time take every last bit off. I was so upset to say the least. So yesterday I found myself at the hire man's shop and the only thing available was a small belt sander. This stupid machine kept slipping and making the sand paper move out of position every few seconds. In the end we have just sanded by hand and if the paint turns yellow we found that we just do 2 coats.
Here is our bedroom awaiting a second coat which I will do next. I think it looks absolutely wonderful..I so love the painted floor thing and am so excited that it finally looks like it will be ok. Sorry this has been such a long post, devoid of loveliness -- but wait. What's that? Yes, I did do some sewing before this sanding milarky and I made a peg bag for my clothes pegs. I had seen a lovely Green Gate peg bag but wasn't going to spend £15 so with a £5 tea towel I made a similar one. What do you think?
I know, I know you haven't heard from me for awhile but I have been doing my course and not much else...I know that I shouldn't have spent all my half term painting and sewing - and now I'm paying for it. I have to have completed 4 (at least) assignments by this Friday and it is taking me ages to finish though today I feel at last that I can see a small chink of light at the end of this tunnel. I'm really not cut out to do study - does it take others so long I wonder?! When I look at what I have done I'm pleased with it ..but does it take 8 hours or longer to do one task!! I keep changing it and rearranging!
My last 'job' last week before I returned to my studies was to add some cerise lace and shorten a Cath K hand towel.
This now is our new bath mat!
Please accept my apologies to not returning e-mails etc and I promise in a week or three I hopefully will be back to normal...ummm...me normal...I'll rephrase...back to sewing, shopping, hunting (treasure of course), painting, laughing, my camera, reading, Coldplay (yeah I've gone at least 3 days without losing myself in Chris' beautiful songs) gardening...me!
Yesterday I managed to do some sewing and used the tea towel I had bought the other week to make a cushion.
Excuse the dark photo. The frill is made again from Laura Ashley and the back is made from 2 very old linen tea towels that I had picked up in my thrifting for 10 pence.
The ties are made from the few inches I had spare from the front piece so I have used the entire thing without any waste. Gosh, I feel good when I can recycle and make something new/beautiful/useful from things that had been discarded! I don't know about you but my family are particularly 'rough' with cushions...I'm forever repairing, washing and nagging at them to treat them carefully and not to sit on them but against them! I have ordered the 2 Green Gate cushions that were on my list but there is a wait because they have sold out, so meantime this one will suffice! Though I don't give it long until I have to do a repair - and no it isn't the children who are the worst culprits...yeah you've guessed it it's my very own husband!
In 1982 I discovered lace making. I had recently finished college (I was 18 years old) and hadn't shown any interest in crafting as such, though I had a friend who was particularly talented with her sewing and I was inspired to create bags and cushions etc like she did but I did not have a machine so sewed slowly by hand! During that time I saw a night class for Honiton Lace Making and I went along and it soon awakened the need to create and make (sewing, knitting, patchwork, crochet,embroidery,cross-stitch) - something that I have to do on a daily basis.
He hand painted each bobbin with your name and the date. I can't remember how much they cost (it can't have been much as I was a poor ex-student!) and now I am kicking myself for not buying more as they were exquisite as you can see. The size of the bobbin is about 6cm - so small for such detail. I made a small leaf and a flower (of course!) which I subsequently gave to my mother.
I moved to London and joined another class. This time I learnt Torchon lace. I much prefer this type of lace making because the bobbins that one uses for this type are, in my opinion, much more interesting. They have beads, called spangles, attached by wire to the end of the bobbin to give it a bit of weight to keep the threads taunt. I discovered that you could buy/find old bobbins made of bone that had names, proverbs and messages of love engraved upon them. So there started my first collection!
I enjoyed making this type of lace as it was less fine and grew a bit quicker!
Soon after I started Torchon lace I was desperate to start Bucks point lace but I had met my darling Anth by then, had gotten married and was living in New Zealand, along way from English lace.
Whilst living there I joined the NZ Lacemakers Guild (I think that is what it was called) and met with fellow lacemakers and continued to make lace, though this wasn't a class as such, it was lovely to sit and chat and look at each others work.
When we came back to Britain I had already discovered knitting and patchwork and could only find a class that did Honiton lace (it was the Devon link!) so unfortunately my lace has been put to one side for many years.
I brought it down from the attic to show the children the other day and thought I would take some pictures to share with you.
I think the reason that I have not picked it up again is that I can't think of what to do with the lace when I finish it. It is so fine and there are only so many lace edged hankies a girl can have!
I still look out for bobbins. I just adore the look of them and the history behind each one. Take a look at this...aren't they lovely?
Here are my lace pillows - one has an unfinished bookmark on it. The other is a hankerchief edging. I might one day finish them - who knows!
I thought I would show you my current project. I started this sampler about 4 years ago - actually, I don't even know if that is correct - well lets just say a long time ago! I have put it aside many times
to start something else, but after finishing my other one a few weeks ago, decided that I must finish this. I always feel guilty when I start a project and then never finish it - this cross-stitch in particular cost alot of money as I had to buy over 30 embroidery silks (in the UK the DMC threads are about 60p a skein - let me know, out of interest, how much you pay in your country!) so I feel obliged to finish. Gosh, obliged that in itself sounds awful doesn't it!
This is how far I have gotten. I plan to put it in the girls' bedroom, whenever that gets done, aah..don't get me going on that!
This is the book the chart is in.
So - that's the latest thing I am doing though I do have that urge to knit! Talking of unfinished projects I have a very wonderful cardigan that I started for Alice...but that's another story!
I am such a fan of Mollychicken. Her blog was the very first blog that I came across before I knew anything about the blogging scene. Her work astounds me, and what's more she is very generous in sharing tutorials so anyone can have a go at making what she has so expertly done!
This is my Fabric Flower made following her excellent instructions. You need to scroll down nearly to the bottom (I bet you can't resist to stop and look at the other lovely things before you get to the flower!). Mine certainly could be improved upon but I think make a lovely little present. I have pinned mine onto my bag.
Here it is all finished and ready to use! I have this funny feeling that perhaps I have built this whole episode up abit too much and you all were expecting something abit more... well... special! My main point was that doing something as ordinary as this still took ages to complete!
Worse thing is it looks a bit out of focus - and it is a sunny day so I don't know what happened there! This side is intended to be the front - the fabric is an discontinued Laura Ashley called 'Ditsy' and I am making a few cushions to go on our bed so that is why I am sort of following a theme with the colours.
This is the other side. More Laura Ashley!
This was intended to be the back but I think it might be nicer than the front - still that's the beauty of it, I can mix and match! Funny how things don't always turn out how you thought they would..
Now I am basking in that wonderful feeling I get when I have made something and it is finished and it's finally in it's place, all ready to use. I look at it with pleasure and somehow the troubles of making it and the cat's muddy paw prints are so easily forgotten...
I thought I would show you my new book before I show you tomorrow the cushion I made.
I will put it in my books sidebar. I've had a sewing day today but realised why, when I do sew, it takes me so long to finish things - meaning a simple job can take all day and before I know it the children are back from school and the table is taken up with their homework. I have always wanted my own sewing room but today realised that if my fabric was (neatly!) folded and in one place along with my trimmings/threads/scissors/pins etc and my machine was permanently assembled and not hidden in a cupboard - I would be much quicker with my creations! The reality is that I have fabric stashed in every room, hidden under beds and when I want to make something I have to pull it all out from everywhere, then I spend ages matching colours and patterns, then ages working out how to do it, have another cup of tea, start to sew leaving the house in a terrible mess - then the children are home and I have to pack up and Alice will ask why there is such a mess because the place looks as if we have had burglars!
Today I started my cushion at about 10.30am..the fabric was already chosen and cut out so that meant only one small pile of material on the sitting room floor! I then had to take the car to get a tyre fixed. Back home I laid it all out on the floor - Posy who was sitting outside (all for 4 mins!) wanted to come in...I opened the door and in she ran with muddy paws all over the white fabric...washed the footprints off....etc!
It was finished at 6.50pm! It's quite simple but what a marathon! I am so amazed at the creativity of ladies whose blogs I read, their work is outstanding and what they achieve daily (and with younger children) is incredible.
Actually - thinking about it , my lack of space cannot be used as an excuse, it's probably more like my lack of organisation! Still, I can dream about my own sewing room and in the meantime enjoy what I do create even if it takes me all day!
Take 1 tea towel...
Add a frill...
Put it all together and you have...
I bought this tea towel on Saturday and so fell in love with it. It is from a company from Copenhagan/Denmark called Green Gate which I probably like better (if truth be known) than Cath Kidston! It is expensive, so I hardly have much from them , and it is very hard to find stockists in the UK - but it is so lovely and I prefer the faded colours they produce - look more vintage in my opinion.
Anyway my tea towel was £5 and I couldn't resist and also couldn't bear to think of it drying dishes so my Saturday afternoon was spent at my sewing machine - yup fire on, radio on, husband watching the rugby, and children occupied...bliss!
Needless to say I am thinking of shortening the frill as I feel that it is too long - that will mean a huge unpicking - so I will wash it first and wait for another Saturday!
This is a picture that I did for Alice about 14 months ago which is still waiting to be framed - like most of my finished samplers! We are changing the girl's bedroom and my idea is to have this above Alice's bed and sew a different one for Lucy - my next project. My wish is to have black metal beds (dream would be old, antique! Dream on girl!) with a selection of quilts/eiderdowns on the top! But I'm having a problem finding any I like. I want them to have a foot board and to be a single bed size. Unfortunately we only have a 3 bedroom house so the girls have to share a room and now that we are getting rid of their bunk beds I realised just how hard it will be getting twin beds to fit. As it is we will have to build a wardrobe between the chimney breast and wall. I was then going to cover the clothes with a curtain - yippee more vintage fabric to source! Actually it will be a big project and I'm trying to get enough courage to start..I'm just scared of choosing the right beds..it's hard when you are doing it online.
Anyway today has been good though I'm trying hard to forget that I didn't win tickets to see Coldplay in the Abbey Road Studios who are playing as I write!! We (me, Lucy, Anth, & Matthew my brother) did see them in December at Earls Court. I really love their music and at the moment don't listen to much else. We had rubbish seats at the back but one day we will get closer - fingers crossed!
There was great excitement in this house last night - the first episode of 24 (5th series) was screened and we are going to watch it tonight! We have so enjoyed all the other series and we didn't know until recently that there was a 5th one. My other T.V passion is the Waltons - that is my favourite all time programme and I have now got Lucy into it! I'm waiting for the 2nd series to come out on DVD in this country but meanwhile the Hallmark channel repeats them..bliss..life was so much more uncomplicated then and the real values in life were celebrated. Would I be able to live without my computer and camera though- mmm no washing machine either? Oh well the thought is good!
Well the television is calling, or should I say Jack Bauer!
Well the paint has dried - good gracious doesn't gloss paint take an age to dry - and at last there is somewhere to put my underwear - thank you family for stepping over bags of socks, knickers, and the special top bedside drawer bits! The picture isn't particularly in focus and I did choose the sunniest 5 minutes but something isn't right..I'm loath to use the flash as it is so harsh.
Today I even managed to sew and finally made that pillowcase that I had been yearning to do.
The fabric is from Laura Ashley , it is an old one that they have brought back again and I really love it. I made a lamp shade in it too. That was a first! The striped pillowcase is from a charity shop - infact all my pillowcases are, though I don't tell everybody as some people would never stay at our house again!
Today is the first day that everybody has been better though the sound of coughing can be heard every few minutes! Lucy has just taken part in a competition in public speaking. It has taken the whole afternoon and I am so proud of her. They were in teams of 3 - a speaker, chairperson and a vote of thanks. She had been chosen at school to be the speaker and had decided to do the 6 minute speech on Fairtrade. I was so nervous for her but she was brilliant and their team came 2nd. She spoke clearly and loudly which many of the others didn't. Well done darling!
We also got Tom's report on Friday and that was good - what is more important to Anth and I is the childrens' attitude towards their work and teachers. They may not be high flyers but manners and consideration for others is what we strive for in our family.
I have noticed the last few days a destinct feeling of spring in the air. The shoots of my daffodils are poking through and there are buds on my honeysuckle. Even though I am a winter girl it does gladden the heart when there is a freshness all about. Living in the south west of England, and especially on the coast, we do have quite a mild climate compared to the rest of Britain.