pinnies and pencil cases

Much later typing this than I planned. Spent most of yesterday in the garden – a bit of tidying up straggly plants, sweeping leaves and lifting turf where we plan to put raised beds. I confess that my arms rather gave out – it’s hard work! – and I left Mark and his dad lifting turf and his mum picking up leaves and went to make soup and put together bacon butties. Foolishly I decided to do some sewing in the afternoon, planning to do the last hour’s work turf-lifting this morning, but today has been wet all day! It did however, mean I could do more sewing and make some more jam jar snow scenes today.

First, however, my lovely neighbours whose house backs on to ours kindly agreed to model some of my aprons – thank you! I had a really nice time, chatting away and drinking tea (and their little girl is so fab, I might see if I can borrow her sometime if she perhaps fancies decorating gingerbread houses for Christmas…my nieces are all far too old for such things these days). Unfortunately, I clearly was paying too much attention to the foreground (and the chatting…I do like a bit of a chat!) and realised when I looked at the photos that quite a few have my bags and the other aprons messing up the background. Some judicious cropping has resulted in some usable photos, but I must concentrate more another time.

Yesterday’s sewing took the form of a couple of pencil cases. I love this Star Wars fabric and had seen a pencil roll for coloured pencils and wanted to have a go. I think I will change the design a little another time, but it’s quite fun. Sorry about the poor quality photos – should have taken them earlier in the day!

coloured pencil roll
coloured pencil roll
pencil roll
pencil roll
pencil case
pencil case

Today’s bit of rain-induced sewing was a larger version of the Autumn artist trading card (ATC) I did for the Very Berry Handmade ATC swap – another ATCer liked it and asked if I would make her one too (and what’s more she is making me one in return!).

bigger version of the little dog Autumn ATC
bigger version of the little dog Autumn ATC

Finally, a thank you to the Book People – not only are the books I ordered as Christmas presents really nice, the cats really appreciate the box!

oh cute!
oh cute!
cats in a box
cats in a box

some like it hot…

Some like it hot…and some don’t. I am one of the latter. Don’t get me wrong, I like sunshine as much as the next (wo)man; I just don’t like it hot. Give me a cold, icy day with blue skies and sunshine and long Winter shadows and I am as happy as a pig inĀ  muck. Once the temperature gets much above 20C, I start to wilt and with temperatures at the moment closer to 30C, I turn in to the wicked witch of the west country – bad attitude and cries of “I’m melting, I’m melting!”

Everything is taking me longer than usual, but I have been surprised to find that keeping making things takes my mind off the far too hot weather and reduces my whingeing. So I have been quite busy…

1) a herd of seahorses. Actually, ‘herd’ is far too dull a word for seahorses. I understand they move through water through the undulation of their dorsal fin, so I reckon the collective noun should be an undulation of seahorses. What do you think?

an undulation of seahorses
an undulation of seahorses

I think I will add ribbon loops to the seahorses so they can be hung in wardrobes or from doorhandles. Good idea?

2) I have also returned to the granny’s flower garden patchwork we did with Scrapiana at the Bath WI craft workshop. I sew the little hexagons made from Liberty of London lawn by hand which means I can sit in the living room with Mark and nod and smile as he tells me what England has to do to beat Australia at cricket (I understand cricket about as well as I understand Mandarin). At the workshop we sewed together seven hexagons (I used some of Scrapiana’s Kaffe Fassett fabric) which back home I turned in to a pincushion. I use it all the time, and thought it might be something other people might like too. This one I backed with my favourite sage green cotton with white polka dots (it came from a Bath pop-up shop, and I will be very sad once it has all been used up).

Liberty lawn granny's flower garden pincushion
Liberty lawn granny’s flower garden pincushion

3) while I had the Liberty fabric to hand, I decided to make a little pencil case too…

Liberty lawn pencil case
Liberty lawn pencil case

 

4) …and to add another piece of granny’s flower garden patchwork to a larger bag (for make-up or, in my case, sewing machine bobbins). I love this purple fabric, printed with script and highlights of twinkling gold. Don’t try telling me that ‘all that glisters is not gold’, I am a total magpie for anything sparkly.

granny's flower garden make-up purse
granny’s flower garden make-up purse

 

Determined to open my shop this week

Now then, I am determined to sew my heart out Monday and Tuesday and then spend Wednesday and Thursday (and maybe Friday) working out prices and postage and taking product photos so I can open an Etsy.com shop at the end of the week! I think it only right to celebrate with a giveaway; just need to decide what…