Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Outdoor Bistro Setting

Over the past month I had been working away at this project

weather worn, dirty and rusty
 First had to take it apart.  The cast iron was sanded and sent away for a two pack coating in gloss black.
before sanding
after sanding
 This took many days of work, I hand sanded the whole lot, when I finished that part, then I washed with a deck cleaner.  Wow what a difference doing that made, the wood look almost like new.
Looking almost new.


Now I have a new looking outdoor setting, but when I move this will have to be my dining table for a little while.  I don't think it is going to be very good for sewing projects thought.


Thursday, 8 June 2017

Sewing Corner

It is time I updated what has been happening in the sewing corner.

Completed the May and June projects over at HMFMay was a small zippered (Sweet Pea) pouch, well that caused lots of angst for us, me included, take a long zipper, remove one side and put the slide back in place (easy peasy, yeh right), a few inappropriate words were said.

I used a square from this fabric, which was cut in half cornerwise, making outer and inner pieces for pouch.

Robert Kaufman, The Culture Club's, Dutch Cottage.
The finished pouch, not perfect but good enough.
June's project no zip involved was much easier, especially if you follow the instructions, which was not my strong area.  The mitt had many Unique Design Features, not my term just borrowing it.
Spot the errors mitt.
For my ever expanding wardrobe I made this raglan sleeve top from my op shop fabric.  Fits well and I am very pleased how it looks when wearing it. 

These postcards and card are from my swap partner, I  really enjoyed  looking through the brochures I received.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Op Shopping

I recently volunteered to work at the Lifeline Op Shop.  There was a sign on the doors asking for volunteers to work weekends, makes no difference to me, so I signed up.  Now I work on Saturdays from 9:00am to 2:00pm.  What a mistake joy that is.  I can't help buying more goods can I?  We are allowed three (3) items to purchase on our volunteer days and get a very small discount to boot.

So below is the collection so far.

Summer dress $3.00 a well know brand.

Rugby knit, 2m.

Nylon gauze to make vege bags

Muslin wrap to make this top with dark blue sleeves

Cotton Pullover, for those cool nights.

Cream heavy cotton throw.

Two novels

Four white/cream plates.
This weekend, I am NOT BUYING MORE. 🤣🤣🤣

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Life's Tribulations

It has been quite a period of time since I last posted.  L I F E. 😢

My life seems to be crumbling away bit by bit. Out of the blue my partner of 24 years told me it was over and I need to move out, he is being generous by letting me stay in my home until year's end at the least.  So there it is, no hope of counseling, or trying to repair, finished kaput. 

For now I am still on unpaid leave, but have changed my transfer options and regularly looking and applying for positions.  The desire to return to my workplace is nil, really cannot go back to that environment.  The unfortunate thing is I may have to bite the bullet and return before my extended leave is over.  Unemployment is not an option.

So life goes on.  Have recently started volunteering at a local Op Shop on Saturdays and the occasional Sunday.  It fills in time and I get out of the house, talk to other adults, laugh with the volunteers and pretend that I know what in the heck I am doing.

Plan to get back in to my sewing soon, have such a large stash of fabric that needs to do more than sit in the blanket box.

😼

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

I Made My Clothes

It is Fashion Revolution Week, and I make my clothes.


On 24 April 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed. 1,138 people died and another 2,500 were injured, making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history. That’s when Fashion
Revolution was born. There were five garment factories in Rana Plaza all manufacturing clothing for the western market. The victims were mostly young women.

Quotes and Facts.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Knitted Face Cloths

I bought two books with dishcloth patterns.
First book I am using is the Knit Discloths. So far I have made four of the fifteen patterns.
Split Nine Patch
Arrow Point
Annies Choice

Shoofly
Eleven to go.

These are great little projects that can be  picked up and put down, forgotten about, no harm done. There are always a couple of cloths put away to use as small gifts with a cake of my soap.

What will I do with so many?


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Sewing Corner

A few little things made lately, just to keep my hands and mind busy.

A small dilly bag to carry my phone when out walking, such a nuisance in a pocket or being carried in my hand.

Two coasters made for the "Sewing Project-April" at HMF.  One square, one triangle, made from fabric scraps. These are super easy and a great way to use small scraps.




I saw a top on Pinterest and followed the links of course, and bought this pattern book, has some very lovely tops/dresses can see my ever expanding wardrobe, expand more.

That's all for now.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Reusing...........

About a month ago visited a nearby town, it had been on my todo list since the move.  It was a great morning out and enjoyed the leisurely stroll along the main street.  From the op shop I purchased a single bed doona cover for $3.00, loved the red and pink colours.

From the top part of the cover (red) I made these shorts, it was a new pattern and needed to see how the fit was before using the cotton canvas I purchased.
High waisted fitted pattern and top of doona cover.

Finished.
From the underside I made a popover dress, shortened the armholes, added patch pockets ,in red, and now have a lovely cool popover to wear any season, well almost.
Finished dress

Another op shop find.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Rug, Rain and ..............

March is moving along, and I have been a little distracted the past few weeks.

February was the driest since records have been kept, why did we move? Actually we love it here at the country beach.  Anyway this month there has been so far nearly 100ml of rain and about 50 this past week. Yay.  Lovely green grass instead of that brown crackling turn to dust mess. From the front door.

Looking straight ahead.
Looking to the right.
Have kept working on the vintage baby shawl, it is now finished and soon to be listed in my Etsy store.
Why I have been distracted, well have been helping out here.  This forum opened on Monday of this week, has been a very busy couple of days and such fun.


Saturday, 11 March 2017

Hooking update and soap

The shawl is slowly getting  larger about three quarters of the way.
Today I cut the soap made yesterday, I used up the last of the tallow hiding in the freezer. Practiced making swirls on top, need to refine my technique a little. 7% superfatted with winter on the way, I will need the extra moisture.
9 cakes for our use and 2 for giving to friends to try.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Week 3 and 4

Adding the sleeves and finishing.  Was going to add flutter sleeves, not such a good look.  When I sewed these in they stuck up and out like weird butterfly wings, so out they came very quickly.
Flutter sleeves, cut on the bias.
I really wanted sleeves on this top, so I browsed through my patterns and wardrobe for inspiration.  Found it, a split sleeve, just needed to adjust the pattern a little and it would work.  It did indeed.
Pattern I was adjusting to fit my needs.
Sleeve sewn in.
Here is the finished top, ready to wear once the summer heat starts to fade, I am wondering if that will ever happen.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Rain Please

https://higginsstormchasing.com
Needed so desperately, the ground is dry, the grass is brown and turning to dust, very unpleasant.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Hooking....

Busy hands working on a vintage style baby shawl using acrylic and nylon blend 4ply.
Sitting outside by the pool a cool breeze to keep me company.
Earlier today made black sauce, this will last the Mister about 12 months. Had a little accident while straining so didn't get a full 2 litres.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Sewalong Week One and Two

Forgot to post my progress last week.

Week One

Fabric cut.
Back and Front body
Flutter sleeve
Yoke, back and front

Week Two

Gathering of front and back pieces then attached to yoke.
I used No. 14 stitch to gather.
To break up the busyness of the patterned fabric added red piping.
Stitched and ready for week 3.