Monday, May 25, 2015

Jeans bag

So Owen was throwing out a pair of old jeans and the pocket was just perfect to add to a front of a bag, so after a bit of fiddling about I cam up with this.  I think maybe I should have made the strap longer, but I just kept it simple as I would have had to join two pieces of fabric, so maybe I know for another time....I have more old jeans to work with.

Of course I will be adding a flower in the same fabric as the lining.

I also added a nice big pocket inside as well as the pocket outside being usable.  Finished it with a button just to keep it closed.

Might try one that folds over next time and then button down, keeping it all enclosed.


Gadgets

Well not high tech ones these - but thought I would share, I seem to be addicted to buying little things off the internet that are gizmos!

So I have a 14 in 1 measuring 'tool' which is so simple, but fabulous - already can't do without it.

And these little clips from Clover that you use instead of pins.  I actually have some little clips from Poundland years ago that work quite well as well.

I noticed in our local Martins that there are 10 free with a magazine this month - definitely worth getting as they are not cheap - I think I paid £4 odd for these 10, but they are great for 'craft' sewing.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Indoor weather

I was intending to be in the garden this weekend, but the weather wasn't that favourable, so as I decided to have a day making a 'stock' of little bags, so that it will pay for all the fabric that I have bought, and then I intend to have an experiment with some other things.  So this morning I had go to this stage, a few more have been put 'finished' tonight whilst watching TV.  But I have been hopelessly sidetracked making a bag from a pair of jeans of Owen's (he was throwing them out when he was here at Easter), and the pocket looked like it really should be used.

I will take a picture of my first attempt tomorrow - have to say pleased with the result :)

Monday, May 18, 2015

sedums and succulents

I have been looking at lots of succulents and sedums in various planters on pinterest, I saw these two pots in the Range last week.  I guess they won't last long, but thought worth a go.  I got the drill out and made quite a few holes in the bottom, mixed in loads of grit, and put in these plants.

I am hoping that they will look after themselves in the drier weather, makes a change from the normal pots that I have..



These are the ones that I got last year and they are looking good in these terracotta pots

















And these were sent to me a few years ago by Kath from the forum and they are doing much better here than where I originally put them, I lost the red ones, but these are fine and dandy.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

gardening

I must admit to be a fair weather gardener, I don't seem to get motivated in the garden until things are starting to grow, and then I realise that I should have cut some things down earlier. :)

So this weekend I have been busy in the garden I tackled one of the veggie gardens, I think I may not grow as much this year, I will see how things turn out.

I managed to get this one sorted out quickly, so ready for lettuce plants, toms and a couple of courgettes.  I have grown the courgettes from seed but the rest I will get from the Country Market stall on Thursday.  As you can see the other is full of forget me nots and I will sort that one out next weekend.  They soon lift up and they seem to have kept the other weeds at bay :)  I do find them much easier to sort out since I have had them raised slightly and have a neat edge to them.




Last year I cut this Deutzia – rosea Carminea down by a third, have not given it much love in the last few years, and a big haircut has rewarded me with a spectacular show this year.

Sadly it will only last for a few weeks, but lovely this time of the year when there is not much else in the garden.













This is looking lovely this year it is Choisya - aztec pearl, I even cut some and put in a vase :)
And this little Phlox is looking lovely in the sunshine

Thursday, May 14, 2015

More bags

I know these are more of the same - but thought I ought to show you all so that I can prove I have cut up the fabric!  I did make these on the old machine over the Easter weekend as the weather wasn't so good.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Cards

Just a quick selection of the cards I made this week, all rubber stamped, got the lace, beads and pearls out....so there is an emerging theme!

I need some inspiration, need to make something new as they seem a bit similar to me....where can I get inspiration.




Monday, May 04, 2015

Hearts

I thought I would have a go at sewing hearts, they are harder than you think as you need to get the round bits identical, otherwise you end up with a lopsided heart!

Being my usual self I just have to get it right and then make a template so that I can make them quicker each time.  So I now have two card templates one for the cutting and one for the sewing line that I draw onto the fabric.  I use much smaller stitches on the curves which makes for a smoother finish.

I also tried sewing the ribbon into the middle but it often puckers and so decided the easiest cheat was to sewing the ribbon afterwards, and put on a button as I have a good selection of these!

No idea if they will be liked - but have put lavender in some of them, but not all of them just in case it isn't popular.