Monday, 17 October 2016

in the pink

We had a family get together yesterday. Just our wee family of 5 plus both dogs.

Joanna blew up some balloons.

She had also made some special things to eat. Dummies - although Jason insisted they were called pacifiers ... maybe where he comes from (Canada) but in Scotland, they're called dummies! :oD

Joanna had also made a very special cake! Love her sense of humour!

We're going to be a wee family of 6 in February! Yes, Debbie is expecting our first grandchild!

A baby girl! Wheeeeeeee!!!

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

more appliqués and embroideries

Not much sewing of any kind going on around these parts but I have been doing some embroidering and appliquéing (is that even a word??) on my new machine so I'll show those off. As usual, my fingers are there to give some scale.

I really thought this one would look good on the navy starry background ... but it really doesn't.

I had a go at what's called "in the hoop" embroideries. I really enjoyed making these keyrings and can see myself making more of these.

Other than all those, I've been doing a little knitting - I'll take photos soon - and have started sewing the sashings on to the star blocks so I hope to get that all sewn up and ready for quilting soon.

Oh, I forgot, I finally changed my blog header. I knew it had been there a while but didn't realise I'd made the old one in March 2013. No wonder it was dusty! :oD

Monday, 3 October 2016

stars and trousers

I've now made a total of 25 stars and I think that might be enough for the quilt I'm going to make. The star blocks will each finish at 8" square so that's 40" x 40" if I do them in a 5 x 5 layout. I'm thinking of adding 1½" sashings (finished size) in between so that will make it a wee bitty bigger - about 49" square - big enough for what I want it for. Or rather "who" I want it for!

Here are the last of the stars:

I actually did some dressmaking! Yay! I made myself a pair of trousers in nice olive green colour. This is me taking a photo of myself in the mirror at the bottom of the stairs - the mirror isn't squint! It's the person who took the photo that's a bit off-line! :oD

The waist is elasticated - VERY comfy - and there are pockets. What more does a girl need in trousers??

Because the green ones were so successful, I made a navy pair. Very wearable!

I have plans for a few more pairs of these trousers - the pattern is Jalie 3243 - after all, autumn is definitely here now and that means it's trouser weather again. It was nice to do some dressmaking again. It feels like such a long time since I did any!

Saturday, 24 September 2016

the rusty dog

We're dog-sitting Molly for a few weeks whilst Debbie and Jason have gone back to Canada for a holiday. I noticed the fluff on Molly's neck was becoming discoloured and realised it was coming from her collar. She *loves* going in the sea - mostly to dig up stones from the sea bed - and the metal part of the collar was getting rusty with the sea water ... the photo's not too clear so I put on some arrows to show the rusty bits.

and transferring the rusty colour to her neck! Woops!

So this morning I went up to the pet shop and bought her a new collar with no metal bits on it. She LOVES it! I told her it was a glow-in-the-dark collar and she can't wait until night-time to check it out!

She was a bit bamboozled when I put her old collar on her monster toy!

Fun times whilst dog-sitting! :oD

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

more catching up

Another week gone - another catch-up post. First, I added a bigger pocket to my swimming bag to hold my watch and fitbit when I'm in the pool. I'd left the smaller pocket on that I'd added last week so there was plenty room for both devices this week.

I bought some new towels for the kitchen so I cut up some of the old towels to make cloths. It's funny how they were past their best as towels but are perfect for cloths!

Then it was back to star-making.

Then I played with my new embroidery machine again.

It was our wedding anniversary last Thursday - 37 years!! As I go to Singers on a Thursday evening and so couldn't go out for a meal that night, we decided to go out for morning snack instead. My cheesey scone was most delicious! Who needs fancy food to celebrate 37 years? Not us! :oD

I treated myself to a blouse out of Asda's this week. I tried it on and was delighted that it fit me so decided I would change the buttons. 12 buttons later, I was ironing the blouse to put it in the wardrobe when I noticed this hole in the sleeve just above the cuff. Aaaargh!

There was no way I could take the blouse back - apart from having to change all 12 buttons back to the original ones, I'd taken off the tags. As I said "Aaaaaargh!".

I pondered a few solutions - darning the hole, patching the hole, making the sleeves shorter, covering the hole with something. But what? Another button? How about an embroidery? Like this?

That was supposed to be a test piece but I decided it would actually be better - and probably easier - just to attach that wee piece over the hole. So that's what I did. I also ironed on a piece of cloth interfacing on the back. I'm actually quite chuffed with it. Nobody else who buys that blouse will have one like mine!

But, you can bet I'll be checking any further purchases very carefully!