Friday, June 15, 2018

Purse size


Or shopping size


Now that plastic shopping bags will no longer be available at the end of the month it will be necessary to have reusable bags available at all times and while I do have a good supply of fabric shopping bags none of them can be folded up and tucked into a pocket on the front keeping them neat and tidy in my handbag.   This problem was solved today when I made the above bag and of course I could not stop at one.      I have had this aqua fabric in my stash for quite sometime and I thought it would make a pretty bag and even better  as it is the colour for this month's Rainbow Scrap challenge. 


And after making these two another 3 were cut out.  As you can see they are all pinned where necessary and the plan is to sew these up tomorrow.


Thanks Wendy for hosting another fun FNSI.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Third time lucky

My walking companions and I have been washed out  twice over the last couple weeks when we tried to do the walk from Mosman to Balmoral but today was the ideal walking day....not hot, no strong cold wind or rain.   On with the walking shoes and packed in our bags were water bottles, an apple, some nuts and  a camera of course to capture our adventure.    The sign shows the beginning of the walk.  Normally I am travelling on the Manly ferry but today I was able to see it as it crossed the harbour and the third photo shows one of the many secluded bays along the harbour front.


Time to get out the book of directions and have a rest before we climbed the next lot of stairs.   One of the many lovely sandstone rock formations that we passed along the way.    I was able to make it to the top of the stairway and took advantage of the seat facing straight out through the Sydney Heads to have a sit down and a quick snack before the descent  which will take us down to our destination.  


The descent took us 15 mins of walking down stairs which can be seen in the photo below.    We are about one quarter of the way down at this point.     Our destination - Balmoral Beach and our reward of fish and chips for lunch.   We all felt we earned it after walking for 2 and a half hours.    I have never walked up and down sooooo many steps in one day.


Fortunately there was a bus stop just across the road  which took us to the top of the hill and then it was out of that bus and into another one for the ride home.  

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Monday, June 11, 2018

A wet long weekend

We have been without rain for such a long, long time and once it started it has not stopped.    With all that dampness and lack of sunshine we have little clumps of toadstools popping up all over the garden.


Seeing that it has been far too wet and cold to do any outdoor activities like gardening so what better way to spend a long wet weekend than warm and dry in my sewing room.   Each year my quilting group does a  charity project and this year we are making library bags for students in underprivileged countries.   The group was divided into cutters, side seam sergers and I ended up in the group that was forming the casings for the drawstrings to be threaded through.   Each of us were given around 20 bags to work on.



My pile is now ready to be handed over to the  drawstring threaders.   I have also been given fabric to become one of the cutters so we vary the tasks between us.  

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Can you see it??????


No nor can I.    What you are looking for is this hiding behind the thread holder.


The story behind this is last year I made a few snap top glasses cases and the metal tape measure somehow became unraveled from its holder and I had a "bright light bulb moment" to store the unraveled tape in a cardboard tube and put it in a safe logical place where I would find  it next time it was needed.    Not so.  Yesterday when I was looking for it  as hubs was in desperate need of a new glasses case I spent half an hour looking for a much smaller rolled up remainder of the metal tape and had forgotten all about my safe logical  place.


Anyway after much moving of things, muttering of not nice words  and just when I beginning to think that I must have used it all up because it is definitely not in this sewing room I  spotted it lurking behind the threads all upright,  safe and waiting to be used.     How many times does that "safe place" get forgotten about?    Far too many I am afraid.

Once it was retrieved, things put back to their place I was able to continue with my plans for FNwF which was a snap top glasses case for hubs.


Thanks Cheryll for hosting another fun sewing night and if you would like to see what the other 17 participants did last night this is the place to go.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

A Team Effort

Miss M has been having "a go" on my sewing machine for a sometime now and it was decided that she could perhaps start to make a pair of pyjama pants for herself so into grandma's stash and we found some leftover fabric from a top that I had made her a couple of years ago.   The little video below shows Miss M making a start


She went as far as getting the side seams on both legs sewn up and then handed over the tricky bits of the construction part to me.   Here is our team effort below.


Hubs and I live opposite a wetland area and we frequently have  wildlife visitors come into our back garden.    During the week I was lucky enough to get a photo of a white faced heron.    I have seen this bird in the garden before but it is very nervous and usually takes flight when it sees me  however this time I was able to get up quite close without it realising.


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Saturday, June 2, 2018

OMG for June

First of the month means goal setting and for this month I have been very slack in my "square dance lessons" so I will spend the time practising and catching up.   I did get as far as doing "Allemande left" which involved cutting a template and drawing a diagonal line from the top left hand corner to the bottom right hand corner and taped onto the ruler.   This was then placed on one of the previously made units with the diagonal line placed down the middle of the seam line with a cut being made at the top and the left side.   When this was done the unit was then flipped up to the other side and the process repeated  with the result  seen below.

 
Now I have to catch up on the "Promenade" and the final clue will be given  later on this month.   I may even surprise myself and have the whole topper ready to show.....I had better not get too far ahead of myself.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Out and about this week

This week my two walking companions and I caught the Manly ferry into the city


And from there we walked through the Royal Botanic Gardens


Until we reached the Art Gallery of NSW to view the annual Archibald Art Prize.



The Archibald Prize is awarded annually to the best portrait, 'preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, painted by any artist resident in Australasia’.

As with any exhibition there is always a variety of pieces to enjoy.    Some to my liking and others not but they all make for interesting viewing and conversation.  

We were to put on our walking shoes on Wednesday and do a walk around the harbour foreshore  from Mosman to Balmoral but it decided to rain so that adventure has been put on hold for another day so Plan B it was - off to the movies to see The Bookshop.    A movie that all 3 of us enjoyed.  It was shot in Ireland and Spain with some lovely scenery.   Whilst the move could be considered "slow"  I did enjoy learning about the characters and the story behind each of them.   

I have to admit that I have spent far too many hours getting my new computer sorted and learning where things are.   After having had my old one for 7 years I could do everything without thinking now I have to "look where" is that button and how do I do that.   However I did have time to whip up a  cover for my new hot water bottle from some left over fleecy fabric.   



Now that winter is here  my feet will be cold until next summer arrives a hot water bottle is a must when sitting watching tv or reading to put my feet on to keep warm.  

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