Saturday, August 8, 2020


Being the first Friday night of the month means getting "together" with the girls and sewing up a storm or other creative activity.   No sewing happened in my sewing room but I did have a play around with some fabrics for the Fall blog hop.    After auditioning and eliminating quite a few fabrics I am happy with the selection below.  I feel that it represents Fall or autumn as we refer to it here.  
Since signing up for this hop ideas of what to make have been running around in my head and hopefully I will not changing my mind......again!   

Being such a grey and cold day yesterday - the coldest day so far this year according to the weather man last night on tv - it was the perfect opportunity to make a cup of  hot green tea to sip while finishing off a book that was started at the beginning of the week.

I really enjoyed this book and best of all there was a surprise twist which I was not expecting nor would have ever guessed.   In fact I re-read one section to make sure it was what I had read. Usually when reading a book or watching a movie I am forming some sort of ideas as to how it may end but not in this case.     If anyone has read this book they will know what I am referring to and if you have not then it is worth a read.   

I have not read any other books by this author but her name has been added to my future reading list.    She is an Australian author.   

Time now to head over to Cheryll's blog to see what was happening last night in other sewing rooms.  

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Happy sewing all

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Pretty flowers or Rampant Weeds

Since weeding and clearing out several garden beds over the past few months I have noticed "things" popping up right throughout them that have not been planted.    So  opinions please - Are these keepers or do I start pulling them out?  

I am hoping it is the former but suspect it is the latter.  

But before anything happens with the garden while the weather is rather chilly  I am going to make a start on reading some of the books that I picked up at the local library on a recent visit.

I am not sure which will be the first as they all look interesting titles and while I have read a few books by some of the authors a couple of them are new to me.  

My WOOFA challenge for August will be to keep working on my ever increasing scrap pile.   

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Happy sewing all

Saturday, August 1, 2020

OMG for August

We are into the 8th month of the year already....even though not a great deal has been happening in our "social and outing life"  the weeks are flying by and before we know it Christmas will be upon us.  I was very happy with the Christmas coasters that were made for a recent blog hop so a decision was made to make a few more but this time using some theme fabric to suit some of my friends likes and interests.  Below are some of the fabrics to be used.

Getting these made will be my OMG for August.

More masks have been made this time for Miss M and her mummy and daddy.     I did not have a pattern for a child's mask so the pattern was "shaved" down in order to make it a bit smaller.    No prizes for guessing which two were made for Miss M.

And I was able to finish off those that were cut and pinned for hubs and I.   We are going to have to check with each other to make sure that we do not wear our "twin" masks at the same time - LOL.

I have been having major issues with my emails for the last 4 days and thought that I was going to miss out on joining Chookyblue's zoom party but I finally had success with Optus late this afternoon so I was able to join in with a few of the girls for a short while.     My apologies to those who have left comments on my blog over the past few days and not heard back from me.   I will get  back to you as soon as I can now that the problem has been fixed - hopefully.   

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Happy sewing all

Friday, July 31, 2020

More Masks & WOOFA Challenge

I had a request from my parents over the weekend for some masks.    They had seen on my blog those that were previously made and asked if  they could also have two each.

I have these down to a fine art now and they can be sewn up in very little time.   Whilst making these I did cut a couple of extras for hubs and I.    They are yet to be sewn up.

My WOOFA challenge for this month was to finish off, pack up and hand over the skirts and bibs that I have been working  on and off during the year for Sri Lanka.     It is unsure how the packaging up of  all the items and getting the containers overseas will happen this year due to COVID-19.    Time will tell.   Now head on over to Cheryll's blog to see what other challenges were met for the month.

Beanie no 8 was sewn up and "pom pommed" in front of tv last night.

That will be the last one to be made for this year.   They are also packed up together with the 20 aprons made earlier on and ready to hand over as well. 

The knitting needles and basket can go back on top of the cupboard in the sewing room until next year.

Since the beginning of June a notice appeared on my blog telling me that the interface will change at the end of the month or I could click a button to try it .   June came and went and nothing happened so I chose to ignore the notice and hoped that it would go away.   It showed up in July and for the last 3 1/2 weeks again I chose to ignore it again and hoped that it would go away but today it was changed for me.     I do have the option to change back to the original interface within 4 weeks but I will give it a go and see what happens.  I will let you know in due course if this is the right decision.  

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 Happy sewing all

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Christmas in July

When I first saw this blog hop I thought it was a good opportunity to start some of my Christmas sewing.   I always like to give a few of my friends a small handmade Christmas gift.     Some of the items  made for them over the years have included coin purses, shoe bags, tabletoppers, placemats, pot holders, small zippered pouches, glasses cases, tissue holders and this year I went with Christmas coasters.   Each set will have 4 coasters.

I also like to make a small decoration for each place setting at the Christmas table and a  mini Christmas stocking will be this year's idea.     Only three have been made so far and the remainder needed will be put on the "to do list".

Thanks Carol for organising another fun blog hop.    To see more Christmas creativeness just click on the links below. 

July 27
July 28
July 29
July 30
July 31

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Happy sewing all

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Knock, Knock

On the front door yesterday and upon opening it  there was my walking companions - both non-sewists - with fabric in hand asking if I could  make them a couple of masks each.

I was glad that I had made two masks during the week for hubs and myself and knowing that they fitted well and felt comfortable I did not hesitate to say yes to their request.   After about 1 1/2 hours their  masks were  ready.

Off to the sewing room now to have a play with some fabric and ideas.

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Happy sewing all

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Handover Day

All that fabric that has been arriving at my front door over the past few months has now been turned into 38 skirts which are packed up in their respective sizes along with 20 bibs and were  handed over to the co-ordinator today.

The overlocker has been cleaned and oiled and can have a well earned rest for  a while.

While it is not mandatory in NSW at present to wear a mask when out in public me thinks that it may soon be as there are clusters of COVID-19 breaking out in some suburbs of Sydney as well as several regional areas of NSW so not to be caught short without a mask I made one for hubs and myself today.

I saw the pattern here and liked the shape as well as the ease of making it.     The red one is a very thick drill fabric so only 2 layers of fabric were used but I did put a lining in between the layers of the black and white one.     The hat elastic fits nicely around the ears without pulling.      More will be made for us both should they become a requirement.

Beanie No 8 is in progress.

Linking with Put Your Foot Down
                      Friday Finished or Not

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Happy sewing all