Saturday, May 21, 2022

FNSI

The third Friday of the month means virtually sewing along with Wendy and others.   Last night I got stuck into sewing  green scraps together and they now look like this.   


During the week I had an order for a mobile phone pouch.    A lady saw my neighbours and asked if I would make her one.  


The aprons that had been overlocked and sitting on the side of the sewing table were finished off and put away for the Spring Fair.


Often when toasting one slice of bread the toaster has sometimes "thrown" the slice out on to the bench top but the other morning it cleverly threw it out and it somehow landed on top of the toaster.   At least it stayed warm while the coffee was finishing off.  


Last week I caught up with a friend who gave me a belated housewarming gift.  The perfect gift for my sewing room.   It just needs the handyman to hang it up for me.   


Next book on the pile to read.    


Thanks Wendy for having us all "around" again for another FNSI.

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Friday, May 13, 2022

Mobile phone pouch

My next door neighbour asked me if I could make her something she could wear around her neck that holds her mobile phone.    Apparently her family gave her something a while ago but it is leather and very hard to get the phone in and out.     "Let me have a think and I will get back to you within a couple of days" was my response.     

A quick search of internet revealed a few different ideas so an idea was taken from this site and another from that site.  None of the sites that I looked at had neck straps only a clip to attach to a belt or handbag.   So it was a matter of cutting a strap long enough and attaching it to the O ring.    


She was absolutely thrilled with it.    It is light and comfortable around her neck and she can get the phone in and out easily.

Another order for an entree plate sized cosie came in a couple of days ago.    I have been told that this size is good to reheat takeway containers in as well.    It will be delivered later on this week.  


A new book was started last night.   I have read most of Liane Moriarty's books and enjoyed them all with the exception of one.     This one is starting off well.      


After making  all these bowl and plate cosies a fair bit of fluff has collected in and around the bobbin area of the machine.  After grabbing a small brush and a pair of tweezers then removing the throat plate and lifting out the bobbin case quite a lot of lint was removed as you can see.   How embarrassing.  The whole area around the bobbin is now super shiny and dust free.    Definitely a job that needs to be done more regularly.  


Now that I have caught up with the items that have been ordered my aim is to finish off the aprons that have been cut out, put through the overlocker but have not progressed any further than that for a couple of weeks.  

Green has been the nominated colour for this month's RSC and there are plans to sort this lot of scraps out.


And hopefully they will end up as bibs along with the pink slabs of fabric from last month that are still just sitting there waiting patiently.   

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Friday, May 6, 2022

FNwF

I was lucky enough to make an early start in the sewing room today and it was needed as I had to produce 3 small crossbody bags that were on order and are for delivery tomorrow. 


Late last year Miss M asked me if I could make her a nightie with long sleeves and my reply was "how about I make it next year when the nights are getting cooler".     That was the right decision on my part as she has had a tremendous growth spurt over those past few months and what would have been made last year would not fit her now.      Some stretch fabric was spotted last week while browsing around Spotlight so enough was bought to make a waltz length nightie with long sleeves.    It has been many years since I have sewn with stretch fabrics and I had forgotten just how easy, quick and forgiving sewing with them is.    The pattern used was a "Frankenstien" one - a bit from this one, a bit from that one and bit from my own hand.    Here is the result.


It was a beautiful clear morning here today - something that we have not had too many of lately although we have been able to see four of the five brightest planets aligned in the early morning sky on a couple of occasions.  This was taken just on sunrise looking east from our bedroom.


I have noticed over the past week that Blogger has not been playing nicely again and has cut out my email notifications.   This happened a couple of years ago and I was able to go in and fix it but this time the option to go in and change what I did last time is not there.    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Time to head on over here to see more FNWF sewing/crafting.    Thank you Cheryll for hosting us again.

P.S.   A big thank you to Jo who contacted me via email and gave me very clear instructions on how to fix the lack of email notifications coming through.   

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Friday, April 29, 2022

This Week in the sewing room

Has been all about finishing off the 3 bowl cosies that were on order.    

Then it was onto making a start on some aprons for the Fair.  While "batch sewing" I always put on a you-tube channel to keep me company.    The one on the screen is all about pojagi.     This is an ancient  Korean textile art form of which I knew nothing about.    You can read its history here


A new book was started.    It is about different couples travelling on the Orient Expresss at the same time and their reasons for doing so.  


I have been trying to get back into going for an early morning swim at least 3 days per week.   It is definitely  time to start using the indoor heated pool as the mornings are cooling down.    


We have not seen the sun very often over the past few months however it was lovely sunny today so hubs and I treated ourselves to lunch at one of our favourite local restaurants where we can sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and as you can see by the lack of crowds it is very COVID safe.  


3 more orders come in yesterday for small crossbody bags.     These fabrics have just been pulled from the stash with matching zips as well as the lining fabric.   I always use light coloured fabric for lining my bags.    There is nothing worse than rummaging around in a bag with dark/black lining trying to find keys etc.  


Sadly the pink slabs of fabric still remain slabs


And failed to be converted into bibs for this month's RSC challenge.     Hopefully I can remedy that next month and achieve converting both this month's colour and next month's colour into bibs.   

Time to head off, tidy up the stash that was discarded for the bags and organise a light dinner before watching BHG.   

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Saturday, April 23, 2022

Where has the past year gone????

Hubs and I celebrated our first anniversary in our new home yesterday.    We cannot believe that 12 months have gone by since moving day last year.  Of course this occasion had to be celebrated with a bottle of bubbles and a nibble or three.  

We both decided that this was the best decsion that we could have made.     We love our new home, the gardens, easy access for hubs from the car to our apartment and the proxity to shops etc.  

The orders for bowl cosies are still coming in.    One order was for three plus an entree plate size and this was subsequently  increased to 7 plus the plate one.    Here they are all stacked up and ready for delivery.  

There are still 3 more on order but that person is in no hurry for them.    I plan to have them finished by the end of the coming week.

The lightweight bag that was ordered for an Ipad has also been completed and delivered.   I did put a pocket on the inside so she could access her phone easily.   The recipient was delighted with the result.   

                                                              

A new book was started


Another beanie is on the needles.


And the wine bottle gifts bags for the Spring Fair have been completed.   


At the last stall I was asked if I had any adult aprons  - unfortunately the answer was no - but I will remedy that for the Fair and plan to cut out 6 over the coming week with these fabrics. 


 That about wraps up my week.

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Friday, April 22, 2022

Wonderful World of Colour Blog Hop

  

Red and yellow and pink and green
Purple and orange and blue
I can sing a rainbow
Sing a Rainbow too
Sing a Rainbow too!

When I first saw the title of this blog hop those were the first words that went through my mind and everytime I thought about what to sew those words kept popping into my head so it was decided that I should sew a rainbow.  

I take my recycling down to the bins everyday and my current recyling bag has developed a tear so it was time to replace it and in order to make a dreary chore into something bright I headed to the various scrap baskets, thought of the words of the song and pulled the various colours as I went. Here is my rainbow recycling bag.   


I did re-use the handles from my existing bag to be in keeping with recycling.   The bottom is boxed and I used a waterproof lining inside just in case of any spills.   Even though grey is not a rainbow colour it does preceed a rainbow.    The same fabrics are repeated on the other side.  

Thank you Joan for organising another fun blog hop.    Don't forget to head over to the following blogs to see more colourful projects.  


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Saturday, April 16, 2022

FNSI

Miss M spent the first half of the week with us and fortunately the weather was behaving itself which allowed us to do all the outdoor activitites that we had planned.    First up was our ferry ride from Manly to the city.   Coming into Circular Quay


Heading home with the City behind us


The next day we headed off to Balmoral Beach.   Unfortunately the water was quite polluted from all the recent rain and flooding so swimming was off the agenda but we did go for a walk and enjoyed fish and chips for lunch.


The all important chocolate cake was made


And given the taste test


Challenging grandpa to a game of Snap


Miss M has since returned home to enjoy the rest of the school holidays with her mum, dad and various friends.  

I was asked by one of the ladies who bought a bowl cosy did I have a dinner plate size one......"leave it with me and I will have a play around and see what happens" was my reply.   I did say that there would be no charge because it was my pro-type but she had to give me feedback as to how it works, should it be smaller, shallower or???????

Here is the result.  This was modelled on one of my dinner plates.  I did give it a quick trial in my microwave and it seem to work perfectly so it will be interesting to hear her verdict.  


I have since been asked by someone else to make an entree plate size one and 6 more orders have come in for bowl cosies.   Last night was spent cutting the cosies out and marking up ready to sew.


I have also been asked to make a soft bag suitable to carry an Ipad in for someone who uses a walker.  After some discussion we came up with sizing, handle lengths and using Velcro as the closure instead of a zip for quick and easier access.   That is in the drawing up stage at present.

Thanks again Wendy for organising us and you can see more crafting here.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Easter.

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