Thursday, November 29, 2018

As darkness descends

This photo was taken from the back of my house at 7 am on Wednesday morning - the day that now goes down in history as one of the wettest days in November.   The "lights" that can be seen in the photo are the reflection of the flash picking up spots of rain on the camera lens.

As the day wore on it got brighter but the rain continued to fall and this was the view from the back door.

And the front door.    Rain wherever you looked.   Fortunately for us we had no damage unlike many areas.

So what does one do on such a day when you cannot put your nose outside?   First up was to get out the address book and write out my Christmas cards.   I can now boast that they are all addressed, stamped and just waiting to be posted early next week.

Then it was time for a cup of coffee and finish off a book that I was reading.  I have now read a couple of books by this author and enjoy her style of writing.   
After lunch I made a start on some more library bags for a charity that our quilting group supports.   I wanted something quick and not too difficult to sew as I was keeping an eye on the weather reports to hear the latest warnings.    These  just need to have the drawstring cord slotted through and turned right side out.

And this lot need to have their casings sewn and they can join the other pile for finishing off.

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Friday, November 23, 2018


As the wind blew and the dust with it time to head to my sewing room and make a  handmade gift for the secret Santa swap for my quilting group's annual Christmas party.     I decided to make a lined flat bottom drawstring bag and pop in a box of curved safety pins - one can never have enough pins when quilting.

I had to act quickly in order to get the photo outside as it was blowing a gale and the bag kept falling over.  

Thanks Wendy for organising another fun night of sewing.

Linking with Oh Scrap and TGIFF.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Triangle pouches

During the week it was time to make a start on using up some scraps of fabric to make 4 triangle pouches.

This was done production line style and last night when I joined Wendy and 20 other sewists and crafters from around the world I was able to finish them off - the last step was to neaten up the inside edges by using a zig zag stitch and turn them out.     Here they are

Oops just realised that I forgot to put on the little zipper charm pulls.  That oversight will be fixed  later on today.

During the week when heading towards the letterbox I spotted what was at first thought rubbish that blown into the garden but on closer inspection this was found

Not sure why these mushrooms decided to grow there as we have not had much rain and it is in a very sunny position - that is nature for you.  

Thanks Wendy for hosting another fun Friday night and if you are interested Wendy is hosting another FNSI again next week.

Linking with Finished or Not Friday, Oh Scrap  and TGIF.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Zippie clippies

I have been working on getting these "zippie clippies" finished as they are going to be given as Christmas gifts when I have lunch with the "girls" at the end of the month.    Viewed from the front

And then seen from the back

Now onto  making a couple of triangle pouches and then a decision is to be made as to what to make for a handmade Christmas gift to be given to a member of my quilting group.

Linking with Finished or Not Friday  and Oh Scrap,

This project was my nominated OMG for November.

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Saturday, November 3, 2018


Was on again last night.  While tidying up my sewing room I came across an outfit that I had started for Miss a couple of months ago and it obviously got "buried" underneath a pile of fabric and other bits and pieces and was uncovered yesterday morning.   All that was left to do was slot the elastic through the  waist of the pants and  the put bands on the top.    An hour later one outfit finished.

While the weather has been very hot here for the last few days it will be a suitable outfit to wear when we get those cooler  spring/summer days that often happen after extreme heat.

I then got to and made a small trinket bowl using up some Christmas fabric.     

For some reason I am not real happy with the result.    I am not sure if it is the fabric choice or the fact that I think the sides are a bit too high but whatever it is I will stop at this one.    It will be used at Christmas time to put some chocolates in.

Now lets go over to Cheryll's blog and find out what others achieved last night.

Linking with Finished or Not Friday with Oh Scrap.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

OMG for November

What November already....where have the previous 10 months gone I ask you?   Time to set a goal - or some goals depending on availability of time - and so it is back to doing some smaller items.

Firstly I see a couple more mesh front zip pouches being made from these fabrics

And if time allows making some triangle zip pouches from the fabrics below which will be perfect for holding all those coins that seem to accumulate in wallets each time one goes shopping.

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