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


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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Thursday, April 7, 2022

Kookaburra sits ......

 In the old gum tree.

Enjoying the rain as it continues to fall down all around us again.   As you can see the waterfall below the tree is certainly flowing well.   Dangerous surf  and rough seas have been running for sometime now and this is the pool at one of the local beaches over the weekend.

We are hoping that the weather improves for the school holidays which start at the end of this week.  Miss M is coming to stay with us for a few days and there are plans for picnics and a ferry ride if the seas calm down.   

The person who ordered the four bowl cosies has ordered another two and orders for 6 more came in yesterday.  The two that were phoned in last week have now been delivered.   

These fabrics have been pulled from the stash and while cutting out the 6 new orders I will cut a few more to put aside for the Spring Fair in September.

Next book on the pile to read.   Reading the synopsis on the back it appears that it will be light and humorous.  

Time to head off for a cup of coffee then get stuck into cutting out.

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Saturday, April 2, 2022


I was on a mission.  During the week I was contacted by someone who bought a bowl cosy last week at my stall asking if I could make her another 4 for Easter gifts.   No problem I said they will be ready by the end of the week.  Thursday was cutting out day and seeing that it was such a dismal grey, cold and wet day an early start was made in the sewing room yesterday.    Here are the 4 bowl cosies waiting to be delivered.  

I was also commissioned by a neighbour to make 2 plastic bag holders for her church.     Every Tuesday night they have a  "take away soup kitchen"  and they use plastic bags to hand out the take away containers in hence the need to store the bags with easy access.

Thank you Cheryll for organising another fun FNwF.

P.S.     Just as I was finishing up the cosies my phone rang and I have an order for another two from someone who also bought one last week saying that her daughter saw the cosy and "just had to have it" so she has ordered another two.     

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