Friday, 27 February 2009
Thursday, 26 February 2009
Oh boy I went to Karaka yesterday, and popped into thee most divine shop! Along the Karaka Road was an old church which has been converted into an interior design shop. I didn't take my camera (doh!) otherwise I would have posted a pic of it. (Mental note: carry camera at all times!) Anyway this absolutely divinely delicious shop is called Interiors etc and I have fallen in love. It is crammed full of such lovely things, that I am really beginning to resent Mr Busy putting me on a strict budget. (Don't you think budget is a really harsh and cruel sounding word?)
So because I was salivating so much, and possibly under threat of being asked to leave, for causing an OSH hazard, and becoming very annoying with all my exclamations of "Oowaaah isn't that is lovely" every 7 seconds, I threw all caution to the wind, and bought this adorable bag. Actually I bought two, but please don't let on to Mr Busy. Lets just keep it between us eh? He does not understand the whole bag/shoe thing. Seriously he keeps his clothes forever, I'm not joking. He's still got a sweatshirt from 1984. How can I tell I hear your ask disbelievingly? Because that 80's teal colour and the zips all over it really give it away. He's so proud of that sweatshirt. One day its gonna dissappear, and I'm going to blame it on him having a senior moment or something.
So maybe you can understand my cageiness about filling him on every little purchase.
Well I have to say this bag was a steal at $20.00, so I don't think he has got a lot to moan about. Mind you I did buy two the other is in a different colour and am thinking of stocking up for gifts!
I'm going to use this bag for every day, like going down to the shops and things. Why not? I may as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb as my darling late mother used to say. And she would love this bag too!!
Monday, 23 February 2009
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
I think his six days away was tougher than my six days at home.
Sunday, 15 February 2009
Anyway here is the top that I made...
And here is a photo I took the day before the humidity struck. The sky was that colour all over, as far as the eye could see.
I love the Jonathon Livingstone Seagull feel that this picture has to it.
Thursday, 12 February 2009
Ah yes. You see I would show you that cute little polka dot top that I made. But here's the thing. Mr Busy woke me yesterday morning as he was jamming dried noodles and scroggin into his backpack and said, "Can I take the camera?" I know. I know not the most romantic of things to wake you up with at 5 in the morning, and frankly nothing is remotely romantic at 5 in the morning, but this is a family show so we might have to save that for another blog! Anyway I sent him on his way with the camera, because - a) I just didn't want to argue that I needed the camera for blog pictures and wot not, and, b) it would have been mean of me not to let him take it. Although for the life of me I don't know how he will get on because he needs instructions to turn the darn thing on. (He is an accountant and can do numbers and budgets and spreadsheets and all manner of what have you to do with making me not spend money, but he is not fantastic with technical things like switching the camera on).
So I made this nice wee top out of very thin polka dot fabric, which is lovely and cool, and I took a photo of it and even put it on a nice padded hanger so it looked really pretty and everything, and then I forgot to get it off the camera and onto my puta. So with the situation being what it is, it will be a bit difficult for me to show you the whole thing. But I did manage to get a photo of a cute little fabric brooch made out of the same fabric, and embellished with a vintage glass button that I got from my mother in law. I left the edges raw which I really quite like, and it looks real purdy on the top that you can't see the picture of yet. A wee word about the top. It is from a gypsy blouse pattern. But I just cut out two fronts, and then threaded a bit of thick ribbon through the neck line. No sleeves or anything, but frankly in this weather who wants sleeves?
Here is the brooch...
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
Please keep in mind I had to do this on the webcam because the camera batteries conked out. Also please keep in mind that we are nearly at 100 per cent humidity here, which does NOTHING for trying to keep the straight bits straight. Anyway apart from all that I'm liking the freedom. Got on the new top I made too, which I will post about later.
Yes I really hope that tramp is worth it...
Mike and the lads are heading off tomorrow to do the Dragons Teeth, near Nelson. It's their once a year thing, and they just love it.
However it is only for 6 days, and if stinky laundry is the only thing I have to worry about on his return then it can't be all that bad!!!
Did I have ya going there for a minute. Yeah I know. I'm mean eh?!!!!
Be safe you boys...
Friday, 6 February 2009
I did that wee tutorial a couple of posts back, but have tweaked it a bit. However I think I might be getting a bit sick of bookmarks. What about you? Yeah don't blame ya either! Anyway take a gander ...
Fold those ends in like before, but instead of folding in half longways, just press the edges into the middle.
Chuck your ribbon on top, like before, and tuck into the ends.
Now sew your ribbon on. I gave up on the pins because I was getting fed up with them, and they kept warping the ribbon and fabric.
The close up arty shot
Wednesday, 4 February 2009
This is the laundry door. In itself not very remarkable, although it does feature a cat door. I use this door a lot, because you maybe able to see the clothes line right outside. Very handy being under the deck when its raining, and it gets a nice breeze for drying the clothes and wot not... I bet you are wondering where this is going? Take a good look.
Dya see it yet?
Yep. Mr Spidey, sitting there flexing his big long hairy legs, just waiting for me to hang out the smalls...
Yeah... ha... I bet him and Mr Weta get together and have a good old laugh about it!!!
Tuesday, 3 February 2009
I have been using things like old shopping dockets, or in one instance a toothpick (unused!) for a bookmark. Not ideal really. Especially the toothpick thing, because Iv'e nearly lost an eye a couple of times.
So I figured ... no bookmark and lots of fabric ...
Anyway getting on with it...
Here's what you'll need
Iron on fusible interfacing
Buttons or some other embellishment.
Cut your fabric to approximately 42cm x 6cm
(That's about 16" x 2 1/2" in old money!)
Iron on your interfacing, and then turn edges under by about 1/2 cm (1/4").
I find pressing it helps.
Fold your fabric in half longways, trying to match up your sides.
and here we are, nice and pressed
Press. (I'm big on that, because it holds it all together)
Press those two ends in and clip them inwards. So they don't stick out when you sew it up (Sorry about sounding so technical : )
Tuck your ribbon between the two ends, and pin in place.
You could leave strips of ribbon sort of dangling out instead of a little loop if you like. I like the little loop because I can relate to being a bit loopy, and its something to idly twirl around my finger when I'm lost in a darn good chapter.
Here's the famous sewing machine shot. Oh yeah I nearly forgot... sew all around the outside of your now almost completed bookmark. Once you have done that you can sew on some buttons or a bit of a bow or something, and in my book (scuse the pun) it looks like a pretty nice bookmark. I thought perhaps of sewing the buttons on first, because it was tricky trying to not show the thread at the back where the buttons are sewn on, but they would get in the way of the presser foot, depending on where you sew them of course.