Sunday, June 19, 2011

What's Going On Today?


I had planned to have some photos here and chat about what I've been up to. But, for the life of me, I cannot work out why the damned photos won't upload onto the computer. Is there anything as frustrating? I can feel my blood pressure rising as each attempt fails! Argh! Is it time for a new camera? A new computer? Both seem to be working quite well, just not obliging in working together.

Well, I'll attempt to make a blog entry anyway, and hope the photos will miraculously upload in the meantime.

On the weekend, I had a very lovely time communing with four lovely ladies at our knitting club retreat. It was only one night, but it was such a great success that we decided that we will definitely try for two nights next year.

If you are into crafting then consider starting a group. The monthly meetings give us a chance to slow down and focus on friends and crafting for a couple of blissful hours. Then to extend that time, and share food, drink and more time, as we did on the weekend, is extra blissful. I recommend you give it a go. It is balm for the soul.

So, what's going on today?

Charlie and I did the dishes together this morning. I was rather too careless with a very sharp knife and manage to slice my thumb rather deeply. I was very grateful to have Callum here to help steri-strip it together again.

Then, after vacuuming, ordering new vacuum bags from the Internet, and organising eBay parcels to post, we relaxed with a bit of scone making. Charlie just loves to mix the flour and sultanas and cream, and especially loves rolling and cutting the dough. Although they didn't turn out to be big soft airy things, they were quite buttery and very yummy ( I used plain flour instead of self-raising - silly me!).

Now we have some washing to hang out, but the day is quite grey and I wouldn't be surprised if it rains. I think we'll hang the washing on the deck, under cover.  Soon I will wash the beautiful new AnnaMaria Horner fabric I bought (more on that soon) so I can dream about what I will sew for myself.

In the meantime, I have another cute top cut out. I'm really loving that I can buy vintage 70's patterns online, and I've been stocking up. If I could show you a photo, I would!

I'm hoping I'll work out what is going on with the camera soon. Perhaps I'll start with with recharging the battery. If I can, I will add pics later.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday, June 10, 2011

Monday, June 6, 2011

Busy Times

 Well, it has been ages since I was here last. It's been a fairly busy time, and I suppose I've not been feeling particularly motivated.

Winter has definitely come, and it is cold. My boy still insists on wearing shorts, and I have even cut off several pairs of his pants and hemmed them to make them into shorts! It made getting dressed a little less of a battle.

With the colder weather here, I thought I might try to get him to wear longer pants. I just couldn't get him into any of the normal jeans, cords or other pants in his drawer. He kept telling me he wanted "yellow mantzees"(pants). So I had him peruse my fabric stash, and look what he found - yellow fabric with white spots and a fabulous yellow with lion and tiger figures. He loves them

 Next up, we found some lovely Alexander Henry fabric called 2Dzoo. So I rustled up another pair of pants today. I used a different pattern - more like the "Roomies" design that Bonds make. I'm yet to perfect the design. I think I need to lengthen the crotch. However, young Charlie is more than happy.
Charlie likes to have pockets on all his pants for his treasures. There is always something - a rock, screw,marbles,batteries, anything he considers a treasure. So I put a couple of patch pockets on the pants.

The fabrics were all part of bundles bought from Fabricworm. They are made up of fat quarters, or half yards or whole yards. My bundles were half yards, so I had to do some creative putting together of fabrics, because I didn't have the length I needed. Hence the mix and match style trousers! Now that Charlie is that little bit taller, I shall have to buy yard lengths instead.

It is always such fun receiving the fabric bundles. I'm itching to add to my stash, but have resolved to make a dent in the stash I already have.

More trousers, Charlie???