Sunday, 29 March 2015

Long term projects.

We all have a few projects that we never really get round to finishing, on the dressmaking scene its labelled a UFO! I tend to find my other crafting projects take their time, mainly because I'm not in any rush to complete, I spend time crafting as a luxury moment, or there is just something about the doing and not completing or is it the fact they are huge projects that will obviously take a lifetime to complete.
 I thought it would be nice to share these projects see what others have lurking in cupboard, So here we are my first offering to the WIP 'work in progress'

I only know how to make a granny square so my plans are simple, a giant square as a bed cover! Yes its been a WIP for 2 years now!

I adore crochet, I have my board to collect inspiration, and that's as far as I often get but it doesn't stop me from appreciating all of those other beautiful color yarns  of wonder. 

Any WIPs to share?

Monday, 16 March 2015

Oh So Short!

Having read the lovely article by Sarai on Coletterie on DIY anxiety and fully understood all the points, and more besides. I resolve to not be so critical about myself, I am going to only highlight one area of improvement, and one area that didn't go to plan. Other than that I am going to celebrate the fact I have got thus far and make to enjoy! 

So here we go with my new resolve! The Ruby dress:

1. To improve on : reading patterns more carefully, oh my this is short!! 
2.  Didn't go to plan : the hemming!
3. What I love about it : the bodice fit is perfectly.
4.  Would I make it again : yes.

Monday, 9 March 2015

My perfect weekend.

I have recently bought myself (yes another) book, nourish. It is a lovely happy smiling type of book that reminds us to look and listen to body, mind, spirit and soul. Although I have done little more than oooooh and aaaah over the pictures I felt that to nourish myself would be my weekends goal.

So with a quick whiz through my weekend before I go off to plant my broad bean and tomato seeds, this is what I have been up to

With blue sky's and the promise of spring we ventured round Burrow reservoir. It felt like a real treat since last autumn Arthur has grown enough to manage a real stomp! To get out and about, forest bathing just lifted our spirits. We totally wore out Arthur and the dog.

We have spent our evenings eating and drinking, watching films and cosying in. With time for yoga, coffee and cake. And yes even a little sewing, here is my latest project a Ruby dress.

I hope you have managed to nourish yourself and have a very lovely weekend.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

In my mind I am a sewing bee contestant 

OK, I know I'm not really a sewing bee contestant but every time I watch it I feel like I am! So drawn into the excitement, the thrill has not diminished a fraction since the first series. In fact I think the sewing tasks each week are really challenging, and for this reason I know that sewing under pressure would never actually be my thing!

But and there is a big but, it doesn't mean I am not having the sewing bee experience in my mind every time I get out my sewing machine. To help me with the experience, yes I have bought all three books! And yes I love them, the third series book is great at 'pattern hacks' which has been inspiring as in real life I am not.

Although having three books have I ever sewn anything? Have you ever sewn anything from the sewing bee pattern range? I have just one lonely item, and she is not all that I wanted.

Enter, My one (so far ) seeing bee top.

Patrick and May would have been so proud of my slippery fabric choice and the time I took to match it all up. I was (in my head) going to be garment of the week winner with this one, beautiful french seams, perfect hemming. By far my best make yet...........................................................

Yes, something had to go wrong didn't it. Either I cut out the wrong pattern size, it comes out extremely small, I didn't measure myself  nut it was to small! Pissed off does not really cover it, so much so it has been left as a UFO for over a year.

With the excitement of the new series I dusted my efforts down, it is now a wearable number without the finesse I wanted, but hey ho it doesn't always go to plan.

Respect to all that have the courage to take part (and many tears that Ryan is not in it now)

Monday, 23 February 2015

Allotment 2015

Into the new year brings exciting plans for my lovely half allotment. I have been planning all winter to work with the no dig method. I have gave read info on this and most inspiring is Charles Dowding. This man is a wealth of knowledge and has proven that the no dig method can be really successful.
This is my original half , covered in manure!

And now introducing our second half, we have inherited some goodies such as a compost bin and slightly weathered potting shed. I am so excited. With more space we hope to grow some good old staples and extend the growing year.

As you can see the new plot needs has some work needed. but I'm already dreaming of summer bountiful veggies.
I am tempted to see if we can live off our veggies alone, although this is a little scary, any other allotmentiers set themselves challenges or want to join in?

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Aprons for all!

As I mentioned a few posts ago the portion of my sewing this year would be for others. In fact I have taken a real delight in present making (I did have to make one for myself too, it would be rude not to test run the goods!)

Being a homely sort of family I thought every good housewife should own an apron. So now indeed they will. I have made the first for myself and my Mum for mothers day.

And the second type one for each of my sisters, will be the cupcake version (although not that clear)

So I have had this fabric knocking around for sometime, planning to make these very aprons about two christmas' ago. Well better late than never, and a little pom pom edging, I was surprised on how hard the wiggly little stuff was, but worth the end product.

I feel that the sewing flow is well and truly back, and enjoying every moment of it.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Kids Clothes Week

As I have come to realise that selfish sewing has given me an overloaded wardrobe. There is always an answer though. Refashioning of which there is is  lots of inspiration, least of all for the kids. In walks into my life kids clothes week.

 Wow I have been really taken by this and I have to say I am not overly creative I struggle with a refashion although I know its trendy to do so, and I do want to have a go. And yes I want something wearable at the end (not so much to ask I think).

I have a lovely polar thermal hoody that has lovely memories of hiking across the lake district before Arthur was a twinkle in my eye. Do I ever wear it now, well no! So refashionista here I go.

I have to say that I enjoyed this and to be honest it wasn't that difficult, I may even be ready to branch out a little further next time. I think there will be a next time too.