Wednesday, 29 April 2015

pinnies for the tartan bee

I've been busy sewing pinnies over the last few days. I finally got them all done, photos taken and listed into the tartan bee shop yesterday. Here are some (resized) photos of them all.

I hope to do some dressmaking next. I've had some red & white stripey fabric in my pile for a while so I think it's about time for that to be turned into a blouse.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

2 blouses and a spotty pinny

I made a couple of blouses for myself this week. They are both using New Look 6407, view E.

First I made a white one:

And then I made one in a doggy print. (Sorry about the grumpy face! I don't usually look as grumpy as this - at least I hope I don't! LOL)

Here's a close-up of the doggies. I love them! :oD

I was busy sewing some pinnies for the tartan bee and this one had to be kept for myself.

Here's why I had to keep it - a flaw in the fabric.

I'm not too sad about it really - I love spotty pinnies! :o)

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

what to do when your computer won't work properly

There aren't many things in the news these days that make me burst out laughing but there was this morning. I was reading the BBC news website and came upon the headline "Enraged US man shoots his malfunctioning computer". Pardon? Say that again? "Enraged US man shoots his malfunctioning computer". Okay, tell me more.

A man in the US city of Colorado Springs faces police action after becoming so frustrated with his computer that he took it outside and shot it eight times, police say.

"He was having technology problems, so he took it to the back alley and destroyed it," a police spokesman said.

Lucas Hinch was briefly detained for discharging a firearm within the city.

He did not realise he was breaking the law when he went "Wild West" on his machine, local media reported.

A judge is due to decide what penalty he will receive.

"He got tired of fighting with his computer for the last several months," police spokesman Jeff Strossner told the Colorado Springs Gazette.

The paper said that Mr Hinch "shot the darn thing" when ctrl+alt+delete - the traditional method used to re-boot computers - "consistently did not work" on Monday evening.

"He was able to wreak the kind of revenge most of us only dream about," the paper said.

"The computer is not expected to recover."

Taken from the BBC website here.

Monday, 20 April 2015

a couple of pinnies and a crateful

I made a couple of pinnies last week which I've kept for myself as I wasn't sure about the fabric I used. It's perfectly good fabric but I wasn't sure how it would hold up to the washing + drying + ironing that a pinny takes.

There's one with butterflies:

And one with roses:

As it happens, they've both been worn and washed + dried + ironed and they held up perfectly well. I sort of knew that would be the case but I just fancied a couple of new pinnies for myself! :oD

Another thing I did was cut out lots of shopping bags (20) and pinnies (10) for sewing for the tartan bee.

I tend to sew these in batches so it's good to have some ready to be sewn for when I feel like sewing some! :o)

Thursday, 16 April 2015

hexagons and a new Nora

I've been crocheting some hexagons recently.

Just crocheting a few in a colour and then moving on to another colour.

This is a closer photo of the hexagon. Easy and fast!

I made the pattern up myself. I'm not claiming it as an original - I just started crocheting one and, after a couple of "not quite right" attempts, this is the pattern I ended up with. (UK crochet terms)

I dug out an old box to keep them safe - Tilly is VERY interested in them and will run off with one - or more - if given half a chance!

But wait! What is wrong with that one sitting out of the box?? Well, it would appear that I can't count to 6 and made a pentagon by mistake. Woops!

I don't know how big this blankie will be but, for now, I'm just going to keep crocheting the hexagons when I can.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go and read more of my brand new Nora Roberts book which got delivered to my Kindle overnight. Perfect timing as I'd just finished the book I was reading! Loving it so far .. but then, it's Nora. Nuff said! :o)

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

100 ways to hide your stash

I saw this today and actually laughed out loud at some of the places used! Enjoy!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

a couple of nighties

I decided I needed to make myself a couple of nighties last week so I dug through my fabrics and just got on with it. This is the pattern I used -

It's from the early 80s. How do I know? Because I used it to make nighties to go into the maternity hospital to have Debbie - she was born in August, 1980!! This pattern is older than either of my girls! My Grandad always used to say, if you kept a thing for 7 years, you'd find a use for it. I wonder what he'd say about keeping a pattern for 35 years? LOL

The first nightie I made out of this stripey cotton. The stripes have been printed squint on the fabric so it wasn't any use to make anything that would be on show so a nightie is ideal. If you look at the green and black stripes at the left of the photo you'll see that, by the time you get to the other side of the nightie, they've moved upwards by about 4". Nobody sees me in my nightie other than Douglas and, as he says, the stripes are so bright, you don't even notice that they're moving upwards! :oD

The second one is in a purpley-flowered polycotton. Much more "suitable" nightie fabric - but not nearly as much fun!

Friday, 10 April 2015

photos of our trip

I finally made myself go through the photos of our days away and have picked out a few - is 15 a few? - to show you. As I said in another post, I decided I wasn't going to use my iPad when I was away and, similarly, I also decided I wasn't going to spend the whole time with my nose to my camera. I wanted to see things "for real" rather than through the lens of my camera. As a result, I only took 83 photos whereas Douglas, who didn't make the same decision as I did, took about 250 photos. Mind you, he has got photos of things that I haven't but my 83 covers it for me!

We went to Alnwick in Northumberland, England. On the way, we stopped at Bamburgh Castle. If I tell you that I had on a polo neck, a long-sleeved shirt, an aran cardigan, a winter coat, a hat, scarf, gloves and thermal longjohns under my trousers and I was still cold you'll get the idea that it was not a very nice day! These 2 photos of the outside of the castle don't really give the true picture of the coldness - the wind and rain coming in off the North Sea was fearsome!

There were lots of things to look at inside but this wallhanging really caught my eye. It was made by Russian soldiers from uniforms - yes, that is all made of teeny tiny pieces of woollen material. Amazing!

We arrived in Alnwick and got ourselves settled into our room. I didn't notice that my Nora Roberts book was lying on the bed when I took this photo! Very apt for the amount of quiet time I spent with my nose buried in that book! This is the blue room at Greycroft B & B in Alnwick. As I wrote in their guest book on our departure - "Amazing place, wonderful food, fabulous hosts".

My next photos are of Wallington - I loved this room - the murals around the walls were amazing!

Needless to say, the kitchen was my favourite room of all. It was huge and light and just perfect!

Not only was there an Aga but it was on. It was so cosy in that kitchen.

There was a whole room filled with dolls' houses. I think I looked through every single window in that room. Fascinating! Naturally, I thought this one was cool - see the sewing machine?

It being the Easter weekend, there was a hunt going on inside the house but it wasn't for eggs, it was for lambs. I think this one had the best place of all - on top of a beautiful log cabin quilt.

We also went to Howick Hall - the home of the Earl Grey of Earl Grey tea fame. The house isn't open to the public (yet) but the gardens were well worth the visit.

Some of the local residents -

There were a few plants we didn't recognise at all -

These looked like snowdrops but they were about 2 feet tall!

I couldn't help feeling we were there just a bit too early in the season. A lot of things were just coming or nearly coming. Even the daffodil hill wasn't quite out yet. We still enjoyed the day though. And - TMI - I went to the loo to take off my thermal longjohns! Woohoo!! LOL

My last photo is of the Union Chain Bridge across the Tweed. On one side is England and the other side is Scotland. I wonder what would have happened if the referendum had gone the other way - would we have needed passports to cross?

The bridge only allows one car at a time to cross. We were walking on it when cars went over and that was an experience, I can tell you. Talk about getting the wobbles!

So there you have it - or some of it. A lovely time was had by all! :o)

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

back and busy already!

We're back from a very enjoyable and relaxing weekend away. I was very pleased with myself because, even though I took my iPad with me and even signed in at the B&B to use its wifi, I only used it once to tell the girls we'd arrived safely. I was really chuffed that I didn't miss using it at all. Any quiet times I had, I read my book. Bliss!

Anyway, now we're back to normal - well, as normal as it gets around these parts! After the mass of washing was done and hung out on the line to dry - yay!! - I decided I really should get on with the baby quilt so that was what I did.

The top:

The back is a bright green fleece with lots of insects on it which I had in my stash. Sounds awful but it's really not!

The binding is one I made a while ago - I do love being able to just choose a binding from the box rather than have to make one!

These are just a few photos of some of my favourite squares. Of course, they're all my favourites, really!

And then, last night I decided to finish off all the ends of the ripple blankie I'd been crocheting over the winter. It looks squint in this photo but that's my fault for not making sure it was lying straight for photographing!

I've already started my next crocheting project. Self-coloured hexagons. I made up the pattern for them this afternoon - go me!! - and have already got 6 made. I'll try to remember to take photos tomorrow to show you!

As usual for me and holidays, it's lovely being away but it's wonderful to get home again! :o)