Sunday, 23 October 2016

Home made shopping bags are in fashion

Hello and Good Morning. Here's another colourful post for you. Why do shopping bags have to be dull, boring, plain, brown, grey, plastic, or covered in advertising logo's? There are alternatives. Let's brighten things up and make shopping bags a fashion accessory. Let's have them in a multitude of colours and designs. Let's use up all the spare fabric we have and make pretty fabric bags which can be washed and used for years. Here's my latest selection just finished. 
Made from fabric sample books so the two sides are different. I found some extra fabric for the handles so they don't match, but it doesn't matter. The sample books were included in my £5 basket when I last went shopping in the Scrapstore, so these cost virtually nothing.

If you don't have a Scrapstore, you could look in car boot sales and charity shops for cheap fabric. Curtains work well, bed throws, as well. Anyone with a sewing machine can make shopping bags. Let's all brighten up the High Street, the shopping malls, the markets and supermarkets. Are you game for this? Go on, give it a go. Show off your own home made shopping bag with pride.

How to make a shopping bag.

Thank's for popping in, I've got things to do, we'll catch up soon. Enjoy your Sunday.
Toodle pip.
PS. When I say, 'we'll catch up soon', there is no particular time scale on that, it could be anytime.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Just pants

Good morning. Running out of clean pants. I was up early so the first thing I did was fill the washer. Now I have 30 pairs of clean pants. All arranged neatly for the photo shoot, ha ha.
The regular readers will know why I wear pants, but the newer readers will say, what the heck is she doing now. Yep, I have been a fan of pants, some of them teenage boys pants, for oh, around 15 years now. The reason is that they last a lot longer than flimsy ladies knickers. They are more robust, thicker fabric, well made, hug my hips, and will wash millions of times without falling apart. I like the way they feel snug and cover the whole of my bum, no dental floss up my backside for me, ha ha. Some of these must be around ten years old, and I might add that I have a fresh pair on every day, sometimes changing them half way through the day if I am going out.

Most of them are black, dark blue, and grey, with the odd colours thrown in. I buy whatever is cheap which is usually boys pants in packs of five. No VAT on kids clothes. I don't care what colour they are, nobody sees them. I haven't had to buy any for a long time as these will go on and on for many more years. I don't need to include the cost of underwear in my spending budget, because I don't expect to buy any in the near future.

Washing a load of pants only happens here once a month. I prefer to do them in bulk rather than three or four pairs here and there. I made up a full load with t-shirts and trousers. YAY, after a murky start the sun is out, so these are going out on the line.

Thanks for popping in, enjoy your weekend, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

Here you are then, me and my pants from Hunt for Britain's Tightest Person, seven years ago.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Molly the dolly.

Hello. We have to make some decorations for our Crafty Club Christmas tree which we are entering in the Festival again this year. The theme is children, so I decided I would have a go at making a dolly. I found a book in the library, Making Dolls and Creatures by Ruth Sleigh-Johnson, and thought it would be quicker if I followed some instructions rather than making it up myself. This one looks simple enough. 
First copy the pieces onto cardboard.

And here we are, a slightly modified first attempt. I thought the hat in the book looked a bit silly so I decided on plum red hair. She is a bit bald at the back because I didn't have enough wool, I need more practice.

Her neck is a bit floppy and her face a bit flat, she needs more stuffing. 
I rushed the last bit because I was running out of daylight and haven't put a piece of lace on the bottom of her frock. Her lips are felt, but should be embroidered on with red silk. The instructions said to add the face after the head has been stitched together and stuffed. I think it would be easier to add the face while it is still a flat piece of fabric before sewing it together.

She measures 13 inches and is too big to go on the tree. I'll have a go at making a smaller one next.

I haven't been anywhere today. A day at home sewing. Just got to attach the handles to the shopping bags and they will be ready. I need to get all my pictures out, they are currently wrapped up and stored, I have to decide which three to enter in the Open Exhibition at the 20 21 Arts Centre. That's going to be a difficult task, I like them all. They have to be handed in soon.

Just a quick note about comments. I am getting quite a few coming into the box on old blog posts. They all get published, (unless they are offensive or inappropriate), but just keep in mind that this blog moves on pretty quickly, and they might not be read by anyone for a long time, unless new readers choose to delve into the archives. Mind you, it's amazing that I am contacted by people asking to use my photographs from several years ago.

Thanks for popping in. We'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Lucky find

Hello. Just a short one tonight. I've been nattering on the phone tonight for absolutely ages. Nephew rang and it must have been almost a year since I last spoke to him, so there was a lot of catching up to do. He has a busy life with a full time job, a long commute, and three young children. I could hear them in the background. It went quiet when they went to bed.
I've been wanting another short break away somewhere before the clocks change and we have shorter days. I've searched for the right accommodation, at the place I want to be, at a price I want to pay. It's taken ages and flippin ages. At last, I found somewhere. I fancied a bit more luxury this time, not a hostel, but not so silly expensive. A nice-ish hotel. Have a look here. What do you reckon, good innit. 
Look what I found in Wilko yesterday. I was checking cat food prices, and saw a shelf with REDUCED on it, worth a look. Tester pots of paint at 10p each. Might as well stock up, you never know when you might need it, always comes in useful for those little crafty jobs. 
Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip