Sunday, January 15, 2012

Late Christmas Present.

I'm not the dressmaker in our family, that's my mother. However she thinks those days are over.
So I thought I'd have a go at making a dress for my grandniece, the delightful Miss A.
I was very pleased at how it turned out even if I do say so myself. The pattern is 'Sunday Best' by Kookaburra Cottage, made in Me and My Sister fabric.
I think she liked it.
I'll have to think of something for her 6 months old baby sister, the very vocal Miss S.

Today was the first chance I had to try it on Miss A and finish the buttons and hem. A better late than never Christmas present.

Take care everyone,

Friday, January 13, 2012

Stable Bag

My neighbour C and I saw one of these Stable Bags in 2010 and we have been searching for the pattern ever since. Of course, we had the wrong name. We were looking for a Saddle Bag. You know word association - 'stable' may have been said but we thought 'horse' then looked for 'saddle'. Eventually we were corrected and C ordered the pattern online.

Last week, we had a sewing day. I must make sure I get a photo of C's bag. It looks lovely in a black, red and mustard floral stripe with a dark glossy red cord.

The instructions were not great and there are things I would do differently if I ever made this bag again. On each project I do, whatever it is, I learn something new. This time it was piping. I have never made or installed any. Next time I meet piping in a project, I won't be daunted by it. (I wish I could say the same about zippers.)
This bag is a great project bag. Knitters could make it a bit wider to accommodate needles, but it will be just right for my crocheting.
This year I am aiming to do more crocheting -Tunisian style. I did a bit of 'damage' at the local yarn shop. I'll have to show you that. So many luscious threads, so little talent (on my part), ahhhh.

Back to work next week. So according to the rule book, Brisbane should have a 'stinker' of a week, weatherwise.

Take care,

Sunday, January 8, 2012

What you do in Queensland....

...or at least the ones who like mangoes do.

Unfortunately, the best ones are at the very top of the tree and our stick with the can taped to it is not long enough!
Need to marry someone taller!!! ;-)
The possums and bats are having a feast on our mangoes. I'll have to train them to pass down some to me.

Happy New Year to everyone,